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T1D Dietitian Dosing for Milkshake: Expert Tips for Diabetes-Friendly Indulgence

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2023

If the mere thought of indulging in a rich and decadent treat sends your blood sugar levels skyrocketing, don't worry! Let’s break down the dosing and management strategies for enjoying indulgent treats without compromising your blood sugar control.

So, let's dive in and tackle this head-on!

 

Deconstructing a Milkshake:

Let's start by dissecting a classic milkshake. Typically, a milkshake consists of ice cream, milk, and additional toppings. For the sake of this example, we'll estimate the ice cream portion to be around 35 grams of carbohydrates. Next, let's consider the added toppings.

 

Tackling Toppings:

One topping found on this milkshake is Cracker Jacks. Assuming a regular-sized bag, the caramel-coated popcorn and peanut treat would contribute around 5 grams of carbs, totaling to approximately 30-25 grams. Additionally, there might be vanilla frosting on the cup, adding about 15-20 grams of carbs. So far, our milkshake's carb count is around 160-25 grams.

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Dating with Diabetes: Part 1 | Should I bring up my Diabetes early or wait until they ask?

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2023

Part 1  of a 7-part series on dating and diabetes

Living with diabetes can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but it doesn't have to be a barrier to finding love or starting a romantic relationship. Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide, and it's a common health condition that should never hold you back from pursuing your dreams, including finding love.

 

It’s common for people with diabetes to worry about what their date will make of their diabetes, questions may include:

How do I explain I have a lifelong condition?

Will he/she worry about my health in the long run?

Will he/she run a mile when I start to inject or they see my pump?

 

Many people with diabetes feel embarrassed or ashamed to bring up their condition, which can impact the dynamics of the relationship.

But it's important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about your diabetes, so they understand your needs and how they can support you. This conversation...

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T1D Dietitian: Mastering Insulin Dosing for Guilt-Free Enjoyment of Graeter's Ice Cream

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2023

Have you ever found yourself standing in an ice cream shop, staring at the vast array of flavors and toppings, but feeling unsure about the nutritional content and its impact on your health?

Well, fear no more! In this blog post, we'll explore how to break down the nutritional information of your favorite ice cream treats, using Cincinnati's own Graeter's Ice Cream as an example. So, grab a spoon and let's dive in!

Graeter's Ice Cream, a renowned ice cream parlor with over 20 locations nationwide, offers a delectable range of flavors and indulgent toppings. 

The first step in deciphering the nutritional content of Graeter's Ice Cream is to visit their website. By law, Graeter's is required to provide nutrition information for their products. Head over to their website and look for the nutrition information section. Here, you'll find detailed information on serving sizes, calories, and macronutrients.

While the website provides serving sizes, it's worth noting that these may not...

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T1D Dietitian: Mastering Blood Sugar Control with Flavorful Huevos Rancheros

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2023

Huevos Rancheros is a beloved Mexican dish that combines the vibrant flavors of eggs, beans, tortillas, and salsa.

It's a versatile meal that can be savored for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, if you have diabetes, you may be wondering if this delicious dish can still be a part of your diet….

…and the answer is YES. Here’s how to consider breaking it down so you can dose appropriately.

 

The meal has a corn tortilla, estimated to be around 20-25 grams of carbs.

There are other components to consider, such as the eggs, hash browns, and black beans.

Let’s estimate that the eggs will not contribute to the carb count, but the hash browns could be about half a cup, which would add to the carb count. Additionally, there are black beans in the meal, which would add some carbs as well.

Carbs breakdown:

Corn Tortilla - 25 grams

Salsa- Negligible 

Eggs- Negligible 

Hash Browns- 20 grams

Black beans- 10 grams

So that’s gonna be 55 grams....

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Dating with Diabetes: Part 2 | What would I do if someone freaked out about my site?

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2023

Living with diabetes can be a challenging experience, and it can impact not just your own health but also your relationships with others. Dating can be particularly stressful for people with diabetes, as they may worry about how their condition will be perceived by their partners. 

Let’s explore two common questions that people with diabetes might encounter in their dating lives.

The first question is… "What do I do if someone freaks out about my sites?" 

Many people with diabetes use insulin injections or insulin pumps to manage their blood sugar levels, and these devices require insertion sites on the body. Some people may be uncomfortable with the sight of these sites and may express their discomfort. If someone is freaked out, or if you encounter this kind of reaction from a partner or potential partner, it's important to educate them about what the site is for and why it's necessary.  If they still don't like it, then they're welcome to move on.

