289 episodes

Join BFFs, registered dietitian nutritionists, and diabetes educators Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones each week to navigate the many layers of diabetes management and overall well-being. Every Wednesday, we’ll dive into a world of diabetes-friendly nutrition, intuitive eating, mental health strategies, medication management, and so much more. The Diabetes Digital Podcast isn’t just another health show; it’s a culturally competent and weight-inclusive resource, seamlessly integrating diverse care approaches into each episode.

Diabetes Digital Podcast by Food Heaven Wendy Lopez, Jessica Jones

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 2.3K Ratings

Join BFFs, registered dietitian nutritionists, and diabetes educators Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones each week to navigate the many layers of diabetes management and overall well-being. Every Wednesday, we’ll dive into a world of diabetes-friendly nutrition, intuitive eating, mental health strategies, medication management, and so much more. The Diabetes Digital Podcast isn’t just another health show; it’s a culturally competent and weight-inclusive resource, seamlessly integrating diverse care approaches into each episode.

    Big News & Free Upcoming Diabetes Digital Events

    Big News & Free Upcoming Diabetes Digital Events

    In this short and sweet episode, we're bringing you up to speed on some minor changes coming to the podcast. Don't worry, these updates are all about making your listening experience even better! Plus, we're thrilled to share details about some awesome events we're hosting this week that you definitely don't want to miss. Tune in for all the info and get ready for an exciting week ahead!

    In this episode we'll cover:


    Episode schedule changes
    What's coming up on our podcast over the next few months
    Upcoming free Diabetes Digital events

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    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling

    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 9 min
    Experiencing Diabetes Burnout? Creating Coping Strategies with Laura Pavlakovich

    Experiencing Diabetes Burnout? Creating Coping Strategies with Laura Pavlakovich

    In today’s episode, we welcome Laura Pavlakovich, founder of You're Just My Type. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age four, Laura shares her journey and the mission behind her platform, which started as a photo project and has grown into a thriving community offering support, education, and resources. Laura discusses her mental health challenges, strategies for managing the fear of hypoglycemia, and maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Join us for an inspiring conversation on the emotional and mental aspects of living with type 1 diabetes and the importance of community support.

    In This Episode We’ll Cover: 


    Laura’s journey from diagnosis to advocacy
    Mental health impact of living with type 1 diabetes and Laura's personal experiences
    Practical tips on how to manage the daily mental and physical challenges of diabetes, including the fear of hypoglycemia.
    Complexities of maintaining a healthy relationship with food while managing type 1 diabetes
    The importance of having a community and support system
    The role of technology, like CGMs, in managing diabetes
    Laura's vision for expanding her platform to provide support and resources to more people living with type 1 diabetes

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    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling

    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 30 min
    An Integrative Approach to Balancing Blood Sugar for People with Diabetes

    An Integrative Approach to Balancing Blood Sugar for People with Diabetes

    In today’s episode we explore how to balance blood sugar, and we're excited to welcome Erica Zellner. Erica is a Connecticut-based Clinical Nutritionist and Senior Health Coach with six years of functional nutrition experience. A health coach at Parsley Health, Erica shares her integrative approaches to diabetes management, emphasizing the importance of personalized nutrition, stress reduction, and sleep hygiene. Learn about key nutrients, supplements, and environmental factors to consider, and discover how culturally relevant meals can improve blood sugar control.

    In This Episode We’ll Cover: 


    Integrative approaches to diabetes management with personalized nutrition plans
    Importance of stress management in controlling blood sugar levels
    Impact of sleep hygiene on glucose metabolism and overall health
    Significance of culturally relevant foods in managing diabetes
    Tips for personalizing nutrition to individual preferences and lifestyles
    Use of supplements like omega-3, vitamin D, chromium, and magnesium
    Simple, consistent stress reduction practices for managing diabetes
    Recommendations for improving sleep hygiene and avoiding screens before bed

    Our two simple asks to help us continue a free weekly show:


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    Review - if you love the show, please leave a review on iTunes

    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling

    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 27 min
    How to Meal Plan for Diabetes (Even if You Hate Cooking or Have No Time)

    How to Meal Plan for Diabetes (Even if You Hate Cooking or Have No Time)

    In this episode, the hosts are joined by Fernando Umanzor Guzman, a registered dietitian at Diabetes Digital with a deep understanding of cultural foods, who shares insight on how to meal plan for diabetes. Growing up in a Latin and African immigrant community in Washington D.C., Fernando is passionate about debunking myths surrounding cultural foods and promoting their health benefits. He shares practical insights on flexible meal planning, quick and easy meal ideas, and strategies for maintaining a balanced diet, especially for people with diabetes.
    Fernando also discusses the importance of incorporating macronutrients and the benefits of using shelf-stable and frozen foods. Whether you're managing diabetes, looking to improve your diet, or curious about cultural foods, this episode offers valuable tips and inspiration.


