New Study: Cinnamon May Help Blood Sugar Levels in Prediabetes

cinnamonA study published last week in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found that taking cinnamon may have positive effects on blood sugar control in people with a condition known as prediabetes, and may even slow the progression toward type 2 diabetes.

Although the 2-week study was small, the findings open the field for longer and larger studies to address whether cinnamon can help reduce the risk over time of developing type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “New Study: Cinnamon May Help Blood Sugar Levels in Prediabetes”

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Lunch Today: Quinoa Chickpea and Kale Salad

quinoa kale salad croppedThis is a healthy, filling salad. It’s full of flavor and is an easy make-ahead salad that’s perfect for lunch. I make a big batch of this salad on Sunday night and lunch is set for the next couple of days. The best part is that it actually gets better the more days that it sits and marinates in the dressing.

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, but I find it can be tough and a bit too chewy. By doing a little extra prep work, you can soften up the kale and make it easier to eat (see the note at the bottom of the recipe).

Quinoa is a great source of magnesium and manganese, plus a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorous, copper and zinc. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Quinoa Chickpea and Kale Salad”

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10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels

blueberriesWe have all been there – low blood sugar! After going too long between meals or snacks, you might have a headache, be irritable, or feel weak or shaky. And when we feel like this, the first then we reach for is something high in sugar or calories. In my case, chocolate bars… or, well, chocolate anything.

Why do we do this? Research shows that when our blood sugar levels drop, we lose our ability to control our desire to eat. And we crave calorie-laden sweets and snacks. But what happens  when we eat junk food, or “empty” snacks? Continue reading “10 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar Levels”

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Dessert Today: Chia Pudding

chocolate-chia-puddingChia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family called Salvia hispanica that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds were considered a staple food of the Aztec people, who would say that one small serving was all a person needed to run for a day. Chia is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Here are three other reasons to try this nutty-flavored seed.

1. Balance sugar levels: Studies have shown chia to be of benefit in controlling type 2 diabetes. As a high source of fiber, Continue reading “Dessert Today: Chia Pudding”

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Kickstart Insulin Function with Plant-Based Foods

vegetablesDiabetes rates are on the rise and Washington is no exception: one in three adults has elevated blood sugar and a third of children are on their way to full-blown diabetes, which, at $85,000 or more over the course of a lifetime, is expensive to treat. Our medical systems aren’t equipped for this influx and our bodies can’t handle it.

The question isn’t “How did we get here?” but “How can we fix it?” And fast.

One solution is to kickstart insulin function with plant-based foods. Regardless of your health insurance plan, this option is already available: Continue reading “Kickstart Insulin Function with Plant-Based Foods”

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