As someone living with diabetes, it’s hard to know what information about your diet you should trust. Here are some things you may not know.

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If you have diabetes, there’s a lot of information available on the subject, both good and bad. This is especially true when it comes to questions about what you can eat. It’s sometimes hard to know which advice you should follow.

Unfortunately, the truth is that some of what you hear about diabetes and your diet is outdated information or sometimes just untrue. For many with diabetes, there is really no need to eat differently than other members of the family – as long as your family eats a healthy, balanced diet.

Dealing with Food Cravings

As someone with diabetes, one of the worst things you can do is to completely deny yourself of the foods that you love. When you cut out all sugar and carbohydrates from your diet, it can lead to bad choices, such as craving foods that are high in sugar or fat. Current diabetes nutrition guidelines allow for “special occasion” treats or indulgences that you might not think that you can eat – as long as it’s part of a healthy diet.

Just like sugars, if starchy foods are your weakness there is no need to eliminate them from your diet completely.  Some starchy foods, such as pastas and rice, are an important source of carbohydrates – the body’s energy source. As with any food, the key is not to overindulge and to keep an eye on your blood glucose to ensure it remains at a healthy level.

Fatty Foods

Although it’s ok to treat yourself to a small sweet or enjoy some pasta, you do still want to keep an eye on your fat intake. When you eat foods that are too high in fat it slows your digestion down, which can make it harder for your insulin to do its job. Saturated and trans fat, fats often found in butter, shortening, red meat and fast foods, should be avoided as much as possible.

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy eating. As long as you are eating a healthful diet of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, it’s ok to treat yourself from time to time! Of course, it’s always best to check with your doctor when making any changes to your diet, or if you have specific medical questions.

With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, the professionals at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! Their experienced and knowledgeable personnel are always ready to answer questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies.

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Not all salads are diabetes friendly. Learn a few safe recipes that are delicious and still fit into a diabetes food regimen.

 

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Summertime is here and July 4th barbecues and picnics are around the corner!  With fresh fruits and veggies more available, there are some yummy salads you can make that can be a healthier alternative to other foods. However, not all salads are healthy and diabetes friendly. You can pile on meats and dressings that are actually not healthy at all. Read on to discover some diabetes friendly recipes that still let you indulge.

  • Grilled Ginger Melon Kabobs. Made with fresh melon, cantaloupe, lime and honey, this yummy recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve it up at a summer get-together or for an evening treat. With less than 100 calories and a full serving of fruit, it’s a go to option.
  • Fresh Fruit with Citrus Mint Dressing. Let’s face it. Sometimes the best part of a salad is the dressing. But, unfortunately, some dressings pack in enough calories that eating a hamburger might be healthier! If you love your dressing, try this low calorie and diabetes friendly option. Combine orange juice with mint and honey for a delicious, low calorie option. Pour over fresh fruit of your choice such as strawberries and pineapple for a yummy summer side dish.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Topping. Looking for something a little more on the sweet side? Try this creamy dressing over fruit and you’ll be begging for seconds. Made with mayonnaise, sour cream and powdered sugar, it’s hard to believe this recipe is also diabetes friendly. With only 64 calories and one gram of fat, go ahead and indulge.
  • Italian Pasta Salad. Who loves pasta? Living with diabetes, it can be difficult to enjoy pasta salad because of the sugar and carbohydrates. However, this recipe, made with whole grain rotini pasta, fresh basil, olive oil and veggies, gives you the same taste with less calories, sugar and carbs! With 118 calories, serve it up for a lunch in the office or a dinner at home alone.
  • Macaroni Salad. Macaroni salad is a fan favorite. Using lighter options such as whole grain macaroni, low fat yogurt, fat free milk and light mayonnaise, you can still enjoy a beloved recipe while keeping your diabetes in check.

While all of these options are diabetes friendly, remember to always consult your healthcare provider before considering a new meal plan.

