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Derived from Buddhism, the practice of mindfulness refers to training the mind to be aware of each moment’s experience, receiving them all equally, no matter what each moment brings.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the developer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), now found in over 250 hospitals across America, describes mindfulness like this:
Mindfulness is the intentional cultivation of non-judgmental moment to moment awareness. It should not be thought of as a technique but rather as a way of being. It is practiced for it’s own sake, and cultivate daily regardless of circumstances (Kabat-Zinn, 1996).
This practice has moved into the mainstream over the past few years, helped in no small part by Kabat-Zinn’s work, whose research showed how significant improvement in the management of chronic illness and reduction of symptoms was achieved by teaching patients simple meditation practices (Kabat-Zinn, J. Gen. Hosp. Psychiatry (1982) 4:33-47).
What’s That Have to Do With Controlling Diabetes?
OK, so developing awareness of the moment’s experience sounds fine, but how is that connected to managing diabetes?
When first diagnosed, most people are informed of the significant lifestyle changes to be made in order to keep their diabetes in check, and avoid future complications that can develop from poorly controlled diabetes.
Kidney failure, blindness, and circulation problems at times leading to amputation, are among the most common. Insulin or oral medications are frequently prescribed to regulate blood sugar. Typically a visit to a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, or Certified Diabetes Educator is recommended, as this is a highly complex condition, yet interestingly-or terrifyingly- one that is predominately self-managed. What, when and how much to eat are usually on top of the list of recommendations, alongside understanding insulin dosing (if prescribed), and lastly, followed closely by suggestions to exercise, monitor stress levels and get enough sleep.
When receiving a medical diagnosis, especially of a life-altering chronic disease, psychological shock can occur. This protective zone mutes stimuli, inserting a mental pause so the new reality can sink in.
During this state, which can last from a few minutes to a few months, symptoms of shock can manifest in a reduced capacity to focus, be present, listen accurately, encode new and often complex information and suggestions offered in short-term working memory, and later recall what was said. A high percentage of newly diagnosed patients leave their doctor’s office with inaccurate, incomplete, or at best, partially understood information. It’s not unusual for a newly diagnosed diabetes patient to feel denial, avoidance, fear or paralysis at this juncture. […]
Green coffee beans are the same coffee beans we have come to know and love.
The difference is that green coffee beans are left unroasted, not only giving them a smoother taste than roasted beans, but also giving them a distinct array of health-promoting plant chemicals.
The concept of green coffee applies to green tea as well.
Green, white, oolong, and black teas actually come from the same Camellia sinensis plant, but green tea is the least processed.
The change in how long the teas are roasted determines why green tea has different health properties than black tea.
This is also how green coffee beans harbor unique health benefits when compared to roasted coffee beans.
We know that drinking regular black coffee can be associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, […]