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Patti LaBelle Doesn’t Let Diabetes Keep Her From Enjoying Mac and Cheese

Living with Type 2 diabetes, “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle has had to give up some of her soul food. But harnessing her spunk and zest for cooking, she devised a crafty way to get her fill of one of her favorite carb-heavy dishes — without wreaking havoc on her blood sugar.

“Before I was diagnosed,” LaBelle told The Daily Meal, “I was eating everything that I shouldn’t have been eating. And that’s why I became a diabetic.”

Now, though, LaBelle puts a lot of thought into what she’s eating — almost as much as she puts into her rich, luscious recipes from her cookbook, Desserts LaBelle. She calls the profile of dessert recipes her “not for me cookbook,” since it’s not so diabetes-friendly. LaBelle has worked hard to cut the calories, sugar, and saturated fats from her diet so that she doesn’t endure the consequences her family members did from living with diabetes.

LaBelle’s relatives have lost eyesight and limbs from the incurable illness, and LaBelle does not intend to let that happen to her.

So when she makes mac and cheese, she makes a few simple swaps to her recipe.

“You know, I use the low-fat cheese,” she said, “and I use wheat pastas now instead of the pastas that I was using some time ago.” By using wheat pasta, LaBelle is helping her blood sugar to remain stable and healthy.

“I use a spreadable butter,” she continued, “and anything that’s less and less and less.” She also uses Hood Calorie Countdown, a processed, low-calorie dairy product, rather than real milk. Cutting the fat and calories is heavy on the singer’s brain.

“But what makes it taste great to me when I make it for myself?” she prompted. “I add fresh garlic and I use habanero peppers in everything.”

And that’s the secret. Low-fat, diet mac and cheese can leave the palate wanting more — but with her favorite flavorful additions, she never feels deprived.

The singer loves her spice. LaBelle’s spicy recipes are some of her best, and she professes to always keeping a container of hot sauce with her in her purse.

We might have to start doing that, too — or at least try loading up a nice, creamy bowl of low-cal mac and cheese.

Triple Cheesy Mac & Cheese


  • 1 box Dreamfields Elbows
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) light cream cheese (Neufchatel, 1/3 less fat), cut into 8 cubes
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper (optional)
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded 2% milk sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Spray 2-1/2 quart casserole/baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet (or Dutch oven) over medium heat; sauté onion and garlic 3 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add milk and cream cheese to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until cream cheese has melted, stirring frequently; do not boil (cream cheese does not need to melt completely).
  3. Toss pasta and sauce together. Stir in Cheddar cheese (reserve 2 tablespoons) and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved 2 tablespoons each Cheddar and Parmesan.
  4. Bake uncovered at 375*F 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Yield: Makes 8 main dish servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories: 357
Fat: 15 grams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 435 milligrams
Cholesterol: 44 milligrams
Protein: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 0 grams

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Pasta and Diabetes: 5 Healthy Ways to Eat Pasta

Here’s how to put some pasta on your plate without sending your blood sugars soaring! Written by Marina Chaparro, RD, CDE, MPH 39

For me, little compares to a meal of freshly-made fettuccine with a sprinkle of olive oil. Fortunately, it’s possible to eat spaghetti without sending blood sugar soaring.

Pasta! Mangia bene pasta! For me—and countless others—there’s nothing like eating freshly-made fettuccine with a sprinkle of olive oil, parmesan cheese and a nice glass of wine.

Yet, for many people with diabetes, pasta is on the top 10 list of worst foods to eat. For years, the health message given to people with diabetes was to avoid pasta at all cost. Reasons included causing blood glucose spikes, weight gain, spiking excessive insulin and simply being a white food with too many carbs.

Yes, pasta can be problematic for some people with diabetes. But, the problem with pasta is not the grain itself, but rather the quantities Americans are accustomed to eating.

The appropriate serving size is not what you get at Olive Garden (equivalent to 3 cups of pasta), but rather the size of your fist or about 1 cup. Contrary to what most people think, pasta is a low glycemic food. One cup of fettuccine, which yields 45 grams of carbohydrates, has a glycemic index of 32 and a glycemic load of 15. Compare that to the same portion of Jasmine rice and the glycemic index more than triples,111 glycemic index and 45 glycemic load.

