Month: July 2019

Diabetes Friendly Grocery Link Share

www.healthline.com/hlcmsresource/images/diabetes/6420-How_to_Plan_a_Diabetes-Friendly_Grocery_List.pdf

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Ten Cup Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars until blended. Beat in eggs. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut, pecans and raisins.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 97 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Originally published as 10 Cup Cookies in Fast Track 2019

10-Cup Cookies
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/10-cup-cookies/

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Facts About Cats~

https://nationalkitty.com/10-facts-about-cats-almost-no-one-knows/

They Have Amazing Night Vision

  1. Cats can have 8 times as many rod cells than humans, allowing them to see much better in low light. They’re elliptical pupils and a structure called “tapetum lucidum” help collect more light back to the retina for better night vision. It’s because of this that cats are some of nature’s best nocturnal hunters!
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2. Cats Show Affection With Their Eyes

When your cat gazes at you with its eyes half closed or blinks slowly, it’s a sign of trust! It means they are relaxed and content around you. These slow blinks can be thought of as kitty kisses!

3. The Oldest Known Pet Cat is From 9,500 Years Ago

Most people think the Egyptians domesticated cats, but the oldest record of a pet cat is from 9,500 years ago in Cyprus, Greece. This predates egyptian cats by 4,000 years!

Image by Kiara M. Newman

4. A French Cat Was Sent on a Space Mission

Félicette, also known as “Astro Cat” was the first and only cat to visit outer space. Electrodes wired in her brain sent signals of neurological activity back to earth. Her mission was in 1963 and she made it back safely!

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5. Cats Hear Better Than Dogs.

Cats can hear two octaves higher than humans and 1 octave higher than dogs. An article posted on animal planet’s websitesays that cat ears are “like a sophisticated satellite dish turning to pick up a signal.”

Image by Gregory Breton

6. Egyptian Cats Had Elaborate Funerals

In ancient Egypt, the family of a deceased cat would mourn by shaving off their eyebrows and having a burial ceremony. They would mummify the cat along with some mice to keep them company in the afterlife.

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7. Cat Brains are More Similar to Human Brains than Dog Brains

Human brains and cat brains have a very similar structure. Cats and humans have identical regions of the brain responsible for emotion. They even have the capacity for short-term and long-term memory, just like humans.

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8. Some Cats Like Water!

Some cats in hot climates like to cool off by taking a dip. For example, Turkish Vans love to swim and hunt fish. Most cats don’t like water because their fur is not water resistant, but the Turkish Van has a water resistant coat.

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9. Cats Sweat Through Their Paws

Cats don’t have sweat glands all over their body like humans do. Instead, they sweat through their paws. A sweaty cat may leave behind wet paw-prints! Since their paws have very little surface area, they take extra steps to stay cool like finding a shady spot or laying down on cool surfaces.

10. Cats Can’t Taste Sweet Things

Cats are the only known mammals who do not have taste receptors for sweetness.  A 2005 Monell Chemical Senses Center study in Philadelphia found that cats lack the amino acids needed to make the sugar detector gene. This is true for all cats- lions, tigers, and leopards included.

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Stovetop Meatloaf (for 2)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Italian tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the milk, oats, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two loaves.
  • In a small nonstick skillet, brown loaves on all sides; drain. Combine the cornstarch, tomato sauce and water until smooth. Pour over meat loaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until meat is no longer pink, 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts

1 meatloaf: 292 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch

Stovetop Meat Loaves
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/stovetop-meat-loaves/

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Want A Flat Stomach? Stay Away From These Things

Slide 1 of 16: Stomach bloating is natural, but certain foods are more likely to cause it than others.Examples include lentils, beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, dairy, apples, and grains.Many of these foods have nutrients that our bodies can't digest, so they're instead fermented by bacteria, which can lead to gas and bloating. Stomach bloating is unfortunately a  normal and natural part of life. But some foods cause more bloat than others. That's because many of these foods contain nutrients that our bodies can't digest, like lactose, a natural sugar that's found in dairy.FODMAPs are another example. These short-chain carbohydrates can't be digested by the small intestine, so instead they end up in the large intestine, which is where they're fermented by bacteria. This fermentation process causes gas and bloating. While not eating or drinking the foods and beverages listed below won't help you lose weight or get washboard abs, it will help you avoid bloating, and will thus have you looking leaner.
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15 things you should never eat or drink if you want a flat stomach

Stomach bloating is natural, but certain foods are more likely to cause it than others.Examples include lentils, beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, dairy, apples, and grains.Many of these foods have nutrients that our bodies can’t digest, so they’re instead fermented by bacteria, which can lead to gas and bloating.

Stomach bloating is unfortunately a normal and natural part of life.

But some foods cause more bloat than others.

That’s because many of these foods contain nutrients that our bodies can’t digest, like lactose, a natural sugar that’s found in dairy.

FODMAPs are another example. These short-chain carbohydrates can’t be digested by the small intestine, so instead they end up in the large intestine, which is where they’re fermented by bacteria. This fermentation process causes gas and bloating.

While not eating or drinking the foods and beverages listed in this slide show won’t help you lose weight or get washboard abs, it will help you avoid bloating, and will thus have you looking leaner.

Dairy

Dairy products like cheese and milk can cause digestion issues – especially if you’re lactose-intolerant or sensitive. Lactose is a natural sugar that’s found in dairy products, and those who are lactose intolerant don’t have the enzymes needed to break down this sugar.

