Dining out with Diabetes

Earl Monroe

I was watching the local news this morning and the topic was Diabetes Awareness and I knew I wanted to include the news piece in my blog!  The guest was Earl Monroe, former legend NBA basketball player of the New York Knicks. If you are like me, I am not familiar with the sports legened so I thought, who is Earl Monroe?  But, it is not important WHO he is but WHAT he represents.   Earl is hosting the first Diabetes Restaurant Month.  Not only is this event educational but teaches people diagnosed with diabetes that they can enjoy eating out while making smart food choices.

Click on Journey for Control to find more information on how to Dine with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

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Diabetes Statistics

Here are some statistics:

  • 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes
  • 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue
  • Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “pre-diabetes” — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
  • There are 57 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes.
  • Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during pre-diabetes.
  • Three types of diabetes –
  • Type I (Juvenile diabetes) and diagnosed at childhood
  • Type II (Adult onset)
  • Gestational diabetes (once mother gives birth, blood sugars return to normal)

Six Healthy Steps to Improve Your Eating Habits


1.)  Nature is best – eat foods that grow from trees or come from nature.

Trans fat or high frucose syrup does not grow on trees.

2.)  If you can eat fresh, try frozen fruits

Remember fruits don’t have to come from the produce section. Try canned or frozen fruits. It is still a lot healthier than a doughnut.

3.)  Sport drinks are not so sporty

Sports drinks contains so much sugar and calories.  Eat your calories and not drink it.  If you want to drink something sweet, try citrus fruit or pomegranate juice.

4.)  Don’t ignore your cravings

If you are craving ice cream or a doughnut, don’t deprive yourself. It is okay once in a while. T hink of eating an ice cream as a “special celebration”.  It will keep you motivated and focused on if you give in once in a while to your cravings.

5.)  Watching The Food Network is not the same as actually cooking

Watching television while munching on snacks is not a proactive approach to health eating.  If you are watching the Food Network or Top Chef to give you some cooking tips, then it is worth your while to watch.  Make sure you pick up some healthy tips.

6.)  You don’t have to go to Greece for the Mediterranean diet

You can start right now.  Grilled fish, salad and red wine is heart healthy. But, you don’t need to be in Greece to eat it. Start with your own kitchen.

Let me know how healthy eating goes for you. Just remember to be patient with yourself.


It's Starts with your Mind

I can exercise 5 times a week and be on a diet and may not lose weight. Losing weight is not about the foods we eat or the exercises we shape our bodies to. It is about our own mindset and how we see ourselves and our bodies. How do you see your body? Do you love yourself and embrace your body type for what it is? Or do you hate yourself and dislike your body? Do you call yourself fat?

The first step to weight loss is accepting yourself and loving yourself for who you are and your body. Say this affirmation in front of a mirror: “I love myself and my body. My body is beautiful.”

How are you feeling now? I would love to hear your responses. Please fill out the comment form.


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