Are diabetic recipes good for me? My diet is restricted to green leafy salads, chicken, fish and turkey done on the grill or in the oven with no spices already. I am so bored with this — want to liven it up! I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am 59 years old and I also suffer from chronic pancreatitis without a gall bladder.

Amy Campbell


Most “diabetic” recipes are fine to use, as are heart-healthy recipes. I can certainly understand why you are bored with your food intake – eating only leafy greens and chicken or fish is monotonous, and you’re also missing out on other important nutrients, as well. You can fit carbohydrate foods, such as whole grains, fruit and non-fat or low-fat milk and yogurt into your eating plan. Having a history of pancreatitis and not having a gall bladder means that you likely need to follow a lower-fat eating plan, but that does not mean that you need to eat the same foods every day. My first suggestion for you is to meet with a dietitian who can help you create a more balanced (and interesting) eating plan. He or she can also give you a recommendation for how much fat and carbohydrate to aim for at each of your meals. Second, explore some cookbooks in your local bookstore. Look for cookbooks that focus on lower-fat eating provide a nutrition analysis for each recipe (grams of carbohydrate, grams of fat, etc.). A dietitian should also be able to suggest cookbooks and websites that provide recipes for you, as well. Your doctor can give you a referral to a dietitian in your community.

July 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm