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  1. Carmen says:

    Really and enjoyed very much those vídeo because were very clear and easy to understand.I will be doing few changes in the way has been managed my diabetes .Thanks you very much.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Wonderful, Carmen! Clear & easy was my goal. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Brenda says:

    Your videos are awesome and so easy to follow. I, too, I thought cereal, milk and fruit were a great breakfast. I really like that you give healthy alternatives for meals and snacks. Thank you so much for sharing your videos

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Thank you so much, Brenda. You are definitely not alone in being tricked by the cereal/milk/fruit combo. I hope you have some better choices now.

  3. Francesca says:

    Thank you so much Lori, your videos are wonderful and so informative.
    I have learned so much from you. I never knew why my fasting blood sugar was always the highest in the morning, it was driving me crazy because my BS thought the day is good. Now I know thanks to your video! ‘Thanks so much!!!

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Francesca! I’m so glad to hear you learned how to improve those fasting blood sugars. I hope it’s easier than you realized and start seeing improvements right away. Thanks for watching the videos.

  4. Margaret says:

    I’m 68yr female. I just recently had my annual physical and labs done. My Hemoglobin A1c is 5.5 (last year it was 6.1), but fasting blood sugar was 112, which puts me in the pre-diabetes range, which I have been in the last 2 years. Although I’m retired, I still get up at 0400hrs; my breakfast is usually between 0515-0530. Supper is usually 1730hrs. Most of the time, I’m in bed between 2000hrs and 2100hrs. (I need that 8 hours of sleep.) So, it looks like I might need a bedtime snack, BUT, I do not feel hungry. And if the bedtime snack is to be an hour before bed, that doesn’t leave a long period of time from having supper. So question is: what do you recommend?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Margaret, are you personally checking your fasting blood sugar at home? That would be my first recommendation to see what your current levels are. I think you have a few options…not knowing when your lunch is, you could simply move dinner back 30 minutes or so and move up breakfast 30 minutes and this would decrease that overnight gap (since I agree, sleep is important). OR you can try eating a very light low-carb snack, like a small handful of almonds, and see if that helps. Thanks for your question, Margaret. I hope this is helpful.

  5. Kathleen Klosterman says:

    LOri, thanks for offering the free videos. My bloods sugars are of out of control. HbA1c is 9.4. IN many ways I know what I am suppose to do, but just don’t follow. I heard information on the snack video that will make this more helpful.
    JUst wanted to let you know I appreciate you offer the videos.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Kathleen, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and I’m so glad to hear the snack video was helpful. Small changes will help you see results right away. 🙂

  6. Margaret says:

    No, I’m not taking FBS. My lunch is about 1130. I do try to have a snack between breakfast and lunch; not too successful eating afternoon snack. Will try the bedtime snack with a low-carb and protein. Thanks so much for your imput.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Absolutely, you’re welcome. 🙂

    2. GB says:

      Is the left column in the carb/protein snack chart what you’re defining as “low-carb” snacks to be eaten if still hungry within less than 3 hours of eating? In the video you said broccoli would be an example, so I’m a little confused, sorry.

      1. Lori Zanini says:

        No problem, thanks for your question. If it has been less than 3 hours since eating, your best bet to prevent any blood sugar increases would be to go for something in the right column, the protein category. You can also always add non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, leafy greens, etc to any meal or snack as they are high in fiber and low in carbs, so always a great addition. I hope this helps! 🙂

  7. Ginny Scott says:

    Thanks for the information. I now have a better understanding of why my weight is going down and my A1C is going up.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Ginny. So glad I was able to shed some light on how to improve your A1c while also losing weight. Wishing you so much success! 🙂

  8. Rita says:

    Good Morning:
    The short videos were wonderful and very helpful. At least I know I can have snacks and what kind. would love to have more videos when available. Now I can get my BS lower by eating better and healthy.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Great, Rita. Wonderful news. So happy to have more information to lower your blood sugar levels and eat healthier. If you are interested, more video like this are available in my online diabetes program found at : Thanks again!

  9. Dee says:

    Hi Lori, thankyou, this has been a very informative series. My daughter is going to sit down & watch the series this week :). When going for a fasting blood test at 7am can you have a bedtime snack?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Thanks Dee! I hope your daughter enjoys the videos as well. 🙂 And yes, you can have a bedtime snack before having fasting blood work done. As long as there are at least 8 hours from the time you eat the snack until the time you take the test, you are fine.

  10. Wanda Tofte says:

    How can oatmeal be low carb when it has 28 carbs in 1/2 cup? I also watch my salt, cottage cheese has a lot of salt.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Wanda, thanks for your comment. Yes, 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal (before it’s cooked) is about 28 grams of carbs, but I’m recommending 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, which is only 15 grams of carbs…and sodium free. 🙂 I agree with you that while cottage cheese is high in protein and will not raise blood sugar levels, the sodium can add up quickly. Feel free to lower portion size recommended or skip all together.

