Truth in Medicine: Dealing with High & Low Sugar Levels

This week on Truth in Medicine, we are back with our doctors - Diabetologist David M. Kayne, M.D. and Naturopathic Doctor Llaila Afrika - to discuss hypoglycemia, how to deal with spikes in your sugar levels, and the appropriate next steps to take after a reaction.

Find out what our doctors agree and disagree on, right here on DDN.

Insulin Shoot Out: Affordable Treatment, Part II

We're back with DamonRon James, and Tom Danford to continue the battle between new and old school diabetic care...
Their conversation touches on ways to seek out affordable, innovative devices like Dexcom - the only FDA-approved CGM System that tests your blood without pricking your finger - and treatments like Afrezza - fast-acting inhaled insulin, as well as Ron's reservations and conspiracy theories of the corporate health care industry.

Check out how the shoot-out progresses.

Cooking For Dame: Honey "Agave" Mustard Baked Chicken Strips

Wifey for Lifey is up for the ultimate challenge as she has two taste testers in the kitchen, Dame and his son Boogie. Raquel isn't worried because she's cooking up her Honey "Agave" Mustard Baked Chicken Dish! By baking the chicken instead of frying it, and substituting agave for honey, this meal has low impact on your blood sugar and is high in protein.🍯 Recipe below!

Honey "Agave" Mustard Baked Chicken Strips:
*Use organic / Non-GMO whenever possible

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 TBSP agave
4 TBSP dijon mustard
1 TBSP water
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper (fresh cracked if possible)
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ cup flour
½ tsp paprika
1 TBSP olive oil

Steps:

1. Pre-heat oven to 425
2. Mix flour and breadcrumbs on a plate
3. Add kosher, salt, black pepper and paprika
4. On a separate plate, combine agave and dijon mustard
5. Cut breasts thickness in half and tenderize
6. Dip chicken into agave/mustard on both sides
7. Coat with breadcrumb/flour mixture
8. Place on baking sheet, drizzle oil oil on top
9. Bake for 8-12 min
10. Once cool, cut into strips and serve with additional mustard sauce

Insulin Shoot Out: Affordable Treatment

This week on the Dash Diabetes Network Dame talks with his entrepreneurial friends Ron James - founder of Ivolve Media Group, Type 2 diabetic - and actor Tom Danford, Type 1 diabetic, about their routines and differences when it comes to managing their diabetes.

Watch to see if Damon and Tom can convince Ron to update his stone age diabetic gear...

Truth in Medicine: Choose Your Diabetic Lifestyle

Did you know that 1/3 of the population will be diabetic by 2030? Truth in Medicine is back this week with Damon, Diabetologist Dr. David M. Kayne, and Naturopathic Dr. Llaila Afrika to continue their conversation about Western and Naturopathic (Traditional and Non-Traditional) Diabetic Lifestyles.

These intelligent men discuss food cravings and addictions, the evolution of diabetes medication, and tips for managing your disease. Check it out.

Yoga Stretch ft. Raquel Horn & Actress Kearia Schroeder

This week we’re back with Wifey for Lifey Raquel Horn and special guest, actress Kearia Schroeder, to instruct you through a 5-minute yoga practice. Yoga is great for helping to open up your mindbody, and soul. These lovely ladies remind us you don’t need to be a professional to stretch your body or have a healthy practice. 🙏🏽

Labor Day Weekend White Wine Spritzer

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Looking for something refreshing but low in sugar this Labor Day Weekend? We've got the perfect drink - Dusko White Wine Spritzer

*Pro-Tip: The key to a great spritzer is to make sure your wine and your sparkling water are as cold as possible. This creates a refreshing cocktail that really opens up the aromatics of the wine. 

Ingredients:
*Use Organic / Non-GMO Whenever Possible


Handful of Raspberries
1 Bottle of Dusko Blu: Riesling Wine
1 Cup Sparkling Water
Sliced Lemon
Mint for garnish

Steps:

1. Muddle raspberries at bottom of jar
2. Throw in a few handfuls of ice
3. Pour in the Dusko Blu
4. Top off with Sparkling Water
5. Give it all a mix
6. Garnish with Lemon and Mint

Lay by the pool and enjoy!
 

