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March 4th, 2011 - By Lari Robling

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What happens when an individual first gets a diagnosis of diabetes? Registered Dietician Katie Cavuto Boyle says it can be overwhelming. She’ll give you some first steps, encouragement and a recipe that’s easy and enjoyable for the whole family.


A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. There’s medical information, treatment schedules and, a whole new way of eating. Registered Dietician Katie Cavuto Boyle says educating yourself is the best way to gain control of the situation.

Katie Cavuto Boyle: “Most people think that a cardiac diet or a diabetic diet are punishment. When in reality, that is how we all should be eating on a regular basis.”

Lari Robling: “Does it matter if you’re diagnosed type 1 or type 2?”

Registered Dietician Katie Cavuto Boyle

Katie Cavuto Boyle: “There’s different medical treatments for type 1 and type 2. But, from a nutrition standpoint the thing that is most important is being mindful of carbohydrates. People think to themselves well I can never have sweets again, I can never have desserts again. But, in reality there are carbohydrates in a lot of things. Carbohydrates are in dairy products, they are in obviously grains, breads, cereals, crackers, etc. There’s also carbohydrates in fruits and some in vegetables.”

Lari Robling: “I find the glycemic index confusing.”

Katie Cavuto Boyle: “High glycemic index foods are foods that will be digested relatively quickly, versus foods that have a lower glycemic index will not affect or blood sugars quite as severely all at once. So, for example, instead of just eating an apple which digests very quickly. If we eat an apple with some peanut butter the proteins and healthy fats in the peanut butter will actually slow down how quickly those carbohydrates are digested, which will give us better blood sugar control. And I think the most important thing to remember is just to eat good quality products. So, if we are eating whole foods, if we are eating fruits with the skin on them or making sure that we are getting a significant amount of fiber. And, again we are eating whole grains instead of processed refined grains most of those foods will not affect our blood sugars quite as drastically as foods like cane sugars and sweeteners and just processed carbohydrates.”

Lari Robling: “I think it’s hard for some people if they are really used to eating processed food.”

Katie Cavuto Boyle: “It is, unfortunately so many of us aren’t in the kitchen very much anymore, and I think that that’s one of the biggest things as far as kind of taking control of these lifestyle changes.”

Lari Robling: “Give us an easy dish to get started.”

Katie Cavuto Boyle: “We love one-pot meals in my house just because it’s easy to prepare and there’s really easy clean-up. So, something that we love and that is great from a diabetic standpoint is cooking with beans. Beans are a great source of fiber and protein, so they are a healthy carbohydrate. We love to take chicken sausage, which is a leaner meat choice and sauté it up with some kale, which is going to add lots of fiber, and lots of nutrients. Maybe some grape tomatoes and then some cannellini beans. And it’s wonderful, it’s really dynamic in it’s flavor it has this creamy, rich, mouth feel, without adding any fat. And it’s really well-rounded. You have your lean meats, you have your protein, your vegetables, a significant amount of fiber. So, it’s a wonderful, simple meal that will only take you about 15 minutes in the kitchen and it’s great for any diabetic.”

Delicious! Registered Dietician Katie Cavuto Boyle returns next week with tips to add variety and keep the pleasure in a diabetic diet.

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