If you have questions about other diabetes friendly foods, the helpful and knowledgeable people at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are here to help! And, they are always ready to answer your questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies. Call them today at 1-866-403-6287 or visit them online at www.FocusPharmacy.com   ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!!!!

 

 

 

Now you can have hot fun and cool refreshing summer diabetes friendly beverages that have zero calories, no artificial sweeteners and that fit your diabetes plan.

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While having fun in the hot summer sun you’ll be looking for refreshment that meshes well with your diabetes meal plan. These summer drinks will have your taste buds saying “ahhh” without throwing your diabetes dietary needs into the pool.  There’s something for every occasion and pleasure.

Dive into Refreshing Water

You’re likely to have the most access to water and of course, it best fits your diet.  If your zesty lifestyle requires more flavor, there are an abundance of sparkling or flavored waters to suit your taste.  Just be sure to check the labels for those that are diabetes-friendly and stick to low sugar, low-calorie, or zero-calories. Or, make your own flavored water!

Splash Around in the Flavor with No Artificial Sweeteners

Dasani and SoBe LifeWater have made finding diabetes friendly H2O even easier with multiple flavors of zero-calorie waters, and no artificial sweeteners.  In fact, Dasani offers four flavors of sparkling waters and four completely different flavors of plain water.  SoBe LifeWater offers eight zero-calorie flavors, including Blood Orange Mango, Fuji Apple Pear, Black Cherry Dragon Fruit and more.

If none of those varieties appeals to you, whip up your own!  Add fresh fruit, such as lemon or lime to an ice cold glass of water.  Go even wilder with strawberries, raspberries, or cucumber for a refreshing beverage by the pool, and remember to skip the sweetener.

 Sweet Tea on Deck

There are many other beverage options, from tea to Gatorade but the important thing is to keep the sweetener and calories low.  Consider these:

  • Snapple makes a “Lightly Sweetened” line with low sugar and no artificial sweetener drinks.
  • True Citrus Mix is a tea/water mix, also with no artificial sweeteners.

If juice is more for you, these labels may look different but the contents are just the same:

  • Tropicana 50: The “Light ‘n’ Healthy” version boasts 50 calories per 8 ounces and you choose the amount of pulp.
  • Gatorade Natural: with 50 calories per 8 ounces and approximately one carb per serving, it’s perfect after a long day in the sun.

Enjoy your summer fun and keep your beverages in check with your meal plan.  If you have questions about your diabetes or diabetes supplies the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are standing by to help.  Call us today at 1-866-403-6287.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A diabetes diagnosis and the need to eat right go hand in hand. But that doesn’t mean eating has to be dull or expensive. Here are some easy to make, diabetes friendly recipes that taste great and won’t break the bank. Each one will feed a family of four for ten dollars or less a meal.

 

  • Turkey and Veggie Chili makes a great one pot meal and is perfect for those lingering cool spring nights. The turkey is a great lean protein with 5.0g of fat, and the combination of onions, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes provide a nice variety of vegetables. And great northern beans add some healthy carbs to the mix.
  • Here’s a dish that combines all the ingredients that make up a perfect plate of diabetes friendly food. Mole Pork Tenderloin with Zucchini and Refried Black Beans has a lean protein from the pork, a starch in the beans and low-carb zucchini to round out the meal. It’s only 225 calories per serving with 29g of protein, 4.5g of fat and only 4g of sugar.
  • Looking for another healthy, and flavor-filled choice? Try Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms. This dish can be served up in 20 minutes and provides 27g of protein, 9.0g of fat and only 12g of carbs.
  • Next is an easy to fix summer taco recipe that will feed the family or guests. Grilled Shrimp Tacos cook up in 15 minutes and are both delicious and healthy. At 200 calories a serving and 21g of protein your family or guests will be digging in for seconds.
  • How about a light and easy salad meal for those warm summer days ahead? Give Spinach Salad with Chicken and Avocado a try! It combines different food textures with vegetables, protein and lots of flavor. This easy to prepare meal comes in at 230 calories with 15g of fat.

