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Diabetes Friendly Holiday Baking and Meal Ideas – Elva Parker, C.D.E., December 12, 2012
 Elva@Unity:
 Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Elva Parker, a certified diabetes educator at the Unity Diabetes Center. We’re glad you could join us today and we’re excited to answer all of your diabetes-related questions.
 Elva@Unity:

 Before we get started let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question. It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes. And you might need to refresh every few minutes to keep up with the latest posts in the chat if you switch to another application on your computer. Let’s get started.

 mikeamy84:
 Any suggestions on a diet plan to follow to help lose weight?
 Elva@Unity:
 Hi mikeamy84: Losing weight at any time of the year is a challenge! A good diet plan is one that incorporates a variety of foods, exercise and behavior change. An Educator at Unity Diabetes Center can help you. Other excellent programs are Weight Watchers - which you can do online - and TOPS: Take off Pounds Sensibly.
 sassy35:
 I was thinking about trying to do some gluten-free baking. Do you save on carbs by eating gluten free?
 mikeamy84:
 I never heard of the TOPS plan is there somewhere I can get more info? I see a nutritionist (Joy) on the 17th at Unity.
 Elva@Unity:
 Eating rich traditional food for one day a year won't hurt you but sometimes to over-indulgence goes on for days. The danger lies not in what you eat, but in HOW much you eat!
Elva@Unity:
 Hi Sassy35: Gluten free baking does not necessarily save on carbs as you may use other types of flours. Gluten-free does not necessarily translate into reduced calories or carbs. Gluten free baking can take some practice!
 Elva@Unity:
 Good for you mikeamy84! You can find information about TOPS online or in the phone book.
 sassy35:
 Any suggestions on where I can find some recipes to experiment with?
 Elva@Unity:
Two books on gluten free: The Gluten Free gourmet: Cooks fast and Healthy. Another one is Living Gluten-Free for Dummies. Perhaps these books can be a holiday gift for someone who is not able to eat gluten products!
 mikeamy84:
 Any suggestions on how to safely cure a sweet tooth? I tend to crave nothing but sweets, especially after a healthy salad.
  Elva@Unity:
 Another great place to get gluten free recipes is Wegmans.com. They have wonderful recipes that are easy and not expensive to prepare,
 Elva@Unity:
 Did you know that you can cut down on the fat in some recipes e.g. pumpkin bread by using substituting juice or applesauce? For example, 1 cup oil can be replaced with 1/2 cup oil & 1/2 cup juice. That is a big calorie savings!!
 Elva@Unity:
 mikeamy84: I certainly hear you on having a sweet tooth! How about a small piece of delicious dark chocolate with a high cocoa content? You will get a healthy dose of minerals and its sumptuous richness means you'll be satisfied with less.
 Elva@Unity:
 This holiday season, try to limit the liquid calories! Be careful for smoothies & specialty beverages that can have more calories than a fast food burger. Instead drink water, seltzer, or have a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or skim latte.
 dbhattac12345:
 I am seventy fours years old and have Type two diabetes. What vegetables are good for diabetes or rather which vegetables are to be avoided?
 Elva@Unity:
 Don't forget to try to build some exercise in this holiday season and all winter long. Bundle up and take a brisk walk, try snow shoeing, or sledding! Great fun and a good way to burn calories, too!
 Elva@Unity:
 Welcome dbhattac12345. You can eat all vegetables as they all provide many nutrients and are so good for you. Non-starchy vegetables such as onions, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower are very low in "carbs" or starch so you can generally eat a good portion of these. Starchy vegetables: peas, corn, potatoes, rutabagas, winter squash, have more starch (carbs) and so need to be portion controlled so as not to have your blood sugar go too high after a meal.
 dbhattac12345:
 What is the best time to take the gluco meter readings?
 Elva@Unity:
 Suggested times to check your blood sugar are in the morning when you wake up, two hours after a meal and bedtime, or when you feel your sugar may be low or high. Your doctor may also make some additional recommendations.
 Elva@Unity:
 Remember this sobering thought: eating 250 calories every day for a year, would lead to a 26 pound weight gain!
 Elva@Unity:
 That’s all the time we have for today. We’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that we were able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature. Be sure to join us for our next chat in January 8 of next year from 8-8:30 p.m. We’ll be talking about plant-based meal planning for diabetes. Happy Holidays!
 
 
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