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Message from Christine:

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)? With the CDE credential, you can educate people on how to treat & manage diabetes as well as help to further your career options. The requirements include:
  • 2 years as a Registered Dietitian,
  • 1,000 hours professional practice in diabetes self-management education,
  • a minimum of 15 clock hours of continuing education activities applicable to diabetes, and
  • successful completion of the certification examination.

Here is a link to learn more about the CDE certification:

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

Contact me if you have questions about becoming a CDE:   nutrition@foodpicker.org

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: 

Brittany Wright, Kathryn Lawson, & Lindsay Lawes

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Trish S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/24/2017
Subject: fad diets?

My doctor has diagnosed me with diabetes and has told me to lose weight.  I have heard about high protein diets, low fat/high carb diets, and many others.  I want a sound diet instead of a fad.  What type of diet is best given my situation?

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


Last week's question:

From: Jim C. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/24/2017
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?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Elissa Basham, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Try to keep your meal balanced when planning.  Always include a source of protein with your meal, as it slows down the rate of glucose absorption into your blood stream.  It will also give you a greater feeling of satiety before you tackle the rest of your day.  Examples are poultry, lean meats, nuts, eggs, or tofu.  Make one of your carbohydrate choices a piece of fruit, because they are easy to throw in your lunch box and contain nutrients and fiber that something quick from the vending machine does not... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: When planning meals, it often times helps to think of the healthy plate method.  Cut your (9 inch) plate in half.  On one half of the plate, cover it with non-starchy vegetables, on one-quarter of the plate place a serving of starch, and on the last quarter, your protein.  Add a fruit and a low-fat milk or yogurt and you’ve got a healthy balanced meal, for anyone – not just for people with diabetes... (click for entire response)

Brittany Wright, Dietetic Intern
Answer: A good lunch needs to have necessary nutrients to keep you going all day.  The important fuel components to look for are fiber and protein.  Good fiber sources include fruits, veggies, nuts, or seeds.  Protein sources include dairy, grains such as quinoa, beans, eggs, meat, or nuts/ nut butters.  Three of my go-to quick lunches include wraps, soups, and salads... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Here are some great ideas for "brown bagging it": Soup! Choose those that are clear broth based.  Avoid cream-based soups.  Look for kinds full of veggies, beans (or other types of legumes), or lentils.  These are the types of soups that will really keep you satiated.  Salad: Chop your own veggies at home and put together a salad at home.  Add garbanzos or kidney beans... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: One of the easiest things you can do is pack some dinner leftovers.  This allows you to control portions & ingredients and save valuable time and energy.  You can pair it with convenient sides such as: fresh fruit and vegetables, a salad, yogurt, nuts/seeds, and salsa or hummus dips to round out your meal and keep you fuller longer.  If you prefer to buy pre-made items, low-sodium broth based soups... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Moonthein Liscomb, Nutrition Student
Answer: Purchase an igloo for your food items and keep them fresh with a freeze pack.  Don’t forget your utensils and napkins. Lunch & Snack Ideas include Beverages: Water is essential to keep the body hydrated and keeps your electrolytes balanced.  If plain water bores you, add a few slices of lemon, lime, or orange for added sweetness.  Healthy Salad: Try packing a salad with non-starchy vegetables, fruit, healthy protein, and healthy fat.  A mix of dark greens, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and a few slices of bell pepper... (click for entire response)

Tracie Blair, Nutrition Student
Answer: When you have diabetes it is important to maintain a healthy weight as well as a steady blood sugar.  Bringing your lunch from home is one of the best things you can do for yourself as long as you pack right.  So how do you pack “right”?  It’s simple, eat a variety of nutritious foods in moderate amounts and stick to regular mealtimes... (click for entire response)

Bernadette Prue, Nutrition Student
Answer: Make sure you add a protein and fat source to the salad such as olives, meats, beans and/or avocados.  Other options would include wraps in whole wheat tortillas paired with fresh vegetables or pitas... (click for entire response)

Carol Carr, Nutrition Student
Answer: Packing your lunch can be a great way to control what eat and limit portion size if done correctly.  But bring a lunch typically is an easier way to avoid traps like over eating that dining out can cause.  Packing a lunch is a great way to get good nutrients like fruits, whole grains, and lean protein into your meal.  Just be careful not to pack the wrong kinds of foods. A good suggestion is to pre-make some lunches on Sunday so they are easy to grab during the busy week... (click for entire response)

Jasmina Popovski, Nutrition Student
Answer: Make a big salad with tossed nuts (olive oil and fresh lemon juice are a great dressings vs. high fat/calorie commercial dressings).  This is filling, low in calories and bad fat.  Whole grain salads make great lunch and they are easy to make, they either require soaking with boiled water or 20 min cooking.  Example: quinoa, bulgur (used in tabouleh salad), barley, whole oats, millet. You may add spices for flavor... (click for entire response)


Do you have a diabetes related question?

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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.

Project Instructions

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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.

E-mail your Nutrition Editor Announcements to:  nutrition@foodpicker.org


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