March 31, 2015

Diabetes Alert Day 2015 - At Risk? Take Action NOW!

Tuesday March 24, 2015 is the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) annual Diabetes Alert Day. This day kicks-off a four-week campaign which runs through April 21, 2015.

Diabetes Alert Day is THE day each year that ADA sets aside to alert the public to the Diabetes Risk Test. If the results of your risk test indicates you'r at risk, take the next step to know for sure. The goal is for you or your loved one to TAKE ACTION to get diagnosed and care for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. 

I wholeheartedly support this effort. The time for action is now!

The statistics about the prediabetes and type 2 diabetes epidemics are alarming enough to sound the alarm 365 days a year. They show the dent diabetes is making and will continue to make on our health care system, let alone peoples’ lives and longevity!

According to CDC's Diabetes Facts:

  • 29 million children and adults are living with diabetes. (This includes about 6 million people who currently have diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed.) Based on the current U.S. population, about 314 million people - roughly 9.5%. 
  • 86 million people are estimated to have prediabetes placing them at a much greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. CDC estimates that’s about 35% of all adults over the age of 20 and 51% of adults over 65 years of age (yes, you read that correctly!). Research from CDC shows, unfortunately, that barely 11% of these people know they have it.
  • One in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050.


Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant

Cover of Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant

Paperback, 574 pages pages

Do you feel...
  • clueless about how to eat healthier in fast food, fast casual?
  • perplexed by Thai, Mexican, Italian and other ethnic menus?
  • challenged by huge portions served by restaurant foods?
  • unclear about how to put healthier restaurant meals together?

Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy at Any Restaurant - 2016 Silver Medal Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awardis your go-to resource to assemble healthier meals in any restaurant, from fast food to fast casual, upscale dining and myriad ethnic cuisines. Keep this invaluable restaurant companion by your side! Restaurant meals are notoriously huge and loaded with fat, sugars and sodium. Get realistic advice and practical guidance from Hope, who’s been writing about this topic for 25 years.

Eat Out, Eat Well  has three sections. Section one delves into healthy restaurant eating with diabetes then details the pitfalls of restaurant eating with skills and strategies to combat them all. Section two covers American fare.  Section three covers ethnic fare. Each shows how to eat that cuisine healthier with sample healthier meals.  Nutrition Snapshots reveal the best and worst menu options. 


"Eat Out, Eat Well is an in-depth guide to enjoying healthy meals at restaurants - no, that doesn't necessarily have to be a contradiction in terms! Chapters include tips and strategies for gluten-free restaurant dining, portion control suggestions, suggestions to help children eat healthier food, information about the best and worst menu options at different types of restaurants, and much more. Advice specific to different regional cuisines (such as the menus of Japanese restaurants, or Middle Eastern restaurants) makes Eat Out, Eat Well especially valuable for health-conscious gourmets! Highly recommended for both personal and public library health and nutrition shelves."
—The Midwest Book Review: Library Bookwatch: April 2015 - The Health/Medicine Shelf
“Hope has created the ultimate guide to taking the 'need to know' about healthy eating with diabetes and applying it to every eating out scenario possible!”
—Carlene Thomas, RDN, via
"Hope has written an easy to read, comprehensive book on eating out with diabetes. As an RD…this is a valuable resource…The book is well organized, and Hope gives easy, practical tips for choosing healthy…and delicious foods for many types of restaurants..."
—Carol Brunzell, RDN, CDE, University of Minnesota Medical Center
"Hope Warshaw shows you how to eat out guilt-free…"
—from the Chicago Tribune
"Eat Out, Eat Right is the next-best thing to dining with a nutritionist."
—from Cooking Light Magazine
"Eat Out, Eat Right is loaded with strategies and tips to healthfully guide you through nearly every popular dining option from Middle Eastern and Indian restaurants to fast food and fine dining, with special sections on beverages."
—Diane Welland, MS, RD, from Environmental Nutrition
“Eat Out, Eat Right is pint-sized and packed with information… It is clear that Ms. Warshaw has put her heart and soul into this book; she really wants to help people enjoy dining out and eating healthy at the same time. Great book!”
—Charlene Geary, Perfect Fit Nutrition, LLC, via
“I consider Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating to be a completely indispensible resource for a diabetic… #1 for just browsing through some of the restaurants and menu items to give you an idea about nutritional information in general; #2 just pop in your suitcase or in your car when you travel.”
—GameMaker, via
“Even though fast food gets a bad rap, there are ways of eating healthier when having to eat out and Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating shows you how… I don't eat out without it.”
—MomDoll “diabetes patient”, via

