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…

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…

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…

Snack Ideas

  If you are looking for diabetes compatible snack ideas, download our snack guide. Each recommendation has about 15 grams of carbs and most include a little protein or fat (or both) to help you feel  full. If your blood glucoses are running a little high and you are still hungry for a snack, choose…

A Guide to Healthy Game Time Eating

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES For many of us, fall means football season! From high school games on Friday night to Monday Night football, football usually means food and lots of it. Planning ahead is your best defense. Prepare to tackle your Game Day food challenges by reviewing this list of strategies… and you’ll…

Balancing Diabetes and Compulsive Eating

By Robin Fein Wright, L.C.S.W. To people with type 2 diabetes who also struggle with compulsive eating– please know you are not alone. According to the Walden Eating Disorders Treatment Program, “Studies estimate that 12% of patients with Type 2 Diabetes also suffer from BED (Binge Eating Disorder).” Given that 9.3% of the population has…

Can People with Diabetes Eat Fruit?

Fruit and vegetables are always on the top of the list of the foods for a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many people with Type 2 diabetes worry that fruit may be off limits for them and don’t include this delicious choice in their daily meal plan. That’s a shame because fruit has lots of fiber, vitamins,…

Great Snack Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Does having diabetes mean that your snacking days are over? Absolutely not! In fact, snacks are an important part of a daily meal plan and can help keep your blood sugar levels stable between meals. The key is to follow some guidelines when incorporating snacks into your day– stick with fruit, vegetables, protein and whole…

How to Handle the Diabetes Food Police

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE Do any of these situations sound familiar? As you prepare to take a bite of dessert, your sister asks, “Are you sure you should be eating that?” Your husband reminds you before every meal to check your blood sugar… to a point where you feel on the verge…

How to Have a Diabetes Friendly Happy Holiday

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE  As the end of the year approaches, we can be filled with feelings of both excitement and dread.  As visions of sugar plums, gingerbread, latkes and yule logs dance in our heads, we may need reminding that the holidays are about so much more than food!  Take a…
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