Monday, January 21, 2013

How You Can Prevent Diabetes This New Year–Guest Post

Today’s post is a guest post from Carolyn. Carolyn is a newly engaged (congrats girl!) 20-something with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. You can check out Carolyn’s blog at

Although many people might not have known, November was American Diabetes Month. Normally I never paid much attention to this, but one of my little cousins was just recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which opened my eyes to just how widespread this disease really is. Once I started to do some research on how to help my cousin, I was astonished at just how serious the disease is.

According to Syracuse’s Cardiac Center, if diabetes is left untreated, the consequences that can occur later in life include eye problems or blindness, heart disease, neurological problems, and more.
Due to the fact that we as a family now have to deal with diabetes being a regular part of my cousin’s life, I have started to be more active in all of my cousins’ lives to start building healthier lifestyles with all of them. In order to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and to manage it, it’s important to look at nutrition and physical activity – and what better time than the beginning of the New Year?!

Avoid Unhealthy Foods in the New Year

Obesity increases the risk of diabetes. Most people are likely to develop diabetes after consuming unhealthy foods over a long period of time. Since the holidays just ended, this is an important time to get back on track to eating healthier! Foods with more than seven percent saturated fats should not be consumed. Instead of high saturated fat choices, choose lean meats such as fish and lean poultry. Steam, grill or bake the meat for the best results.

Legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains are recommended for people who want to prevent diabetes. When you make choices, ensure the choices are in the best interest of your health. For instance, you should choose olive oil instead of butter, and choose hummus and celery over cheese. If you eat cheese, it should be low-fat. Also, you should choose low-fat soy milk over whole milk.

**If you bring appetizers to an upcoming party, try this hummus recipe:
Add one can or two cups of garbanzo beans to a blender. Then add two table spoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, one clove of fresh garlic and enough extra virgin olive oil to blend the mixture to a smooth, creamy consistency. Serve the hummus with celery, carrots and olives. Hummus is filling and a healthy snack for anyone trying to prevent diabetes.

Prevent Diabetes and Eat Healthy in this New Year

When you start your new eating plan following an unhealthy holiday eating binge, start it out the right way by choosing healthier options. With this healthy diet you can prevent a number of diseases including diabetes. Your food will still be stocked full of flavor and good for your health. Make the decision to eat healthier now so you can have a longer, healthier future ahead of you and your family!