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English: ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (May 14, 2009) A ...
English: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (May 14, 2009) A registered nurse from the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association checks the blood sugar level of a patient at a free health screening during a Continuing Promise 2009 medical community service project. Continuing Promise is a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Finney/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

with mindful eating. Listening to the body’s hunger cues may help diabetics lose weight and lower their blood sugar.

Diabetics may be able to get a handle on their weight and blood sugar by practicing mindful eating. Researchers found that when patients with type 2 diabetes were trained to listen to their bodies’ cues — eating only when hungry and just until they were full — they ate fewer high-glycemic-index foods and fewer total calories. This, in turn, helped them lose weight and lower their blood sugar. By staying in the moment and letting our hunger guide us, we can learn to better appreciate the food we eat and to make healthier choices. Listening to our body’s needs reminds us to eat when we’re starting to feel hungry, instead of waiting until we’re ravenous, and thus too hungry to take the time to put together a nutritious snack or meal. It also trains us to be conscious of the food we’re putting into our mouths. When we slow down and savor the smell, taste and feel of our food, we enjoy it more, and we end up needing less of it to feel satisfied. It’s a good practice for all of us — not just for those with diabetes.


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