Posts Tagged ‘diabetes diet’

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 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

Diabetes & Healthy Tailgating?

September 20, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from

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.

Diabetes & Vegetables

March 8, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from

I have a very big issue when it comes to having diabetes and that is I do not eat vegetables.  I have tried.  I want control my diabetes and be around to raise my young children.  What suggestions do you have to add vegetables to my diet?

Answer:  Vegetables can be a great addition to a healthy diet.  With some experimenting you’ll probably find that there are some vegetables that you can tolerate and maybe even like.  Eating vegetables does not just have to mean eating raw celery and carrot sticks.  There are many ways to incorporate vegetables in your diet.  Consider these tips:

  • experiment with ways to incorporate vegetables into dishes.  Try adding vegetables to stir-fry, kabobs to grill, soups, or casserole recipes.
  • Saute vegetables with fresh herbs as a side dish.
  • Visit your local farmers market to get new ideas of how to prepare vegetables.
  • Shop for vegetables in season.  This way you will get the freshest vegetables available usually at a lower price.
  • Continue trying new vegetables… you are bound to find a few you like.

Diet & Weight Loss

November 2, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from

My doctor has diagnosed me with diabetes and has told me to lose weight.  I have heard about high protein diets, low fat/high carb diets, and many others.  I want a sound diet instead of a fad.  What type of diet is best given my situation?

Answer:  It’s great that you are looking for a sound diet instead of a fad.  A sound diet will allow you to lose weight slowly and keep the weight off. 

A healthy diet plan will include a variety of nutrient dense foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, and healthier fats.  You will want to ensure that you are not omitting any specific food group or energy yielding nutrient (such as carbohydrate or protein).  Many find when they omit food groups, it is difficult to adhere to their diet for a long period of time. 

Make sure your weight loss goals are realistic as well.  Remember, weight gain did not happen overnight and neither will weight loss.

Diabetes & Protein

September 28, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from

Since I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat.  I’m wondering about protein.  How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?

Answer:  First you will want to check with your doctor to ensure your kidneys are functioning correctly.  If you have kidney problems, your doctor will probably adjust your protein needs. 

In general, about 10-20% of your total calories should come from protein (this is the same amount for those that do not have diabetes or kidney problems).   This should be spread throughout the day and consumed with carbohydrate foods since protein seems to help slow down absorption of carbohydrate.

Choose protein sources that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Animal sources such as lean meats, seafood, egg whites, and low fat cheese are good sources of protein.  Plant sources such as beans or tofu are also good sources of protein.

Diabetes & Motivation?

September 7, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from

I have diabetes and I’m having trouble staying consistent and motivated.  I’m usually good for about 2 weeks and then I go back to my old ways of eating and lack of exercise.  How can I stay motivated?

Answer:  Changing “old ways” of diet and lifestyle can be difficult.  Setting short-term and long-term goals can be helpful in sticking to a healthier lifestyle.  Be sure to reward yourself as you meet goals.

Keeping a chart or journal of what you have accomplished can be helpful for you to see how far you have come.  You might record your weight, exercise ability, and blood sugar levels.  Focus on your accomplishments to stay on track.  If you stray from your new way of eating and exercise, try not to be too hard on yourself.  Get back on track and focus again on your short-term and long-term goals.

Remember that all of this work is for a healthier life and its worth it!

Supplements & Diabetes

July 28, 2010

Here is question I recently received from

I have diabetes and a coworker was telling me I should be taking supplements such as cinnamon and chromium to help control blood sugar.  Are these safe and effective?

Answer:    It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor and pharmacist about any supplements and how it may affect medications you are taking.

Here is what the American Diabetes Association says about chromium:

“…well-designed studies have failed to demonstrate any significant benefit of chromium supplementation in individuals with impaired glucose intolerance or type 2 diabetes.”  They go on to say: “Benefit from chromium supplementation in individuals with diabetes or obesity has not been clearly demonstrated and therefore can not be recommended.”