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REAL Diabetic Recipes

Where can I find a good resource for meals that are good for diabetics, but don't contain any sugar substitutes or other fake ingredients? I'm determined to eat REAL food while keeping within the number of carb grams my dr. said I should have per meal and per snack.

Is there a list somewhere that tells how many grams of carbs there are in each serving of different vegetables?

Is there any special book that would be the best for me to buy and use? Like with lists of carb grams, glycemic index, and weekly or monthly meal plans? I don't like any of the meal plans I got from the diabetes nutritionist. They are filled with food products made with sugar substitutes and other fake ingredients. Besides, I don't need recipes for diabetic cookies, cakes, etc. My favorite desserts are fruits anyway. And I already know what a portion size is for each fruit I like to eat.


Wed. Jun 30, 10:20pm

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well what kind of recipes are you looking for? *some* low carb forums have good recipes, some are filled with the artificial garbage. I don't consider xylitol artificial, and use it as a sugar substitute. I'd be wary of agave nectar unless it really is raw.

I like for checking carb counts.

I mean, if you want to eat REAL food, then as a diabetic, the rules basically become avoid bakery items and pasta, have *SMALL* amounts of whole grains (quinoa is best bet) focus on non-starchy veggies, with only small servings of starchy veggies, and always have protein at the meal/snack. I don't know what you need a recipe for, albeit, I'm a foodie, so I might have a different starting point.

Thursday, July 01, 2010, 1:50 AM

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I forgot to add, and don't eat processed foods/sauces, but rather make everything yourself.

Thursday, July 01, 2010, 1:52 AM

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A relevant PT article:

I'm sure that there are a lot of blogs out there as well just up your alley - I haven't done this particular search, but have found many that talk recipes in my particular sub eating niche!

Thursday, July 01, 2010, 2:07 PM

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Nutri-system to weight watchers?? Low carb diets don't rule out veggies, they just rule out the starchy ones, which aren't needed. And they don't rule out fruit, they just limit it.

Sure, bad carbs are plentiful. But if you have diabetes, you've already eaten too much of them, so if you want to be healthy, you have to suck it up at re-balance your system. Which means cutting out the carbs that raise insulin levels, and the ones that cause insulin resistance.

Thursday, July 01, 2010, 10:37 PM

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Well I actually don't even like the taste of sweet foods, so the reason I don't need sugar substitutes is that I don't use sugar anyway. I like lots of veggies and fruits, and lots of whole grains. Supposedly healthy for you, but if you're diabetic (like me) everything has to be weighed and planned. Like not eating corn and brown rice at the same meal because that's double carb grams. That sort of thing.

I guess what I'm really looking for is something similar to what one of the women's magazines that my mother reads puts in each issue. A calendar with a list of foods to serve at each meal for the whole month. I don't necessarily need recipes, just ideas for interesting meals that provide the appropriate amounts of good fats, good proteins and good carbs. (and that mag's meals are not what I'm looking for, just the calendar idea of listing all the foods in each meal)

Is there anything like that out there?

Friday, July 02, 2010, 9:40 PM

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I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but the Nutrition Data website lists foods with all sorts of information about them, including the calories from Carbs, Fats and Protein. For instance, I linked to the listing for a carrot in the link below. A 128 gram carrot is 89% carbs (12 grams of carbs), 5% fats (0 grams of fats) and 6% protein (1 gram of protein). Yep, that fat statistic is not in error. The USDA allows less than a gram of fat to be listed as 0 grams on the label.

If you check the home page, there are lots of articles about diabetes, too.


Sunday, July 04, 2010, 3:28 PM

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3:28 poster again: there are glycemic index numbers listed, also.

Sunday, July 04, 2010, 3:29 PM

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