Diabetes Connections Blog

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3 Questions for Faster Food Label Reading with Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Do you get completely confused about what to look at on the food label for your diabetes? Well considering the large number of products today, so much information on the packages and the confusing news reports, how could you NOT be confused? Hopefully the answers to these 3 questions will help you save some time…

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10 Foods You Can Mix & Match to Make Fast Healthy Meals

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Time for cooking seems to run short during the holidays. Between our jobs, cleaning house for the holidays and shopping for gifts, not only do we run out of time to enjoy the spirit of the season but we run out of time to cook and plan our meals. Try this list of foods to…

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My New Favorite Probiotic for a Strong Immune System

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

How many of these probiotic foods have you had in the past few days? Buttermilk Yogurt Cottage Cheese Kefir Sauerkraut Pickled beets I usually try to eat yogurt at least twice a week to get the good bacteria,  but recently I have discovered Kefir. It’s like a yogurt smoothie that taste’s a little sweet but…

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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Here’s what to know about magnesium . . . Magnesium is a really important mineral that our body needs for more than 300 enzyme systems that control muscle, nerve, bone, protein, DNA, glucose, and energy metabolism. About 99% of total body magnesium is located in bone, muscles, and soft tissues.  For this reason a blood…

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Favorite Recipe Share: Bourbon Chicken

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

This recipe has become one of my family’s favorites. Ingredients 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/4 teaspoon ginger 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup apple juice 1/3 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1/2 cup…

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How All or None Thinking Makes You Feel Like a Diet Failure

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Thinking of food as good or bad all of the time is an all-or-none mindset. Here’s how  – We decide to lose weight or get control of diabetes and we say to ourselves: “I have to eat better. I’ll start a healthy diet tomorrow.  I will get rid of all the bad foods and just…

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How to Get Off the Addictive Carbs Eating Pattern

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

If you are struggling to get back on track with healthy eating and weight control for your diabetes take a look at these ideas. You might find a few tips that help you take a different approach instead of feeling like you have to go hungry. Transition with “safe” sweets/snacks. Get the addictive sweets and…

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3 of My Favorite Fall Foods

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Do you find it challenging to eat healthy this time of year? As the weather turns cool I seem to crave heavier foods and more carbs like fresh baked warm cookies! But if you are like me you can’t make those too often and still fit into your favorite jeans. So I thought I would…

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A Dozen Diabetes Prevention Steps for a Healthy December

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Instead of waiting for January to start getting back into healthy habits, why not start now and feel good about your efforts going into the new year! Here are a dozen things you can choose from to get started on your diabetes prevention or reversal plan.  My challenge to you is to choose 3 of…

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