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…
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Processed Foods: What to Know

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Many people don’t realize 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 research studies from around the world pointing to the…

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…

Annes Tasty Tidbits-Meatloaf Meatballs

By Anne Safran Dalin One of the main food groups in New Jersey is Italian food. Being a real Jersey girl includes loving Italian food (even if you’re not Italian) – and I’m definitely a Jersey girl through and through. Open any newspaper or magazine and you’ll read top 10 lists of to-die-for pizza and…

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…

Amount of Sugar in Popular Drinks

  Most people know that regular soda is full of sugar and not a good drink choice for people with type 2 diabetes.  However, there are many other popular drinks that have just as much sugar (and in some cases MORE) as regular soda! Find out whether your favorite beverage is one of them with…

Artificial Sweetners: What to Know

There’s a lot of controversy around artificial sweeteners and the conversation can get even more heated when it comes to what’s right for people with diabetes. The appeal of sugar substitutes is that they add almost no calories to your diet, which means that they can be useful for managing weight. For people with diabetes,…

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…