Best Low-Carb Snacks

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Every time I go to the grocery store I find myself in the same situation. I am always tempted to buy snack foods that are loaded with empty calories and high carb content. Many people struggle with this scenario, so I decided to do some research and find the best low-carb snack foods you can buy. Next time you go to the store, try searching for these items instead of chips or pretzels.

Nuts

Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, but if you aren’t careful, they can also come packed full of carbs. Pecans are a common nut that have a small amount of carbs, while cashews rank as the most carb-dense nut you’ll find. If you’re on a high-fat diet, you can always make exceptions for nuts with slightly higher carb counts, but as a general rule of thumb, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts, and walnuts are the best low-carb nuts available.

Cheese Crisps

Most people love cheese, and most people love chips. This is why Cheez-its are one of the most prominent snack foods for children. This awesome combination has also created a great substitute to carb-heavy chips: the cheese crisp. These chip-like snacks are similar to chips in texture, but have the delicious flavor of cheese, and come with no carbs. If you want something that tastes like a chip, try picking up a box of these to satisfy your craving.

Smoothies

As you may know, produce is a type of carb. This may lead you to wonder why I’ve included smoothies, since they’re packed full of fruit and veggies. However, Wicked Stuffed has a list of smoothies that all have less than 5g carbs. When you’re tempted to buy a chocolate bar next time you shop, look up one of these recipes and buy the ingredients instead.

Eggs and Tabasco

Do you need something with a kick? Eggs are widely known as great low-carb snacks, since they only contain 1g of carbs. Tabasco sauce contains less than 1g of carbs in a 10-drop serving, making it the perfect addition to a hard-boiled egg. Since eggs are so versatile, you can also add Tabasco to scrambled eggs, an omelet, or any other egg-based meal. Hot sauces may be off-limits to a low-carb dieter, but Tabasco is the best replacement you can find, and soon enough, you’ll wonder why you never tried it earlier.

Whether you’re on the Keto diet, the Paleo diet, or any other kind of low-carb diet, you will need to have healthy snacks on-hand to curb your cravings. Before you splurge on chips and chocolate, try one of these options and you’ll forget that other snacks ever existed.

Originally from FrankMichelin.net

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TabSafe: Making Medication Easy

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Having a parent who takes medication is stressful for anyone. However, imagine trying to manage a parent who has severe memory loss and can’t remember when they last took their medication. Adults all over the world struggle with making sure their parents stick to the plans their doctors set, and it can be incredibly difficult if their parents live far away. Luckily for these individuals, TabSafe is an easy way to help parents stay on track with their medication.

What is TabSafe?

TabSafe is an innovative medication dispenser that helps older adults keep track of their pills. With physical and audible cues, TabSafe has a more focused way to alert people that it is time to take their medicine. Comparatively, weekly pill cases do not have alerts, while many alarms are placed far from living areas and may not be heard. The TabSafe eliminates these problems completely.

How does it work?

TabSafe has three components: the pill trays, the machine, and the website. Each machine can hold 4 pill trays at a time, with nearly 20 sections per tray. Simply portion the medication, place the trays into the machine, and hook it up to a phone line. The machine must then be programmed to distribute pills at the correct times, which the user can do on the website. At the programmed times, the TabSafe will blink a green light and beep. The user can opt to set a PIN code, which must be entered before pills are released; otherwise, they only need to press a button. The pills are released on a small tray in a cup. The user can take the cup out, take their pills, put the cup back and push the drawer shut. It’s simple!

Should you buy it?

Although TabSafe is a great addition to many people’s homes, it is not right for everyone. The manufacturer has limitations on amount of pills, pill size, and suggests not using the machine for halved medication. If your loved one must frequently take many pills, large pills, or split pills, I would suggest speaking with the company about your options. If you do not have these problems, however, TabSafe may be a good choice. I would definitely suggest looking into it if your parent lives far away, or if you are not able to keep up with reminder phone calls.

