Knock Knock. Who’s There? Prediabetes.

Hey! Happy New Year! Hope you’re having a fantastic week no matter when this finds you!

The topic of the day is prediabetes. Prediabetes is also known a little less formally by some as “borderline diabetes.” It’s the gray area between “normal” blood sugars and diabetes-level blood sugars. Here’s one of my best analogies: if being in the house means you have diabetes, then prediabetes is like standing on the doorstep but not having run the doorbell yet. Are you with me?

You might wonder how any of this pertains to you. What if I told you that 1 in every 3 adults has prediabetes? Many have it but have not been told they have it. If no changes in lifestyle or treatment are made, prediabetes will typically progress into type 2 diabetes. While still a manageable condition, type 2 diabetes is not one that any of us desire.

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The CDC has developed a prediabetes risk quiz that is only 7 questions long and will take you less than a minute to complete! Click here to take their quiz and to find out TONS more information on prediabetes. Knowledge is power!

If you are at risk for prediabetes, or if you have been told you have it, you are able to turn things around. Regularly exercising reduces risk significantly. Eating real foods that are rich in nutrients and reducing (not avoiding) carbohydrates reduces risk. Limiting/avoiding sugary beverages (fruit juice, soda, sweet tea, etc.) reduces risk.

Holistic approaches that involve stress reduction, physical activity, and good nutrition are the cornerstone of reversing prediabetes. The same exact measures that help prevent diabetes can help manage it. Even more important to understand is that nutrition optimization is critical with or without prediabetes, diabetes, or any other chronic condition. Nutrition impacts literally every single aspect of our health, regardless of what we’ve been diagnosed with.

Cheers,
Casey
xoxo

Roberto Made Me a Meal I Couldn’t Refuse

Hey you! I decided to do things a bit differently today, and give a restaurant review. Last night I ate the most deliciously simple meal at a Colorado Springs establishment. For those of you who don’t live in Colorado, you’re going to be so jealous! However, stick around. I hope you find some key aspects to look for in terms of the nutritional quality of a restaurant by using this place as an example.

The place to which I am referring is called Basil and Barley. I half-expected to walk into another run-of-the-mill pizza joint; but that is not what I found. This authentic Neapolitan atmosphere is upscale yet relaxed and affordable. I felt so cozy and welcome from the second I walked in.

I ordered what could be construed as a fairly basic salad, but it was absolutely perfect. The salad was rife with dark, fresh spring mix (leafy greens) and it contained fresh figs, freshly shaved parmesan cheese, and several other superbly nutrient-rich ingredients. I know most people post pics of their beautiful meals…but this one was so good I didn’t even think to take a picture until I was DONE. Here’s my empty bowl to prove it:

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I didn’t order pizza, but I sat at the bar and got to watch countless pizzas being created right in front of me (the kitchen is an open-view style). The oven was imported from Naples! When I talk about eating “healthy,” the main aspects tend to always fall back to quality and quantity. Am I eating foods that have been minimally processed? Am I eating mostly vegetables each meal? A place like Basil and Barley capitalizes on scratch-made, high-quality ingredients for their food. I know that because a) I spoke with the owner (see photo below, isn’t he adorable?) b) I watched at least 20 pizzas be hand-crafted with incredibly fresh ingredients and c) my meal was DELICIOUS.

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So, for those of you who don’t have this lovely establishment nearby (it isn’t a chain, sorry), you can find places that are near you that exemplify the same key points. Fresh ingredients, menu items that are rich with vegetables, whole grains, minimally-processed meats and other protein-rich foods, and no pre-shipped, ready-to-heat-and-eat meal items are what we are looking for.

And, if you’re on your way through Colorado Springs, be sure to make this a point of interest. It’s barely a jaunt from Interstate-25 on your way through!

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Oh – and if you’re wondering if this is a sponsored post, it’s not. I just was truly inspired (and beyond satisfied with my experience) and wanted to share it with you. Perhaps it can be a barometer through which you measure your nearby eateries. I do not receive anything, monetarily or otherwise for this post. But…who knows…if you DO eat at Basil and Barley, please tell them lettucetalk.blog referred you. Maybe I’ll get a free cannoli! (Which by the way, I did try a scratch-made cannoli here, and it was amazing.)

xoxox

Casey

PS – Comment below if you try this awesome restaurant!