2018 Winter – Diabetes Focus eMag

Mingle with Margot




Dear members and friends,

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it can come as a big shock and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Especially if you know of someone who has been affected by some further health complications from their diabetes.

It is important, at this stage, to realise that diabetes is manageable. You can have a long healthy life and need not necessarily develop complications. Learn as much as you can about managing your diabetes and constantly be working towards small achievable health goals. Find support through information on our Diabetes SA website, e-magazine and other forums.

Diabetes is a journey where you are constantly learning and adjusting as you gain more knowledge. It need not limit you, unless you allow it to. You are in the driving seat and need to be in control. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging influences who will support you on your journey. They can include your doctor, dietitian, diabetes nurse, friends, family and a diabetes wellness group, etc.

Along your journey, you will have ups and downs, because life is like that. However, if you have a good support team, they can assist you and encourage you along the way, and help you reach your goals.

Yours in Health

Margot signiture


Margot Mc Cumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa


Fabulite Creamy Baby Marrow Soup

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Albany Bread-A-Betix Tasty Tzatziki Roll Ups

INGREDIENTS 3 slices Albany Bread-A-Betix Low G.I. White 60ml yogurt 1/8 grated cucumber Mint leaves, chopped 5ml lemon juice 2.5ml chopped garlic 1 large zucchini,

Albany Bread-A-Betix Smashing Good Chickpea Chow

INGREDIENTS 2 slices Albany Bread-A-Betix Low GI Seeded Brown Bread Butter lettuce 80ml chickpeas, smashed with a fork 30ml tahini ½ avocado, sliced  METHOD Lay

Albany Bread-A-Betix Soy Much Energy Steak Sarm

INGREDIENTS 2 slices Albany Bread-A-Betix Low GI Wholewheat Brown Bread Beef strips 30ml light Soy sauce 10ml oil 4-6 slices tomato 15ml Dijon mustard Handful

The cool winter warmer

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FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ with berries and nuts

Ingredients 4 Tbsp. (40g) FUTURELIFE® ZERO Smart food™ 100 ml cup warm water ¼ cup warm milk (optional) 1 Tbsp. dried berries e.g. goji berries

Warm FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ Chocolate Drink

Ingredients 25g (1/4 cup) FUTURELIFE® HIGH PROTEIN Smart food™ chocolate flavour ¾ cup warm low fat milk ½ cup boiled water 1 teaspoon cocoa Method


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Taking the long view of diabetes

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