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Great educational video! Simple enough for any newly diagnosed person to grasp how to begin to control! Thank you!!
Thanks Cindy! I’m so glad you found it helpful.
Thank you kindly!
Iam looking for a weight loss program , Iam pre-diabetic.
I plan on buying your book in June.
Wonderful, Patti. Thanks for your support and I hope you find some new favorite recipes in the book. The Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are definitely one of the favorites in our house. Enjoy!
The information in your video was really helpful and your presentation was so easy to understand. I’m printing the protein guide off now! Thanks Lori. Looking forward to the next video in the series.
Great, Stacy! Enjoy the protein guide, I hope it makes everything a little easier. 🙂
This is just what I need . Thank you. I have been a Type 2 diabetic for a long time. I am in a real slump and not dealing well with diabetes. Need something or someone to help me get back on track. I am at a point where I do want to get back on track. It is good to have a coach to help me get back in the saddle. 🙂
Thank you, Connie. I’m so glad to hear you found the video and that it was helpful! It’s never too late to get back on track. 🙂
I am at that same point Connie
I’m glad you found your way here, Denise. 🙂 I know you will find this a supportive and encouraging space on the internet.
Thank it simple to understand. Thanks for the help.
You’re welcome! See you in Video #2 🙂
Thanks Lori, Your video and protein guide is are very helpful. I look forward to the next two videos. Ann
Awesome, Ann! Next video will be coming on Thursday. See you then 🙂
Thank you good information and encouragement!
Hi Ruthie! Thank you for taking the time to respond to this video. 🙂 I’m so glad you found the info helpful & encouraging!
Lori, you are amazing! Since I have started following you, over the past couple of weeks, our lives have changed drastically! Prior to finding you, after my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, our world has turned upside down! I had no clue where to start or what to do, to change my husband’s eating habits, especially, after reading so many confusing articles online. I, as well as everyone, faced with this health issue, has to totally reprogram their mindset, balance meals, prepare and make better food choices. Change can be devastating and ever-so challenging for some people. So, after about two or three weeks of struggling, reading and trying to figure out what/how to start some place, eondering how and what foods to prepare meals, I finally decided, the only thing that would work for work for me, is this; i totally cleared out and gave away ALL my old food supply (However, not without feeling guilty, giving all this bad food to others. believe me, I had many people voncerned of my sanity!). I then, made a list (I have MANY list!), of healthy, allowable foods, and started collecting healthy recipes within these food groups. Lori, you are so correct in saying; “once you know your allowable food choices and amounts, this becomes easier.” I feel, I know now, and comfortable, knowing how to make smarter and better food choices, substitute food items when making recipes! When i create or find a meal my husband really enjoys, I am sure to place it in my recipe meal book. Each passing week becomes easier, and soon this diet change will be our new NORM! Today, instead if starting his day with a butter-soaked Bagel Breakfast Sandwich (Bagel toasted with lots of butter, 2 Eggs, Bacon & 2 slices of Processed Cheese), he is enjoying; High Protein-Fruit Smoothie, Slice of W/W Toast spread with 1-Tsp of Almond Butter. He is a big guy, so believe me, this is a drastic meal change for him! In this past week, Meals have been delicious and healthy, too; using very small amounts of plant-based oils, if needed,, and now his salads have Balsamic Vinegar & Oil, rather than swimming in deep Creamy Dressings. (His past meals included; Cold-Cuts, Chips, BBQ, Hambergers, Pizzas, Lasagna, Pork, sour cream, eggs, cream cheese, all cheeses/dairy, chips, just to mention a few foods he ate on a regularly basis. (These foods were his solstice, reward and comfort!) Lori, as you suggested; just switching and replacing certain ingredients in recipes, while preparing food, making these changes (the first step I made), a couple of weeks ago, can, and did, make a huge difference in meals! My husband has “literally,” only been on this health change for four days, and already, his weight has dropped 14-16 pounds! (Prior to this diet change, I’m sure cutting out a couple of normal daily food items has helped contribute to boost this sudden weight loss; Fried Pies (He LOVED), Potato Chips, etc.).
Two-weeks ago, his weight had peaked to 456, and still, he was totally resistant to ANY sort of diet change, He HATED any sort of vegetable (other than a baked potato loaded & French Fries, etc.), and would have anything to do with attempting any sort of diet, or substitute of foods!!! Also, I have to say; he was even in denial about having diabetes, saying; :he didn’t believe it, because he feels fine and has no symptoms othoers have with diabetes.!” Mind you, he needed assistance with getting up from sofa, putting on shoes, clothes, horrible cramps, etc. I have to say, now….actually, Yesterday, I witnessed him (two times), bending fown to ground to pick up an item! Seeong his progress in only four days, I am so overjoyed with happiness and hopeful for his/our future together! Lori, besides the blessing of following you, to help me in this transition; the ease and comfort to make this life challenge, easier and pleasant, I see a huge change in my husband, too; something has happened to his prospective, health outlook and view (although he has always been a positive person with a good outlook on life). He is now full of energy, vitality, excitement; everything he eats and drinks he is enjoying the health and interested in the benefits to him. I am unsure, if, within one-two weeks a change such as this, should be real; energy, more focused, weight-loss, etc., but he thinks so! Whatever, however, this has happened, it is a great start and working great for us! I can’t wait to to measure his progress over the next few weeks, and be with him in his next doctor’s appointment, especially, after his last visit to his doctor, with previous warnings of diebeties, and he refusing their medications! (Although, against their advice & judgement, & he refusing any meds; his doctor allowed him a couple of months to try to bring down his blood sugar levels, or they will start medications!) We were very late to start changing his diet, until I found you, Lori. The second great decision I made and implimented was to clear all food from our house (pantry, fridge & freezer). Trust me, my husband had every excuse NOT to let go of these Potato Chips, Pies, Pastas, etc., and did not want to let go! He even decided, he would first eat all the food in house, everything we had, as it was an investment, before replacing with better food! Of course, had he done this, he would still be eating for a couple or three months, or longer, if he didn’t have a heart attack or stroke first!!