Myths About Fruit and Diabetes

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Everyone knows that fresh fruit and vegetables are important to a maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But we are also aware that many fruit are high in natural sugars. An apple for example contains 13g of natural sugar, while a single banana contains 15g per 100g. Many people wrongly put this in perspective with the fact that a can of cola contains 11g of sugar. It’s an easy presumption that a banana or an apple contains more sugar than a can of cola, and therefore something that people should be cautious of, especially if you’re diabetic. However, all sugars are not created equal and people including diabetics shouldn’t shy away from a diet rich in fruit.

Almost every single fruit you can pick up from the grocery store contains natural sugar, but they also contain a high level of important minerals, vitamins and essential fibres that your body needs to thrive. As a diabetic, your main focus will be on managing your blood glucose. Maintaining a healthy weight, as well as normal blood pressure is also of importance while living with Diabetes. Fruits and vegetables all play a major role in keeping healthy levels of blood glucose, blood fats and blood pressure.

The longstanding myth and general concern with a lot of diabetics is that because fruits contain high levels of natural occurring sugars, that consuming fruits will inevitably make your blood glucose count go up. In fact, most fruits have a medium to low glycaemic index which means that their sugars release slowly into your blood stream, which does not lead to a sharp rise in your blood glucose levels. To compare, a portion of fruit will on average contain 15-20g of sugars which is almost the same as a single slice of white bread. The fruit will also contain a variety of nutrients almost all but absent from processed “low sugar” foods, like low fat low sugar yogurts, that many people, including diabetics, choose over fruit which are high in natural sugars. Because of all the information out about eating healthily there, often tends to be an “over-estimation” of how much fruit and vegetable people consume, so it’s highly unlikely that consuming fruit will lead to high blood glucose levels. Keeping a food diary can help diabetics track their fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as the other food that they are eating so you can ensure a well-balanced diet that helps nourish your body and keep your diabetes in check.

Helpful Points
-       Try and keep the fruit you eat as natural as possible, cooking of processing fruits and vegetables often lead to a loss of nutrients. Be cautious with your portion sizes when eating dried fruit, a portion can be as large as a single tablespoon so it’s easy to over-consume dried fruit.

-       Fruits all contain different nutrients, from vitamins and minerals to the amount of fibre they contain, so eating a wide range of fruits ensures you’re getting a well-rounded diet. 

-       When going for canned or pre-packaged fruits, choose packaged fruits that are preserved in their natural juices rather than syrup. Syrups are also processed and adds extra sugars that negates the healthy benefits of the fruit you are consuming.

-       Drink fruit juices in moderation. It’s much easier to consume fruit juices than fruit, which could mean that you’re consuming larger portions than you think. Drinking too much fruit juice could also lead to an increase in your blood glucose.

Incorporating fruits into your diet can help lower the risks of developing health problems including heart diseases, strokes, obesity and cancer. For people with diabetes it is even more important to consume healthy amounts of fruit and vegetables as the mentioned health problems can be more likely to affect them. There is no one-size fits all when it comes to diet and diabetes but talking to your doctor or medical dietician and forming a food plan that is wide and varied in natural fruits and vegetables can help transform your life.

Fruit Box

An easy way to incorporate fruits into your diet:

-       Apples, Pears, and Bananas as snacks instead of pre-packaged bars

-       Instead of fruit juice, try adding sliced fruit to water for a refreshing alternative.

For young people or children with diabetes kids-sized fruit like apples and ‘easy peeler’ clementines are a great way of incorporating fruit into their diet. 

