When cooking...

Dakota Creek
By Dakota Creek Latest Reply 2013-02-27 02:36:22 -0600
Started 2013-02-06 11:01:16 -0600

When you are cooking for your family do you cook a separate meal for you or do you just all eat the same thing, and is it just regular food and you just use portion control or is it Diabetic friendly? My whole family would probably benefit from a more healthy meal planning.

21 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 02:36:22 -0600 Report

I cook all the same thing. I'm a firm believer in we should all eat a diabetic diet. When you think of it, what is a DD? Lots of vegetables, low fat, the right amount of protien and low carbs. Wouldn't we all benefit from a diet like that?

Gwen214 2013-02-10 01:09:20 -0600 Report

I cook for the whole family. If someone wants something, they usually add an ingredient or make something else.

Nana_anna 2013-02-09 17:54:51 -0600 Report

When I cook I limit things, like salt, and oil. My husband cooks seperate foods, he likes his spicey. He knows I can have certain things.

jimLE 2013-02-08 08:43:37 -0600 Report

we go with all the same food.but then again family get togeathers are far in between..like thanksgiving xmas easter n so fourth..that way keep getting along with each other LOL..besides.my mom dont eat that much n all to begin with.so she dont over do it on the wrong foods..

Type1Lou 2013-02-07 09:02:29 -0600 Report

My husband loves his pasta. When I make spaghetti sauce, I cook pasta for him but serve my sauce over french-style green beans to eliminate the pasta carbs from my plate. I guess my answer to your question is that many times, I'll cook/eat the same except for the carbs which I try to drastically reduce from my plate. Another example is that I braised pork chops last week and made some mashed potatoes for my husband. I ate the pork chop with veggies but no potatoes while hubby had it all.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-02-07 06:16:07 -0600 Report

I try to change it up for both hubby and I for example yesterday we both had tacos, I had chicken and he had beef. Mine were made in carb chopper tortillas and his were in regular corn tortillas. Sometimes he has a steak and I have the fish. I try to make it work where I don't have to cook two entirely separate meals. He gets the baked potato I get the steamed veggies and so on…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-07 13:31:40 -0600 Report

My sister had a mild heart attack but we still don't fix separate food when food is cooked. If I have small red potatoes I will eat a baked one in place of all the other carbs and eat veggies. Works out well. It comes from being raised to eat what is cooked. I am not a fan of Tortillas but will have to look for them for my quesidillas.

JSJB 2013-02-07 07:57:27 -0600 Report

I have never seen carb chopper tortillas. What is the brand? I do have Pepperidge Farm Whole Wheat bread 5grms a slice. Most of the tortillas or wraps I have seen, have 15 + carbs per slice.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-02-08 05:41:53 -0600 Report

Walmart carries them, they are just called carb choppers the brand is Santa Fe tortilla company. I live in NM not sure if they're available outside our state, but maybe can be ordered directly online.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-02-06 21:19:40 -0600 Report

I generally just try make healthier alternative choices in my cooking, so that it isn't way out there for a strict diabetic diet. That way I can still make family favorites.

And like Gabby mentioned below, I don't live in a perfect world either so a lot of the time I just make whatever sounds good and try my best to have good portion control.

So I guess my point is that it seems easier for our family if I make a meal for the family I just choose what and how much of the meal I can eat that day.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-07 13:33:55 -0600 Report

Jeanette that makes sense and it saves time. I am not one to spend my time in the kitchen making two different meals when that time could be used doing something else.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-06 20:08:30 -0600 Report

I don't live in a restaurant so what ever is cooked is eaten. I do this because if I eat at someone's home, I do not ask for special food for me. That would be rude. If you cook healthy foods it will likely be eaten. Even with diabetic friendly foods, I still use portion control.

Type1Lou 2013-02-07 09:06:39 -0600 Report

When eating at friends, I do not ask for special food but, if something is served that I should not have, I have no compunction about picking out the parts I shouldn't have. For example, a friend made a lovely salad that included mandarin orange slices and dried cranberries…I ate the salad but left the orange slices and cranberries aside on my plate. I will not jeopardize my control at any cost!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-07 13:26:58 -0600 Report

I attend dinner meetings and often I skip the salad because it has iceberg lettuce which I cannot eat, nuts, dried cranberries, croutons, and salad dressing that are not low fat or low in carbs. Many times things are served that I should not have so I take a forkful or a teaspoon but no more or I skip it altogether. Depends on if I have a taste for it.

Harlen 2013-02-06 20:00:23 -0600 Report

LOL They eat what I eat or they can make there own lol lol lol
I do take less then I would if I was not D
As a Cheff I make good food lol lol lol
Best wishes

jayabee52 2013-02-06 17:04:47 -0600 Report

when I was married to "Jem" I was the cook and I was not as tuned in to what was needed for a diabetes meal plan. She was a "foodie" and didn't really follow a diabetes friendly menu. After she passed, I only really started following a stict diabetes friendly menu in Feb 2011.

I tried to cook diabetes friendly when I was helping my friend SuzyQ but she could not eat that way because she hates veggies. So that didn't work so well either. I found in that situation I was too easily seduced to "the dark side".

I find that for myself, it is just better to be alone. That keeps my Blood Glucose (BG) levels in the normal range.

GabbyPA 2013-02-06 16:16:49 -0600 Report

In a perfect world, my family would eat like i have to. Did I mention, I don't live in a perfect world. LOL

I used to try to cook healthy for everyone, but when food gets thrown away instead of eaten, it gets aggravating. We don't have money to waste that way. So now I try to cook a "family friendly" meal and then try to pick what I can eat out of it. Sometimes I just make myself something separate, but I hate doing that. I think that is why I don't do as well as I used to do with my levels. It's a constant fight. My discipline is not that great.

Nick1962 2013-02-06 14:20:39 -0600 Report

It’s just the wife and I now, but we both have the same “diet” which is lower carb and very diabetic friendly. Since our daughter (not at home) is vegan and already eats fairly well, we do have to make some compromises, but we make it work when she’s home. Cooking for a whole family this way can be done, but would take some creativity (picky eaters, changing habits, etc.), and yes, in the long run everyone would benefit.

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