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Fruits For Diabetics

  • Berries
  • Tart Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Kiwi

Sure diabetics can have fruit, but they need to be mindful of their choices. Below are some of the better fruit choices for diabetics. Bananas didn’t make the list because a small banana is about 22 grams of carbs, which may be too much for your diet. Diabetic-Friendly Fruit

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If Diabetic Say No

Happy Holidays! Bah, Humbug. I used to live for the pies, cakes, cookies, ice cream and deserts folks made for the holidays. After being diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, I’ve struggled to keep my sugar under control and sometimes I have failed miserably at being able to walk away from desert. Heck, I’ve given up soda and sweetened drinks. I’ve given up fruit juice, but give up apple pie and cheesecake. That’s where I drew the line, until now.

This year I’m giving up the one teaspoon of sugar in my daily morning oatmeal and my coffee and everything else on the list below of Foods Diabetics Should Avoid. I know it’s possible to be considered not diabetic based on your blood sugar levels and, although I may forever be prone to spikes and high levels, my goal is to walk away from insulin. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

ps: pies, cakes, cookies, ice cream and deserts aren’t on the list below. So they’re okay, right? Just kidding. They are banished, for the most part. but I don’t think I could live without another piece of cheesecake ever. I will do my best to keep it to a sliver only on very special occasions.

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Childhood Experiences May Leave Lasting Impact

Traumatic events experienced before the age of 18 years can leave lifelong mental and physical scars. More than 2 decades have elapsed since a landmark CDC-Kaiser Permanente study, involving 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California, showed that early adversity can have lasting impacts. Together with other studies, experts have documented an association between instability and physical, emotional, or sexual abuse experienced as children and a wide range of negative outcomes in adulthood, such as drug overdose, suicide, and lack of educational achievement and employment potential. Additionally, housing/food insecurity and other effects of historical and ongoing racism can exacerbate the effects of ACEs. Moreover, a large fraction of societal costs associated with ACEs is borne by the healthcare system.

Childhood Experiences May Leave Lasting Impact 

 

So, let’s create more positive experiences for our children to help them grow into positive and productive adults.

 

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Homemade Coleslaw

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. celery seed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 2 medium golden beets (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, dijon mustard, sugar, and celery seed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cabbage and carrots and mix to thoroughly combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

ps I didn’t have any mustard so I made my own with 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 tsp water. You should let it sit for 15 minutes before use.

I like beets and had some on hand, so I tossed them in. If you do, you should add a bit more seasonings all the way around.

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Kale Salad with Blood Orange & Meyer Lemon

The first time I try a recipe, I follow it to the letter. That way I know what to expect when it is at its best. In this case, I cheated badly. I immediately substituted the blood oranges and Meyer lemon for what I had on hand. Sure the blood oranges and Meyer lemon would have kicked the dish up a notch, but I enjoyed it all the same. Try both. See what you like best!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch black kale (about 1 pound)
  • 4 small blood oranges, segmented, juice reserved (about 3 tablespoons juice)
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon (about two teaspoons)
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash kale and pat off excess water. If the center stems are tender enough to eat, simply trim the bottom inch or two. If the center stems are thick or tough, cut or tear them out and discard or save for another dish. Slice leaves into 1/4-inch-wide ribbons.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the blood orange juice, Meyer lemon zest, shallots, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a good crack of black pepper. Add the kale and, using your hands, massage the dressing into the leaves. Add the blood orange segments and toss to combine.
  3. Let stand for 20 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Serves 4 #CGFitChick

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Rinse Beans to Reduce Sodium

Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40%. But taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit. The reduced-sodium beans are ready to use in any favorite recipe.

Longer Life

According to new research 1. not smoking, 2. limiting your alcohol intake, 3. staying active, 4. maintaining a healthy weight, and 5. eating nutritious foods could not only extend your life, but improve the quality of it.

Planks

Planks are one of the most effective exercises because they require a small time investment and offer substantial results in a relatively short time. Make plank exercises part of your regular routine.

Ripped Vs Buff

Buff is well built, strong, and muscular but not necessarily big while ripped body is more defined and more pronounced muscles. Athletes are are buff while bodybuilders are ripped.

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Bike Positions

A riders determines how s/he wants to ride a bike and what type of bike they will use. Bikes, therefore, come in different configurations and geometries to suit individual riders. Different body positions suit each bike, such as 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and so on.

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Dog Crates

Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

Mat Training

Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

Rude Dog Owners

Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.

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It is with regret I have been informed of the recent passing of the mother of Bernard Myers.  I do not have any funeral arrangements as yet. I will forward them when and if received. Please keep Bernard and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. Susan Christian – Secretary, NYCGBOA

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CGCooks!

Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained rinsed white beans into tomato soup. Or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup.