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Diabetic Diet Food – Healthy Food Handling Tips

Did you know that making a few changes with the way you choose and prepare your food could contribute to the health of people with diabetes and the rest of the family?
Eating healthy is essential for diabetics to help them control their blood sugar level, maintain their weight, and prevent them from suffering heart disease and other complications. Though termed as diabetic diet food, the meals prepared for people with diabetes are good for the whole family too.
Here are some healthy cooking and food handling tips for diabetics and the rest of your family:
• Trim the fat. When purchasing meat, choose lean cuts of pork, beef, lamb, and veal. Before cooking, remove all visible fat from the meat.
• Make soups one day ahead and store them in the fridge. This will allow you to remove the fat that has formed on the top of the soup once it is chilled.
• Instead of frying, try other ways of cooking meat products like grilling. Rub dry herbs and spices over the meat before grilling them. It gives the meat great flavor, plus there is no oil or fat involved in your cooking.
• If you really want to eat fried foods, use olive oil in food preparation instead of butter, margarine, or other types of oil. Avoid saturated and trans fat as much as possible. Use non-stick pans and cooking spray too.
• Cut down on sodium. Too much salt in your diet can increase your risk of high blood pressure. Limit salt use by training your taste buds to appreciate herbs and spices. Good salt replacement herbs include basil, bay, dill, rosemary, thyme, dill, and mint.
• When handling vegetables, be sure not to overcook them if ever they require cooking. Veggies tend to lose their nutrients when overcooked. When selecting vegetables, pick those that are in season. Wash them using tap water. Peel them thinly since most of the nutrients of vegetables are mainly found just below their skin. Take care to cook the veggies over low fire. This helps preserve the natural flavors of the veggies and makes them easier to digest.
Eating foods that are good for you requires healthy preparation. Try these healthy food handling tips mentioned above and you are on your way to managing your diabetes.
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Does Our Health Care System Want You to Be Healthy?

Health insurance companies are posting billions of profit dollars every quarter on Wall Street. Between 2008 and 2011 while the US recession was at its worst, profits for the five largest health care insurance companies increased by 61%.
Insurance premiums continue to rise despite the increase in profits. Even worse heart disease and diabetes rates continue to grow at epidemic levels. Ask yourself the question – if a health insurance company is required to report quarterly profits, is that company motivated to pay for immediate required needs such as surgery and drug therapies, or is the company motivated to pay for wellness care which shows benefits in the long run? How can people who are in charge of reporting profits to Wall Street be in charge of deciding what will be covered in your health care plan?
The pharmaceutical industry is another great example of wasteful spending on prescriptions and therapies that don’t cure anything but instead deal with a symptom. If we individually took the approach of eating healthy and using nutrition for wellness and medicine, we might not need those expensive drugs that simply mask our symptoms because we won’t be sick. You may not feel immediate relief in a few hours, but with patience and consistency your symptoms will subside and the condition may even disappear for life. You will feel better and live longer.
For instance, when you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, what does the doctor do? The doctor will prescribe a statin or other cholesterol-lowering drug. The doctor may recommend that you change your diet, but I doubt that the doctor takes the time to fully explain what diet modifications would be needed in order to lower your cholesterol. Does the doctor recommend researching and changing your diet for six months and then deciding whether a drug is necessary? I mean diet changes beyond reducing your egg and beef intake. I was able to cut my cholesterol in half by eating vegan for just a few months. After those few months I added back some animals products, my favorites, slowly and one at a time and I am able to maintain my cholesterol level now with A� of the cholesterol prescription that I took for over 20 years. I was able to completely eliminate all of my other prescriptions through changes in diet, lifestyle, and physical activity. I’m saving hundred of dollars per month just because I don’t need the prescriptions.
Another great example is cancer therapy. Chemotherapy and radiation are the current favorite therapies used by doctors and I am not saying that these therapies are not needed in extreme cases and that they should not be used ever. But instead of waiting until you are diagnosed with cancer, you can try eliminating some animal products from your diet. If you eat 20% or less of animal products, you may cure a cancer you didn’t even know that you had and you may prevent cancer in the future. By animal products, I mean meats, flesh, dairy, eggs, anything that was an animal or comes from an animal.
If you still don’t believe me watch the movie Forks Over Knives. It’s available on the web, through streaming movie services, or rentals. I have seen people whose lives have been completely transformed by simply watching this movie, including some family and close friends.
You can learn how to eat and live for health and wellness on your own by researching topics on the internet or using a health coach. If you are limited in time, the health coach is the easiest way to get private or group instruction on healthy nutrition and lifestyle. It’s not nearly as difficult as you think it is.…

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The Problems Faced When Applying For Continuing Health Care

The more I read the less I understand the complex issues involving Continuing Health Care. The more I study, the more questions I ask, the more confused I become. I’ve watched videos of the lady who successfully won her battle for full National Health Funding and am so pleased she persevered with her long battle and eventually won her case. Why are so many people having such a bad time when they are least able to deal with it?
I look at my own elderly mother with such complex health needs. She can no longer walk and has to be hoisted everywhere. She cannot feed herself and even has tremendous difficulty drinking from a beaker. I was advised by a friend to apply for an assessment for continuing care. This was done in hospital without me being present and of course, as expected, she was turned down for a full assessment. To be honest I cannot even believe we were talking about the same person so have asked for a re-assessment now she is in a Nursing Home, but really do not hold out much hope of success. Everything seems loaded against it. Although the criteria is supposed to be the same throughout the whole Country now, it appears to me that everyone interprets the rules and regulations differently unless of course the case is fast tracked because of a terminal illness and even then, I believe, this is not always without complications.
When my mother was in hospital, although we all wanted her home, I was told by Nurses, Physio, Doctors and Consultants that there was no likelihood of her ever returning to her home as her needs would be difficult to manage. This would have been even more costly because she would need double-handed care in view of hoisting. There was no question of a residential placement and we were told that only nursing care would be appropriate for her needs. There seemed no way out and therefore pressure was put on us to find a Nursing Home. We were told this had to be done as a matter of urgency as she was now bed blocking!!! This was not an easy task and although self funding, we did not have much choice in finding a vacancy. In the end accepted a Nursing Home much further away than we wanted.
It seems that one minute we are told that continual nursing is a necessity and then when we ask for a Continuing Health assessment everything is stacked firmly against us. The rules on intensity, predictability etc always seem to be interpreted differently.
I know we have severe NHS budget cuts at present but why should these people have to suffer when at 90 years of age they have contributed so much throughout their lives to the NHS and the Country?…