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Message from Christine:

I recently joined Linked In, a social networking website for professionals.  It is basically the business version of FaceBook.  It's a great tool for researching jobs and connecting with other people in the workforce.

Here is the Linked In website:  LinkedIn.com

Check out the "Groups" section on Linked In.  There are some good ones such as the American Dietetic Association and AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators).  The AADE Group frequently posts new studies related to diabetes.

Visit Linked In and start building your professional network!

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: 

Christina Kearney, Claudia Thompson, Jessica Kempf, Jovanka Drobac, Kaylee Sprau, Keith Kistner, Kori Wilber, Mary Beute, Michelle Piermarini, and Vanessa Supple

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Holly S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: type 2 and trying to gain weight?

I have type 2 Diabetes but am not on meds yet.  I am trying to control by diet and exercise.  My problem is now that I am eating healthier I am losing weight, and I donít need to.  I am 5í5Ē and currently weigh 112 lbs.  What can I eat that is still good for me but will put some weight back on?

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: Carol T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: low salt dinner ideas?

I have pre-diabetes and have just been diagnosed with high blood pressure as well.  My doctor says to watch my sodium intake.  I feel like I've been hit with a double whammy!  In addition to trying to lose weight and watch my carb intake, I now have to watch my salt as well.  Could you give me some low salt ideas for dinner meals?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Processed foods are one of the highest sources of sodium.  When preparing a meal, try to use as many fresh foods as possible, limiting the processed and Ďready-to-eatí items.  Foods you will want to incorporate include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and lowfat dairy products... (click for entire response)

Troy Walker, Coordinated Dietetic Program Student
Answer: The first, and probably most difficult, suggestion I'm going to give you is to stick to the outside aisles of your local grocery market.  It's a pretty well-established thought... processed foods are found in the inside aisles of grocery stores.  Fresh foods are brought in more often and are kept on the outsides.  Therefore, stick to the outsides and you'll be picking out more vegetables, fruits, and fresh-baked breads.  You do need to be careful though... (click for entire response)

Iris Pacheco, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Overall, some simple tips to reduced your sodium intake would be to: reduce your canned food intake, reduce your cured meat intake, reduce your frozen dinners or microwavable meals, omit salt when cooking foods, reduce your processed food intake... (click for entire response)

Shannon Stout, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: The good news is there are plenty of other options to eat, all it takes is a little effort.  Here are some ideas: Fruits and vegetables are always a good idea, just donít add the extra salt when youíre cooking them.  Frozen varieties are also available if youíre like me and have a hard time eating all your produce before it turns on you.  Just be careful with the frozen varieties, you donít want the ones that are packaged with pre-made sauces.  Try steaming or sauteing your vegetables with a little olive oil or lemon juice and you may find you donít even miss the salt.  Play around with different spice combinations.  Basil and thyme are fantastic on anything... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
Answer: Steer clear of processed and cured meats in your meat case.  They are usually pumped full of salt as a preservative.  Instead, reach for fresh or frozen cuts of meat.  Think outside of the box! Boxed and processed foods last longer because they are full of preservatives and, of course, one of the major preservatives is SALT (which is mostly sodium).  Keep boxed foods to a minimum and focus on whole, unprocessed foods: fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fresh fish and fresh meat. ... (click for entire response)

Tracie Blair, Nutrition Student
Answer: The USDA recommends that the average person should eat no more than 2300 mg. of salt a day.  Not sure what 2300 mg is?  Itís actually just one teaspoon of salt.  And most Americans get nearly twice that amount everyday... (click for entire response)

Bernadette Prue, Nutrition Student
Answer: Add all your own flavors to your food, donít buy pre-marinated or seasoned foods.  Stick with Salt-free seasonings and marinades such as Mrs. Dash.  You can also create your own low sodium season mixes with fresh or dried herbs and spices... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Obermeyer, Nutrition Student
Answer: If you like to cook, maintaining a low sodium diet will be easy!  As long as you base your diet around fresh, nutritious foods you really canít go wrong.  Experiment with different herbs and spices, and you will realize that it is easy to make flavorful foods without a bunch of added salt... (click for entire response)

Jasmina Popovski, Nutrition Student
Answer: You are on the good track, weight reduction is the most effective non-drug way to decrease your blood pressure.  In addition it will also help with prevention of developing diabetes.  You could actually target both conditions with similar diet treatment... (click for entire response)


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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