Posted: February 18th, 2013 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Diabetes Resources, Events, National Nutrition Month, Nutritional Tips | Tags: Amy Hess-Fischl, blood glucose, carbs, diabetes and nutrition, food myths, healthy eating, kovler diabetes center, national nutrition month, sugar-free | No Comments »
As we continue to recognize National Nutrition Month, I wanted to draw some attention to a few of the more common food myths relating to diabetes and a patient’s nutrition requirements or limitations.
MYTH 1: Only focus on the sugar content on the food label
TRUTH: Total carbs are what will break down completely to sugar (and affect BGs). Sugar, as well as all the other items indented below total carbs, are all part of the total carbs.
MYTH 2: Sugar free = Carb free
With a few exceptions (diet drinks, sugar-free gelatin), sugar-free will still have carbs. Be sure to focus on the serving size and total carbs. To make a comparison to see if a sugar-free product is a better option, compare it to the regular version, but make sure you’re looking at serving size, calories, fat and total carbs. If the numbers are similar, the regular version may be the best option.
MYTH 3: You need to eat differently than everyone else because of diabetes
There is no such thing as a “diabetic diet.” The recommendations are the same as for people who aren’t living with diabetes. However, it’s important for everyone to focus on HOW MUCH they eat, since serving size plays a big factor in the number of calories, fat and carbs we consume.
MYTH 4: With diabetes, sweets are off limits
Like the rest of the U.S. population, it’s recommended to limit our sweets…but people living with diabetes don’t have to completely eliminate them. It’s important to focus on how much we consume, and know what the serving size is, as well as the total carbs.
MYTH 5: Since fruit is healthy, you can eat as much as you want
While fruit is healthy, it still contains carbohydrate. If we eat too much, it can cause the BG levels to rise too high. Based on USDA guidelines, we do want to try to include fruit at every meal, but it’s the serving size that’s important. One serving = 17 small grapes, 1 small orange or apple, ½ banana or ¾ cup of blueberries, to name a few.
National Nutrition Month continues throughout the month, so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or visit eatright.org for additional tips and resources.
Here’s to healthy eating!
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Program Coordinator of InTransit Program
The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center
Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: kovlerdaily | Filed under: Diabetes Resources, Kovler Diabetes Center Staff, National Nutrition Month, Nutritional Tips | Tags: Get Your Plate in Shape, healthy eating, Julia Socke, kovler diabetes center, national nutrition month | No Comments »
Registered Dietitians play a vital role in educating the public about healthy nutrition. With alarming rises of obesity and diabetes in our country, our role is as important as ever. National Nutrition Month is dedicated to spreading our message to help people make more informed nutrition choices and develop better habits to lead healthier lives. This year the theme is “Get Your Plate In Shape.” Below are some tips on how we get our plate in shape and improve our nutrition.
1. Make ½ of your meal vegetables.
Vegetables are low in calories and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. The fiber in vegetables will fill you up faster so that you won’t need as much of the higher calorie foods at your meal. Remember not to add a lot of oil, butter, margarine, or dressings to these veggies as those calories can add up quickly. Add more veggies to soups, pasta sauces and sandwiches. Frozen vegetables are just as good as fresh vegetables, so have these available in your freezer for convenience if you can’t make it to the grocery store.
2. Skip the juice.
The calories in juice can add up fast. Eight ounces of juice contains 50% more calories than if you ate the whole fruit. Eating the whole fruit is far more satisfying since the fiber and water content help to make you feel full. The whole fruit also does not spike the blood sugar as fast as juice.
3. Don’t fall victim to portion distortion.
Trade in your current plates, bowls and cups for smaller ones. A lot of us eat with our eyes…not our stomachs! Portions at restaurants can be HUGE – at least double, if not triple, the portion we should be eating. Consider asking your server for a take-home container to arrive at the same time your meal does. Before you taste your food, divide up half of it and put it the container. This way you have controlled your portions better and also have another meal for the next day. Or, order one entrée to split between you and the person you are dining with.
I’ll continue to share some easy tips throughout the rest of National Nutrition Month, and you can also visit our website for more information. And I’d like to know…what are some of your tricks for staying healthy?
Julia Socke, RD, LDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Outreach Coordinator
The Kovler Diabetes Center