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Getting organized for the holidays

From September through the end of the year, you'll be shopping, cooking, traveling, gifting, entertaining and—oh-yeah—living your day-to-day life. You may have what feels like 1 million details to manage. Does this sound familiar (and stressful)? Well, never fear. We're here to help you get organ...

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Leftover Halloween candy ideas

Of course, your child is going to eat some of their trick-or-treat haul. It would be a shame to waste all of that hard work! But you probably don't want them eating all 10 pounds of it. You already know the usual tricks for getting rid of the overflow: allow them to trade candy for cash or toys, sav...

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Treat yourself: 10 hot drinks for winter

One of the best things about the colder weather: huddling over a steaming mug of something delicious. Low-calorie, low-carb drinks are always best, according to the American Diabetes Association,1 so here's a healthy and unique twist on some winter favorites. Moroccan Fresh Mint Tea ...

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New diabetes diagnosis? 3 steps for getting on the road to acceptance.

It's never easy to be handed a diabetes diagnosis, whether it's yours, your child's or another loved one's. If you're feeling overwhelmed or confused about what to do next, here are 3 first steps that will aid in accepting and controlling the situation you're in. Step 1: It's okay to grieve  You've heard of the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you get unsettling news like a diabetes diagnosis, it's common to wonder "Why is this happening?" and to fear the unknown. It's also common to blame yourself and worry about what others will thin...

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Smart food swaps: the holiday dessert table

While the turkey remains the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner, the dessert spread rules December. Our gift to you―here's how to enjoy traditional holiday desserts without sending your blood sugar level off the charts. Yule Log Your bûche de Noël doesn't have to be heavy, as we see...

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Staying fit through the holidays

'Tis the season to overindulge while visiting with loved ones near and far. Still, staying in control of your (or your child's) diabetes while having a good time is absolutely possible. Here are a few ideas to try as you bounce between holiday events. Schedule time to exercise, even if you have t...

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8 ways to conquer your cravings

Everyone has cravings. But for people with diabetes, the stakes are higher. Fortunately, many people find that if they simply wait 20 minutes, the craving will go away. Try it! It's a relatively small window of time. For other ways to control cravings (instead of letting them control you), keep thes...

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Quick fixes for when you're cranky

No one likes being in a bad mood, but when your blood sugar swings out of range, well, it happens. What can you do about it? First, know your blood sugar level  You know this part―when your blood glucose level is off, it affects your mood. Start by knowing your number and, if you're high or low, taking steps to correct it. You'll be feeling like yourself in no time. In the meantime, try these other quick fixes designed to brighten your spirits. Take a 10-minute walk  Exercise is an excellent way to lower your blood sugar, and a quick walk is great for removing y...

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