Connected and In Need of Additional Information; Heart Disease/Diabetes

Cricket Crafter
By Cricket Crafter Latest Reply 2010-01-26 05:09:09 -0600
Started 2010-01-21 12:39:11 -0600

I need to start cooking and living a whole new life style with the direction more critical for heart-healthy/diabetic recipes and better cooking strategies. Steamed rice, Vegetarian Cooking;
It is not just about sugar levels, though that is one top priority, it is also about keeping the arteries free of plaque and debrie from unhealthy eating habits.
Any suggestions from my friends would be greatly appreciated.
I do have some excellent new cookbooks for combination illness. But sometimes you just can not find what you are looking for.

22 replies

spiritwalker 2010-01-23 21:31:38 -0600 Report

D life is another diabetic web site.
They offer basic diabetes information, recipes, they have
an online store. I understand there is also a TV show, but
not in my area.

Cricket Crafter
Cricket Crafter 2010-01-23 22:42:43 -0600 Report

I have tried making large amounts of meals and freezing them; but I am also trying to make new meals as often as possible, so that I can keep him interested in them and not longing for the old ways and bad foods
And I do want to make more salads and soups from fresh fish and vegetables to…I have been using all kinds of greens and vegetables, seafood and even home made croutons and dressings made the healthiest ways possible.

imsuzie2 2010-01-25 03:56:00 -0600 Report

dLife is on Sunday at 4p on CNBC, so you need cable or satellite to get it. You might be able to watch episodes on if they are like other channels…S2

Cricket Crafter
Cricket Crafter 2010-01-25 10:53:39 -0600 Report

actually google them and found the website as well, great place to join for recipes..However I have been cooking for years, and the first recipe I chose to use was just plain nasty…I was not too impressed, will give them a chance though, thanks again

mammaG 2010-01-23 21:16:15 -0600 Report

Don't be afraid to experment with your cooking. I remember well when I first recieved the wonderful news that I had to change my life. Then I was grateful to find a job at the local hospital in the kitchen. I got to know some great cooks.

One of the best things I learned was to do a lite oil and steam fry. This will work with most diets, For using at home I found that 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of a vegtable cooking oil (or a Good cooking spray) in the frying pan, to start the browning of the item, then adding 2/3 of a cup of water (add more as needed0 after browning to finish the cooking. The best advice is to not leave your cooking and to use a lower heat. All so most of the cooking sprays are great to use, some are even flaored. one of the best things I learned is to enjoy food for the individual flavors without the salt and pepper.

The other thing that I learned was to experment with herbsa and spices. Don't be afraid of failing because everyone has different tastes. Please share what you discover with me so I can try it

SkipT 2010-01-21 18:06:30 -0600 Report

You may have to give up the rice. Any form of starch blows my numbers sky high. You have to eat to your meter to see what will work for you. I go low carb and my bg and other blood information is perfectly normal wihout any meds. Here is one of my favorite recipe sites:

good luck.

Cricket Crafter
Cricket Crafter 2010-01-22 06:38:38 -0600 Report

I think I have to incorporate a whole new way of thinking with my cooking. I agree about the rice and starches…I am so worried because of a very recent , but mild heart attack after angioplasty and now numbers just won't go down. thanks for help

imsuzie2 2010-01-22 22:36:46 -0600 Report

I do a lot of thinking too, but the kitchen is not "my room". I worked with a lady once who joked about being good in the kitchen…I told her I was a master in the bathroom! LOL

Elrond 2010-01-22 23:45:01 -0600 Report

Cooking isn't terribly difficult. Find simple recipes, cook them, and work your way up. I wish you lived close to me. Along with cooking, I love teaching.

Cricket Crafter
Cricket Crafter 2010-01-23 07:10:14 -0600 Report

I can definitely cook, that's no problem. I want to make it healthier for the heart and diabetic conditions. And I want to make it tasty. I am working on it. Plus, less meat altogether, and more home made soup, veggies and salads.
My pasta is my love, but I shall forefit for my love.

Cricket Crafter
Cricket Crafter 2010-01-23 07:13:31 -0600 Report

I also had a problem because I was trying to feed more than one person, and their disadvantages collided. It is really hard to accomodate more than one health problem at a time. Especially if you are cooking for others, and they can't chew certain foods or digest cert foods. I want everyone to be happy and like what they are eating, but not have to prepare three different meals each mealtime.

mammaG 2010-01-23 21:31:08 -0600 Report

My heart goes out to you because this is difficult. have you tried making larger baches of some things and then freezing then in right portion sizes. As a cook at the hospital we found this to be very time efective. Once the items are frozen the can be taken out of the container wrap them in a good plastiv wrap and then in foil (to keep away the freezer burn) label and date them and back to the freezer. BE SURE TO PUT INTO A CONTAINER TO DEFROST.

spiritwalker 2010-01-21 16:57:40 -0600 Report

I suggest you check Dlife they offer over 8,000 recipes.
Dr. Oz's site also offers recipes and meal plan suggestions.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-21 22:32:07 -0600 Report

What is Dlife?

jayabee52 2010-01-21 23:07:10 -0600 Report

Google it, see what pops up! It is a website sort of like DC devoted to diabetes.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-21 23:23:18 -0600 Report

U know I have no problem in doing that, but u know these are "discussions"… in which questions can be asked and responded to in a mannerly way.

jayabee52 2010-01-21 23:44:32 -0600 Report

If you got the feeling I disrespected you Nicki, I didn't intend to do so. I am truly sorry if my flip manner offended you in any way.

imsuzie2 2010-01-22 05:42:13 -0600 Report

I learned about dLife from the TV show on Sunday at 4p PST, check listings in your timezone) on CNBC. This year there are 2 new hosts, one is a MD. They also have a website It is similar to this, but I never went to their discussions…I get emails from them and check out the home page and the topics of the day, etc. is another good source of info and newsletters for all sorts of interests. I get the diabetes and gastro newsletters, and they have many more. Good luck.

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