Portion Control: A Tool for Good Health

Last week, I wrote about the difference between a serving size and a portion size. As a quick reminder, a portion size is the amount of food that you choose to eat, whereas a serving size is a recommended amount of food to eat. No doubt you’ve caught on that portion sizes of food and beverages continue to grow. Sizes of sodas, French fries, and even dinner plates are bigger than ever before, and as portions get larger, so do people. Surprisingly, though, many Americans have lost sight of portion size. Read More “Portion Control: A Tool for Good Health”

The Courage to Live With Diabetes

I was recently working with a teenager who was struggling with managing his diabetes. He was struggling with school and his family as well and used a technique of avoidance to get through life. This technique is tempting to use, since no effort is made and no new skills are necessary. However, avoidance is also the most likely to have severe consequences and, ironically, lead to the most difficult challenges anyone might face: diabetes complications. Read More “The Courage to Live With Diabetes”

Serving Size vs. Portion Size: Which is Which?

Having diabetes is hard work, especially when it comes to meal planning. In fact, many people with diabetes find meal planning to be the most challenging aspect of having diabetes. There’s so much to think about: carbohydrate, timing of meals, reading food labels, controlling portions… Speaking of food labels and portions, have you ever stopped to think about the difference between a serving size and a portion size? Well, they’re the same thing, right? Sorry, but that’s wrong. It’s important to know the difference between the two, not only for blood glucose control but for weight control as well. Let’s take a closer look. Read More “Serving Size vs. Portion Size: Which is Which?”

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Part 1

Not too long ago, people with diabetes were told to avoid sugar. Sugar was pretty much seen as the downfall of diabetes; in fact, many people thought that eating sugar actually caused diabetes. We know now that isn’t true. Eating sugar doesn’t cause diabetes, nor does eating sugar (or something sweet) necessarily cause your blood glucose to rise any further or faster than eating another carbohydrate food, such as a piece of bread or an apple. (Remember, it’s the total amount of carb you eat that impacts your blood glucose, rather than the type of carb you eat.) Read More “Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Part 1”

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