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Dosing for Gnocchi: Insights from a T1D Dietitian for Diabetes Management

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2023

When it comes to beloved dishes that may raise concerns about dosing insulin, Gnocchi often comes to mind.

These light and pillowy soft dumplings, originating from Italy, have captured the hearts and palates of people around the world. 

Gnocchi is not just pasta—it's the ultimate comfort food, combining the best of both worlds, pasta and dumplings. However, due to its high carbohydrate content and potential impact of fat on blood sugar levels, dosing insulin for Gnocchi requires thoughtful consideration.

We will delve into the details of Gnocchi, its effect on blood sugar, and strategies for effectively managing insulin dosing.

Carbohydrates

Gnocchi is typically made from semolina flour, which gives it a high carbohydrate content. Considering the portion size of approximately two and a half to three cups, and estimating around 50-55 grams of carbs per cup, we can approximate the carb count to be approximately 125-165 grams. This significant carbohydrate content...

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Dosing for Chicken Pad Thai: Expert Advice from a T1D Dietitian

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2023

Thai cuisine is renowned for its unique blend of flavors, combining sweet, salty, spicy, and sour tastes into delectable dishes.

Among the many beloved Thai recipes, Chicken Pad Thai stands out as a favorite. This iconic dish comprises chicken, noodles, and a medley of ingredients that create a harmonious flavor profile.let's break it down to understand its impact on blood sugar. Let's dive right in!


Noodles

The noodles are the main source of carbohydrates in this dish. Based on the portion size shown in the video, it appears to be approximately two cups. Considering the density and weight, let's assume it's closer to two cups. Typically, one cup of Pad Thai contains around 62 grams of carbs. With a slightly smaller portion, we can estimate it to be around 100 to 110 grams of carbs.

Bean Sprouts and Chicken

While bean sprouts and chicken are essential components of Chicken Pad Thai, they contribute minimal carbohydrates to the meal. As a result, they do not significantly impact...

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Optimizing T1D Diet: Insights from a Diabetes Dietitian for Proper Porkchop Dosing!

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2023

Let’s unravel the complexities of a meal that may seem intimidating at first glance.

Our meal consists of three main components: an 18-ounce pork chop with apple glaze and potatoes, green beans, and cheese-covered grits. Let's analyze each part to understand its impact on your blood sugar levels.

As you likely know, carbohydrates play a significant role in blood sugar management due to their impact on blood glucose levels.. Let's break down the carbs in each component of the meal:

 

Pork Chop. The pork chop itself contains minimal carbs. The small portion of potatoes and the sweet glaze combined may contribute around 10 grams of carbs if you were to consume the entire pork chop.

Green Beans. The green beans are primarily a fiber source and won't significantly impact your blood sugar levels. Therefore, we won't count them in the carbohydrate equation.

Cheese-Covered Grits. The grits are the main carbohydrate source in this meal. They are relatively dense...

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T1D Dietitian's Guide: Managing Blood Sugars while Enjoying Chicken Piccata

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2023

Are you tired of feeling anxious about dining out at Italian restaurants due to concerns about your blood sugar levels?

Let’s talk about delving into the world of Chicken Piccata, so you can learn how to navigate this popular dish without compromising your blood sugar control.

Let's get started!

A typical Chicken Piccata dish consists of lightly fried chicken breasts topped with a lemon sauce, accompanied by a serving of pasta. Let's analyze the nutritional aspects of each component to better understand its impact on blood sugar levels.

When considering the carbs in Chicken Piccata, the chicken itself contributes minimal carbohydrates. It's the pasta that takes center stage in terms of carb content. The portion size of pasta is crucial, and on average, it should be about the size of a clenched fist. In this case, the pasta serving would amount to approximately 40-45 grams of carbs. Adding around five grams for the chicken, the total carb count for the dish would be around 50...

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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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