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Monday, October 29, 2018

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Book Review—The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes

Friday, October 26, 2018

Everyone needs to read this book. Rarely am I this enthusiastic about a book. The title of the book is The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes. The author is Shelby Kinnaird. I have admired her blog for sometime, The I have found her recipes to be imaginative, visually appealing and easy to follow. Her easy to follow and pragmatic approach is the same approach she has offered in her first book.

Shelby Kinnaird tackles complex subject matter in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand. She walks you through from the beginning so we can understand the “Science of Blood Sugar” and how this knowledge then informs us on why paying attention to the amount of carbohydrates we eat as well as the type of carbohydrates we consume is so important to our health, especially for those living with diabetes. As she writes, —“One thing I’ve learned is that everyone needs education and tools to help them stay on track with their diet—especially handling those pesky carbs.”

Ms. Kinnaird takes this understanding and then applies it to our real lives to help us understand how to measure our carbs, where they are hidden in our foods, as well as how to make better choices about the food we eat. She even gives us helpful tips for when we go out to eat and when we go grocery shopping. And as if that wasn’t enough, she additionally offers a glossary of terms and resources so as we continue to learn and need support we will have it right at our fingertips.

Shelby is a person living with diabetes. It is clear in her book that she has deep understanding of the subject matter and lives by the information she shares. Towards the back of the book in chapter 11 (page 99) she shares her Ten Tips for Staying on Track. As she states, by just following these tips, you “will improve your diet, blood sugar control and overall health.”

Living healthy and eating healthy is relevant to us all. It can be life or death for a person living with diabetes. Understanding what diabetes is and how to manage it is critical whether you have prediabetes, type 1, type 2, LADA, or gestational diabetes. This book is a true guide to understanding and managing diabetes.

If you would like to learn even more about living healthy and managing your diabetes, we have put together a FREE eBook for you to learn how portion control can help!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

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Barrier Buster - My Fat Is My Shield

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Update & Check In #2 for 2018 Healthy Lifestyle Goals

Friday, October 12, 2018
This check in is a reality check.

I am living proof “life is a journey,” full of ups and downs along with plenty of twists and turns. I am beginning to realize that when it comes to my weight and my ongoing focus on keeping it in check I have thought I needed to live in a world where I achieved all my goals and lived in this perfectly balanced world where everything went smoothly and I would live happily every after. So not so.

There is no being perfect. Life throws us a lot of curve balls—from family issues to health issues to financial issues to natural disasters…you name it. For years when I would not meet my goals or go off the wagon I focused on forgiving myself my transgressions so I could pick myself up and go back at it again. I got exhausted from forgiving myself.

Then I started thinking…why do I have to forgive myself? The very nature of forgiving is that somehow you have done something wrong that needs forgiving…Do I really need to forgive myself for not being perfect? I think not.

What I don’t want to do is live a life of self-destruction that destroys my physical and mental health. There have been periods of time in my life when I got perilously close to harming myself through food. I weaponized my food. Yep, when life got really ugly I would gorge. It is horrifying to me today to think back on those times when I would buy a cake and eat it all in one sitting. I was quite literally swallowing my feelings and at times eating that whole cake was my way of suppressing a whole lot of anger, self-pity, frustration and a sense of powerlessness. Yuck.

Fortunately I am a survivor. And I do want to live life as my healthiest self. For me it took getting away from my family, right after college, and going to a far off land as a Peace Corps Volunteer to discover that I liked who I was and that I had a lot to offer the world. So much of my life up until then had been spent hearing quite the opposite.

So what I have learned is to listen to me, not others. It is better to acknowledge your feelings rather than repress them…or swallow them with food. And that the goal is not to forgive myself but instead to not give up or give in. Life is a journey. Every day really is a new day.

Life is an active sport. We have to get in there and play. It is about getting in there and participating and having fun with all the possibilities. That is why I like assessing where I am in my journey…not to chastise myself for my failures…but quite the opposite…to figure out how to add more fun in and do better at loving myself on my healthy lifestyle journey.

Where am I on my goals for 2018? Actively working on them!

Here are some photos to help tell the story…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

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The Influence of Obesity on Breast Cancer and 12 Other Cancers

Friday, October 5, 2018

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This awareness is important to all of us. Most of us who are overweight or obese know the increased risk we face with diabetes and heart disease but how many of us know that there are many cancers that are obesity related?

Obesity has now been linked to at least 13 different cancers. What does this mean? It means that what we eat, how much we eat, and how that affects our weight plays a large part in our susceptibility to specific cancers. Why does obesity have such a powerful influence on so many kinds of cancer? It is because obesity is associated with significant metabolic and hormone abnormalities as well as with chronic inflammation. It is not hard to see that these factors can trigger as well as promote the growth of cancer in our bodies.

The current list of obesity-related cancers is:

  1. Uterine cancer
  2. Breast cancer
  3. Endometrial cancer
  4. Ovarian cancer
  5. Thyroid cancer
  6. Colorectal cancer
  7. Gastric cardia, a cancer of the part of the stomach closest to the esophagus
  8. Liver cancer
  9. Gallbladder cancer
  10. Pancreatic cancer
  11. Meningioma, a usually benign type of brain tumor
  12. Multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
  13. Prostate cancer
According to Dr. Graham Colditz, a professor of medicine and surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, this list of obesity-related cancers together account for 42 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. Obesity also appears to accelerate the development of cancer. According to the experts, those with obesity tend to have worse prognoses as well.

Frighteningly, the incidence of cancer is rising in our youth. A recent study of young adults found that 9 out of 13 cancers are increasing in that population.

Those cancers and the percentage of new cases in people between 20 and 44 are:

  • Breast cancer -- 10.5%
  • Colon and rectal cancer -- 5.8%
  • Kidney cancer -- 7.8%
  • Endometrial cancer -- 7.3%
  • Thyroid cancer -- 23.9%
  • Liver cancer -- 2.5%
  • Gastric cardia (cancer at the top of the stomach) -- 6.2%
  • Meningioma (cancer in the lining of the brain and spinal cord) -- 16.8%
  • Ovarian cancer -- 10.6%

Experts are focusing on the importance of prevention. The only way to change the increase in the incidence of cancer, no matter at what age, is to focus on a healthy lifestyle. We need to choose healthy foods and eat them in right-sized amounts. Living an active lifestyle that includes exercise is a must. Getting enough sleep makes all the difference in our resilience. And emotional well-being cannot be ignored. When our mental health is in a good place it is easier for us to sustain our resolve to live life as our healthiest selves.

For more information and ideas on how to live a healthy lifestyle please check out our Livliga website as well as the Live Vibrant Blog.

Here are some specific blogs to use as a resource:

Healthy Lifestyle Tools

Healthy Eating

Active Lifestyle


Mental Well Being

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Barrier Buster - I Hate Measuring Everything

Monday, October 1, 2018

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