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Foods to avoid when managing diabetes

If you're managing , watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. "The basic goal of nutrition for people with diabetes is to avoid blood sugar spikes," says Gerald Bernstein, M.D., director of the diabetes management program at Friedman Diabetes Institute,  New York. Things like lollies and soft drink can be dangerous for diabetics because the body absorbs these simple sugars almost instantly. 

Some foods you should try and avoid (as they have a high GI value - see more about GI below) include:

  • white rice (substitute for brown or basmati)
  • white pasta (have small servings)
  • dried fruit
  • juices and smoothies
  • pretzels
  • fries
  • white breads
  • dry biscuits
  • soft drinks
  • blended coffees

If there is something here that you love, then just be aware of portion control, and enjoy once in a while. :)

Foods which can help lower blood sugars include:

  • nuts
  • legumes
  • avocado
  • greek yoghurt
  • grains
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • green tea
  • most green veggies

What exactly does GI mean?

Carbohydrate is an essential part of our diets, but not all carbohydrate foods are equal. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.

There are three ratings for GI:
In individual portions:
Low = GI value 55 or less
Medium = GI value of 56 – 69 inclusive
High = GI 70 or more

 

So check with your health professional as to what is best for you - everyone is different, so what works for someone may not be best for you.

 

New Menu (and what we did with our remaining meals)

You'll probably know by now that this week we launched our amazing new diabetes meal range and they started despatching last week! We're so excited to hear your feedback.

We've kept some of your favourites and added some more fibre and reduced the salt - the flavours are even more tasty and we know you'll love them. 

From now on we'll be introducing new meals seasonally to keep our menu varied and give you lots of ready to reheat meals to choose from.

Our existing meals were expiring in October so whilst we could have kept selling them, we decided to launch our yummy new menu and donate the existing meals to the Salvation Army and Prahran Mission for their kitchens. These charities provide meals to the homeless and folk who need help. Both such very worthy organisations who are grateful for donations, so we were pleased to be able to do this.

In the meantime we've been busy formulating our new French Vanilla meal replacement and this will be ready late September. It's just divine!

Understanding diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where a person has high blood sugar (glucose) levels. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy.

Most of the cells in your body need glucose as a source of energy. When you eat carbohydrate, such as a bowl of cereal, pasta or fruit, your digestive system breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose (simple sugars), which travel through your blood stream to give energy to your cells.

Insulin is released by the beta cells in response to the rise in blood glucose levels after eating.

Insulin directs the glucose into the liver and muscle cells by promoting the storage of nutrients and preventing your blood glucose levels to rise too high. Insulin also increases the uptake of amino acids (building blocks of protein) and fatty acids (building blocks of fats) into protein and fat stores. Insulin is very important for regulating metabolism by promoting energy storage and cell growth.

The liver converts glucose that is not needed immediately for energy into glycogen which is stored in the liver. When blood glucose levels drop too low your liver is prompted to release it’s stored glycogen into glucose and release it into the bloodstream. 

A normal functioning pancreas ensures there is a staple supply of nutrients for your body. This is important for certain organs such as your brain which depend on a steady supply of glucose.

In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced (type 1 diabetes who rely on insulin injections or pumps)  or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body (type 2 diabetes). Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood resulting in high blood glucose levels. After eating, the glucose is carried around your body in your blood.

Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia.

In a person who is overweight or obese, the cells of the body become less responsive to insulin, which in turn causes the body to secrete more insulin to maintain normal metabolism. The pancreas would usually try and compensate for this resistance by pumping out more insulin, for most people with insulin resistance, blood glucose levels stay within a normal range. But for some people, the insulin producing cells fail to keep up with this demand with blood glucose levels rising and resulting in Type 2 diabetes.

If you’re managing diabetes you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. Blood glucose levels can be monitored and managed through self-care, lifestyle changes and treatment. Your health professional, doctor, diabetes educator or dietitian can help you find out what works best for you.

For more information visit Diabetes Australia

We won the Small Business Award for 2017!

In August this year we were thrilled to win the monthly Small Business Award from radio 3AW and Momentum Energy. We won 2 weeks of advertising on 3AW and as a small business, this exposure was invaluable. We don't have a big marketing budget (our money goes into research and development) so you can imagine how much this meant to us!

3aw Small Business Award Winner 2017

Yesterday we joined all the worthy monthly winners at a morning tea at 3AW to hear who won the annual 2017 award - and guess what - it was us!! We are so thrilled as they chose us out of a mighty group of small businesses that have worked just as hard as us to build their business.

We'd like to acknowledge every worthy monthly winner and share their businesses along with ours. Here they are:

February
Dexterous Systems (AUST)
March
Great Ocean Stays
April
Bass Coast Cleaning & Property Maintenance
May
MOMO Traralgon
June
Animal land
July
Uptick
September
Arlo & Co
October
Trolley Master Australasia Pty Ltd t/as CarryMaster
November
Neumode Design & Construction Pty Ltd
We'll post a link to the interview with Denis Walter yesterday shortly.

Diabetes Australia risk calculator

Diabetes Australia have a very handy Type 2 risk calculator. With T2 on the increase daily this is a handy little calculator to help you work out your risk of getting diabetes.

Try it here.

If you have any questions please contact us and our dietitian or diabetes educator will be able to answer general questions. But don't forget, everyone is different so please be sure to see your health professional for advice tailored to suit your requirements.

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