Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 3:04pm
POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Yes, it’s that time of year again when your eyes are likely on the lookout for tips to trim pounds and to control your hunger and appetite. You may also catch come-on headlines for articles about how to control sugar cravings and sweet cravings. Be on the alert, within these reads you may spot verbiage that falsely accuses low-calorie sweeteners of causing hunger, increased appetite and/or cravings.

Let’s address the science on the connection between low-calorie sweeteners and increased hunger, appetite and/or cravings first. Then I’ll offer six practical strategies to help you put mind over matter to control them. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:24pm
POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

You will soon ring in the New Year after surviving another holiday season filled with parties, from soup to nuts festive meals, and plenty of decadent cookies. Excellent! But, let me guess: you will have packed on a few more pounds and you’ll be on the lookout for the latest, greatest “eat this, don’t eat that,” restrictive diet to lose weight. Like so many other consumers, you'll want to take off those pesky pounds (aka “holiday weight gain”) and other pounds you’ve accumulated over the years.

Most of us have repeated this cycle more times than we’d like to admit. That’s because it can be hard to stick to a diet, eat healthfully and lose weight, particularly in our food-focused, convenience driven world.

No worries, no guilt. Don’t beat yourself up! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 4:28pm
POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when the holiday festivities (aka less than healthy food choices and eating habits) kick-off with nibbles on that bucket of leftover Halloween candy, onward during Thanksgiving, and through family and holiday gatherings in December. They come to an end (thankfully!) with a New Year’s Day brunch or afternoon spread to indulge in while watching a football game or two.

While it’s easy to throw up your hands during these two months and throw caution to the wind, that’s not the best choice for a waistline or health in general. And you do have a choice! How about this year you take on a new attitude to deal with the onslaught of indulgence this time of year?

Your new attitude? Believing that you can enjoy myriad holiday festivities while you, generally speaking, practice healthy holiday eating, albeit with a sprinkling of splurges.

Here are 10 tips for healthy holiday eating: 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:54am
POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Pre diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. (Pre diabetes refers to the condition that typically occurs before one develops type 2 diabetes.) The number of people estimated to have pre diabetes is simply staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the estimate at 84 million Americans. That’s one out of three adults at risk for diabetes! Most people don’t know they have pre diabetes because often there are no symptoms, nor have they been tested for it or told they have it.

November is American Diabetes Month®. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that all adults over 45 years of age be screened for pre diabetes. Other risk factors for pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, having one or more parents or siblings who have or had type 2 diabetes or women who have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).

People can develop pre diabetes and have it for several years or more before blood glucose levels rise high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Think of the diagnosis of pre diabetes as a window of opportunity to take action to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with pre diabetes take action today. Don’t delay! According to CDC, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if they don’t take action immediately.

Let’s switch gears to discuss the specific actions to take if you have pre diabetes or diabetes symptoms and, more specifically, to what is a pre diabetes diet plan. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:14am
POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

With all the myths and media hype about low-calorie sweeteners that are swirling around, if you are a person with diabetes, I bet you wonder if you’re wise to use them. As a long time dietitian and diabetes educator with extensive expertise in the research and practical use of low-calorie sweeteners, it’s important to me that you have accurate knowledge on this topic.

Here’s the bottom line upfront: YES, people with diabetes can safely use FDA-approved low-calorie sweeteners as part of a diabetes management plan, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Your next logical question is likely: if it’s OK to use SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, how can you fit them into your diabetes diet plan.

Let’s bust a few myths and offer practical pointers to help you make your diabetes diet plan just a bit sweeter.