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Why Intermittent Fasting Might Be the Best Diet for You

Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.

As a rule, I don’t do diets.  I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control.  For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..

What’s the Best Diet for Diabetes?

I can’t even begin to tell you how many clients I’ve seen over the years, who have just been diagnosed with diabetes. It’s becoming quite an epidemic in this country, fueled by our desire to constantly eat, sit, and eat some more. Because we overindulge far in foods that really should be eaten “every once in a while”, and because most of us sit all day for work, or just because, an estimated 29 million Americans, or over nine percent of us have diabetes. Crazy. Yes?

It’s once they’re diagnosed, that most people start to think about their diet. That’s the first time they ever visit a registered dietitian to learn about how, what and why to eat, and so the question RDs are usually asked is What Can I Eat with Diabetes?” Continue Reading..

Yes – You CAN Have A Lower Carb Thanksgiving!

Eeek!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Time for turkey and stuffing.  And mashed potatoes, and stuffing.  And sweet potatoes and stuffing.  And cranberry sauce.  What’s the big theme with Thanksgiving?  For most people, it’s not about the turkey, it’s about all of the sides carbs.  Thanksgiving can be a tough one if you have diabetes, or if you’re trying to limit carbs.  It’s one of those days that it’s just really hard to practice portion control if the table is heaped high with lots of delicious high carb foods. Continue Reading..

Prediabetes? It’s Now Or Never

Are you are one of the almost 80 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Prediabetes? If so, consider it a warning sign. This is your last chance to make some changes in your diet and lifestyle, to prevent or at least slow down the development of diabetes.

Most people who develop Type 2 diabetes start out with prediabetes, also known as impaired fasting blood sugar. Fasting blood sugar levels are elevated, between 100 and 125mg/dl, but not high enough to be classified as diabetic. While many diabetics experience symptoms such as excessive thirst, frequent desire to urinate, blurred vision and feeling tired, these symptoms are rarely reported in prediabetics. Even though you may be feeling fine, it’s important to note that prediabetics are 50% more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than people with normal blood sugar readings.  Continue Reading..

What You Should Know About the Glycemic Index Diet

There are a number of books out there on the Glycemic Index (GI) diet.  They promise to help you lose weight, flatten your belly and reverse insulin resistance, but is it just another fad diet, or does it really work?  Well, based on the research out there, it won’t hurt, and it may very well help if you are one of the 79 million Americans have been diagnosed with impaired fasting glucose or prediabetes, which is the step before full blown diabetes. Continue Reading..

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