Lori, thank you for a wonderful and educational website, Blog, and presenting this materal and life changing diet in ease to help others. You surpass all the other dieticians and nutritionist I have researched and read. Again, thank you!
Wonderful news, Irisilla. I’m so glad to hear of the AMAZING results both you and your husband are already experiencing. I’m here rooting for you both! Thanks for sharing your experience, because I know your story will encourage others that are in a similar situation. Congrats on all your success so far… I can’t wait to hear your next update and to be on this journey together. 🙂
Lori,Its wonderful for you to share your knowledge about diabetic with us im sure we all will learn to cope better from your information your sharing with us.
Thanks so much, Kay. I really appreciate it.
Very Interesting, should be helpful
Looking forward to next video.
It’s great that i don’t have to leave home to get this info
I agree, Pat! Not having to leave the house is one of the best parts! Thank you!
new to this stuff, so thank you for the simplicity. will keep on watching.
You’re very welcome, Phyllis. Simplicity and actionable steps are my goal, since that is what helps us get real results. Thanks for watching and more to come soon. 🙂
I am newly dx with type 2 diabetes so EVERYTHING is new to me. I especially like the divided plate method for food and have been using that for the few months since my dx. I have seen a dr and been to a dietician. Happily I already eat and cook the way that is recommended–it is PORTION sizes that I was doing wrong. I am go to a couple of classes about diabetes in the next 2 weeks as well. I did enjoy this first video and will watch the upcoming ones. Info is power!!!!
Hi Pam! I couldn’t agree more…info is most certainly power, and it sounds like you’ve already taken a lot of time to seek out education from trusted sources, congrats to you! Thanks for watching and can’t wait to see you in video #2.
I was able to watch this entire video during a short break in my day. It was packed with valuable information and so easy to understand. Thanks Lori!
Thanks, Kelli! Short and sweet was the goal. 🙂 So glad you found it valuable!
When I went in to my doctor 1 year ago, I was told that I was a pre-diabetic, but she said we will watch it. I since have changed doctor and he said ” You need to change your eating and exercise habits, you are now a 6.4% and you have diabetes. I quit eating and went on a diet, but I felt hungry and have had withdrawals systems for lack of a better word. I told my wife that she has to commit to this with me, (because I do most of the cooking), because I cant make 2 different meals every night. She ask me to pray for a change in her heart. She found your information this morning and has agreed to do something different in her way of approaching food.
She exercises every morning. Now, its my turn!!! I am on day 6 of learning that I have type 2 diabetes. Your information will help me learn to deal with my disease and it is possible to turn it around. Thank you for sharing!
Wow, Gary. Thanks so much for sharing your story and I’m so happy to hear about you and your wife’s commitment to healthy eating + exercise. I can’t wait for you to watch to the other free training videos in this series and feel free to reach out with any questions along the way.
Thanks for the video, however I have to disagree with your statement on eating within 10 hours of your last meal. My physician encouraged intermittent fasting. It is working for me and my daily glucose levels are dropping. Looking forward to seeing your next video.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Janet. Hope you enjoy video #2
How do we get the second video.. the first one is great
Thanks Utah! So glad you enjoyed it! The next video will be sent to your inbox this Thursday. 🙂
Wow.. informative and useful for diabetic type 2-waiting for video #2
Awesome, Mushtaq! Thanks so much! Video #2 is coming on Thursday.
This video was very helpful. There were examples that I could understand and very helpful to modifying my diet changes. Thank you again
You’re welcome, Michelle! So great to hear yo found it helpful. See you in video #2! 🙂
Hi Lori, great information. I downloaded the protein guide & want to ask about Seafood & what it can be replaced with as I have anaphylaxis to all forms and iodine. I also don’t eat meat but do eat chicken. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Dee, great question. You can choose any plant-based protein. Or if you would like an animal-based protein, such as eggs, chicken or any other grass-fed poultry would be great options.
great video and very helpful
Thanks, Joanette! So glad you found it helpful.
Lori thank you so much! I was diagnosed over 10 years ago with Type II. I have research any web, magazine, book, dietician, and my doctor’s advice. Nothing has been as helpful to me as this video. I am excited to watch the next several videos. Thank you again.
Wow, Diane! What a compliment… thank you! I hope you find the other two video trainings just as helpful!
Enjoyed your video. Have a question (need a suggestion). I drive a school bus and for 3 to 4 hours morning and afternoon I don’t have an opportunity to stop and use a bathroom. I also have early stages of diabetic kidney disease, so liquids are not something I do not get enough of. Do you have an suggestions for me to help stay more hydrated?
Hi Ginny, thanks for your question, because I know hydration is especially important in the early stages of kidney disease. It sounds like you’re already making improvements by looking for solutions, which is fantastic.
My first thought would be to sip water throughout your shift and then more heavily about 30 minutes before you end your route. Then of course, being more mindful about drinking water when you aren’t working. Also, remember there are low carb hydrating foods like cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, and radishes that you can always snack on to provide water through food as well. 🙂
Hi Lori…I really enjoyed your video
Nothing has been as helpful to me as this video. I am excited to watch the next several videos. Thank you 🙂
Thanks Maria, what a compliment! That’s so wonderful to hear and I know you’ll continue to enjoy the next videos.
I loved your video thanks for the information. I eat 2 packets of organic unsweetened oatmeal with cinnamon and walnuts and a small banana for breakfast is this too many carbs for breakfast? Would I be better of with eggs or protein. My A1C has been 6.9 for the past year but my morning fasting sugars have been high since Thanksgiving sometimes as high as 180 so I would venture to say my A1C has probably went up.
