Health Notes

Diet and Diabetes? A Dietitian Can Help

by Martha Nepper, MS, RDN, LMNT, CDE on August 27, 2014

8-27-14 RD and DiabetesDo have you have diabetes and need help managing your health?  Would you like to lose weight but don’t know where to start? Visiting with a dietitian can give you some great tools to help you put you on the right nutritional path no matter your goals.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who can give you practical solutions to help you eat healthier. When it comes to managing diabetes or even losing weight, a dietitian can develop a meal plan that includes foods you usually eat and will fit into your lifestyle.

Dietitians have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or a related field from a college or university, completed an internship where they receive hands-on training, and passed a rigorous registration exam. Most dietitians now have Master’s Degree (MS) in similar fields, such as health education or public health. Most dietitians in Nebraska are also licensed in the State of Nebraska to provide medical nutrition therapy.

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Recipe: Fire Up Some Fresh Veggies

by admin on August 20, 2014

Itching to do something awesome with what’s growing in your garden? Time to slice and dice those fresh, nutritious vegetables into a delicious side dish. Roasting veggies is a great way to enjoy the fruits of your labor… or add summer sizzle by tossing them on the grill!

Roasted Vegetables

(Gluten-Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound white turnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 pound winter squash, such as Hubbard or butternut, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 whole head of garlic, skin removed, broken into cloves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste

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Your Questions Answered: “Do I REALLY Need to Exercise?”

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Q. I just had weight loss surgery, and am looking forward to dropping lots of weight… but do I REALLY need to exercise? I was hoping that just cutting my food intake would be enough. I’m not a fan of the gym. A. Bariatric surgery is about more than just altering the way you digest […]

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Exercise: Avoiding the Plateau Pitfalls

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How is YOUR exercise program going?  Have you reached a point that your body has adapted to the stresses you are putting on it?  In other words, have you developed an “exercise plateau?” This is common with exercise routines.  Our bodies adapt to the work load we are asking of it and we start to […]

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Bariatric Surgery and your Bowels

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It’s time to talk about that one thing few people really want to discuss. The side effects bariatric surgery will have on your bowels. First of all, yes, having bariatric surgery will change your bathroom habits. After all, we’re making changes to the way your body processes food. Some may find what happens on the […]

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Recipe: A Healthy Twist on a Summer Picnic Favorite

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Ahh, summer… A time for enjoying the outdoors and finding ways to beat the heat. Picnics are a summertime staple, but the salads can weigh down more than just your picnic basket. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite, potato salad, that adds a healthy option to your outdoor lunch.   Picnic Potato Salad […]

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Your Questions Answered: “What Apps Can Really Help with Weight Loss?”

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Q. I have been dieting on and off for years, with no real success that sticks. I’m preparing for bariatric surgery, and want to get my mind and body ready now. Do you have any apps that you recommend that can help me along? A. What a great question! With so much new technology (and […]

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Exercise: Stretch and Recover Days

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Recovery is a main cog in any exercise routine. Feeling sore, worn out and emotionally lost when it comes to reaching our exercise goals happens to many people. That’s why it’s so important to plan and use our recovery days to our own emotional and physical advantage. Simple stretching, breathing and yoga poses can calm […]

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Babies after Weight Loss? Yes!

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It’s a question I get asked a lot: Can I still have children after bariatric surgery? Pregnancy after weight loss surgery is not only possible, surgery may actually help you have a healthier baby. It is all a matter of timing and being smart about when you become pregnant. Any pregnancy after bariatric surgery needs […]

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Recipe: Summer Soup Soothes the Soul

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are just part of what makes summer so appetizing. This sweet Cantaloupe Soup is a picture-pretty first course for a summer meal for diabetics and those watching their weight. Make in advance and serve chilled. Cantaloupe Soup (Gluten-Free, Gout-Friendly) Ingredients 2 cantaloupes 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup […]

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