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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

We've added a Beverage Guide to the Diabetes Tools link (top right).  Often people with diabetes are confused about what they should drink.  Many beverages contain high amounts of carbohydrate and can increase blood sugar quickly. 

The Beverage Guide provides a list of beverages that will have a minimal effect on blood sugar and are considered "free foods" by the American Diabetes Association.  There are over 150 diabetes friendly beverages on this guide.

Please review the Diabetes Friendly Beverage Guide.  Let me know if there are any other beverages that should be included:  Beverage Guide

Thanks and make it a great week!

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


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors: 

Ami Froese, Ashley Meuser, & Julie Pineau

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Jim C. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: lunch ideas?

I have diabetes and work long hours.  I usually eat lunch at my desk while working.  I'm struggling with what I can have for lunch.  Could you give me some tips on what to pack for lunch at work?

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!

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Last week's question:

From: Tracy D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: lots of vegetables?

I was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  The nurse told me to eat lots of vegetables.  Could you tell me what "lots of vegetables" means and what type of vegetables to consume?  Also, how should I prepare them?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Vegetables are a low-calorie food filled with phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins and minerals. While vegetables are wonderful, not all are created equally. Your nurse was probably referring to non-starchy vegetables which include, but are not limited to, broccoli, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Vegetables can be classified into two different categories starchy and non starchy vegetables. Starchy vegetables include corn, peas and potatoes. A serving size for these vegetables is 1/2 cup and generally have 15 grams carbohydrate. Non starchy vegetables are lower in carbohydrates and calories... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, MS
Answer: Start exploring and trying different things and slowly 3-5 servings of non-starchy vegetables will be no problem for you to do! Some ways to incorporate more vegetables: Make a pizza and load it up with vegetables (broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms). Eat broccoli, celery, carrots, or cauliflower with low-fat veggie dip instead of chips. Grill vegetable kabobs lots of peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. Add peppers, cucumber, onions, spinach, or tomatoes to a sandwich... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: There are so many delicious ways you can prepare your vegetables! Steaming, baking, grilling, and microwaving are just a few of the ways. Utilize garlic and onion for flavoring - experiment with different spices or herbs... (click for entire response)

Suzanne Celentano, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: You could start with a goal of eating 3-5 servings of vegetables each day. A serving is either 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked vegetables. That may seem like a lot but if you start adding greens to a soup or lettuce and tomato to a sandwich or onions and mushrooms to an omelet you will easily reach your goal... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Obermeyer, Nutrition Student
Answer: Everyone should make vegetables a staple in their diet, whether they are at risk for diabetes or not. Not only are they delicious and full of vitamins and minerals, but research has shown that they can reduce the risk for many diseases... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Moonthein Liscomb, Nutrition Student
Answer: Preparation techniques are important to keep in mind when consuming vegetables. Absorption of nutrients, into the body tissues, from vegetables is dependent on the way the vegetable is prepared. Raw, cooked, frozen, or canned vegetables may affect the nutritional value of your produce. Non-starchy vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: Vegetables contain a great source of essential vitamins and minerals and even contain a substantial amount of fiber, which will help curb your appetite. According to MyPyramid.gov women between the ages of 19-50 years old should eat about 2 1/2 cups per day and men ages 19-50 years old should eat about 3 cups per day... (click for entire response)

Bernadette Prue, Nutrition Student
Answer: Stick to buying fresh or frozen varieties. Canned often lack the nutritional benefits of fresh and have a lot of added sodium. The three best ways to lock in nutrition while keeping calories and fat low is to bake, steam or eat them raw... (click for entire response)

Jordan Jones, Nutrition Student
Answer: All in all, you want to make sure that you are eating vegetables from a wide variety of colors. Also you want to make sure that you are not limiting yourself to the same vegetables as always, that is the quickest way to feel limited inside this diet regime. Make sure to try new vegetables and fruit, dare to venture out... (click for entire response)

Carol Carr, Nutrition Student
Answer: Non-starchy vegetables are the best source as they are low in carbohydrates as well as calories. Plus vegetables are a good sources of many important nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. To prepare your vegetables, it is best to not add additional salt or fat. Instead use herbs and spices to add flavor without calories, fat, or extra salt. Steaming, grilling, baking, or even microwaving vegetable are good cooking options... (click for entire response)

Ariel Guild, Nutrition Student
Answer: As for what type of vegetables to consume; I would say anything goes. Vegetables are so incredibly good for you. They are very nutrient dense (full of vitamins and minerals) and very low in calories and fat. Here is a list of different kinds of vegetables you could eat... (click for entire response)


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Nutrition Editor Announcements:

The goal of this website includes advancing the field of Dietetics.  Please feel free to post questions & comments such as:
  • What trends in dietetics do you see in 2011?
  • Any new nutrition websites/blogs that you like?
  • Can you pass on any career enhancement suggestions?
  • Are you working on any cool nutrition projects?

We will post your comments here and link to your blog if you have one.

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