WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected. Everyone reacts different to various foods. Check your blood sugar readings so you will know whether or not a recipe works for you! And feel free to take a recipe and adjust it to suit your needs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MINT FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Would you believe researchers at a West Virginia university say the scent of mint is an appetite suppressant! In their research, people who chewed a piece of minty gum or applied a mint-scented lotion when they had an urge to snack throughout the day, consumed around 3,000 calories less per week. Struggling with weight or snacking? Why not try it? What have you got to lose??? 3000 less calories per week is almost a pound of weight loss per week.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

COMPLEX CARBS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD

Feeling down or depressed? Eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Yes, these are carbohydrate foods but they are the complex (or good) carbs. These carbs boost your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a mood-elevating chemical in the brain.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

DIABETICS WATERGATE SALAD

1 can (20-oz)crushed pineapple in juice, drained very well
1 box (3.4-oz) sugar-free pistachio pudding mix
1/2 cup marshmallows*
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tub (8-oz) frozen whipped sugar-free topping, thawed

In a large bowl combine the drained pineapple with the pistachio pudding mix until well combined. Stir in the thawed whipped topping and blend well. Stir in the pecans then gently fold in the marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Note: This salad can be made day ahead and refrigerated overnight making it great for busy cooks.


*Severe diabetics who have trouble controlling their blood sugar should omit the marshmallows.