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We've moved to a larger facility to give you even better service.

It's been an exciting and hectic week for us at Diabetes Meals Online and we're thrilled with our new, much larger home which means our customer service is now second to none!

We can now despatch your orders faster (often same day) and we'll never be out of stock again as we have everything in one place - whew.

We've employed more people to help with getting your orders out asap and they are as passionate about quality and customer service as we are - we're a very happy committed team that's growing!

We're also busy tasting new meals, and devising new snacks and desserts. Our range will be changing seasonally and we'll be adding in new meals on a regular basis keeping your menu fresh and updated :)

We've also started updating everything with our new fresh green logo and you'll see this on your packaging and across social media sites.

Our diabetes meals are home delivered, and we'll soon be taking them to supermarkets and speciality stores so stay tuned to find your local stockist.

Our new Chocolate flavoured meal replacements are flying off the shelf and soon we'll be introducing new yummy flavours. Customers are loving the chocolate milkshake taste with the low calories, and the vitamins and minerals.

Thanks for helping us grow! We are 100% committed to making meal time easier (and delicious!).

 

 

 

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All things Gluten Free

Are you constantly looking for recipes that are egg free/dairy free/gluten free/ nut free.... and the list goes on? You might be filling up lunch boxes for children with allergies, or needing to make special snacks and desserts for others (or yourself) with allergies.

We've come across a terrific recipe book called Abundance by best selling author Tania Hubbarb (we know Tania and she's passionate about this). 

Packed with 50 recipes that are simple to make, you'll find a range of different options depending on the allergy you need to work around.

Tania delivers world wide.

Check it out here.

 

Your relationship with Food

We just love Renza S (a fantastic blogger who talks about all things diabetes and manages her own type 1) and it turns out she loves Nigella Lawson. So do we! Here's a fun piece of her blog on Nigella and our relationship with food.

Over the weekend, my mum and I took ourselves to see Nigella Lawson in conversation with Gary Mehigan. We were sitting in the first few rows which meant that we would have been within spitting distance of the Domestic Goddess if she were the spitting type. She is not.

Anyone who knows me would be aware that I have a massive crush on Nigella. I love everything about her and, truth be told, I want to be her, or be best friends with her. It’s tragic, but I’m owning it. I fell in love with her because of the way she talks about food with such abandon and passion. I completely understand getting excited at a farmers’ market when it’s suddenly cherry season, or when beautiful fresh asparagus spears are readily available in the supermarket at the start of spring. I get the idea of swooning at the smell and delightful crunch of the crust of a freshly-baked loaf of sourdough, and the desire to immediately slather it in slabs of salted butter.

Her recipe books on the shelf in our kitchen are well used, dog-eared and splattered with whatever ingredients a recipe calls for – the sign of a book that is frequently used and much loved. Her recipes are simple, always turn out as she promises and inevitably taste delicious. Plus, the little blurb she writes to introduce each recipe is always so eloquent and evocative that I can almost taste what I am about to create.

In recent years, I have really come to appreciate that Nigella has stuck to her guns as a food writer and cook, and not swayed into the world of wellness or pseudo-science dietetics. It would be very easy for her to have done that – she would make a killing! After all, who wouldn’t follow – and buy – everything she said if there was a promise of becoming just like Nigella?! She has remained honest to simply cooking food that is unpretentious, delicious and laden with all the things that make food taste good.

On Saturday night, Nigella’s commitment to enjoying food and seeing it as something to be celebrated was clear. She spoke about how food can trigger memories and be the thing that brings family and friends together. She told stories of family recipes and reminisced about where they came from. She spoke of her love of wooden spoons and the stories they can tell.

Read the rest of Renza's post here.

Introducing The Diabetes Kitchen

Over the next few months you'll start seeing your products branded with our new logo - The Diabetes Kitchen which we've been working on for weeks. We're very excited with the updated clean and modern look and we hope you are too.

We're busy working with our dietitians and food technologists to bring you new meals and related products under this brand and have just launched our new Chocolate flavoured Meal Replacements which taste just like a chocolate milkshake - delicious!

Diabetes Meal Replacement

We look forward to sharing our new meal range very soon! We're testing and tasting right now!

Fruit and sugars - what's the story?

Our good friend Professor Kouris (who developed Skinnybiks) shares some advice about berries: Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, apricots and kiwis have the lowest amount of sugar (7g per cup).

Grapes and blueberries have more sugar at 15g per cup and mangos have the most sugar at 45g per large mango.


If you have diabetes don't avoid fruit, just have smaller portions of the higher sugar fruit e.g half a mango.

There are lots of recipe books available with delicous ideas for fruits!

Read more here.

Stay safe in the Extreme Heat

Well it's going to be super hot in Victoria for the next 2 days. For that reason we won't be despatching orders until Tuesday (as Monday is a public holiday).

Here's some tips for staying safe in the heat. And don't forget to check your blood sugar levels more frequently.

Stay safe in the heat

Introducing Super Smooth Meal Replacement!

Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes can give you the chance to change your lifestyle for the better. It may be that you need to do more exercise or lose weight, or eat healthier foods. Whatever the reason, this diagnosis can give you that little push you may need to get healthier overall.

For many people managing pre-diabetes it's weight loss they need to focus on first. And starting that weight loss is not easy for lots of us! For that reason we've developed a meal replacement to help you get those first kilo's off quickly. Our Super Smooth Chocolate flavoured meal replacement has a delicious taste, only 112 calories and doesn't have that strong aftertaste. Simply mix into 200ml skim milk and replace either breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can even replace 2 meals a day to start with for a short time (our dietitian suggests making sure you have lots of veggies or salad in your diet as well if you are using Super Smooth to replace 2  meals a day).

Launching in early Feb, we know you'll love it! It's packed with nutrients - have a look here.

Diabetes meal replacement

Diabetes management- more than just an eating plan. Christmas edition 🌷

As we head into the festive season and share in the celebrations and festivities, we must not neglect or forget that our blood glucose levels and overall health can often take the brunt of a lot of our "seasonal" choices - food (constant smorgasbord), alcohol, activity (or lack of), sleeping habits. 

Food is not only a source of sustenance and nutrition, it is also made to be enjoyed. Engaging in all of our taste buds and enjoying every bite, mouthful and sip of what we eat or drink is essential, however, we need to be mindful and take a little perspective on the overall impact of our choices beyond the Christmas season. It's like heading into the sunshine to get a dose of Vitamin D and neutralise that skintone without taking safety precautions (hat, umbrella, sunscreen). 🌞

Why you ask? It's just one time of the year you say?
Indeed it's a special time of the year made to be celebrated and enjoyed with family, friends and loved ones.

Whilst it may only be one time of the year, the behaviours we develop and continue, can often extend beyond this period. As a result we can engage in a new set of "normalised" behaviours which stretch out to the following year and suddenly another year has passed. 

So, how do I prepare for the upcoming season, enjoy the festivities whilst still remaining sensible?

1) Plan - diarise the upcoming events✏

2) Prepare - if there is a chance to prepare things in advance or make a list of things, do so 

3) Prioritize - prioritize what events you will attend and host. You can't physically be at 3 breakfast dates all at once. Otherwise you'll find yourself bouncing like a yo-yo ⏰

4) Be active- take this opportunity to go out for walks, runs, swims etc. Activity not only keeps your muscles engaged or frees you from aches and pains, it also refreshes your mind - something we cannot neglect🏏

5) Sleep hygiene- whilst late nights and early starts can be part of the holiday season, it's important that we take this period to also recharge our batteries so we're ready for the upcoming year. A lot of our lifestyle choices, mood, decisions, energy can often be a result of our sleep (or lack of) 🛏

6) Keep yourself accountable to your diabetes management. Whether it's testing your blood glucose levels, taking your meds, injecting your insulin, etc. All these, as tedious as they may seem, are part of you, your health and well-being. Your caring health professional will be able to work with you to plan for the upcoming season.

Most of all enjoy this time, relax and recharge 

Happy living everyone 🍒 🍉


Sherie Sourial- APD, CDE
🌍 www.keepingyouhealthy.com.au

Christmas Order Dates

We want to make sure we get your Diabetes Meals to you (or your loved one if you're sending someone a gift) so please note these dates:

Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, ACT: order by 19th December
Brisbane, Regional Vic, NSW and SA: order by 17th December
Western Australia and regional Queensland: order by 14th December

Please note we won't be despatching orders between Monday 24th December to Tuesday 2nd January (as our couriers are closed).

About Type 2 diabetes

The most common type of diabetes is type 2. We came across this article by Jenn Miller of jenreviews.com which gives a good understanding of the various types of diabetes, and in particular, type 2 so we thought we'd share. Enjoy.

Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by lifestyle choices and circumstances. While you are definitely at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes if there is a family history of diabetes, the risk greatly increases if you are overweight or obese, physically inactive, or aging. These risk factors mean that where there used to be a prevalence of older people getting type 2 diabetes due to aging, now there is a surge in diabetes in children and teenagers due to poor dietary choices and an inactive lifestyle.

Certain ethnic groups, such as Pacific Islanders, Indians, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans are also at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive illness and the treatment is dependent on the stage at which it is diagnosed. Symptoms include pronounced dizziness, an involuntary increase in weight, a constant feeling of hunger and thirst, frequent urination, headaches, and mood swings. While there is no cure for diabetes, preventative measures can be taken if you are diagnosed as prediabetic, and there are multiple steps you can take to manage it after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Read the full article here.

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