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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 22-7-2016

Happy Kids Eating VegetablesThere are several known ways to get children to eat vegetables. Here’s a list. See how many vegetables your kids are eating right now and how many you could add to their plate…

1. Don’t get emotional when your kids don’t eat their vegetables. By placing more emphasis on them not eating vegetables, you are making a big deal about it. This is similar to parents placing a lot of emphasis on weight – so children then end up being overconcerned about it.

2. Get your children involved in cooking. When they cook, they empower themselves to take responsibility for their nutrition and what they are eating.

3. Get your children involved in making smoothies. Smoothies are a lot of fun. You could add half an avocado, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries to smoothies, along with chia seeds.

4. Place vegetables on a veggie platter instead of offering processed foods. Veggie trays look fancy – and kids like fanciful foods.

5. Add more vegetables to your pizza. Adding them to pizza makes vegetables more acceptable and practical.

6. Let your children see you eating and loving vegetables. Role models are powerful.

7. Bring out the dips. Vegetables are much more exciting once they can dip them.

8. Bring out the chocolate. Warm up chocolate and dip fruit pieces into it. For example, you could have your children dip in apple pieces, peach or nectarine peaches, even berries and pears.

9. Take your children to the farmers markets with you to help with the selection of vegetables and fruits. Kids will look forward to the farmers markets and start paying more attention to eating vegetables if they are part of the process.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 15-4-2014

Black onion extract is used a lot in Chinese Oriental Medicine. It may not sound appetizing because onion is so potent and because the smell is enough to get you to cry. Those volatile oils of onion are what is causing this type of response in your body.

Onions.1There are more and more research studies published on the beneficial effects of onion on the body. One of them I’ve heard about was from a survival instructor who knew of a case where someone was stranded in their car in the winter. All that was in the car for him to eat were onions and the snow was six feet deep and still snowing.

The man ended up losing a lot of weight, used snow to melt for water to drink, and ate onions. At the time he also had a tumor; however, I don’t recall what type of tumor it was. He was in this situation for at least a few weeks, and as well as losing weight the tumor went away too.

Situations like this prompt researchers to start looking at anti-cancer properties of food; specifically onion in this case. And sure enough, they’ve been finding anti-cancer properties.

This isn’t really that unusual since every food is full of all sorts of medicinal properties. The research is now full of studies on just about every food and culinary herb and it’s more than truly amazing what scientists are finding.

Well, in Korea scientists tested a black onion extract in diabetic rats. They knew the rats would never consent to drinking straight onion juice – who would – so they had to use a tube to get the onion juice into the rats.

They found that onion juice was enough to lower blood sugar levels to the same level found in rats on diabetic medication over an eight day period of time. Now they’re wondering whether or not black onion extract could be used in some way, shape or form for human diabetics.

Source: Lee, C.W., et al. In vivo investigation of anti-diabetic properties of ripe onion juice in normal and streptozotociun-induced diabetic rats. Prev Nutr Food Sci 2013 Sep;18(3):169-74.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Belly Fat Linked to Type 2 Diabetes!

Belly Fat Linked to Type 2 Diabetes!
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 4-7-2011

Let’s begin with an explanation of how belly fat works for you … and if you’re too fat, your belly fat is working too hard.

90% of Type 2 diabetes cases develop after significant fat is gained in the abdominal cavity. This fat is called retroperitoneal fat, and is generally counted as visceral fat.

Believe it or not, it is possible for you to gain control over your weight for good. Then you will be protecting yourself from the ravages of Type 2 diabetes, and you will also be achieving optimal blood sugar levels.

You can do it!

What is the Most Important Part of a Food Label?

What is the Most Important Part of a Food Label?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2010

There are many parts of a food label:

  • Serving size
  • Servings per container
  • Calories
  • Calories from fat
  • Total fat
  • Saturated fat
  • Trans fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Total Carbohydrate
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Protein

What’s the most important part of the food label?

The answer is that it depends. For example, what are the most important parts of the food label for a teenager that wants to gain weight?

Calories and protein.
Without enough calories, a teenager will never gain weight. Without enough protein, a teenager will pack on fat.

What are the most important parts of the food label for a diabetic?

Total carbohydrates and serving size. If the amount of carbohydrates is too high, a diabetic risks going into diabetic coma. Without knowing the serving size, a diabetic risks low or high blood sugar and complications.

What are the most important parts of the food label for a diabetic with kidney disease?

Total carbohydrates, sodium levels, and serving size. Without knowing the amount of carbohydrates in a food, a diabetic risks blood sugar levels that are too high or too low. Without knowing sodium levels, a diabetic with kidney disease risks water retention and complications pertaining to the kidney. Without knowing serving size and sodium levels together, a diabetic with kidney disease can easily eat a food that has far too much sodium.

What are the most important parts of the food label for a diabetic that suffers from a brain disorder or neurological disease?

Total carbohydrates and trans fat. Total carbohydrates are always a primary concern for any diabetic. When brain disorders or neurological disease complicates the picture, trans fat is important because this type of fat interferes with the body’s ability to absorb essential fats. Without enough essential fats, the skin becomes dry and flaky, the hair becomes brittle, the nerve conduction times slow down and the person reacts slower. This can endanger one’s life.

What are the most important parts of the food label for a diabetic that is constipated?

Only the fiber content. Fiber helps push food through the colon, preventing constipation. However, if you eat a lot of fiber foods and you are still constipated, then most likely there’s a blockage of gas or food in the intestines. An enema or colonic or colonic hydrotherapy session can come to your rescue if prune juice or a laxative doesn’t remedy the situation.