A Diabetic cooking channel.

By Gypsyd21 Latest Reply 2012-02-04 13:29:39 -0600
Started 2012-01-31 15:05:14 -0600

I have enjoyed watching the cooking channels for years. But since I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I don't watch much because I can't eat most or all of what is being cooked. There are some healthy cooking shows on but again that doesn't always mean it's good for diabetics. I would love to see a show dedicated to the diabetic with good tasty food choices. How about you?

24 replies

Somoca 2012-02-02 17:32:46 -0600 Report

Once in a while there is a channel called DiabeticLife. It's great but you have to look for it. its like trying to find a four leaf clover in the grass.

fabmom3 2012-02-02 14:37:14 -0600 Report

i too would like to see a show like this. i watch LOTS of cooking shows and tweek them to make it work for me. lets face it — even paula dean who has type 2 hasn't done us any favores!!

Gypsyd21 2012-02-02 17:09:18 -0600 Report

Ya, I've always liked Paula Dean. Maybe now we will see better cooking for those of us who have diabetes and other health problems. I have had high blood pressure and high cholesterol for years. (since being diagnosed they both have come way down:)!)
i would love to see what she could contribute to the diabetic community.

Nick1962 2012-01-31 15:32:02 -0600 Report

What a coincidence, we just touched on that in another thread. I think it’s a great idea, but as Carol pointed out, the stigma behind diabetes may limit the viewership. My thought was not to even bill it as diabetic, diet, or healthy. Just simple food for simple living. It could take off!
Hey, I see you’re fairly new here. Welcome!

Gypsyd21 2012-01-31 16:22:16 -0600 Report

Hi! Sorry, but I think Carol is wrong :( There are many thousands of diabetics and sad to say more every day. I know I'm new here but I've not heard of a "stigma" behind diabetes. If anything diabetes seems to be ignored by most of the population until they are diagnosed. If such a cooking show could be developed, I think it should have the diabetic concept in the title. That would draw pre dibetics also.
Thanks for the welcome! It's great to discuss what ever we need to and have fun about it! :)

Nick1962 2012-01-31 18:40:46 -0600 Report

Hey Gypsy! I quoted Carol out of context really (sorry Carol), but there is still a stigma out there and I’ve experienced it. Many look at diabetics as “sick”, not cancer sick, but somehow not whole. I know a lot of newly diagnosed feel that way too for a while (but that’s a discussion for another post). That’s where the marketing would get tricky and possibly seen as cooking for the sick. I agree though that it should be marketed as a diabetic friendly venture to draw in the pre-D crowd, while still maintaining that it’s good healthy cooking for everyone. There are several "media” cooks I have seen make perfectly good diabetic friendly meals and have often thought they should mention that. Rick Bayless is one.
I think the concept would be real fun, and done right, a real eye opener and educational tool. Would open the eyes of the general public and train the diabetic as well. Can see a segment now - “Really Gypsy? You’re diabetic and you can eat this delicious stew?” “Oh of course Nick! Most of us just need to make sure we watch our carbs, sugars, and portion sizes which are really what healthy eating is all about to begin with. Plus, if I substitute the potatoes with cauliflower, I can have that small wheat roll I’ve been craving to sop up the gravy!”
I smell a winner!

Gypsyd21 2012-02-01 10:59:38 -0600 Report

LOL!! You are So funny! I see where you are coming from now, all though the idea of being sick because a person has diabetes is new to me. When I was first diagnosed I was very sick and spent 5 days in the hospital until my blood sugar was under control. (I had a count of 520 when admitted!).
I don't think I have heard of Rick Bayless. I will watch for him. I have seen different shows on eating health of course, but they usually use stuff I don't like or expensive or still too high in carbs for a meal. But you bring up some great points! I did just see a recipe using cauliflower instead of potatoes :) Have to confess though, I DO miss having biscuits and gravy at ANY meal! :)

Nick1962 2012-02-01 18:17:08 -0600 Report

Ouch! 520? Glad you’re still here to tell us about it.
I “came out” a while before the holidays and our office manager (who was planning the office dinner party) came to me kind of worried and told me there was a lot of discussion in the office about where we could eat (me with my condition and all). A little annoyed they were discussing behind my back, and trying to make choices based on what little they knew about D, I kindly thanked her for all the concern and told her not to worry.
Rick Bayless is the owner of Frontera restaurant in Chicago (and another one) and is usually on PBS channels. His food is upscale Mexican/southwest/baja, lots of spice and fresh ingredients. I’m usually a simple comfort food guy, but I like his stuff as a diversion now and then. Makes me feel like I’m cooking “exotic”. Plus he’s always authentic to the places the recipes come from, so you get some history as well. Otherwise, yes, there is a good deal of stuff on the shows these days that with a very little tweaking, or even as-is would be great to use.
You had to mention biscuits now didn’t you. Thanks, now I’m cravin’ ‘em.

Gypsyd21 2012-02-02 17:35:46 -0600 Report

Thanks! I'm glad I'm here too! But still reaping the aftermath from such a high count. My sight is getting better, iron, calcium, etc., but not my feet. Heck, I'm a fighter and believe in the power of a positive attitude :).
I can see why you would be annoyed about them discussing that without your input. But this gives you a GREAT opportunity to educatecate them about D. So what happened and where did yous all go?
I watch PBS (especially Antique's Road Show! among others), and can't quite place him. But that sounds like my kind of cookn' and love history to boot! I will watch for him. Thanks!

Nick1962 2012-02-03 16:09:05 -0600 Report

Glad things have come back to somewhat normal. Had to be scary, don’t know what I’d do if my sight started failing. Hope I never find out. You’re sure right about positive thinking – think positive, be positive!
Since the folks here usually ask my input on our holiday menu (professional cook in a past career), I just went ahead with the one they already had from a local restaurant we planned to attend which was pretty D friendly already (which they had no idea about). The party was in an upscale restaurant and everyone got fed what they liked. Had my grilled salmon and vegetables, but had to pass on the rice it came with (burned up all my carbs on the fried calamari appetizer). They did learn not to let me pick the wine that night.
Rick Bayless’ show is hard to find, and is usually on in the afternoons on weekends. I watch a lot of PBS myself weekends, so I’ll look for it too. It’s been a while.

Jeanae 2012-02-02 09:03:26 -0600 Report

It can be annoying when people talk behind your back but at least it was because they were worried about you and wanted it to be something you can partake. I was recently invited to a dinner party and the hostess asked me what I could and could not eat a few days in advance. So I was SHOCKED when I arrived and EVERYTHING there was on my "can not eat" list. So I know where I will not be returning!

Gypsyd21 2012-02-02 17:39:13 -0600 Report

Hi Jeanae! Nice to meet you!
This must not have been a very good friend, I hope. I would have been shocked too! What did you do?

Jeanae 2012-02-03 07:56:16 -0600 Report

Fortunately I had taken a fruit bouquet and I did pick at the salad even though it was coated in dressing. Then I went home and had a healthy snack before bed. Unfortunately it was a very good friend. I am perplexed. I have had my three closest friends become very unsupportive lately. I don't know if they thought I was on a "diet" and now their patience/tolerance is worn out or if it is because all 3 are on "diets" and failing miserably. I don't know. So I will continue to be supportive for them and hope that they come around again.