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Enjoy Food - helping families with diabetes shop, cook and eat

Enjoying what you eat is one of life's pleasures. But if you, or someone in your family, has diabetes you'll know it can be tricky at times.

We have put together the Enjoy Food guide in order to help everyone affected by diabetes put the excitement back into cooking and enjoying a healthy diet.

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Thanks for this Heat added
Some outdated thinking in these recipes.
page 1.......apricot porridge with 34g of carb. This would send my blood sugar way too high.
low carb, low sugar is the better diet.
Diane, if you carb count and inject the right amount, I don’t see how this would send your sugars high. Porridge is very slow release, so no spike there, and a little bit of fresh fruit is very good for you. Admittedly, I don’t eat apricot but I do have porridge with fresh strawberries and my sugars don’t spike. Refer to the glycemic index for the best fruits to maintain level sugars but I think you may just need to adjust your dose or inject at a slightly different time.
diane37W41 m ago

Some outdated thinking in these recipes.page 1.......apricot porridge with …Some outdated thinking in these recipes.page 1.......apricot porridge with 34g of carb. This would send my blood sugar way too high.low carb, low sugar is the better diet.


Too true!

My housebound Grandmother died a very miserable and blind slow death with Type II diabetes, and very poorly controlled Blood glucose and despite being totally unable to have any control herself of what she bought and ate, even when she eventually ended up in a Nursing home - it caused constant family animosity as a lot of blaming went on as to who was smuggling in extra food! No one would admit to doing this, and there was some real ill feeling going on as she was constantly poorly controlled, and suffering serious problems because of this .

The real truth was the diet she was enforced to follow was FULL of carbs. A crazy amount of carbs. I only found out later how crazy this prescribed diet was when I became Insulin resistant myself, and I was suffering reactive Hypoglycaemia which was dominating my life even though I didn't have Type II diabetes - yet!

Fortunately I have managed to avoid descending to full blown diabetes - but initially I found eating an Endocrinologist/Dietician prescribed diet had me starving hungry but just as ill as I was when I was referred to them! I was continuing on with a roller coaster of high and low Blood glucose as before without the slightest improvement and HAD to find something better.

A Low Glycaemic Load diet was what I found and I haven't looked back since, it's been about 9 years now, I am not nearly as Insulin resistant as I was, but still keep carbs as low as I can manage without it dominating my life too much.

Being disabled and because I can barely walk at all and can stand only for very short periods means I am now unable to cook a proper meal so this is now more of a problem than it was in achieving this :-(
If Diabetes UK are advising you to chow on a big plate of pasta then they are seriously out of touch. Low carb is the best way to go. I can’t recommend the 8 week blood sugar diet enough.
coldpop2 h, 35 m ago

Diane, if you carb count and inject the right amount, I don’t see how this …Diane, if you carb count and inject the right amount, I don’t see how this would send your sugars high. Porridge is very slow release, so no spike there, and a little bit of fresh fruit is very good for you. Admittedly, I don’t eat apricot but I do have porridge with fresh strawberries and my sugars don’t spike. Refer to the glycemic index for the best fruits to maintain level sugars but I think you may just need to adjust your dose or inject at a slightly different time.


Just a quick mention that not all diabetics inject insulin. T2 try to be diet controlled where possible.
joxeruk20002 h, 10 m ago

If Diabetes UK are advising you to chow on a big plate of pasta then they …If Diabetes UK are advising you to chow on a big plate of pasta then they are seriously out of touch. Low carb is the best way to go. I can’t recommend the 8 week blood sugar diet enough.


Where do you get this 8week diet. Every time I try to download Diabetes UK low carb diet it jumps to paying for diet that's supposed to be free
MEGAONE2 h, 15 m ago

Where do you get this 8week diet. Every time I try to download Diabetes UK …Where do you get this 8week diet. Every time I try to download Diabetes UK low carb diet it jumps to paying for diet that's supposed to be free


This one is free, if you don't mind watching videos and taking it slow, you really need blood monitor as everyone reacts differently to different foods. Cheapish on amazon, or if your on glicizade ask your doctor but they are rare beasts to get on NHS.

lowcarbprogram.com/

Also join forum on diabetes.org.uk lots help and tips there on low carb diet.
Edited by: "blueflash" 3rd Aug
I pray to God, that I never have to get to the 'stage' of when I too am needing ...

Here's looking to the long term of lack of 'complications' for now at least?.

But a good find for those in need of that little added assistance perhaps. :-)
amour3k3 h, 41 m ago

I pray to God, that I never have to get to the 'stage' of when I too am …I pray to God, that I never have to get to the 'stage' of when I too am needing ...Here's looking to the long term of lack of 'complications' for now at least?.But a good find for those in need of that little added assistance perhaps. :-)


Am 46years T1 with few problems.However insulin resistance is becoming a real issue.Ive been trying everything to try and halt the problem
blueflash4 h, 59 m ago

This one is free, if you don't mind watching videos and taking it slow, …This one is free, if you don't mind watching videos and taking it slow, you really need blood monitor as everyone reacts differently to different foods. Cheapish on amazon, or if your on glicizade ask your doctor but they are rare beasts to get on NHS.lowcarbprogram.com/Also join forum on diabetes.org.uk lots help and tips there on low carb diet.


