What can I have instead of coffee? 4 healthy, nutritious and delicious morning drinks.

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As a genuinely authentic Colombian woman, I just love to drink coffee. Colombian coffee is very different compared to the coffee we drink here in New Zealand. We call a short Americano a “TINTO”. This is the perfect drink to start your day with, or to socialize with friends, or simply to help digestion after having a meal.

Colombia is one of the most important producers of coffee in the world. Colombian coffee has a mellow acidity and a strong caramel sweetness, perhaps with a nutty undertone.  It is delicious!

I don’t like fancy coffees.  I just prefer the simple and authentic.

I have been trying different kinds of drinks lately – different to coffee, not because coffee is unhealthy (in fact, there are innumerable studies which highlight the health benefits that coffee brings) but just to give myself and other people alternative options to drinking coffee.   Some people might think that they are drinking too much coffee or they want to cut back for other reasons.  It could be overproduction of acid in the stomach, or maybe you have been thinking that your coffee habits are affecting your ability to fall as-sleep.

If you are affected by having too many coffees and want to try other healthy options, yet you still want a healthy drink that kick-starts your day right – just like a hot cup of coffee, then rest assured, here are some alternatives to coffee which contain properties and compounds that will give you a similar energy boost that coffee does, or at least promote better overall health.

Here you go the four drinks to consider in the morning or in those cold and lazy days.

1.TURMERIC LATTE

what can i drink different to coffee

Turmeric has immense health benefits. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a substance that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  A Turmeric Latte is a tasty way to get more of this substance in your diet. It does not have any energy booster ingredient but it will support your overall wellbeing especially combined with the healthy fats from coconut oil and the calming and nutritious cinnamon.

What are the advantages of cinnamon?

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants.   In fact, cinnamon beat out more than two dozen other foods in terms of its antioxidant capacity in one study.  Anti-inflammatory: from skin conditions to autoimmune diseases and cancer. Brain benefits: eating cinnamon increases neurotrophic factors which keep existing neurons in your brain alive and encourage new ones to grow. Cinnamon also regulates blood sugar levels and promotes weight loss, and helps your body to fight infections.

RECIPE

1 Cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/3 tsp cinnamon

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash black pepper

2 tsp coconut oil

Optional: 1 tsp maple syrup or coconut sugar.

ICED ALMOND MATCHA LATTE

what can i drink different to coffee?

I have posted another article about matcha in the past. Matcha is a true Superfood. It’s filled with powerful antioxidants and provides a nice energy boost. It contains caffeine plus L-theanine combo.

This recipe is called Ice Matcha Tea. This recipe is made with almond milk, my favourite.

You need to know what a good quality matcha is, because nowadays, supermarkets are selling different quality brands.

First: Colour: the more vibrant the colour, (dark green matcha), the better it will likely be. A dull gray green is not acceptable. Second: taste: it should be a bitter, grassy taste.  But if the flavour is too bitter – then that’s likely down to the quality.

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup almost boiling water

6 ounces unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Dissolve the matcha powder in boiling water-whisking out the lumps.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the matcha water and almond milk

3. Shake liberally

4. Serve over ice

5. Top with cinnamon

KOMBUCHA

Maybe your gut bacteria needs and a.m wake up call. Bubbly Kombucha is great for your microbiome – which is good for your immune system. It is made with a black tea base and it has got a little bit of caffeine for a gentle jolt.

So what is KOMBUCHA?  It is a fermented tea!  It is made by brewing tea, adding sugar, and then adding the SCOBY symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which starts fermenting by feeding on the sugar. The fermentation process will produce a very small amount of alcohol of around 1 percent.

The tea is slightly fizzy and the taste can be described as sweet and sour, almost like a mild sour beer. It is very easy to drink.

