Caffeine and Health: Just The Facts

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES If you’re like the majority of Americans, you start your day with at least one cup of a caffeinated beverage. Whether it’s coffee or tea (or one of the popular energy drinks), most people agree that caffeine in the morning helps jump-start the day. What is caffeine? Caffeine is…

Simple Food Swaps for Better Health

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES As a dietitian, I am often asked, “What’s the best __ (bread, crackers, cereal…) for me to eat?” While there is no “best” option, we want to offer you some “good-for-you” selections, and share some tips on how you can judge different foods for yourself. As a general rule…

Diabetes Primetime: The Ups & Downs of Diabetes

Missed our episode where we spoke about how to handle the things about diabetes that drive you crazy? Psychologist Dr. Michael Vallis shared six tips below… – Give yourself credit for your efforts, even if your blood sugar numbers aren’t exactly where you’d like them to be! Whether it be reducing late night snacks, going…

Type 1 Diabetes Survey

Fill this out to get a free guide to low-carb snacks for people with type 1 diabetes! Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.Are you a person with type 1 diabetes? *YesI'm the parent of a child with type 1 diabetesNoHow big a concern in your day-to-day life is the risk 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…

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 something…

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…