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Margaret Price was very worried when she found out her daughter Michelle, a 34-year-old with severe learning disabilities, had diabetes. Michelle had been heavy most of her life, but recently she had developed such severe pain in her feet —a common side effect of diabetes —that walking made her cry.


After visiting a nutritionist in Savannah, Georgia, Michelle’s blood sugar was still astronomical –170 or 180, even on medication.


So Margaret and Michelle drove to Atlanta to attend a Total Fitness weight loss seminar.


Due to Michelle’s learning challenges, I kept my recommendations simple:


Remember, big meals make you fat. The body can’t digest large amounts of food at one time. Eating lots of fat makes you fat—fried foods especially. When you look at your plate, the concentrated foods like meats should be no bigger than the size of your fist. Wby? Your stomach is the size of your fist. Eat as many vegetables as you can and lots of fruit.


Eat 5 times a day to keep the blood sugar stable-minimeals, not feasts. Certain foods make your blood sugar go way up very fast—breads, pastas, rice, sweets. Treats? If you can’t resist, have just one bite. Drink as much water as you can.


Results? Both mother and daughter lost 14 pounds in two weeks and blood sugar stabilized below 120.

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