YERBA MATE LATTE CASHEW LATTE

Yerba mate is a tea made from the leaves of the rainforest mate tree. In Argentina almost everyone drinks it socially by passing around a cup called “gourd” and sipping through a bombilla which is essentially a fancy straw. Not only does mate have some pick me up effects but is full of minerals and vitamins.

It reduces inflammation and is a perfect start for a healthy morning.

INGREDIENTS

6. 1 cup warm water

7. 1 Argentinian yerba mate tea bag

8. 1/3 cup soaked cashews

9. 1 cup cold water

10. Dash Cinnamon

11. 1/2 tsp honey

Put the tea bag in hot water, and remove the tea bag after 2 minutes.

Add steeped Argentinian yerba mate beverage to a blender.

To the same blender add the soaked cashews, cold water Cinnamon and honey.

Blend until completely smooth.

To a clean glass, add blended late, ice and enjoy.

Hope you taste them all and I would like to hear and read your experiences. What is your favorite?

Blessings.

AndreaP

Autumn the colour of hope.

Time for Inner exploration

I have realised recently that energy and stress are two of the biggest obstacles we face in reaching out your goals of health. I was working so much during summertime, kids holidays etc that I have reached the point of exhaustion. I was not very excited when the first of March arrived, our first day of Autumnn. I wanted to think that we were living in a little piece of hot paradise; I loved summer very much , but I have to say that I have not stopped taking pictures of the sky on fire, the amazing orange, red, pink and blue sky in the mornings and even the amazing sunsets.One of the beauties of Qt is having the pleasure of enjoying every season with its different emotions, smells and colours.Interestingly I have seen some of my friends going through depression, sadness, or not good quality sleep, even starting having colds and flu. Not motivation whatsoever.Do you see yourself identified ?I don’t want to say that this beautiful season is bringing people down but I would like to take note about what is happening. After having amazing time during the summer season, it is time to stop and take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is not selfish, is our responsibility. In other worlds by taking care of ourselves first, we can look after anybody around us, we can give the best advice and we can give the love to the ones we live the most or our close friends who may need a little bit of help.When we make one healthy and positive choice, you open the door to one additional one. What is your new choice now?Have you being generous to everybody but not generous to yourself. I am sorry but we have to start making little changes. I have been helping lately to my friends emotionally when I am not in my hundred percent and I don’t feel good at all. This is why I feel exhausted I need to start eating healthier and maybe drop a couple of kilos that I have put on lately.I feel terrible because I did not do enough exercise during summer time and I think I’m paying the consequence.One lady in her middle sixties came to my workplace and she said something that I want to share… She said… You really need to move or do any kind of exercise otherwise when you get to my age you won’t be able to move and your joins will be stiff and sore so remember this. Any kind of gentle or strong exercise is good not just for the present moment, is good for your future, the rest of your life.Stress is constant in our lives, everybody experiences a different level so this is why is important to check on ourselves, check our levels of performance and productivity and the duration of it.What happen when our body is under stress? The body produces more energy to handle the stressful event or even by having to handle someone else’s problem.We need to understand what stress can cause in our body and our emotional state. If the stress is allowed to build with no release it will rob the body good nutrients, and the energy and the capacity to fight off bugs. The following are some tips to help you to reduce the amount of stress.– Practice the exercise of your preference but move. Between 30 mins to one hour. – Breathe help you to reduce stress – Take at least 5 mins to meditate or pray if you prefer and be grateful for the wonderful things around you. – Listen to your favourite music. If you come from another country like me, put on your favourite music and sing out loud. – Have a lovely bath with Epsom salts to give you relaxation and good minerals to your skin. – Always be surrounded by positive people!

What are the nutrients that give you happiness or improve your nervous system ?

