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Sluggish Start: The 5 Worst Breakfast Foods — Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

5 Worst Breakfast Choices we thought were healthy

I know first thing in the a.m is not the best time to have to make smart decisions, however, it IS the most important time.  I have just had fits trying to find the most satisfying, yet healthy breakfast foods as lately, I am trying to seriously cut back on grains and whole wheat, so I started reverting back to a snack I learned from a physical therapist I used to work with; 1/2 cup cottage cheese (low fat),  less than a 1/4 cup steel cut whole oats (uncooked), with assorted berries and a sprinkle of raisins.  Like a wet granola, tasty and  not too bad for you.  Then I was told to cut out dairy, as I was recently diagnoses with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Well that took care of the wet granola breakfast.

Doughnut

1. Doughnut and pastries: A recipe for weight gain

Doughnuts will cost you 250–550 calories, but the 20–50 grams of sugar in each is the real problem. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin to accommodate. A huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast — and you’ll crave more refined carbs. It’s a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating that starts with the first doughnut.

Sausage biscuit

2. Sausage biscuit: Hypertension’s helper

The sausage biscuit is basically a saturated fat and sodium bomb nestled in a trans fat sleeping bag. If your blood vessels could talk, they would plead, “Please don’t do it to us!” as you place your order at the fast-food drive-through. The sky-high sodium in the highly processed sausage can make your blood pressure surge. If you have hypertension, it may increase your risk for stroke. Nitrates and nitrites in sausage have been linked to increased risk in certain cancers, too.

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3. Flavored non-dairy creamer: A coffee disaster

If you think non-dairy creamer is a healthy option, think again. Many non-dairy creamers simply swap saturated fat for trans fat (check the label for “partially hydrogenated” oil), plus sugar and artificial sweeteners. Trans fat increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by increasing LDL cholesterol. Predictions say decreasing trans fat consumption by even a little could help prevent more than 10,000 deaths a year. To perk up your coffee, try unsweetened vanilla almond milk, low-fat milk or a small amount of chocolate milk instead.

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4. Bright, sugary cereals: A rainbow of hyperactivity

Those magically colored kids’ cereals aren’t such a bright choice. The FDA has noted that food dyes may contribute to hyperactivity in children with ADHD, even if not in other children. A 2012 study backed up that idea but said more research is needed. The UK and EU recently banned food dyes in food manufacturing; perhaps you should ban the fake stuff from your breakfast table. Even if food coloring’s effects aren’t fully understood, these cereals are usually loaded with sugar — empty calories for your little ones.

5. Loaded bagel: An invitation for diabetes

Your body works hard to keep you functioning at night. Don’t thank it with inflammation-causing calories in the form of a bagel loaded with cream cheese or margarine. Except for the occasional 100 percent whole grain option, most bagels are 300–500 calories worth of starch. Slathering on cream cheese or butter adds more calories and saturated fat. Diets high in refined carbohydrates have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so don’t make bagels a regular morning meal.

I’ve just recently returned from a nutrition class in Asheville, “Diabesity” is the new catch phrase, which to me, is stereotyping, however, mostly true.  Loved the speaker, highly educated and straight to the point.  Her healthful advise for a satisfying breakfast, or even snack later in the day;  3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt,  a variety of sliced/diced berries, or whichever is your favorite, and a 1/4 of a cup of chopped walnuts, squirting a little raw honey on this will make your children love it.   It is not as difficult as it sounds, you just have to want to be healthy and make a conscious effort to do it.  Your kids will learn through you, and seeing you make the effort for yourself and them, will instill good habits in their little heads.

 

the “Tour for a Cure”, full speed ahead!!!

walk for the cure

Being given the diagnosis of Type I or Type II diabetic is like a punch in the gut.  I was 12 or 13 and can remember feeling very alone.  No one else in the neighborhood, my school, or family had even had it.   I saw the fear and confusion in the faces of several friends at work after being told they had Type II, and my heart went out to them, and I remembered back to my diagnosis all those years ago and how I felt.  Many years later I learned about the different events and rallys being held in support of finding a cure for this disease.   I have always donated to several associations yearly, however, I never felt the full impact of the numbers of people who benefit from these donations until I did my first 5K walk for diabetes.

