The 2010 Dietary Guideline committee is continuing their work on revising the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. The full committee held their third meeting on April 29 – 30, 2009. I attended the meeting via webinar, as did all observers. The meeting began with a series of talks by invited experts, such as Brian Wansink, PhD, Frank Sacks, MD, and more. The remainder of the meeting revolved around presentations of the subcommittee reports. Attending meeting #3 again proved to be enlightening and educational.
The longest (2 years) and largest (~800 people) randomized control trial (the gold standard of studies) reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (2/27/09) was designed to answer the seemingly age-old question What’s the Best Diet for Weight Loss? The study was funded by National Institutes of Health and conducted by leading obesity researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Pennington Research Center in Louisiana.
Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy
- confused about whether you need to limit the amount of carbohydrate you eat?
- baffled by what’s more important: controlling glucose, blood pressure or heart health?
- frustrated trying to lose weightl, keep pounds off and manage diabetes?
- overwhelmed by food labels, nutrition facts and ingredients lists?
Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, now in its 5th edition, is thorough, yet practical and realistic in its approach. This perennial best-seller, published by the American Diabetes Association, has become the go-to resource on why, what and how much to eat for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Readers find cut-to-the-chase advice in three easy-to-digest sections. Section one is: Nutrition and Health Eating Basics. Section two is: Foods by Group, in-depth detail about each food group including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sweets and desserts and convenience foods. Section three is: Putting Healthy Eating for Diabetes Control into Action, covering how to preplan, supermarket shop, read food and nutrition labels, eat healthier restaurant meals and much more. This action oriented book helps readers slowly but surely change their food choices and eating behaviors for good.
Table of Contents
Introduction to 5th Edition
Section 1: Diabetes, Nutrition, and Healthy Eating Basics
- Chapter 1: About Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes and Why They Happen
- Chapter 2: How to Eat Healthy with Diabetes
- Chapter 3: About Calories, Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat
- Chapter 4: Sodium, Potassium, and Blood Pressure Control
- Chapter 5: Vitamins, Minerals, and Dietary Supplements
- Chapter 6: Personalize Your Healthy Eating Plan
- Chapter 7: Secrets of Losing Weight and Keeping Pounds Off for Good
Section 2: Foods by Group
- Chapter 8: Starches
- Chapter 9: Vegetables (Non Starchy)
- Chapter 10: Fruits
- Chapter 11: Milks and Yogurts
- Chapter 12: Protein Foods
- Chapter 13: Fats and Oils
- Chapter 14: Sweets, Desserts, and Other Sugary Foods
- Chapter 15: Beverages: Nonalcoholic
- Chapter 16: Beverages: Alcoholic
- Chapter 17: Combination, Convenience, and Free Foods
Section 3: Putting Healthy Eating for Diabetes Control into Action
- Chapter 18: Change Your Food Choices and Eating Behaviors Slowly
- Chapter 19: Planning: A BIG Key to Healthy Eating
- Chapter 20: Control Your Portions
- Chapter 21: Lean on the Food Label and Nutrition Facts
- Chapter 22: Skills and Strategies for Healthy Restaurant Eating
- Chapter 23: Get the Support You Need Up Close or Virtual
Oh yes, it’s that time of year to once again commit to losing weight for good. And the headlines from myriad media outlets are ready to provide you with umpteen quick weight loss schemes and promises to make this simpler than ever. The problem is that the only way to lose weight and - the hardest part - keep it off for good, is to make slow and steady positive changes over time. Yes it’s hard work that takes diligence and perseverance!
For starters be honest with yourself about your for better or worse food habits.
A key, yet woefully underreported, conclusion to many health behavior change studies in the areas of weight, diabetes and/or blood pressure management; point to the importance of consistent and continuous support over time. This has evolved to be an essential component to help people achieve their health goals and support their efforts to continue practicing new found healthy lifestyle behaviors.