Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

You might want to get some help learning about food and carbohydrates. People are often afraid that a nutritionist is just going to be preachy, or send you home with a dull, tasteless meal plan. Not necessarily so.

These experts can be helpful either through a one-on-one session or through attending a group class. They have loads of answers to your questions, brochures, and even visual aids that help you picture the “right” and “wrong” carbohydrate choices for optimized diabetes management.

You could also say a nutritionist's job is to "help improve your relationship with food." Their job is to help you find the good-for-you foods that you actually enjoy eating, and focus on building out those healthy habits.

Most health plans will cover all or part of the cost for seeing a nutritionist, as nutrition counseling has proven extremely helpful for people with diabetes. Your primary doctor may have some good recommendations for you too, or perhaps you can ask a friend who knows a good nutritionist.

Visit the American Dietetic Association website to search for a Nutrition Professional in your area.

Bonus tip: nutritionist vs. dietitian

These titles are often used interchangeably. While there is some difference in their training and expertise, essentially the job of both is to advise people on the health impact of their food choices, and help them make better choices for their individual health needs.

Other Tips in This Series:

Tip 1: How to Recognize a Carb

Tip 2: There Really ARE Good and Bad Carbs

Tip 3: How to Avoid Carb Overload

Tip 4: How to Learn and Practice Carb-Counting