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Editor's e-Note
Prepping Patients With Type 2 Diabetes for Holiday Parties

The holidays are here, and along with them are the family gatherings and office parties featuring a wide variety of foods and desserts that will tend to be high in fat, sugar, and sodium. For people with diabetes, attending these soirées without having a plan in place could lead to overindulging in these foods that aren’t kind to blood sugar control or A1c levels. One solution is to prepare diabetes-friendly entrées, side dishes, and desserts they can eat at home and/or bring to holiday parties.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) features two side salads and two desserts suggested for those with type 2 diabetes. After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November issue, which includes articles on RDs’ favorite holiday recipes, children and type 2 diabetes, choline’s important role in overall health, and the latest trends in frozen desserts.

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And remember to check out, where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics. We’re welcoming new guest bloggers, so if you’re interested in writing, please contact me at the e-mail above.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Healthful Holiday Recipes for Clients With Type 2 Diabetes
By Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Ah, the holidays are upon us. Don’t you love ’em? I often find myself humming away to plenty a holiday tune. While it can feel like the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays often are overflowing with foods high in salt, sugar, and fat, which can make us feel, well, not so wonderful. Whether it’s a family gathering, a friend’s party, or an office celebration that includes lots of food, cakes, and cookies, the last few months of the year can be a challenge to even the most disciplined, healthful eater. Clients with type 2 diabetes will need to take special care to minimize pitfalls during this time of year amid the many unhealthful foods that will cross their paths.

To ensure the holidays are fun, enjoyable, and stress-free, RDs can help clients with type 2 diabetes develop a strategy and plan ahead so they can avoid eating too many unhealthful foods that aren’t kind to keeping blood sugar and A1c levels under control.

To get a head start on a more healthful holiday season, I’m sharing my favorite recipes that are delicious, easy to make, and diabetes friendly.

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Field Notes
Study Examines Federal Blocking of Sugary Beverage Taxes

Federal, state, and local governments all have roles to play in protecting health. Federal and state governments, however, can alter or hinder state and local activity through a legal mechanism called preemption—when a higher level of government blocks the action of a lower level of government. An increase in state preemption of local food policies led a research team to assess whether preemption of taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) by the federal government would likely be based on Congress’ historical rationales for preempting taxes.

SSBs are associated with obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. As of June 2017, eight US cities have enacted SSB taxes aimed at reducing consumption, and several other states and municipalities are considering them. Excise taxes can reduce consumption, improve health, and raise revenue for budget-constrained governments.

The research team, from New York University’s College of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, reviewed legislative histories of federal bills and laws that had a central and express purpose of preempting state taxes. The goal was to determine whether historical rationales for preempting taxes applied in the case of SSB taxes.

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Why Do Nutrition Recommendations
Keep Changing?

The American Council on Science and Health explains the volatile nature of nutrition research, reporting, and recommendations.

Nutrition Training for Young Doctors
Lacks Bite

In spite of nutrition’s importance for disease prevention, most US medical schools don’t require medical students to learn basic nutrition theory, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reports.
An Easy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

At Thanksgiving, food is priority one. Of all American holidays, Turkey Day seems to be most focused on the traditional meal. Although which foods are a favorite pastime vary from family to family—perhaps Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without Aunt Millie’s sweet potato pie—there are common staples that appear on almost everyone’s holiday menu.

However, for those on special diets or with food intolerances or allergies, not being able to enjoy these tasty traditions with family can be a source of frustration and disappointment.

Imagine you’ve just been diagnosed with celiac disease—how do you face a Thanksgiving dinner? Do you bring your own food, ask the host a million questions, or eat before you arrive? It’s safe to say that all hosts want everyone to enjoy the meal, and not having food for a guest with special dietary needs or accidentally making someone ill can ruin an otherwise perfect day. However, simple planning and basic understanding of gluten-free foods and drinks can make the Thanksgiving meal safe and enjoyable for everyone. The following are tips for ensuring those who must eat gluten-free have something to enjoy at every point in the meal.

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In the December Issue

 • Plant-Based Holiday Appetizers
 • Examining Vitamin E
 • Using Food as Lifestyle Medicine
 • Nutrients for a Sharp Memory
 • High-Protein Diets and Weight Loss
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In this 1 CEU webinar presented on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 2-3 PM EST, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, will address the tools and techniques required to ensure positive patients outcomes while maintaining financial solvency. Specific topics include the nuts and bolts of creating an appropriate practice environment, managing overhead costs, establishing a strong referral base and pricing strategies. The concept of bolstering one's self-confidence will be prevalent throughout. If you are an RD looking to supplement your income, and interested in "exciting" assignments, this webinar is for you! Register Now »

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In this 1 CEU recorded webinar presented by Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, participants will assess the pros and cons of taking insurance and learn the processes for getting started with credentialing, benefits verification, and claim submissions. Attendees will receive information on resources and tools for reimbursement and troubleshooting tips for common roadblocks encountered with insurance companies. This session will primarily focus on working with private pay insurance companies, while addressing some Medicare basics. Register Now »

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