These are just some of the delicious meals that you can count on to be diabetes friendly, while leaving both your stomach and wallet filled.

When it comes to answering questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies, you can also count on the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy. We have a combined 150 years of pharmacy experience! Visit us now at www.FocusPharmacy.com or call us, toll-free, at 1-866-403-6287 and our friendly associates will happily field all of your questions.

 

 

 

Enjoy these diabetes friendly recipes filled with strawberries, a fruit packed with vitamin C, high levels of antioxidants and fiber. It’s perfect for eating well.

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The sunshine and warmer weather of spring means the abundant return of a favorite fruit of summer to the grocery store: strawberries. As you pass those beautiful strawberries in the produce aisle why not pluck a few and try some of these fabulous diabetes friendly strawberry recipes? Rich with antioxidants, vitamin C, and packed with fiber despite their size, these little rubies are more than just beauties – they’re good for you, too.

These Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes are the perfect little cupcake for any event. Whether you’re hosting a picnic or serving your family, everyone will love the vibrant flavor with low-sugar orange marmalade and sweet fresh strawberries. Each recipe makes 12 servings with just 26 carbs per cupcake.

This Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is the perfect pairing for a light lunch or dinner. Packed with 16 grams of protein, this salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. Salmon and strawberries rest atop mixed salad greens and fresh basil, sprinkled with chopped pecans.

Super Berry Smoothies are perfect for cooling off poolside. They combine blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranate juice along with fresh strawberries so they’re packed with berry flavor and vitamins. Just whip them up in the blender and you have a refreshing drink your poolside buddies can enjoy in an instant.

If you want to make your house smell like Mom’s, a Glazed Strawberry Pie is sure to do the trick. Each serving contains 1 fat, one-half fruit exchange, and the flavor is out of this world. This dessert is sure to have your family running to the table any night of the week.

Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets are the perfect little snack, providing 3 total grams of fat. This recipe makes 24 at a time, so they’re quick and easy to store. Whip up a batch on Sunday and have them for the family for an entire week.

Try Pita Crisps with Strawberry Spread for a super-yummy snack. The shredded orange peel is a fine companion to the strawberry and cream cheese spread. Once the cinnamon-sprinkled pita hits your tongue your taste buds will be dancing the meringue while you benefits from 2 grams of fiber from this healthy little treat.

Eating with diabetes can be fresh and fun. And remember, if you ever have questions about diabetes, insulin pumps and supplies, the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy have a combined 150 years of experience answering them. Call them today, toll-free,  at 1-866-403-6287 and their friendly associates will happily field all of your questions.

 

Studies indicate that a vegetarian diet encourages a healthy weight and also improves blood sugar control and insulin response for people with Diabetes

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 A vegetarian diet offers many health benefits for everyone. It promotes a healthy weight and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies indicate that for those managing diabetes, a vegetarian diet also improves blood sugar control and insulin response. There are a few different types of vegetarian diets but if you decide it’s right for you, you’ll find a vegetarian diet offers many delectable options to enjoy. Take a look at the recipes below and add them to your menu today.

  • The Crunch Time Veggie Wrap is as colorfully festive as it is tasty. The recipe only makes one serving so it is easy to create a quick lunch for work with just 28 carbs per serving.
  • If your taste buds are craving something a little sweeter, they will love a Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad. With walnut halves nestled among parsley, this slaw-like salad is lovely enough to serve for a dinner party with only 112 calories per serving.
  • Sweet Pepper-Green Onion Quesadillas are a perfect comfort food and healthy at the same time because they only have 12 carbs. Whip them up on a busy weeknight and the whole family will run to the table.
  • This Jamaican Red Bean Soup is easy to make and with six servings you will have enough left over to pack for lunch the next day. It has an estimated glycemic load of 8 and packs a variety of yummy vegetables.
  • Try this Asparagus Polenta Bake for an elegant and healthy side dish. It is easy to make and brings five grams of protein. You will enjoy the flavorings of Portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, as well.
  • This recipe for Vegetable Lasagna is another feast for the eyes and the tummy. Invite some friends over and enjoy this beautiful dish with only eight grams of fat per serving.

