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The Bad News

There are no hacks, fads or packaged gimmics to deal with diabetes.

The Good News

The food you should eat is pretty damn good.

Probably the first two words are most important. "Eat food" means to eat real food -- vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat -- and to avoid what Pollan calls "edible food-like substances."

Food author Michael Pollan says:

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    Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

    "When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can't pronounce, ask yourself, "What are those things doing there?"

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    Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can't pronounce.
    All you need to know you can learn from Peanuts
  • 3
    Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store.

    Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.

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    Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot.

    "There are exceptions -- honey -- but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren't food"

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    Use portion control

    "Always leave the table a little hungry," Pollan says. "Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, 'Tie off the sack before it's full.'"

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    Enjoy meals with the people you love.
    Babette's gæstebud (Babette's Feast)

    Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It's a good tradition. Same applies to lunch. Go get lunch, don't eat something at your desk.

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    Don't eat and get gas

    Don't buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.