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Karen Marschel
Pierz, MN
Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Medtronic Certified Insulin Pump Trainer, Certified LEAP Therapist
Interests: cooking, hiking, playing tennis, i enjoy gardening, relaxing on the deck or at the lake, and watching my kids play tennis, basketball and football, and just hanging out with my family!
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Posted Dec 4, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
Well, maybe not an apple a day year round but this time of year when apples are fresh picked I can eat at least one apple a day without a problem. And just yesterday I discovered a new apple that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
A Harvard University recent study says diet soda does NOT raise the risk of diabetes. What? Didn't they just say a few weeks ago that drinking diet soda was bad for us? Well, here's my take on it. Ask yourself... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
Since I have been away from my blog for a while I thought it fitting to start posting again in celebration of National Nutrition Month, and as I pulled up my blog I realized this would be my 100th post!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
Dairy and dark chocolate is today's lunch! Most people would probably consider this a weird and disgusting combination but I have discovered one of my favorite snacks is honey flavored Greek yogurt with dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. It's not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
My quick thoughts and observations on this recent story about fatty acids in dairy products possibly preventing diabetes are that . . . 1. Many women are not drinking milk - some because they just don't like it and some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
Do you make New Years Resolutions? Well, most people don't and I guess I don't either but I do find it inspiring to sit down and put on paper my life goals, if you will , for the year ahead.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Diabetes SideDish
Instead of waiting for January to start getting back into healthy habits, why not start now and feel good about your efforts going into the new year! Here are a dozen things you can choose from to get started on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
I usually don't pay too much attention to diabetes statistics because they don't help me change diabetes in any way. But after reading the latest CDC statistics about how the rate of diabetes could double or almost triple by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Feels like winter here in Minnesota today with temps in the 40s, wind, and rain turning to snow! Nothing tastes better on days like this than a warm bowl of soup! Two quick links for soup ideas - read my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Like blueberry coffee cake? I came across this tasty looking recipe and it's waistline friendly!!! One serving under 200 calories - which means it will fit in my 400 calorie breakfast or my 200 calorie snack food plan. Healthy ingredients... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
It's Watermelon Season! Think watermelon is too sweet for diabetes? Well, don't forget there are powerful nutrients in watermelon that help you fight disease also. Antioxidants! Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Oprah & Dr. Oz have some great videos to explain diabetes. Yes, Type 2 diabetes is often reversible if caught early. Prevention is even better. But if you need help making those lifestyle changes find a wellness or diabetes coach.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
What's your opinion on high fructose corn syrup? Do you think it is getting unfairly attacked or do you think it is the root of all our health problems these days? Maybe we need to go beyond the question of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
If you have diabetes did you restrict the sweets this weekend? Or did you give yourself the freedom to eat as much as you wanted because you planned to get back on your diet tomorrow? As I reflect on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Here are a few very specific things you can do to prevent heart disease, especially if you have diabetes. Check out the recent news links to learn more details. Limit the bologna, hot dogs, sausage and other processed meat you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
If you are trying to prevent diabetes, reduce diabetes medication or just stay off diabetes meds, you are probably working at weight loss. For me, the most difficult part of keeping weight under control is staying on track with my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Here are a few fiber quiz questions for you. How much fiber should we get daily to stay healthy? How much fiber does the average American get daily? How much fiber are YOU getting on an average day? And here... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Eggs are still okay for diabetes. Last year I wrote a post on why eggs are still a healthy food. Read about it at . Today another study looking at how eggs do not increase our chance of getting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
This fad diet article is from Matt Sawyer and I thought it would be interesting to post to take a look at some of the ridiculous things we sometimes resort to for weight loss. Rare is the human being who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
He aring that you have diabetes is a very emotional experience and many questions go through your mind. When I was told I had gestational diabetes 14 years ago I'm pretty sure I went home and cried, feeling the "why... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Well today was the last day of school for my teenagers so I guess my brain is thinking report cards and grades. If you have oregano growing in your garden you get an A for antibacterial and an A for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Grilling for me is also out of necessity in the summer because we do not have air conditioning. (Remember, I live in Minnesota) But my favorite part of grilling is sitting on the deck with a cold beverage and enjoying... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
Recent studies have shown that taking metformin long term can cause low B12 level. Why should we be concerned with low B12 levels? B12 deficiency can be misdiagnosed as peripheral neuropathy, a possible complication of diabetes where nerve damage from... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish
We can all probably relate to one of more of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck . . ." jokes. Although not nearly as much fun, we can also relate to low vitamin D if you look at the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Diabetes SideDish