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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

The American Diabetes Association & American Dietetic Association's Exchange Lists can help people with diabetes understand carbohydrate choices and better plan their diet.

The Mayo Clinic provides an online list of the Diabetes Exchanges with links to each category starting with Starches:

Mayo Clinic Online Exchange List

You can order a hard copy of the Exchanges at:

ADA's Exchange List

Please remember Thursday is Veterans Day!

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: 

Maria-Lourdes Aragon, RD and Kat Ruyle

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

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

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last spring.  I enjoy eating hearty soups in the fall and winter months.  Can I still eat soup?  Are there any soups that are better for me to eat than others?

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: Trish S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
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?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Fad diets, or any other type of diet that promises quick or guaranteed results, are usually nutritionally unbalanced and unrealistic to maintain long term. Rather than following one of these fad diets, make changes to your current diet to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low fat dairy products and healthier fats... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Contrary to popular belief, carbohydrate should NOT be restricted – carbohydrate, to us, is like gas to a car; we need carbohydrate for energy. However, just like everything else (including protein and fat), carbohydrate must be consumed in moderation. If you manage your food choices well, you’ll keep your body fueled and extreme hunger will be a thing of the past... (click for entire response)

Julie Aitchison, MS, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: A diabetic diet is very healthy – even for people without diabetes.  It is balanced and emphasizes whole healthy foods, while limiting refined and excess carbohydrate.  While the plan allows for you to choose how you want to “spend” your carbohydrate choices... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, MS
Answer: Focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. These foods are healthy carbohydrate options and are high in fiber. Fiber is important to incorporate into your diet because it can help control blood glucose and is also found in nuts, and wheat bran. Some other healthy carbohydrates are beans, peas, and low-fat dairy products... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: The best approach to starting a new "lifestyle change" (I don't like the word, "diet" as it has a temporary and negative connotation) is to make small changes/substitutions to ensure that you can stick to it. Finally, incorporate some physical activity into your lifestyle. Even just walking for 30 minutes daily can make a big difference and help you work towards your weight goal... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline MacLasco, Dietetic Intern
Answer: The first step is to take a serious look at what you currently are eating. Keeping track of that for a couple of days is truly eye-opening as those little things sneak in when you don’t even realize it. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate process, just how much and how often will be beneficial whatever way works for you. From this information taking a critical look at portion size is key to helping decrease your intake to promote weight loss... (click for entire response)

Nicole Toolis, Nutrition Student
Answer: The key to losing weight is to eat healthy and exercise. This shouldn't be thought of as a "diet", but a way of living your life. This may sound tough, but minor changes to your diet can make BIG strides in your health. Everyone, especially people living with diabetes, can follow these same rules... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are so many different types of diets marketed each year that claim they have the best success rates of all. And regardless of how true it may be, living with diabetes calls for its very own diet... (click for entire response)

Bernadette Prue, Nutrition Student
Answer: Preparation can be just as important as the food itself. Stay away from breaded, battered and deep-fried foods. Stick to foods that have been baked, boiled, broiled, steamed, grilled or served fresh... (click for entire response)

Jordan Jones, Nutrition Student
Answer: You don’t have to avoid your favorite foods completely just because you have diabetes. You can eat most of the foods you love, but in smaller serving size. Portion control is a big part of managing your diet... (click for entire response)

Kellie Dickinson, Nutrition Student
Answer: Small and steady changes to your diet will lead to a longer lasting overall change. Try to make at least one new good food choice every day. Good food choices include a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It is important to spread the carbohydrates you eat throughout the day in order to keep your blood sugar stable... (click for entire response)

Kathleen Moran, BS
Answer: Over the years, diet fad come and go pretty quickly, including fat-free diets, low carb diets, etc. Diets should be a life long change rather than something that lasts a few weeks. This is why it is important to keep a well-balanced diet – something that last for years... (click for entire response)

Carly Shepherd, BS
Answer: Since fad diets never last, you have to make a lifestyle change. Eating balanced amounts of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is best. Simple changes you can make include swapping your usual snacks for fruit, low fat yogurt... (click for entire response)

Tracie Blair, Nutrition Student
Answer: These are a few tips you (and everyone else out there! Diabetes or not) should follow when making a meal plan. A diet is not a fad… it is a way of life. Everyone is on a diet. It’s just how you choose yours that makes a difference. Eat right and enjoy your food... (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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