Magnesium is good to reduce, stress, relaxing the muscles and eliminating cramps.Echinacea, boost your immune system give you energy.Vitamin B, this vitamins are vital to reduce levels of stress in your body.Garlic, anti-inflammatory and boost your immune system.The most important person is YOU, remember to stop, think and check internally how you feel and take note of the changes you have to make. I would like to share my Autumn salad. Hope you like it. This combination of autumn ingredients is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, sour and savory.You won’t want to eating this salad… It’s so good!AUTUMNSALAD Ingredients1 bag of baby spinach1 cup very thinly cut of red onion1/2 cup of dried cranberries1 cup of raw walnuts1 cup of apple cored and thinly sliced1 cup of crumbled cheeseDressing1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 cup balsamic vinagretteSalt and pepperToss the spinach with the red onions, cranberries, walnuts, the apple and the blue cheese.Then add the vinaigrette and voila!! Blessings!Andreap

Should we reduce the consumption of animal protein?

For all of you who don’t know me well, I am Dietitian from my home country Colombia and I finished my studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach and I will call myself a Holistic Nutritionist.

I don’t believe in diets but I believe in having nutritious meals, which means having a correct amount of animal or vegetable protein, the correct amount of cereal, grains or complex carbohydrates like fruits and whole grains, and healthy fats. I believe in primary food; this is the base to have a happy life, the primary food are: relationships, career, exercise and spirituality.

I want to talk today about animal protein

What do you think when you hear about protein? And what is your favourite source of protein?

Usually, the first thing that comes to our mind is animals like chicken, beef, pork, fish, Lamb. They are all complete proteins. There are lots of people like me, who decided to give up on animal protein just for healthy life and digestion problems. I am pescetarian meaning I still eat seafood, so I am not that complicated!

There is a group of non-meat foods out there that also contain protein, including eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu, whole grains, such a brown rice, even green leafy vegetables as they contain amino acids.

A gram of protein offers four calories of energy and supplies the body with amino acids. This component is an important part of the immune system, meaning that protect us from cold and flu, influence our mood, and creates the muscles that provide you with the strength to carry groceries and maintain a good level of energy.

There are two kinds of amino acids: complete and incomplete.The complete amino acids are coming from animal sources.

Vegetable based protein sources are incomplete, however different vegetable-based protein sources from different botanical families can be combined to be completed examples:

1. Lentil + brown rice

2. Beans such black beans or kidney beans +brown rice

3. Chickpeas +seeds for example vegetable patties made with chickpeas and sunflower seeds or sesame seeds.

4. Hummus made from chickpeas and tahini.

QUINOA

Is one of the few plant-based proteins that contain all essential amino acids so is considered COMPLETE.

Animal meats contain just 25gr of Protein, meaning that 100 gr of meat contains 25 gr of protein. That’s a lot if you consider the amount of protein we have to consume daily.

Is important to have a balance in our diet and instead of consuming meat everyday, what If you reduce it to three times a week?

It will help to reduce inflammation in your digestive system, it will keep you out from cravings, you will be consuming food from live sources not dead sources.

Why is important to reduce the amount of red meats?

*Improve the health of the planet and the animals.

*Lose body fat.

*Increase the consumption of raw and natural food.

* Getting to know a huge variety of easy and delicious recipes , easy to make.

*Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

*Improve the level of acidity in your body.

*Increase the level of energy.

*Give to your body the nutrients that body needs.

*Balance your mood.

*Cleanse and purify your body.

*We don’t need much protein as you believe.

The body needs just between 0,8- 1 gr of protein per kg of body weight per day. So If I weight 58 kg I just need between 46 -58 gr of protein a day. Not much really!

What if I get too much protein?

The load on your liver will be increased as the liver must change components to be excreted.

You might become easy dehydrated.

Calcium excretion will Increase and we need the calcium for our bones.

Let’s try new sources of protein.

Blessings.

AndreaP xxx

Do you know what is the healthiest kind of sugar?

When I was growing up in Colombia, I remember going with my family to the Cane sugar plantations. Wow!It was amazing to see how they extract the sugars from this amazing trees.

