By Marie Feldman RD, CDE
Author: The Big Book of Diabetes Recipes (Adams Media January 2016)
This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct an Eating Heathy With Diabetes grocery tour at my local Vons.
Being that this was the first tour I had ever conducted, I didn’t know quite what to expect and was both nervous and excited to embark upon the experience!
The outcome was actually fantastic and the participants AND I both learned a lot. We started out in a cozy conference room with some snacks and enjoyed a great overview of diabetes by the Vons pharmacist also leading the tour.
Then she kindly introduced me and I went over some of the basics about diabetes nutrition, carb counting and reading labels. After that we set out on the 90 minute walking tour and boy did time fly! I went through every section of the store and highlighted key points about the different food categories, suggested good choices and specific products with attention to labels, as well.
It was really fun to hear all the great questions and comments from the 12 participants. We actually had the bonus of both a manager and a checker from the store attending the tour too. That was really cool because they could make notes about products needed as they related to the store and also point out a few popular products for me to discuss. In addition, we all had some delicious samples provided throughout the walking tour that were appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.
The participants were excited to try the blood glucose meters made by the sponsor of the tour, One Touch, and also sign up for additional classes and services offered. They also got wonderful participant guide booklets and healthy goodie bags to take home. It was a positive experience and I hope to be part of more tours like this one in the future.