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    GlucoMenu® Newsletter January 3-9, 2011

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    Message from Christine:

    Hi Everyone!  This week's newsletter includes:
    1. Blood Sugar Ranges
    2. Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup Recipe
    3. Portion Sizes
    4. What to drink besides water? (E-mail to Christine)
    5. Support Group
    Make it a great week!

    Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
    GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

    Featured Article:  Blood Sugar Ranges

    Where should blood sugar be to avoid complications?  What are normal blood sugar ranges for healthy people?

    Blood Sugar Ranges (pdf document)

    GlucoMenu® Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup

    Recipe Ingredients:
    1 - 10.75 oz. can Campbells Cream of Mushroom
    Soup, 98% fat free condensed
    1/2 cup carrots, sliced
    2 cups mushrooms, sliced
    6 fl. oz. nonfat milk
    16 fl. oz. water
    2/3 cup dry wild rice
    1 t. dried rosemary
    1 t. dried thyme
    1 t. black pepper

    Recipe Directions:
    1.  Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan.
    2.  Bring to a boil while stirring.  Reduce heat and cook on medium for an additional 15-20 minutes until rice is tender.
    3.  Serve.
    4.  Makes 4 servings.

    Nutrition Facts per serving:
    Calories: 182,  Carbohydrate: 31 g,  Fiber: 3 g,  Fat: 3 g,  Protein: 8 g,  Sodium: 564 mg


    Size up your portions!  Having a good understanding of how much a portion is can help you to control the amount of carbohydrate consumed and decreases chances of overeating.  Often foods can be sized up by comparison to household items.
    • A medium potato is the size of a computer mouse.
    • A standard size of a bagel is the size of a hockey puck.
    • A cup of fruit is the size of a baseball.
    • Three ounces of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. 
    • One ounce of cheese is the size of 4 dice. 

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    Ronzoni Smart Taste Thin Spaghetti:
    "The American Diabetes Association states 1/3 cup of cooked pasta equals 1 carbohydrate choice..."

    Mission Carb Balance Tortillas Soft Taco Size:
    "Look for whole grain and low carbohydrate tortillas for added fiber when available.  Add salsa, sprinkle on a little mozzarella cheese..."

    Crystal Light Sugar Free Iced Tea:
    "This beverage is very low in calories and carbohydrate and can be consumed more often.  The American Diabetes Association recognizes this as a free food..."

    E-mails to Christine:

    Q:  I am not a great water drinker and tend to go for the juices.  What can I drink instead of water?

    A:    Fruit juices are definitely not sugar free.  Juice tends to be one of the quickest ways to increase blood sugar.  Instead of juices, you might look at...

    Read Christine's Entire Answer

    GlucoMenu® Support Group:

    In this issue:
    1. Diabetes Type II second opinion
    2. Glucophage side effects?
    3. Just call me Allie...
    4. Diabetes & steroids?
    5. Diabetes poor control... help!
    6. Where can I find a month of menus?
    7. How do I help my husband? (response)


    I love the fact that I just have to purchase the stuff and prepare it...  no writing down everything or trying to concoct a meal myself...  Keep up the good work and I am so pleased that I found your site!

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