TabSafe is a fantastic innovation to the medication marketplace. Although its design is simple, it has potential to save many lives and improve quality of life for individuals who consistently forget their medicine. Although every good option comes with downsides, such as cost and insurance acceptance, TabSafe is worth looking into. Next time you make that 4pm phone call to remind Mom to take her pills, add on a conversation about TabSafe as well.

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Media Does Not Portray Reality

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The media is constantly blamed for just about any problem: violence, addiction, and mental health. However, one area the media certainly does have influence over is body image. Many young men and women struggle with their appearance and social media, TV, and movies don’t help. I know people who have attempted to match the “healthy” and “naturally beautiful” models they see in magazines or on their screens, and it never seems to work. Here are some things to keep in mind about trying to look like people you see in media.

Healthy is different for everyone.

Some people are born skinny and have a hard time keeping on weight. Others have more muscle mass and may look bigger. There are so many aspects that can go into weight, and diet and exercise are just two of them. Genetics play a big role, as do many (if not most) health conditions. People can end up in unhealthy weight ranges for many reasons, which is why even BMI is not an accurate indicator of health. So whether you are comparing yourself to your friends of a celebrity, remind yourself that your health story is not the same as theirs.

Photoshop looks very real.

Although there are a few companies determined to show real people in their campaigns, most advertisers will use Photoshop to add or subtract weight and definition from even the most in-shape models. In fact, photographers have caught fire for changing people’s skin color to meet an “ideal”. In a world where the image counts more than the negative consequences, these practices are unlikely to ever go away fully, so we should always keep this in the back of our mind.

Plastic surgery and makeup affects perception.

Both plastic surgery and makeup are not new concepts, but they have been significantly refined over the years. People get surgery to slightly alter themselves, but it can make a big difference. Makeup can also change how someone looks — just search through social media for an hour and you’ll see. Neither of these tools is limited to just women, so men should keep this in mind when comparing ourselves to others as well.

You only see the best of the best.

The reality of life is that many of us have an average appearance. Most models, celebrities, and influencers have an above-average appearance, or get work done to appear that way. They also have dedicated times of the day where they essentially get paid to work out and follow strict diets that may not even be healthy. Still beyond that, we only ever see the best of their photos, while the 174 bad ones are deleted. It can take hours to perfect an Instagram post, so don’t be upset when you try to recreate them and fall short.

Although I typically talk about physical health, mental health is important as well and can cause us to drastically change our physical habits. Instead of focusing on achieving others’ goals, why not set healthy goals for ourselves? Managing health conditions, eating the right diet for you, and exercising often should be our standard. Join me in taking back control over our lives and our health.

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RespondWell: PT At Home

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Maintaining health becomes more difficult as we age. Our parents are not in their prime, and it can be a struggle to get them to take care of themselves. This is a big problem when it comes to surgeries and recovery, especially physical therapy. If there are exercises prescribed for your loved one to complete at home, there is a good chance that they will either choose not to complete them, or forget about them. On top of that, making sure they get to appointments can be difficult if the only person who can get them there — you— is busy with work and other responsibilities. As a result, many elderly patients do not receive the kind of care they need, and it can cause long-term effects.

This is where RespondWell comes in. RespondWell is a software that uses a Microsoft Kinect to monitor health. Your loved one sets up RespondWell and can use it to connect with a physician who can help them prepare for surgery and recover, all while at home. Through this program, the physician can assign exercises for your parent to complete, and the Kinect can measure how well they complete them. It will also pick up on any abnormalities in movement, and will report all of this data back to the physician.

One of the best parts of this system is the gamification of a monotonous task. Physical therapy exercises are typically repetitive, can be boring, and don’t entice patients. However, RespondWell runs, in many ways, more like a game than a regular PT session. Each person gets an avatar that mirrors their movement to show in real-time how they are doing. Furthermore, your parent will receive points based on how well they complete each exercise. Gamification has been shown to make nearly any boring task more interesting, and it is no different for our older loved ones.

