Our February 24, 2015 Twitter chat explored diabetes and food choices, and how diabetics can correctly combine foods to stay healthy and in control of their condition.

Jewels Doskicz, RN (@She_Sugar), once again joined us as our Twitter chat host offering her insights as a type 1 diabetic, mother to a type 1 diabetic and nurse as she has in our previous Tuesday Twitter chats.

Our featured guest was Stefanie Sacks (@stefanie_sacks), culinary nutritionist, MS, CNS, CDN. Stefanie is also the author of the book What the Fork Are You Eating?, and is also a radio-show host, educator, and consultant who works towards helping people make better food choices.

We welcomed everyone to our Twitter chat on and allowed everyone to make introductions, get to know each other, and greet friends from previous chats, then jumped into our questions and discussions for the evening.

Question 1

After you or your loved one's diabetes diagnosis, how did you think your food choices would be affected?

For darthskeptic (@darthskeptic), a diabetes diet has pretty much always been a part of life.
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But for many, getting diagnosed with diabetes was a big change that they originally thought meant saying goodbye to many of the foods they loved.

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Question 2

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Chris Clem (@Brizeater) pointed out that one of our previous special guests, Laura Cipullo (@MomDishesItOut), said, "All foods fit. All bodies fit."

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Jewels agreed with this saying, "Moderation sticks - super 'strict' diets tend to be short lived."

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As important as moderation is, Stefanie Sacks also thinks that there may be some foods we should look into just cutting out. The ingredients she recommends thinking twice about are "chemical preservatives, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, tons of sugar, trans fats, and more."

Question 3

As mentioned in question 1, a lot of people think there are certain foods that diabetics just can't eat. Question 3 addresses where people think these ideas come from.

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Question 4

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(YDMV meaning your diabetes may vary)

Stefanie Sacks agrees that "every diet should be personalized. Diabetes or not."

Question 5

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This is where the importance of food combining comes in, like Jewels pointed out.

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Question 6

Next, we asked our Twitter chat participants to throw out some ideas for diabetic snacks and healthy eating options.

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Here are some of the suggestions that Twitter chat participants gave:

Rose (@rosie_tomato) recommended a spoonful of peanut butter and Jenn C (@jennmamabear) suggested some delicious fruit.

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Our special guest, Stefanie, added recommendations of fresh vegetables, legumes, or animal proteins, and quinoa with olive oil, smoothies with fresh fruit, a tall glass of fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, or whole-grain bread with almond butter and honey.

Closing

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's Twitter chat, and an extra thank you to Stefanie Sacks for lending her expert knowledge as our special guest and Jewels for moderating.

Join us next week Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm ET using #DCDE.