Monthly Archives: August 2014

Seven Tips to Managing Your Diabetes



When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, it is often overwhelming. There is so much you need to know and do. Often, the pills or insulin the doctor prescribes are the easiest part of the “self-management” regimen.

Below are seven tips to managing your diabetes. How do you thrive in your personal journey with diabetes?


1. Healthy Eating

This means having foods that provide all three nutrients: protein, carbohydrate and fat in reasonable quantities to help you maintain a healthful weight.

It means eating regular meals that are low in saturated fat and excess sodium and controlling the amount and type of carbohydrate you eat at one time. What it doesn’t mean is that you have to give up all of your favorite foods or that certain foods are taboo.

In order to do this you need to know the nutrient (especially carbohydrate) content of foods, how to read labels, how to cook foods to maintain nutrient content and avoid adding extra saturated fat and sodium and learn how to choose appropriately in restaurants.

2. Being Active

This means engaging in aerobic activity, strength building and flexibility training most days of the week. Being active can help control blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes and improve cardiovascular health and assist in weight loss or control for both type 2 and type 1 diabetes.

You need to know what activities are appropriate for you to do, how often and how forcefully you need to do them and how to handle the possible side effects of exercise (hypo and hypergly

3. Monitoring

Checking your blood glucose allows and your health care provider to see how your blood sugars are responding to the medications and lifestyle […]

Transforming Fireweed

Fireweed pic scaledRoxie Rodgers Dinstel and Leslie Shallcross recently did a class on fireweed tips, tricks and recipes sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here we share their valuable information with you. How do you prepare your fireweed harvest? Let us know!

— What is fireweed? —
Fireweed is a tall perennial herb with numerous dense, narrow lance-shaped leaves. Bright reddish-purple flowers grow in long terminal clusters and are very showy. Fireweed is the common name for the perennial plant Epilobium angustifolium. You will find the plant growing in open meadows, in areas recently cleared of vegetation by wild fires and along riverbeds and roadsides. Blooms begin at the base of the cluster and mature up the stem as the season progresses. Alaskans say that summer has started when the blossoms lowest on the stem bloom and that summer’s end is in sight when the blossoms reach the top of the stalk.

Before the plant blooms, fireweed shoots can be harvested for food. They are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Young stems of the fireweed plant can be eaten raw or in salads. Leaves and unopened buds also can be picked and used before the blossoms develop. The young, slender leaves and immature buds can be mixed with salad greens. As with many plants, the taste becomes stronger and the leaves become tougher later in the season, so harvest and eat leaves early in the spring. After the fireweed begins to bloom, select young, undamaged blossoms for use in other fireweed recipes. Older blossoms will be bitter. Fresh, bright pink blossoms can add color and mild flavor to […]