Health & Fitness

Tips to help keep your mind and body healthy

Quench Your Thirst

  Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD shares her food philosophy and goals for Diabetes Strength Members Hot, humid summer days have recently settled in to Georgia. Whether you choose to do your Diabetes Strength workouts inside or outdoors, hydration is ever important during...

Avocados are Awesome

I love avocados.  They are a great source of healthy fats, specifically monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps slow the release of sugars into our bloodstream.  This in return prompts less insulin release.  Avocados also contain beta-sisterol, a compound that helps...

Foam Roll Your Lats

The Latissimus doors, or the bat wings, as we sometimes call them, are important to foam roll.  Tights Lats can cause shoulder pain and dysfunction as well as back pain.  Watch the video on how to foam roll your lats.   Click to return to Fitness...

Morning Warm Up

Rise and grind!  Get ready to kickstart your day with this simple and effective dynamic warmup. This routine should take you no longer than 1-2 minutes to complete, and I like to complete this literally fresh out of bed. 1. Squat (onto chair, bed, couch, you name it)...

Lying T-Spine Stretch

The Lying Thoracic Spine Stretch is one of my go-to mobility moves.  Perform this move along with other T-spine mobility exercises in order to improve your range of motion, improve shoulder posture, and develop a less painful, more stable back.     Click to return...

Fueling For Exercise (Smart Snack Recipes)

Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD shares her food philosophy and goals for Diabetes Strength Members Fueling for Exercise – Snacking Smart Ever heard someone refer to a food as one that “sticks to your ribs?” They were likely talking about a food that’s a source of complex...

Fueling For Exercise

Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD shares her food philosophy and goals for Diabetes Strength Members Fueling for Exercise – Diabetes Management As you strive to reach fitness goals through daily Diabetes Strength workouts, you likely realize that exercise is a vital part of...

The Glute Bridge needs to be in your routine!

  The glute bridge comes with a ton of benefits.  Not only is it great for overall posture and strengthening your backside, but it is also important for improving core stabilization while the hips are extended.  It also can help significantly with the prevention of...

Food For Thought

Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD shares her food philosophy and goals for Diabetes Strength Members While food plays a key role in great diabetes management, it’s also a source of pleasure. Think about it this way—what do we do with our families around holidays? With...

Burpee Modifications

The Burpee is a full body strength exercise and a terrific example of functional fitness.   Click to return to Fitness...

Foam Roll Your Glutes

Tight glutes can cause pain in your hips, back, and other areas.  Give this video a whirl and implement this into your routine to help relieve pain in these areas.    Click to return to Fitness...

Foam Roll to Release Muscle Tension

Foam rolling is a technique that we will be incorporating into our routine.  Check out the different videos under our fitness tips.    Click to return to Fitness Tips Click to return to...

Foam Roll Your Quadriceps

Tight quadriceps can cause knee pain and even poor posture.  Watch this video and implement this into your routine.    Click to return to Fitness...

How to cook Spaghetti Squash in the oven

Two things are for sure... I am a big fan of italian food, and I love my spaghetti.  Italian food can be harsh on our diabetes, as the noodles can skyrocket our blood sugar... therefore we have to find healthier alternatives to these meals.  One diabetic friendly,...

Out to Eat: Cafe at Pharr

Restaurant:  Cafe at Pharr Meal: Walnut Chicken Salad Location:  1465 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Out to eat this week, and I came across this delicious walnut chicken salad from Cafe at Pharr.  I find my blood sugars are the best and most stable when I...

Recipe: Low-Carb Pizza

What kind of person doesn't love pizza?  A weirDOUGH. I absolutely love pizza, and this low-carb/ diabetic friendly pizza hits the spot. Ingredients: Crust: 1 medium/ large squash (spiralized and / or chopped) 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded) 3 tbsp eggwhites...

Recipe: Butterfinger Protein Shake

Talk about delicious! I am a fein for good taste and this butterfinger protein shake exceeded my expectations.  This is a healthier version of a butterfinger shake. Ingredients: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 scoop of whey protein (chocolate or vanilla, I used...

Recipe: Hard Boiled Eggs and Berries

It's simple, and It's Effective There is nothing too flashy about this combination here... just hard boiled eggs topped with hot sauce and some berries. I like berries because they are low glycemic, so they do not spike my blood sugar.  I love eggs because of the...

Recipe: Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash

Yum, this tasty dish is the perfect change of pace for your taste buds. Ingredients: Spaghetti squash Ground turkey Pinto Beans Avocado Tomato Cilantro Smoked paprika Crushed red pepper Black pepper Directions: Cook spaghetti squash (see blog post)  Cook ground turkey...

Enhance Your Core With The Plank Tap

Plank Taps, mix this in twice per week to really enhance your core strength.  Follow our lead in this video, where Glenn and I focus on a few key coaching points in order to maximize your plank tap.  Perform the set of 8 repetitions on each side. Coaching Tips: Do not...

Strength Training Benefits for Diabetics

Strength training is important for diabetics… especially type 2 diabetics.  I have been blessed to work with all sorts of clients, some being pre diabetic and some already being diagnosed as a diabetic. There is nothing better than seeing one of my clients crush a...

Recipe: Low Carb Turkey Tacos

Taco Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. Don’t settle for throwing off your blood sugar and fitness goals by going out and binge eating on carb loaded tacos... instead, give this healthy taco recipe a whirl. Ingredients: Ground Turkey (1 lb and you should...

Eggs for Breakfast

Eggs for Breakfast   We can and we should eat eggs as a diabetic A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that overweight and obese people who were given two eggs a day for breakfast lost 65% more weight than those who ate a similar breakfast...

Meal Prep Your Way to Success

Meal prepping to me, is not about just whipping up a bunch of tasteless items and only eating this for the week, instead I like to make it fun and cook foods that I actually enjoy eating.  Smart food choices often falls upon our preparation.  How often do you find...

Recipe: Spinach and Egg Muffins

Looking for a super healthy snack? Want to step away from almonds/avocados for a change and find another low carb snack offering some good nutrients? These spinach and kale egg muffins are worth giving a try, and your blood sugar and physique will thank you!...

Diabetes and Blueberries

Diabetes and Blueberries   One of my favorite snacks is blueberries. They are awesome as they are low in calories yet high in nutrients. They are recognized as a diabetic superfood, so I have done some research about blueberries and why they are such a great snack to...

Recipe: Strawberry Santas

Check out this Fun and Healthy Treat for your Holiday party During the holidays it can be tough at gatherings to stay focused towards our health and fitness goals. A lot of desserts out there can hit our diabetes hard. A big thanks to Caroline for sharing these fun &...

Recipe: Eggs & Kale Breakfast

My go to, I Love this simple and effective breakfast My go to, I Love this simple and effective breakfast Ingredients: Two eggs 2-3 large handfuls of kale Directions: Eggs Cook eggs in skillet with coconut oil over medium/ low heat.  When cooked, season with crushed...

Footwear: An important part of Every Diabetic’s Routine

As a diabetic, we have to take care of our feet  in order to prevent long term damage caused by Diabetic Neuropathy.  I recommend going to a local shoe store and working with a specialist to find a shoe that fits you best.  It is important to have excellent foot...