If you are considering changing to a vegetarian diet, it may be helpful to speak with a dietician who can help you create an eating plan that incorporates all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight. If your goal is to lose weight, it is important to stay within an appropriate calorie range.

We are available at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy to answer any questions you may have about diabetes, diabetes supplies or insulin pumps.

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Quick tips for those getting started as a diabetes caregiver and understanding how to support a loved one with a recent diabetes diagnosis

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A diabetes diagnosis can be mind-boggling for both patient and caregiver. When you work together, the transition to a healthier lifestyle does not have to be overwhelming. The tips below can help you start the journey.

Educate Yourself

Before you can adequately help your loved one embark on this journey, you must understand the challenges of diabetes. Learn as much as you can by visiting sites such as the American Diabetes Association. You will also find blogs like those on Mayo Clinic’s site or Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are not only informative, but offer tremendous support in your time of transition. There are even blogs offering information on insulin pumps, A1C, nutrition, and more.

Communicate

As you and your loved one move forward it is important that you talk about how you both feel.  Provide positive encouragement along the way but voice your concerns as well. It is important that your friend or family member understands that their diabetes affects you, too. But it is equally important to learn to encourage the right way; without nagging. Doing so may cause them to be defensive and damage your relationship.

Form a Partnership

Doing things together makes everything easier. This is a terrific time to start exercising jointly. Consider joining a gym together or finding ways the whole family can exercise at the same time. For instance, have a family bike ride or take a walk after dinner.

Find healthy recipes the family will enjoy and introduce good nutrition for everyone. If you don’t live together, start a healthy recipe exchange and consider having dinner together once a week. You may find that both of your families start eating better.

You can also go to your loved one’s medical appointments. Two heads are better than one when it comes to listening to and remembering medical advice and asking questions.

These lifestyle changes will be healthy for all. The experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer any additional questions that may arise. Simply call 1-866-403-6287, toll-free.

 

 

 

 

Tips for those with diabetes to eat healthy and reduce dietary fat without sacrificing flavor including quick and easy to follow daily low-fat substitutes.

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Hearing from your doctor that you need to change to a healthier diet as part of your diabetes treatment plan may cause some to have thoughts of eating cardboard, kale chips, with boiled chicken thrown in for protein. But times have changed and a healthy diet is now one bursting with flavor. Follow some of the tips below and you will likely find that you are enjoying succulent meals that tickle your tummy as much as they delight your doctor.

  1. Go lighter by switching from ground beef to turkey or meatless crumbles. Turkey is lower in fat  without sacrificing flavor. You can season it the same way as beef and enjoy it just as much. Meatless crumbles are a vegetarian option which is equally low in fat, no cholesterol, yet full of flavor.
  1. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away then substituting applesauce for cooking oil will likely work just as well. When used in baked goods, you will never notice the replacement.
  1. Here is a great trick for replacing whole milk: Combine one tablespoon of vegetable oil (in liquid form) with one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk. Low-fat milk is lower in both trans-fat and saturated fat, and cholesterol than whole milk. By using this crafty combination, you will hardly notice the difference and save many empty calories.

Reduce even more fat with these additional savvy dairy tips:

  1. Butter tastes great but can clog your arteries. Pass it up for margarine which has no trans-fat and is low in saturated fats.
  2. You can also trim fat by using 1 cup of evaporated skim milk, 1/2 cup of low-fat yogurt, or unsalted cottage cheese versus heavy cream.
  3. Substitute 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup cholesterol-free egg substitute for one egg.

Trimming the fat does not mean you have to skimp on flavor.  As you embark on your new dietary lifestyle many questions may arise. Partner with your physician as your primary resource, but also know that the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are available to answer your questions regarding diabetes, insulin pump supplies, and diabetes testing supplies. Call them today, toll-free,  at 1-866-403-6287 and get ready for a healthier you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of a home-cooked meal! One great way to do that is to use a crock pot to slow cook all day while you go about work or play. Here are some diabetes-friendly crock pot recipes so you can enjoy the delicious taste of a home-cooked meal while helping you to manage your diabetes by eating healthy.

