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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

We've updated the "Search" feature on FOODPICKER.org!  I am really excited about this new functionality.  Please type something into the blinking Search Box at the top of the website and try it out.  I would appreciate hearing your feedback and suggestions!

We are putting together a list of topics to cover in the newsletter next year.  What do you see as the major issues and trends in the field of Nutrition & Dietetics in 2011?  How are you utilizing Social Media?

Please e-mail your comments to:  nutrition@foodpicker.org

Happy Holidays!

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: 

Sara O'Brien (Registered Dietitian), Amy Padowski, Ashley Boyer, Bernadette Prue, Cassandra Mermini, Daya Cherian, Laura Hill, and Nausheen Karim

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Annie T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: diabetes & holiday sweets?

I have diabetes and this time of year is the toughest for me.  It seems holiday treats/sweets are everywhere tempting me!  Is it ok to indulge a little?  If not, how can I build up enough will power to avoid holiday sweets?

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: 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 don’t need to.  I am 5’5” and currently weigh 112 lbs.  What can I eat that is still good for me but will put some weight back on?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Mandy Seay, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Consider eating more mono- and poly-unsaturated fats.  These are heart healthy fats and include foods such as nuts and nut butters, avocados, seeds and olives and olive oil.  Keep in mind the serving sizes for these foods are small, so a little will go a long way... (click for entire response)

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Losing weight by eating healthier and participating in regular exercise is a great way to help control diabetes.  However, you also want to make sure you are maintaining a healthy body weight.  First off, be sure you are consuming regular meals and not exercising excessively... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: A great way to keep your weight up and still follow a healthy diet would be to incorporate more “healthy fats” into your diet.  Healthy fats include Polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) and Monounsaturated fat.  MUFAs don’t raise LDL cholesterol; this cholesterol leads to clogged arteries and is sometimes called “bad” cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.  Including things like olive oil, avocados, peanuts, cashews, and sesame seeds are great ways to increase your HDL or “good” cholesterol... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline MacLasco, Dietetic Intern
Answer: The goal for weight gain is to consume whole foods full of nutrients.  You might want to try to break up your foods into five or six small meals.  This may make it easier to increase your intake. This can make it easier if you are not accustomed to eating larger portions. The thought of making three meals bigger can seem daunting... (click for entire response)

Rickeya Smith, Coordinated Dietetic Program Student
Answer: Make sure that the carbohydrates that you are eating are heavy in the nutrient department.  Choose whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  Going lean with protein such as skinless chicken breasts, lean cuts of meat, and fish and other seafood are excellent ways to include calories without raising blood sugar levels... (click for entire response)

Shannon Stout, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, dried peas, and soy beans are all good sources of protein and calories.  Have plenty or your body will burn what you’re trying to gain.  Here’s a tip for you (and cheap alternative) – powdered milk added to soups, sauces, and smoothies is a relatively effortless way to get bonus calories and protein... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: You want to focus on adding foods that are calorie dense yet still healthy.  Also, consider snacking in between meals to help boost your daily caloric intake.  Some examples of healthy, high calorie foods include: Any type of nuts or seeds and their butters, canola oil and olive oil, fatty fish or other lean meats... (click for entire response)

Jasmina Popovski, Nutrition Student
Answer: Since muscle weighs more than fat, building muscle will keep you in shape as well help with gaining healthy weight.  Make sure to supply body with the right fuel.  Include whole grains daily (whole wheat, brown rice, rye, quinoa, millet, whole oat groats), legumes... (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.

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


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