Thanks.No probes with monitor,must have 10 of the things lol However after 46 years can nearly judge bloods within a few points.
MEGAONE22 m ago

Am 46years T1 with few problems.However insulin resistance is becoming a …Am 46years T1 with few problems.However insulin resistance is becoming a real issue.Ive been trying everything to try and halt the problem


Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, I hear, that's obviously something I need to keep my eyes open on at some point too then really?, that's cool.

Thanx for the input.

MEGAONE18 m ago

Thanks.No probes with monitor,must have 10 of the things lol However after …Thanks.No probes with monitor,must have 10 of the things lol However after 46 years can nearly judge bloods within a few points.


MEGAONE9 h, 19 m ago

Thanks.No probes with monitor,must have 10 of the things lol However after …Thanks.No probes with monitor,must have 10 of the things lol However after 46 years can nearly judge bloods within a few points.


Good luck then low carbs worked for me hba1c down from 64 to 48 in 3 months.

Just cut all we are told is health white and brown rice n pasta, baked potatoes, wholewheat bread the lot.

Seems extreme but I found it interesting adventure testing after every meal to see what raised my sugars and what I was good to eat.
blueflash25 m ago

Good luck then low carbs worked for me hba1c down from 64 to 48 in 3 …Good luck then low carbs worked for me hba1c down from 64 to 48 in 3 months.Just cut all we are told is health white and brown rice n pasta, baked potatoes, wholewheat bread the lot.Seems extreme but I found it interesting adventure testing after every meal to see what raised my sugars and what I was good to eat.


Yes I did a lot of monitoring in the earlier days too - I didn't react quite as the books lead you to expect with some foods either!
diane37W23 h, 51 m ago

Some outdated thinking in these recipes.page 1.......apricot porridge with …Some outdated thinking in these recipes.page 1.......apricot porridge with 34g of carb. This would send my blood sugar way too high.low carb, low sugar is the better diet.


I eat around 250g carbs a day (sometimes more) and have an a1c of 37. Low carb works for some but isn't necessary for most. As long as the meals are carb counted that is the important thing...
MEGAONE3rd Aug

Where do you get this 8week diet. Every time I try to download Diabetes UK …Where do you get this 8week diet. Every time I try to download Diabetes UK low carb diet it jumps to paying for diet that's supposed to be free



I’m not sure about getting it free. The book in paperback when I bought it was about £4. If you are on Facebook there are groups that will support you too. 8 week blood sugar diet friends is the group I’m in.
paulfromskegness4th Aug

I eat around 250g carbs a day (sometimes more) and have an a1c of 37. …I eat around 250g carbs a day (sometimes more) and have an a1c of 37. Low carb works for some but isn't necessary for most. As long as the meals are carb counted that is the important thing...


Are you T1, think mostly will help T2,isn't 250g around 62 spoons sugar a day not being T1 but that seems a lot. But we all react differently if you test and get no spikes guess your lucky
Edited by: "blueflash" 5th Aug
blueflash5th Aug

Are you T1, think mostly will help T2,isn't 250g around 62 spoons sugar a …Are you T1, think mostly will help T2,isn't 250g around 62 spoons sugar a day not being T1 but that seems a lot. But we all react differently if you test and get no spikes guess your lucky


You Have to also remember that most of these carbs are not sugar. They are mainly complex carbs (which admittedly do change to sugar in you body, but then again fat and protein also change to sugar to get any nutritional benefit). Measuring carbs based on a spoons of sugar equivalent is not take a helpful comparison. This is the kind of thing quoted by very poor tv documentary programmes and newspaper articles...
paulfromskegness2 m ago

You Have to also remember that most of these carbs are not sugar. They …You Have to also remember that most of these carbs are not sugar. They are mainly complex carbs (which admittedly do change to sugar in you body, but then again fat and protein also change to sugar to get any nutritional benefit). Measuring carbs based on a spoons of sugar equivalent is not take a helpful comparison. This is the kind of thing quoted by very poor tv documentary programmes and newspaper articles...


Yes I am t1... Being on a basal bolus insulin regime does allow more flexible eating without affecting your blood glucose levels too much (both for t1 or t2 diabetes - unfortunately this type of treatment is uncommon for t2)
paulfromskegness9 h, 37 m ago

You Have to also remember that most of these carbs are not sugar. They …You Have to also remember that most of these carbs are not sugar. They are mainly complex carbs (which admittedly do change to sugar in you body, but then again fat and protein also change to sugar to get any nutritional benefit). Measuring carbs based on a spoons of sugar equivalent is not take a helpful comparison. This is the kind of thing quoted by very poor tv documentary programmes and newspaper articles...


So why do you get blood sugar spikes from carbs, but not from protein, and why has cutting carbs reduced my HBA1C down from 67 to 43.

I attended the NHS Desmond education course for diabetics, where they explained the formula for conversion of carbs to sugar.
Edited by: "blueflash" 4th Nov
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