When a physician gives out a diagnosis of diabetes it usually comes with a list of do’s and don’ts, especially in their diets.
Having limitations leave most diabetic people feeling out of control regarding their health and to a certain extent their lives. But in the end it’s just a matter of taking the right perspective.
When a door closes, check the fire exits. Diabetes does not necessarily mean the end of your eating career or something. It only means you have to be extra wise on what you take in and extra motivated to follow that wisdom especially on diabetic cooking.
Making diabetic cooking “diabetic”
Keep non diabetic ingredients out of site
Watching horror movies when you have problems sleeping at night because of overactive imagination might not help. This is the same as keeping inside your refrigerators ingredients and food which you know very well are high in sugar or are a part of the don’ts list.
Do not provide yourself an avenue to get tempted. Stock your cupboards and refrigerator with non diabetic ingredients and food like lots of fruits and vegetables. Remember the saying, “out of sight, out of mind”.
Find the right alternatives
High amount of sugar in the blood is the main problem of diabetes of any kind. That is why in diabetic cooking, alternatives to sugar should be the initial thing that diabetics should fill their food cabinets with.
For this, there is what we call sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners. These give off the same sweetness but with much less sugar content as possible. You may also try natural sweeteners like honey and glucose.
Encourage family to go on a diabetic diet with you
Having a diabetic in the family can be agonizing. However, you should look at the brighter side of things. It may be harder for a diabetic to live in a house where he feels alienated in the preparation of his meal and even through the whole mealtime itself just because his food must be different.
Diabetic cooking can do wonders to the diabetic member of the family and also to you who are aware of the dangers of diabetes. Remember that diabetic cooking is not just for diabetics, it is perfect for everyone who values their health.
This is also one way of motivating yourself to pursue diabetic cooking. Do not stick to 10 kinds of delicious but allowable meals in your lifetime just because you want to be on the safer side.
Seeking greener and newer pastures at that will always add up to the excitement of keeping yourself motivated in keeping up with diabetic cooking.
You have a wide variety of choices provided; you just have to know the right place to look for them. Diabetic cooking calls for creativity and resourcefulness.
Use foods with low glycemic index, experiment and come up with your own original recipes. Ask others for their own techniques and recipes on diabetic cooking too so you never feel like your food choices are limited.