“Too Busy to Watch My Blood Sugar? Not Me!”

When it comes to keeping her type 2 diabetes in check, Debra Jaliman, MD, is always on call—despite 12-hour days at her dermatology practice.

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Keep a stash of “safe” snacks. For between-meal noshes, identify foods that satisfy your cravings without sending your blood sugar soaring. When she’s in the mood for crunchy, Dr. Jaliman reaches for 100-calorie packs of organic popcorn. When she’s craving creamy, she opts for Icelandic-style strained yogurt. And for her sweet tooth, she swears by steamed skim milk and cinnamon. “Or organic baby carrots. If you never eat sweets, those things taste sweet!”

Be a smart sipper. Dr. Jaliman sips on her own homemade lemonade throughout the day. (Double-check with your doctor that this is okay for you.) Staying hydrated can help you effortlessly curb your calorie intake, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. To make your own, squeeze the juice from one lemon into a cup of water, and add the sweetener of your choice, to taste. (An average-sized lemon contains about 8 grams of carbohydrates.)

April 2013