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Without making this series a tutorial into the world of diabetes, I'd like to start by sharing what fab40's Max0125 shared:

oMy Mom has been a very well controlled diabetic for over forty years and she swears by four rules:
1. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
2. Eat fiber rich foods such as whole grains and lots of veggies.
3. Eat fish a few times a week.
4. Limit carbs to 30 or under a meal.

These are all a great starting point-my parents got the same advice in their first appointment with their registered dietician.  There's also a few other tips-such as eating your carbs early in the day, exercise daily-try for at least a 30 minute walk if nothing else and try new foods!

There are so many wonderful sites that you can find to give recipes, ideas and carb counts.  The main thing to remember is that no matter what kind of carbs you eat-they all eventually break down to sugar and they will all make a difference in your blood sugar levels!  So don't think if you have all your carbs at breakfast that you're doing yourself any favors.

Because of our family history-I watch my diet and use the plain simple ideas behind "use everything in moderation".  

People with diabetes must also take into account that other things going on in your life and with your health will also dictate how you will process sugars on any given day.  

 Learn to listen to your body.

I found these helpful 10 best foods on the site (reader's digest):

Vegetables-just go easy on the starchy ones:  corn, beans, peas and spuds

Fruit-chose whole over juices and aim for 3-4 servings a day (measure/weigh!)

Beans-yes, these are carbs, but they're also fiber packed which will help- keep sugar from spiking

High fiber cereal-just read the box and make sure it isn't one that's also packed with sugar (i.e.-raisin bran)

Fish-good lean protein and the oily ones have essential omega-3 oils!  

Chicken breast-lean protein and low in calories

Nuts-good fats and fiber just make sure again to use your scale

EVOO-extra virgin olive oil.  Good for your heart.

Yogurt-good source of calcium and less likely to make you insulin resistant.  Just make sure you're going for the plain kind-not the ones filled with sugars!  Add your own goodies

Cinnamon-it's been proven that diabetics who use ½ tsp a day use their own insulin in a more efficient way.  Plus-it tastes great!  

Make yourself this breakfast treat:

Cinnamon Toast

Double fiber whole wheat toast.  Spread with lower fat, tub margarine.  Combine ½ tsp of cinnamon with a packet or two (your taste) of splenda.  Sprinkle over the toast.

Each slice comes in at under 100 calories and has 24 grams of fiber!

Let's keep this going next week!

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