Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
It’s been eight years since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and in those years I’ve made numerous changes to how I eat. Haven’t all of us who have heard this diagnosis?
It takes time to wade through all the recommendations, fads and “miracles” to find what works best for us. We’re all different and we will all have different ways to deal with our diabetes. I know many people have jumped on the low carb or paleo bandwagons as a way to control their glucose. While I have definitely lowered my intake of processed carbs, my approach is more moderate. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t learned a lot from reading low-carb blogs.
Cutting out processed carbs like bread, pasta and cereal isn’t easy to do. Something that helps is to find low carb alternatives to these foods. Eating a sandwich or a plate of “pasta” without wrecking our glucose is a win in my book! I have found several blogs that focus on low-carb and paleo cooking and eating. These blogs have nothing to do with diabetes and everything to do with cooking in a way that can feed your need for comfort foods without the carbs.
Four low carb blogs I love
Here are four of the blogs I have found useful (in no particular order). They have so many wonderful recipes!
Tips to get the most out of low carb blogs
Here are some tips for navigating these blogs to find what works for you:
-It’s important to remember that these folks don’t have diabetes, so they're not writing from that perspective. Pay attention to the ingredients to be sure you’re not jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
-Just because the recipe calls for ghee, a class of clarified butter, doesn’t mean you can’t substitute something else in its place (like plain old butter).
-Some of the ingredients they use can be pricey. Start out slowly and invest in the ingredients you like. For instance, you will see lots of almond flour in these recipes. Buy a small bag until you decide if it’s right for you. I personally don’t know what I’d do without almond flour in my kitchen. I now buy it in bulk and save a lot of money that way.
Reading low carb or paleo cooking blogs is a great way to find recipe ideas. You don’t have to jump into a way of eating with both feet in order to benefit from the knowledge you might find there.