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

Make Brussels Sprouts (and More) Sparkle With Easy Drizzle

  Thanksgiving fact: People usually either adore or loathe Brussels sprouts. I’m in the love ‘em group, especially when the Brussels sprouts are roasted. A few years ago, during one of my stints in Weight Watchers, I found a wonderful recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts topped with a deeply flavored, sweet and tangy drizzle. IRead more

Cranberry Sauce Trick Cuts Carbs Deliciously

I found a trick that cuts half of the carbs and sugar of cranberry sauce without using artificial sweetener. And I can’t wait to spoon the new and improved sauce on turkey, guilt free, this Thanksgiving. Usually, cranberry sauce (canned or homemade) contains a huge amount of sugar because cranberries are so tart. How muchRead more

Blueberries Shine in Healthy Homemade Sauce

It takes about five minutes to whip up a beautiful  blueberry sauce that has brilliant color and a rich, deep flavor. No one will guess that the sauce is much healthier than other sweet toppings. Homemade blueberry sauce can be used as a substitute for maple syrup and pairs well with  high protein pancakes for aRead more

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. A yellow light started flashing, a warning that Type 2 diabetes may be around the bend. Like many people with prediabetes, I left the doctor’s office nervous and knowing nothing. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes will get you expert education that is paid for by insurance; ifRead more

Healthy Chex Mix for Snacking Season

  Winter slogs on. The Super Bowl and Olympics beckon; time for a cozy snack. For weeks now, I’ve craved Chex Mix. This craving has come from I-don’t-know-where. Was it the prominent holiday displays of Chex Mix ingredients at the grocery? Beats me. I rarely eat the snack because it’s unhealthy. I decided to tinker withRead more

The Biscuit Incident

Eating for health or eating for fun? When on the road, meals can turn into a showdown for someone who has prediabetes. For instance, there was that recent Biscuit Incident in Conover, N.C. On the way to Gatlinburg, my husband and I stopped at a nice hotel for the night. In the morning, I went toRead more

Fidget Food for Stress Eaters

  A registered dietitian once gave me wonderful, realistic encouragement about dealing with my habit of stress eating. Her radical advice? Work with my habit, rather than try to completely stop it. When I developed gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy, I was told I was at higher risk to develop diabetes later in life.Read more

Back from “Vacation”

I’ve been absent from this blog for a long while, enjoying an unexpected “vacation” from prediabetes. For almost two years, my Ha1C (an average of the body’s blood sugar levels) was  under 5.7. Any number under 5.7 is considered normal; 5.7 – 6.4 is prediabetes. My worry about high blood sugar – gone. Since myRead more