Online Food Tracking Tool

A great web based tool does the following: Food-A-Pedia > Look up nutrition info for over 8,000 foods and compare foods side-by-side Food Tracker > Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition targets. Physical Activity Tracker > Enter your activities and track progress as you move. My Weight Manager > Get weight management guidance; enter your weight and track progress over time. My Top 5 Goals > Choose up to 5 personal goals; sign up for tips and support from your virtual coach. My Reports > Use reports to see how you are meeting goals and view your trends over time. https://www.supertracker.usda.gov Read more »

Losing Belly Fat Routine

Sounds like a great workout. This is the part that sounded great and fun. Countdown Workout Perform 10 reps of a kettlebell (or dumbbell) swing Without rest, do 10 reps of burpees Still without resting, do 9 reps of the swings Now do 9 reps of burpees Continue this pattern until you do just 1 rep of each exercise, trying to rest as little as possible (or not at all) between moves. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/3-reasons-why-youre-not-losing-fat-135100343.html Read more »

Lifting Weights to Lower Blood Sugar

For a long time, doctors advised people with diabetes against weight training. They believed that it made it worse but research now shows that it could help! The Life Science Institute researchers at the University of Michigan have found that resistance training helps to strengthen the white muscle, which helps to lower the blood sugar.   Why Did Doctors Believe the Opposite?   Before the study, there was the belief that the growth of white muscle would lead to more reliance on glucose. This, in turn, would keep the blood sugar levels high. Since there is more need for the energy, the body will release more of the insulin to try and keep it in check. This would make diabetes worse since there would be too much in the body.   Too much insulin causes a problem for the body. The cells cannot cope with the amount that is around […] Read more »

Weight Lifting and Diabetes

Weight Lifting and Diabetes – I have been using P90x for 9 months and my average morning blood sugar went from 240’s to 80’s. My experience and medical research are on the same page…”Medical science has well established the benefits of aerobic exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers believe that a diabetes and exercise plan also should include a regular weight-training routine. (The federal government recommends that all people, even those without chronic illness, strength train at least twice a week.) Strength training has been shown to improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and, when part of a workout plan that includes aerobics, can put the person with diabetes on the path to long-term good health. Diabetes and Exercise: The Benefits of Strength Training Studies have found that strength training can help people with diabetes by improving the body’s ability to use insulin and process glucose. […] Read more »

Endurance Exercise

Ask your health care team what type of diabetes you have. Learn why diabetes is serious. Learn how caring for your diabetes helps you feel better today and in the future. Step 2: Know your diabetes ABCs. Talk to your health care team about how to manage your A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol. This can help lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes problems. Here’s what the ABCs of diabetes stand for: A for the A1C test (A-one-C). What is it? The A1C is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past three months. It is different from the blood sugar checks you do each day. Why is it important? You need to know your blood sugar levels over time. You don’t want those numbers to get too high. High levels of blood sugar can hurt your heart and blood […] Read more »

Diabetic Exercise Goals

There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity! Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level. The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly. source – Centers […] Read more »

Regular Physical Activitiy

Get Regular Physical Activity Regular physical activity is important for people with diabetes. Being physically active has been shown to improve blood glucose levels in older people whose levels are high. Exercise is especially good for people with diabetes because it helps control weight helps insulin work better to lower blood glucose is good for your heart and lungs gives you more energy. Click image for description Safety First Before you begin exercising, talk with your doctor. Your doctor may check your heart and your feet to be sure you have no special problems. If you have high blood pressure or eye problems, some exercises like weightlifting may not be safe. Your health care team can help you find safe ways to be active. Walking, swimming, dancing, riding a bicycle, playing baseball, and bowling are all good ways to exercise. You can even get exercise when you clean house or […] Read more »