Hi Pam, thanks for your comment. So happy to hear you are enjoying the videos! I would definitely skip the banana if you are also having the oatmeal. What about oatmeal + cinnamon + walnuts + 1-2 eggs. That would be a perfect combo of carbs + fat+ protein. 🙂
Thank you, Lori. I am newly dx type 2 and need all the info I can get. My Doctor just told me to do a low carb diet and look at the American Diabetes Association website. I look forward to the next video!
You’re welcome, Paula! I know the videos will be helpful in addition to the info your doctor provided. You can also download your free 7 day meal plan if you’re looking for more recipes & guidance: https://www.lorizanini.com/free7daymealplan
Hi Lori, wow so much information. My husband was just diagnosed witj type 2. He loves to eat, but with your videos i now know the do’s and dont’s. His goal is to reverse this condition as his endocrinologist said can be done. So with your videos hopefully it can happen. Thank u so much
Thanks so much, Lora! Yes, type 2 diabetes can be managed naturally and it sounds like your husband already has a great support team to help him, wonderful!
Thank you so much for the information! Best information I have read dealing with my type 2 diabetes!
This is amazing to hear, Denise. Thanks so much for the compliment! I hope you enjoy the rest of the videos!
Great first video very informative and easy to follow. Been fighting this battle for a while need to start getting very serious about controlling it. Thank you I look forward to next videos.
Awesome, Melanie! You are so welcome. Thanks for your comment. 🙂
Thank you so much for this information. There is way too much online to know what is right and what may not be the best for someone. This is helping me make better choices in my daily diet and eating habits. I am looking forward to Video #2.
I completely agree, Vicki. Too much information that isn’t science-based and written by people that have never worked one-on-one with individuals with diabetes to help make it applicable and realistic. 🙂 I’m so glad this video was helpful to you and I hope you continue to enjoy videos #2 & #3.
Thank you so much for the educational video. I look forward to watching the others. I was recently told I have pre diabetes and I really want to change my habits for a better life. Thank you for presenting such helpful material in a way that I can “digest” it!
Hi Erin! You’re welcome. 🙂 The good news is that prediabetes is completely reversible, so it sounds like you are already well on your way to making the lasting changes you are looking for. Wishing you all the best!
At 78 plus years of age, Type 2 diabetes came an issue. After several joint replacements, 6 and counting, weight progressed to 280 lbs. from 185 lbs. which is the weight I’ve always retained. Tried several diets without success. ( I’m not a cook or a chef, just a man that loves to cook.) Blood sugar has risen to a level that I, as well as my wife of 50 Plus years, are not pleased with. After seeing my Doctor yesterday, got scared, a little, about my time here. So, went on line and found your program. Took many notes as well as copied your guide. Very hard to change habits that were created many years ago, but with lack of exercise because of my surgery’s, as well as my age, movement had been an issue. Anyway, here I go. Very interested to see what my outcome will be. I’ll give it all, that’s why I’m writing this down. Never made promises that I didn’t keep. Thank you in advance for all this info. You’ve explained everything very clearly.
Hi Josef, thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story, it honestly means so much to me. I used to work in a medical group and noticed all of the misinformation online that my patients found during the time they saw their physician and while they waited for an appointment with me as they were searching for answers. The main reason I created the resources and trainings that I have was so that people would be able to access credible, easy-to-understand information right away…and it sounds like I have accomplished this, so thank you. 🙂 The fact that you have sought out solutions, education, and science-based information shows me that success is in your future and it sounds like your wife is very supportive as well. I hope you enjoy all of the videos and wishing you all the best.
Thank you for the information! I was diagnosed in July 2017. I have my A1C down to 5.9 and I have lost a little over 30 pounds since my diagnosis. The one thing I’m having trouble with still are my triglycerides. They are at 285. I had them down to 185 in December, but I do not know what I have done different to make them rise.
Thanks so much for your comment, Stacy! Wow, congrats on all of your success so far. It sounds like you are already well on your way to lowering triglycerides since reducing added sugar & simple carbs, and losing weight are all helpful. Other strategies are to make sure you eat at least 30 grams of fiber per day, exercise regularly, and eat omega-3s (fatty fish, chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc). Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds/day and you will be amazed at how much that simple change can make. 🙂 Wishing you all the best.
I couldn’t view the video because of privacy settings. Not sure what that means.
Hi Denise, thanks for your comment. If you are getting this message, it is related to the privacy settings on your personal computer. Check your internet settings to make sure it allows you to watch videos, and it should fix the problem. 🙂
I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and I’ve been doing as much research as possible to take control of my health. I ran across an article you wrote online and followed the link to your website. You then sent me the first of 3 videos, which I was very excited about. Unfortunately you do not have closed captioning on your videos and therefore are inaccessible to me and others who are Deaf and/or hard-of-hearing. If you would like to be more inclusive I might suggest that you add captioning on your videos. Thanks for your consideration!
Hi CJT, thanks so much for your comment and feedback, I truly appreciate it. I would absolutely love to add captioning to the videos, will add that to my to do list now. 🙂 Would you mind sending me an email at Lori@LoriZanini.com so I can be sure to send the updated videos to you when they become available? Thanks again.
Thanks Lori Great video. I brought my A1C from 10.5 to 6.2. I had to go on insulin but I have already reduced the units. With your education it will keep me on the right track.
Wow, Bob…congratulations! 10.5 to 6.2% is an incredible accomplishment, I’m sure you are feeling so much better and I’m glad you are continuing to educate yourself with the videos.
how does one avoid hypoglycemia? i am having issues with this.
