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Debunking the Myth of Carb Consumption at Night and Weight Gain

Uncategorized Aug 08, 2023

It's time to address a common misconception: the belief that eating carbs at night leads to weight gain. Let's set the record straight and understand why this notion is incorrect.

The premise often put forth is that if you consume carbohydrates in the evening, such as Rice Krispies or any other food, your body will store them as fat since you're inactive during sleep and conserving energy.

However, this is far from the truth. The number of calories in a food item, whether consumed at 12 pm, 8 pm, or any other time of the day, remains the same. For example, if a serving of Rice Krispies Poppers contains 130 calories, it will always be 130 calories, regardless of when you eat it.

 

Weight gain occurs when you consistently consume more calories than you expend, resulting in a calorie surplus. Going to bed in a calorie deficit and then eating something like Rice Krispies Poppers or any other food does not automatically put you into a calorie surplus.

The notion that eating carbs at...

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Navigating the Belly Breakfast Burrito for Blood Sugar Control

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2023

Let’s discuss a delicious food item that may pose challenges for blood sugar management—the Belly Breakfast Burrito.

We’re going to break down this culinary delight and learn how to dose insulin effectively.

Let's begin by analyzing the components of the burrito. Alongside the burrito, you'll notice a side serving of rice, approximately a quarter cup, which equates to about 10 grams of carbohydrates. The generous portion of black beans accompanying the meal adds around 25-30 grams of net carbs due to the high fiber content.

Now, let's examine the burrito itself. Inside, you'll find succulent pork belly and a considerable amount of eggs. Assuming the entire tortilla is filled with eggs, we can estimate the presence of three to five eggs. From a carbohydrate standpoint, eggs have minimal impact. Pork belly, being higher in fat than protein, contains negligible carbs as well. The tortilla, however, is likely to contribute around 45 grams of carbs, considering its...

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Navigating Breakfast: Dosing for Steak and Eggs Benedict with Diabetes

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2023

We're diving into a breakfast favorite: steak and eggs Benedict.

But before we indulge, let's explore the important factors to consider when it comes to dosing for this delicious meal.

 

Understanding the Components

Let's break down the elements of our dish. We start with a Traditional Plain English muffin, which adds approximately 22 grams of carbs to the equation. Moving on, we have two eggs, which contain no carbs and require no specific considerations. Next up, we have a generous portion of steak and some mushrooms. Both mushrooms and steak have negligible carb content, but it's crucial to account for the protein in the steak which is probably around 5 ounces. 

 

Now, let's talk about the sauces that accompany our dish. On one side, we have the ever-popular hollandaise sauce—a delightful mixture of fat and flavors. On the other side, we find everyone's favorite: melted cheese. While the carb content remains low, we must consider the fat content contributed...

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Managing Blood Sugar Levels When Indulging in Italian Pasta: Insights from a Registered Dietitian

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2023

Let’s dispel the notion that individuals with diabetes can't enjoy certain foods, such as Italian pasta.

Often, people assume that these carb-heavy dishes are off-limits due to blood sugar concerns. Many people fell in love with Italian cuisine, including the delectable chicken carbonara pasta. We will guide you through the process of estimating carb content and managing blood sugar levels when indulging in this Italian delight.

Let's break down the components of chicken carbonara pasta from a carb perspective. We'll disregard the chicken and bacon as they have minimal impact. The creamy sauce and other ingredients won't significantly contribute to carb count either. The crucial element is pasta. 

To estimate the carb content, a handy rule of thumb is to assume approximately two and a half to three cups of pasta in a dish of this size. Since it's best shared with a friend, let's settle on two and a half cups, which translates to around 112 grams of carbs.

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Navigating Mexican Food and Blood Sugar Management: A Dietitian's Perspective

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2023

Mexican cuisine is beloved by many for its rich flavors and diverse options.

However, for individuals managing their blood sugar levels, dining out at restaurants can present challenges. 

While popular chains like Chipotle offer convenient nutritional information, what happens when you visit a local Mom and Pop restaurant? Let’s explore the intricacies of dosing for Mexican food and provide insights into managing blood sugar levels when dining at different establishments.


Dosing for Mexican Food

The Chipotle 

Chipotle, a well-known Mexican-inspired fast-food chain, offers a user-friendly nutritional calculator to help patrons determine the carb content of their meals. With options like rice, chicken, and a variety of toppings, it becomes easier to estimate the impact on blood sugar levels. For instance, a half to three-quarters cup of rice contributes around 35-40 grams of carbohydrates, while broccoli and crispy bacon add negligible amounts. Chicken and cheese are...

