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Cooking Short Grain Brown Rice for Blood Sugar Control

How do you cook short grain brown rice, you may ask?

Take 1 cup of short grain brown rice (organic is the best) and put it in a strainer. Rinse it. Put it in a pan with 2 cups of water and a pinch of good sea salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and put the flame on low for about 40-50 minutes, until the water is absorbed.

What do you do with the rice now that it is cooked? You will have plenty for several meals.

Try a stir fry? Do you have left over meat/fish? Saute onions, garlic, vegetables and the meat/fish. Add a cup of the cooked rice. You can add any seasoning that you like. Basil and oregano for Mediterranean taste or soy sauce for Oriental flavor.


Your health is in your hands and in your kitchen. If you want to be healthy and well, you must eat well. You are worth it.

Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN, MS

Look for my up coming book “Give Me Grains, Give Me Health” with co-author Theresa Delafield

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Get a Handle on Your Blood Sugar

What do you think when you hear “hyperglycemia” (high blood sugar), or “hypoglycemia” (low blood sugar)? Do you think diabetes? Do you think insulin shots? Do you have a feeling with all of this?

Indeed, high and low blood sugars are associated with diabetics. However, it is a much bigger problem for many “non-diabeteics” ¬†as well as diabetic, I believe.

The typical American diet is highly processed. That means all the good nutrients have been taken out of the food. Artificial partial nutrients are then added back. Also we add lots of refined sugars, salt, and questionable fats to the food to make it palatable.

If you are diabetic or on a diet, you are probably choosing foods that have artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners will alter you blood sugars. Low fat foods tend to have more sugar to make them tasty.

What do you do to give yourself a shot at having steady blood sugar levels?

Eat whole grains. That is not “whole grain bread”. I am talking about short grain brown rice for starters. This rice grain is intact with all the nutrition and fiber that is intended for us to eat. Nothing is taken away and nothing is added. Pure and simple.

If you add a cup of cooked short grain brown rice to your daily meal plan, you will notice a steady energy that will sustain you for hours.

Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN, MS

Look for my upcoming book “Give Me Grains, Give Me Health” with co-auther Theresa Delafield