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Thread: Diabetic recipes ??

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    Diabetic recipes ??

    My best friend was told she needs to go on insulin.....we visit each others homes a LOT!! for dinner...Without making a big fuss..I'd like to cook my meals 'for diabetics'..(sure wouldn't hurt me or my husband either!!!) BUT, when I see magazines with recipes, they all seem so fancy. I just need down home everyday recipes. Anybody got some??

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    I would love a GOOD diabetic cookbook if anyone know of one. And like Ellageo, I like home cooking, not so much the "fancy"stuff!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    Go to www.amazon.com and under books, ask for diabetic cook books.

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    I have seen one at Wal-mart and also Fred Meyers.

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    Offer lots of vegetables of the non-starch variety to go with any lean meat. The nutritionist told my DH that carbs are like poison to diabetics. She recommended no more than 60 carbs per meal plus 2 40 carb snacks a day. Fruit is OK in moderation but does add sugar.

    I recently learned from the dietician that if his blood sugar crashes 1/2 cup of milk will raise his sugar 40 points in 15 minutes.

    I'll be watching for good recipes too!

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    There is a great cookbook called "Fix-It and Enjoy-It", Diabetic cookbook by Phyllis Pellman-Good. It's approved by
    American Diabetes Association too. Real down to earth recipes too. I am pretty sure you can get it on Amazon.com.

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    I was recently diagnosed in Feb, went to a dietician/nutritionist and I was told I could have 45 carb per meal & 3 - 15 carb snacks for a total of 180 carbs per day. Now, having said that, I was also told to watch my fat intake. My numbers are quite good and even though I have printed out many a 'diabetic' recipe, most seem too high in carbs for the portion you get. So, what I will say is this - you DO NOT NEED a 'Diabetic' Cookbook. You will however, need to convert some of your favorite recipes. First figure out how many carbs are in a portion. Any good diet book or app can do this if you are not using canned/packaged stuff - which already has the info on it. Switch from white rice to brown (or a mixture), use more beans (they are good carbs & take awhile to break down), use sweet instead of white potatoes, use white/wheat bread products that are low in carbs & high in fiber. And use lowfat meats. Use the plate method - 1/4th is your meat (4-5 oz), 1/4th is grains, corn, beans, potatoes and 1/2 is low calorie vegetables. Watch the carbs instead of sugar, since carbs turn into sugar in the body.

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    thanks ashiecat. I also was diagnosed this past Feb. and I have been just about scared to eat anything, now I know what to do..
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    You might find this chart a big help until you understand the whole carb counting diet. The glycemic index is determined by how long your body will take to burn the different food, eating foods from the lower glycemic levels help lower your blood sugars. You still count the carbs you eat but at the same time make the carbs you eat at an even rate to maintain yourself at the best levels.

    This explains glycemic index of foods:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycemic_index

    This is the Glycemic Chart:
    http://www.lipid.org/education/cours...ycemicDiet.pdf

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