Does pasta make you gain weight? Not according to the research. A recent Italian study published in the Journal Nutrition & Diabetes surveyed over 14,000Italians and found that those who ate more pasta had, in fact, a lower body mass index and smaller waist circumference, But Italians don’t just eat pasta.They eat olive oil, lots of nuts and seeds, whole grains, fruit, and veggies- all trademark of a Mediterranean diet, which is linked to longer lifespan, better heart health, and lower obesity rates. Pasta is never the main entree in Italy, but instead a side dish. First comes the salad, then the pasta then the protein. The point is, pasta is not the cause of all evils.

I confess I eat pasta once or twice per week, and I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over 18 years with very tight control. I was even crazy enough to travel to Italy while I was six months pregnant and having to manage my diabetes.

But, diabetes is not about restricting all carbohydrates or limiting yourself to favorite foods. By doing so, you are less likely to commit to a balanced and healthy diet long-term. Diabetes is an individualized approach. If you are a pasta lover like me and decide to eat pasta the “Italian way,” consider the following strategies to help keep your blood sugars in check:

#1. Measure the pasta and go easy on the portions.

Practice by either using measuring cups or a scale for more precise carb amounts. Aim for 1/2 cup or ¾ cup females and about 1 cup males. Not entirely a set rule but a good recommendation to follow. The bigger portion size, the stronger carbohydrate impact on your blood sugars.

A word about sauce. If you can’t eat pasta without tomato sauce be sure to read the label carefully. Some are heavy in sugar and sodium. Select the sauce that has the fewest number of ingredients and add your own seasoning. Or make your own sauce using tomato purée, garlic, oregano, basil, etc.

#2. Chose whole grain.

Thankfully there are many types of pasta in the supermarket aisle. Look for options with three grams or more of dietary fiber per serving, such as whole wheat penne, farro, and whole wheat fettuccine. Or consider new alternative pasta made of brown rice, soy germ, quinoa, and higher protein versions which can be a good option for people with diabetes because they will be lower in carbs and higher in protein.

#3. Pair it with protein.

As mentioned, pasta should not cover the entire plate. Aim for ¼ of the plate. The other quarter should consist of a lean protein such as fish, chicken, tofu, or egg. Protein will help lower the glycemic response to the meal and will result in steady blood sugars after the meal. An excellent way to avoid spikes.

#4. Start off with a salad.

This strategy can apply to all meals, not just pasta nights. Adding veggies will increase satiety, give a sense of fullness, and prevent you from overeating. Additionally, the order of food in a meal can influence blood sugars. Studies show if you start a meal with veggies or protein first, followed by carbohydrates (pasta), blood sugars are more likely to be on target.

#5. Cook it al dente.

Overcooked pasta has a slightly higher glycemic index. Al dente pasta which translates “firm to the touch or to the tooth” just means firmer pasta. Al dente pasta will have a lower Glycemic index than overcooked pasta and can help slow down the absorption of carbohydrates.

For me, pasta is emotionally satisfying. The idea of eating pasta as a family is comforting. It reminds me that even though I have diabetes, I don’t need to feel deprived to enjoy the food I love.

Pasta may have a bad reputation in the world of diabetes, but we should not demonize it. The message should be to understand the different types of pasta and choose appropriate portion sizes. By allowing yourself to experience foods you enjoy in moderation, you instantly eliminate guilt or the concept of “cheating.” So, go ahead, and enjoy your pasta, just keep the portion size in check.

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12 Foods Registered Dietitians Never Eat

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There are some ingredients we know we should be eating as often as possible: fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and plenty of other nutritious plant-based foods we’re included in this roundup. Indeed, at Real Simple, we’re all about the positive when it comes to wellness: we’d much rather hear about (and share!) all the delicious ways we can eat more for better health. We’ll forever be in the moderation-is-key camp.

That being said, are there foods we should avoid at all costs for health reasons? According to a roster of Registered Dietitians (RDs) we spoke with, yes there are. Here are the foods nutrition experts advise we avoid whenever possible. If some of these are in your fridge right now, don’t worry. Balance is everything—just try not to eat them every day.

The Impossible Burger—and any other highly processed meal replacer

“The food you should avoid is anything that you can’t imagine growing and that your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize,” says Natalie Forester, RDN from Miraval Austin. “If there’s a packaged product you want to consume, first check the ingredients and ask yourself, can I imagine this ingredient growing? Then ask your ever-so-wise great-great-grandmother’s spirit if she knows what each ingredient is—and move forward from there.”