Hi Sandy, I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing hypoglycemia, as it can certainly be scary. Be sure to let your healthcare team you are experiencing this so they can adjust your treatment plan as needed. Here is a good resources from the ADA about possible causes: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/hypoglycemia-low-blood.html
Thanks Lori. My A1C is down to 5.9. In working to bring it down, through diet and exercise, I forgot about stress levels. So, I look forward to your Video #2, and if you have it, info on lowering blood pressure, Thank you for this. It is appreciated.
Congrats on a 5.9% Merlene, I know that takes dedication! Yes, stress can be a factor for both blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels. Eating low carb, potassium-rich foods help lower your blood pressure. Examples include tomatoes, avocados, beets, leafy greens, etc.
i am finding this very easy to understand will be following
Wonderful, Beverley, I’m so glad!
Thank you for sending this video today. I printed out the list and watched the video. my husband went for stress tests after tightness in chest, and good news is that its not Angina, bad news is – my husband’s blood test said he was at 9, well over the 6 for diabetes. he will have blood tested again in 3 months. the doctor told my husband that he promises my hubby will have diabetes 2 if he doesn’t lose weight and cut down his sugar (cholesterol also high and on medication). my husband signed up for a men’s weight loss meeting to start this Thursday – I can adjust my weight watchers menu to suit his needs. |I am looking forward to the next video
I’m sorry to hear about your husband, but glad that his stress test came back negative. I hope your husband will be able to make some healthy changes, feel free to check out the website (www.LoriZanini.com) for free meal plans and recipes that will work on both of your menus. 🙂 Wishing you all the best.
Thank you for this fact video. Helpful and makes it clearer. Just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and am hoping to change this by diet. Thank you.
You’re welcome, Jan. It’s more than possible to lower blood sugar levels naturally with food and kudos to you for taking the steps to educate yourself! 🙂
Very Nice video
Thanks, Brian! I hope you enjoy the rest of the videos as well.
Yes finding out you have Diabetes #2 is quite scary and intimidating. Where to start…….you have made this journey very easy. Your so afraid to eat any carbs for fear they will raise your blood sugar. I am so thankful for your video , as you are explaining things in simple terms. The Doctor’s give you the basics and you must search for the other answers. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your videos, as I now feel that I can do this. Thank you so much
I’m so glad to hear this, Brenda. Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can do this! 🙂 And you are right, once you are informed, it’s not so scary after all.
OH WOW! I am also newly diagnosed type 2. Growing up my Grandma was type 1 and I watched her diet. Is this something that I should follow? and am so confused with how to combine my proteins and carbs. Always told that carbs are bad. I always thought we ate healthy. I rarely skip meals, eat mostly home made fresh, I love veggies and salads. but love to snack. I feel like I’m going to be missing out on flavor and treats. My husband loves to bbq and he adds alot of flavor to his meals. I am excited about watching your videos and downloading your menus. and seeing how others are doing.
It sounds like you are on the right track, Marion! We definitely don’t need to cut out carbs entirely…it’s the quality of the carbs and amount we eat at one time that will make the most difference. Look for the whole, unrefined carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, berries, oats, etc. rather than the fruit juices and sweets and you will continue moving in the right direction. 🙂 Enjoy all the meal plans and resources.
Thank you Lori for the very educational video that was very easy to understand. The Healthy Protein Guide will be very beneficial too. Looking forward to video #2!!
Awesome, Lindsay! I’m so glad it was helpful. The Healthy Protein Guide is one of my favorites. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this video. Was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and am finding this information very helpful.
You’re welcome, Melinda. I’m so glad they have been helpful to you! 🙂
As a vegetarian I find it more challenging to get in enough protein. Most of it counts as a protein & carb. A lot of commercially prepared products are high in sodium. So far I haven’t found a good recipe for veggie burgers & loaves. I’m still experimenting, but am wasting so much food. Do you have any plans of writing a vegetarian cookbook for diabetics?
Great questions. Both of my cookbooks have a vegetarian section of recipes, and I will say my most recent cookbook, (The Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan for the Newly Diagnosed) has a 4 week meal plan that is not entirely vegetarian, but mostly plant-based. I don’t have plans to write an entirely vegetarian cookbook, but hey, you never know. 🙂
Lori, Thank you for an absolute great video. I haven’t watched it until now because of the privacy settings on my computer, but my neighbor helped me figure it out (internet settings). All I can say is that YOU ARE A GODSEND. THANK YOU!!!
I’m so glad you were able to view the videos, Lee. A big thank you to your neighbor as well. 🙂
I’m taking care of my aging 84 year old Mom who lives independently but needs daily assistance especially with meal planning and prep Can u suggest some chicken pork meals that could be prepped by me and eaten for 2-3 meals a week preferably md day when she is most hungry Mom has had type 2 since age 62 now insulin
dependent at bedtime and with januvia and metformin daily Thank you! Also breakfast muffin or toast idea she continues eating oat bran cereal eggs some days
Hi Victoria, your mother is so blessed to have you helping with her meals and diabetes management. I have two cookbooks that are available on Amazon or in local book stores…both have more than 100 recipes in each book. The first one is called ‘Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook‘ and has a comfort-food flare, while the other one, “The Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan for the Newly Diagnosed‘ has a wide variety of recipes along with a 4 week meal plan. I think either one would give you lots of options for what you are looking for.
Hi Lori, Love your video. You are making life easier for every diabetic. There are not enough words to thank you for your FREE advice to millions of people. I look forward to your next videos and other information. You are making it so easy to understand and follow, I wish that the doctors who we pay give this information and provide it the way you do. My question for now has to do with the 10-hour period during the night. If my breakfast time is at 7 am, then my previous meal should be at 9 pm the night before. Isn’t that too late to eat dinner?
Hi Bud, I’m so glad you are enjoying the videos! To answer your question, you don’t have to eat an actual meal at 9 pm, a snack would be just as helpful. I would suggest eating dinner earlier and then a bedtime snack around 9 pm. Video #3 has more information on this.
