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Diabetes Update 176: Healthy Eating

March 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

A Barred Owl at

Florida's Corkscrew Swamp
on January 27, 2013  

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

  • Last month HealthCentral published four more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

    A new study finds that late-eaters lost significantly less weight than early-eaters and lost weight at a much slower rate. The late-eaters also had a lower estimated insulin sensitivity, which is a risk factor for diabetes.

    Even if you aren't young and healthy, High intensity Interval Training (HIT), is just as good for those of us who have diabetes as doing much longer endurance workouts.

    Eggs can be one of the healthiest foods for people with diabetes to eat. But some people still doubt that fact. And the way many of us prepare them aren’t healthy.

    Look for yogurt that is plain, full fat, Greek style, and organic for the healthiest and tastiest. We can come close to meeting those criteria.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

    Last month I published 15 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

    My friend Sharon rented a two-bedroom condo on Southwest Florida’s Pine Island for the month of January and invited me to share it with her. My acceptance led to an active vacation with lots of photos.

    With a whole month to discover the natural treasures of Southwest Florida, my strategy was to start by exploring Pine Island and generally going farther and farther. The main guide was the South Section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

    Of all the places that Sharon and I visited during January in Southwest Florida I took the most photographs that I saved at the Randell Research Center. We visited this facility of the Florida Museum of Natural History almost every afternoon because its grounds are so beautiful and the wildlife so plentiful. It was also only 6 minutes from the condo that we had rented.

    Early one morning during our January visit to Southwest Florida, Sharon and I met my friend Bob at the start of a trail we explored together. Later we visited some of his favorite places near where he lives in Punta Gorda.

    With a base in "Old Florida" at the western edge of the Fort Myers-Cape Coral Area, we visited this metropolis. We went there to see nature and found great parks teaming with wildlife.

    The Fort Myers area has the best beaches in the part of Southwest Florida where I vacationed in February. While most people probably think of beaches as a place to swim and sunbathe, for me the attraction was the its shorebirds and the chance to photograph them.

    Bowditch Point at the north end of the barrier island in front of Fort Myers, Florida, has an amazing diversity of habitat, ranging from beach and mudflats to salt marsh and mangrove swamp. With the habitat diversity comes wildlife diversity, some of which I captured with my camera.

    This barrier island near Fort Myers, Florida, is famous for its birdlife. But my biggest thrill was seeing and photographing a manatee for the first time.

    Among birders the Ding Darling refuge on Sanibel Island is the most renowned place in South Florida. I especially wanted to see Roseate Spoonbills there, and I did. But the big surprise was a chance meeting there with someone who reads my articles.

    I liked the Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary so much that I went there three times during the month I vacationed in Florida even though the trip was an hour and one-half each way. This swamp lies in the center of the Corkscrew Watershed at the heart of the western Everglades and has some special bird and tree life.

    Early in the morning of my last full day in Southwest Florida I went to this paradise for bird photographers. One of the shots I got there was probably the best I've ever made.

    On almost every one of the 30 evenings when Sharon and I were in Florida during January we went to the Gulf shore of Pine Island to watch the sun set over Pine Island Sound and the barrier islands Cayo Costa, North Captiva, and Captiva. Looking especially for silhouettes in the setting sun, I took hundreds if not thousands of images. Sharon didn’t take nearly as many, but she made the best capture.

    The Flatirons are five large rock formations just west of Boulder along the east face of Green Mountain. I captured their iconic image in the very first light of a cold but sunny morning following the biggest snowstorm of the year.

    Snow covered almost everything at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The snow made it easy to focus on the simple lines and forms that stood out, and here are two examples.

    One of the world's most colorful and beautiful birds is the male Mandarin Duck. A couple of months ago I found it swimming in Clear Creek, so when a friend of mine visited me at the end of February, I took her there and looked for it. This wonderful bird was still there!

  • New Flickr Site
    I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on In the past month I have added several more. You can find them the easiest way by clicking here

  • Dr. Bernstein's Webcast
    If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education available free either on the Internet or by phone. You can click here to register

    Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

  • Searching for My Articles
    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on HealthCentral Network -- the easiest way is to use the search tool on my site. You can search for all of the articles on my site or for the "Diabetes Developments" blog or the "Fitness and Photography for Fun" blog or what I have written at HealthCentral, which is now a part of Remedy Health Media.

    Just go to and check which one of the four sites you want to search and enter what you want to find in the search block.


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