Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Never Ending Challenge

I am currently struggling with bad eating habits.  Even though I know just how bad the food is that I am sticking into my body, it is still super hard.  I feel like bad eating habits is like a drug.  In the sense that my mind is addicted to them.  I know how bad certain items I am putting in my mouth are for me but I continue to do it.  I feel like this may be the root to a lot of America's problems as well.  They might not know exactly how bad the foods are for them that they are eating but it truly is hard to stop.  I have changed my eating habits before and I will do it again.  I used to have pretty good eating habits but have been feeling lost without school since I graduated in May.  So I guess I've been in a little funky depression but I'm trying to dig myself out of it and eating better is going to be the first step.  I plan on posting when I'm experiencing good and bad vibes.  And of course I will be posting for 's newsletter and any other nutritional goodies/discussions I feel like.  Today starts day 1, it will be a great day!

Friday, October 1, 2010


It's that time again for the weekly question from the website's newsletter.  This week's question is:

"Since I've been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat.  I'm wondering about protein.  How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?"

Typically for any person protein requirements should be 15-20% of your daily calories.  It is hard to be exactly specific because each individual person is different and their bodies have different specific needs especially you are a person say living with diabetes.  In terms of protein you should follow the normal 15-20% of calories coming from your protein as long as you are controlling your diabetes well.  One thing that you may want to note when you are looking for protein sources is to keep an eye out for the amount of fat in the protein.  If you decide to eat meat for your protein source you should look to eat leaner meats.  Leaner meats are listed as Select Grades in the grocery store.  And if you decided to eat meats do not forget that roasting, broiling, grilling, baking, poaching, and steaming, are all better instead of frying.

Foods that provide protein are beans, edamame, hummus, soy burgers, nuts, tofu, egg whites, egg substitute(egg beaters), cottage cheese, and etc.  One thing to look out for though when choosing meat substitutes is that they could also count as starches so be cautious and careful.  I would highly recommend getting on the American Diabetes Association website or asking your physician/Registered Dietitian about obtaining the Choose Your Foods:  Exchange Lists for Diabetes booklet.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Ups & Downs of the Blood Sugar Stock Market

This week's nutrition question from viewers of the website, :

I have diabetes and my blood sugar is all over the map.  Could you please ell me the ideal blood sugar level?

The first question you should ask yourself is when exactly are you measuring your blood sugar?  Because there will be a difference between your pre-prandial (before your meal) and your post-prandial blood (after your meal) blood sugar reading.  Unless noted otherwise by your physician or registered dietitian you should strive to obtain the blood glucose levels that are close to that of a person who does not have diabetes.  These values are;
  • pre-prandial/fasting less than 100 mg/dl
  • post-prandial/bedtime 120 mg/dl
If these values are not achievable for you the recommendations for blood sugar levels for individuals with diabetes from the American Diabetes Association are;
  • pre-prandial 90-130 mg/dl
  • peak post-prandial (about 1-2 hours after the beginning of eating) less than 180 mg/dl

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just Getting Started...


My name is Katrina and I am a recent graduate from Arizona State University with my Bachelors of Science in Dietetics.  I currently became a Nutrition Editor at , which is a website dedicated to help people with diabetes.  The website has a question and answer section along with a large compiled database full of the nutritional facts of foods that people eat often.  To learn more please visit the Food Picker website.  The URL again is;