Cannot download the protein guide. Any suggestions?
I just emailed the protein guide directly to you. Please check your email and let me know if you have any more trouble. Thanks!
I was just diagnosed with Type 2 last week. My first reaction was one of absolute shock. Although I have a my mom, brother & sister all have it, of course it would never happen to me!! I am sure you hear that all of the time. I am a very proactive person, so once I came to terms with it I have set out to understand in the simplest terms what I must do to remain healthy. I have seen a diabetic specialist but I must say that a lot of it was over my head. I am so thankful that my search has led me to you & your videos. I have just watched the first one. I look forward to seeing the rest of them. Thank you so very much for taking your time to send this out online to each one of us to help us learn better ways to control our Diabetes. Blessings Linda🦋
Hi Linda! Thanks for your message. I’m so glad your search has lead you here as well. 🙂 I’m glad to hear the videos have been useful thus far and kudos to you for taking the time and effort for educating yourself…I know it will make all the difference!
My autistic grandson who’s 21 was just diagnosed with prediabetes. I was at a loss as to where to start. I found your site on facebook which led me to your video above. THANK YOU! It gave me a place to begin. Concise, easy to understand and easy to implement. I took a big sigh of relief knowing I can change things for him. The biggest issue will be textural–he does not like veges–his uncle bought a nutribullet so we can make smoothies and get some of those greens in his system! but YOU have given me SO MANY helpful ideas and simplified my understanding of this disease. I feel empowered instead of overwhelmed. Looking forward to more videos and ideas. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
You are so welcome, Terri and I’m so glad to hear your grandson has you to help him with these changes… I know it will make all the difference.
Thanks for the wonderful information! I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and learning how to modify quickly is wonderful!
Wonderful, Camille! And with Gestational Diabetes, I would also encourage you to see a Registered Dietitian in person so they can individualize a plan for you based on which trimester you are in and the best needs for your baby. Congrats to you…I have a new four month old baby myself. It’s hard work, but it’s all worth it. 🙂
My husband was just diagnosed this past week with diabetes (A1C=7.6). He is SUCH a fussy eater that it is already a struggle finding foods that he will eat that are good for him. Do most hospitals have registered dietitians that specialize in diabetes? We don’t eat a lot of meals at home and so far we are struggling. Your video was very informative, and a good start, but I know we will need much more info. Thanks!
Yes, many hospitals will have dietitians that specialize in diabetes…look for the ‘CDE’ credential which stands for ‘Certified Diabetes Educator’ these individuals have extensive training in diabetes management and education, so they will be best equipped to help you and your husband. Wishing you the best!
I do drink a glass of water every morning with my medication so should I drink one without my medication.
It doesn’t matter if your water is with or without medication, the main goal is to drink plenty of it. 🙂 It sounds like you are on the right track.
I have been healthy throughout my life and maintained a healthy attitude towards food and exercise. Sadly, a lot of that might have been wrong. For instance cutting out breakfast entirely and oftentimes lunch as well. At 71, I have, within the past 2-days entered the world of Type 2 Diabetes. Within a day I found your website and winced at the mistakes I had made throughout the years. You have created an invaluable resource for the uninformed masses. Your guidance and knowledge will lead to my diabetes being controlled and non-threatening, for which I thank you
Thank you for sharing your story, Denis! It is never too late to make some changes. It’s admirable that you have sought out the education for yourself and I am sure you will see immediate results. I wish you all the best!
I didn’t see this asked yet, so here goes. I see in this video you recommend up to 16 ounces of protein as a guideline, and you note that 1 ounce is approximately 8 grams, so that would mean up to 128 grams of protein per day. You also state that our plate should be 1/4 protein and 1/4 carbs, an equal amount per meal. So should our carb goal also be around 128 grams per day? Or maybe that’s net carbs (minus fiber)?
Thank you SO MUCH for your video training! I live in a little country town and am disabled, unable to drive, so I can’t get to the big towns where they have education. So, again, thank you for offering it online!!
I will preface by telling you that my doc said my diabetes resulted from a bad bout of pneumonia that had me on strong steroids for a long time. When they finally did a chest X-ray and got me into the hospital, my blood sugar was 399. But, once I got out, I got to business and got my AIC below the normal 5.7%, where it has mostly stayed. My daily blood sugar levels are fine. But, it seems my fasting sugars just keep going up. This morning was 166, and I exercised every hour…at least 250 steps…usually more. I also did a chair Zumba exercise routine after breakfast and dinner! By the end of the day my Fitbit read 16,086. I take 1 metformin er in the morning and 2 around 8 or 9 pm (I tried 8, and last night bumped it to 9). I ate an ounce of cheese with them because I have a very sensitive stomach. I do take Omeprazole and Ranitidine at noon and Ranitidine at bedtime for acid reflux and ulcer. I just don’t understand how my sugar can be 117 at bedtime and 166 in the morning. Any advice?
Hi Penny, great question. If we go too long without eating anything, our liver release extra stored glucose overnight which will show up as a high fasting blood sugar. You want to make sure you don’t go more than 10 hours overnight without eating anything. I’d encourage you to have a bedtime snack that includes a carb (greek yogurt and berries or half of a sandwich works well), about 1-2 hours before you go to sleep, and eat soon after waking up. This should help bring down your fasting blood sugar. Also some type of movement after dinner can also help. Wishing you all the best.
There is SO much nutrition information out there on the web that is confusing and contradictory! Your video was fabulous! Never have I seen such sound advice in one place that hits on all the facets of a diabetic diet. I loved the fact you didn’t ask me to buy anything at the end of the video! Thank you for truly wanting to help others with their struggles, Lori!