Beyond that, doctors are able to keep records of treatment on a HIPAA-certified platform. As I said previously, each session’s data will be recorded and processed into the system, where doctors can determine any patterns of weakness or signs of progress. This can alert them to other possible conditions or the need to be seen in-person for more extensive treatment.

One reason RespondWell is becoming popular is the cost. While I could not find specific data on the price per session, it is considered more cost-effective than the average day at PT. This can give patients the incentive to take advantage of treatment, rather than avoiding it for fear of the bills.

Finally, if your loved one does not need surgery, but is at risk for falling, their doctor may prescribe exercises through RespondWell’s Fitness@Home program. These exercises are monitored similarly, but there is no specific end-goal, so this is a great option for keeping older folks in consistent good health.

Although RespondWell may not be right for everyone, it will certainly help those who are reluctant toward treatment or who live far from any PT facility. If your parent’s doctor is struggling to ensure treatment is effective, offer RespondWell as a suggestion and see if it can make a difference in your loved one’s life.

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3D Printing: The Next Elder Care Advancement?

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Healthcare is one field that seems to change daily, but many advancements steer away from the group who needs them most: the elderly. While there are undoubtedly many charities and organizations dedicated to finding cures and treatments for illnesses impacting the elderly, the truth is that these illnesses are simply harder to treat. However, one piece of technology has become a new diagnostic and treatment tool: the 3D printer. But how would 3D printing help the elderly?

First, 3D printing has allowed doctors to print diagnostic tools to help evaluate patients while they are at home. For example, a doctor could print a casing (similar to a cast, but with more flexibility) to go around a patient’s leg. In this casing are sensors that will pick up even the slightest movement. This can help doctors determine where problem areas really lie, and could eventually help physical therapists show their patients how to move properly. Beyond this, I can also see the possibility of a device that sits on a patient’s chest to monitor breathing during sleep, or even one that would measure heart rate over a period of time to discover any persisting problems.

The second way we may see 3D printing take over in elder care is through small devices used to help with everyday objects. These assistive technologies can easily attach to a patient’s hand and help with opening cans, writing, and other daily tasks. There are several diseases and conditions which affect the elderly’s ability to steady their hands, and some problems affect the ability to grab objects. Once these tools are printed, there is only a small learning curve before patients are back to living a normal life.

Another application that may help both the elderly and the young is 3D printed prosthetic limbs. Many veterans struggle with holding down jobs or living normal lives because of war injuries or amputations, and this problem previously had no good solution. However, 3D printed limbs are becoming so effective that doctors believe patients with them will be able to live normal lives, including working a regular job.

3D printing still has plenty of room to grow, and doctors will continue to innovate and study new ways to involve it in their practice. I believe that we will one day see 3D printers in every doctor’s office, and maybe one day we will take 3D printed medicine. All of this is good news for the elderly, who are often forgotten, and may once again be front-and-center in healthcare innovation.

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What is the Keto Diet?

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In 2017, a new diet emerged and became the most popular diet of the year. That diet is the Keto Diet. People have touted success with weight loss, more energy, and overall improved health thanks to this diet. But what exactly is it? Today, we’ll uncover the science behind the Keto Diet, as well as how you can utilize it.

How does the Keto Diet work?

Carbohydrates are in most things we eat. If it contains a plant or plant-based material, it will have carbs. When we digest carbs, our body is turning the carbs into glucose. Our bodies naturally produce insulin, which is the chemical that breaks glucose down into energy. By limiting our carb intake, our system must find a different source of energy: fat. Therefore, the Keto Diet uses the natural state of ketosis to redirect our energy source from carbs to fat.

What are the benefits of the Keto Diet?