As an example, Forester highlights the Impossible Burger. “Would it pass the test? No, no it would not.” The Impossible Burger ingredients, along with other plant-based “burgers” like Beyond Meat, are highly processed and promote inflammation within cells and tissues of the human body that can lead to disease and dysfunction. “As a matter of fact, let’s go ahead and add the meal replacement, Soylent, to this list. We should be working with the body versus tricking the body, shall we?” Well-stated.

Packaged cookies, pies, pastries, and biscuits

They may be convenient and tasty, but stick to the homemade variety. Why? According to Mia Syn, MS, RDN, it’s likely that these grocery store delicacies contain trans fats. “They’re added to help prolong shelf life and enhance taste and texture of products in a cost-effective way by manufacturers,” she explains. “There is no safe level of trans fat consumption because it can increase your risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.”

Additionally, it is important to note that even if a package lists 0 grams of trans fat, it is not always the case. In the U.S., if a food has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat in a serving, the food label can read 0 grams trans fat. Therefore, it is important to recognize and avoid foods that may contain it.

White bread and other refined grains

Grain consists of three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is where the fiber is found. The germ is where the majority of the nutrients are found. The endosperm is the starchy part of the grain where you find most of the carbohydrates. When a grain is processed or refined, they remove both the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. “That means you lost almost all of your fiber and nutrients, just keeping the carbs and calories. Therefore, refined starchy items such as white bread, white rice, crackers, and bagels have little nutritional value and no fiber to help with blood sugar control, explains Rebekah Blakely, RDN for The Vitamin Shoppe. As an alternative, Blakely recommends choosing whole grain or sprouted grain breads, bagels, crackers, brown rice, or quinoa instead.

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These sweet drinks will add a lot of sugar and calories to your daily intake and they have no nutritional value. “It’s easy to add a few hundred calories from sugar by having one to two sodas per day,” says Mascha Davis, MPH, RDN. Blakely agrees, citing a recent study by JAMA showing that consumption of both sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks are associated with a higher risk of mortality. “Soda has many downfalls, and no redeeming qualities,” she says. Some of the harmful ingredients include caramel color (linked to cancer), phosphoric acid (regular exposure is bad for your teeth), and high fructose corn syrup (linked to obesity), among others. “Sugar-sweetened versions carry all the health risks of consuming excess sugar, while diet versions contain artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame) that are linked to numerous health issues,” Blakely adds.

Instead, both Davis and Blakely recommend opting for water whenever possible. If you are craving something more flavorful, try tea or a sparkling water flavored naturally with fruit, like La Croix.

Charred meats

When meats—including beef, pork, fish, and poultry—are cooked at high temperatures and/or exposed to smoke, you get an increase in the formation of carcinogenic chemicals. “These chemicals are called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). They have been linked to an increase cancer risk in both animal studies and human epidemiologic studies,” explains Blakely. When cooking at a higher temperatures, avoid prolonged cooking times (avoid “well-done” meats) and exposure to open flames, and remove charred portions before eating.

Flavored instant oatmeal packs

Ever compared the sugar content of a flavored oatmeal pack to plain oats? “Plain oats will have 0 to 1 grams of sugar, while a flavored pack will often have 11 to 14grams of sugar,” points out Blakely. Since most of these contain very little, if any, real fruit, the majority of that sugar is added sugar. “It’s recommended we stay under 25 grams per day of added sugars. That means you’ve already had half your sugar for the day with one 150 calorie oatmeal pack!” In addition, instant oats have a higher glycemic index than regular oats (66 vs. 55), which means your body will break them down faster and your blood sugar will rise more and quicker.

Always choose plain oats. For extra flavor, top them with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract). “You can still cook regular oats in the microwave in one to two minutes if needed—and if you really want to stick with the instant oatmeal packs, choose the original unflavored version,” she says.

Fat-free ice cream

“I know people love eating a pint of ‘ice cream’ that only has 280 calories in it, but it’s not for me,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN and author of Eating in Color. “These diet ice creams do contain some of the ingredients that real ice cream does (milk, cream, and sugar), but then they add a scary amount of calorie-free sweeteners and gums.” Instead, Largeman-Roth recommends going for real, full-fat ice cream. “Yes, I said that. Here’s the thing—you do want to stick to the serving size of half a cup, but when it’s the real deal, that’s super satisfying. I serve mine in a small vintage glass, which looks really full with that half cup serving. And I eat it slowly and enjoy every rich spoonful.”

