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Dodge Diabetes one bite at a time

Dodge Diabetes one bite at a time

You need to take charge of your health, one bite at a time. By eating whole fruits high in flavonoids, like apples, red grapes, and blueberries, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes drops. Observational studies strongly support the role of plant-based diets, and components of ... blueberries, grapes, and apples, have been linked to lower diabetes rates. — Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The fresher the food,  the better it is

The fresher the food, the better it is

Obviously, but here’s what you need to know about those confusing “use by,” “sell by,” and “best by” stamps on food items.

BEST BUY” is often found on baked goods, cereals and cans. It tells you how long a product will retain its best flavor. You can still eat it after that, but it may not taste as good.

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Ask Questions

Ask Questions

Research shows that social isolation is as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So, the next time the whole family gathers around the table for a meal, use it as an opportunity to check in with your elderly parents. They may be feeling lonely. Go deeper than just, “How are you doing?” Ask questions like, “Are you getting out much?” or “How are your neighbors?” Visit Connect2Affect.org for advice on how to help.

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Hey Moms, Eat Up

Hey Moms, Eat Up

Eating a wide variety of foods during pregnancy (and while breast-feeding) actually helps babies learn to accept foods. So the more flavors a mom can incorporate into her diet during pregnancy and breast-feeding, the more her baby may like and accept the introduction of new foods. Hey, it’s been shown that moms who ate garlic had infants who nursed more vigorously and longer!

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Rinse before brushing

Rinse before brushing

Pregnancy can have an effect on stomach acids that can induce vomiting, which can eat away at your teeth, but before you brush, first swish and spit using water or diluted mouth rinse. Follow up by brushing your teeth about 30 minutes later.

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