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    GlucoMenu® Newsletter December 20-26, 2010

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    Message from Christine:

    Hi Everyone!  This week's newsletter covers:
    1. Stress & Diabetes
    2. Minestrone Soup Recipe
    3. Can I eat sugar?
    4. Glucose Tolerance Test (e-mail to Christine)
    5. Support Group
    Make it a great week!

    Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
    GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

    Tip of the Week:

    Did you know stress can affect your blood sugar?  Work, family, or financial issues are all sources of stress in life.  Stress can produce chemicals that increase blood sugar.  Consider your habits when you are under stress.  If you eat more when you are stressed, this can also lead to increased blood sugar.  Follow these tips to reduce stress and control blood sugar.

    • Exercise daily to alleviate stress.
    • Write down what causes stress and take steps to control your behavior when reacting to stress.
    • Take a 10-15 minute break when working long hours.

    • Talk with a friend or join a support group to lessen stress.
    • Engage in a relaxing activity such as gardening or reading when you feel stressed.

    Blood sugar control includes eating right, regular exercise, and limiting stress.

    GlucoMenu® Minestrone Soup

    Recipe Ingredients:
    2 cups canned diced tomatoes, no salt added
    1 cup fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
    1 cup water
    1 cup zucchini, diced
    2 T. garlic, minced
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 T. olive oil
    2 t. dried basil
    1 t. dried oregano
    2/3 cup frozen green beans
    1/2 cup carrots, sliced
    1 cup low salt canned kidney beans
    2 oz. dry pasta
    4 T. grated parmesan cheese

    Recipe Directions:
    1.  Saute onion and garlic with olive oil in skillet until onion is soft.
    2.  In large pan, combine onion mixture, tomato, carrots, broth, water & seasonings.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
    3.  Add green beans, beans, zucchini, and pasta.  Cover and simmer for 10-15 minute or until vegetables and pasta are tender.
    4.  Serve with 1 T. grated parmesan sprinkled on top.  Makes 4 servings.

    Nutrition Facts per serving:
    Calories: 228,  Carbohydrate: 35 g,  Fiber: 7 g,  Fat: 5 g,  Protein: 11 g,  Sodium: 403 mg


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    E-mails to Christine:

    Q:  My glucose tolerance test was at 105 - how high/low is that compared to acceptable levels?

    A:    It depends on what type of test you had (was it a fasting glucose test or an oral glucose tolerance test?). If it was a Fasting Plasma Glucose test, a glucose level of 100-125...

    Read Christine's Entire Answer

    GlucoMenu® Support Group:

    In this issue:
    1. Should I be taking insulin shots? (response)
    2. Metformin concerns (response)
    3. Lactic Acid Build up
    4. Diagnosed 1 week ago
    5. What can we eat?
    6. Type 2?
    7. Gnawing hunger


    I have found your program to be very useful and I would recommend it to anyone in need of an easy to use diet that gets the results and is very tasty to boot.

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