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Cooking For Dame: Cauliflower Fried Rice

When it’s time for the most important meal of the day - breakfast Wifey for Lifey whips up a light meal using Cauliflower Fried Rice and Eggs. By substituting the rice for cauliflower, she generates a carb-free high protein meal which is perfect for mornings when Dame’s blood sugar is high and needs to level out. 
*Pro-Tip: When consuming eggs, use organic, free-range and cage-free 🍳

Find the recipe below for a breakfast of diabetic champions:

Cauliflower Fried Rice:
*Use organic / Non-GMO whenever possible

Ingredients:

1 medium head of cauliflower
1 TBSP sesame oil
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
4 eggs (or egg whites)
Salt to taste
½ small onion, diced
¼ cup frozen peas
¼ cup diced carrots
¼ cup chicken broth
Green onions to garnish
2 TBSP soy sauce

Steps:

1. In a medium skillet add sesame oil, riced cauliflower and chicken broth
2. Mix ingredients. Add garlic and onion powder
3. Cook until most of water has evaporated
4. Add peas, carrots and onions
5. Make a hole in the pan with mixture around all sides
6. Crack 4 eggs in the middle. Cook until eggs are firm.
7. Mix eggs into rest of mixture. Add soy sauce.
8. Garnish with green onions

Entrepreneurial Life: CEO's Talk Diabetes Innovations

This week three CEO’sDameMike Castagna from Mannkind - the makers of Afrezza, and Jeff Dachis of OneDrop, sit down to discuss why Mike and Jeff started working in diabetes management and how they’ve revolutionized the diabetes market with breakthrough innovations and ongoing research. 

You won't want to miss this BOSS TALK.

Eat Mindfully

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Mindfulness is a term that has been gaining recent popularity in health and wellness fields but what does it mean?

Simply put, being Mindful is being present. Practicing Mindfulness helps you to be aware of your present environment, feelings, thoughts and sensations. When we eat mindfully we are being conscious of the present meal - and how the body feels during, before and after your meal. I hope you enjoy this 6 Step Practice in Mindful Eating!

BASICS is an acronym for a Mindful Eating Practice that walks you through the eating process. These are not rules and you don’t need to be perfect at them. However, practicing the BASICS could change the way you eat forever.

B – Breathe and belly check for hunger and satiety before you eat

Take a few deep breaths and relax the body. As you’re doing this, check in with your belly. Are there sensations of physical hunger? How hungry are you and what are you hungry for? Are you currently experiencing a High or Low Blood Sugar Level? Is this effecting your sense of hunger? You might want a meal or may need a bit of a sugar boost. You might be thirsty. Listen to what your body is telling you. General rule: Eat when you’re hungry for a meal; don’t eat when you’re not hungry.

Give yourself permission to stop or to continue based on how hungry you are and how much nutrients, carbs or sugar you need, not old rules like “you need to clean your plate.”

A – Assess your food

What does it look and smell like? Does it look appealing? Where does it come from? Is it a food you can recognize, or is it so highly processed you don’t know what it is? Is this the food you really want or are you reacting to a craving? As you take your first bite and continue to eat, reassess your food to see if your first impressions were correct and you really want to keep eating. If you're reacting to a high or low, take your time and create portions that make sense for your blood sugar.

S – Slow down

Slowing down while you are eating helps you be aware of when the body’s physical hunger is satisfied and if you've had enough of whatever it was you were craving. Slowing down can also help you enjoy your food fully.

Simple methods to help you slow down and practice mindful eating include:

  • putting down your fork or spoon between bites
  • pausing and taking a breath between bites
  • chewing your food completely.

I – Investigate your hunger throughout the meal, particularly half-way through

To be a mindful eater, it is important to be aware of your distractions and to keep bringing your attention back to eating, tasting, and assessing your hunger and satiety throughout the meal. In particular, half-way through the meal, you may discover you are no longer hungry, or you no longer find the food appealing, even though there is still food on your plate. Give yourself permission to stop or to continue based on how hungry you are, not old rules like “you need to clean your plate.”

