Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Carb Control

I received the following question from FOODPICKER.ORG:

"My husband was diagnosed with diabetes as few months ago and has been working hard to lose weight and control his blood sugar. Each year we have a family gathering for thanksgiving that includes lots of food (large turkey dinner with all the trimmings and assorted pies & cakes for dessert). What are your suggestions to ensure my husband doesn't overeat but also does not feel deprived this thanksgiving?" -Martha T.

The most important part of holiday blood sugar control is a commitment to plan ahead, so sit back and relax! The rest is all in the details.

Blood sugar control strategies vary depending whether or not your husband is on insulin.

If your husband is on insulin to control his blood glucose levels:
Insulin doses are prescribed based on a pre-determined estimation of carbohydrate servings. These recommendations vary amongst individuals. He should review the amount of carbohydrate servings covered by his insulin injections, and try to match his Thanksgiving meal to his insulin dosage. If he is unsure of recommended carbohydrate servings per meal, he should consult his doctor or a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).

If your husband is not on insulin:
Controlling carbohydrates is still a healthy strategy to prevent high blood sugar. The recommendation for males with Type II Diabetes is 4 to 5 carbohydrate servings per meal. For a detailed list of common carb servings, click here. Avoiding high-fat foods also becomes especially important for people with Diabetes, as these people are at greater risk of developing heart disease than people without Diabetes.

Common Thanksgiving carbohydrates include:
  • Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Yams
  • Stuffing
  • Corn
  • Cranberries (most contain huge amounts of sugar)
  • Desserts
High-fat foods to avoid may include:
  • Gravy
  • Butter
  • Baked goods
  • Fried foods (including fried turkeys)

The good news is that Thanksgiving offers plenty of healthier options for your husband to indulge! To feel satisfied, encourage him to load up on fiber and lean protein- hit up that veggie tray and grab some turkey!

Remember, carbohydrates do not have to be eliminated, just controlled. By choosing his favorite traditional foods to count into his daily servings, he should be able to enjoy his holiday in a healthy way!

Hope this helps, Martha. Happy Thanksgiving!

Peace, Love, and Veggies,

Monday, November 8, 2010

Less Legs for Lower Cholesterol

Don't get me wrong- when it comes to showing a lil' leg, I'm in. Sometimes my only motivation to get my booty to hot yoga is knowing that I will be able to do the entire thing sans pants, letting my gams run wild in the hot, sweaty room amidst a sea of other exposed thighs and calves...

Ahem. Anyways.

What the title is referring to is the legs on our food. When it comes to choosing foods with lower cholesterol content, the trick is to look for foods that are a little less leggy.

This trick applies to just about every animal out there:
  • Shrimp, Crab, Lobster: Multi-legged (is it bad I don't know how many?) Highest cholesterol
  • Beef, Pork, Dog (?): 4 legs. Higher cholesterol
  • Chicken, Turkey: 2 legs. Lower cholesterol
  • Fish: no legs. Lowest animal source of cholesterol!
  • Vegetarian, non-animal foods: no legs! Eat em' up!

Moral of the story: Evidently there is such thing as "Too much leg." But never in hot yoga.

Peace, Love, and Veggies,