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Nutritional Counters and Calculators
Which has more grams of fiber, an apple or a piece of whole wheat toast?  Enjoy making your own meals from scratch?  Find counters to help calculate nutritional contents!

Restaurant (scary) and Fast Food (even scarier) Nutritional Facts
Restaurants often do not provide a nutritional fact sheet at the table, but they do online, and there are books and all kinds of yummy resources to get the facts.  If you eat out visit our Fast Food & Restaurant Guide section.

Eating Disorders
Those with a medical need to place a heavy emphasis on food choices & portions are more susceptible to developing an eating disorder.  Know the warning signs of eating disorders and learn how you can help your child avoid the risks.  Join our totally anonymous Eating Disorder support group moderated by a diabetic who has been in recovery for her own eating disorder for five years.



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Healthy lifestyle for diabetes, exchange plans, diets, and weight loss center information

Commercial Weight Loss Programs
Before signing on the dotted line be sure to read this article about commercial weight loss centers and programs.  A calorie is a calorie is a calorie may be true (although, some would disagree), but weight loss centers are not all the same.  

Things you should know before joining:
Jenny Craig
LA Weight Loss Centers
Weight Watchers

Low Calorie Diets
About low calorie diets
How do I start a low-calorie diet?
Will a low-calorie diet work for me?

Very Low-Calorie Diets (VLCDs)
VLCDs are medically supervised plans that typically offer about 800 calories per day taken in a special liquid formula. They can result in rapid (short-term) weight loss and are only for persons moderately to severly obese.

About VLCDs and successful weight loss
What is a very low-calorie diet (VLCD)?
Who might benefit from a VLCD?
How much/fast is weight lost on a VLCD?
Side effects of VLCDs
Maintaining Weight Loss

Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle Plans

For this reason I have broken down carbohydrate lifestyle information into two groups:

  1.  Ketogenic Plans  - (40 grams of carbohydrate or less per day)
  2.  Non-Ketogenic Plans - Includes both Carbohydrate Controlled Plans and Reduced Carbohydrate Plans neither of which induce benign dietary ketosis.

Low Fat Lifestyle Plans
What is healthy dietary fat?  Can you tell a poly from a mono?  Just how low is "low-fat?"

Low Glycemic Index Lifestyle Plans
The glycemic action of food simply refers to how fast and how profound the effect a food is on your blood glucose levels.  The GI index is still widely debated but there is little doubt to those who check their blood glucose that some foods do have a greater impact on blood glucose that others.

You may wish to begin by reading about the low glycemic index in "What is the Low Glycemic Index?"  before reviewing specific plans.

Diabetes Meal Exchange Lifestyle Plans
To manage food and insulin, many diabetes health professionals are now instructing people to simply count carboydrates.  But some professionals and patients still prefer to use the exchange plan system.  

Instead of counting carbohydrates food choices count as "exchanges."  Your nutritionist will tell you how many exchanges from  the food groups to eat each day/meal, and how much insulin to bolus with food choices.

How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose
Blood Glucose Levels
Your Diabetes Medicines
Your Exercise Plan
The Food Pyramid
Milk and Yogurt
Meat and Meat Substitutes
Fats and Sweets
Your Meal Plan
Measuring Your Food
When You Are Sick
Points to Remember
How to Find More Help

Vegetarian Diabetes Lifestyle Plans
The term "vegetarian" covers a lot of territory and may involved a lifestyle that goes beyond simply not eating animal flesh.  Read more, and for fun, visit our list of
Famous Vegetarians



Did you know?

... that just because a diet reduces carbohydrates does not make it a low-carb diet?

... that Dr. Atkins is one of the few health professionals that used the term "benign" to describe dietary ketosis?

True low-carb diets

Medically speaking, the term “low carbohydrate diet" refers to an eating program limiting total daily carbohydrate intake to 40 grams or less.  The majority of calories come from protein and fat.

True low-carb plans are intended to induce a fat-burning state some refer to as “benign" dietary ketosis.  There is much debate as to whether dietary ketosis is "benign." However, to make things even more complicated, diets that induce ketosis are not necessarily (medically speaking) a "ketogenic" diet.

Ketogenic diets

A true ketogenic diet is one that severely restricts both  carbohydrate and protein, with the majority of calories coming from fat.  Ketogenic diets are sometimes used to help control seizures in epilepsy.  Atkins is not a ketogenic diet.

Carbohydrate Controlled

Diets that limit the type or amount of carbohydrates, but that are not intended to induce ketosis are   "carbohydrate controlled" or "modified" diets.  A low-glycemic  index diet could be classified as a carbohydrate-controlled plan.


Physical Movement
Diabetes and Exercise
Diabetes and Sports
Complementary Approaches for Fitness & Stress Management

(i.e., yoga, medation, acupuncture)

Diabetes and Mental Health

Depression and Diabetes
Eating Disorders
Stress Management

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