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Beef Brisket in Ale

This simple recipe is perfect for game day sandwiches. Combining delicious brisket with beer, this meal serves 10, making it great for a party. This recipe is tasty with or without a sandwich roll.

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe for a classic comfort food is simple and easy with only seven ingredients. With only 170 calories plus 16 grams of protein per serving, this light meal is sure to keep you full. Pair with a side of whole wheat pasta to complete a diabetes-healthy meal.

Winter Minestrone

Chock full of winter vegetables, this soup makes for a low-calorie, healthy meal and is perfect at the end of a cold, winter day. Enjoy the tastes of the season with butternut squash, potatoes, fennel bulbs, garlic and kale or spinach in this savory soup.

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

This flavorful, creamy soup only has 216 calories per serving and serves six. Change it up by swapping out the chicken with leftover turkey.  Fresh spinach adds a great source of magnesium, which aids in a healthy immune system, to this meal.

Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

This is a diabetes-friendly take on an Asian favorite. Packed with flavor, this recipe makes 12 servings, enough to feed a crowd or save for a future meal. Don’t have turkey on hand? Make an easy swap with chicken instead.

 

Do you have questions about diabetes? We can help! With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 combined years of experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, Focus Express Mail Pharmacy experts are available to help you with your diabetes management. Give us a call or visit us today at 1-866-403-6287 or www.FocusPharmacy.com

 

These comfort food recipes give people with diabetes options for eating gastronomically pleasing options so they do not have to sacrifice good flavor for health

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Your diet may have changed since your diabetes diagnosis but your taste buds certainly did not.  Eating healthily doesn’t mean food has to be flavorless.  There are many options for delighting your culinary senses and keeping the whole family happy.

Let’s start with a dish that is as lovely as it is delicious.  Skillet Skirt Steak with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes takes little time to prepare and looks beautiful when adorned with cherry tomatoes.  Serve it for a quick weeknight dinner or even thrill guests at a weekend gathering.  Either way, this dish is gastronomically pleasing for all and healthy to boot.

In the mood for a little comfort food?  Try this Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Mexican flair.  Enjoy the creamy cheese with the kick of green chilies and cool cilantro.  It all sounds yummy yet it’s a diabetes power-food; Fiber and calcium help you burn fat and keep your bones healthy.

On the subject of cheesy goodness, this Down Home Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one your children will enjoy, too.  Have them don aprons and chef hats and get cooking together because this recipe is easy enough for them to bake with you.  With two lean proteins, 2-1/2 carbohydrates, Velveeta, and a little family fun, this recipe can’t be beaten.

Let your crockpot do the work for you and enjoy some tender Slow-Cooker Pot Roast.  Throw it all together in just 15-minutes.  Your crock pot will usher forth a savory blend of carrots, turnips, baby peas, and of course, pot roast.  With hints of horseradish and bay leaves, your stomach will experience culinary glee.  Best of all, this healthy and easy-to-make meal yields 8 servings; cool the leftovers and freeze them for up to three months.

If your family likes to gather for Sunday supper, you may want to try this Diabetes-Friendly Oven Fried Chicken.  The golden, flaky, entrée makes a lovely centerpiece for the dinner table and will be equally tasty for all.  It takes only 20 minutes to prepare the chicken, including the batter made of Crispex rice-corn cereal and broken bagel chips.  The seasoning combines paprika, cayenne, black pepper and Dijon to add a spicy little kick.

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it should be!  You do not have to sacrifice flavor for health.  If you have questions about diabetes or what to eat the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy are ready to help.  With more than 50 combined years of experience with insulin pumps and over 100 years of combined experience with diabetes supplies and prescription medications, we have the expertise to help you find diabetes solutions.  Visit us at www.FocusPharmacy.com today or call us toll-free at 1-866-403-6287.