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Demystifying Greek Salad: A Diabetic-Friendly Breakdown

Uncategorized Jul 25, 2023

Let’s discuss a popular dish that might catch you off guard when it comes to dosing: Greek Salad.

It's everyone’s all-time favorite, but it requires some careful consideration. Let's break it down so you can confidently dose your insulin the next time you indulge in this culinary delight.

Understanding the Carbs

When assessing the carb content of Greek Salad, we need to identify the components that contribute to it. The cheese dressing and tzatziki sauce are unlikely to have a significant carb content. The Pita is 32 grams of carbs. While the carb content in veggies is generally low, we need to account for any potatoes present, as they can add more substantial carbs, so for this potato salad is ¼-¾ cup, this could be 15 grams of carbs. The total would be 47 grams, or if you like to be specific, that would be 50 grams of carbs. The caveat of course, is there will always be fat and protein. Let’s break down the protein, so there’s Feta cheese and...

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How to Enjoy Southern Comfort Foods with Type 1 Diabetes!

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2023

Living with type 1 diabetes can sometimes be challenging, especially when it comes to managing blood sugar levels while enjoying delicious foods.

Let’s explore a delightful southern feast, Let’s navigate its carb content and make informed choices to maintain stable blood sugar levels.



Southern Fried Chicken

The portion size appears to be around eight ounces, and while it may have minimal carbs due to smoking, it's essential to pay attention to any hidden ingredients, such as marinades or coatings. To estimate the carb content, a food database or similar resources can be utilized.

Mac and Cheese

The serving size looks like three-quarters of a cup, which is more than half a cup. As pasta typically contains around 30 grams of carbs per cup, we can estimate the carb content of the mac and cheese accordingly.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This dish is a wildcard since it contains sweet potatoes, or there could be some brown sugar, and potentially other ingredients like butter. To...

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Mastering T1D Diet: Expert Dosing Guide for Smokehouse Fries from a Diabetes Dietitian

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2023

French fries, those golden, crispy, and utterly delicious strips of deep-fried potatoes, hold a special place in the hearts and palates of people around the world.

Loved by young and old alike, french fries have become an iconic symbol of fast food culture and comfort food. But if you are managing your blood sugar,are you still allowed to eat french fries?

Let’s answer that question by breaking down Extra Large Smokehouse Fries.

These fries are loaded with deliciousness, featuring brisket, barbecue sauce, scallions, melted cheese, and even some bacon bits. It looks like a dream come true for food enthusiasts, but for many, it might seem like a nightmare in terms of managing blood sugar levels.

Let's simplify the nutritional breakdown, so it becomes more manageable and less overwhelming. We'll turn this into simple arithmetic.

The fries alone, being an extra large order, would typically contain around 60-65 grams of carbs. Let's estimate an additional 25 grams for the...

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Decoding Mac 'N Cheese: Expert Dosing Tips from a T1D Dietitian for Diabetes-Friendly Indulgence

Uncategorized Jul 18, 2023

Life is too short to not enjoy what we eat. 

In fact, incorporating foods we love into our nutrition plan can contribute to its sustainability and overall wellness.

Let’s dive into a little bit of culinary craziness – a dish that might make you think, "Holy cow, isn't this a recipe for disaster?" 

But fear not, indulging in such meals occasionally is a way to treat ourselves and maintain a healthy relationship with food. So, without further ado, let's dissect this intriguing creation: Sergeant's Voted Mac and Cheese.

Inside this tantalizing dish…

We find the beloved mac and cheese, accompanied by bacon, French fried jalapenos and onions, scallions, and a generous serving of Alfredo sauce. At first glance, it may seem like a blood sugar rollercoaster or a potential heart attack, neatly packed in a container. However, it's crucial to remember that this is not an everyday meal, but rather a splurge now and then.

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Mastering T1D Diet: A Diabetes Dietitian's Guide to Dosing Porterhouse Steak for Blood Sugar Control

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2023

Indulging in a mouthwatering Porterhouse steak can be a heavenly experience. 

However, for individuals with diabetes, understanding the impact of such a meal on blood sugar levels is crucial. So let's break down the components of a Porterhouse steak dinner effectively to help us manage our diabetes while savoring every bite.

A typical Porterhouse steak dinner consists of… 

Generously sized steak

Asparagus

Oscar-style sauce

 

Let's examine how each component affects blood sugar levels.

Steak: Assuming a 24-ounce steak, it's important to consider that the actual weight may be less. The protein content in steak triggers a process called gluconeogenesis, where excess protein converts into glucose. This conversion may cause a rise in blood sugar levels, usually within 45 minutes to an hour after consumption.

Asparagus: Asparagus is relatively low in carbohydrates, with an estimated five grams in a generous serving. Its impact on blood sugar is minimal.

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