Whether you are dealing with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus, this disease affects every part of your life, including the food you eat every day.
YOUR DOCTOR… probably told you that you will never be able to enjoy a ‘normal’ dietagain.
YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY… don’t know how to cook ‘diabetic foods’, so when you are invited to some place, you always end up eating foods that taste more like cardboard than something edible.
AND WHILE… you’ve been living with diabetes for a long time, you still have questions, doubts and fears about what you can and cannot eat.
The result is that you feel trapped and helpless, and you feel like THE FOOD BECOMES YOUR ENEMY.
Something as simple as breakfast, lunch or dinner becomes a minefield almost impossible to pass – I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about…
Is your diet the most basic, boring and bland collection of foods possible? You need to understand that many of the recipes you can find online can be dangerous not only to your taste buds, but also your health.
Thinking about how many carbohydrates, starches, sugars and fats each dish contains can be boring or even exhausting. Food is no longer something you can enjoy. It simply becomes a medical necessity such as insulin injections. I know that long ago you had to give up the idea of eating tasty foods, and enjoying delicious recipes with your friends and family.
I’ve listened to many people suffering from type 2 diabetes complain because they are already tired of consuming unhealthy foods and preparing recipes that taste horrible. But that’s not all! Some of my friends and members of my family are diabetic… For many years I saw the dishes that they had to prepare for themselves. On many occasions, I tried them – and like you, I can say that it could be tastier to eat rotten eggs than some of the so called ‘diabetic foods’.
For a long time, I was looking for ways to help my loved ones in their fight against this disease (this was one of the reasons that motivated me to start my research into diabetes-friendly diet). Seeing their frustration of not being able to enjoy delicious dishes was devastating for me. I became almost obsessed with cookbooks and recipes, trying to help them in going back to eating ‘normal’, tasty food, just like they used to.
For months, I’ve been searching the web, bookstores and libraries for kitchen resource that would make life easier and food more enjoyable for diabetics, but I had very little luck. I’ve contacted numerous renowned dieticians, cooks and restaurants to see if they had any special resources that could make my the food a little tastier and not so boring, but with no success… I was surprised to know how few cookbooks, recipes or even interesting food ideas exist for diabetics. Eating should not be so difficult, but unfortunately many people think that this is how it has to be.