Category Archives: Belly Fat

WHY SHOULD I REMOVE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FROM MY DIET?

WHY SHOULD I REMOVE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FROM MY DIET?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-10-2015

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted...

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted…

“Bad things” happen when you include high fructose corn syrup in your diet.

In one study, healthy individuals consumed either glucose or fructose-sweetened drinks. The drinks were made up of either 25% of the calories from glucose or 25% of the calories from fructose. They consumed the sweetened drinks for 10 weeks.
The group that consumed the fructose had…

– developed insulin resistance,
– their abdominal fat increased,
– their blood sugar level, and
– insulin levels increased.

In various other studies, there is an increase in gout episodes, even in those who never had gout before. This is a frightening thought because it means thousands of children will end up with gout – and gout is a very painful disease to have….

– imagine how hard it would be to watch your child suffer from gout for a few weeks at a time,
– how difficult it would be to have to give your child medications for gout that are toxic in many ways, and
– how much time it will take out of your regular schedule to have to attend to this new health issue.

Children already have developed gout from eating a lot of foods with high fructose corn syrup. This isn’t a theory that hasn’t been proven. It’s reality.

High fructose is a killer. That’s the bottom line. Do you really want it in your diet or your family’s diet?

In the next article, find out whether or not sugar is addictive and what’s the evidence about it?

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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WHICH FOODS CONTAIN HIDDEN SUGARS?

WHICH FOODS CONTAIN HIDDEN SUGARS?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2015
Unhealthy eating concept...

The unhealthy eating concept…

Some foods on the market should not even be called foods because they are a mock-up. Many foods present with artificial preservatives, chemicals and added sugars and are far, far away from what a natural food looks like or tastes.

Your mission is to detect these artificial foods and the fake sugars they contain – and stay as far away from them as possible.

For example, imitation sugar #1 is corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a highly processed chemical added to foods. It has already been revealed in many research studies to cause metabolic disorder, pre-diabetes, worsen Type 2 diabetes, and help bring about many adverse effects in the body.

Let’s make this article interactive – go to your kitchen cabinet to start checking foods for corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. It is surprising to find the number of foods with these products in them. Next look for sugar words in the list of ingredients…

– invert sugar,
– turbinado sugar,
– maple sugar,
– brown sugar,
– molasses,
– syrups,
– honey, and
– agave.

It is a real shocker to find foods in your cabinet containing these ingredients. Then look for sucrose and fructose. Next look for fake sugars along these lines…

– aspartamine,
– aspartame,
– saccharine,
– xylitol,
– sorbitol,
– erythritol,
– sucralose, and
– mannitol.

Energy Drink CanMake sure you check foods such as condiments – ketchup, mustard, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to check tomato and pasta sauces, dried fruit, soda, gummies, granola bars, canned fruit and any energy drinks.

 Check your cabinets and let us know what you find! Find out more in our next blog – we’ll discuss the topic, “Why Should I Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup From My Diet?”

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

HOW CAN I GET MY FAMILY TO STOP EATING SO MUCH SUGAR?

HOW CAN I GET MY FAMILY TO STOP EATING SO MUCH SUGAR?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 28-9-2015

When you decide to give up sugar, the next step is to engage in support from your family and friends. There are a few ways to do this…

Diet. Beautiful Young Woman near the Refrigerator with healthy fYou could start a 30-day challenge for your family on eating without sugar. Tell them about the benefits and make it an experience to discover the benefits. Don’t expect them to be 100% committed in the very beginning, but if you keep providing them with stories about how people got rid of sugar and amazing things happened, they will start to turn around.

The challenge method is a fun way to approach the change.

The other approach is to simply state it like a command – “this is what our family is doing right now.” So they know they don’t have a choice. This approach is best if your kids are really opinionated and seem to buck everything you try to do. By showing them there’s no room for diversion from your plan, they’ll know you mean business.

There’s another method that may or may not work – changing your family’s diet without telling them. In this strategy, you will go clean out all your cabinets of sugar-containing foods, then clean out your refrigerator and freezer, and add some new foods that are edible yet have no sugar in them.

