Restaurant for Diabetics

Lemon Pork Stir-fry - Low-carb entrée for diabetics
@Kowgirl (3491)
United States
September 14, 2009 1:53pm CST
A friend and I have been talking about opening a restaurant for Diabetics. Would you visit such a restaurant? I read where a woman who was a nurse started cooking for her mother and father because they were diabetics and now she has opened a restaurant for Diabetics. She is trying to get others to open such a restaurant in every state. It started out with only lunch and dinner but it now serves all 3 meals as well as snack foods. It has grown so fast that people are standing outside waiting to get in. With Diabetes still on the rise I was wondering if it would be worth the effort to try this. I live in Florida and we all know this is a retirement state and more than 85% of these retirees have diabetes. Would you visit such a restaurant?
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@rsa101 (13763)
• Quezon City, Philippines
18 Sep 09
Oh with the resurgence of diabetics from all over the world, I think creating a restaurant for them would be a good idea. I think the demand would increase in the coming days since there are many cases that happen year after year and having a restaurant just for them would be a great idea. I have seen such kind of a resto that offers no sugar in their menu but they offer sweet delicacies that have no sugar in it. Most of the food they offer were all veggies and some sweet desserts which they say is sugar free.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Thanks for responding The so called "sugar free" foods I have found still have more carbohydrates than a diabetic can handle or there are some other form of sweeter used that can still cause a spike in your blood sugar. Sugar is not our enemy, it can be used by diabetics but in limited amounts. The worse of foods are the ones that have starch in them or are made from processed flour. I have found a few ways to still eat some of these foods, like potatoes, breads and pasta. It's sad how there are more and more people who are finding out that they are diabetics every day. And still some who are but don't know it yet. Wishing you the best of health Kowgirl
@rsa101 (13763)
• Quezon City, Philippines
20 Sep 09
That's true... although having that resto for diabetics would really help at least diabetics enjoy life. Having all those regular restos would not help them to reduce sugar intake. It either makes diabetics feel they are starve themselves or just fail to watch their diets.
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@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
15 Sep 09
I don't think it will be a good idea to open a store which solely caters to diabetic patients. If there are thousands of diabetic patients near your restaurant then it might make sense.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
19 Sep 09
It would also be for people who are overweight and would like to eat foods that would help them lose some of that weight. Or for those who just want to eat healthier foods.
• United States
14 Sep 09
What a wonderful idea. Since being a diabetic really limits your abilities to go out and enjoy food other than home, unless you want to "splurge" you're pretty much out of luck eating out. Would be nice to see a chain of these open up across the U.S.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Thanks for responding. I am trying to find out all I can about doing this and how to apply for a grant to get started. I think I have found the perfect place for such a restaurant. We even thought a small place that served only salads, soup and sandwiches with some desserts would be of help to diabetics. I sure have a great number of recipes for them I could use. Most diabetics think they can't eat dessert. I don't have a problem eating out. I usually go to buffet types where they serve salads, grilled meats and fresh vegetables, like Golden Corral. I can still eat from fast food places if I stick to their salads and grilled meats. Wishing you good health Kowgirl
@Hatley (164647)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Sep 09
kowgirl hi oh I would love it if one were to open around here'as we really need something like this. I am sure there are a log of us'diabetics that would really appreciate being able to go to 'a restaurant that is for us diabetics especially. that would'be so helpful. I would be one of your first customers for sure. I would probably keep coming back as there are so few places like that that cater to us diabetics.we would be so thrilled.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Thanks for the response. I have been posting more and more recipes on my blog for diabetics and am getting request for more. One woman suggested I make a cookbook and sell it online or at e-Bay. Others have asked if I knew of any restaurants that served foods for diabetics. Then I read about the nurse who did open a place and she has more customers than she can take care of. People in other states are asking her to ship meals to them and paying extra for the H&S. That's why my friend and I were thinking about opening a restaurant. I just have to find out how to get a grant to get started.
@pisces24 (147)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
hi, kowgirl! i think that would be a great idea. more and more people are afflicted with diabetes mellitus and there aren't enough places where they could eat. i myself am diabetic and it's really hard for me to eat out. there are other diabetic foods in groceries but they're just snacks and such - and are they expensive! i just wish there were diabetic restaurants in my place, too. sadly i live halfway around the globe from you so i won't be able to sample your recipes. :{ go, girl!it would be worth it. promise!