I'm so lost!!!

@camomom (7535)
United States
October 24, 2008 12:08pm CST
My fiance is an insulin dependent diabetic and was just diagnosed in January of 2007. I have no idea how to help him with his diet to make sure his carbs and sugars are at a safe level. Does anyone know where I can get some diabetic recipes that are easy and quick to make? I'm even willing to go online or buy some cookbooks but I need some recommendations please. Websites? Book titles? PM me with some recipes even? We like simple dishes, we like pasta's and carbs...I know carbs are a no no but I heard there are some safe carbs too.
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@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
24 Oct 08
There's an excellent book out called Sugar Busters. It's a blue book with a red circle and line going through it. My husband's aunt recommended it to his dad, they both have diabetes. It has helped them so much. It was then recommended to my dad as well. It tells you what carbs and bad, what carbs and good, and does have a lot of recipes. From memory I can tell you white potatoes, corn, and white bread are bad. Yams or sweet potatoes are good, as well as whole wheat bread.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I'll check it out, thank you. Of course, the stuff he loves are the bad things. He has corn, bread or potatoes with every meal. Every meal.
• United States
24 Oct 08
So do we. I had to go on a low carb diet when I was pregnant for the twins because of gestational diabetes, so I read bits and pieces of the book. The first thing I did was switch to whole wheat bread, which is one of the easiest switches to make. You can also slowly work in whole wheat pasta instead of regular. Switching out potatoes can be difficult. I'm not sure if rice is better than potatoes, or if brown rice is better than white, but if you look into that, rice or brown rice can be a good subsitute for potatoes a few nights a week. Also you can try whole wheat stuffing instead of potatoes. Just take baby steps and replace a little bit at a time, instead of cutting out all the stuff he likes at once. Like switching your bread... then once he's rather used to whole wheat bread you can switch something else. My FIL still struggles with his diet, and he's had diabetes for years and years. I hope I never become diabetic, because I love my carbs!!
@camomom (7535)
• United States
8 Nov 08
He loves carbs too, that's why it's so hard to help change his diet. I love them also.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
27 Oct 08
This is the info sent to me by a dietician while my Mom was sick. The nursing facility was giving her sweets with her meal which bothered me. Seems things have changed drastically over the last few years... [b]diabetics today are taught to count carbohydrates .....to control diabetes, all carbs must be controlled ........it doesn't matter where the carbs come from.... sweets or breads or fruits or starches.....too much of them will raise blood sugars.......so it would not bother me that a patient is getting a dessert but you need to know how many carbs are in it.........and what other carbs are on that tray......most females should limit carbs to 45 - 60 grams per meal.......... .a slice of bread has 15 grams, 1/2 cup of potatoes have 15 grams, 8 oz milk has 12 grams........a dessert could have 45 - 70 grams or more depending on what it is.......you could ask how many grams this patient is allowed and you can use a web site such as calorie count.com to figure carbs.......... .you must also realize blood sugars are elevated by stress, infections and certain medications (as you well know)......is she on steriods???? [/b] Hope this helps. Here's a link that confused me but you might understand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_sugar
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I found this after submitting my last response. You might just want to sneak a peek... http://www.dlife.com/dLife/diabetic-recipes.html?s_kwcid=counting%2520carbs|644958683&gclid=CLrf8K6px5YCFQKJxgodRHS1xw
@camomom (7535)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thank you so much. I'll definately check out the sites you suggested, I'm sure they'll be a big help.