Hi Caryn, you’re welcome. I’m glad you found it helpful and I agree, having everything in one place can make it much easier. We have all kinds of both free and paid resources available, so whatever you are looking for, I hope you find. 🙂
I cannot tell you how helpful this was to me. It is really hard to find thoughtful, easy to understand resources out there online. Thank you for making this available!
You’re welcome, Cat. It’s my pleasure. 🙂
I’ve had diabetes for a few years now, and am pretty careful about what I eat, and I take my medication consistently. Rather than having a problem with keeping my weight down, I have to work at keeping my weight up. How can I adjust my diet so that this is no longer an issue? Thanks!
Great question, this is actually a common question. I’d recommend increasing the healthy fats and protein in your eating plan…this will not raise your blood sugar levels, but add the extra calories needed to stabilize/gain weight. Wishing you all the best!
Thanks, very clear videos and ideas. I am newly diagnosed with 6.4 AC1 so looking on how to deal with it. thanks for the info very helpful.
what is the name of your book?
Hi Dennis! I have two books- Eat what you love diabetes cookbook and the diabetes cookbook and meal plan for the newly diagnosed. Both are available on amazon.
Hi Lori, thank you so much for your support to the diabetic community. Your video is very resourceful. Keep up the good work!
Thanks Dumsira, I truly appreciate it!
Thank you so much for this information Lori my husband has Diabetes & I am new to this as well … You are helping me help him ☺ … So thank you again … xxx
Hi Kathy, of course. You are so welcome. Sending love to both you and your husband.
I am a newbie with regards to your program and honestly I feel I am off to a good start. Per your Healthy Protein Guide should I be striving to eat the low, medium or high fats. For example, should I eat fried chicken?
Hi Carla, I’m sorry for the delay responding to this comment, I somehow missed it. Yes, you will want to choose more lean and plant based proteins and limit the friend and high fat proteins.
Thank you for the very informative video 1. I am newly diagnosed with prediabetes. I am looking forward to viewing video 2 tomorrow.
You’re welcome, Susan!
I’ve been dealing with Type 2 Diabetes for about 10 years. Since the recommendation to self-isolate during this Covid Pandemic, I’ve stayed inside and my exercise has gone to almost zero. I also have been eat everything, without thinking about my health. My weight has gone up, up, up. So, last week I asked my son if he would help me set up a treadmill if I bought one. He did me one better – he gave me his! It’s a very fancy, multi thousand dollar model. I worried out loud that he’d spent way too much, but he said he got it from one of his friends mother who couldn’t use it any more. So I asked why. “She had both legs amputated!” Diabetes. Well, that scared me. So I went looking for good diabetes help on line and found you and your cookbook. I started last week with the eating better – still have to work on that vegetable thing – and am happy to announce that I’m down 3 lbs since last week! I’ve also been on the treadmill every day since it arrived. I’m feeling more hopeful and am so happy that you have done these videos. There’s way too much information out there that isn’t easy to understand, but you cut it down to the basics. Thank you!
Thanks so much for your comment, Karen. Congrats on your recent success! You certainly aren’t alone…this pandemic has really disrupted most of our routines. As I heard someone say ‘we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat’ meaning we are all experiencing this so differently. I find your comment here to be so brave and commend you for seeking out the education and resources to help you succeed. I’m wishing you all the best and cheering for you!
nothing in pdf file re healthy protein guide
Hi Craig, thanks for letting me know. I have emailed the PDF to you directly.
Thanks for your tip on morning blood sugar. I’m recently diagnosed with pre diabetes and my glucose levels are always between 109 and 110 first thing in the morning. I was curious as to why since I usually don’t eat anything after dinner which is around 5:30 or 6:00p and my blood sugar 2 hours after dinner hovers between 96 and 110. So I wondered why it tends to be at the highest level in the mornings. Should I eat a snack before bed? I usually don’t start to feel hungry until maybe 9p
Hi Sherry, thanks for your question. Yes, I’d try eating a snack around 8:30 or 9 pm when you are hungry and see how that helps your fasting blood sugars. Additionally, if you are able to go on a walk or do any form of movement after dinner that would help as well.
My husband was just diagnosed with diabetes. I’m very happy to have found you. This is all brand new to me and scary and overwhelming.
I’ve started your reading your second cookbook and that’s where I learned about your website.
The first video is very clear, reassuring, and helpful. I will have my husband watch it also! 🙂
Looking forward to the next two videos. As you said, there’s almost too much info out there and contradictory info. I’m happy to feel comfortable with and confident in what you are teaching.
Thanks very much!
Hi Meg! You are welcome, and I’m so glad you you found me also…your husband is blessed to have you helping him and I hope he enjoys the video as well!
Thanks Lori! He’s enjoying them and we’re both learning a lot! God bless you!
My husband had not been to the doctor in 30 years. He needs knee surgery and obviously they would not even consider surgery without a primary care physician, where he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. As with a lot of the comments, I am a novice and had no idea where to start to help him get his blood sugar down. He has hemochromatosis which he has controlled by giving blood on a regular basis. He does not fit into the normal stereo type of a diabetic. He is not obese. He is 6ft tall and weighs around 175 lbs so he doesn’t need to lose weight; his blood pressure is normal; and his cholesterol is good. Even though he needs a knee replacement, he still stays active. He doesn’t sit around all day. He can walk but with tremendous pain. His exercise is limited to walking the dog to the end of the street and back. Any type of additional exercise is not an option for him due to his knees. Having said all that, do you know how the hemochromatosis affects his blood sugar? We know that diabetes is a side effect of hemochromatosis, but how does it affect the numbers? Any insight would be helpful.
