diabetic cookbooks are a great tool for newly diagnosed people like myself

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2011-06-23 13:32:30 -0500
Started 2010-08-07 08:30:00 -0500

Hello everyone! As you know I've been having some serious issues with my BG levels being so high. I went and bought a diabetic cookbook. As a newly diagnosed person planning meals can be difficult. I wanted to share what I did. In my diabetic cook book I followed a recipe last night and for the first time in a long time my BG levels were perfect after eating! This is a huge success for me. I think its a great idea for newly diagnosed people like myself to buy a few cookbooks in the beginning as a tool to help take the guesswork out of preparing healthy meals. As you all know I was trying to prepare healthy meals but I'm not very skilled at reading labels yet. I was still getting high numbers after eating. This has proven to be a great tool for me while I continue to learn about what is healthy and what is harmful concerning foods that will raise my BG levels! I've been diagnosed now for two weeks and I think for anyone newly diagnosed this is a great option! It really helps a lot and it works!

11 replies

Kimmy87 2011-06-23 13:32:30 -0500 Report

wow i dint evn no u got diabetic cook books, i think that myt help me in my struggles in what best to eat…my bg is alover at the min and so is my head so mabe this myt give me that lil push i need t take my diabetes in its stride

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 18:52:36 -0500 Report

I enjoy cooking and the cookbooks are a huge help. I have low carb ones, diabetic ones, all veggie ones. I mix and match. One of the things that helps me plan better is making sure that they all have nutritional values that I need in them. I always look at the carbs, the fats, the proteins first. I do look at calories, but carb count is my first line of defense. I also try to experiment with ways to reduce the carbs in a recipe. Like cauliflower is magic! You can use it to do many things and it is almost carb free. I love it as a substitute for rice, potatoes and even just raw on the table. Like tonight, instead of fries with our burgers. I sliced carrots and chunked up cauliflower. It was great.

If you go to our Book Club section, you will find a lot of great cookbooks with reviews from our members to help you find one that will work for you.

RAYT721 2010-08-07 09:45:32 -0500 Report

You're right!!! A good diabetic cookbook is an important tool not only for a diabetic but for anyone looking to bring health into the home. Quite often we lose sight of the fact that our spouses/bffs will reap the benefits of good foods along with "us." The problem that I have with most cookbooks are (a) most servings are written for the Brady Bunch; and (b) there may be 5-6 of the 120+ recipes that I would actually make for myself and family. Therefore I usually scope out the recommendations online or check them out from the library before purchasing. I've found excellent cookbooks (especially like those with nutritional information) that I have gone ahead to shop on various book price comparison sites (ie Amazon, Ebay, etc) to get the best price, delivered. When I purchase a cookbook I insert my own little index of recipes so when I shop (more information coming soon on my shopping tips) I can quickly refer to the ingredients. I've built up a decent array of culinary favorites so that meal planning is fairly easy. I just stockpiled four pounds of basa fillets at $3.99/lb. We love basa just baked with blackened or Cajun seasoning but open to other mild fish recipes if you would care to share them.

realsis77 2010-08-07 11:12:50 -0500 Report

I'd love some recipes ray! What a great idea you have about ebay/ amazon cookbooks! I'm going to check ebay now! Thanks so much! Your a great help!

Kirla 2010-08-07 09:43:40 -0500 Report

I use regular cookbooks and just modify the recipes to make them low carb. I also try and make them low saturated fat also. I try and keep my Saturated Fats to less than 10% of my diet. A few months ago I evaluated my diet and found that I was eating 20% carbs, 15% protein and fats made up about 65% of my diet. Most of the fats were the good fats. Saturated fat was about 12% of total calories. Since then I have started to eat more protein and for a while I was tying to increase the carbs a bit. My goal was to try and reach 30% carbs, 30% protein and 40% fats. I since decided to cut the carbs to 25% and increase the fats to 45%. I need to spend some time on sparkpeople and evaluate the foods I eat again.

I have read and downloaded lots of diabetic recipes online and found most of them had to many carbs for me. If they work for you its great. My A1C was 14.1 and fasting blood sugar was 366 when diagnosed. I figure I had diabetes since about 2002. I was diagnosed Feb 2009. My pancreas took a lot of damage and I have to watch what I eat very carefully.

When diagnosed I ate lots of low carb vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, pickles, salad and coleslaw made with splenda). I also started to drink lots of water and tea. It took about 4-6 weeks for my blood sugar to get close to normal numbers. My last 4 A1C’s have all been below 6 and my lowest was 5.4.

I hope you can do the same.
Good luck

realsis77 2010-08-07 11:15:54 -0500 Report

Thanks kevin! I'll watch out for the carbs because I actually feel ill and get sick if I eat too many! Very good point you have made! Thank you!

monkeymama 2010-08-07 09:30:17 -0500 Report

I am so happy to hear you found a GREAT cookbook that is helping you with eating. There is also a magazine called "Diabetic Living" and "Cooking Light" that offers LOTS of wonderful recipes and information. We also have a section here with recipes. Here are a couple of other cites with GREAT recipes you will also like: www.dlife.com, www.diabeticgourmet.com, www.kraftfoods.com, and many more. I hope this helps you out in your venture with eating with out getting a BG high.

realsis77 2010-08-07 11:18:24 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! That's very helpful! Also thank you for the links! I'm looking forward to new recipes! I appreciate your help :)

monkeymama 2010-08-07 12:46:25 -0500 Report

I made my own homemade diabetic recipe binder. I made one for my dad to help him eat better with his diabetes. I bought some inexpensive dividers and began building my own diabetic cookbook binder. I even have a section in there, if you like mixed drinks, that are ALL low carb'd. If you would like, I could tell you how to build one up. I am thinking about offering it to others here as well if they would like one of my starter homemade diabetic binders.