All posts by Megan Kutchman

Megan Kutchman is a freelance writer and mom who suffered gestational diabetes in all of her pregnancies. While struggling to find the right food choices for diabetes, she learned a lot about how to control blood sugar and eat right. She shares that knowledge, along with the passion that everyone should be in control of their health, in her blog,

Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics

ms. independentWhen I first began this site, it was intended to provide an easy list of low carb snacks for diabetics, and I remain true to that goal today, though with a few side trips. ūüôā ¬†Let’s face it: eating is hard when you’re a diabetic. ¬†When you first get that diagnosis, it is like the world is closing in, and suddenly everything changes. ¬†At first, it seems like a death sentence, like life as you know it will forever change into something miserable, flavorless, and full of rules. ¬†As time goes on, though, your outlook starts to change, and things don’t seem so bad after all. ¬†To get to that point, however, you need an easy path to take to help make good choices. ¬†This site, and this post about low carb snacks for diabetics, will help you make easy choices that don’t require a lot of thought, time or effort to enjoy. Continue reading

Is Hummus Low Carb?

boyfriend bento 5-19-07I have noticed many searches on the question, “Is hummus low carb?”, so I wanted to write a post to address this. How you define hummus depends entirely on how you eat it. Hummus is not meant to be eaten alone like a sauce, but rather as a dip or spread to be enjoyed with another food. For that reason, even though hummus may seem to have a high carb count, it is actually low carb when taken in context.

One entire cup of hummus has 35 grams of carbs. You may look at that and think there’s no way we could say hummus is low carb, but have you ever sat down and tried to eat a whole cup of hummus? Talk about a bellyache! Also, it is important to consider that in that same cup of hummus, you are getting 20 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber. Not many low carb snacks can boast such impressive numbers. Continue reading

The 5 Most Important Things to Learn about Low Carb Snacks

AppleMany people, when confronted with the idea of going on a low carb diet, either because they need to for diabetes or other health issues, or because they are trying to lose weight, approach low carb foods with the idea of finding ways to eat the way they did before they went low carb. What I mean is that we are constantly seeking ways to have our cake and eat it too, such as with low carb sugar¬†options or low carb noodles. ¬†While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can be quite self defeating if you expect to enjoy things the way you did before your low carb diet. ¬†Here are some important things to remember when it comes to low carb snacks and dieting. Continue reading

Video: Beat Sugar Addiction, ABC News Interview with Doctor Jacob Teitelbaum

Sugar in itself is not bad, but our consumption, quoted in this video at 150 pounds per year per person, is bad. Dr. Teitelbaum thinks we don’t need to cut sugar out completely, but instead “save it for dessert.” I agree with that. I think a strong attack on sugar addiction is important – cutting it out completely until your body recovers is a good plan, and then slowly allowing it back in, in moderation. This video talks about the four types of sugar addiction, their causes and treatments. Continue reading

Low Carb Noodles: Shirataki and Other Pasta Choices for Diabetics

Happy PastaLike many things we give up on a diabetic diet, pasta seems to be a difficult one to overcome. Many people are looking to replace traditional noodles with low carb noodles that they can eat without fear of blood sugar spikes. Fortunately, manufacturers are answering the call and there are many more options on the market than ever before. Continue reading

Video: Expanded Explanation of Glycemic Index Foods and Your Body’s Reaction to Sugar

This video talks more about the Glycemic Index and how our bodies become used to high levels of sugar, causing cravings and low blood sugar after eating. By following a diet that is primarily made up of low GI foods, your body can adjust to its natural state that is not dependent on sugar, allowing you to quit sugar and reduce sugar cravings until you no longer “need” sugar. It is amazing just how different life is when you break sugar’s control over your eating habits. I wish we had done it years ago.

Recommended Blood Glucose Levels

We talk about carbs and diabetic diet info here, but we haven’t really covered the recommended blood glucose levels before. ¬†You can’t be on a low carb diabetic diet without having a target in mind, so knowing what your blood sugar should be is a pretty critical component in the overall picture. ¬†To get started, let’s talk about what types of blood glucose readings you will take, and then what those should be. Continue reading

Nearly a Quarter of Adolescents Have Prediabetes or Diabetes

Yep, you read that right: nearly one-quarter of adolescents in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes.¬† That just about — not quite — leaves me speechless. ¬†Twenty-five percent of our nation’s youth are facing a life of carb counting, potential health complications, and increased risk factors for heart disease, just to name a few of their issues. ¬†If you have encountered the struggles of a life with diabetes, you can probably envision my heartache at reading those words. ¬†What are we doing wrong? ¬†This rate has dramatically¬†increased from nine percent in 2000, a mere 12 years ago. ¬†That means we are raising up children with a grim future, but how? Continue reading

Can Reducing Plastics in Your Life Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes?

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.We know that poor diet and lack of exercise are main risk factors for type 2 diabetes. We know that syndromes like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and metabolic syndrome are also risk factors for type 2 diabetes, which is why lifestyle changes to reduce obesity, improve diet and increase activity are so effective at combating the blood sugar issues associated with diabetes. For those of you who have made all these changes but are still struggling with blood sugar control, there is a very real and very dangerous culprit that could be at least partially to blame: the phthalates found in many plastics. Continue reading