Lara Rondinelli's Past Columns

December 2010: Diabetes Eating Do's and Don'ts
Simple tips for healthy eating.

October 2010: Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Pumpkin recipes are more than just a Halloween tradition.

August 2010: Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast ideas for those eating low carb.

June 2010: Are You Eating Too Many Carbs?
Do you know how many carbs you're eating?

April 2010: Eating for Gestational Diabetes
Tips and a sample menu.

February 2010: Time Savers
Fast, favorite heart healthy meals.

January 2010: Are You Feeling Food Deprived?
How to adapt to new diet changes.

December 2009: How to Gain Weight and Maintain Glucose Levels
Advice for people with diabetes trying to gain weight.

August 2009: Mix-and-Match Salads
A healthy salad doesn't have to be boring!

June 2009: Top 10 LC Foods (Low Carb & Low Cost!)
Get the list -- low carb foods that are kind to your wallet.

April 2009: Falling Short on Fiber Foods?
If you have diabetes, you should get friendly with fiber.

March 2009 -The How and Why of Celiac Disease and Diabetes
Celiac expert Stefano Guandalini tells why you may need another celiac disease test, and more.

February 2009 - Gluten-Free, Carb-Friendly Menus & Snacks
Eating gluten-free for celiac disease and low-carb for diabetes can be challenging to say the least. Here are some great ideas to make this devilish duo more manageable.

January 2009 - Diabetes and Celiac: What Carbs Can I Eat?
Diabetes is tough to contend with on its own, but when you throw celiac disease into the mix it can seem nearly impossible to find "safe" foods.

December 2008 - The Portion Problem
Even if we weren't tempted by the endless array of unhealthy food products, we'd still be sabotaged by the explosion in portion sizes.

November 2008 - "Please, Just Tell Me What to Eat!"
10 tips for the newly diagnosed on how to enjoy healthy eating with diabetes.

October 2008 - Healthy Fall Comfort Foods
Comfort foods can be modified from their original version to be healthy and delicious.

September 2008 - Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and gives you energy to begin the day.

August 2008 - Lap Band Surgery: A Better Last Resort?
Lap-band surgery is now being performed more frequently.

July 2008 - Healthy Eating When Traveling
A person with diabetes has a lot to remember when traveling.

June 2008 - Lighten Up this Summer
Summer can be an easy season for healthy eating if you plan it right.

May 2008 - Are You Eating Your Veggies?
Vegetables are one of the healthiest foods in our diet.

April 2008 - Healthy Snacks and Sweet Treats
Snacks may be necessary for some people with diabetes on certain oral medications or insulin.

March 2008 - Yogurt: The Sweet and Convenient Health Food
A wonderful, natural health food packed full of calcium and protein that can be low in carbohydrates.

February 2008 - Go Nuts for Your Heart
Protecting your heart includes decreasing unhealthy fats and increasing the healthy ones -- like those found in nuts.

January 2008 -Eleven Great New Year Goals for 2008
Some motivating New Year tips for eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight.

December 2007 - Winter Dinner Survival Guide
Healthy meal ideas to get you through holiday season and beyond.

November 2007 - Healthy Kitchen Essentials
Foods to always have stocked in the kitchen for healthy eating and cooking.

October 2007 - Have a Healthy Halloween Party
If you are having a Halloween party, healthy eating can be a challenge but it's not impossible.

September 2007 - DASH for Lower Blood Pressure
DASH is a way of eating that has been found to lower blood pressure.

August 2007 - Sodium, Diabetes, and Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common among people with diabetes.

July 2007 - It's More Than Carbs
Many carbohydrate foods are very healthy for those with diabetes.

June 2007 - Summer Picnic Makeover
Enjoy your summer party with great tasting, flavor-packed healthy food.

May 2007 - Lighten Up for Spring
Spring can be very motivating for people who want to eat healthier.

April 2007 - Diabetes and Celiac Disease
Two different diseases, same goal for a healthy diet.

March 2007 - Fighting the Fads
Tips for long-term, healthy eating.

January 2007 - New Year, New Eating (The Plate Method)
Eating methods make it easy to get started on healthy regimen.

December 2006 - Eating and Cooking Tips for a Healthy Holiday
Enjoying the holiday spread without packing on the pounds.

November 2006 - Carb Counting Those Challenging Foods
Learning to estimate the carb content of your favorite foods.

October 2006 - Eating at Restaurants with Diabetes
Whatever your taste, you can keep your blood sugar in check.

September 2006 - Eating Out with Diabetes
In an on-the-go world, a little planning can help keep high sugar levels at bay.

August 2006 - Healthy Lunch Ideas
From office lunches to school lunches, keeping your choices healthy.

July 2006 - Sweet Treats
Delicious decisions are a snap when you know the food facts.

June 2006 - Time to Get Your Grill On!
Outdoor cooking tips for the summertime or any time.

May 2006 - The Seven Habits of Successful Healthy Eating
Take control to lose weight and improve blood sugar.

April 2006 - Spring into Good Nutrition
Take advantage of nature's healthy treats this season.

March 2006 - The Truth About Carbs
What you can eat depends on your needs.

February 2006 - Love Your Heart
Think fats, fish, and fiber when improving your diet choices.

January 2006 - The New Food Guide Pyramid
New dietary recommendations make it easy to make personalized plans.

December 2005 - Have a Lighter New Year
Set realistic goals when resolving to improve your diet.

November 2005 - Have a Healthy Holiday
Enjoy the season by eating smarter, not less.

September 2005 - Enjoy Healthy Fall Recipes
Fall's fabulous four dish up color, flavor, and diabetes-fighting nutrients.

NOTE: The information provided in these columns is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: May 01, 2013

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