Last weekend we were hiking with some friends -- former colleagues actually, who haven't seen us in a long time. Hoping to make it a "diabetes-free day," I tried to give the woman an ultra-quick synopsis of what I'm doing these days.
"A diabetes blog? So you write about diet? "
"Well no, hardly ever, actually."
"What? It's not about food? I would have thought that would have been the central theme," she said.
Eggads... well, it isn't. And of course, it is.
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If it weren't for the complex make-up of stinkin' food, and the fact that we can't live without the stuff, this disease wouldn't be half so hard to manage.
I'm no certified dietitian, so I have no business telling anybody what they should eat.
But tips? Personal experiences? Well sure, I guess I could delve into those a lot more. I've been lucky that I'm not trying to lose weight in the last few years, but even weight maintenance has become a major challenge since hitting the Big 4-0.
* Oatmeal is not the anti-Christ. Sorry for the term, but I kind of thought delicious, lumpy, carb-packed oatmeal was the devil's work for diabetics. I have discovered that Quaker's regular quick-cooking oats, along with several brands of instant oatmeal, are far less carby than you'd imagine. And yummy and filling too. Some people even lose weight on this stuff. Hallelujah!
* I'm trying to skip the cheese and munch on veggies and dip instead for snacks of late. I finally seem to have found a dip that's both tasty AND low-carb AND low-fat. Anyone tried Trader Joe's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip yet? Yum.
* Mark's Daily Apple runs a series called "Healthy Tastes Great!" that has awesome tips and recipes, with lots of snarky asides. Just my style! I'm not sure I've ever mentioned that I love to cook. I friend recently recommended the Silver Palate cookbooks. You can get some of their recipes online HERE.
* Like many of you, I've got this peanut butter addiction. I try to avoid it, but with 3 kids in the house, that's tough. Of course, some people will tell you it's the ultimate low-carb snack. But lo and behold, those carbs add up. And it's @#$! high-fat, too. Low-carb King Jimmy Moore recommends "Naturally More" peanut butter -- with fewer carbs, less fat, and more fiber and protein than the regular stuff. Oooh, I so need to try this!
What else is new on the diabetes-friendly food front? Care to share your favorite sites or snacks?
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