Macaroni and Cheese That’s Gluten-Free, High-Fiber and Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
We asked readers which classic comfort food they’d most like to see redone and made healthy, and, boy, did we get delicious-sounding responses!
A double-bacon cheeseburger with a side of chili cheese fries, Turkey Day stuffing with mashed potatoes, peach cobbler… these were just some of the mouth-watering requests.
But the winner, by a few, was… macaroni and cheese!
Our prediabetes concierge chef, Han Ashley, got to work in her kitchen and a short while later emerged with a delicious recipe that’s high in fiber and gluten-free (making it ideal for people with celiac disease or people who are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in some grains). Thanks to the addition of cashews (instead of heavy cream), Earth Balance (instead of butter), and rice cheese supplementing some of the full-fat cheese, this mac ‘n’ cheese is deliciously nutritious! Try this creamy, dreamy, healthy dish today!
Here’s the recipe for Healthy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Continue Reading
Study Reports Lower Blood Sugar in People Who Use Cannabis
Believe it or not, smoking pot may help prevent—or control—diabetes.
A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine says that regular marijuana users had lower levels of fasting insulin, lower levels of insulin resistance, smaller waist circumference and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
In the study, researchers tracked 4,657 people, 579 who currently used cannabis, 1,975 who previously used cannabis, and 2,013 who had never used marijuana.
The participants, enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 2005 and 2010, fasted for nine hours then gave blood samples so that experts could measure their fasting insulin and glucose.
Here’s what they found: Current marijuana users had 16% lower fasting insulin levels than those who never used marijuana, according to the researchers. Those who had used marijuana in the past month also had lower levels of HOMA-IR (a calculation of insulin resistance) and increased levels of healthy HDL cholesterol. Continue Reading
A Prediabetes Patient Shares a Personal Triumph
Thursday’s blog post topic…
We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small—think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump/exercise/diet/etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group/choosing to use or not use a technology/etc.).
Today, I’d like to introduce Marc.
He’s 53 years old and was diagnosed with prediabetes last year. Here’s what Marc has to say about his progress and achievements in a prediabetes treatment program…
Marc: When I was younger, I always worried about being thin. I used to work outside in a physically demanding job, and I got enough exercise to balance out the bad foods I was eating. When I started working in an office, everything changed. I started eating worse and I got a lot heavier. For 20 years I suspected that my health was deteriorating. I had high blood pressure for 15 years and high cholesterol too. After a while, it seemed like my blood pressure and cholesterol meds weren’t working anymore. My doctor would tell me to cut carbs and start exercising, but he was really passive about it. Continue Reading
Managing Emotions After a Prediabetes Diagnosis
Today’s topic is “Memories.”
Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.
OK, so my most memorable day?
That’s simple–the day I was diagnosed as a prediabetic.
Up until that fateful day in fall 2012, I thought I was in perfect health. I didn’t have any symptoms of a developing health problem–like most people with prediabetes and even diabetes. (Even if there are symptoms, they’re often easy to ignore or dismiss as “nothing.”)
When I got my test results back and saw that my blood sugar level was elevated, I was shocked!
Whaaa??? But I look pretty healthy, I dabble around in health foods (in addition to eating double cheeseburgers), my blood pressure is normal and I don’t have high cholesterol.
Still, my results showed I was trending toward type 2 diabetes. I was in that weird prediabetic stage where my blood sugar levels were elevated but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Continue Reading