Reduced fat peanut butter

Many people think they’re making a healthier choice by eating reduce fat peanut butter, but according to Blakely, the full-fat version is actually healthier. “Yes, peanut butter is about 70 percent fat, but it’s primarily monounsaturated fat which is heart healthy and you get a good source of fat-soluble vitamin E, an antioxidant important for eye, heart, and immune health,” she says. Additionally, when manufacturers remove the fat from peanut butter, they usually add more salt and/or sugar to make it taste better. These are additions that have no nutritional value.

Gummy candy

“Trust me, gummies used to be my go-to treat when I was a stressed-out magazine editor,” says Largeman-Roth. “I also craved them during my first two pregnancies. But I realized that I was just getting a whole lot of sugar, plus in most cases, artificial colors and flavors, so I quit them.” Give frozen grapes a try instead. “If you need something sweet to munch on during that Netflix binge, a bunch of frosty grapes is just what the nutritionist ordered.” They’re satisfying, delicious, and provide natural sweetness without any added sugars. Frozen grapes are super easy to make, too: rinse and drain them and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for two hours and enjoy (they’re also fantastic as ice cubes).

Ranch dressing

“Avoid creamy sauces, like ranch dressing or mayonnaise-based dips,” Davis recommends. They’re high in fat and can add a lot of calories to an otherwise healthy meal. Choose olive oil with some vinegar for a lighter, healthier option.

Fruit danish

Flaky pastry and a sweet fruity center make this a super sweet and delicious morning treat. “I get it—but with about 300 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat, plus 19 grams of sugar, it’s definitely not a daily indulgence,” says Largeman-Roth. She suggests swapping in a Health Warrior Strawberry Shortcake Chia Bar for a grab-and-go breakfast. “When you’re craving something fruity and want something that feels like a treat, this bar checks all the boxes. The fresh strawberry flavor tastes sweet, but the chewy bar only has 3 grams of sugar and just 100 calories. The number one ingredient is chia seeds, which provides healthy fats and fiber.”

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Deep fried foods

According to Davis, “deep fried foods—such as fries, corn dogs or falafel—are some of the worst things you can order when eating out at restaurants.” Deep frying adds calories and saturated fats to many foods that would otherwise be healthy. Instead, Davis recommends going for dishes that are sautéed, wok-tossed, or steamed and contain veggies and protein. Panda Express, for instance, offers some great options on its Wok Smart menu such as String Bean Chicken Breast, Mushroom Chicken, or Broccoli Beef.

These Are The 12 Foods People Should Avoid If They Want To Stay Healthy

In an age where processed foods and factory farming are becoming increasingly popular, it can seem almost impossible to know which items to eat and which ones to avoid. Trying to maintain a healthy diet is, quite simply, only getting harder.

Luckily, there are plenty of (free!) resources available that can help direct our eating habits so we can maintain a healthy lifestyle while also enjoying the food we use to fuel our bodies. Some foods are tasty, but it’s important to remember that they may be holding you back from living your healthiest life.

Here are 12 unhealthy foods that should be eaten sparingly or not at all. A few of these may surprise you!

1. Red meat: Although red meat isn’t something you need to cut out of your diet entirely, experts advise people to cut down on it if it’s a food they frequently consume. Though it’s rich in protein, it’s high in saturated fat, which raises cholesterol and contributes to heart disease.

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2. Processed meats: Meats such as hot dogs, baloney, and bacon should be avoided due to their high levels of saturated fat. They tend to contain lots of sodium, which causes spikes in blood pressure. There have also been links between processed foods and cancer.

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3. Refined grains: This category is extremely hard to avoid, since foods like bread, rice, flour, and pasta all fall into it unless you carefully shop for versions of those foods that are unrefined. The refining process strips a lot of the nutritional value away from these items. Stick to whole grains instead!

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4. Grapefruit juice: Many people steer clear of this popular breakfast drink because it has a tendency to mix poorly with medications, such as blood-pressure reducers, anti-anxiety drugs, and antihistamines. It’s also known to increase the chances of kidney stones in some people.

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5. Fatty and sugary beverages: If you glance over at a group of morning commuters, chances are a high number of them will be drinking some sort of sweetened latte or frappuccino to get their day started. While these drinks may be delicious, they are packed with sugar, fat, and calories.

