New life for leftovers

My beautiful Sunday lunch was the ultimate fast food – leftovers from Saturday night entertaining. Friends were coming for dinner and, energized by the change of seasons, I planned a spring dinner with bold, sunny flavors: marinated, grilled salmon and steak; couscous with basil, mint and lemon; roasted carrots and haricot verts; baguette; and  freshRead more

Apple cider vinegar salad dressing

Homemade salad dressing is a cinch to make, cheap and most importantly, delicious. Today, I took five minutes and whipped up a robust, mustardy vinaigrette that contains apple cider vinegar, which several studies have shown can lower blood sugar levels when consumed before a meal. In the studies, participants ingested a tablespoon of cider vinegarRead more

Food Review: Go Picnic Hummus box

I received no compensation for this review.   When I need a quick lunch out, I avoid the fast food drive-throughs and even “quick” serve restaurants.  To me, it’s not worth the money or time it takes to eat high sodium food that has been precooked then microwaved or – like quick-serve restaurant soups –Read more

Think Small for Big Success

So, how are the New Year’s resolutions going? More importantly, how will they be going next month? In six months? In the long run, only about eight out of 100 people succeed in keeping their health resolutions, researchers say. Some goals are easier to keep than others. Consider a New Year’s resolution  to eat aRead more

Ho, ho, no – Holiday food gifts

  What do Harry and David’s chocolate-drizzled Moose Munch, a pecan pie and a gift box of specialty pasta have in common? All are recent holiday gifts to prediabetic Yours Truly. People mean so well when they give food gifts for Christmas and Hannukah. They probably don’t know that some people have health conditions they don’t advertise.Read more

Halloween Battle Plan

The specter of Halloween candy is upon us. Will you moderate or abstain through this treacherous eating holiday? Some nutrition experts believe it’s OK to moderate, or to eat sweet treats judiciously. A moderator might enjoy very small portions of a treats more  frequently or a larger treat occasionally; the idea is to prevent a senseRead more

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Funny thing happened at my gym today – Auntie Anne’s Pumpkin Pretzel Bites. My gym – actually a physical therapy center that patients can later join to work out – is a relaxed, friendly place. The superb staff, no surprise, are fit. The box of warm pretzels beckoned from the reception desk. The staff membersRead more

All Eyes on Prevention

It sure is easy to cruise along on the Prediabetes Highway, taking frequent detours for food temptations. Because prediabetes is not really diabetes. Right? And my glucose readings are never atrocious… Sound familiar? This week I  received an eye exam from an ophthalmologist. My health insurance “wellness coach” tells me I now need an annual examRead more

Meter Mad at You?

Some mornings start with a surprise – and not a good one. When my One Touch meter shows a fasting glucose greater than “99,” that means my blood sugar is above normal. When that happens, I do one of the following: Feel sorry for myself. (Why, oh why, ME?) Feel frustrated at The Mystery Of ItRead more