Diabetes Connections Blog

Talking about all things related to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

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7 Starter Tips for a New Diagnosis of Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Hearing that you have a new diagnosis of diabetes is a very emotional experience and many questions go through your mind. When I was told I had gestational diabetes 14 years ago I’m pretty sure I went home and cried, feeling the “why me”? reaction. Well all those emotions are perfectly normal and you really…

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Grapes: Good or Bad for Diabetes?

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

This is a common question I get a lot from people with diabetes. Many people have been told grapes are too high in sugar and if you have diabetes you should not eat them. Grapes are actually very heart healthy and have a low glycemic index, in the 43-53 range. One serving is about 15-20…

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3 Questions on Food Label Reading for Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Confused about food label reading for diabetes? Well considering the large number of products out there how could you NOT be confused?  Plus there is so much information on the packages, it’s hard to know what you should look at. My answer to three questions below on food label reading for diabetes will hopefully clear…

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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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