How does Health Care Reform affect the ability of people with Diabetes to get Health Insurance?

Before health reform, it was lawful to refuse to insure a person with diabetes or charge that person extremely high rates- and this was common practice.  Starting Jan. 1, 2014, health insurance companies won’t be able to deny coverage to people with diabetes, or any preexsisting medical condition, nor will they be able to charge them higher premiums because they have diabetes.  A provision preventing companies from denying insurance for preexisting conditions is already in effect for people under the age of 19.  When the law is fully implemented, insurance plans won’t be able to discriminate on the basis of gender, health status, or disability.


ref: Diabetes Forecast 9/2012

Eat Mindfully!


You’re engrossed in a scary TV movie when it dawns on you that you’ve eaten an entire bag of chips.  Or you are running late for work, so you inhale a massive muffin en route.  This mindless munching can sabotage your weight loss efforts.  But paying closer attention to what and how you eat can help you make better choices.

INVEST IN YOUR FOOD   In general, people have gotten away from the art of cooking.  The more you are involved in creating what you eat-from growing your own vegetables, to shopping for ingredients, to enjoying all the aspects of food preparation-the more mindful you will be.  Setting a nice table also helps honor the sanctity of mealtime.

BE REALISTIC   Unless you are living in a monastery, you’re still going to eat a sandwich in your cubicle or snack in your car from time to time.  But you can take small steps in the right direction .  Try to slow down whenever possible9and sit, if you tend to eat while standing or walking0 and plan a mindful meal at least once a week.  Devote at least 30 minutes to this meal, and really pay attention to the tastes, smells and textures of your food.

FEEL FULL   Your mind and body work together when you eat.  Not paying attention to your meals can affect your digestive process negatively, often causing gas and bloating.  Furthermore, if your mind is otherwise occupied while you are eating, your brain is likely to miss the signals that tell you  you’re full.

TUNE OUT DISTRACTIONS  When you’re preoccupied with Facebook or the TV, you can’t focus on your food.  Disconnect from all devices, and eat in areas designed for dining-not on the couch, but at the kitchen or dining room table.

SKIP THE STARVATION TACTIC   It’s a classic diet don’t: You eat like a bird or skip a meal and, later, you (mindlessly)make up for it two or three times over.  Instead, eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day to keep yourself satiated.  Using salad plated can help keep quantities reasonable-not too big or too small.

CONTROL CRAVINGS   Some people can have one or two cookies and stop.  For others, one or two leads to chowing down on the whole box.  Mindful eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the foods you love, but it does mean being honest with yourself: If indulging in certain food usually leads to a binge, try to find a healthy substitute instead. 

66 percent of Americans regularly eat their dinner in front of the TV!

Ref: Ian K. Smith, M.D., founder of the 50 Million Pound Challenge, is the author of EAT(St. Martin’s Press, 2011)





Report: American consumers eating more “mini meals”

U.S. consumers are less likely to skip their breakfast, lunch and dinner meal times now than they were five years ago, but these meals are often described as mini-meals rather than full meals.

U.S. consumers are less likely to skip their breakfast, lunch and dinner meal times now than they were five years ago, but these meals are often described as mini-meals rather than full meals, according to market research firm the NPD Group.  A recent NPD food market research report finds that although Americans still carve out main meal times, the number of items consumed at each main meal has declined over time and consumers snack in-between meals often.

The average American today has 4.1 food and beverage items at dinner compared with 5.3 items in 1985, and dinner is the only meal in which a majority of the meal occasions are considered by consumers to be a full or complete meal, according to NPD’s Snacking in America 2012 report.

The report, which examines long term attitudes and behaviors about snacking as well as snack selection drivers, finds that snack occasions fill the gaps between traditional main meals with morning showing multiple eating occasions.  One out of every five eating occasion in the U.S. is a snack and more than half of Americans (53 percent) are snacking two or three times a day.

“Our frequent snacking a s result of our hectic lifestyles, need for convenience, increasing desire to eat healthier foods, and simply to enjoy what we eat,” said Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst.  “There is , however, a complexity to snacking behaviors based on demographics, needs states and attitudes.  Food manufacturers and retailers will need to align their business strategies with the appropriate consumer behaviors in order to capitalize on consumers’ penchant for snacking.

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