When you have diabetes, eating can seem like a challenge. “Adjusting your diet sucks, no matter what your motivator is,” shared one member of DiabetesTeam, echoing the frustrations of others who’ve had to change their eating habits. “Most of it is a mental, rather than physical change, although it's also physical. It's easier when you have foods you love and don't have to give up.”
Members who’ve lived with diabetes for many years - and have maintained healthy glucose levels on a diabetes diet - didn’t really give up their favorite foods. They just learned to prepare them differently.
“Now that I know how to cook and bake, I’ve made some tremendous diabetes-friendly dishes - savory and sweet (yes, sweet) - since being diagnosed with type 2 in 2003,” shared one member.
One of the most popular recipes making the rounds on DiabetesTeam is “chaffles.”
A crunchy, low-carb “waffle” made from eggs, cheese, seasonings – and sometimes almond flour - chaffles are “the new diabetes food craze,” raved one member.
Members rave about chaffles because the recipe can also be used to make pizza crusts, lasagna “noodles,” hamburger buns, sandwich bread, and more. “I ate one chaffle for breakfast with butter and sugar-free syrup. The other I used as a bun for my pork-chop sandwich,” shared one member.
“Chaffles are a game changer for carb intake; they’re like eating bread,” proclaimed one member. “They make a huge difference in my [blood sugar] numbers, and keep me feeling satisfied,” said another. “I no longer reach for unhealthy carbs to fill up.”
Starting the day with a nutritious meal is the best way to avoid “falling off the wagon” later on, say members of DiabetesTeam. In addition to chaffles, members share their go-to breakfasts:
Whether eating at home, at work, or on the go, members stick with light salads and veggies - sometimes combined with whole grains, at lunch.
Evening meals present the greatest challenge to MyDiabetesTeam members, particularly when trying to prepare dishes the whole family can enjoy.
Having delicious, healthy snacks on hand is important for a quick, blood-sugar-leveling bite during the day. Here are some of members’ go-to snacks:
Tweaking traditional dessert recipes with lower-carb ingredients helps members satisfy their “sweet tooths” and avoid “cheats” that spike blood-sugar levels. “I doctor-up regular recipes to match my carb and calorie limits,” said one woman.
Members swap traditional flour for almond or other gluten-free flours, use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, and reduce fat intake by using half butter, half olive oil.
Member dessert favorites include:
Always work with your doctor or dietician to create a meal plan that matches your calorie, fat, and carb limits. “You're not dieting, you're changing your life-long eating habits to accommodate your own food addictions (sugar, carbs, caffeine, salt, etc),” advised one member.
On DiabetesTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with diabetes, members talk about a range of personal experiences including recipes and tips for healthy meals.
Here are some questions and answers about healthy meals and go-to snacks:
Here are some conversations about healthy meals and go-to snacks:
Can you relate? Go to DiabetesTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised how many others share similar stories.