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Healthy food tips for people with diabetes


It does not mean that just because you have diabetes, you will not have any access to great tasting food. Do you know that having the right healthy meal plan may even help reverse diabetes? Having diabetes does not mean that it is the end of the world. Rather, it is an opportunity for you to just pay attention to your meals so that you can improve your condition.

The very first tip that you will hear when you have diabetes is that you have to lose weight but aside from exercising, the type of food that you are going to eat will create a huge difference on how successful your weight loss is going to be. Here are some tips that you have to remember so that you can eat healthy food with ease:

1. Choose high fiber meals.

Fiber is needed by the body in order to prevent you from feeling hungry. It can also lessen the cravings that you may have for unhealthy food. At the same time, they can effectively provide just the right amount of sugar and carbohydrates needed by the body as they are digested slowly. Most people think that they do not need carbohydrates but without carbohydrates, people will not have enough energy.

2. Avoid Processed Food

There may be a lot of processed food that you are fond of. For instance, you may like packaged cereals and baked goods. Processed food products are usually packed with a lot of sugar that you would not need to have.

3. Add Leafy Greens to Your Diet

It may be a bit hard for you to start including vegetables to your diet if you have never liked eating them but adding some leafy greens will help you become healthier and at the same time, you can also start feeling full without feeling guilty.

Remember that diabetes food may not be too different from the food that healthy people usually eat. You can change your lifestyle through the food that you consume and you will surely feel the difference.

In pursuit of a good story

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS is a viral respiratory illness transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and bodily secretions from an infected person. It manifests flu-like symptoms.

At the height of the SARS scare in 2003, DOH (Department of Health) beat people have no other recourse but to cover and write about the latest update on the health malady.

I want a different perspective of the story so I designate myself to visit the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, one of the DOH’s assigned government SARS centers in Metro Manila. The other one was found in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

I have planned to come up with a news feature and a profile story from the interview with front line health workers who are directly handling suspected SARS patients.

The idea is quite scary isn’t it? What was I thinking then? We are not even covered by a medical insurance just in case me and my co-workers catch the virus during the coverage. I don’t even have the slightest idea of the existing life insurance rates. Also, I have two little susceptible kids to worry about.

But there’s no turning back. With only surgical masks and alcohol as our protection we proceeded to RITM.

My photographer was all worried to enter the RITM premises, but I assure him we are not going to meet a patient inside as we are not allowed to do so.

The interview and hospital facility guided tour turn out well. I felt good about myself as only few print reporters at the time including those from TV were able to visit the SARS referral center.

I did it all for the love of my job and goal to get a first hand account. After all the worries, I get to see my story published the following day.

Fortunately, none of us get sick after the coverage. Thank God.

Pimple free skin

My 13-year-old daughter is beginning to worry about her face. She has pimples on the forehead, cheek and even scalp. I advise her to use anti-bacterial facial scrub to wash her face. It’s the same facial solution that I use to minimize my acne problem. She has delicate skin and I don’t want her to apply anything (except for the facial scrub) on her young skin that may damage it. When she’s older and earning her own money maybe she can afford to undergo acne light. For now, I can recommend her to follow these useful tips to achieve a pimple free skin.

Wash you face especially in the morning and before bed; drink plenty of water; eat healthy foods; have enough sleep and rest; and do not prick you pimples (daughter I hope you’re reading this). describes acne as a skin condition, usually of the face, that is common in adolescents. It is characterised by red pimples, and is caused by the inflammation of sebaceous glands through bacterial infection.