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Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living Fall 2019

Diabetic Living helps people with diabetes take control now! See how to thrive—what to eat, how to lose weight, how to achieve good blood sugars, what to know about medications, how to avoid complications, and more. And yes, you still can enjoy your favorite foods! All recipes are tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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4 Issues


3 min.
editor’s letter

I Remember the Moment I Decided I Would Become a Confident Cook. I was in college, and just getting used to spending time in the kitchen. I had a few hand-me-down cookbooks and a basic set of pots and pans, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I felt lost without a recipe, I certainly wasn’t comfortable with a knife, and most of the dishes I was making involved little more than following package directions and opening a jar of sauce. Then one afternoon I swung by my friend Sahar’s apartment. I forget what I stopped by for, but I do remember the moment I walked in. “Oh I’ll be just a minute,” she said from her kitchen. I watched as she oh-so-casually seasoned chicken breasts, placed them in a…

3 min.
diabetic living

Editorial Editorial Director JESSIE PRICE Executive Editor LAUREN LASTOWKA Creative Director JAMES VAN FLETEREN EDITORIAL Associate Editor MICAELA YOUNG, M.S. Contributing Editor JILL WEISENBERGER, M.S., RDN, CDE Managing Editor WENDY S. RUOPP, M.S. Copy Editor ANNE TREADWELL Editorial Assistant RACHEL STEARNS ART & PRODUCTION Photo Director MARIA EMMIGHAUSEN Production Designer JOLEE MAIN Contributing Designers SHELLEY CALDWELL, BRIDGET SANDQUIST Associate Production Director PATRICK MCGOWAN Executive Director, Premedia AMY TINCHER-DURIK Director of Quality JOSEPH KOHLER Director of Photography REESE STRICKLAND Color Quality Analyst TONY HUNT FOOD & TEST KITCHENS Des Moines Test Kitchen Director LYNN BLANCHARD Vermont Test Kitchen Manager BREANA KILLEEN, M.P.H., RD DIGITAL Director, Content Strategy, Food MICHELLE EDELBAUM Digital Content Manager ASHLEY KAPPEL Executive Editor PENELOPE WALL Senior Editor CHRIS MICHEL Senior Digital Food Editor MEGAN STEINTRAGER Digital Nutrition & News Editor LISA VALENTE, M.S., RD Meal Plan Editor VICTORIA SEAVER, M.S., RD, CD Associate Editor JAIME MILAN Social Editor SOPHIE JOHNSON Fellow LAUREN WICKS Advertising Senior Vice President, Group Publisher MARK JOSEPHSON Publisher…

1 min.
add ’em up

The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes Good for: A holistic view of diabetes management that goes way beyond counting carbs. ($10, diabeticfoodie.com) The Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 4th Edition Good for: Learning how to carb count, then diving into more advanced topics like insulin therapy. ($19, shopdiabetes.org) CalorieKing 2019 Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter Good for: Looking up nutrition info at home and on the go—it includes 17,000 foods plus menu items from 200 restaurants. ($10, calorieking.org) EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale Good for: Precision carb counting. This scale calculates nutrients for thousands of foods—no math required. ($60, eatsmartproducts.com) OXO 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup & OXO Stainless-Steel Measuring Cups with Magnetic Snaps Good for: Checking portion sizes at home when cooking and serving. ($9 & $20, amazon.com) BRIE PASSANO; STYLING: SCOTT JOHNSON…

3 min.

Could You Pay Less Out-of-Pocket for Insulin? A little-known fact: Walmart pharmacies sell vials of Novolin Regular, Novolin NPH, and Novolin 70/30 mix for under $25 without a prescription under the name ReliOn—but you have to ask the pharmacist for them. In addition to vials, packs of five ReliOn Novolin 70/30 mix pens are also available for a cash price of $42.88. For the same vials or pen packs, you could pay upward of $100 or $300 out-of-pocket elsewhere, respectively. A “New” Insulin Option The long-acting insulin Tresiba U-100 is now available in a 10-mL vial. Compared to the pen, which doses in 1-unit increments, this option will benefit people who need to dose in half-unit increments, and children who use less than 5 units of insulin daily. Better Tech, Less Red Tape A new…

3 min.
ask dl

What Type of Yogurt Should I Buy? ANSWERED BY LEAH SARRIS, RD, LDN The key to choosing a yogurt is to focus on its sugar content. All yogurt contains some naturally occurring sugars (called lactose), but many options are also loaded with added sugar. Your best bet (for your health and your wallet) is to stick with plain yogurt that you can sweeten yourself with fruit, honey, or even jam. As a bonus, you can also use plain yogurt in savory recipes, like dips and dressings, or as a topping in place of sour cream. If the idea of eating plain yogurt makes you, well, not want to eat yogurt, opt for sweetened varieties that use fruit to provide natural sweetness, as these often have little to no added sugar. My Partner Blames…

1 min.
hack your food storage

PREP & DISPLAY If prepping nutritious foods during the week is a challenge, spend 15 minutes on Sunday washing and chopping. Pack sliced fruits and veggies and rinsed beans into clear containers or zip-top plastic bags and stash them where they’re visible in the fridge. The array of brightly colored options can entice you to reach for those nutritious foods, and it’s a game changer when they’re grab-and-go, says Sandra Arevalo, RDN, CDE, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. PRACTICE FIFO: “FIRST IN, FIRST OUT” There’s nothing worse than spending money on wholesome foods only to see them go to waste. To avoid wilted produce and past-their-prime leftovers, arrange your fridge so older foods are near the front. “This practice nudges you to use up what’s in the…