Back in years, I did not care about the number of calories a gram of sugar it has but I just remember the taste and the sugar cubes we take from my mum’s cabinet. IN Colombia the chocolate is sold like a big rectangle full of cocoa and sugar, I will say nineteen percent of sugar plus 10 % of cocoa. The method of cooking is fantastic and easy as you just have to drop a rectangle of chocolate inside a litre of milk, let it boiled and listo!Pure Colombian Chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. Delicioso!

There are lots of different kind of sugars nowadays and so much information that we don’t really know what is good or what is bad for our bodies.

There is a different kind: The Natural and the Artificial sugars. Let’s explain what is the difference so you know from now on what you are putting in your mouth.

Honestly, whether you are talking about Coconut Sugar Or Honey or Maple Syrup or table sugar, these sweeteners are all sugar, some are Sucrose, some are fructose so they affect the body in a different way.

What is SUCROSE: is a disaccharide (Glucose + Fructose)

What is FRUCTOSE: is a monosaccharide

SUCROSE: is broken down into glucose and fructose before going into the bloodstream and raising your body glucose levels. High levels of blood sugar can damage blood vessels and lead to cavities and gum disease.

FRUCTOSE: Does not go into the bloodstream like Glucose. It has to go to the liver first to be processed so it does not raise blood sugar levels, but If you are consuming an excess of calories coming from Fructose it can increase the levels of Triglycerides which makes it mildly worse than glucose in that regard.

So, too much sugar in the form of Sucrose, Glucose, or Fructose can lead to health problems like being overweight, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, diabetes.

EAT THE SUGAR YOU LOVE IN MODERATION AND EAT IT SLOWLY and until you are satisfied, never in excess. Just remember any extra sugar you eat today means an extra kilogram for tomorrow as the glucose is turned into fat molecules which means is very hard to lose weight. It can become serious and if you have a history of high cholesterol it can lead to this. 

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I do believe our diet should be full of raw vegetables and fruits, wholemeal grains, beans, raw nuts and our cravings for sweet will disappear. I really would like you to try. But honestly, I don’t believe in diets I don’t believe in restrictions, I believe in being mindful with your meals and always be cautious about what you are putting in your mouth and how will you feel afterwards.

If you feel like having a giant Ice cream… go for it but try the next day cut out in some carbohydrates and calories, or simply do more exercise. Is the law of compensation.

FOLLOWING ARE THE LIST OF THE HEALTHIEST SWEETENERS AVAILABLE FOR US.

  1. STEVIA:

PROS: Natural Substitute for this magic product is Sugar-Free and non-caloric, made from the leaves from the Stevia plant. It does not raise blood sugar and it’s natural and beneficial in reasonable amounts. It’s bio-active so it could have some anti-inflammatory compounds. CONS: A minor aftertaste that can take getting used to and overusing it could cause you to develop more of a taste for sweets.

2. HONEY:

Blend of Fructose and Glucose Honey it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which is why it can also be used as a cough suppressant or sore throat soother.Manuka and other high-grade honey often contain more beneficial properties, it is more food than sugar. CONS: It contains high doses of calories and carbs.

3. COCONUT SUGAR:

Sucrose with some nutrients. Its made from the sap from the coconut trees and is less processed because the sap is extracted and then placed in the heat to dry this is why the sugar is kind of brownish like raw sugar.It contains minerals like Magnesium, Potassium, Inulin and prebiotic fibre.CONS: It’s a high-calorie sweetener it breaks down in our collagen.

4. RAW CANE SUGAR

Sucrose, also called Turbinado Sugar come in the form of a juice which is often used to sweeten non-dairy milk like almond, hemp, and cashew and in many baking options, is less processed than table sugar you are consuming less sugar and calories per serving.

5. AGAVE

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More Fructose than Glucose (it can be 90% fructose)

It has a syrupy flavor.It mix well with tequila, making it a mainstay of artisanal margaritas. CONS: It seems that it has a low glycemic index but this can be misleading. That may be beneficial if someone has diabetes but not so much if you don’t.

