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Everyone loves a vacation. The promise of complete relaxation, of adventure, and of seeing first-hand the sights and customs of other lands can be magical. So too can the build-up to a vacation—the planning, the packing, the counting down of days until you leave home.
Part of this planning should include a visit to a travel clinic to make sure you have all the right vaccinations to prevent becoming ill on, or after, your vacation. While relatively few vacations lead to illness (aside from the ubiquitous Montezuma’s Revenge), the risks involved are not worth taking. Hepatitis, for example, can irreparably damage the liver and its prevention should be taken seriously.
Sugars and sweetened foods may be eaten in moderation by people with diabetes. Their effect on blood glucose levels will vary, because not all sweeteners affect blood sugar in the same way. The following tables provide information that will help you understand the differences. And your dietitian or diabetes educator can help you plan how to fit sweeteners and sweetened foods into your meal plan.
According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus which attacks the liver1. The Center for Disease Control states that new cases reported in the U.S. is around 3,000 each year—a 90% decrease of the last several decades.2
So why should you care about Hepatitis A? Because it is often referred to as “traveller’s disease”, an illness contracted by travelling in developing countries that have poor sanitation and poor hygiene.
How is Hep A transmitted?
The Hep A virus is only found in the stool (feces) of an infected person. Close contact with an infected person who doesn’t practice proper hygiene can spread the virus. The virus can also be spread via food and water—such as eating food that has been washed in contaminated water. When food preparers don’t practice safe hygiene while handling food, you could contract it by eating in a restaurant.
Radishes can be found in dishes all around the world. In addition to their great taste, they have are many health benefits:
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The hot weather is upon us! If you find your thirst rising with the temperatures it may be time to think about what’s in your glass. This is because the variety of beverages is ever-increasing, and so is the size of the container. In past years we have seen an explosion of large beverage containers, especially for soda pop and coffee-type drinks. In fact, new cars even have a larger-size cup holder! As for variety, there are literally thousands of options, from vitamin-added water to energy drinks, juices, sweetened milks, non-dairy beverages, iced or hot coffees, milkshakes and smoothies; and new products continue to be created.
It is wonderful to have such a selection of drinks but it is wise to know a little bit about what you are consuming. Most people are truly shocked to learn how many calories beverages can contain. A drink can have as many calories as an entire meal. Look at the chart below and see for yourself!
Nothing strikes fear into the average person like the question “what’s for dinner?”
And isn’t it true that we have all found ourselves frantically scouring the grocery store for a quick answer to that question around 5:30 on a weeknight?
Here’s a better way to handle that query: look on the meal plan!
A meal plan is your list of what you are going to cook for the week ahead, and on what day. This simple concept does so much more, however! It will keep you sane and organized while also helping you:
- save money on your grocery bill
- save time and frustration
- reduce waste and make better use of leftovers
- avoid trips to fast food restaurants
- enjoy cooking more
- eat more nutritiously.
Meal planning isn’t a daunting task. You only need about 20 minutes each week to make a meal plan. A meal plan can include breakfasts and lunches but most people really only need to plan for their dinners. And since many of us are likely to eat out at least once during the week, that means we need only plan 5 or 6 evening meals.