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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

Hello Everyone!
  1. Please click on a few foods, e.g. Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, and check out the program updates we've made.  There's now a Registered Dietitian link on every food record.
  2. For those of you who still want to participate in the FOODPICKER.org project, here are the instructions.
Thank you for your efforts!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator


This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Jack C. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: popcorn and pre-diabetes?

I have pre-diabetes and enjoy having an afternoon snack.  Is microwave popcorn ok for me to have?

After you answer a question on your blog please e-mail nutrition@foodpicker.org with the link (so we know that you posted).  The deadline is every Sunday at midnight.  We will 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: Ann H. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: motivation & diabetes?

I have diabetes and I'm having trouble staying consistent and motivated.  I'm usually good for about 2 weeks and then I go back to my old ways of eating and lack of exercise.  How can I stay motivated?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Elissa Basham, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: When itís all said and done, a new healthy lifestyle takes commitment, and practice.  No one is perfect all the time. Taking small steps to reach your new lifestyle goals of diet and exercise will help you meet your goals and will more likely be maintained.  This is a much better alternative than trying too much at once and then later feeling guilty for not keeping up with it... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Staying motivated is tough for most people, diabetes or not.  First, try to figure out what motivates you for those two weeks.  If you can figure that out then youíre one step ahead.  Write down the things that keep you going, whether itís a trip you have planned, the beautiful weather, taking the stairs, whatever it is try to incorporate those things into your day-to-day life.  Different things motivate different people.  Try writing on your calendar/planner when you plan to work out... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: It isn't easy to change habits, especially those that we have had for a long time.  The key is to start small, and once you see yourself succeed, you'll have the motivation to continue.  Try the following to help with motivation and to stay consistent: Set short term goals that are attainable... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, MS
Answer: Ask friends, family, or coworkers to start eating healthy and/or working out with you.  This is an easy way to help motivate each other.  Make time before or after work to go on a walk with your coworker, ask a significant other to help you pack your lunch or prepare dinner, or head to the gym with a friend!  You are more likely to stay consistent and motivated if you are reminded by others to keep going... (click for entire response)

Lauren Todd, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: If your goal is to lose weight, try to lose a couple of pounds each week instead of shedding them off all at once.  Remember that little changes could make a big difference.  Cutting in half the amount of cheese or salad dressing is a great way to curb your intake with only a slight alteration to the taste... (click for entire response)

Suzanne Celentano, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Changing any behavior is difficult and it takes time and patience.  Try to set short term goals to make small changes initially, such as exercising 3-4 days a week, drinking more water or adding a vegetable to one meal each day.  Write your short term and long term goals in a journal and make a commitment to yourself to write anything positive that you did that day toward achieving your goal... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: If you are feeling deprived of your favorite foods or bored with the same exercise routine remember that small changes add up, and you don't have to resort to extreme measures to get results.  Once you begin to see your own progress, you will feel like taking it up another notch not because you feel obligated to, but because you will want to... (click for entire response)

Yi-Ming Law, Nutrition Student
Answer: Eating healthy and exercising is always about making practical changes that you can adapt to your lifestyle.  For example, jumping into an Olympic athlete's lifestyle without prior training to adequately lead you up to that point is a recipe for disaster.  Making gradual changes with visible results is the best way to go about sticking to a routine... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: If you find yourself straying too much you need to reconsider your goals and make more realistic steps that will get you where you want to be.  Exercising and eating healthy should not feel like a chore or a diet.  Instead your exercise routine should be fun enough that you want to fit it into your schedule... (click for entire response)


Still interested in volunteering as a Nutrition Editor at FOODPICKER.org?

If you have not yet gotten started but still want to contribute, contact us and we will send you further instructions.

E-mail Christine at nutrition@foodpicker.org to get started.



Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

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