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Diabetes On-The-Go

From Chef Robert Lewis:

Diabetes On-The-Go
Growing Industry Helps Diabetics Maintain Active Lifestyles

A whole industry has grown up around freeing diabetics to lead less restricted lives. New on the market, or on the verge of being introduced, are three “firsts”: tubeless insulin pumps, a needleless blood-glucose monitoring system, and diabetic-friendly frozen foods.

With the number of diabetics growing worldwide – 246 million at last count, according to the World Health Organization – businesses are motivated. In 2011, diabetes therapeutic products were a $23.7 billion dollar industry feeding a growing population that’s starving for a better quality of life, says Chef Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” author of two cookbooks for people with the metabolic disorder.

“It wasn’t long ago that Type 1 diabetics had to be sure they packed ample sterile syringes and insulin, whether they were going to work for the day or on a road trip,” he says. “Monitoring blood sugar levels, which is crucial to keeping vital organs healthy, was painful, primitive and hit-or-miss.

“And food? That’s been the hardest. A diabetes diagnosis can feel like a life sentence of bland eating.”

Among the “firsts” Lewis says diabetics can look forward to:

• The first tubeless insulin pump. Thirty years ago, people with insulin-dependent diabetes had to give themselves shots around the clock to control their blood sugar levels. In some cases, diabetics were hospitalized to ensure they got the insulin necessary to prevent ketoacidosis, a condition that can lead to coma and death. In 1983, the insulin pump was introduced. It attaches to the body and provides continuous insulin injections. But while it was a major breakthrough, it can be bulky and awkward, with a dangling catheter. The most recent innovation is a streamlined version called the OmniPad. It has no tubes, it’s smaller and it attaches anywhere on the body with adhesive. It also has a built-in glucose-monitoring system.

• The first needleless glucometer. The Symphony tCGM System uses ultrasound to monitor blood-sugar levels, which will free people from the painful pricks needed to get a small blood sample for testing multiple times a day. The device, which attaches with adhesive to the body, continuously tracks glucose levels day and night and can send the readings to your smart phone. Under development for more than a decade, Symphony is undergoing the studies necessary to win regulatory approval.

• The first diabetic-friendly frozen meals. Meals-in-a-Bun (www.lifestylechefs.net) will arrive in Northeast U.S. grocery stores beginning in July and roll out across the country through the end of the year. They’re low on the glycemic index, low in sugar and carbs, high in soluble fiber, low in trans fat, high in lean protein and low in sodium, Lewis says. “And the best thing is, they are delicious.” The five varieties – two vegan and three vegetarian – include selections like Thai Satay, mushrooms, broccoli and tofu in whole-wheat flax bun. “This is particularly exciting because, while there have been advances in equipment that makes life easier for diabetics, there haven’t been for convenient, packaged foods.”

Diabetics who do not watch what they eat may wind up suffering kidney damage, stomach problems, heart disease, pneumonia, gum disease, blindness, stroke, nerve damage, complications during pregnancy, loss of limb and other health problems, according to the CDC.

But many Americans are trending toward healthier diets, eating less meat, gluten, salt and sugar, Lewis says. Tasty foods developed for diabetics will be excellent choices for them, too.

“What’s good for diabetics is good for everyone,” he says. “And you don’t have to give up one teaspoon of flavor.

“There’s a reason why I am called ‘The Happy Diabetic’; I have discovered the joy of nutrition-rich food.”

About Lifestyle Chefs

Lifestyle Chefs is a Santa Clara, Calif., company specializing in creating meals inspired by world cuisines and using only natural, healthy and nutritious ingredients. Lifestyle Chefs’ products are all vegetarian and diabetic-friendly, perfect for families who want fast, convenient meals that are low in calories, high in nutrition and robust in flavor. Chef Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998. He specializes in flavorful recipes that won’t spike a diabetic’s blood sugar.

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Spa Week- Use Our Promotion and Enjoy Spa Week!

Perfect Fit Personal Training in North Vancouver has a great promo on for April: sign up for 12 sessions or refer a friend to sign up, and get a $100 Spa Utopia Gift Card.

Here is a press release from the Spa Week Media group which ties in well with our promotion!

