Diabetes & Carbohydrate Choices

June 5, 2014

Here is question I recently answered from someone visiting GlucoMenu:

Q:  What are Carbohydrate Choices?

A:  Carbohydrate Choices are a way of counting the amount of carbohydrates you consume in your diet.  This counting method is based on the American Diabetes Association’s Exchange Lists and can help you to size up your portions and know how many carbohydrates you are eating if nutrition facts are not readily available.  Carbohydrates are found in… (Diabetes & Carbohydrate Choices).

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Diabetes & Snacking?

August 31, 2012

Here is a question I recently answered from someone visiting GlucoMenu:

Q: I am a student and I’m home all day alone so I get bored and want to munch.  Also, I’m going from a very large calorie daily intake to only 1200 calories a day (which is what my doctor told me to do but haven’t been able to stick with).  Do you have any tips on how to get through the day without creeping into the kitchen?
A:  It can be very difficult being at home alone with the temptation of eating.  It does take time for your body to adjust to a lower calorie level.  Stick with it though, you will get used to the smaller portions. A few suggestions…  Click the following link to read my entire answer:  Diabetes & Snacking

Diabetes Carbohydrate Choices?

August 24, 2012

Here is a question I recently answered from someone visiting GlucoMenu:

Q:  What are Carbohydrate Choices?

A:  Carbohydrate Choices are a way of counting the amount of carbohydrates you consume in your diet.  This counting method is based on the American Diabetes Association’s Exchange Lists and can help you to size up your portions and know how many carbohydrates you are eating if… Click the following link to read my entire answer:  Carbohydrate Choices

Diabetes & Beverage Choices

August 17, 2012

Here is a question I recently received from someone visiting GlucoMenu:

Q:  I am not a great water drinker and tend to go for the juices.  Frozen orange juice and canned apple juice are two of my choices.  Is frozen orange juice considered sugar free?

A:  Fruit juices are definitely NOT sugar free.  Juice tends to be one of the quickest ways to increase blood sugar. Instead of juices, you might look at…

You can read the entire answer by visiting:  GlucoMenu – Diabetes & Beverage Choices

Visit to Ramona Farms

June 22, 2012

We recently visited Ramona Farms, Pima Indian family owned, in Sacaton, AZ.  They grow traditional crops in the desert including tepary beans, corn, wheat, alfalfa, and more!  Please visit RamonaFarms.com and support them!

Thank you Ramona, Terry, and Leslie for the wonderful tour and tasty, healthy, farm grown food!

You can learn more about what’s new with diet and diabetes meal planning by visiting:  GlucoMenu

Does low sodium mean high potassium?

May 31, 2012

Here is a question I recently answered from someone with type 2 Diabetes:

Question:  I’ve noticed that a lot of “low sodium” items seem high in potassium.  Should this be a concern?

Answer:  Sometimes potassium chloride is used to…

Click to read the entire response:  Sodium versus Potassium

Should I avoid all carbs?

October 19, 2011

Here is question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  I would like to know, should I avoid carbs all together or is there a minimum you must eat?

Answer:  Carbohydrate is actually your body’s favorite source of energy so you don’t want to avoid all carbs.  In addition to being an energy source, carbohydrates also offer a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to the diet.

It is important to select more “nutrient dense” carbohydrate sources such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products instead of “empty calorie” carbohydrates such as cakes, cookies, and other snack foods that do not offer much nutritional value.   Portion sizes should be noted when consuming carbohydrate as well.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for carbohydrate has been set at 130 grams per day.  The brain uses an average minimum of 130 grams carbohydrate daily.  This minimal amount is where the RDA is derived.  Consider that other parts of the body would like to use carbohydrate for energy as well.

Since you were just diagnosed with diabetes, it would be a good idea to ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian and a diabetes education class to help you get started with the basics.

Exercise Options & Pre-Diabetes?

October 4, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

I have pre-diabetes and have been doing a pretty good job of exercising outdoors during the spring and summer months.  Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I am trying to determine what I can do for physical activity in the colder months.  Suggestions?

Answer:  It’s great that you have been exercising!  Research shows that those with Pre-Diabetes can make simple lifestyle changes (including regular physical activity) to reduce risk for diabetes later in life.  With regards to exercise in the colder months, here are a few suggestions:

  • If you enjoy exercising outdoors, look into winter activities such as skiing (down hill or cross-country),  snow shoeing, or ice skating for example).
  • Look into joining a gym or health club when the weather does allow for outdoor activity.
  • Check with your local community center for group exercise classes.
  • Consider purchasing a piece of exercise equipment for your home (such as a treadmill for example).

Diabetes & Healthy Tailgating?

September 20, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

My husband has diabetes and this time of year we attend a lot of football games.  Before the game we often will meet up with friends for tailgating parties.  Can you give me some healthy ideas of what we can eat during the tailgate?

Answer:  Tailgating before a football game can be filled with food temptations from barbecuing high fat meats, salads, chips, and treats.  Try these tips for a healthier tailgate party:

  • choose lean meats such as skinless chicken breast over high fat meats such as brats,
  • select a whole grain bun for added fiber,
  • add vegetables to your plate by including grilled vegetables on the bbq or a tossed garden salad,
  • opt for salsa over high fat dips,
  • drink water throughout the day.

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms?

September 14, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

Diabetes runs in my family and I think this puts me at risk.  Could you tell me what are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

Answer:  Having a family history can increase your risk for diabetes.  There are a number of lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.  These include maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, and regular exercise.

Here are some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • increased hunger
  • blurred vision
  • weight loss
  • fatigue

Regular check-ups with your doctor important.  Be sure to tell your doctor about your family history and any symptoms you are having.

 


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