Archive for September, 2009

Reasons for Meal Planning if you have Diabetes…

I work with many individuals who have diabetes or are even prediabetic. There is such an important relationship between food and blood sugars. They are directly related to one another. When we eat foods like, whole grains, fruits, dairy, and some vegetables, they eventually end up has glucose or sugar in our blood. When we eat refined carbohydrates like, white flour, baked goods, sugar, white pasta, white bread, white rice, sugary cereals, there is nothing to slow the digestion of the food we just ate. This results in a larger spike in blood sugar. Diabetics don’t have the powerful pancreas that shoots out efficient insulin to lower the blood sugars, therefore need to exercise or take medication for such a large spike. BUT……….If meal planning was practiced, they would be able to achieve the folowing:

  1. Maintain blood glucose as near the normal range as possible.
  2. Maintain cholesterol (blood fats) as near the normal range as possible.
  3. Provide appropriate calories or energy for their body to function more efficiently.
  4. Prevent, delay, or treat diabetes-relateed complications.
  5. Improve health through optimal nutrition.

A Healthy Heart begins with ABC for Diabetes…

a. Keep your A1C levels less the 7%

  • An A1C test measure how much sugar you’ve had in your blood over the past 2-3 months.
  • You should have an A1C test 2-4 times a year.
  • You should continue to self-test your blood sugar levels regularly, such as before meals, 1-2 hours after meals, and at bedtime.

b. Keep blood pressure levels less than 130/80 mm Hg

  • Stop your blood from pushing too hard against vessel walls throughout your body
  • Keep your heart from working too hard.
  • Cut your risk of a heart attack and stroke.

c. Keep cholesterol and blood fats under control

  • HDL cholesterol >40 mg/dL (men) >50 mg/dL  (women)
  • LDL cholesterol <100 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides <150 mg/dL
  • Total cholesterol <200 mg/dL

If you or someone you know is prediabetic or has diabetes, please pass this information on to them. Remember, I am here to help through email, phone, blog, etc. or 508-813-9282.

As the ancient Greek physcian Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be food.”


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Yoga and Nutrition Workshop

One of my preferred forms of getting exercise is yoga. I’ve been practicing for years now, however, each class I go to makes me realize just how useful it is to have an instructor adjusting you in the correct positions to benefit the most from each pose. Along my travels, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Kristine Keay, a fabulous yoga instructor that owns Inspire Me Yoga. She and I have started teaching Yoga and Nutrition Workshops in several different locations. It is obvious after practicing for a period of time, that there is a direct relationship between your whole health, digestive system, behavior change, physical health, mental health, AND Yoga. If you are interested in starting Yoga or have already been practicing and you are interested in what nutrition can do for your body, then check out our next workshop on Sunday, September 27th at 9 – 11:30 am at HOPE FLOATS located at 4 Elm St. in Kingston, MA.

Please call Nicole at 508-813-9282 to register. $35

Yoga and Nutrition

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Planning for Vacations DOOOOO make a difference! : )

Good Morning Nicole,

I did awesome with my eating choices on my Cape vacation; I even lost weight!

I cannot thank you enough.  I think meeting with you right b4 leaving really helped, and I was able to stick to our plan.  I even drank less than we planned. 

 The exercise plan only went so so, but I did keep active, just not hard-core.

 Things I learned:

(1) Take the eating plan just one day at a time; don’t worry about how you will handle tomorrows challenges just stay focus in the present.

 (2) The vacation is not about the food treats, but about the water, family, and fun!

 (3) Having the American Chop Suey already cooked and available to me was a real bonus to success.

 (4) Vacation or hectic unexpected weeks are not an excuse for not eating nutritiously.

 Thank you again; because of your efforts/skills and believe in me, I was able for the first time in a long time to actually feel optimistic that I will get my eating and exercise groove back again and in harmony with each other, even on VACATION!

Take care, Sandy

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Join the Delicious Living Nutrition Team for the Heart Walk 2009!

Just click on the link below to join my team or donate:

October 4th in Carver, MA

Eat Healthy. Walk Healthy. Be Heart Healthy.

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FREE Health Questionnaire!

FREE Health Appraisal Questionnaire! 


Get in tune with your body for Fall!

Find out your current level of health.



  • You will receive your scores electronically via email shortly after you fill out the questionnaire.

Yours in good health,


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The Delicious Living Connection

I am proud to share with you the Fall Edition of The Delicious Living Connection! It is full of fabulous nutritional facts, tips, recipes, and specials. I truly hope you enjoy this edition. If you would like to receive The Delicious Living Connection quarterly, please email me your email address. To view this edition just click the link below.

The Delicious Living Connection: Fall 2009 Edition

Yours in good health,

Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN

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