Spa Week Shapes The Nation Through Health & Wellness Innovation

National Event leads health and wellness movement with its affordable $50 Treatments

April 2012: By definition, spas are places devoted to overall well-being through various professional services that renew mind, body and spirit, according to the International Spa Association. For years, the spa industry has been undergoing an exciting transformation of making these services more diverse and wellness-focused than ever before, offering more programs and incentives for consumers to lead healthier, happier lives. Spa Week, the original and most successful Spa Marketing Event to date, continues to successfully spread this message by making it possible for millions to take advantage of the healing benefits of the spa with its biannual, signature $50 treatments.

Moving into its 16th installation this Spring, Spa Week will deliver the most innovative, cutting-edge services at a discount to deserving consumers across the United States and Canada. From April 16th – 22nd, hundreds of spas (day, medical and resort), yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centers and other health and wellness practices will offer up to three signature treatments at the major discount of just $50 each. As always, Spa Week partners with some of the most prominent, respected names in the industry to deliver the most current trends in spa and wellness services. From introducing new massage therapies like Acupressure and Bamboo Massage and advanced, clinically proven, skin-perfecting facials to weight-loss and nutrition classes, Spa Week is responsible for educating spa-goers on how to incorporate specific treatments into their lifelong health regiments.

Prior to Spa Week’s inception in 2004, the spa industry was notoriously mistaken as a VIP circle reserved for beautifying and pampering the rich and famous. In the years to follow, Spa Week broke down these barriers by opening up the world of spa to the masses by making costly treatments affordable for the average consumer. After experiencing a huge economic downturn and the recent healthcare crisis, stressed-out, overworked consumers have come to rely on Spa Week as a means to provide the physical and mental, therapeutic relief they need on a budget. For the past eight years, Spa Week has established itself as the most comprehensive way to engage consumers in the health and wellness lifestyle, and thanks to its Spring and Fall Events, no longer is the spa associated as a fluffy place of privilege, but an essential life ingredient that’s within reach of the masses.

In order to take advantage of Spa Week, consumers should register on SpaWeek.com for exclusive information on participating spas and their $50 services. For the first time ever, SpaWeek.com launched five weeks early, on March 12th, to give consumers even more time to book their desired services well in advance. It is recommended that spa-goers sign up and book their appointments as early as possible.

Never before has the spa industry been more focused on delivering serious wellness initiatives by offering more services and programs geared toward building long-term consumer relationships that go beyond the periodic spa visit. This is the result of more savvy, educated spa-goers that Spa Week helped to create not only with its Spring and Fall Events, but also with its National Gift Card Program which recently launched in over 17,000 retail locations including Target, Sam’s Club, CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid. As the health and wellness needs of consumers change, Spa Week is there and will continue to be an integral way in which they experience the spa.

Spa Week was created and founded by Cheryl Reid, who hails from successful careers within the luxury spa industry and publishing spheres. Joining Spa Week for the Spring 2012 Event, sponsors include Exclusive National Media Sponsor: Allure magazine; Exclusive Spa Association Partner: ISPA; Exclusive Skincare Sponsor: American Laser Skincare; Exclusive Wine Sponsor: Rioja; and introducing Exclusive Book Sponsor: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin; Exclusive Cosmetic Sponsor: Christopher Drummond Beauty and Exclusive Catering Sponsor: Incognito Continental Bistro. Co-sponsors include CEW and Spa Chicks On The Go®. Spa Week donates a portion of the proceeds from the Spring and Fall Events toCancerAndCareers.org.

 
This is a great time to use our 12 session package to get a $100 Spa Utopia Gift Certificate!

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What is Your Perfect Weight?

The ultimate question is…what is your perfect weight?

You may have weighed a certain amount in high school, a certain amount in college, felt great when you were single, felt overweight when you were married…the list goes on.

How do you figure out your perfect weight?

Those of you that know me know that I don’t use the BMI test. More info on BMI. The BMI, or Body Mass Index was created many years ago and these days is used regularly as a tool to see how healthy you are. It doesn’t take into account body fat, however, which is where it is lacking.

You may get bad rates on your insurance if you have a high BMI so it’s a good idea to figure out what it is before you go for a new policy.

BMI is calucalted as: (Weight in Pounds / Height in inches x Height in inches) x 703.

Do you think that having a high BMI makes you unhealthy, and is this a tool that you use for self assessment?