Thank you so much for what you said about not being able to have our favorite foods. I was telling my coach that not having bread or dairy and than on top no chocolate. This is deprivation and it will not work just like any other diet. I don’t want a diet but a menu to follow. I am trying to lower my AC1 since it is creeping up over this pass year with all the stress of not having support. So glad I found your book with great recipe that are different but work. My sugars were great the first 2 weeks I followed. I could not believe how much chocolate an nuts we can eat on your plan. It is so realistic which I like a lot. Thank you for this video series an website. It is so informative and life changing for me. My one question is : i put Stevia in my coffee in am instead of using 2 tsp of golden sugar could this be the reason I crave chocolate and sweets.? What would you suggest?. I have a dark chocolate passion and need it in my plan a few times a week. Your book recipes of peanut chocolate bites and zucchini chocolate muffins were a winner for me.
HI. I’ve been struggling with type 2 diabetes for about four years. I didn’t have insurance until about six months ago and was diagnosed at a local free clinic. I was told I never had to check my blood sugar and was put on 500 mg of metformin twice a day. My A1C numbers kept rising. I was never even referred to a nutritionist – I was just told I had diabetes and watch my sugar intake. I’ve gained a ton of weight over the past four years, I’ve been sporadic at taking my blood sugar, and my diet is not the best in the world. I tried doing research on my own and there is so much information, much conflicting, and I’ve struggled. I recently switched practitioners (now I have insurance) and she’s a nurse practitioner who started out as a nutritionist. Just in one visit, I felt compelled to try to do something better for myself. She recommended a couple of books, and I found those plus your book on Amazon. I have only gotten through the first three chapters, but when I saw the link to fortheloveofdiabetes.com in your book, I knew I had to check it out. Already with the first video, I find myself armed with more information than I have in the previous years. I was never told to eat within 90 minutes of waking, I was never told to drink a glass of water even before coffee, and I certainly was never told to have a complete plate. I’m now a little more excited about making a meal plan (that’s on today’s agenda). I was also told to walk, even for a few minutes, but no one ever, ever told me why! I work from home, I sit at a computer every day, and get little to no exercise. I hate walking, but I’m hoping that you have inspired me to start slow, work my way up, and that I can include some kind of exercise, even for a few minutes, starting today! Can’t wait to continue your book and your video series. THANK YOU.
Hi Pat, I so appreciate you taking the time to share a bit of your story. I am so, so glad you are arming yourself with credible nutrition information to make the lifestyle changes to lower your blood sugar. It sounds like you are on the right track. congrats!
Thank you for this series. My husband and I have been looking for information like this to help, he has diabetes and I am pre-diabetic. Point about artificial sweeteners great tip. We utilize Splenda and I know I am heavy handed with it. Looking forward to starting some of these changes today. Thank you again.
You are welcome, Vikki. I’m glad to hear you are already implementing some changes.
Thank you so much for this series of videos, Lori. Am enjoying your cookbook as well!
I have a question about meal timing. If I don’t eat within 90 minutes of bedtime, then strive for 9 hours of sleep (which is my sleep schedule, but I rarely actually get 9 hours due to wakefulness), when I wake up in the morning, I’m already outside of the 10 hour recommended maximum time to go without eating. I usually am not interested in eating at the moment I wake up either. Since I can’t make the math work, is it better to eat closer to bedtime? Thank you!
Hi Lisa, good question. Are you checking your fasting blood sugars? I would recommend doing that, and then you can experiment with different bedtime snack choices and timing to see what benefits you the most. I would rather you get good quality sleep than be stressed about the timing of your meals and snacks.
Yes. Fasting blood sugars are between 100-120. All other blood sugars are in normal range. Getting better sleep since stating melatonin but still wake up at least once per night to pee. If I reduce water at night, I get too thirsty.
Oh dang. Answered in wrong place
Oh my stars!! I cannot say that I was thrilled to be diagnosed with diabetes a week ago; however, finding your website and your books has made the diagnosis easier to hear. I have just watched the first video, and it so helpful, hopeful, and healthy! It’s comforting to know that we have a guardian angel to help us along this journey. Many thanks!
Oh wonderful. Welcome, MaryReeve…I’m glad you found me, too! 🙂
Looking forward to starting thec4 week meal plan. Thank you for an informative and easy to understand video.
You’re welcome, Janine. I’m wishing you success with the meal plan. Feel free to reach out with any questions along the way.
Learning about the tastebuds on the tongue was informative! I’m reading your book and that has helped me a lot in understanding what I need to do. Thank you!
Hi Debbie. You’re welcome. I’m glad you are enjoying the book as well. I agree…the research I share about our tastebuds is very fascinating and empowering. I hope the information and additional videos continue to benefit you. 🙂
I stumbled across the website with your information and I just watched the 1st video. I found it helpful, as I am one of those that the more I read about my pre-diabetes the more confused I get. My Dr suggested a lifestyle change of eating, so that is my goal–trying to understand what to eat is a challenge for me as I totally hate to cook. I need easy meal plans to follow too. I have made some progress. I am down 10 lbs, but now tired of what I’ve been eating as I have restricted myself to certain foods–which I know it not the right thing to do. So looking forward to next video.
I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during an unexpected visit to an urgent care for an unrelated incident. I then had a follow-up appointment with my primary care health provider and he did the A1c test which came up high. I don’t even remember the exact number because I was actually pretty shocked. When I asked him what I should do about eating all he said was “if it is white, don’t eat it”. I asked him about exercise and he gave very little advice. That left me with more questions than answers. So, I decided I was going to tackle my new uncharted territory alone and began doing my own research. One of the first logical steps I could think of was to find some cookbooks. I purchased your “Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan” [for the newly diagnosed] and found more answers to my questions in the first 30 pages than I did with 20 minutes talking with my doctor. A lot of the recipes are ones I can’t use because I either can’t find some of the ingredients where I live or they are things I just don’t like, e.g. salmon and seafood. I know, most people like seafood so I must be weird :). However, your cookbook has given me a place to start and I don’t feel so alone in my journey now. You’ve done a tremendous job in the writing of that cookbook! And now, after just watching the first of your 3 part series I was encouraged in learning a few more helpful eating tips. Great job. I’m sure success will follow you throughout your future.
