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Old 12-08-2006, 11:04 AM   #1
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Type II Diabetes

Lots of Type II Diabetes being diagnosed out there. I know there are copious amounts of recipes out there... but I was wondering if anyone has developed their own adaptations/ideas they would like to share?

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Old 12-08-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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I'm Type 2 also.

Just try to remember that you CANNOT go on a low-carb diet because you need SOME starch and sugars (but not too much though) to balance your glucose level and to keep it from getting too dangerously low or high.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:02 PM   #3
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Which is why, although I lived with, and cooked for, a type II diabetic for three years, I never, ever provide dietic information to diabetics, other than to ask their doctor to refer them to a registered dietician. I am a nutritionist, but I am not a dietician.

A registered dietician can look at your medical records and the results of your periodic glucose testing and determine exactly what you should be eating, and how much.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:22 PM   #4
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Nutritionists can ALSO give advice and suggestions to diabetics about their dietary intake of foods.

I just went to see one not too long ago at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is the one who told me that diabetics need some sugar in their systems to make sure that the glucose level doesn't get too low or too high.

She gave me a list of the foods to eat, the amounts, the trade-off between starchy foods and deserts, as well as foods to be very careful of.
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:06 PM   #5
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See if this will open for you. They are Diabetic Recipes
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:41 AM   #6
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I'm with Caine. Husband was diagnosed a couple of years ago .... and, in fact, I didn't have to change my cooking at all. I laready provided healthy, balanced meals. HE on the other hand, had to learn to control his carb intake, and we started using a measuring cup as a serving spoon. In other words, for supper he allows himself one cup of starch, total. He also learned that my habit of loving greens, he adopted. That salad a little before supper makes it easier to control the starch.

He also had to learn to eat some raw fruit every few hours. In other words, for HIM what works is to spread those carbs around, avoid fruit juice, wine, and beer, (too many carbs that get into his system too quickly) try to eat carbs correctly and time them. This controlled eating has his doctor actually wondering about his diagnosis. BUT EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT. Don't take anyone's word for it. Go to a good dietician and find out what YOU need. In our case, it didn't take any change in the food I cook, just the timing and amounts that he eats. Luckily, he does not have a sweet tooth, and I don't like baking anyway.
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:45 PM   #7
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Sound advice by all! I also find that weight loss and regular exercise was/is beneficial TO ME. Check with Your Doctor before dieting and exercising!!
Regular testing has helped me and lets me know how different foods/amounts effect my glucose levels.
I have a sweet tooth especially at night...I have found Bryer's Carb Smart ice cream to be both something I enjoy (especially chocolate) and something My old body tolerates.
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:22 AM   #8
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Uncle, yes I forgot to mention the exercise. My husband had always been very inconsistent about exercise. He'd go for months where he did some kind of workout a few times a week, then for month he'd do zilch. Now he walks a couple of miles (we live in a very vertical community, so part of it requires a heart-pumping uphill climb) every single day.
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for those with a really sweet tooth, you could also take a trip to China Town (most cities have one) and buy some Lo Han Kuo, hardly any calories at all and 250x sweeter than refined sugar!
I have some here I use as a medicine, but you can cook with it also, just don`t use too much as it`s insanely sweet.
it`s best to buy the Dried whole fruit rather than fresh or the powdered.
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for those with a really sweet tooth, you could also take a trip to China Town (most cities have one) and buy some Lo Han Kuo, hardly any calories at all and 250x sweeter than refined sugar!
I have some here I use as a medicine, but you can cook with it also, just don`t use too much as it`s insanely sweet.
it`s best to buy the Dried whole fruit rather than fresh or the powdered.
Lo Han Kuo is better known in the Far East as Buddha fruit. The Latin name is Cucurbitaceae and it is used to treat sore throat and cough.
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