6. BROWN SUGAR

Sucrose

PROS: Some of the molasses left over from the refining process is added back into the sugar after processing, which provide a darker colour and a minor amount of trace nutrients. CONS: Not enough nutrients is just sugar.

7. GRANULATED WHITE SUGAR

Sucrose

PROS: Made from Sugarcane or sugar beets, it offers the mildest flavour melts and blends easily into beverages, warm and cold and is ideal for baking CONS: Best known as table sugar and the most common it is almost the most chemically processed and refined.

8. SWEETENERS (Aspartame and Splenda)

Artificial Substitute

PROS: Sugar-free and non-caloric.

These sweeteners are chemical compounds and not real food.Splenda is Sucralose(sugar mixed with chlorine in a patented process, Maltodextrin which is a corn product and can be genetically modified is then added as a bulking agent. Aspartame is on the list of potential carcinogens.In the animal, a dosis is linked to Leukemia in very high doses.

After reading the differences between the Sugars, always make sure to buy hundred percent natural Stevia as nowadays in the supermarkets there are lots of brands with different mixes with Stevia and the amount of Stevia present is very small.Definitely, the best option to follow is STEVIA, is hundred percent natural sweetener which does not increase the sugar levels in your bloodstream, people who want to lose weight, people wight high amount of tryglicerides, people with Diabetes, should take and make recipes with Stevia as a Natural Sweetener. The rest of the sugars are just pure sugars coming from different sources but just Sugar.

Hope you found this article interesting. If you want to ask me something please do. looking forward to your comments and questions.

 

Love xxx

AndreaP

 

 

Mi ensalada

I have been vegetarian for three years, and I have to say that has been the best changes I have ever made. When I was living with my parents back in Bogota (Colombia) I used to be very unwell. I was always constipated or the opposite, I remember I used to be scared of eating just because my stomach and my digestion did not work well I could be constipated for a week. I used to have a very strict diet just vegetables, fruits and protein, rarely I eat breads or potato or rice but it did not seem to be working.

The only sin I was doing was eating lots of cheese.

I could not give up. I did not even accepted the idea of cutting of what I liked the most.

Why did I decide to be vegetarian?

It was not because of the cheese 🙂 of course it was because I wanted to make changes in my life style and my eating behaviour.

I was not a big meat eater and I loved my salads and I started to think about all the stressed the animals were induced because of us.

I don’t know but It did not make me feel right. I was doing lots of yoga , meditation, being surrounded by beautiful human beings so I decided to cut meats and eat earthy.

I am vegetarian, but the vegetarian that eat fish and eggs and cheese. Hahaha

A real vegan or paleo will laugh at me ..

I could not give up on cheese but I avoid protein from animal sources like (beef ,pork,chicken) but I eat fish.

In Colombia, people eat usually very healthy, we always have salads and vegetable soups and women and men look after themselves very much. Too much that sometimes they decide to go superficial and put silicone. Hahaha

Sadly lots of women do that!

Fortunate I do believe in natural beauty and healthy eating and exercise without being obsessed.

I love salads and I love to make them.You just need motivation, creativity, good fresh vegetables and fruits if you prefer especially in the Summertime and the dressings are a plus.

Love my salads very much! Every day all the time!

This salad recipe is called Mi Ensalada meaning “ My salad “

My Untie Martha is an amazing cook and I always remember when we were having a getting together with the family she was simply the best.

She mixes , she creates she is just amazing in the kitchen.

I spoke to her last week and I asked her to share one of her favourite salads so I Could share it with you all.

Thank you Martica (untie) for sharing your recipe with us and I hope you can share this salad with us.

Let me know If you make it and what do you think about it?

Love and health

AndreaP xxx

Portion: 4 people

Duration: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 cups of lettuce

1 bunch of Basil

1 bush of mint

1 cup of strawberries sliced

1 green apple sliced in Juliana’s

1/2 cup of Corn

Dressing

1/cup of sugar free, fat free yoghurt like kefir or Greek

1/2 cup of nuts cut them in littles pieces.