Here is a great article on finding out how to find your perfect weight:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241371.php

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Small Group Personal Training

Personal training; the best way to get off your rear end and get in shape! With the help of a professional, certified personal trainer, you can get motivated, get excited, and get fit.

If this is not in your budget, however, then small group training may be the best thing for you.

With a group of 2-3 people, you can lower the cost, but still get great benefits of a more tailored and personalized fitness program.

Each person helps with the cost (split 2-3 ways) and everyone wins.

For more information on getting group personal training for you and your friends/family or coworkers, give us an email!

nicole@perfectfit.ws

Happy Training!

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Eat Dessert, Stay Skinny!

 

Here is a great link to a site I love; Women’s Health.com.

They have a great “Eat This, Not That” section that gives you great tips on how to eat better, but still enjoy great flavours.

 

Check it out!

http://eatthis.womenshealthmag.com/slideshow/15-new-dessert-swaps-weight-loss#sharetagsfocus

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Emotional Eating; are you an emotional eater or a hungry eater?

I deal with emotional eating in my clients on a daily basis; we talk about it and try to problem solve how they can overcome this issue.
You may have been there on a Saturday night. You fought with your boyfriend, cancelled the date and stocked up on ice cream and chocolate bars. You sat in front of the tv and got a spoon and a bowl full of pity. As you ate your way through a gallon of chocolate rocky road and indulged in caramilk bars and a bottle of white wine, you started to feel pretty good. Your emotions directed you to the comfort food in your hands and now you felt great.

Then comes the “morning after”. You ate the junk, you feel heavy and “blah” and you regret your actions. Why did you eat all of that ice cream and chocolate? Your emotions told you too, and you listened. So how can you deal with your emotional eating, and why do you eat when you feel bad?

Here are some of the ways I help my clients deal with emotional eating:

*Make a food journal; every time you eat, you write it down. Writing it down can make you more accountable for your actions.
*Take note of how you’re feeling when you eat food. Are you relaxed, anxious, worried, happy. What are you eating when you feel those emotions?
*Don’t impulse buy when it comes to food. Plan your meals and stock your pantry with foods that have no emotional attachment to them.
*Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored.

Emotional eating is very common, but if you want to lose weight and stay on track, you need to stop emotional eating.

Call me today to set up a consultation and get on the path to better health and fitness: 604 318 6534 or nicole@perfectfit.ws

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Oats; Not Just for Breakfast!

 

Mmmm, oatmeal in the morning. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a little brown sugar. Sounds like a great breakfast to me!

Oats, however, are more than just a breakfast food. They are great in a variety of ways.

You can  make an oat scrub for your face and take care of exfoliating with a home made scrub.

You can also make an oat mask for better skin.

Oats are even a bathtime favorite! You can add whole oats with some honey to your bath to enjoy softer skin and even help with dry, cracking skin or eczema.

Here  is a recipe for a healthy oat bread: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/honey_oat_quick_bread.html

Enjoy your oats! They will fill you up and give you the soluble and insoluble fiber you need, as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids. http://websurfpro.hubpages.com/hub/Oatmeal-Month

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Sweet or Regular; Which Potato is Better For You?

I have had clients ask me about eating potatoes versus sweet potatoes, and what the difference was health wise.

I always say that you can never go wrong with eating  your veggies, but all veggies are not created equally.

Potatoes are enjoyable as roasted, mashed, fried, and baked; skin on, skin off…they are great and tasty in many forms. However, they have a GI (glycemic index) value of between 56-111 (depending on the potato), which is at the top of the chart. For more info on the Glycemic Index: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycemic_index

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, on the other hand are in the medium category on the GI, and have a host of other benefits such as antioxidants and high fiber content. For more info on sweet potatoes, check out this site: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=69

As with all carbohydrate rich foods, you should take care to eat only what your body needs, and keep your plate mostly loaded with high fiber, colorful veggies with low caloric values, such as spinach,  green leaf lettuce, and celery. For more lo-carb veggie options, check out this link: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/whatveg.htm

That’s all for now; remember to eat well most of the time to enjoy the benefits of your workout program. If you work out hard but eat a ton of junk, you may still remain at the same weight and not look any differently.

One more interesting link on potatoes and their contents: http://breastcancer.about.com/od/cancerfightingfoods/a/potatoes.htm

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