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T1D Dietitian Dosing for Penne Alla Vodka!

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2023

PASTA….

with its high carbohydrate content, is often viewed as a food to avoid for individuals with diabetes. However, with proper knowledge and planning, it is possible to enjoy delicious pasta dishes without compromising blood sugar levels.

Let's explore the popular Italian dish Penne Alla Vodka, one of the most flavorful kinds and classic pasta dish that makes a perfect date night meal. This tomato-based dish is visually arresting and has the flavor to back it up.

Let’s understand its nutritional components, and discuss strategies to maintain blood sugar control while indulging in this flavorful treat.

 

Penne Alla Vodka consists of penne pasta, tomato sauce, and bacon.

The pasta itself contributes around 70 grams of carbohydrates, which is a significant amount. The tomato sauce contains a combination of carbohydrates and protein, while the bacon does not contribute any carbs. Understanding the carb content of each ingredient helps in better-managing insulin...

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T1D Dietitian Dosing for Chocolate Banana Monkey Bread!

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2023

For individuals with diabetes, navigating the world of food can sometimes be intimidating, especially when faced with delectable treats like Monkey Bread. 

Let’s break down the nutritional components of a slice of Chocolate Banana Monkey Bread, shedding light on its carb and fat content, and some tips on how to enjoy it without compromising blood sugar levels.

Exploring the Tempting Delicacy

Monkey Bread is a delightful creation consisting of flaky layers of golden caramelized, cinnamon-spiced, dual chocolate goodness. With its sweet, gooey, and addictive nature, it's no wonder this treat can be intimidating for those with diabetes.

 

Here's the 3 most important things to consider when eating monkey bread if you want great blood sugars:

The Carb Conundrum

The bread is very dense and thick, with chocolate chips on top and banana bread in the middle. Let’s estimate that each piece of bread is about 30 to 40 grams, with an additional 5 to 10 grams of carbs from...

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Dating with Diabetes: Part 3 | Does Diabetes Affects Sexual Performance?

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2023

Sex is a topic that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but it’s an important one to discuss, especially when it comes to diabetes.

Diabetes can affect many areas of your life, including your sexual performance. If you have diabetes, you may be wondering if it’s affecting your sex life and what you can do about it.

Let’s discuss the relationship between diabetes and sexual performance and what you need to know to keep things healthy and enjoyable.

The first thing to understand is that if you have diabetes, it can affect your sexual performance, but it’s not a guaranteed thing. It all comes down to your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, it can impact your ability to perform sexually. When your blood sugar is low, you may not have the energy or desire to engage in sexual activity. And when it’s high, you may experience reduced sensitivity or difficulty achieving an erection or orgasm.

So….

“ What can you do to...

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Managing Blood Sugars: A T1D Dietitian's Guide to Enjoying Jimmy's Famous Seafood Crab Dip

Uncategorized Jun 08, 2023

Eating out at a seafood restaurant can be a delightful experience for individuals with diabetes.

However, it's essential to make informed choices to keep your blood sugar levels in check. With a little planning and knowledge, you can savor a delicious seafood meal while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Let's discuss the potential impact of consuming garlic bread and crab dip on their blood sugar levels.

Let’s break down the crab dip first.

The crab dip has some cheese, some cream, green onions, and minced garlic. From a carbs perspective, there’s not a whole lot of carbs. The entire crab dip itself MIGHT have only 20 grams of carbs.

Let’s estimate the amount of carbohydrates contained within the garlic bread. Assuming there are 6 garlic breads in a plate, the larger piece could contain around 15-18 grams of carbs, while a smaller piece might be closer to 10-12 grams. If we estimate the entire thing that would be 90 grams of carbs. 

It's important to consider...

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Dating with Diabetes: Part 4 | Does Your Partner Know How to Switch Out Site? Expert Advice from a Diabetes Dietitian

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2023

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed someone to help you with your insulin pump site change, but didn't know how to ask for it?

Maybe you're in a new relationship, or your usual caregiver is unavailable, and you're left feeling uncertain and alone. It's a common issue that many people with diabetes face, but it doesn't have to be that way.

One solution is to make sure that your partner or caregiver knows how to switch out your site and reservoir. This can bring peace of mind and ease any anxiety you may have about managing your diabetes. 

However, it's important to recognize that not everyone will be comfortable with this task, and that's okay too.

Many people with diabetes never had someone else do a site change for them, and they don't even know if their partner knows how to do it. This may sound concerning, but it's actually a very common experience.

In hospitals, If you are going to be in a procedure where you know you're going to be under...

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