1 tbsp of maple syrup

Mix the ingredients together, make a dressing and put it in the salad.

Omg! The combination of fruits and vegetables are irresistible.

Then the sauce was exquisite with the nuts beside.

I want to know what you think.

Thank you, dear Martica.

The salad was absolutely delicious!

With Nutritious love!

andreaP

2 cups of lettuce, break it with your hands and add the basil and mint together.

Add the strawberries and slice them, then add the strawberries to the greens.

Then take the green apple and slice it, add it to the greens.

Add the corn to the mix of greens, strawberries, it can be bought from a can, or frozen or fresh corn, whatever you feel is good for you.

Hmm! You can see in the photos the mix of colours and good nutrition. I am so looking forward to finishing it so I can sit with the boys and enjoy during this hot day of spring here in Queenstown.

Now it comes s the good part the dressing.

Mix the greek yoghurt or sugar and fat-free yoghurt, add the chopped nuts and add the maple syrup.

Maple syrup is a good source of sugars, and perfect for Vegans.

perfect!

Now we have a delicious nutritious Ensalada Mia, the recipe was provided by my lovely and adorable untie Martica.

A disfrutar amigos Mi Ensalada.

Gracias a todos!

With nutritious love!

AndreaP

The month of awareness

I don’t know what happened this week but I feel like I did not have enough time to do it all. When I have the kids with me, my week go so fast, of course, I am usually a taxi driver which is fine, waking up early in the morning, breakfast, lunchboxes which takes me forever and rushing to go to high school, the primary school. For some of you who don’t know me, I have four wonderful boys who keep my life entertained.

One of my sons was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the age of two and since then, it has been like having another child, for a number of responsibilities that this condition brings and the awareness of how sugars and a diet high in carbohydrates can change the wellbeing of a person with Diabetes.

As a Dietitian and Nutritionist, I was always aware of having a healthy diet, exercising, reducing simple carbohydrates, lean meats and wholemeal bread, fruits etc, but I am naughty and I do have biscuits as well in my pantry …There is nothing more exciting than Friday night when we all indulge and have a bowl of popcorn and an ice cream, and maybe a biscuit, we deserve it and we all enjoy these treats very much. In my personal experience I do my best to give to my children a healthy diet, therefore they don’t have cravings for sugar, therefore, the glucose levels remain stable therefore less insulin for the next injection.
A Diabetic must have a healthy diet and families need to support and being an example for society. We all know the importance of reducing simple carbohydrates, fruits with the high content of sugar, high content of sodium and proteins with the high content of saturated fats.

HAVE YOU EVER MET SOMEONE WITH DIABETES?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS?

img_2973A person with Diabetes produces insufficient insulin to control glucose levels in their blood. Each of us needs glucose in our blood but the levels of glucose cannot be too high otherwise can damage your body with time. Glucose in the blood stream comes from carbohydrates which are change into glucose after you have eaten them.Your liver makes some glucose. The INSULIN is a hormone produced by the pancreas so for a person with DIABETES the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep your glucose levels in the normal range.

This happens because

The pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body has become insulin resistant (insensitive to insulin) and the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin.

WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?

If you have type 1 Diabetes your body does not produce any insulin (or it produces very little). Type 1 Diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents; however, it can occur at any age. This type of Diabetes cannot be prevented, but it can be managed through a combination of healthy food choices, exercise and medication (INSULIN). We as parents generally carry with us this every day.

Syringes

Insulin Pen

Jet injectors that use high pressure to send a spray of insulin through the skin

Insulin pumps that dispense insulin trough flexible tubing to a catheter under the skin of the abdomen

A periodic test called the A1C blood test estimates glucose levels in your blood over the previous three months.Its used to help identify overall glucose level control and the risk of complications including organ damage.