You may get one of two responses or both from your family with this one…

1. they may be shocked when they can’t recognize any familiar things in the cabinets anymore, or
2. they will be excited to discover new foods.

Your response to them on why you did it will have to be very dramatic. Your doctor said it was a life or death scenario, that kind of excuse. This makes it a situation where there’s no compromise.

Next post you will find out what foods contain hidden sugars.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

WHY DOES SUGAR HURT IF YOU’RE A TYPE 2 DIABETIC?

WHY DOES SUGAR HURT IF YOU’RE A TYPE 2 DIABETIC?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 26-8-2015

Large counter with chocolate candiesThere are several reasons why sugar is literally the worst possible food to have in your diet if you’re diabetic.

Here’s a list…

1. Sugar depletes your body of B vitamins and minerals. As a diabetic, you need every one of the vitamins and minerals you can possibly get.

2. Sugar causes insulin resistance, something that every diabetic does not need.

3. Sugar makes cancers grow in the body. It feeds them.

4. Sugars such as high fructose corn syrup cause liver problems such as fatty liver. Fatty liver is one more health issue you don’t need as a diabetic!

5. Sugar causes addictive disorders and makes you less sensitive to the effects of morphine.

6. Sugar releases huge amounts of dopamine in the brain and can create an addiction to all sugary foods.

7. Sugar causes overweightedness and obesity – and that’s ugly.

8. Sugar causes high cholesterol levels.

9. Sugar can contribute to hardening of the arteries.

Need any more reasons to stop eating sugar?

Next, find out why your doctor and dietitian keep telling you sugar is okay to eat for Type 2 diabetics.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-8-2015

The simple answer to this question is that your dietitian and doctor are misinformed. Your dietitian gets information from the American Dietetic Association. Your doctor gets information from the American Medical Association.

Morning breakfast with mini donuts and berriesBoth your dietitian and your medical doctor have to operate within the standards of their profession. Thus, if their professional standards tell them to not remove sugar from the diet of diabetics, then they technically have to follow the standards.

Both the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association don’t recommend removing sugar from the diet. There’s some talk about the American Dietetic Association receiving kickbacks from the sugar industry for promoting it, and this talk goes back a few decades.

There’s a move in today’s medical schools towards something called translational medicine. Have you heard of it?

This is where the professors at the medical school are not waiting 25 years anymore for the American Medical Association to get around to changing their policies about different types of therapies. Instead, they’re collecting the data from numerous recently done medical studies and starting to incorporate them in their practice now.

And these physicians are a lot more successful than the conservative ones who decide to wait until they are told what to do and what to change in their practice.

You can do the same thing. By using this information on our blog, which is highly researched to find out what works for diabetics, you can take your diabetes and then eliminate it. This latest series on sugar is one of the first steps.

Next…  find out how you can get your family to stop eating so much sugar in their diet.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

ARE YOU CONSUMING TOO MUCH SUGAR IN YOUR DIET?

ARE YOU CONSUMING TOO MUCH SUGAR IN YOUR DIET?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 11-8-2015

Sugar is found in foods in two ways – foods that contain natural sugar like lactose in milk and fructose in fruit, and foods that contain added sugars. It’s the foods with the added sugars killing you if you’re diabetic.

The easiest way to lower the sugar in your diet is to lower the carbohydrates. When carbohydrates are broken down in your body, that’s when they will release sugar into your bloodstream and make your blood sugar levels rise. Thus, it’s not just the amount of added processed sugar to a food that matters. It’s also the original amount of carbohydrates in a food that counts.

So the best way to see if you’re consuming too much sugar in your diet is to check for the amount of carbohydrates in the meal. It will be a smart move to get a book on the carbohydrate content of foods from the library plus read labels for this.

If your level of carbohydrates is 80 grams for a meal, it’s no wonder your blood sugar levels are too high. You’re causing them to rise by eating this type of meal. Even 50 grams carbohydrates is too much. Strive for a level of 35 to 40 grams and no more. This way, when the carbohydrates do get broken down by enzymes and release sugar, they can’t do a lot of damage by raising your blood sugar levels.

