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Nutrition Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is important part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is important for everyone. For those people who have diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes, diet and exercise is even more important. Balancing what you eat and staying active are key to managing diabetes. 

Having diabetes does not mean that you can't enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as everyone else. You can learn to eat healthful meals, and even include your favorite foods so that you can thrive with diabetes. 

Sometimes it helps to discuss a lifestyle with diabetes with others. We invite you to attend a free support group at Johnson Memorial Hospital

Our internal medicine specialists are also available to answer questions and help you with diabetic care. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Diabetes

How Alcohol Affects People With Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you have diabetes, you likely have a lot of concerns regarding food and drink. If you have just been diagnosed, you probably have even more questions. Diabetes does not mean that you can never have your favorite foods or enjoy a little social hour with your friends. Like all things, moderation is the key. 

A big concern for those with diabetes, is blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar under control is the main thing you can do to keep your body functioning the way it should be. People with diabetes should be especially careful with alcohol. Alcohol causes blood sugar to rise, and it can interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Diabetes

Tips for Basic Meal Planning and Nutrition for Toddlers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

It's normal for toddlers to be picky eaters. Offering healthy and nutrition foods will help maximize nutrition and get the most out of meals and snacks. Take a look at the tips below to help you plan healthy nutritious options for your toddler (and get even more resources on meal planning for the entire family here).

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Topics: Nutrition, Moms

Fall Treats That Won't Kill Your Nutrition Plan

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Fall is such a fun time of year! The flavors of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkins just scream "FALL!" don't they? With all the apple picking, pumpkin patches, and trick-or-treating, it can be hard to find treats that fit within your nutrition plan. Pies and candy, while delicious, aren't the healthiest of choices.

Apples and pumpkins are both loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals making them a great part of a healthy diet. Cutting back on the sugary treats, but still enjoying the flavors of fall is a great way to stick to your plan. Everyone has different nutritional needs, but today we will focus on fun and healthy fall treats.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness

Juicing Fads: Health Benefits or Hoax?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Juicing. If you search the Internet, you'll find thousands of articles. This shows that it's a popular idea, but does that mean it is the healthiest way to get your fix of fruits and vegetables? You can find articles promoting both sides of the argument. Today, let's focus on what the trusted sources say. Then, you can decide what is right for you and your family.

Juicing Vs. Whole Fruits & Vegetables

While juicing does get you concentrated does of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, it takes out the skin, pith, and peel which is where the fiber and other important nutrients are stored. Some claim juicing

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness, Health Care

"Clean Eating" and Other Popular Health Phrases Explained

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

If you are looking for information about different types or theories of eating, you will often hear buzz words. 

It seems that a new "diet" is being introduced all the time. Emily Wolfe, a registered dietitian at Johnson Memorial Health, says, "I talk to patients regarding the benefits of eating more whole, unprocessed foods; however, a healthy diet can be achieved with all types of food sources. I feel that ALL foods can fit into a healthy diet and that a healthy diet does not need to consist of special, sometimes more expensive, foods." 

She listed some easy ways to introduce a more "clean" diet:

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

Understanding the Paleo Diet: Is It For You?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

You have probably heard of the hugely popular Paleo diet. Maybe you've heard it called the caveman diet or the primal diet. The premise is that modern diets rely too much on processed foods. If we eat like our ancestors, we'd be healthier and less obese.

Read on for more details of this trendy topic, and then you can make a decision if it is right for you.

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Topics: Nutrition

The Basics of Building a Tasty Nutritious Smoothie

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Smoothies are are great way to get a quick dose of vitamins and minerals. They are a great choice for a healthy breakfast, snack, or post-workout boost because they are so quick, easy, and nutritious.

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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness

Healthy Recipes Using Farmers Market Finds

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The farmers market is a great place to find the freshest sweet corn, the reddest, ripest tomatoes and the most fragrant, flavorful strawberries. Taste heirloom vegetables and fruits and sample hard-to-find foods like morel mushrooms and white peaches.

Many vendors offer recipes and cooking tips. Some sell house-made jams and hearth-baked breads, free-range chickens and fresh eggs, and local honey.

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

How Heart Healthy Is Your Diet? [Quiz]

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 31, 2015 10:30:00 AM

It's the last day for National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” If you've been following the blog, you'll know we've been focusing on heart healthy diets this month. Ready to test your knowledge?

Take our fun, 10-question quiz to find out how your diet measures up!  

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Topics: Nutrition, Wellness