C – Chew your food thoroughly

Notice the variety of tastes registering inside your mouth and if you’re enjoying what you’re eating. How long does it take to thoroughly chew your food before you swallow it? As you continue to chew and swallow, can you sense hunger beginning to dissipate? Chew each bite thoroughly before you move onto the next.

S – Savor your food

Savoring your food means taking time to choose food that honors your taste buds and your body. Savoring your food happens when you are fully present for the experience of eating and the pleasure that it can bring. If you really like it, experience the joy of savoring.

What are you really hungry for? Is it a sugar boost, happiness, or something else? If you find yourself eating without thinking, because you feel bored or sad, or simply because you’ve had a hard day, indulging here and there is understandable. But emotional eating can often spiral out of control, leading to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems in the long run. I hope this post has helped you learn how to listen to your body’s needs, so that you can stay healthy and happy, without giving up your love for food. :) 

-Written by Sarah Reyna, Mindfulness Teacher in Training and Marketing Strategist at Dash Diabetes Network.

Click Here for more Mindfulness Practices on my Youtube Channel

You can also follow me on my journey to a more Mindful Life at @sarahrrreyna IG

This BASICS acronym has been modified for those with diabetes. <3 

Cooking For Dame: Chicken Baked Steak with Carrot Slaw


This week Wifey for Lifey Raquel Horn takes on Southern cooking with a healthy alternative to one of Dame’s favorites - Chicken Baked Steak - accompanied by an easy to make Carrot Slaw. This delicious twist on a Southern classic tastes good and isn’t hard on Dame’s A1. The perfect combination.👌🏾 Check out the recipe below!

Chicken Baked Steak with Carrot Slaw:
*Use organic / Non-GMO whenever possible

Ingredients:

Carrot Slaw
4 grated carrots
¼ cup Veganaise
1 TBSP lemon juice (fresh)
1 TBSP dill, chopped
Dash of salt

Chicken Baked Steak
1 lb sirloin steak cut into 2 pieces and tenderized
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup flour
½ cup breadcrumbs
Salt, pepper & paprika to taste

Steps:

Carrot Slaw
1. Combine the carrots, mayo, lemon juice, dill and 1/2 tsp salt
2. Mix until evenly combined
3. Set aside in refrigerator

Chicken Baked Steak
1. Pre-heat oven to 425
2. Pound the steak to 1/2 inch thickness
3. Combine the breadcrumbs, flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Evenly mix ingredients.
4. Dip the steaks in the buttermilk, then the flour combination. Set on baking sheet.
5. Bake at 425 for 13 min, then broil for 1 min for extra crispiness

Cooking For Dame: Zucchini Pasta


Wifey for Lifey Raquel Horn is back to show us how to cook up the perfect diabetic-friendly dish when Dame has a pasta craving ... Zucchini noodles! Spiralizing the zucchini into noodles and topping with chicken sausage creates a healthy, filling and tasty alternative to a carb-heavy pasta dish. To Dame’s surprise, he enjoyed the substitute and felt satisfied without the guilt.

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken Sausage:
*Use organic / Non-GMO whenever possible

Ingredients:

2 TBSP butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
Zucchini noodles
1/2 cup chicken broth
Marinara sauce
1 pack of chicken sausage

Steps:

1. Melt 2 TBSP of butter in large skillet
2. Sauté garlic
3. Add in spiralized zucchini noodles and mix
4. Sauté until tender
5. Add in chicken broth, allow to steam for flavor absorbtion
6. In a separate pan, cook chicken sausage until browned ~15 min
7. In another pan, cook marinara sauce
8. Slice sausage and add to sauce
9. Serve over warm noodles

The Truth in Medicine: Healthy Habits with Dame

This week in our Truth in Medicine segment we’re introduced to two new guests, Nutritionist and Fitness Guru Dr. Zarif and Chief Medical Officer of Afrezza, Dr. Ray Urbanski. Dame sits down to discuss the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and best ways to manage them. Dr. Zarif explains how a Type 2 Diabetic can reverse the disease by drinking water every morning and eating a low carb snack of protein and fruit every two hours.