The most obvious benefit is losing weight. Most people lose weight on the Keto Diet, as long as they follow it correctly and do not have any impactful health conditions. The Keto Diet also helps people stay energetic for longer. This is because carbohydrates are simpler for our bodies to break down, meaning our energy source will burn out faster. This is one reason why people crash after eating carb-heavy foods. By forcing our bodies to convert fat to energy, we may have less-intense energy, but our energy lasts much longer.

Another benefit is a healthier diet for diabetics. People with Type 2 Diabetes either do not produce insulin or may be insulin-resistant. This means that glucose is harder to break down and high-carb diets may lead to dangerous sugar spikes. Many diabetics are on similar diets already, but it is important to speak with a doctor about whether the Keto Diet is right for you.

What are some side effects?

Cramping, digestive problems, and reduced energy are all typical short-term side effects of the Keto Diet, and most go away within a week or two. Some people also experience hair loss, gallstones, or a rash-like feeling after exercising. If any of these symptoms persist more than a few weeks, contact your doctor.

Should I try the Keto Diet?

The Keto Diet is generally a healthy diet for anyone, but it is always important to keep in mind any medical conditions you have that may affect the diet’s effects. If you are concerned about whether the diet is healthy for you, your general practitioner can give you more insight.

Overall, the Keto Diet is one of the most science-based diets to make it into the mainstream, and that is a good thing. Over the past 30 years, science has increasingly shown that high-fat, low-carb diets are good for maintaining a healthy body weight, fighting the onset of diseases, and living a generally healthy lifestyle. If you are looking for a change, why not try the Keto Diet?

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Does Your Child Have Diabetes?

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Type 2 Diabetes is a lifelong condition that, if unattended, can lead to serious medical conditions or death. In the past, people attributed Type 2 to adults only, but now studies are showing that children are increasingly gaining this harmful disease. Whether it is due to genetics or simply a poor lifestyle, Type 2 Diabetes is something that can severely impact the quality of your child’s life. If you are a parent who is concerned about your child’s chances of contracting Type 2 Diabetes, here are some things you should look out for.

The first thing you should watch for is diet and exercise. A child’s diet should contain a balanced mix of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and meat. This ensures that they receive the nutrients they need. However, if your children are primarily eating fried foods or food from restaurants, they are less likely to receive the nutrients and more likely to consume excess calories. This makes it more difficult to maintain a stable weight through exercise alone.

Exercise goes along with diet, as exercise is meant to expel the calories from eating. As I said, this becomes more difficult for even the most active kid when they only eat unhealthy foods. The other side is the children who rarely exercise. A sedentary lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular as children spend more time in front of screens and less time outside. As a parent, you should require your child to exercise frequently. Making it a habit or part of the daily routine is the best way to ensure your child is moving as often as they should.

Aside from diet and exercise, there are other factors you should watch for. If your child is constantly thirsty and urinating frequently, it can be a sign that they have diabetes. Children with diabetes may also be tired constantly and have sores that do not heal, or take significantly longer than they should to heal. Another symptom is blurred eyesight, but this may not necessarily be a sign of diabetes, as many healthy children need glasses.

If your child meets all of these symptoms, the next step is to take them to the doctor to ensure they do not have diabetes. From there, the doctor has the option to do one of three tests to determine whether or not your child has diabetes. Please note that your doctor may want you to monitor your child more closely for a period of time before going through with a test.

When the results come back, your doctor will contact you about next steps. If your child has diabetes, you will have a few follow-up appointments where your doctor may prescribe medication and try to work with you to develop a plan to reduce the risk of complications. You may also be referred to a nutritionist. If your child is not diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor may request a follow-up to go over better strategies to reduce the risk of diabetes, as well as to go over the results with you.

Type 2 Diabetes is terrible for anyone to develop, but it is particularly damaging to children. If your child exhibits these symptoms without any other explanation, I strongly suggest you speak to your doctor and get tested.

Originally posted on FrankMichelin.com.