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Diabetes cookbooks?

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Can anyone recommend a good, easy-to-use cookbook for the parents of a diabetic child? Caveat: these folks are not foodies or chowhounds and have to break their kid of his mac ‘n cheese fetish – he’s not the best eater.

My 5-year-old nephew was just diagnosed with Type I diabetes and, while he’s not going on a strict diet (he can have some of his birthday cake next month) as of yet, I thought it might help his parents to have some extra resources in the house.

Thank you.

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  1. i heard this splenda book is good for baking:

    1. 'The Joslin Diabetes Quick and Easy Cookbook'

      1. My first question is - does he take insulin daily?

        1. Unless the kid's doctor says it's necessary for some specific reason, I hope they're not planning to go too crazy, it shouldn't be necessary and trying to be too strict may lead to problems. (The implication that the kid will at some point never be allowed to have any kind of sweets again makes me a little nervous in that regard.) As an aside, if the doctor hasn't already referred them to a good nutritionist with experience in this particular area, they should find one themselves, this isn't something they should be trying to wing on their own. Presumably that person will have suggestions for additional information resources.

          But in the meantime, I can't offer a specific book, but a quick google search came up with what look like some good suggestions as well as useful information generally:




          Below is a link to the Google search I used, there may be other sites worth looking at for you and your brother's or sister's family.

          Link: http://www.google.com/search?as_q=coo...

          1. Here's a good site I use for reference material including books and recipes. They push a method known as the Glycemic Index - a quick way of understanding how much of any particular food will affect your blood sugar. It gives you a specific understanding of what effect a dish may have (eg- a 4-ounce serving of spaghetti and tomato sauce) so that you can plan your meals. I'm an insulin dependent type 2 adult, but the principles are the same, and there are many items on the site that speak to type 1, and kids, as well.

            Link: http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_f...

            1. Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution has good menu plans and recipes. Not sure if it's for Type I and Type II.

              Fran McCullough's books, The Low Carb Cookbook, (older, may need to order online) and Living Low Carb, (usually available in most mall bookstores) also have good diabetes-friendly recipes, that are easy to make, tasty, and light on the artificial ingredients. Her chickpea flour pancake, "socca", has rapidly become a standby for wraps and as a small starchy side. It can be jazzed up with all kinds of herbs and spices, depending on what else you are cooking.

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              1. re: emdb

                I personally think Bernstein deserves the Nobel Prize for Medicine. But unless this family is willing to eat a virtually no-carb diet, this is not the way for them to go. Dr. B advocates no more than 50 grams of carbs per day, and that ain't many, let me tell you.

                I think that the family needs to take a class. Most insurance will pay for it since proper management of diabetes is key to longevity and quality of life. And if a youngster has diabetes, the family needs to follow the same eating plan (at least when they eat together). The class will be good for mom and dad so they learn what to feed Junior. Junior needs to go so he understands the mechanics and helps manage his own diabetes. And any siblings need to know what Junior should and should not eat, and why.

                Most probably this youngster has Type 1 (formerly child-onset, or insulin-dependent) Diabetes. He will be shooting insulin, probably a bolus (basic) dose at least once per day, and a shot with each meal calibrated to the number of carbs he's eating at the meal. It's important for him (in my opinion) to eat low or at least low-ish carb from the get-go, thus keeping the amount of insulin he shoots within reason. Taking lots of insulin to cover lots of carbs can cause issues of its own.

                Hope you find these ideas helpful. I'm a Type 2.

                1. re: emdb

                  Could you paraphrase the recipe for socca? I ate this in Nice recently, and would be interested in a recipe which could be used to substitute wraps for my diabetic wife. Thank you.

                2. Thanks for all the suggestions. He was just diagonosed last week and we're all still trying to learn what to do. Meanwhile, he's in the hands of his pediatrician and a nutrionist, and mom and dad are learning to track his daily intake and adjust insulin shots accordingly. Since he needs to reduce his carb intake, I thought it might help to have some resources on hand for those days when the parents are tapped out of dinner ideas.

                  For the person concerned about upping insulin to cover sweets -- that's not the plan at all. If anything, sweets will be limited. However, his birthday is coming up and we think, with a medical OK, a 5 year old should be allowed a piece of his birthday cake.

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                  1. re: T in DC

                    I don't know specific info for DC since I live in NoVA, but the Inova Hospitals, the JCC, college continuing education programs, and the Fairfax County Rec Centers are just some of the places that have diabetes information and classes (cooking, etc.). Many classes are for the entire family, with kid-friendly cooking and nutrition info. Giant and Safeway have info sheets for adults and kids, with coloring pages at a kid's interest level. Inova has all kinds of health-related classes at their various locations. I hope that this helps; best of luck!