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Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN, CDN

Registered Dietitian
New York City, NY

About Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN, CDN

Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN, CDN, has contributed diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and general health articles to web sites such as QualityHealth.com, PsychologyToday.com blogs, CalorieLab.com and to magazines such as Parent & Child, A&P Supermarket’s Easy Solutions, Natural Health, Sante for Restaurant Professionals, ADDitude, Woman’s Day, Prevention, Family Circle, Cooking Light, Fitness, McCalls, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Living Fit, BabyTalk, Shape Cooks and Country Cooking magazines. Her original recipes and special-diet meal plans can be found in books published by Reader’s Digest, Weight Watchers and Rodale Press. Her latest book is a family cookbook from Sesame Street titled "Let's Cook!"

Articles Written by Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN, CDN

How to Get Better Blood Sugar Readings: 7 Tips

When you monitor your blood sugar at home, many factors play into the accuracy and usefulness of your readings. Follow these 7 tips for better glucose monitoring.
When you monitor your blood sugar at home, many factors play into the accuracy and usefulness of your readings. Follow these 7 tips for better glucose monitoring.

How to Eat More Plants

Surprise! Eating a plant-based diet is about eating more food, not less! Here's a practical guide to help you start eating more plants today and a recipe for a hearty, healthy grain salad.

6 Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Smoothies

Not all smoothies are created equal, but these fit the bill when it comes to good nutritional balance. Check out these easy recipes and whip up some colorful nutrition you can drink today! Oh, and they won't cause your blood sugar to spike either.

7 Ways to Save Money on Diabetes Drugs and Supplies

The average person with diabetes runs up almost $8,000 a year in medical expenses directly related to the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. This is about more than twice as much as someone who does not have diabetes.

6 Ways to Make Your Diet More Mediterranean

Any international cuisine can be as healthful as the Mediterranean cuisine if you include these staple ingredients in your diet.
We've all read about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Here are 6 ways to incorporate more Mediterranean staple foods (nuts, legumes, olive oil, etc.) into you day without going to Greece.

6 Foods that Keep the Weight Off and 4 That Pack on the Pounds

Calories count when it comes to staying fit and healthy as you age. But so does the quality of the food you eat. Being able to identify poor quality foods will help you steer clear of them and achieve your weight-loss and glucose level goals.
To help you reach your weight loss and glucose level goals, learn the difference between poor-quality and high-quality foods. Here are 6 good choices plus 4 to avoid.

6 Ways to Kick Those Carb Cravings to the Curb

When unhealthy food cravings strike, here's what you can do to fight back. Read on for expert tips from a registered dietitian.
A registered dietitian shares 6 effective techniques for curbing unhealthy food cravings and keeping your blood sugar well controlled.

Loving Legumes: 12 Delicious Ways to Add Beans to Your Diet

To celebrate the many health benefits of legumes, also known as pulses, and to promote the variety of reasons and ways they are eaten around the world, the UN General Assembly declared 2016 “The Year of the Pulses.” Join the party before the year is over! Afterall, beans, beans they’re good for your heart—and your blood sugar!
Twelve easy and nutritious ways to add more beans to your diet. A nutrition expert explains why blood sugar benefits from eating beans.

The Low-Down on Trendy Weight Loss Diets: Can Anything Good Come from Them?

A diabetes nutrition expert looks at 4 fad diets and explains how to adapt them to jump start weight loss and improve blood sugar levels but proceed with caution. There's a lot wrong with today's popular eating plans.
Learn more about fad diets. A registered dietitian looks at 4 trendy weight-loss plans and explains the good, the bad and the unhealthy.

Type 2 Diabetes and Memory Loss

How diabetes-related inflammation impacts the brain
Type 2 diabetes can create inflammation which leads to reduced blood flow and memory loss in older adults. Find out more.

How Many Carbs Should I Eat in a Day?

If you have diabetes and are confused by carb counting, here's an easy-to-understand explanation from a registered dietitian.
If you're confused about carb counting, our expert guide can help. Read this simple explanation and start having better blood sugar control today!

8 Ways to Beat Fatigue

If you’re napping more often, constantly dragging, and feel like a productive life is passing you by, take these steps to reduce physical and mental fatigue and improve the quality of your life.
A diabetes expert shares her tips to help you feel more energetic, in spite of your diabetes.

Can't Sleep? Eat These Food Combos

Three substances that can help lull you to sleep—serotonin, tryptophan and melatonin—are found in many commonly-available foods. Try these diabetes-friendly, late-night snacks next time you need help catching some zzz's.
Getting sufficient sleep is essential to good health and optimal glucose control. If you have trouble falling asleep, try these slumber-inducing, late-night snacks before bed.

The Best and Worst Types of Fat to Eat

Fat can be good for you or bad for you, depending on where it comes from in your diet, how much of it you eat, and how much of it gets stored in your body.
Simply put, fat matters. Here's what you need to know about the fat in your diet and on your body explained by an expert, Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN, CDN.

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Limit Sugar and Emphasize Plant Foods

New USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize "all food and beverage choices matter” when it comes to your health.

Getting Inked: Tattoos and Diabetes

Though you need to take extra precautions, tattoos are generally safe for people with well-controlled diabetes, and they can even be designed as medical alert identification. Should you get one?
Though you need to take extra precautions, tattoos are generally safe for people with well-controlled diabetes, and they can even be designed as medical alert identification. Should you get one?

7 Ways to Beat the Diabetes Blues

Up to 29% of people with diabetes also suffer from major depression. Those who have type 2 diabetes and use insulin have higher rates of depression than those with type 1 or with type 2 not using insulin. Women are almost twice as likely as men to succumb to major depression, which hits hardest between the ages of 30 and 59.

How to Use Social Media for Diabetes Support

Can you find good company and solid health advice on your computer and phone? Absolutely!
Can you find good company and solid health advice on your computer and phone? Absolutely!

6 Steps to Quit Smoking

Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing heart and lung disease and other serious complications of diabetes. Take your first step towards quitting today.
Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing heart and lung disease and other serious complications of diabetes. Take your first step towards quitting today.

Diabetes and Gum Disease: What's the Connection?

People with diabetes are three times as likely to develop severe gum disease as people who don’t have diabetes. Conversely, if you have gum disease, your chance of developing type 2 diabetes is more than double. Here’s why.
People with diabetes are three times as likely to develop severe gum disease as people who don’t have diabetes. Learn about periodontal disease.

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