  11. Sharon says:

    I have found that I don’t get hungry in the middle of the night if I have a hard boiled egg and a Baby bell cheese before bed.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Thanks for sharing, Sharon. That’s a great snack option with healthy protein and fat, so it will digest slower and keep you full longer. Excellent choice!

  12. Salena says:

    Lori-Thank you so much for the video series. It has been really helpful. My real concern is the dawn phenomenon effect. I can keep my BS on a good level all day but wake up to really high numbers and my bedtime snack and breakfast are usually 9 hours apart. any suggestions?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Salena, you are very welcome. I know, Dawn Phenomenon can be tricky and kudos to you for being aware of its effects on your blood sugar levels in the morning. You might want to experiment with different snacks. Try having a lower carb snack in the evening to see if that is helpful. Something like nuts + roasted turkey or a string cheese.

  13. Nelda says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much!

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      You’re welcome, Nelda! So glad to hear this has been helpful! 🙂

  14. Joyce says:

    Thanks for giving us the when to eat snacks. I still have a problem with eating my bed time snack & the time that I would be eating breakfast falls within that 10-14 hour time gap. Do you suggest eating a snack prior to breakfast? and if so should I just do protein since my breakfast would include a low carb & protein?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Joyce, thanks for your comment…this is a great question. To solve your problem you could either eat a bedtime snack when able (this would probably have the most benefits) or have a small “snack” until you are able to eat your main breakfast. It could be as simple as a hardboiled egg and a half cup of berries, or a piece of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon or two of your favorite nut butter. I hope this is helpful, feel free to keep me updated on how it works for you.

  15. Diane says:

    Thanks for the information it was
    helpful there were things i learned that i did not know and some new things i will try to keep my bs under control and I will have to try a snack before bedtime. I eat breakfast and most of the time I eat lunch and eat dinner but sometime my dinner are not as healthy as they should be. The 90 min rule and 10 hr rule and 2-3 hr rule was very helpful i didn’t not know thansk so much for giving me more understanding tips on my bs

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Diane, you’re very welcome. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference. I hope you will find that this is the case for you as you tweak your eating schedule a bit and look to make sure you are eating at regular times throughout the day.

  16. Donna says:

    Thank you…your videos are so simple and easy to understand. Really appreciate all the information!

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      You’re welcome, Donna! I’m so glad to hear they have been helpful.

  17. Melody Underwood says:

    Thank you for the videos. I am new to this and there is so much to learn. Regarding this latest video, can a snack be just protein or do you need the carb with it?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      It can definitely be protein only (or fat only, veggie only, etc). However, if it has been more than 3-4 hours since your last meal, I’d recommend adding a carb to that for both energy and to maintain stable blood sugar levels.

  18. Lindsay says:

    Great video Lori! Thank you for all the tips on when and how to snack. Very valuable information that will hopefully keep my blood sugar levels more balanced throughout the whole day and while sleeping.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Thank you! And yes, these snacks will definitely help you throughout the day and overnight. I know you will see (and feel) a difference right away.

  19. Donna Skaggs says:

    I can’t wait to hear about the opportunity to learn more from you. Your videos were excellent!

  20. Anthea says:

    Hi Lori
    Thank you for the information. Your videos are very helpful. Going to make some changes in my eating habits especially breakfast.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      You’re welcome, Anthea! I’m so glad to hear they have been helpful.

  21. Ellen Hahn says:

    Lori, My doctor recently told me I was prediabetic. I’ve been very concerned about this and have focussed on cutting sugar, which of course since I’m a sugar addict has only heightened my craving for it!!! My concern continued to grow so I Googled a bit and found you. This is JUST WHAT I NEEDED. Your info is specific with explanations of the hows and whys; you’re encouraging; and you’ve been a calming influence as I now understand that this is something I can manage and avoid negative consequences. Thank you for your excellent introduction to “health through diet management”. I appreciate you.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Thanks so much for your kind message, Ellen. I’m so glad you have found me in the ‘prediabetes’ stage, because while it can be a bit overwhelming at first, prediabetes is completely reversible and it sounds like you are already well on your way to managing it through your food choices. 🙂 Congrats to you!

  22. terri says:

    would the amount of snack be the same for a 120 lb. woman and a 300 lb. man?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Great question! I would recommend the same amount of carbs, but feel free to increase the vegetables, protein, and fats. This will help keep him fuller and provide additional nutrients and calories.

  23. Willie C. says:

    Thanks for all the useful resources. It’s been a big help for me.

