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Good Carbohydrates vs. Bad Ones

By Greg Zacarese Which Carbohydrates are good? Carbohydrates have a bad reputation. We’ve all heard people say “I’m eliminating carbs” or “Carbs are bad for you.” People might try the ketogenic diet which eliminates most carbs in order to lose weight. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our bodies, and no other nutrient […]

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

By Greg Zacarese People who have diabetes are concerned about high blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is very dangerous as well. A certain amount of glucose in the blood is needed for proper brain function, as carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. A blood sugar of <70mg/dL is classified as hypoglycemia. This […]

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Do You Have Diabetes? Buyer Beware: The Low-Carb Diet is Back Again

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Recent newspaper headlines and cable news networks have stories about some of the newest trends in dieting, and the low-carb diet is back. There are many claims made about the low-carb diet curing or reversing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It advocates eating very small amounts of […]

The Benefits of Making Small-Simple Changes

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE So many of us want to be healthier, make lifestyle changes, lose weight, exercise, and change our diets. These desires intensify after a season of over-indulgence and sedentary behavior. We find ourselves making statements like: “That’s it, no more sweets ever!” or “I am going to the gym to […]

Beating the Heat with Diabetes: Creative Ways to keep Hydrated during Hot Weather or when Physically Active

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE According the CDC (Center for Disease Control), sensitivity to heat and how your body uses insulin can change in high temperatures. People with diabetes can be more vulnerable to dehydration, have elevated blood sugar, and suffer from heat exhaustion and stroke. The CDC provides a list of tips for […]

Tests You Should Have if You Have Diabetes*

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE If you have diabetes, you know how much stress it can cause in day-to-day living. You need to take your medications, eat carefully, test your blood sugar, make time for physical activity, and both schedule and keep doctor appointments. In addition to managing your own care, there are specific tests […]

Serving Size versus Portion Size…..Is There a Difference?

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are different and should be treated as such. Learning the difference between these terms can help us to eat more healthfully, as many of us struggle with weight management and diabetes. Portion size is the amount of food we decide to […]

Heart Health

By Amy O’Shea February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths each year. The CDC also reports the shocking news that about half of the American population has at least one of three […]

Cooking With Farro (Part two of a three part series on cooking with whole grains)

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Farro is a whole grain, a type of wheat often used in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Wheat berries (from common wheat) are a similar whole grain and can be used interchangeably with farro in recipes Farro has a delicious nutty and chewy texture, and can be used in many […]

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