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November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Keep Your Family Healthy!

admin - November 10, 2011

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Eating Whole Grains Can Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and one thing that you should be aware of is the growing number of young children, adolescents and adults under the age of 45 who are becoming afflicted with type 2 diabetes.

To keep your family healthy, start today by making food changes for family meals. For example:

  • Choose fat free yogurts, cheeses, and other dairy products.
  • Keep lots of fresh fruits and veggies on hand for snacking.
  • Add non-starchy vegetables to your meals.*
  • Eat more fish and less meat.
  • When buying meat, choose lean varieties, such as turkey, chicken and loin cuts like sirloin, pork loin and tenderloin. (Don’t forget to remove the skin from the turkey and chicken!)
  • Choose brown rice, wheat pastas and whole-grain breads over white rice, seminola pastas and breads made with white flour.
  • Choose whole-wheat cereals with little to no added sugar. (Add fresh fruit for sweetness!)
  • Incorporate dried beans and legumes into your meals, such as kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, and split peas.
  • Choose oils that are low in saturated fat, such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, and canola oil (Use sparingly.)
  • Avoid fried foods.
  • Avoid sugar-filled beverages, including sodas, alcohol and juices. (Rather than juice, eat fresh fruit or blend fresh fruit with crushed ice, skim milk and/or fat-free yogurt into a refreshing and healthy beverage!)
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This is a Diabetes-Appropriate Recipe

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Other Resources

*Need a list of non-starch vegetables? I found this list on the Mayo Clinic site:

Want your family to eat more vegetables? Roast them to bring out their natural sweetness! Read our past post:

Join the American Diabetes Association® as they celebrate American Diabetes Month®. Take a pledge to Stop Diabetes™. Visit to find out more at:

Clicking on the first picture in this post gives additional diabetes management information, and clicking on the second picture will give the salmon recipe shown.


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