Easy Snacks for Hotel Rooms

Snacks offered in hotels are typically unhealthy and tempting. For a recent hotel stay in Chicago, I brought prepackaged snacks to stave off hunger between meals.  If I come to a meal ravenous, I invariably overeat. It worked! The weekend – our son’s law school graduation – included three celebratory meals and one reception. MyRead more

Protein Bowl Good for Soft Diets or Anytime

It’s hard to consistently eat a lower sugar, heart-healthy diet under regular circumstances. When I learned I would need a soft diet after oral surgery, I envisioned weeks of boring food. Oral surgery, strep throat and some types of cancer treatment can necessitate a diet of soft, bland foods. Yuck. Double yuck for foodies withRead more

Weighty Matters Call for Self Acceptance

Mad at yourself because you have a weight problem and high blood sugar? Learning some facts may help. The relationship between Type 2 diabetes and weight is complicated. Consider the following facts: The majority of overweight/obese people do not get Type 2 diabetes – about 30% will. However, 85% of people who have Type 2Read more

Favorite Tools for Cooking with Ease

Truly, I’ve never met a kitchen gadget I didn’t like. Over the years, I have purchased a crepe maker and a cherry pitter, a herb scissors and a special contraption for making jam (I used it once LOL.)  Also a yogurt maker, a vacuum sealer, a …. Prediabetes has changed my priorities when it comesRead more

Tiny Steps to Better Health

Has this brutally hot summer sapped your energy and motivation?  You can still work on getting healthier by making tiny changes that require almost no self discipline 😀 Before you begin, make sure you have the right tools. (Nothing fancy!) 1. Sturdy shoes to wear indoors 2. Dental floss 3. A water glass. It takesRead more

Roasted Edamame – A Portable Summer Snack

For me, portable snacks are golden. More than once I’ve come home starving, only to grab something bad for my blood sugar. However, if I eat a healthy snack while out, I find it much easier to make good choices when I get back to the house. It can be tricky to pack a bloodRead more

Daylight Cravings Time

Daylight Savings Time, which starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, brings with it an unwelcome gift: Don’t be surprised if you feel extra hungry or find it harder to stick to a healthy eating plan for a few days. The “springing forward” means our bodies get less morning light and more evening light. That disrupts theRead more

Chicken Taco Soup – No Chopping Required

  I knew our kitchen renovation was going to be inconvenient; I didn’t realize it would make eating healthy more difficult. Morning coffee? Water from the bathroom sink. Chopping veggies or grilling chicken? Ha. Our kitchen won’t be done for a few months due to  “unfortunate circumstances” (don’t ask.) There’s no way we can getRead more

About Valentine’s Chocolate…

Valentine’s Day chocolate – love it or leave it? Maybe you are lucky and are able to walk by the displays of valentine’s chocolate with nary a glimpse. Or maybe you look wistfully at those heart-shaped samplers filled with chocolates, wishing you didn’t have prediabetes. I’ve been both those people. Some years, I could careRead more

Lower Holiday Stress for Better Blood Sugar

Holiday season can bring stress in spades. Crazy traffic, extra expenses,  dealing with difficult loved ones – all can make the season less bright.  For people who have prediabetes, more stress (along with holiday eating) can bring the unwelcome gift of higher blood sugar. When we get extra stressed, our bodies get ready for “fightRead more