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    Courtney Dinnerville

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    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). She runs her own practice on ... View Profile
    Water is always the #1 choice of drink. Adults need about 30-35ml fluid per kg each day - so do the maths and check whether you're drinking enough. Alternative drinks to water, which won't affect blood sugar levels, include diet cordial, diet soft drink, freshly squeezed lemon in water, black tea, black coffee, soda water, mineral water or sparkling water. I would limit diet soft drinks to 1 per day, as some studies have shown high intake of diet soft drinks can increase our appetite for sweet, calorie-dense foods. Diabetics need to avoid concentrated sources of sugars, which includes drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juices and ginger ale. 

    My favourite tip is putting sliced fresh lemon and a few mint leaves into a water jug for a refreshing twist on water.

    Courtney Dinnerville
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    Janelle Collins

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    Janelle Collins is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse who has over 12 years experience in working with people with Diabetes of all ages. ... View Profile
    Try water or some plain mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or lime for a bit of extra flavor. Diet cordials and diet or sugar-free soft drinks are generally OK, as long as they are in moderation.
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