Pulling up to the event and  walking into the crowd of people, young and old, all with there own personal relationship with diabetes, I truly felt connected.  Not knowing anyone there, just simply going through the sign-up and listening to people around me who are “regulars” at these events, I felt a kinship.  Needless to say, I soon was conversing with others and enjoying the events, but it wasn’t until we began the walk, looking ahead and behind me at the numbers of people who gathered in this place, who were affected by diabetes, and that they were all together to help,  well,  needless to say, my eyes watered up numerous times.  I felt as if I was walking with all their arms around me, even though I did not know a single one personally.    Sounds kind of silly I know, however, I’m getting misty right now remembering this feeling and trying to put it into words.  I’ve done several since, and always get this feeling of overwhelming warmth and companionship.

It is now spring, walking, running and biking weather, so I recommend you do yourself a huge favor and attend one of these events.  You don’t even have to complete the walk if you are not able, but the attempt is uplifting, physically and spiritually, and we can all use a day of up-beat, energetic people around us.  Please be careful to bring monitors, meds and treats for a safe walk or run, remember  be “proactive”.   If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know to be prepared.   You can find these events in your local bulletins, newspapers or get on one of the websites; Diabetes Forecast for example has a great list,    diabetes.org/tour.  Last years Tour de Cure,  raised over 29 million dollars!!!

Busting the “BAD Diabetic” Mythe

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I am always intrigued when people report on a fellow family member or friend who is a “BAD” diabetic.   I tell them I have had diabetes for 45 years,  and then I  hear, well they are a “really BAD” diabetic.   People, all diabetes is BAD, and yes I know they are referring to the high blood sugars this individual frequently has, or how many time they have been hospitalized from hyper/hypoglycemic events.  This, however,  makes him/her and “UNEDUCATED” diabetic rather than a BAD diabetic.  Even with all my preaching, if my infusion site gets compromised by a patient pulling at my pump, and I cannot change it until much later, or if I’ve eaten something prepared at a restaurant that I was not aware should have been so laden with sugars or starches,  I too, can have a raging high blood sugar.   What makes one a “BAD” diabetic is not knowing why you’re hyperglycemic or worse, not checking your BS readings sooner to correct.

A patient of mine informed me his grandson was a bad diabetic.  This individual is in his early thirties, thin frame, and apparently healthy and active.    He tells me his sugars are always jumping around, usually extremely high.  He informs me they have been  this way for over 15 years, since his accident.  I inquire if he has looked into an insulin pump, he appears to be the perfect candidate.  He casually informs  me that he is  ”too active”  for a pump,  and of course my response is; that would make you the perfect person.   The next day,  I was informed he would not be visiting grandpa.  as he woke with his blood sugar in the 600s!!!  Not too sure how accurate this was, however, I asked if he was alright.  The grandparent reports ”Oh yeah”, he’s doing find, making himself some lunch and resting.  I inquired as to what this “child” cooks for himself and grand dad proudly reports he cooked himself some eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes and biscuits.  I innocently asked,  “for one meal?”  and he laughed and said “of course”,  and I cried on the inside.

This is the same grandson I offered my website card to, I offered to talk to him about using a pump and how he was the perfect candidate for one,  I offered an ear or advise any time he needed it and I was told he has someone who helps him.  I asked if it was an endocrinologist, or an internist or a diabetic educator and he reports no, it is the “guy who helps me with my prosthetic leg”, and again, I cried on the inside.

Like many diabetics I’ve come in contact with in the health field,  several are awesome, many more are not, and if it is due to being uneducated, I have a hard time with this as the information is out there, websites, classes, brochures, meetings and more.    As my last article reports (“Diabetes Health, You’re in Charge”, April 14, 2014),  more and more programs seek to educate diabetics and are covered by insurance.  Sadly to say, all that is left are the “LAZY” diabetics, who are complacent in their ignorance because it is easier, and as complications and disabilities set in, there are the  ObamaCare hand-0uts.   Preventative measures are priceless.   Personal responsibility has become a thing of the past, it doesn’t pay.  Becoming disabled and complaining that you didn’t know won’t, and shouldn’t,  work forever.  Educate yourself now, read those articles or  watch the  videos,  while you still have good vision.

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