November - American Diabetes Awareness Month

Natural Foods:  November - American Diabetes Awareness Month
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It is estimated that roughly about 4300 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each day.  The most common form is Type 2 diabetes and is largely preventable and treatable through diet and exercise. When we eat, our body breaks down food for energy into glucose or sugar in our blood.  Insulin acts like a key to unlock our cells ability to convert glucose  into energy we can use.  The lack of insulin or inability of the body to use insulin is diabetes.

· Monitor portion size and choose complex carbs and unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Look for foods with a low glycemic index which can help in preventing insulin resistance. 

· Fiber slows the absorption of sugars in the blood.  Choose whole grains and high fiber foods; 25—30 gms a day is recommended

· Use alternatives to high glycemic processed sugars, such as Sweetleaf Steviashown to have little, or no effect on blood sugar, or low glycemic agave nectars like Madhava Agave Nectars

· Reduce unhealthy saturated and trans fats—the kinds found in processed foods

· Make sure to get enough healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats by incorporating seeds and nuts; and healthy oils such as olive and coconut oils into the diet.  Try these,

Giddy Up & Go Granolas.  They are 100% organic, with no GMO’s.  They also use 100% organic agave nectar, which makes it a great choice for those with diabetes.  A powerhouse of nutrition from nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits and spices; all organically grown.  It is made locally in a dedicated certified gluten free facility in West Sacramento. 

Love Grown Simply Oats is a perfect topping on yogurts,with fresh berries, or a healthy “crisp” for your fruit crisp. It’s simple love: no nuts, no fruit…just a ton of flavor! Instead of using refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, they use honey and agave to sweeten their products.

Ewehon is also another whole grain, high fiber, healthy cereal to use for a quick nutritious breakfast, or as a nutritious coating on chicken or fish dishes, and my favorite, Rice Crisp Balls; Recipe—pour 1 cup Ewehon gluten free Crispy Brown Rice into a plastic bag and drizzle agave nectar, toss in a few almonds bin #649 and cranberries bin #608 , then mold into a ball and eat until gone! —delicious!

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Madhava Agave Nectar
15 extra points through 11/27

Giddy Up & Go Granola
This powerhouse of nutrition is new this month

Love Grown Simply Oats
A perfect topping on yogurts or ice-cream