People in my close circle have diabetes. Even though they have been treated, some already have neuropathy, numb fingertips and toes, blood sugar that can fluctuate without warning–and more. So it’s something you really don’t want to NOT handle. And today, it’s easier than ever to manage diabetes, thanks to new products on the market.
I’ve been on the edge of the disease, myself and after seeing what my loved ones go though, I want no part of it.
I’ve got some easy ways to manage diabetes and also I’ll offer some recipe adaptations so that you can still enjoy food and flavor. Because no one wants to feel deprived. Especially those of us who come from cultures where food is love. Food CAN be love and I’ll show you how.
First, carbs. Good carbs are non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, other beans, lentils. Seeds and nuts in moderation can be helpful and delicious.
Sugar is another problem. But some healthy sweet foods are ok. Fruits can be good, especially berries. Limit consumption of apples and bananas. I love me a sweet pear, though. And while melons have sugar, eating them occasionally in moderation is ok. But very occasionally.
Refined cereals, fruit juices and most energy bars are no-nos. I like the Complete protein bards by Juice Plus. Packaged smoothies are not a good idea. But you absolutely can make your own diabetes-friendly smoothies using Complete protein powder and I’ll tell you how. To learn more about this fabulous product line (which I do not rep or make any money off of, just love and have seen how well people I love have done using it to manage their diabetes): Contact nutritionist Michelle Sugiyama at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-747-7779. Her website is www.mindful-eating.com
Condiments like catsup, teriyaki, marinara sauce and bottled dressings are sneaky sources of sugar. I love catsup so I buy sugar-free. Yep, that simple.
The biggest thing to remember is that we need carbs. But not all carbs are created equal and some carbs are not good for diabetics. White rice is not at all good for diabetics. If you must have rice, which I like, brown rice is a better option.
Processed and refined grains are not good choices. Anything with sugar or that is a packaged product is usually a bad idea. But that doesn’t mean we need to spend all our time in the kitchen. More on that later.
I love a good pasta. But not all pastas love me. I no longer like regular old pastas. They taste pasty to me because I’ve grown used to whole grain pasta. But even so, there are pastas even better for us–without gluten. Did you know you can get pastas made from lentils? And they are a pretty close copy to whole grain pasta that I enjoy. But healthier. Other vegetable “pastas” are also available, and you can always “zoodle.”
The standard instructions to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables and a quarter each with grains /starches and then protein are good guidelines.
For the second part of this post–some yummy diabetes-adapted recipes that are healthy choices for just about everyone — continue reading this at A Healing Spirit. Just click the blue type.