CHANGE IN LIFESTYLE IN PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

Frequent testing of your blood sugar levels
Careful meal planning
Daily exercise
Taking insulin and more medications as needed

TYPE 1 DIABETES IN ADULTS

When I finished my degree in 1998 Diabetes type 1 was common in kids and young teenagers, but nowadays it can be developed at any age. Adults may develop a specific form of type 1 diabetes known LADA (Latent autoimmune diabetes adulthood). It tends to develop slowly than type 1 diabetes in children and young adults and people with LADA may be misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DEVELOP TYPE 1 SYMPTOMS?

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children and young adults tend to develop quickly over a few weeks or a few days. Type 1 diabetes is a dangerous condition If is left untreated for too long

SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES TO BE AWARE OF

Excessive thirst
Unusually high levels of urination
Feeling tired all the time
Loss of muscular weight and unexplained weight loss
Pains in the stomach
Extreme tiredness

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Is a lifelong disease that affects the way your body manages glucose in the blood. The insulin produced in our pancreas lets cells turn into glucose from the food we eat into energy. People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but their cells don’t use it as well as they should.Doctors call this insulin resistance.

At first, the pancreas makes more insulin to try to get glucose into the cells.But eventually it cannot keep up and the sugar builds up in your blood instead. There are a few others that are related to the source of the condition.

GENES: There are different pieces of DNA that affect how your body makes insulin

EXTRA WEIGHT: Being overweight or obese can cause Insulin resistance, especially If you carry your extra pounds around the middle, it seems that type 2 diabetes is affecting more children and teens, adults because of the childhood obesity.

METABOLIC SYNDROME:

People with insulin resistance often have a group of conditions including high blood glucose extra fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides.

TOO MUCH SUGAR FROM YOUR LIVER:

When the blood sugar is low your liver makes and sends out glucose.After you eat, the blood sugar goes up and usually the liver will slow down and stores glucose for later, but some people livers don’t.

BAD COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CELLS:

Sometimes cells send wrong signals or don’t pick up messages correctly. When these problems affect how your cells make and use insulin or glucose a chain reaction can lead to diabetes.

BAD COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CELLS

Sometimes cells send the wrong signals or don’t pick up messages correctly. When these problems affect how your cells make and use insulin or glucose, a chain reaction can lead to diabetes

BROKEN BETA CELLS

If the cells that make insulin send out the wrong amount of insulin at the wrong time, your blood sugar gets thrown off. High blood glucose can damage these cells too.

Other factors that are very common nowadays are affecting more people with Diabetes.

Getting too little or no exercise

Smoking

Stress

Sleeping too little or too much

Diets high in simple carbohydrates (sugars)

There are other kinds of Diabetes-like GESTATIONAL DIABETES

HOW CAN WE HELP AND ADVICE PEOPLE WITH TYPE 1AND TYPE 2 DIABETES?

Is important to stop and think for a minute the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and is not necessary to be ill to realised the importance of being healthy , and feeling healthy to make the right choices every time we go to the supermarket, every time we go to a restaurant, every time we go to a birthday party.

Once your mind and body create new and healthy habits will be difficult to fall into sugar temptations. IS important to work in any physical activity.People with Diabetes should get at least 150 mins of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise spread out over at least three days a week, housework or gardening will be fine.

EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

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Aim for at least two servings of non-starchy vegetables each day, especially leafy greens.Like spinach, kale, swiss chard, bok choy. They are very low in calories and have wonderful vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Enjoy fresh fruit every day, except apples and grapes and banana as they have the high content of sugars.

One of the most important recommendations is being Mindful of food. Take the time to sit on the table, ask yourself … What Am I eating? Am I hungry, nervous, anxious, bored?

Am I eating this for the sheer pleasure of it?

If we stop and become aware of what we eat , this will be half of the battle.