Luckily, there are plenty of dairy substitutes out there, like soy or almond milk, which are ideal for those who are lactose intolerant or just looking to avoid dairy.

Cruciferous vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale all fall under the category of cruciferous vegetables. These foods are high in a number of nutrients like folate, vitamin C, and fiber. They’re even thought to help prevent cancer.

But they also contain raffinose, a type of carbohydrate that our bodies can’t break down because we lack a certain enzyme to do so. Instead, raffinose is fermented by bacteria, a primary cause of gas and bloating.

If you don’t want to give up these vegetables, try roasting or steaming them to make them easier to digest.

Foods high in sodium

Most Americans consume more salt than the recommended daily amount. Our bodies’ natural reaction to eating too much salt is to retain water, and when the body holds on to water, it bloats.

As a guideline, most healthy people should be capping their sodium intake at 2,300 mg per day. Those who have diabetes or high blood pressure, or who are over 50, should only be consuming 1,500 mg per day.

Packaged and processed foods, like canned soups, deli meats, and pre-made sauces, commonly contain large amounts of sodium

Alcohol

Just like high-sodium foods, alcohol causes the body to retain water, leading to puffiness and bloating. Drinking can also trigger constipation, which leaves people feeling bloated as well.

Watermelon

It might be hard to believe that watermelon could do anything to your body, considering it’s mostly water. But it contains plenty of fructose, a natural sugar that gives the fruit its sweetness. Many people are unable to absorb fructose, which is why watermelon can lead to bloating.

Legumes

Legumes refer to plants that grow fruit in the form of a pod. Examples include beans, peas, lentils, and soybeans. These foods are all high in fiber and protein, which is what makes them good for you, but also what makes them hard to digest.

Because legumes are packed with fiber that our bodies can’t absorb, our gut bacteria goes to work on them instead, which causes gas and bloating.

To avoid this, try eating legumes with whole grains that are easy to digest like rice or quinoa, or soak dried beans overnight, which helps to break down non-digestible fiber.

Yogurt

When it comes to yogurt, it all depends on what kind you’re consuming. Plain yogurt can actually help your stomach because it contains probiotics, which are known to regulate digestion.

However, if you’re eating flavored yogurt that’s high in sugar, you’ll have more fermentation going on in your body, which means more gas and bloating.

Grains

Grains like rye and wheat contain fructan, a carb that many people have a hard time digesting.

According to multiple gastroenterologists, people often think gluten is irritating their stomachs when really it’s the fructan. When a carb can’t be absorbed, it’s instead fermented by gut bacteria, which leads to gas and bloating.1

Carbonated beverages

No matter if it’s soda or sparkling water, any sort of fizzy beverage can lead to bloating. That’s because the bubbles present in these drinks cause your stomach to inflate.

Onions

Surprisingly, onions contain carbs. More specifically, they contain the same carb that’s found in grains: fructan.

Fructan is not only hard for your body to absorb, but also leads to more water being stored in the intestine. This, in turn, can cause bloating.

Artificial sweeteners

Many people gravitate toward artificial sweeteners because they have no calories. But calories aren’t everything, and sweeteners like xylitol and sorbitol take a long time for the small intestine to digest, which is why substances like these can lead to bloating.

The five artificial sweeteners that the FDA has approved – and therefore some of the most common – are: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.

Popcorn

There isn’t anything specific in this popular snack that causes bloating; it’s simply the volume of popcorn that most people eat which causes your stomach to expand more than usual.

One serving of popcorn is anywhere from three to four cups. One cup is about the size of a tennis ball, which is a lot of popcorn for your stomach to hold.

Sugar-free gum

As stated earlier, artificial sweeteners are a big culprit when it comes to bloating. Because sugar-free gum contains these sweeteners – mostly sugar alcohols – it can also cause gas and bloating.

Plus, the actual act of chewing gum isn’t great for your stomach either, because you swallow a lot of air doing that.

Apples

Apples contain three things that contribute to gas and bloating: fiber, fructose, and sorbitol. Fructose and sorbitol are natural sugars – although sorbitol is often used as an artificial sweetener in foods – that many people can’t tolerate.

Other fruits that contain sorbitol include peaches, pears, prunes, and plums.

Coffee

While coffee is a diuretic, it’s also acidic, which is why it can lead to a swollen and irritated stomach for those who are sensitive.

And if you’re lactose-intolerant or even sensitive, adding milk to your coffee will only make things worse.

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.Stomach bloating is natural, but certain foods are more likely to cause it than others.
Examples include lentils, beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, dairy, apples, and grains.

Many of these foods have nutrients that our bodies can’t digest, so they’re instead fermented by bacteria, which can lead to gas and bloating.

Stomach bloating is, unfortunately, a normal and natural part of life.
But some foods cause more bloat than others.
That’s because many of these foods contain nutrients that our bodies can’t digest, like lactose, a natural sugar that’s found in dairy.
FODMAPs are another example. These short-chain carbohydrates can’t be digested by the small intestine, so instead, they end up in the large intestine, which is where they’re fermented by bacteria. This fermentation process causes gas and bloating.
While not eating or drinking the foods and beverages listed in this slide show won’t help you lose weight or get washboard abs, it will help you avoid bloating, and will thus have you looking leaner

Thank you for reading 🙂

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Each moment…with words that I wish my heart would eliminate.
Each pain…feeling like it’s all in vain.
Each word…wondering and worrying, its absurb.
There is always an equal and opposite reaction,an action and reaction.
Make yours count. Make wise choices.

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