Organic Apples in a Basket outdoor. Orchard. Autumn Garden. HarvAnother thing to consider is your food choices within a category. For example, have you noticed Red Delicious apples are sweeter than the tart Granny’s apples? Have you noticed the Pink Lady and Fuji apples are sweeter than the Red Delicious apples? There’s a reason for it: they contain more carbohydrates. Choose the apples – and other fruit varieties not as sweet.

Try this for a few weeks and see what happens to your blood sugar levels…

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW DIABETES AFFECTS YOUR BODY?

IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW DIABETES AFFECTS YOUR BODY?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 1-7-2015

Understanding how diabetes affects your body gives you a strong foundation for making smart decisions about your health. Test yourself with these quiz questions…

High blood sugar levels affects nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, heart and skin...

High blood sugar levels affects nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, heart and skin…

1. Diabetes is a disorder of protein metabolism. This is why diabetics lose muscle mass as they get older. True or False?

 2. The reason why diabetics can develop cataracts is because their blood fats are high and form a cloud of fat over the lens of the eyes. True or False?

3. Heating foods to high temperatures is okay for diabetics. True or False?

4. Heating foods in a microwave is perfectly fine for diabetics. True or False?

5. Eating foods that are fried speeds up oxidation in your body, which generates free radicals in high amounts. True or False?

6. One reason why Type 2 diabetics get neuropathy is because of the drug Metformin. True or False?

7. One reason why diabetics get neuropathy is because the nerves “dry up.” True or False?

8. Diabetics can use diet to control their blood sugar and bring it down at least 20 mg/dL (1.1 mmol/L) for fasting levels. True or False?

9. Diabetes affects the heart and blood vessels. True or False?

ANSWERS…

1. False. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrates are not broken down properly in the body when there’s diabetes. The blood sugar from the carbohydrate breakdown remains in the blood instead of going into the muscles. Your mission as a Type 2 diabetic is to lower your blood sugar and gain insulin sensitivity.
2. False. The cataracts are created from high levels of blood sugar. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
3. False. Heating foods to high temperatures creates high amounts of advanced glycation end products, which bring on more diabetes complications and additional degenerative diseases such as high blood pressure. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
4. False. Heating foods in a microwave superheats foods and causes advanced glycation end products.
5. True. Free radicals damage the body and bring on more complications of diabetes.
6. True. Metformin has been found to cause a vitamin B12 deficiency which causes peripheral neuropathy.
7. True. Nerves start out in a bundle and then divide into smaller and smaller nerves. The smallest nerves begin to wither up in diabetes until they do not exist. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
8. True.
9. True.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?

IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 16-6-2015

glycemic indexQuizzes are fun and here are several questions about the Glycemic Index. Knowing these answers is important because it can help you regulate your own blood sugar levels. Doing what you can to keep your blood sugar levels closer to normal via diet is possible, and knowing how to avoid High Glycemic Index foods is a big part of it.

1. The Glycemic Index is a scale from 0 to 100 that measures carbohydrate foods. True or False?

2. Fats can also be given a Glycemic Index. True or False?

3. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index. True or False?

4. Dairy products are protein foods and carbohydrate foods; therefore, they have a Glycemic Index.
True or False?

5. Nuts are protein foods so they don’t have a Glycemic Index. True or False?

6. The fruits with a low Glycemic Index include cherries, grapefruit, and apples. True or False?

7. The vegetables that could have a higher glycemic index are ones that are starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. True or False?

8. The high fiber grains are healthy for you and have a low-Glycemic Index. True or False?

9. If a food is organic, it will have a lower Glycemic Index than a non-organic food. True or False?

ANSWERS…

1. True.
2. False. The Glycemic Index only measures carbohydrate foods; however, if a nut also contains carbohydrates, it will have a Glycemic Index.
3. True. Protein foods such as animal meats, poultry and fish do not have a Glycemic Index because they are protein and fat with no carbohydrates. However, any protein food that may also contain carbs has a Glycemic Index.
4. True.
5. False. Nuts are fat foods and the Glycemic Index only refers to carbohydrates, not fats. Nuts do contain a little protein, but it is not much. Nuts such as peanuts and cashews contain a little carbohydrate; thus these nuts will have a Glycemic Index.
6. True.
7. True.
8. False. Just because a food is high fiber does not mean it has a safe Glycemic Index.
9. False. The organic part of a food has nothing to do with its Glycemic Index.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

 

MANY DRUGS CAUSE FATTY LIVER…

MANY DRUGS CAUSE FATTY LIVER…
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 9-3-2015
Human liver anatomy...

