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If you’re like most people, you probably assume that the normal “diabetes lifestyle” must include glucose monitors, lancets, blood pressure cuffs, medications, and related supplements.

I mean, once you have diabetes, you’ve got it for life… right?

It’s then a life of meeting blood sugar targets, blood pressure checks, eye appointments, foot exams, and more trips to see doctors and specialists.

But, have you ever considered the possibility that type 2 diabetes could be completely reversed?

What if it wasn’t — at least for some people — an unstopped, progressive disease that has to be better “managed” with drugs, surgery, and a whole host of medical care?

What if intensive dietary and lifestyle changes could completely reverse diabetes?

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We can all agree that maintaining a healthy exercise program is one of the best things you can do to ensure you stay fit, healthy, even young looking.

But, as with all things in life, there is a balance that must be achieved. Exercising too much can be just as bad, or worse, than not exercising at all.

Though it can be tempting to think that if some exercise is good, more will be better, there’s a limit to the amount of exercise your body can handle. And, going beyond this level diminishes your physical capabilities, and can even affect your mood and psychological well being.

Jack Daniels is recorded as saying,

In my dictionary, the word ‘overtrain’ falls just a page away from the word ‘overkill’, defined as ‘to obliterate with more nuclear force than required.’ Consider the connection: If your target is top running performance, then to overtrain means to apply more force than is required to hit that target. In fact, overtraining may literally obliterate your target, or at least leave you without the will to pursue it.

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With summer now in full bloom, it’s the time of year when many kids are heading off to summer camp.

These camps are often the highlight of the summer as your kids get to meet new people, share new experiences, and learn in ways that are more enjoyable and stimulating than a traditional school setting.

However, it can be a challenge to make sure they eat properly while they’re away. Teenagers in particular seem to be all too ready to reach for junk food whenever they get the chance.

So, how can you make sure they are eating reasonably healthy during summer camp?

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Please leave a comment below to welcome our newest guest poster, John Smith, to the blog today ~ Mel

If you normally consume a great deal of meat, you may find it initially quite difficult to adapt to vegetarian alternatives.

However, more and more people are adding vegetarian options to their menu on a regular basis. One of the reasons for this is that good cuts of meat are exorbitantly expensive, and given the economy, many of us need to cut back a little. Click to read more…

As a general rule, thinking is a good thing, right? ;-)

But, some people overthink everything, and others don’t think enough… so how can you get the balance right?

Unfortunately, it is possible to think yourself into anxiety, frustration, and even illness. So, if you have the ability to make things that should be simple, complex; or a minor issue, a major drama, you could be damaging your health, and it’s time to stop.

Remember, it’s a real waste of your time and talent to over-analyze everything and everyone. It’s actually called “analysis paralysis,” or the over-analyzing of a situation so that a decision or action is never taken. Not good! Click to read more…

I’m excited to welcome Jules Clancy to the blog today. She owns the amazingly beautiful food website, Stonesoup. Please leave a comment below to welcome Jules here, and if you’re not familar with her blog, don’t forget to check that out, too ~ Mel

We’ve all heard someone talk about how they can eat what they like and not put on weight, because they are lucky they have a ‘fast’ or ‘high’ metabolism.

And, while it certainly is true that we all have inherently different metabolic rates, this isn’t something that is set in stone. You can change your metabolism, and it can have a major impact on your body shape. Click to read more…

Please welcome Kelsey Turek to the blog today. This is her first blog post on Dietriffic, and she has some really great tips on how to workout with no equipment.

I’m the kind of person who needs to do something physical every day. I don’t necessarily have to go to a gym or run a few miles, but I need to do something.

Active by nature and nurture, and currently stagnant by day (my big-kid job requires me to sit in a cubicle and work on a computer), my need for daily movement is accepted as a part of who I am by all of my close friends and family.

And, now that I’m in the fitness business, too, I teach workout classes after my day job—I’ve started to get creative about what I can do without equipment, just for kicks (which, by the way, is a great way to workout).

If you don’t have a gym membership and you don’t have fitness equipment, don’t worry, you can still get a good workout and it can be great fun. Click to read more…