Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

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

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.

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.

 

Household Healthy Eating

August 1, 2011

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

I have pre-diabetes and am struggling to eat healthy.  My brother and his family live with me and there are tons of junk food temptations in my kitchen.  I want the entire household to start eating healthy with me, they can all benefit, but they are resistant.  Any suggestions?

Answer:  It can definitely be helpful if the entire family is choosing to eat healthier.  Here are a few suggestions that may be of help:

  • Sit down with your family and discuss your goals.  Explain why it is important for you to eat healthier and describe what you mean when you say “eat healthy”.  This will help them understand your point of view as well as give them a clear picture of how their eating would change.
  • Get creative with your recipes and make them over into healthier options by reducing fat, choosing leaner protein sources, opting for whole grains, etc.
  • Involve your family in preparing meals.  This can be a great opportunity for everyone to contribute to healthier eating.

 

Salad Bar Suggestions

July 6, 2011

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

We have a large salad bar at the work cafeteria that I would like to take advantage of for lunch (especially during the summer).  I’m trying to lose weight and control blood sugar.  Could you give me some tips on what to choose and what to steer clear on at the salad bar?

Answer:  A salad bar can be a great opportunity to load up on fresh vegetables and lean proteins.  You will want to use caution however since the salad bar can offer high calorie and fat salads, dressings, and proteins.  Here are some tips to help guide you:

  • Start with lots of salad greens (romaine, mixed greens, spinach, etc.).
  • Add a variety of non-starchy vegetables such as peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and broccoli.
  • Look for garbonzo or kidney beans for additional fiber and protein.
  • Opt for sliced turkey or chicken breast over bacon bits.
  • Try vinaigrette salad dressing on the side so you can control your portion.

Blood Sugar & BBQ?

May 18, 2011

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

Every year in late May our friends & family has a large BBQ.  Since I’m watching my weight and blood sugar, what types of foods should I eat more of and what foods should I avoid at my BBQ?

Answer:  BBQs can be a great opportunity to take advantage of enjoying the outdoors and socializing with family & friends.  There are many BBQ options that can be healthy and tasty!  Consider these options for your upcoming BBQ:

  • Grilling can be a very low-fat cooking method since fat does not have to be added to the food in preparation.
  • Opt for skinless chicken or turkey breast and seafood (such as salmon or shrimp) on the grill.
  • You can also grill vegetables such as summer squash, peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  • Go for a green leafy salad instead of heavier salads such a potato salad.
  • Try fresh fruit for dessert instead of pies, cakes, or cookies.

Diabetes & Hungry Munchies

May 10, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have diabetes and have grown tired of munching on carrots when the crazy hungry munchies hit.  I’m replacing chocolate bars with almonds in an attempt to lower my weight.  What exactly can I snack on when these munchies hit?

Answer:  Everyone experiences the challenge of overeating when they get very hungry.

  • The first key is to try to avoid the “crazy hungry munchies” by ensuring that you are not skipping meals.  Your meals should contain some protein, healthy fat along with carbohydrate to help you stay full longer.
  • All non-starchy vegetables (not just carrots) can be a great snack to help you fill up without going overboard with calories.  Consider having a variety of vegetables cut up and ready to go in the refrigerator to snack on.
  • Almonds are a healthy food to include in your diet but they are also high in calories and fat.  You might consider portioning out 2 tablespoons or so to ensure you do not end up overeating.  Also, try sprinkling a few chopped walnuts over nonfat yogurt as an easy snack that will fill you up.