Archive for April, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have type 2 diabetes and just found out I have gluten intolerance.  I haven’t been able to figure out what I can eat.  I have been leaving grains out of my diet.  What should I do?

Answer:  Gluten intolerance is a digestive disease in which gluten containing foods damage the small intestine and proper absorption of nutrients can not take place.  Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats, and should be therefore be eliminated from the diet.  Safe grains to eat include rice, potato and soy based products.  Although these foods do not contain gluten, they do contain carbohydrate and therefore portion sizes should be watched carefully.


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Peas and Carrots

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

Is it ok to eat peas & carrots if you have diabetes?  I heard to avoid those two veggies.

Answer: Vegetables can be classified into two different categories – starchy and non starchy vegetables.  Starchy vegetables include corn, peas and potatoes.  A serving size for these vegetables is 1/2 cup and generally have 15 grams carbohydrate.  Non starchy vegetables include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery and spinach.  A serving size for these vegetables is 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw, and have 5 grams carbohydrate.

Both types of vegetables can be included into your diet on a regular basis, however it is important to watch the portion size.

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

Since I live alone, I rarely cook (if ever).  I have type 2 diabetes and I’m wondering which is better… eating frozen dinners or restaurant food?  Thank you for your help.

Answer:  Frozen dinners and restaurant food both can be high in calories, sodium and fat.  When looking at frozen dinners, read the label.  Try to find ones that have less than 250 mg sodium and 3 grams fat per 100 calories (the less sodium and fat the better).  For example, if there are 300 calories in the meal, there should be less than 750 mg sodium and 9 grams fat.  Also look for the varieties that have vegetables in them like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and peas.

When going out to eat, there are a couple things you can do to help you make the best choices: check out the restaurants website online and look for their nutrition facts, ask your server what items are lower in fat and sodium, share the meal with someone you are with, or ask for a to-go box prior to eating. This way, you can divide the meal into leftovers and you can control how much you eat.

When you do cook, portion out the leftovers and freeze them.  Next time you want a home cooked meal instead of a frozen dinner or going out to eat, you will have 1 serving already prepared that will just need to be heated.  (Heat leftovers to 165* for at least 15 seconds)

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

My 45 year-old husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few months ago.  Is it true that you can reverse diabetes?

Answer:   Type 2 diabetes occurs when insulin produced in the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) is either not recognized by our cells or not enough is present to move glucose (sugar) out of the bloodstream.  When glucose builds up in the bloodstream, the bodies cells are unable to function properly.

Although type 2 diabetes can not be ‘reversed’, some people are able to control it by  engaging in regular physical activity, following a general healthful diet and a loss of 5-10% of their body weight (if overweight/obese).  This does not work for everyone and therefore it is important to follow your doctors recommendations.  Make sure to test your blood sugars as often as recommend, take any prescribed medications, and follow-up with your physician/health care provider on a regular basis.

testing blood sugar as recommended

  • following a healthy meal plan to control blood sugar
  • exercising on a regular basis
  • taking medications as prescribed
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • visiting healthcare providers as suggested

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