Jill’s Tuesday fit tip

Snacking !!!  It can make or break my eating plan and can cause my numbers to rise greatly if I make bad choices. For people #livingwithdiabetes we always need to be mindful about what we eat esp when it comes to snacks. Sometimes it is just easier to go quick and reach for a not so healthy snack but when we are mindful about our choices it really can make a difference in our day to day numbers. I love my new meter and numbers don’t lie so with that said it is for the good of my health to eat healthy foods that will keep my numbers where they need to be. Living with diabetes is kind of a numbers game. I am rarely low but I can go high just by going for the sugar instead of almonds. Going for a bagel instead of having a piece of string cheese and a half of an apple. It’s all in the choices I make. I feel really good when I eat right and chose healthy foods. I don’t feel well when my numbers are high and my body is full of junk food. It may taste good for the moment but I always pay a price for eating junk food.

Don’t get me wrong I love my occasional treat and I won’t skip having a cake or pie on special occasions I just know from living with type 2 as long as I have that I feel my best when I leave sugar out of the equation when picking out my snacks. I have more energy , more clarity and no mood swings when I eat healthy food. When I have sugar or to many bad carbs I am defiantly moody to just about everything, I feel tired and many times have brain fog.

For the month of May I have a few friends that have challenged me to a NO SUGAR MONTH!! Pre-swimsuit month I have agreed to go for it. I get about 3 days of feeling like I have the flu when I usually start something like this but I have been loving having lot’s of Premier Protein items to choose from that are very low in sugar. So I doubt I will have any bad reaction by lowering my sugar this time around.   It’s not for me a all out NO sugar it’s more like just really looking at my labels and making sure I don’t eat anything high in sugar.  I love the pre-made shakes that Premier Protein make.  They are Delicious and incredibly satisfying!!  I have to say that because they are so easy they are my go to for many of my snacks these days.  I am also using their protein powder and bars to make my snacking easier. I will go into more later but I love their protein bars.  I usually only need half to feel satisfied and then I save the other half for later.  They have so many wonderful flavors!!  OH YUM!!

Happy Snacking!

Below I have attached a fact sheet on their shakes.  You can see the many amazing variety they have.

 

Put your Best Fork Forward

I love this years National Nutrition Month Theme!! Put your best for forward!! We all need that boost of I CAN now and then and when this month rolls around it gives me the does in a big way. So many great messages coming to my in box with many great ideas and reminders on how to live a healthier life.

I feel like we had the longest winter ever here in Idaho and the part we live in normally does not get very much snow. This year we had something like 10 snow days due to the bad weather. Because we normally do not get much our cities were not prepared and it took weeks to get dug out of the big snow as I call it. It’s so nice to see spring coming in and the weather start to change. I am looking forward to starting to getting my exercise outside and enjoying the beauty of spring. Below is a of healthy snacks vs unhealthy snack choices. We all can use a reminder on this.

 

Exercise Does Help Ease Depression!

When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was in shock!!  I thought how did I get here.  Well the truth is I lost who I was.  Being Mom and wife always came first and I left myself for last.  Those words from the Dr.  You have Type 2 diabetes did something to my soul.  It put prospective into my life and made me realize that I am no good to others if I don’t first take care of myself.  Struggling from loss and miscarriage through the years made me realize what depression really was.  Many suffer from it.  I don’t know that when I had it that I actually knew I had it but looking back I had all the symptoms.  As I got that diagnosis and started to exercise life changed.  It wasn’t all about what was happening to my body on the outside it was what was happening to my soul and my brain.  Endorphin’s released from exercise can help with depression and that is why I was feeling so good.  It took years for the weight to all come off but what I felt along the way was why I kept exercising!!   I have posted this before but this graphic really helps you realize the benefits of exercise.

Exercise the natural AntidepressantSo if your not already exercising give it a try!! You will notice a difference!!

 

Jill Knapp

Why we should limit our sugar intake!!


That sugar film

Inforgraphic Credit: The Sugar Film

Having type 2 diabetes I know the importance of limiting sugar. I just wish I was better to my body before diagnosis. Now I am a advocate trying to help others gain better health before a diagnosis comes. If we can do anything to help not get a health condition and on this list there are many it would be so much better to start being better to ourselves so we don’t have to get any diagnosis.
 
No type 2 diabetes is not always caused by lifestyle in fact many have it passed down from generation to generation. I know for fact have mine was caused by lifestyle. Still to this day I have to watch every little thing . When I eat bad it affects my #Diabetes.
 
Many are addicted to sugar and once they give it up like I did they feel great. I love how I feel not having it in my life. I just feel better. It does aid in causing depression and I know that the times I have had loss in my life and turned to the sugar it just made me more sad and upset so I try my best when loss comes to do the opposite. Exercise and not eat sugar!! That is a natural antidepressant. Now I occ eat sugar but I just don’t eat it often. We all know our own bodies best and our own limits and so you know what you need to do it’s just a matter of doing it and putting hard work and effort into living a healthier life. I love this inforgraphic and will have to share it!! #diabetes #livingwithdiabetes #sugardetox

Spring cleaning burns calories

spring cleaning counts

Burn some calories while you shape up your home.

HAPPY SPRING!!

It’s that time of year where you get the itch to put some order into your home. Doctors believe that even with short bouts of mild exercise can help improve your fitness level. So yes chores around your house and gardening can burn calories along with stretching and toning your muscles.

All though its not likely to give you a perfect swimsuit body doing some sort of moderate activity for 30 minutes or more ever day can bring some real health benefits. Now if you add the 30 min you spend doing exercising like walking or biking to your 30 minutes of doing chores you are getting a full hour of exercise. If your trying to lose weight it is recommended that you get 6o minutes a day of exercise. Yeah!!

A person that is 150 pounds here are the number break down for calories burned every 30 min.

Activity: with Calories Burned every 30 min
My Number 1 favorite thing about cleaning is vacuuming!! It burns: 130
Washing windows: 100
Washing dishes: 75
Washing the car: 155
Moping the floor: 155
Dusting: 85
Gardening: 184
Doing the laundry: 75
Mowing the lawn: 152
Weeding the yard: 155

These are just to name a few, So hop to it! Cleaning counts!

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