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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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T1D Dietitian's Guide to Spanakopita Dosing: Balancing Flavors and Blood Sugars

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2023

Spanakopita…

a delightful Greek dish, is a favorite for many. However, for individuals with diabetes, understanding its nutritional composition and dosing appropriately can be crucial. 

Let's dissect the key ingredients of Spanakopita and provide dosing insights for a better management of blood sugar levels.

Spanakopita primarily consists of three visible ingredients:

Spinach

Feta cheese

Phyllo dough

 

By analyzing each component, we can determine its impact on blood sugar levels.

Spinach

Spinach is low in carbohydrates and has minimal impact on blood sugar. Therefore, you can enjoy the spinach filling without worrying about any significant rise in your glucose levels.

Feta Cheese 

Feta cheese contains negligible carbs, making it an excellent choice for people with diabetes. Its main contributions are in the form of fat and protein, which have a slower impact on blood sugar.

Phyllo Dough

The phyllo dough, however, contains a substantial amount of carbs. A...

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Breakfast Dosing Decoded: Expert Guidance from a T1D Dietitian for Optimal Diabetes Management

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2023

Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day, and for individuals managing their blood sugar levels, making informed choices becomes even more crucial.

Let’s explore the nutritional components of a popular breakfast spread, the Omelette, consisting of bread, potatoes, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, and eggs and discuss strategies to enjoy it while maintaining stable glucose levels.

Let’s assess the carbohydrate content of the breakfast components. 

  • Bread: The bread portion in an Omelette typically contributes around 18-20 grams of carbs. Opting for whole-grain or low-carb bread options can help reduce the overall carbohydrate impact.
  • Potatoes: White potatoes, often used in Omelettes, are relatively low in fiber and can add around 35-40 grams of carbs. Moderation is key here, and individuals with diabetes may consider reducing the potato portion.
  • Peppers and Tomatoes: These ingredients have negligible carbohydrate content, so there's no...
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T1D Diet: Expert Tips from a Diabetes Dietitian for Balancing Blood Sugars with Turkish Cheese Pie!

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2023

Let’s break down a Turkish delicacy that may resemble a pizza but is, in fact, a mouthwatering Turkey Cheese Pie.

Let’s analyze its composition, discuss its impact on blood sugar levels, and emphasize the importance of making smart choices while still enjoying life's culinary pleasures.

Analyzing the Pie

At first glance, the Turkey Cheese Pie appears similar to a pizza, with a thin crust and a generous amount of cheese. Comparatively, it could be seen as a cheese-focused dish, much like deep-dish pizza. If we were to equate it to individual pizza slices, you could expect the average portion to be around 25-30 grams.

Portion Size and Blood Sugar Impact

While devouring the entire pie alone may not be recommended, sharing it with a partner or friend is a safer and more enjoyable option. 

As with any food that contains carbohydrates, it's important to consider its impact on blood sugar levels. The combination of cheese and sausage in the pie, when consumed in...

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