Thank you for the information. I am pre-diabetic. And i will start to implement what i learned. My son is type 1 diabetic. Do you have videos on the topic?
Hi Ketay. Thanks for your comment. I don’t have any videos for Type 1 diabetes, but I do see clients individually that have type 1 diabetes. Feel free to reach out via email if that is something your son is looking for (Contact@LoriZanini.com)
Such a great video. I’m in the prediabetes zone and have been for awhile. Mainly it’s the fasting reading that is high. I was 10 points lower based on your advice this morning! I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the conflicting advice but I plan on following you from now on. Thank you!
Really excited about your information. I couldn’t get the Protein Guide at the end of
Video #1, how can I get it?
Thank you for helping us understand this journey we’re on. I joined a FB group for diabetes beginners, and the common theme is that Drs are failing to educate their patients. They put them on meds, tell them to check the BS daily…and that’s it!!!
I bought your book for the newly diagnosed and feel I’m getting a pretty good toolbox together to help me to succeed. Best of all…I can still have Mac and cheese once in awhile!
As a newbie to type 2 diabetes I’ve feel like I’m drifting in a sea of unknowns. I have a gluten sensitivity and add diabetes on top of that I feel so frustrated. There isn’t a lot of information on incorporating gluten free and diabetes. Most gluten free foods are high in carbs due to adding more sugar to make it taste good. I’ve always loved to cook but now I’m dreading it because I don’t know what to make and my husband is not a vegetable eater. It’s been a very stressful time. Research online has just confused me more. Even the packet I got from the diabetes educator had contradicting information. I am looking forward to the next video and appreciate the information from this first video. I know that I don’t allow myself any sugar and I think I setting myself up for failure. I definitely feel deprived and it’s affecting my mental health as well. Some days I just want to sit down and cry. I feel so alone. Your first video gives me hope and I look forward to the second and third.
Thank you for information I can understand and use. I have been confused on what to do so I think this is a good start for me.
Thank you for this wonderful video, and for your WONDERFUL COOKBOOK! I don’t have diabetes, not sure I even am prediabetic, but I thought I might be hypoglycemic? My diabetic sister suggested I get a glucometer and I did: First fasting blood sure was 105, it was 80 two hours after a meal. So I guess that’s not so bad… then why did I always eel so terrible 2 or 3 hours after eating (tired, sick-hungry, trembling). I don’t have my A1C yet, I will contact my doctor soon. But my point is: even though I don’t know what my medical problem is, am not even sure I HAVE a medical problem, following your diet plan (snack 2 to 3 hours after every meal, yay!) and preparing your recipes has made me feel so much better! So surely SOMETHING was off? 😂 Thank you so much!
I’m pre-diabetic and have been reading like crazy how to reverse it so I won’t get full blown diabetes. I read 2 books that suggest going vegan and reducing fat, which will reduce my cholesterol. Your method seems much more do-able. My boyfriend does most of the cooking and cooks a lot of meats that are marinated in sugary sauces. I’ve asked him not to marinate mine but he’s resistant to change. I’ve started cooking more of my own things with more veggies and fiber and plant based protein. I’m excited that you recommend some animal based proteins because I really miss them. I love the protein guide you provided but yogurt isn’t listed on there and I’d love to go back to making smoothies with yogurt. Where does yogurt fall in the protein chart.
Great video as a starting place for learning how to manage my prediabetes/A1C. Also love the cookbook with easy and tasty recipes. Thanks so much for making this type of information available in a video format – much easy to understand than just reading materials. I’ve worked/recently retired from healthcare and rarely heard any specific counseling like this video. Very refreshing. Looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd videos.
Thank you so much!!! I was recently diagnosed with type 2 and you have been so helpful understanding all this. Especially the part about our taste buds. I do have a question. Am I shooting myself in the foot by chewing sugar free gum when I have a sugar craving? You mentioned artificial sweeteners which I avoid in everything but gum.
I found this video very informative and easy to understand. I am pre-diabetic and would like to see my diet turn my A1C under 5.7% . I look forward to your other videos. I’m also going to check out your cookbook.
I was so relieved to read to not go longer than 10 hours (sleep) without eating. Everyone seems to be on the intermittent fasting phase and I never felt good trying it. I found I’d be light-headed. Great info!!!!
I just watched the video and found it very helpful. Thanks for the protein guide!! I am prediabetic and thought I knew a lot about it but clearly I was wrong. What are your thoughts on fasting with pre-diabetes? I read contradictory things online and am really unsure whether its a good idea or not. I’d love to lose some weight and reduce my sugar and cholesterol!
Thank you so much for the information. I am pre-diabetic and struggling getting it under control. I look forward to your next video and I just bought your cookbook. Interested in 1:1 session too.
Hi Lori, Thanks a mill for the info and guidance. It is of great importance to me to manage my diabetes. I was rather fishing on my own information to keep myself stable. Looking forward to the next session.
Thank you so much for all this great information. I have had my ups and downs with Pre-dibetes for a number of years, but as I have gotten older it’s inching toward diabetes 2 and I don’t want to go there. All the past information I had knowledge of from past experience is still relevant, but it’s great to see it repeated for me. The amount of social media news misinformation I find makes me just want to give up but so glad I found your site. Looking forward to next video.
Hello, I received my diagnosis last week and your book Diabetes cookbook and meal plan for the newly diagnosed was the first thing I read to educate myself and I’m so happy it was. It’s fantastic, and resonates with me so much. The variety of foods and recipes actually had me excited to start this life long commitment to change. Thank you!!
good start for us beginners. Thank you. How does video 2 come to us?
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