Our Twitter chat on January 27 addressed diabetic's relationship with food and nutrition. Some with diabetes may feel like they have this completely under control, while for some it may be a daily struggle.

We were once again joined by Jewels Doskicz (@She_Sugar), type 1 diabetic and diabetes advocate, as our host.

Special guest Laura Cipullo (@MomDishesItOut) joined us this week to give her advice as a registered dietician, certified diabetes educator, and eating disorder specialist. To learn more about her expertise and her stance on clean eating, you can read more here.

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Question 1

Our first question started by getting a basic idea of what eating healthy means to everyone in the chat.

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While some had a very traditional idea of what cleaning means…

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…others took clean eating to be a much more loose term.

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Cipullo summed it up best by saying that clean eaters choose healthy foods based on whatever their definition of health is. This can include a paleo diet, a raw diet, a low carb/high protein diet, or whatever other way you choose to eat.

Question 2

Our next questions was much more specific to diabetics' relationship with food. We asked, "How do fat and protein affect your blood sugars?"

Jewels, who is always a source of knowledge, told us:

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Our participant Jade Springart (@WRIFJade) didn't seem to notice the effects of fat and protein.

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Though others noticed drastic changes in conjunction with fat and protein, which shows how differently diabetes and what you eat affects people.

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Question 3

The next question we asked our Twitter chat participants was:

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Almost everyone agreed that you can (and should) eat what you want, as long as you are thinking healthy and taking things in moderation.

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Of course the foods that work for one person, may not work as well for another. As Chris Clem (@Brizeater) shared, "Q3. For me? YES. For All? Hard to say. Your diabetes may vary." Deciding how to eat healthy is all about what works for you and your diet.

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But, I think everyone could agree that there are certain foods that maybe diabetics and non-diabetics should just leave out of their diet.

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Question 4

The next question we asked was, "How do we find a comfortable space with recommendations vs. real life? How do you adapt and make it more realistic?"

Craig (@HumnPincushion) gave some great advice saying, "Q4: Take recommendations in2 consideration, but ultimately its what works 4 you. No diet works if its not something you can stick 2."

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Laura Cipullo recommending her book Health Habits for those who may be trying to teach their family and children how to adopt healthy eating practices.

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Question 5

The last question that we asked covered an important topic that isn't often talked about in the diabetic community. "Why do you think eating disorders are common in diabetics?"

Cipullo started by giving us some background information on the subject saying, "EDO and DM1 are esp high in teen girls. Many girls get diagnosed with dm1 in adolescence, which is prime time for EDO." She went on saying, "Greater emphasis on diet, exercise, weight, and health only adds to the emotional complexities of adolescence triggering #edo."

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Closing

Thank you for another great Twitter chat!

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Join us next week, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EST for our next Twitter chat by using #DCDE.

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