Food Gardening Against Diabetes ResourcesNovember 10, 2014
In an effort to continue defeating Diabetes, we are putting this Diabetes resource and information front and center on our pages this week. Friday, November 14th, is World Diabetes Day. Together with others, we will be attending rallies, lectures and a march to learn more about defeating Diabetes. And, we are thrilled to announce that Robin will be returning to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February 2015 to share more seed-to-fork solutions for better blood sugar health.
Read on for information on crops to grow, food to cook, and much more that may help turn the tides on the ever-increasing numbers of Diabetes diagnoses happening everyday.
(Originally posted February 5, 2014)
Following are links to several articles, studies, free apps, recipes, preserving info, cooking sites, and plant lists that we have gathered to share in our our journey toward an entirely new lifestyle focused on food & Gardening Against Diabetes.
We launched our efforts at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show seminar,and we will continue to augment this list — as well as the entire Garden Mentors Garden Help blog — as we continue down our path. (If you missed our talk & would like to schedule us for your event, please get in touch for scheduling information.
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A Few of our Favorite Garden to Fork Foods:
Visit our A-Z Food Growing Guides for tips and tricks to cultivate many of these plants (& many others). And, learn about store your harvest in our A-Z Preserving the Harvest Guides.
Leafy greens: Lettuce, Spinach, Chard, Kale, Amaranthus, Miner’s Lettuce, Mustards
Crunchy greens: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Celery, Asparagus
Sweet, fast foods: Carrots, Apples, Pears, Strawberry, Blueberry, Huckleberry, Raspberry
Savory snacks: Sunflower & Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Eggs, Olives
Pasta & Potato replacements: Spaghetti squash, Zucchini, Sunchoke, Celeriac
Herbs for tea, flavor & sweets: Hibiscus, Holy Basil, Stevia, Parsley, Cilantro, Mint
Plant & Diabetes Studies:
Do more research of your own on a few plants and nutrients that may be beneficial in fighting Diabetes naturally.
Berberis lycium & Diabetes Study: US National Library of Medicine via NIH publication of “Comparison of the antidiabetic activity of Berberis lyceum root extract and berberine in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.”
Dandelion & Diabetes: University of Maryland information on medical uses of Dandelion, including data on Diabetes and Dandelion.
Hibiscus Rosa sinensis & Diabetes: Media report on lab study conducted at Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala on the effects of Hibiscus Rosa sinensis on Diabetes.
Hibiscus sabdariffa & Hypertension in Diabetics:US National Library of Medicine National Institutes for Health Library report on H. sabdariffa tea in hypertensive diabetics.
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) & Diabetes: DiabetesHealth.com article on the effectiveness of Holy Basil/Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) on Diabetes
National Institutes for Health Vitamin D & Diabetes Study: NIH announced the funding of a large scale study to examine the use of Vitamin D as a preventative for Diabetes in some adults.
Walnuts May Keep Diabetes at Bay: Bastyr University reports on an observational study, which hints Walnuts may be beneficial in avoiding Diabetes.
Recipes & Cooking Resources:
Following are a few of our new favorite seed to fork recipes that we enjoy regularly. Plus, a couple of links to other cooking resources we’ve found helpful in our journey toward growing, cooking and eating for better blood sugar health. Stay in touch; we’ll add more over time!
Garlicky Vinaigrette *NEW*
Parsley Kale Salad *NEW*
No Tater Mashers Version 1 (written for Fiskars)
Mason Jar Vinaigrette: Why buy expensive bottles of prefab, weird-ingredient-filled dressings when you can so easily make healthier versions on your own in just a few minutes & for so much less money?
Elana’s Pantry: A very helpful site, particularly for learning to bake with grain-free “flours”. Note that not everything is low carb, so research your options carefully.
Food Lover’s Kitchen: This website and cookbook were very helpful when we first started changing our diet. Many recipes are very simple and require few ingredients.
SmartPhone & Online Apps:
Glucose Buddy: Track daily book sugar monitor results, medications and more.
Lose It!: Exercise & food tracking program that helps set goals, track food inputs and exercise outputs to achieve goals.
Azumio HeartRate: Track & monitor your heart rate & pulse using your smartphone anywhere.
For Additional Reading on Diabetes & Health:
Bastyr University’s Diabetes information page: Diabetes related health concerns, resources, more reading, medical professionals and more.
Diabetes.org: American Diabetes Association (ADA) website with information, statistics, resources, medial professionals and more.
Eat to Beat Diabetes: MotherEarthLiving article on edibles beneficial in managing blood sugar challenges. Includes information on Cinnamon, other spices, herbs, and more.
Diabetes: Having a Spouse with Diabetes is a Risk Factor for Diabetes:Researchers at McGill University have demonstrated a correlation between your spouse having Diabetes & your increased risk for developing it too.
Glycemicindex.com: Diabetes information, Glycemic load testing & more.
New Evidence That Sugar is Harming Our Hearts: Study indicates that “The more added sugar a person consumed, the greater his or her risk of dying from heart disease.”
How Sugar Affects the Brain: A short video illustrating how our brains react to sugar.
Is Dirt the New Prozac? Article details studies indicating that the soil bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae may help keep us happy.
Letsmove.gov: “America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids” promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Resources, statistics, and more.