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Diabetic Digest - November 26, 2014


Thanksgiving is tomorrow and before you dig in it's important to be mindful of what you're eating and how much you're eating.

Just because there's a feast that could nourish an army doesn't mean that you should think of yourself as an army of one.

Be aware of your blood sugar and than you're taking your appropriate medication. And stay away from the desserts unless they're sugar-free, but remember to enjoy in moderation.

I know that I sound like a broken record, but it will be in your best interest to check your blood sugar several times throughout your Thanksgiving celebration.

Oh, and I have a delicious recipe that you can prepare and serve as a part of your Thanksgiving feast. Check it out below.

So be safe, be healthy, and enjoy your Thanksgiving.


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Brief Runs Can Add Years to Your Life
By Miriam E. Tucker

Five to 10 minutes of running a day can add years to your life, researchers found when they followed 55,137 adults for an average of 15 years. The 24 percent who ran regularly were 30 percent less likely to die from any cause over the course of the study and 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease than were those who didn't run. The amount of time spent running and the speed of the run didn't seem to make a difference. Even running for less than 51 minutes a week (about seven minutes a day) and at less than 6 miles per hour reduced the risks. Persistence paid off: For those who kept up running for the entire 15 years, the risk of death from heart disease was cut in half.

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Aug. 5, 2014

Original Article: Brief Runs Can Add Years to Your Life

*- Diabetic Recipe -*

Smashed Potatoes

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

1 pound baby red potatoes, scrubbed
3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
2/3 cup skim milk, heated
2 teaspoons minced picked jalapeno chiles
salt (optional)
freshly ground pepper to taste

1. If potatoes are larger than 1 inch in diameter, cut in half or quarters. Drop into a large pot of boiling water along with the garlic. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
2. Drain potatoes and begin mashing potatoes and garlic with a potato masher or electric mixer. Add hot milk and continue mashing until potatoes are desired consistency.
3. Stir in chiles and season with salt (if using) and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 95 calories (0% calories from fat), 5 g protein, 0 total fat (0 saturated fat), 23 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (bread/starch)

Original Recipe: Smashed Potatoes


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