It’s 2018! Another year for us to make plans, act on new ideas, revise our plans and try again. It’s called life, and the journey and the mistakes our lessons if we just slow down and reflect.
Right now, nature is in charge and slowing the pace of everyday life. The snow, wind and cold temperatures force us all to slow down. Not a bad thing after the whirlwind that the holiday season has become.
On the farm, the cover crops and straw offer some protection from the cold for the soil and some of the perennials. The winter season also gives us a time to plan for the upcoming spring season. Seed catalogs and spreadsheets are part of the process for planning and reflecting on the ups and downs of the past year.
In this fast-paced world and news cycle, slowing the pace of everyday life offers a chance for rejuvenation and regeneration. Time to enjoy family on snow, savor comfort for foods, try out new recipes and sip on cups of hot tea or chocolate.
Not exactly hibernation but a time for reflection. Savor the season, the upcoming supermoons and your accomplishments. You deserve it!
2017 is coming to an end, but this message still rings true for this and every year. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and these simple suggestions can help you prevent prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes and manage all diabetes types-Type 1, Type 2, gestational and MODY, maturity-onset diabetes of the young.
For families living with all types of diabetes, the holidays can be challenging. Rich side dishes and desserts can wreak havoc on your waistline and glucose levels. Alcohol packs of calories and pounds-especially cocktails with sugar. Speaking with a registered dietitian and with your endocrinologist can help you stay safe and keep your glucose levels within normal limits during these festive times.
For families of Type 1 diabetic patients, well-meaning friends and family frequently offer advice and suggestions that can be dangerous. Far too many people don’t really understand the difference between Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder that requires insulin injection, and Type 2 diabetes, a disease managed with oral meds, insulin or both. But that doesn’t stop them from giving unsolicited advice. Eliminating carbohydrates for anyone on a basal insulin dose can be deadly. Eating food that doesn’t have a nutrition label can be challenging when calculating bolus insulin doses. Hypoglycemia can be especially dangerous if you skip meals, or inject too much insulin.Shaming Type 1 adults and kids because of a ‘bad” glucose level does more harm than good. Focusing on healthy meals with a balance of complex carbohydrates, good fats and lots of vegetables are the keys to sound nutrition. And yes, you can eat dessert like everyone else. Moderation is the key for everyone at the dinner table.
And during the holidays, get outside. Physical activity is recommended and beneficial to everyone. For Type 1 patients, just remember to check your glucose levels before you exercise and keep a snack by your side.
We could not do this without the wonderful support and actions of individuals, families, and organizations that value good food and health.
We see a plant-based diet as a way to nourish and deliver each cell with some of the nutrients it needs to thrive and grow..A healthy plate, full of colors from the rainbow, is just one way to maintain health and in some circumstances, prevent or manage chronic health conditions.
Join us as we grow, harvest and deliver organically grown vegetables and fruit.
Listen in as we discuss ways to get the best food on your plate with Registered Dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson, Cordialis Msora-Kasago.