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Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Very simple steps to start

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD,CDE

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD,CDE

Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Simple steps to start

Jill Weisenberger, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health and I sat down and talked about several diabetes-related topics. This was one in the series – a short interview on very simple things a person newly diagnosed with diabetes can do. To see the interview on video scroll to the bottom. To see all diabetes-related interviews, watch the Diabetes Playlist.

Neily Someone is diagnosed with diabetes but their appointment with the registered dietitian is a few weeks away. What would you recommend?
Jill We’re talking about someone with type 2 diabetes. I think you should just start with what you know to be a healthy plate. So, a lot of vegetables, not a lot of fatty foods, not a lot of sweets, spread your food throughout the day, don’t skips meals. And that – for someone newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes – is probably enough until their appointment.
Neily Ok.
Jill For someone who is overweight with type 2 diabetes, I would do all of that but add in a little bit more of portion control.
Neily Excellent. So people often despair,  but it’s just really that eating a healthy diet till you get to that appointment with the dietitian who can personalize it.
Jill And a dietitian is not going to take away your favorite foods.
Neily Of course..
Jill I always tell people you can eat any food you want but you cannot eat everything you want. You have to make choices. If you want the bread, don’t have the pasta. Or you don’t have the chocolate cake or the chocolate kisses. You have to make choices. It’s just like money. You have the money to go buy something but you don’t have money to buy everything.
Neily Great…wonderful!  Again, Jill Weisenberger, author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health.

 

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