Karen's Diabetes Blog

Posted: December 9, 2011

Photographing Food

I’ve been working on a photography project for my first book Diabetes Meals for Good Health. I’m doing a 36-page expansion that will be included in a revised version due out Spring 2012…Even though I am a dietitian, I always learn so much about food working with my food photographer and food stylist…

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Posted: November 26, 2011

The Good Wife and Food Guides

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Are you a fan of the energy-charged Sunday night CBS’s television drama show “The Good Wife”? If so, then you, …

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Posted: November 24, 2011

Happenings on World Diabetes Day

Karen's Taco Soup

World Diabetes Day is about taking stock of the devastating toll of diabetes around the world but it is also about celebrating the wonderful tastes and flavors that are part of living healthy with diabetes…Both the Taco Soup and the Seafood Chowder are real favorites for me, and I hope you’ll try them too!…

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Posted: November 19, 2011

Can I have as much milk as I want?

Milk is a healthy food…a bone fracture can really slow us down or make us ill…If you drink whole (3.3% MF) milk, consider switching to a 2% milk that has less fat…Some people only like chocolate milk, so I suggest…

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Posted: November 16, 2011

I know I should not eat sweet foods, but sometimes I just lose control. What should I do?

You may want to give yourself a “treat budget”…Cravings for foods, as with all cravings, are often set off by triggers…Whatever you bring home, you will eat…Cravings come in waves. Getting over this wave is critical. One technique that works for many people is the 3 D’s…

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Posted: November 15, 2011

Fat Tax in Denmark

Biking in Denmark

Denmark’s ‘fat tax’ is the first of its kind…and the world will be watching to see if it makes any difference…It’s interesting that it was the Danes, with a 10% obesity rate, who brought in this tax, not the Americans with almost a third of their population being obese…One of the great things about the Danes is their dependence, yes dependence, on the bicycle. Bicycles are King in Denmark. They get thier own pathways, their own stoplights, and cars give way to bikes.

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Posted: November 13, 2011

Banana Bread

Thank you to all of you that send me emails and share with me tips and positive messages…I have a copy of “Meals for Good Health” and use it all of the time. My favorite recipe is the one for banana bread…I am not a diabetic, but my father was so I try to be careful and keep my blood sugar on an even keel every day…Here’s my recipe for Banana Bread…

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Posted: November 9, 2011

Why do my sugars go high in the morning when I have not eaten all night?

The reason your blood sugar may be higher in the morning is because your liver “spills” sugar into your blood during the night…your liver misinterprets messages from your body…The good news is that other changes that help restore healthier insulin levels in your body will also help your liver work properly…

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Posted: November 4, 2011

Diabetes and Men & Pre-diabetes

The conference was called “Empowering Communities to Better Health” …men have higher rates of diabetes complications yet go to doctors, dietitians or nurses less often than women…health care services and health messages are often directed more to women… the process of diabetes often begins 10 or 15 years before the actual diagnosis…

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Posted: November 1, 2011

Rising Diabetes in Aboriginal Populations

The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (www.nada.ca) was one of the booths at the Canadian Diabetes Association Conference…diabetes is often approaching 25% and even a shocking 40% in a few communities….program is called “Just Move it”…Exercise is the key that helps insulin work effectively.

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