World Diabetes Day

According to The Diabetes Council, diabetes affects 537 million people, or 10% of the world’s population, as of 2021. The International Diabetic Foundation has determined that this number will increase to 643 million in 2030 and increase to 783 by 2045. These numbers do not include the 240 million plus people that have not been…

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Back to School Lunches

It’s that time of year again: new school clothes and shoes—check. School supplies—check. Immunizations completed check. Lunch bag—check. Oh, no? What do I need to put in the lunch bag that’s fast, healthy and affordable? Vegetables Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower Celery Cherry tomatoes Salad (romaine, kale, spinach) Sugar snap peas 100% vegetable juice Apples Dried fruit…

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3 Diabetes Myths Dispelled

Last night while at a party I was asked about my profession. Immediately people started sharing what their blood glucose levels were and wanted to know what their number should be, as well as the disease symptoms. One gal shared that her blood glucose was 101, which indicated pre-diabetes. Another individual shared that his number…

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Supplement Considerations for Weight Loss

(Co-written with Patrick Wold, Iowa State Dietetic Intern) Protein Supplements Protein is primarily responsible for building muscle tissue but is also needed for enzyme and hormone production. When eating a calorie restricted diet, preserving muscle mass is the goal, as muscle burns three times more calories per day than fat. Strive for getting in around…

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3 Ways to Have Your Cake and Eat it too!

Those with diabetes or on a weight loss program often think they can’t have any treats or goodies. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, in order not to sabotage your weight loss efforts or cause blood glucose levels to skyrocket, it’s important to keep these three tips in mind when having a little…

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Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle: 12 Tips to a Healthier You

The theme for National Nutrition Month is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”, which focuses on making better food choices that will result in consuming fewer calories to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.  Even though National Nutrition Month is drawing to a close, you can continue…

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