Human liver anatomy…

One thing the pharmaceutical industry is lax on in their media reports and training to doctors, is the side effects and the harm that is caused in the body. And today’s report is about some drugs that cause fatty liver – but you were never warned.

So here’s the big problem – if a fatty liver is going to be a side effect of drugs, you aren’t going to know until your liver enzymes start climbing. And if you’re in between medical visits, you may be continually accumulating fat in your liver at a high rate for an entire year or more. The earlier the condition is found, the easier it is to reverse. But if you end up waiting until hepatitis sets in – from no fault of your own – then you are in a much more precarious position. You have to expend a lot more work to reverse the situation.

And really, who has time to add one more thing to the daily schedule?

.A human fatty liver..

.A human fatty liver..

Here’s a list of five drugs that cause a fatty liver – you should know about them because your doctor will most likely blame obesity, overweight and your diet on the condition before he’ll admit the statin drugs or other drugs caused the fatty liver.

 List of Some Medications That Cause Fatty Liver…

1. Valproic acid – a medication given for anti-epilepsy

2. Antidepressants

3. Indinavir – a medication for HIV

4. High dosage of intravenous tetracycline

5. Birth control pills

Who told women birth control pills would cause fatty liver? Who told depressed people they could develop fatty liver when they administered these antidepressant drugs? And don’t people with epilepsy have enough on their plate than to also now have to worry about fatty liver disease?

You know, the least the doctors could do is emphasize to their patients it is IMPERATIVE to start eating healthy salads daily so they can avoid the development of fatty liver.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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WILL WEIGHT LOSS REALLY HELP YOU?

WILL WEIGHT LOSS REALLY HELP YOU?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 10-2-2015

If you’re still asking this question as a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you can put aside any of your reservations and start taking action.

Portrait of a happy fit young couple with water bottles over whiWeight loss will REALLY help you,” say researchers, P.A. Ades and P.D. Savage, reporting in the journal Progressive Cardiovascular Disease in January of 2014. In their own words, “Intentional weight loss, accomplished through behavioral weight loss and exercise, improved insulin sensitivity and associated cardio-metabolic risk factors such as lipid measures, blood pressure, measures of inflammation and vascular function, both in healthy individuals and patients with cardiovascular heart disease.”

This of course means from weight loss you can expect lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and lower CRP levels that mark inflammation. With lower blood sugar levels, you can ultimately eliminate your diabetes medication (with the aid of your doctor).

With lower cholesterol levels and lower triglyceride levels, your statin drugs can go bye-bye and with it, a lot of your fatigue and muscle soreness when you don’t work out so hard. With lower and normal blood pressure readings, there’s no need to be on blood pressure medications.

And with lower inflammation in your body, there’s less time during the day you’re going to feel as if a Mack truck is compressing you against a wall, causing pain in every part of your body.

And there’s more. The researchers also reported intentional weight loss prevents the onset of heart disease in high-risk overweight individuals. Prevention is always a difficult thing to understand, as there’s not much reinforcement for doing something. If you don’t have heart disease, you want to prevent it, but really, how strong is the fear to drive you to take action? The key to action is decision-making and commitment to the goal. Once the decision becomes a habit, you’re on your way to achieve your goal.

 Will weight loss really help you? The answer is yes. Even those 10 extra pounds can make your life miserable without you realizing it, and once those pounds come off, you’ll see exactly what you’ve been missing.

Source: Ades, P.A. and Savage, P.D. Potential benefits of weight loss in coronary heart disease. Prog Cardiovasc Dis 2014 Jan-Feb; 56 (4): 448-56.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva