If you live in the US, it’s likely you’ve come across someone in your life who has diabetes or for whom high blood sugar is a concern. It is estimated that over 29 million or 9.3% of the American population has either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and that 86 million are pre-diabetic, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels. That’s a lot! The good news is that although a component of many diabetes cases is genetic, for many, changes in eating and lifestyle can make a significant impact.
Dear Lea: I am reasonably health conscious but when I get hungry, I crave sugary snacks that leave me dissatisfied about half an hour after consumption (low energy, tired, irritable). What types of snacks should I be looking to consume between meals so I don’t have this craving? Also, do you have an opinion on which sweeteners are better than others (e.g., Spelnda vs. Stevia, etc.)? –JH.
Dear Lea: I have been trying to cut body fat since summer is coming up. One of the main tips I got from online is weight training burns more fat than cardio exercises due to muscle building. As a vegetarian, what snacks do you recommend that would help me get to my goal? –GL.
Dear Lea: All I want to do in life is eat junk. My religious organization has a drawer filled with junk food and I can’t seem to stop eating stuff from it. There are chocolates, chips, cookies, old cookies, christmas cookies, more cookies, and you name it. I just love eating from that drawer. How can I stop? –AM
We here at the Tasteful Pantry are SO excited to welcome on board Lea Basch, MS, RD. As a registered dietitian, Lea will not only be helping us to select the delicious and nutritious snacks for our Treat Boxes and Shop, but will also be writing some very interesting and informative blogposts here on the blog about nutrition and special diets. She will also be running a column on the Tasteful Pantry main site (www.tastefulpantry.com) that will answer YOUR specific nutrition questions. Have you had a burning question about how to eat in a healthy way, or how to follow a ‘free-from’ diet? Now is your chance to get a personal response to your question. Just write in to Lea at DearLea@tastefulpantry.com, and get your questions answered here!