    Sunday – Tuesday and every other Saturday, I work 12 hr overnight shifts from 7pm to 7am. I usually eat lunch at 11pm or 12am. How should I schedule my snacking routine?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Willie, thanks for your question! Just a reminder that snacking isn’t required, but if you are hungry you should always eat. With that being said, I would recommend something around 2-4 am because that would be several hours after your meal and still before your shift ends and you want to try to not go more than 5 hours without eating anything. I hope this helps!

  24. Ann says:

    Thanks for the great info! Is all of this information (in all 3 videos, like the 10hr gap overnight, etc) applicable to someone with prediabetes or would the approach be different?

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Ann, great question. It’s still applicable and helpful, but will have less of an impact on blood glucose levels if it has not advanced yet to type 2 diabetes. Hope this helps!

  25. Joan says:

    Great Information. Still learning. Thank you.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      You’re welcome, Joan! 🙂

  26. Becky says:

    All three videos were very helpful-I have not been diagnosed as Diabetic, but I took a quiz for Pre-Diabetes and I am at high risk, so I want to do what I can now, plus I am in A-fib all the time- so I feel these changes in my eating will be helpful for my heart also. Thank you

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      You are welcome, Becky. I’m so glad to hear the videos have been helpful!

  27. Robert Schreyer says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your three videos. I love the plan and I’m truly considering joining. everything that you’re saying feels so right on and clearly you have data to back up your suggestions. I am I am wondering about Stevia. Is Stevia or food for diabetics are able to eat? And Monk fruit. Is that OK for diabetics? I have recipes for alternative desserts that replace sugar with either Stevia or Monk fruit and I’m just curious to know how that would work into your suggestions.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Robert, I’m so glad you are enjoying the videos. Great question on stevia and monkfruit. I feel they are better sugar alternatives, so used in small amounts, it is a good solution.

  28. Libba Vanderbeek says:

    This was really helpful. I tend to go too long between meals so I am going to focus on snacking. Thanks.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Great! Thanks for sharing, Libba! Happy snacking. 🙂

  29. Linda Cook says:

    This seems so straightforward and practical, but I notice you use only US fasting blood sugar measures. Most of the rest of the world uses a different measure scale that coincides well with the A1C numbers. Did you ever consider adding that in parentheses after your US numbers? I live in Canada. I would love to recommend your site to people here who ask me questions about diabetes, but hesitate because of this.

    1. Lori Zanini says:

      Hi Linda, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and share your feedback. I’ve actually never had anyone suggest this, but I think it’s a great idea that I would love to implement in the near future. Thank you!

  30. Walliser Carol says:

    THANK YOU for the 3 videos. Question: what do you think of the Trim Healthy Mama plan for controlling blood sugar. I’ve used their baking blend and some recipes but it was before I myself had type 2 diagnosis.

  31. Deb says:

    Thanks for all your videos and handouts. I really enjoyed them all. I have alot to learn. Your great.

  32. Jan Alice Keeling says:

    I truly love these snack lists. Improving my life greatly. As are the eating schedule recommendations. Thank you, thank you.

  33. Jan Alice Keeling says:

    I have (and love) your book Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan for the newly Diagnosed. Can I just follow what’s in the book, or do I have to spring for the 6-Week Solution to get results? Thank you. ☺️

  34. Nichole Ransom says:

    Thank you so much for the guidance! Very helpful!

  35. Amy Ball says:

    Really appreciate how you address the reasoning behind the recommendations. Very helpful insights!

  36. Bridget Brown says:

    Thank you for the printout and tips. I am considering signing up for your 6 week program but I am wanting to know if your recipes are gluten free especially the desserts and meals are for families or individual portion sizes?

  37. Angela says:

    After listing to your video 3 while on a walk last night I decided to implement your bedtime snack strategy. I have been struggling with lows overnight (59 a day a go) and highs in the morning. All though I was hesitant, I took your advice and added a snack of yogurt and blueberries. Slept well last night and woke up to blood sugar at 97!!! WOO HOO! Now I need to make sure to eat breakfast within the recommended 90 minutes. Thank you so much Lori, this is the first concrete advice I have received and I’m a bit excited about reworking my food plan to see how my body responds.

  38. Suzi Berge says:

    Question? I have Dr. Appt at 10:30a, I go to bed at 9p, I eat my breakfast at 7:30, lunch 11:30, dinner 4:30, when should I eat this snack? 10 hours before 10:30a I’m asleep.

  39. Virginia Burgess says:

    I’m going to be traveling out of the country and will need to eat something before breakfast is available (to meet the eat within 10 hours of last meal). What is something portable with no refrigeration needed that I can take and eat upon waking up?

  40. Linda Roth says:

    Thank you so much for this! I enrolled in your six-week program. Also, thanks for speaking clearly. I usually need closed captioning, but I was able to hear you very clearly.

    Was there a FaceBook page for you? I looked for FTLOD, but couldn’t find it. I didn’t look for your name, perhaps I should.

    Again, thanks!


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