Eating Right with Diabetes

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    Alcohol is unlike carbohydrate, protein, and fat. However, alcohol is metabolized, or handled, by the body in a manner similar to fat. This means that calories from alcohol can easily be stored as fat unless you burn them off. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram; fat contains 9 calories per gram, and carb and protein contain 4 calories per gram. So alcohol is a prime source of calories. If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, you need to think about this carefully. An occasional glass...Read More
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    Snacks can be a double-edged sword for people with diabetes. They may help stave off hunger and overeating, while keeping blood sugar levels from dropping too low. But serious snack attacks can also derail your best efforts to eat healthy and manage your weight. Read on for the best in diabetes-friendly snacking and sweet treats. Mozzarella String Cheese This is the new Snickers bar. Talk about a perfect, portable snack. How do you eat your string cheese? Do you peel it carefully with your fingers...Read More
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    Michelle Sorensen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks before her twenty-fifth birthday. From the time she was diagnosed, she’d also suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms. After several frustrating years of trying to find a diet that would work, Michelle turned to “eating green.” “When I cut out gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast, and some other foods from my diet, my goal was to heal my digestive system and relieve symptoms. I was thinking more about eliminating the culprits causing...Read More

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Amy Stockwell Mercer

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her MFA in creative writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Her writing has appeared in Charleston Magazine, the City Paper, Art Papers, skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, A Cup of Comfort For Writers, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, Charleston Art Magazine, Charleston Style and Design, and A Sweet Life. She is a contributor to Diabetes Health, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years, and is the proud...

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