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Jill Weisenberger

The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health.

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It has been awhile since my last post—too long! I’m excited to tell you about a new series you’ll be seeing on Neily on Nutrition. With so many amazing colleagues authoring books—what better way to share than through my blog.

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Kristine James

Together with Kristine James, a dietetic student at Kansas State University, we’ll be featuring books written by registered dietitian nutritionists focused on helping you live a healthier lifestyle.

I first chose registered dietitian nutritionist Jill Weisenberger for Kristine to interview because Jill has not one, but three books. Her third book was recently released 21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Heart but it’s actually Jill’s second book I’m most interested in, The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps YOU Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health

Here’s Kristine’s interview! Continue reading

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE answers the question: Should you weigh?

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To weigh or not to weigh – when to use the scale and when not

Jill Weisenberger, author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health and I had a chance to talk about diabetes and weight management. Jill is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. (To watch the interview, scroll to the bottom or click here.)

Neily: One question that I get a lot is about the scale. What do you answer when somebody says how often should I weigh or even should I weigh?
Jill: That’s another one of those questions that is very personal. Each person is going to answer that differently. You know, for somebody, who gets on that scale and those numbers freak that person out, don’t weigh. It’s ok, don’t weigh. But that’s really unfortunate because we’re not measured by the number on the scale.
Neily: Yeah, it’s not like you’re walking around with the number on your forehead…
Jill: That’s right and that number does not reflect our self worth. So, it is very unfortunate but it does seem to affect quite a number of people. They see a number on the scale, they don’t like it and it upsets them terribly. Those people, I don’t think, should weigh. But if you can look at that number on the scale as something that carries no judgment, it’s just information, it’s okay. The number on the scale is just information that can tell you if you need to make changes or if the plan you are using right now works. You can weigh yourself once a week, twice a week, three times a week, whatever works as long as you can use it as information. As soon as you put judgment on it, then it takes away (the value). The other thing is to pick a scale that is at least close to being accurate. So, this is how I tell people to know their scale is something they can use. Get on it three times, one right after the other and every time the scale should be within a pound of the other measurements you got. So if it is 187 and186 and 187, then it’s a great scale to use. But if it is 187 and 183 and 191, then put that in the garage sale.
Neily: You might have had it stashed away in the closet for a couple of years. So, yes. The digital scales too…I like the digital scales..
Jill: I do too.
Neily: One thing people also ask me is the best time to weigh. I say, first thing in the morning, after you urinate with ideally no clothes on because that’s the time it is most consistent.
Jill: I would agree…
Neily: Some people weigh in the morning and then in the afternoon and it can just be all over the place. So, if they are going to use that…
Jill: Right. Because a big glass of water is going to make a difference.
Neily: Exactly. Excellent. So, again Jill, great to see you. Great talking to you. Jill’s book is Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health. Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition.

Practical advice from diabetes expert Jill Weisenberger on setting a goal weight

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How should you set a goal weight? RD and diabetes educator Jill Weisenberger explains

Jill Weisenberger, registered dietitian and diabetes educator and author of the book Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health
and I talk about setting a goal weight. (To watch the video, scroll to the bottom or click here.)

Neily: So Jill, A lot of people who have type 2 diabetes are often overweight. I imagine you must deal with individuals for weight loss.
Jill: Right. I do. Whether they have diabetes or not, there are a lot of people interested in weight loss now.
Neily: Exactly. So talking about setting goals, for weight loss, what would you…..
Jill: Like a weight loss goal, like how much to lose….
Neily: Yes.
Jill: That’s a question I get a lot actually, how much weight should I lose? And I don’t like to answer that question because it’s a very personal thing. I can throw out a number but is that something that is meaningful to that person who wants to lose weight? So I try not to answer that question, but I can recommend. One of the things that I tell people is that any amount of weight loss matters even if just a couple of pounds.
Neily: Exactly.
Jill: So we can start with just a few pounds or we might look at about 10 percent of the body weight. So someone who weighs 200 pounds, 10 percent would be 20 pounds. That’s not such a huge goal that it seems unattainable but it’s enough that they have to really work at it—change their eating habits, develop new habits and the benefit is huge. For somebody who is in the early stages of insulin resistance or early stages of type 2 diabetes, that amount of weight loss can help. So maybe they can get by with less medication. Or maybe do not need an increase in medication for several more years. It reduces the risk of cancer and high   blood pressure, it lowers cholesterol level. So it’s just a small amount—I   suggest people just start with 10 percent.
Neily: Yes. Even 5 percent is helpful. And it’s better to lose some weight and keep it off than…
Jill: Putting it back on…
Neily: Exactly
Jill: It’s not a race. The winner is the one that keeps it off—not the one that loses it.
Neily: There you go. Fantastic. Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition. Jill can be reached at www.JillWeisenberger.com

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.

 

Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week. An interview with author Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE

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Interview with RD Jill Weisenberger author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week

I was so fortunate to catch my friend and peer, Jill Weisenberger, for some interviews during a long layover in Dallas. She is a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian AND now author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health. (To watch video scroll to bottom or click here.)

Neily: Congratulations Jill! Where can we get the book?
Jill: Thank you. You can get it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, the publishers—the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org). If it’s not in the bookstore yet, it will be there any day. (NOTE: Jill’s book IS now available in bookstores.)
Neily: Wonderful. So, someone who is diagnosed with diabetes. What would be the first words you would say to them?
Jill: Well, often the first thing I SEE in people, is a down look, they’re feeling very upset with this diagnosis. And I can understand that because this is a life-changing diagnosis. But my first bit of advice is not to despair and get some education. There are so many resources out there. We just need to ask our physicians for referrals and we can get what we need. Really and truly all   the resources are out there. So the first thing would be to get a referral for diabetes self-management education classes. That is usually about 9 hours and it could be over several days or over several weeks. And then I would also ask for a referral to a registered dietitian for medical nutrition therapy. Somebody can help you plan the diet that is right for you, right for   your diabetes, along with your medication, your lifestyle, your food preferences. Doesn’t mean you do not have to make changes because you do, but things can be tailored for you. So, it is a very time intensive illness but it can be managed. It starts with education and a good attitude and a willingness to take on new things.
Neily: Excellent. So, there is no ‘diabetic diet’ per se. A registered dietitian is going to help you to plan specifically for you.
Jill: Right. What we often hear about the ‘diabetic diet’ but nothing like that really exists. So there are many ways to a healthy plate. And a registered dietitian can help that person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes find his or her own healthy path to eat right.
Neily: Great. And to help you out, Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week: A Safe, Effective Method for Losing Weight and Improving Your Health by Jill Weisenberger. Available now. Thanks so much Jill—great to see you! And thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition and we’ll see you in the next video.
  (Make sure to read and/or watch all 5 interviews with Jill!)

 

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