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Subject: Diabetic Cookbooks
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 12:00 PM ET
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Anybody want to recommend a nice comprehensive cookbook for diabetics?  Color photos a big plus.  I've checked out a few from the library but haven't found one I liked enough to buy or order here. Hubby is now getting serious about controlling his sugar and I've been told that a diabetic diet is healthy for just about anyone.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 9:54 PM ET
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I teach diabetic nutrition to my patients, and one book that they all seem to like is this one -

http://www.paperbackswap.com/George-Stellas-Livin-Low-Carb/book/0743269977/

One thing, those books don't have a lot of color photos.  But you can figure out how to find low carbohydrates recipes in any cookbook you have, just go for lots of veggies, lean meat, low fat dairy.  Stay away from starches as much as possible, and be careful with hidden sugars like in fruit.  I ask patients to count their simple carbs (veggies are complex so they don't have to count them) and keep the total under 90 per day for weight loss.

Look for Low Carb cookbooks, they are more suited to managing high glycemic foods that are trouble for diabetics.

Good luck with your new healthier lifestyle!!  Feel free to pm me if you have questions.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2012 4:24 PM ET
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I'm  not much on cookbooks, I have the internet :) If you use Splenda they have a bunch of recipes on their site, I imagine any product like it you use would. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2012 8:28 PM ET
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Thanks for the ideas, ladies.  I actually can cook without pics, I just find them inspirational :)

I've done a good bit of searching websites for diabetic recipes but the dinosaur in me still likes a book that I can hold and flip pages. 

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Date Posted: 8/3/2012 9:16 PM ET
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Have you looked into agave nectar or asked his doctor about it? It's a lower glycemic index natural sweetener but there can be some disagreement as to whether it's any safer for diabetics or not. Mostly it has people behind it but there are some naysayers, some people don't think the glycemic index is completely relevant. I think it is, spikes are a problem and that's why sugar is bad, but I'm no doctor. My mom is diabetic, I'm not, so I have tried out a few things for her. There are quite a few agave specific cookbooks, I listed a couple awhile ago and they went quickly so I'm not sure about how redily they are available but it might be something to try. The things I've made with it are pretty good, it does have a different flavor than sugar so it helps to have recipes designed for it.  Agave nectar can be pricey in the grocery store but Amazon sells it cheaper. 

Other than sweet things I think the biggest concern for diabetics is carbs, you might want to ask about low carb cookbooks. There's a lot more people who use those than diabetic ones, you might get more response.  Oh, nevermind, I didn't read all of Carole's response first. Let's just say I second her advice, lol. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2012 5:17 PM ET
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check out JoAnna M Lund they are everyday food that is good/

Date Posted: 4/18/2013 2:19 PM ET
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I have had Type 2 diabetes for a number of years and finally realized the the ADA and AHA style cookbooks I had been using did little to control my diabetes.  After reading Taubss' why We Get Fat, I decided to give low carb eating a try.  I have found these cookbooks to be helpful:

  • any George Stella cookbook
  • any Dana Carpendar cookbook (especially her latest Paleo cookbook)
  • The Best low Carb Cookbook published by Peter Rose (at least I think that's the title)

You also might want to explore some Paleo cookbooks.  I'd recommend:

  • Everyday Paleo and Everyday Family Paleo
  • Paleo Comfort Food
  • Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan
  • Make it Paleo

There are other great low-carb and Paleo cookbooks out there but I think you'll find plenty here to inspire you.



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Date Posted: 4/20/2013 1:55 PM ET
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I have a Pinterest board of all low carbohydrate living - guidelines and meal ideas.  You don't have to have an account to view the boards.  Just click on a picture, it will bring it up larger, click on it again and it will take you to the website for the recipe.  I have a lot of patients that have it bookmarked so they can find inspiration anytime.

http://pinterest.com/locarblifestyle/

 

Date Posted: 6/27/2013 1:06 AM ET
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This isn't a cookbook, but as a Type 2 diabetic, I found that the Calorie King book is great!!  It has record of all kinds of foods & restaurants & how much carb is in everything.  That is what I mainly watch to control my sugar - the carbs.



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