    In This Episode We’ll Cover: 

    • The importance of meal planning for diabetes management and general well-being
    • How to make meal planning flexible and adaptable for those with busy or unpredictable schedules
    • How Fernando’s cultural upbringing influenced his approach to nutrition
    • Misconceptions about cultural foods being unhealthy and how to debunk these myths
    • Difference between a rigid meal plan and flexible meal planning
    • Key macronutrients and how to incorporate them effectively into meals
    • Practical tips for quick and easy meal ideas, including shelf-stable and frozen foods
    • Strategies for meal planning during special occasions and holidays
    • Advice for managing diabetes and preventing hypoglycemia through proper meal planning and preparation

    Our two simple asks to help us continue a free weekly show:

    1. Rate on iTunes or Spotify -  it literally takes two seconds
    2. Review - if you love the show, please leave a review on iTunes

    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling
    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!
    For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 29 min
    Menopause and Blood Sugar: What You Need to Know

    Menopause and Blood Sugar: What You Need to Know

    In this episode, we talk about perimenopause and menopause with Dr. Jordan, Chief Medical Officer at Midi Health. Dr. Jordan leads a team focused on women’s midlife health through Midi, a telehealth platform. We cover what menopause is, its common symptoms, when it usually starts, and how it’s related to impaired glucose tolerance.


    Dr. Jordan explains Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), discussing its safety, the best time to start, and the risks of waiting. We also look at natural remedies for menopause and how they compare to HRT. For women feeling off around menopausal age, Dr. Jordan offers advice on diagnosis and treatment. She explains the differences between perimenopause and menopause and why doctors may have overlooked menopause basics in the past. We also talk about what to expect when starting HRT, including how soon you might feel better and how long treatment usually lasts.



    In This Episode We’ll Cover:


    What menopause is and if all women experience it
    Common symptoms of menopause and the typical starting age
    The relationship between impaired glucose tolerance and menopause
    Safety of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and its historical context
    The optimal time to start HRT and the risks of delaying treatment
    The effectiveness of natural remedies for menopause compared to HRT
    Guidance for women feeling 'off' around menopausal age on diagnosis and treatment
    Differences between perimenopause and menopause
    Why menopause basics were historically overlooked by the medical establishment
    What to expect when starting HRT, including improvement timelines and treatment
    duration + MUCH MORE!


    Our two simple asks to help us continue a free weekly show:


    Rate on iTunes or Spotify - it literally takes two seconds
    Review - if you love the show, please leave a review on iTunes

    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling


    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!

    For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 31 min
    Is the Sugar in Fruit Bad for People with Diabetes?

    Is the Sugar in Fruit Bad for People with Diabetes?

    In this podcast episode, we chat with Carmelita Lombera, a UC Berkeley graduate and Diabetes Digital Dietitian with a diverse career in health coaching and nutrition, tackling the question: does fruit pose risks for those with diabetes? We dive into the difference between natural fruit sugars and added sugars, stressing the importance of understanding Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) for managing blood sugar levels. We will also highlight the benefits of choosing whole fruits over fruit juice when possible. You'll learn practical strategies for including fruits in a diabetes management plan, focusing on portion control, fruit choices, and pairing with proteins or healthy fats.

    In This Episode We’ll Cover: 


    Natural sugars in fruits vs. added sugars
    The difference between Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL)
    How the body processes sugar
    The benefits of fruit consumption for individuals with diabetes
    Considerations regarding fruit juice for individuals with diabetes
    How to include fruits and manage blood sugar levels 
    How much fruit you should be eating in a day
    Practical tips for incorporating fruits into a diabetes management plan + MUCH MORE! 

    Our two simple asks to help us continue a free weekly show:


    Rate on iTunes or Spotify -  it literally takes two seconds
    Review - if you love the show, please leave a review on iTunes



    Diabetes & Prediabetes Nutrition Counseling

    Are you living with diabetes or prediabetes and seeking support from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist covered by insurance? Visit diabetesdigital.co to sign up for personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling with one of our culturally aware and weight-inclusive Diabetes Dietitians today!For additional resources and shownotes, visit diabetesdigital.co/podcast

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Itsjussms ,

Thanks You Ladies!!

this is a great podcast just subscribed via learning about you both from “the friend zone” i definitely taking notes i am currently Pre-Diabetic and looking to reduce my A1C ♥️🙌🏾💃🏾

Karetz2 ,

Just Found!

This is the first day I’ve heard this Podcast. It is the best thing that could have happened. I’ve never had a good one on one with my Dr. or a dietitian and after listening today… that will change! And change my life. Thanks so much for this podcast!

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They’re back!

I’m so glad Wendy and Jess are back. They are so well informed and I love their perspective

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