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Apr 3, 2014 08:02 PM

Diabetic Foodie

Any diabetic foodies out there who can recommend sites/blogs for diabetic recipes?

We are experienced home cooks and like to frequent high end restaurants. My SO was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so we have changed all of our eating habits under the advice of a nutritionist. While we are committed to the changes to improve health, our palates are not satisfied. Surely life is better than sous vide chicken. steamed veggies, and brown rice. This is a long way from our foodie/home cook lifestyle. There must be some diabetic chefs or blogs out there who can point us toward a diabetic-friendly happy medium.....


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  1. There's no reason why "healthy" food has to be bland -- seasonings don't have calories!

    There's nothing about eating steamed veggies and sous vide chicken that is specific to diabetes. It sounds as if your doctor and nutritionist have altered your diet to lose weight as well as control your SO's diabetes. So you're really looking at two different types of cooking: diabetic cooking (restricting carbs but allowing all kinds of proteins and fats) and low-calorie cooking (restricting calories across the board).

    Since this is a long-term lifestyle change, I suggest that you take the time to educate yourself on *exactly* what you are trying to accomplish with your dietary choices and learning techniques that can be used to adapt the kind of foods you enjoy to fit within your dietary parameters. Just pointing you towards a bunch of recipes is a short-term solution, but not something that's going to satisfy you for your day-to-day cooking for years to come.

    Finally, there's a lot of bad information on the internet. I'm amazed at the number of people who ask for or take medical advice from complete strangers on the internet who claim to be experts. Not that you've done that, but I'm sure you'll run into this phenomenon.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Thank you for your response, however, I think you misunderstood my question.

      As a longterm cook, I am already extensively familiar with seasonings and spices.

      I have already become educated in "exactly" what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm trying to build upon my building blocks by getting ideas recipes and chefs who are experienced in this space.

      1. re: Thor2011

        I think you misunderstood my response. As an experienced cook you should be able to take your knowledge and use it to adapt the recipes foods you already like.

        The foods you described eating are not specific to a diabetic diet. They appear to be closer to a weight loss diet. Although there are similarities, there are some key differences. Just looking for diabetic recipes might not be appropriate to your situation.

      2. re: Ruth Lafler

        I don't think the source of ideas matters very much. You can get a great idea for a meal from some anonymous person on the internet, and get a pretty bad idea from your RD or Dr. In the end, the glucometer reading is what really matters.

      3. I would suggest looking for a registered dietician. Anyone can call him/herself a nutritionist, but an RD has more licensing and qualifications to back up the title. He/she can better help guide you on strategies to live the foodie lifestyle while managing the diabetes. He can still have small portions of "the good stuff" if you work into his diet to compensate for the carbs involved

        Until then, break open the spices and seasonings. At least make it herbed sous vide chicken. ..

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        1. re: autumm

          As a "foodie" with severe reactive hypoglycemia, I've been adhering to a diabetic diet for many (40+) years to control my blood sugar.

          Education is vital. Listen to your Registered Dietician for guidelines and then see what you can add in later to "live a life." I erred on being too strict when younger...

          1. re: autumm

            I am sorry that I misspoke. We do have an RD.

            Again, I broke open my seasonings and spices 25 years ago and still use them to this day.

            1. re: Thor2011

              Maybe see if you can find a different RD? I'm in the health care field, and I've met a few RD's who seem to not really enjoy food. They eat cause you need to eat and you need to eat certain things, but food doesn't bring them the joy it brings to us.

              the physical therapist in me recommends more regular exercise: helps manage blood sugar levels so the extra yummy is less of an issue:) I'm guessing you know that though. . .

          2. I see that most of your posting history is about restaurants rather than cooking, so perhaps you are not aware that there is a Special Diets board. You might find info that is more on point there than on this more general cooking board.

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            1. re: greygarious

              Yes to this. I have found that when I have a question about how to adapt an old favorite to my Type2 D husband's needs, or when I'm looking for cooking inspiration or recipes, the special diets thread is the place to go. It's the only site that I visit regularly, but others will have good ideas as to external blogs, etc.

              1. there are low carb threads in the special diets category. I am diabetic, strictly controlled by diet and I post there. Really good cooks posting to this thread: