Health Benefits of Nuts for People with Diabetes

Looking for a tasty snack that can help you manage your blood sugar? Try some nuts! Nuts are a power food in a tiny package, loaded with nutrients that are good for anyone trying to eat healthy, but they have special benefits for those with type 2 diabetes. All nuts supply you with protein and…

Non-Dairy Beverages

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Question: Are certain kinds of milk better to drink?  Short Take: Milk is an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals in our diets.  While cow’s milk is the most common (and least expensive) variety, many “milk alternatives” or “non-dairy beverages” can be found and the nutrition profile of…

What to know about fasting and and diabetes

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE Fasting for people with diabetes is an increasingly popular topic. Fasting has many definitions, but for our purposes, we’ll define it as staying away from almost all food and drink for a specific period of time. While research is still limited, surveys show that about 50% of people…

How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy

Paula Diaque Ballesteros, RD, CDCES and Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES The immune system is in charge of defending our body against infection, bacteria and viruses. The design of the immune system is complex and influenced by an ideal balance of many factors. There is not a single food (such as chicken soup), vitamin (such as…

Gastroparesis: What is it? What can be done about it?

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES High blood glucose caused by diabetes can damage our nerves over time.  You may have heard about neuropathy (or nerve damage) of the feet –stomach nerves can also be affected. Gastroparesis is a condition where the nerves of the stomach are damaged and it can affect how food is…

Carb Counting: What To Know

Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE What is it? Carbohydrate (or carb) counting is a method of meal planning where you keep track of the grams of carbs you eat at each meal and snack.  There are two ways to carb count… Option 1: Consistent. This method is recommended for people who take the same dose…

Choosing Healthy Foods… What’s in a Dietitian’s Pantry?

Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE A healthy eating plan begins with making sure you’ve got good options to choose from at home.  In some cases, I’ve listed brand names in italics, but know that we don’t endorse any of these brands. They are included to give you some examples of good options… Choose (More) Comments…

Processed Foods: What to Know

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Many people don’t realize that there’s a difference between processed foods and ultra-processed foods… and in fact, ultra-processed foods make up just over 60% of the total diet of adults in the US!  Recently, there have been a number of important and well-designed research studies from around the world pointing…

Traveling with Diabetes

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES People with diabetes can enjoy travel and adventures of all kinds! Long-distance flights, cruises, hikes… everything is possible with a little planning.  This guide will help any person with diabetes plan ahead to reduce the risk of any health-related problems and fully enjoy the trip! Before You Go Talk…
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