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    Be kind to yourself
    Swaney2445 posted:
    It is very confusing and complicated at first. Be patient with yourself. Yes, read labels, note low-fat products often have more sugar. Portion control is critical. Plastic measuring cups cost $1 a set, buy 2 or 3. Pay attention to portion size and calculate carbs per item. Measure the amount of food and you will learn to judge by looking--beware of portion creep! Steel cut or rolled oats microwave just like the packets, add a sprinkle of sweetner, 1-2 tsp cinnamon, a few raisins, some unsalted nuts, 1/2 cup of dry mix to 3/4 cup or so of water, nuke 75-90 seconds, you will learn what works and what you like--make a batch ahead of time, use one of your measuring cups, toss X amount into a bowl, add water, it's as fast as anything. Other ideas for different breakfast foods, mixing things to slow the absorption of sugar are all good to know Test and see what works for you and what does not. 1/4 of all Americans are diabetic, I hear, and only 1/3 of us know it. There can't be too much information about how to eat well for those of us who already know we are, and the millions of others who don't, yet. It will be heard more easily when offered with a kind and supportive tone
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