Table of Contents

Section 1: Healthy Restaurant Eating with Diabetes: The Basics 

  • Chapter 1: Trends in Restaurants, Foods and Eating
  • Chapter 2: Today’s Healthy Eating Goals for Diabetes 
  • Chapter 3: The 10 Pitfalls Health and Nutrition Pitfalls of Restaurant Eating
  • Chapter 4: The 10 Skills and Strategies for Healthier Restaurant Eating 
  • Chapter 5. Dealing with Diabetes Restaurant Eating Dilemmas
  • Chapter 6. Healthy and Safe Restaurant Eating with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity
  • Chapter 7. Healthy Restaurant Eating - With Kids and Teens with Diabetes 
  • Chapter 8. Restaurant Nutrition and Ingredient Facts 
  • Chapter 9. Healthier Drinking Out: Nonalcoholic Beverages and Alcoholic Beverages 
  • Chapter 10: How to Make this Book Work for You 

Section 2: American Fare 

  • Chapter 11: Breakfast, Brunch, Bagels, and Bakeries 
  • Chapter 12: Family-Fare 
  • Chapter 13: Fast-Food – Burgers, Chicken, and More 
  • Chapter 14: Sandwiches, Subs, Soups, and Snacks 
  • Chapter 15: Salads – from Bar to Entrée and Side 
  • Chapter 16: Going Upscale - Fine Dining 
  • Chapter 17: Seafood 

Section 3: Ethnic Fare 

  • Chapter 18: Mexican 
  • Chapter 19: Italian 
  • Chapter 20: Pizza 
  • Chapter 21: Chinese 
  • Chapter 22: Thai 
  • Chapter 23: Japanese 
  • Chapter 24: Indian 
  • Chapter 25: Middle-Eastern
April 13, 2011

Type 2 Diabetes: From Old Dogmas to New Realities – Part 2

Suffice to say, dramatic changes have occurred in our understanding of the onset and progression of prediabetes over the last decade. Lightening speed changes have also occurred regarding the therapies available to achieve optimal blood glucose control.

However, even with all of this change many old dogmas hang on. It’s time to be aware of the new realities. Here I’ve focused on two common old dogmas and the new realities.


Quantia Announces EatSmart, an Innovative Mobile App for People with Prediabetes/Type 2 Diabetes Developed with Warshaw

On 4/6/11Quantia, the creators of QuantiaMD®, the leading online physician community, announced the release of the innovative mobile application for diabetes meal planning named EatSmart over the business wire.

Dave Grotto - the Guyatitian Guru - Interviews Warshaw on The Real Deal with Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

The well known Chicago-based Guyatitian Guru, David Grotto, RD interviews Hope Warshaw about the current understanding of the progression of prediabetes and type 2. Warshaw outlines key action items to take control of prediabetes or type 2 from day one of diagnosis. Don't delay, don't deny are two of Warshaw's messages.

Count Carbs with Confidence, article by Warshaw appears in Diabetic Living, Winter 2010

June 7, 2010

Want to Count Carbs More Accurately? Build Your Own Custom Carb Database

For people with type 1 or 2 diabetes carbohydrate, or carb, counting has evolved to be the most common method taught to help you plan meals and, if you take insulin, gauge your insulin doses. Carb counting is based on research showing that it’s the total amount of carbohydrate you eat that most impacts your blood glucose levels after you eat. (Check out two of my articles about the fine art of carbohydrate counting in Diabetic Living magazine Solving


Warshaw authors Surgical Solution in Diabetic Living, Spring 2010

Warshaw authors Surgical Solution in Spring 2010 issue of Diabetic Living Magazine,

January 15, 2010

Make Weight Control Second Nature, Learn to Live Naturally Thin

Making Weight Control Second NatureYes, we’re once again in depths of the post holiday New Year's resolution ritural. And yes, the most common resolution is: lose those unwanted pounds – again or still. But, think - are you really ready to lose weight and do the daily work to keep off those unwanted pounds?

November 14, 2009

Prevent/Delay Diabetes? With a Bit of Weight Loss, Concludes 10 Year NIH Study

The first report of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome Study (DPPOS) came out October 29th, 2009 online in The Lancet, a well known medical journal. DPPOS is part two of the ongoing Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) conducted in the U.S. as a National Institutes of Health multi-site study. The DPP and DPPOS results are similar to findings from trials conducted internationally over the past two decades in Finland, China and elsewhere.