I take care of my grandfather, who is diabetic. I'm 20 years old and I take him grocery shopping every week. He never knows what to get, and he isn't much of a cook. I feel awful because I'm no rocket scientist at putting low-carb meals together. I've looked at numerous websites for meals and none of them seem to be much help. I offer to cook for him so he doesn't have to, but he doesn't want me to have to go to the trouble. I need quick, easy meals. Please help!
You’re obviously a big help to your grandfather and it’s wonderful that you are trying to make healthy meals for him. You’re right, there are numerous websites that provide meal ideas, as well as cookbooks. And it can seem overwhelming trying to choose the right ones. My first suggestion for you is to talk to your grandfather about meeting with a dietitian. This can be helpful to help determine how many calories and carbohydrates he needs in order to stay at a healthy weight and keep his blood glucose levels in a safe range. A dietitian can also work with you both to figure out foods that he likes and suggest foods that perhaps he thought he couldn’t eat, as well. He or she may be able to provide you with resources (menus, cookbooks, recipes, etc.) that are better suited to the way your grandfather likes to eat. His doctor can provide a referral for him to meet with a dietitian, and this is generally covered by insurance. In the meantime, you might look at the following resources for meal/recipe ideas: Cookbooks on Joslin’s website at https://www.joslin.org/jstore/cookbooks.html; Month of Meals Diabetes Meal Planner, available at www.diabetes.org; and recipes and quick meal ideas at www.diabeticliving.com.