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6. Fish (at the top of the food chain): Although most fish is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fats, not every type offers the same benefits. Larger fish tend to carry much higher levels of mercury and other man-made contaminants that are hazardous to your health.

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7. Full-fat dairy: Although delicious, cheese is a concentrated source of calories and salt; it’s also high in saturated fats. Choosing a low-fat option, like cheeses made with skim-milk, is one alternative, but for some people it might be easier to just stay away from dairy altogether.

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8. Butter: This one seems pretty obvious considering butter is essentially spreadable fat. Again, the saturated fat levels are too high to warrant it in your diet. A tablespoon of butter contains about seven grams of fat, which is a significant percentage of your recommended daily amount.

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9. Candy: As much as kids love to snack on all things that are sweet, keeping candy around the house is a huge mistake. Eating too much sugar negatively affects your teeth, heart, and waistline. Sugar is one of the leading causes of child obesity, as well.

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10. Fried foods: Besides being packed with calories, any food that’s cooked under high heat can create a compound know as acrylamide. The World Health Organization considers it a “probable” carcinogen, and due to the high instances of cancer nowadays, it’s best to be avoided altogether.

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11. Over-grilled foods: These are similar to fried foods. When you grill your dinner, you’re cooking it a high temperature that can cause harmful compounds to build. This doesn’t mean you need to quit eating ribs! Experts simply advise people to grill at lower temperatures for a longer period of time.

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12. Pizza: Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s available everywhere you go, and it’s a Friday-night staple in many households. However, pizza is a triple threat of unhealthiness: it’s packed with refined grains, lots of salt, and cheese rich in saturated fats.

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Let’s be honest: avoiding all of these foods and maintaining a strict diet is easier said than done. Still, if you take small steps and slowly ease these foods out of your diet, you’ll feel better and live longer! It’s also important to keep in mind your own personal health goals when deciding which foods to eliminate. As always, consult your doctor to get all of the facts!

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Food is fuel and when you are taking on the 30-Day Ragnar Training Challenge or training for your next race, you need high quality fuel for optimal performance. The right foods can promote muscle growth and aid in muscle repair and the wrong ones can set you back or even cause injury. There are certain foods runners should try to avoid so the next time you’re headed to the grocery store, leave these 12 foods behind.

1. Diet soda. Instead of sugar, diet soda is sweetened with artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, cyclamate or acesulfame-k. The caramel-colored bubbly is known for causing kidney problems, dehydration, sugar cravings, and weight gain.

2. Cookies and candy. We have all been there during a race when all we can think is “EAT ALL THE CANDY”. Cookies and candy will never be healthy, but learning to enjoy them in moderation is key. The next time you’re craving a Snickers choose a healthier snack with more nutrient-dense carbohydrates and a good amount of protein.

3. Full-fat dairy. Unless you’re a runner that needs to gain weight you most likely don’t need the extra calories and fat. When looking for dairy, choose 1% versions, or a milk alternative like almond-milk.

4. Saturated and trans fat. Foods containing hydrogenated oils and trans fats raise LDL cholesterol (i.e., bad cholesterol) and caN increase the risk of heart disease. Instead, runners should choose healthy fats that raise HDL cholesterol (i.e., good cholesterol) such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and seafood.

5. Alcohol. There’s no need to completely eliminate it – a Ragnar Relay wouldn’t be complete without a celebratory beer, but you don’t want to over do it. Over doing it with alcohol can cause slowed reaction times, dehydration and decreased performance. Beer is a better alternative to hard alcohol because of its water content. Make sure you’re loading up on carbs, and not beer, pre-race day!

6. Fried foods. These foods should be avoided before your next workout since they are calorie dense and take much longer for you to digest, which can lead to gastrointestinal distress.

7. Caffeinated beverages. Some research has shown that moderate amounts of caffeine can be good for performance, but stick with low to moderate doses as caffeine can be dehydrating and hard on the stomach.

8. High-Fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You can find HFCS in many commercial baked goods, sodas and even salad dressing, and tomato sauce. The next time you have a sugar craving, grab a piece of fruit!

9. Sugary cereal. These colorful cereals are loaded with sugar, which leads to a spike in insulin, priming your body to store more fat. Look for cereal with 10 grams of sugar or less per serving and three or more grams of fiber to slow digestion.

10. White gains. White bread, rice, and pasta are okay in moderation, but they are not ideal because they are stripped of wheat germ and thus their nutrients and fiber. These highly processed food products can raise insulin levels, which contributes to dips in energy, cause sugar cravings, and eventually lead to weight gain. Stick to whole grain products that will have more nutrients and give you lasting energy.

11. White chocolate. Cocoa has plenty of antioxidants, minerals and fiber. Dark chocolate contains the highest amount of health benefit from cocoa, but white chocolate doesn’t really have ANY cocoa. White chocolate provides calories, sugar and fat; that’s about it. Milk chocolate is not that much better. If you’re going to indulge in chocolate, go for the dark stuff and avoid the white stuff, especially white chocolate drinks.

12. Processed Red Meat. Research suggests chronic intake of processed red meat may increase risk for colon cancer. Examples of processed red meat include ham, sausages, bacon, jerky, cured or smoked meat and hot dogs. What is not clearly understood is what exact component of processed red meat increases risk for cancer. It may be the nitrates formed in red meat during certain cooking methods. When meats are cured, smoked or char grilled nitrate levels will increase. If you’re a big red meat eater, remember the saying “everything in moderation.”

The key to a healthy diet while training for your next Ragnar is limit foods that interfere with the body’s nutritional needs and reduce overall performance. It’s okay to indulge in an occasional treat, but make sure the majority of your food choices have the key vitamins and minerals your body needs for training. Put simply: eat real food.
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The basic idea of the Renal or Diabetic diet for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients is to, ” keep the levels of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in your body balanced,” according to Medline Plus. Most of the time the Renal and Diabetic diets are rather straight-forward, right? Lists and charts of foods to avoid are handed out at Doctors’ offices, Dialysis Centers, and are easily accessible online. Yet what happens when your diet restrictions are not as clear, and harmful foods which you thought were manageable, sneak into your diet?

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You should keep in mind that nutrition needs vary from person to person depending on body size, activity, the stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and other health concerns. However, the following are often restricted foods that creep into Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients’ Renal and Diabetic diets.

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1.) Processed Deli Meat: You are hungry and you grab what you consider to be a healthy dish – a bologna sandwich or a chicken salad using cold cuts. Did you make the best lunch choice for your Renal or Diabetic diet? You may be surprised to learn that you in fact did not. Processed meats can be a significant source of sodium, nitrate and phosphorus, all of which are bad for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. Instead choose leaner fresh meats such as roasted chicken or lean pork chops which are lower in harmful minerals as well as a better source of protein.

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2.) Mayonnaise: Yes, mayonnaise is very high in saturated fats, and can cause or worsen Heart Health Complications which is a leading cause of death among Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. Just 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 103 calories. If you are thinking, “Wow, I will opt for low fat mayonnaise,” think again. Even low fat or reduced fat mayonnaise spread often contain higher levels of sodium, sugar, and other harmful additives. Consider using Non-Fat Greek Yogurt or scrap the sandwich spread entirely.

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3.) Soda: “Soda provides no nutritional benefit and is packed with sugars,” according to the National Kidney Foundation. Even diet sodas provide no nutritional value and often contain unhealthy additives, including artificial sweeteners. Avoid soda for water, or water with fresh cut fruits and/or vegetables. Also, LyteAid is a great Chronic Kidney Disease tailored powder which can be added to water for a boost in flavor and safe nutrients.

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4.) Butter: Cut the butter from your diet because it contains unhealthy fats which increases Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics’ intake of bad cholesterol. Although you may think that margarine is a better alternative, it is not. While higher in GOOD fats, margarine also has very high levels of Trans Fats which are not healthy. Hence, limit butter and margarine as much as possible and use healthier canola oils or olive oils instead.

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5.) Television (T.V.) Dinners: Frozen or pre-made meals such as frozen pizzas and microwaveable Television Dinners are often heavily processed and studies have shown such food can lead to the development or worsening of Type 2 Diabetes and other harmful health issues due to hidden sugar, sodium and fat. Stear clear of frozen foods when possible by making quick, fresh Renal and Diabetic meals. You can always turn to your trusted resource,, for Daily Impact Meals that meet most Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients’ diet restrictions.

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If you cannot live without one (or more) of the above listed foods, try talking to your Dietitian to find out if there is a way which you can more safely incorporate them into your diet. Also, for more Daily News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, visit every day. Take on the go by clicking here to Bookmark the site to your Smartphone home screen.

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