When it comes to foods high in vitamin C, oranges certainly pack a punch. Indeed, many of us are familiar with the suggestion to ‘eat more oranges’ when we’re ill, to help us fight off cold and flu symptoms. But if you’re looking to give your immunity a boost, do oranges really come top of the charts? Despite their reputation, oranges only contain around 52mg of vitamin C per 100g and there are plenty of other foods which have beaten them in the running to the top spot.
by Peter Foley.
As you probably know by now, I was challenged by Diabetes Digital Media to follow my usual low carb diet but adapt it to include only vegan friendly foods for one week. If you haven’t already, check out my part 1 and part 2 of this series to find out what the challenge was and what I expected it to be like. The nutrition team provided me with a vegan low carb meal plan to follow so I was ready to take on the week.
by Peter Foley.
I have been following a low carb lifestyle for several years now, so when Diabetes Digital Media asked me to go vegan for a week, I was keen to embrace the challenge. The challenge involved following my usual low carb diet but adapting it to include only vegan friendly foods for one week.
by Peter Foley.
Hardly a day goes by without hearing the word vegan. Of course, veganism can mean different things to different people. For some it can mean complete abstinence from dairy, meat and animal products, for others it also includes a philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. There are many different reasons that people have for following a vegan lifestyle, from ethics, to environmental or dietary reasons. Many people find their own reasons fall into several categories and form their own stance on veganism.
The team at Diabetes Digital Media, home to the award-winning Low Carb Program, wanted to show how a low carb lifestyle can be adapted to meet the needs of someone who lives a vegan lifestyle. The aim of this challenge is to document my experiences incorporating vegan dietary principles into my low carb lifestyle.
If someone tells you to eat more potassium, they might also mention bananas. Bananas do contain some potassium (330mg per 100g), but they are also high in carbs at 20g of carbs per 100g.
Potassium is an important electrolyte needed for healthy functioning of the body. The recommended intake is 3500mg per day, and although this sounds like a lot, there are many low carb friendly foods much higher in potassium than a banana which can help you to meet this recommendation.
Here are 7 low carb, potassium rich foods to get you started:
It is possible to eat out and still live low-carb. You just need to plan for it in advance.
To help with some low-carb meal inspiration, we have put together a list of tips and food swaps that allow you to still indulge in your favourites while being healthy.
We’ve put together some of our all-time favourite low carb lunches to keep your tummy and your blood sugar levels happy. Look forward to lunch but not to that mid afternoon spike! (We warn you – if you’re reading this while hungry, resist the temptation to lick the screen)
Looks can be deceiving and this is especially true in the world of health foods. Health has become big business and many companies are trying to capitalise on this.
The trouble is, many of these companies are trying to profit by making unhealthy processed food appear healthy. It’s a classic case of wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Want to know which foods to watch out for?
Gardening is a great activity for people with diabetes, offering both physical and emotional benefits. Over in the US, April is National Gardening Month, which seems as good a time as any to talk about it.
My own gardening success is limited to a bag of sad-looking onions and potatoes, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
So let’s take this outside (in a nice way, of course). Here are seven good reasons to get gardening with diabetes.
There are a number of discussions we probably all see going on about how people with type 2 diabetes have made themselves fat and brought it upon themselves.
- “They chose to eat this way, it’s their fault they got diabetes.”
- “People overeating are eating away at our tax money.”
- …and such like.
We know that the effects of type 2 diabetes mean that, unless aggressively countered, a vicious cycle is entered into and it takes at least a long and concerted effort to break out of it.