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Should people who have diabetes avoid all grains and grain food?

This is a question we struggle with. Popular media has villainized all grains. Let’s start by identifying the difference between refined grains and whole grains. Whole grains are just as they sound. The anatomy of a whole grain includes the bran (outer layer of the grain), the germ (contains B vitamins, vitamin E, phytonutrients, antioxidants,…

Diabetes Risk Factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.2 million people have diabetes. Half of these people are not aware they have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. A fasting blood sugar of 126mg/dl or higher or a Hemoglobin A1C test result of 6.5% or higher indicates you…

How Sweet It Is

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition which affects the way your body processes glucose or blood sugar. A common question I receive from patients is related to sugar and sugar substitutes. It is important to remember that we need to consider total carbohydrate intake, as carbohydrates break down and form glucose in the human…

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Recipe source: cookieandkate.com Yield:  2 cups Nutrition information (1/4 cup serving size):  82 calories, 22 grams carbohydrate   Ingredients 12 ounces (1 bag) fresh cranberries ½ cup honey or maple syrup ½ cup water Zest of 1 medium orange (about 1 teaspoon) Optional add-ins: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and/or ¼ cup fresh orange juice   Instructions First, rinse the cranberries well and…

Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing – it’s a perfect time to turn your oven on and bake some healthy and delicious pumpkin muffins. Recipe source: wellplated.com Yield: 12 muffins Nutrition information (per muffin): 147 calories, 27 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams fat   Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 cup…

Malnutrition Awareness Week is October 4 through October 8, 2021

What is malnutrition? Malnutrition is the failure to achieve nutrient requirements which can impair physical and/or mental health. It may result from consuming too little food or from a shortage or imbalance of key nutrients. We typically associate malnutrition with undernutrition. This occurs when an individual is not able to meet their calorie or protein…

Waldorf Salad Recipe

It’s apple picking season again, so we thought it was only fitting to share this healthy and delicious recipe from Barbara Canuel, our Registered Dietitian.   Waldorf Salad   2 large apples, chopped into small chunks   Add apples to large bowl with: ½ cup walnuts 1 celery rib, sliced 1/4 cup raisins   Sprinkle…

The Health Benefits of Apples

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? What are the benefits of including apples in our diet?  One medium apple provides 95 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrate (with 19 grams of naturally occurring sugar), 3 grams of dietary fiber and 0 grams of fat. Apples are great sources of fiber, phytochemicals, and…

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Has your doctor been telling you that you have high cholesterol?  Are you not sure what that means?  Here is what you need to know.  First, cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance your body produces naturally in the liver and is found in the blood and in all cells of the body. Cholesterol is important…

The Impact of Hospice Nurses

Anyone who has had a loved one taken care of by a Hospice Nurse knows they have witnessed a special kind of caregiver. They are the calm, reassuring presence that guides a patient through their critical last stage of life. They are the caregivers that help patient’s families come to terms with the end of life…