Some of the information contained in this article is coming from New Zealand Diabetes Association, WebMD, and the Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

If you have any comment or any experience with Diabetes please write and say something to me. I would love to hear from you. Si me quieren escribir en Espanol por favor no lo duden.

Un abrazo!

With love!

AndreaP

 

 

Life, family and Diabetes.

November is the awareness month of Diabetes. We are trying to get funds to find the cure for the lifelong condition called DIABETES, through the Spinal Cord Society.

I try don’t think much about this but when I want to have a mindful moment, when the kids are in bed or one of those days when I feel down and sad ; I close my eyes and the memories of that painful moment when one of my babies was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes come to my mind and I burst in tears.

I am sure there are lots of parents, who have gone trough the same situation, the same pain and worries, the feelings of not knowing what is going to happen, how we can live normal when our kids must have injected insulin to be alive.

It is very hard to understand !

It is very hard to comprehend the responsibility we have as parents with kids with Type one Diabetes.

Mateo one of my sons, was diagnosed at the age of 2.

I remember I was toilet training him when suddenly , his eyes started getting blurred and watery, he was complaining about a sore tummy, he was doing wees more than his twin brother and drinking so much water that I couldn’t believe it!

He could have a full glass of water straight away!

His father is Type 1 diabetic as well, so the possibilities to get Diabetes are much higher. I’ve been at hospitals in the past, I loved the subject of Diabetes when I was studying it, so I knew that his symptoms were not normal but I did not want to accept it.

One day we went to have dinner away from home and while everybody was sitting quiet, Mateo drunk a full glass of water and the entire meal. We all worried and waited to get back home and take his sugar levels with his father’s glucometer… I did not want to know! And oh surprise his sugar levels were 33mcg when the normal values are between 4-12 mcg in children.

The father , my eldest son and me all hugged together and cried because we knew the meaning of that…

So we went to hospital the day after and stayed there for a week and it was the time when I realised that life is vulnerable and we don’t know what can happen tomorrow that makes us appreciate life more, especially when they are so little and so soft and precious!

What is Diabetes? What does it mean Type 1 Diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus occurs when the body cannot produce insulin or when the insulin the body makes does not work properly. The name comes from Greek as Diabetes meaning siphon or running through, excess of urine.Mellitus, meaning honey like ( sweetness of the urine ) What are the causes of Diabetes?

It could be a combination of genes, and some things in the environment, which are harmless to most people for example common viruses or immune system that attack the beta cells of the pancreas, causing a decrease of insulin.

When Diabetes develops, glucose levels rise above normal, often as much as five to ten times normal. Excess spills over into the urine drawing water with it causing excessive passing of urine and dehydration. Weight loss is common as the body cannot use glucose as source of energy and instead starts break down in fat and muscle.

Excessive tiredness and mood changes are common because the kids feel unwell.

How do I provide Insulin to the body when the body does not produce it?

Insulin cannot be given by mouth because it would be destroyed by the acid in the stomach, so the only way to give insulin is by injecting short and long acting insulin that goes straight to the bloodstream through the use of injections or a pump. That means that the kids or adults diagnosed with Diabetes need to put insulin with needles before every meal and they have to test their sugars levels at least 8 times a day.

It seems easy ah?

And nobody talks about this!

We as parents would like to create awareness of the importance of having a healthy diet free of simple sugars, full of complex carbohydrates, full of vegetables and fruits with low content of sugars as well as water as the main source of liquids and the most importantly full of love and patience.

It is hard to understand what it means to have a normal life with four kids and one with diabetes.

How can I give him a normal life when I need to have restrictions with sugars and food?

Well this is the part that I want to work on this month as I know there are a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about a healthy diet for diabetics.

I would like you to keep connected because I want to share some of my experiences with you, it is possible to have families with diabetic children, and have a healthy and happy life.

I will be sharing sugar free recipes, model of ideal menus for the whole family .

Live and love!

AndreaP