I have been picking up the free seasonal copies of Walgreens' "Diabetes & You" publications for about a year now and I have to say there's a lot of useful information in the mini magazine. In the most recent issue, one of the first pages offer a $1.00 off manufacturers' coupon for Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste that you may not want to brush off (pardon the pun). But, wait, there's more…
The index of the Holiday 2011 / Winter 2012 issue features such articles as "What's New at Walgreens," "Research Updates" (the wonders of breakfast, who wants to exercise?), "Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life," "Leave my Diabetes Alone" (Some advice to help you deal with comments people make or unwanted tips they offer about your diabetes care.), "Choosing your Blood Glucose Meter," "Is your TV Killing You," "Healthy & Affordable Holiday Recipes," "Healthy Holidays" (It can be a challenge to keep your blood glucose in check and not gain weight over the holidays), "Meal Planning: Which Method is Best for You?" "Food Facts & Fallacies: What you Don't Know Can Hurt You," "Break the Stress-Eating Cycle" (Learn to handle stress in a new way," and the Feature Article, "Chris Noth: Screenings for Diabetes Offer Big Breaks."
You shouldn't turnip your nose at the "Quick Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables" recipe on page 11 and the Salmon Rosti recipe on page 12 may have you swimming with a new tasty dish that will help to make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Well, maybe two out of three ain't bad. You won't have to be named Peter Peter in order to splurge on the Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie that's pictured on page 13 under the "Healthy & Affordable Holiday Recipes" article in this issue. These recipes were adapted from the "Eating Well on a Budget" cookbook that's available from www.eatingwell.com among other places.
Looking to quit smoking or know someone who is? There's a valuable $5.00 coupon on page 14 for the 14 day nicotine patch transdermal system that can be used at Walgreens or other retail stores. It is a manufacturers' coupon and valid through March 31, 2012.
"Diabetes and You" offers a quick "5 ways to conserve calories" that may be food for thought or thoughts for food. Did you know that you can cut 230 calories and 35 g carbs by having 1-1/2 cups of roasted cauliflower instead of the same amount of mashed potatoes? You'll learn more on page 16.
The meal planning article explores and explains the three types of planning methods for diabetes control: Plate Method; Carb Counting; and Glycemic Indexing in a quick one page article written by Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N.
Check out the 4 diabetes conversation strategies with the tag line, "It can be fun to get together with friends and family - until someone makes a negative comment about your diabetes." I think we can all relate to that.
There are 13 glucose meter models reviewed in the publication that are available at Walgreens with the features of each. Who said 13 is an unlucky number?
In the "Break the Stress-Eating Cycle" article you will find seven tips for managing stress written by Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE.
Finally, by the same contributor above, Funnell writes a few facts about television in the article "Is Your TV Killing You?" which features statistics that on the average, adults spend around 35 hours a week watching television. This inactivity most certainly does not do the mind, body or soul a whole lot of good when the time could be used far more wisely with other activities, including physical activity to help with diabetes care.
Next time you are at a Walgreens' Pharmacy ask for this free publication from the Pharmacy Department.
… and check out the website, www.iheartwags.com for some information on matching coupons and sales to get free or very low cost products from this pharmacy chain. The deals change weekly along with the sales but who doesn't like freebies???
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