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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Nancy M. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 02/28/2010
Subject: diabetes education help

I am trying to find a class for our grandson.  He is 19 and has a part-time job but no insurance.  He just found out last week that he is a type 1 diabetes after losing a lot of weight and his blood sugar was 523.  He is on insulin but needs to go to a class to manage is diabetes without going hungry.  Where do we start?  Any suggestions would help us a lot.

Please respond to the above question on your blog by Sunday at midnight.  We will review all blogs and post several responses in our next newsletter!

Example: Christine's Blog

Do you know someone with diabetes?  They can send their questions to: diabetes@foodpicker.org

Last week's question:

From: Tom R. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 02/21/2010
Subject: help with controlling snacking

I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  During the day at work I eat very little, but in the evenings and weekends, I can't seem to stay out of the kitchen.  Do you have any suggestions to control my snacking in the evenings and weekends?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

John Schapman, MS, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: In the case of a person with type 2 diabetes, it is beneficial to eat at steady states throughout your day.  Blood sugars can spike and drop when you eat large amounts or go long periods without eating.  So you want to start off right by beginning ... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline Zimmerman, Dietetic Intern
Not eating much during the day sets yourself up for two problems: 1) unstable blood glucose levels and 2) excessive eating/snacking later in the day. Unfortunately, many popular snack foods are loaded with carbohydrates and fat... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern
If you find yourself snacking, the first step is to replace those chips, crackers, candy, cookies, etc.  Choosing foods with less sugar will also help you manage your blood sugars.  Below are some suggestions... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Hunt, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian)
Snacking has pros and cons, however, for a diabetic, it can be very helpful in maintaining blood sugar levels.  The purpose of a snack should be to help tie you over until the next meal, especially if the meal is more than 5-6 hours away... (click for entire response)

Ruhamah Nuccio, Dietetic Intern
Answer: For someone living with diabetes it is very important to eat meals throughout the day, rather than eating a large meal at night.  This large meal at night may have more than... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline Barcal, Nutrition Student
I make sure to eat about 5-6 small meals during the day with gaps of about 3 hours.  Snacking is easy when you’re bored, so setting a schedule helps.  Knowing that I will be eating every 2-3 hours also helps... (click for entire response)

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Each week we will e-mail out a question that can be covered in your blog. 

We will feature the best blogs in upcoming newsletters!

We'd like to recognize the following FOODPICKER.org Contributors!

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Ann Yanez

Nutrition trends e-mail from Jennifer Hunt, RD, LDN:

In the newsletter, you asked for thoughts and comments on what we believe are some nutrition trends this year.  From my perspective, eating and buying local is a trend that continues to grow in popularity.  While the emphasis on sustainable agriculture and supporting local farmers may differ depending on region and community culture, I believe that we will continue to hear more and more about this topic.  I live in Chapel Hill, NC, a town that caters to the local farmers and does not allow big chain grocery stores like WalMart and Target into the city.  Also, the fact that WIC and SNAP provide food vouchers to use at local Farmer's Markets shows that this is a growing trend.

Another trend I see gaining recognition is ORAC values.  I recently saw an interview about the book, O2 Diet, by Keri Glassman - a diet completely focused on eating whole foods, spices and herbs to attain a certain number of ORAC points each day.  During a recent trip to Whole Foods, I saw marketing tools that were highlighting ORAC values of different fruits and veggies.

Just my thoughts...

Here's a link to Jennifer's Blog:
Jennifer Hunt, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian)

What trends in nutrition do you see in 2010?

Please e-mail Christine (nutrition@foodpicker.org) with your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for upcoming Nutrition Editor newsletters.

Thanks for your efforts!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
Founder, FOODPICKER.org

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