LiveingWell Health News Letter


1. Diabetes -- Tips for Those With a Diabetic Spouse

Diabetes presents many challenges to those who suffer from the disease, but their spouses may also struggle

with worry, resentment, and fear as they share the diabetic experience.

Fatigue, mood swings, and agitation are not uncommon feelings for spouses of diabetics. But there are ways for

spouses to help themselves and their partners to cope with the disease constructively. If you are in that

situation, here are a few tips.  Learning to let go -- to be supportive rather than  directive -- is the first step for

spouses, and perhaps the hardest. While it's tempting to criticize to help keep the diabetic on track, it's also


Being told what to do and what to eat can lead to conflict, stubbornness, and feelings that the disease is a

greater burden than it really is.

Hold back a little on the advice. Instead, lead by example. To do this, eat right yourself. The perfect diet

for a diabetic is also the perfect diet for most people. Get healthy together. Simply don't bring the bad stuff

into the house, and be sure to include exercise in your daily schedules.

Knowing and making lifestyle adjustments is a big challenge, but if you visit the doctor and dietician

together to get the required training it will be easier.

Should feelings of resentment about your new role arise, just remember that the shoe could easily be on the

other foot. Disease or accident can strike anyone, and if you were afflicted you would want the same level of

support you are now required to provide.

Another way to help is to encourage discussion about diabetes and its effects. Your spouse should feel free to

disclose whatever feelings, ills, or moods that develop so they can be addressed quickly.

If a dark mood develops, it's best to know beforehand what would help the most so that feelings of resentment

and isolation are avoided. Should you suggest some activity together, or just remain silent until the mood


The most important thing the spouse of a diabetic person can do is to research the disease. Know what diabetes

is and what it isn't. Through open communication and a healthy family lifestyle, you can conquer most of the

challenges diabetes presents.

By. Doreen Lynnkom



Herbal Anxiety Insurance

Kava-Kava is yet another nondrug option to help relieve sleep problems and nervous tension.

If your gripped by anxiety insomnia, or pain kava-kava is the herb for our presentday stressful lifestyle. It allows relaxation while maintaining alertness.

Native to tropical forests, kava-kava is a staple at Polynesian religious rites, in which it's drunk as a fermented liquor. Natives beleive that it relaxes the mind and produces impairment of hangover.

Scientists have identified a number of active ingredients in kava-kava, including two pain-relieving chemicals thought to be as effective as aspririn. Kava is available in tinctures (sometimes called extracts) and capsules wherever herbal products are sold.


Do not take Kava-Kava if you are pregant or nursing, and do not exceed the dosage on the product labels. Taking it with alcohol or barbiturates may increase their effect.


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Black Bean Tacos

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Seitan has a neutral flavor and a chewy, meatlike texture. Look for it in the refrigerated sections of health food stores or Asian markets.

It may also be labeled wheat gluten.

2 teaspoons olive oil

3/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon dry sherry

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, undrained

1 (8-ounce) package seitan (wheat gluten), finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

12 taco shells

2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Avocado Salsa

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, oregano, garlic, and jalapeño; cook 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in sherry,

soy sauce, beans, and seitan; bring to a boil. Cook 7 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Prepare taco shells according to package directions. Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture into each shell; top each taco with about 2 1/2 tablespoons

lettuce and about 2 1/2 tablespoons Avocado Salsa.

(Totals include Avocado Salsa)

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 tacos)


CALORIES 283(30% from fat); FAT 9.3g(sat 1.2g,mono 5.7g,poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 20.4g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg;

CALCIUM 58mg; SODIUM 792mg; FIBER 7.6g; IRON 2.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 30g


Have a spoonful of honey

Scientists at the University of Memphis have discovered that downing just a teaspoon of honey before eating will raise your blood sugar level into the normal range within 20 minutes and keep it there for two hours.  Results An 81% drop in food cravings and hunger pangs, which are caused when blood sugar levels get out of whack.  Explains researcher Pat O Donnell, PH. D. so instead of feeling famished and prone to overindulging you'll feel satisfied with even less food.

TIP: Stir you honey into a cup of green tea, which is proven to up your metabolism by 4% for an even better weight-loss effect.

6. Thought of the Day:

 "Happiness does not lie in results, but in the effort."


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