Diabetic Cookbook
and Sugar Free Diet

You can find out how to plan meals with a Diabetic Cookbook. Before we go into the different diabetes cooking recipes, we'll look at definitions of diabetes mellitus, Type 1 diabetes, and Type 2 diabetes. To successfully plan diabetic diet, it's best to find nutrient information on the foods we eat along with paying attention to foods with low glycemic index or high glycemic index.

What is diabetes and the diabetic cookbook? Many people who have diabetes also have symptoms of candida albicans. In simple terms, diabetes is a disease where blood sugar levels are too high because the body either does not produce enough insulin, or, there is a resistance to insulin. If you have diabetes there is hope because it can be managed and reversed with the help of a diabetes cookbook for meal planning.

Diabetes is usually a gradually occurring disease; meaning it can go undetected in a person's body for years with out any devastating signs, this is often called asymptomatic in medical terms. In a number of circumstances, a person doesn't seek help until diabetes has already taken a drastic tole on the body such as liver failure, high blood pressure, or loss of vision. Having a physician come up with a specific diabetic program and using a diabetic cookbook can help manage the stress of living with diabetes.

Characteristics of Diabetes

  • Yeast infections

  • Fainting

  • Frequent urination

  • Weight loss

  • Obesity

  • On-going thirst

  • Fatigue

  • Blurred vision

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Frequent infections

  • Infections

  • Loss of feeling in certain body parts

  • Increase or decrease in appetite

  • higher incidence of gum disease

    Different Types of Diabetes

    The different types of diabetes includes Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. When a woman has diabetes due to pregnancy, she is said to have gestational diabetes. Using a diabetic cookbook during pregnancy may be beneficial because diet is probably the best way to control diabetes when pregnant. Thorough explanation is set forth in the book Diabetes: Prevention, Control, and Cure by Alterman and Kullman,

    ”There are two main types of diabetes mellitus. Type 1 diabetes arises from the destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, which causes an absolute deficiency of insulin. Without daily injections of insulin to replace what their bodies cannot produce, type 1s are unable to survive. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body's cells become resistant to it's glucose lowering action-an inability to use it efficiently.”

    Controlling Diabetes With Food and Exercise

    Along with the advice received from an experienced diabetes physician or registered dietician, exercise and diet play a critical factor in managing diabetes. This is why having a diabetic cookbook is so important. Often times if healing a disease becomes to difficult to manage all efforts stop. But, if there are healthy food guidelines for controlling diabetes right at your fingertips, success may be easier to achieve.

    People with diabetes need to get exercise at least three times a week because it fights fatigue, strengthens the heart, builds muscle mass, promotes weight-loss, and helps lower blood glucose. All of which are important for controlling diabetes. There are some simple exercises that can be done right at home. For instance most everyone has cans in their cupboards. You can use cans as weights if you don't own weights. Just put a can of soup in your hand, extend your arm out and lift it 20 times with your left hand, and then do the same with your right hand. If that feels too easy, use a heavier can. Jogging or running around the block will get the heart pumping.

    Note: If ketoacidosis is suspected exercise should be avoided. This is an extreme diabetic condition where fat is being burned due to lack of insulin. Signs of ketoacidosis include fever, dehydration, and confusion.

    With diabetes, eating a healthy diet is important for controlling your blood glucose. At times you'll want to find diabetic recipes and sugar recipes. One of the first steps in planning out a diet is knowing what you are eating and how much you should eat. You should eat foods with a lower glycemic index. Generally the diabetic cookbook says these foods include vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, complex carbohydrates, and fiber foods that do not quickly raise blood glucose levels. Avoid eating processed food, high volumes of meat, sugar, and artificial sweeteners; although you can incorporate stevia. All the food you eat should be in proportion to your daily allowances (see chart below). The goal of eating or not eating these foods is to control your blood sugar.

    Recommended Nutrient Intake For Americans

    Nutrient Content
    Carbohydrate 40-60% of calories
    Protein 10-20% of calories
    Fat < 30% of calories
    Saturated Fat

    < 10% of calories

    < 7% with elevated LDL
    Cholesterol < 300 mg/day
    Fiber 20-35 g/day
    Sodium < 3000 mg/day
    Alcohol < 2 alcoholic beverages daily
    (From Diabetes: Prevention, Control, and Cure by Alterman and Kullman)

    Foods With a Low Glycemic Index

    Brown Rice, Red Peppers, Carrots, Cabbage, Oats, Mushrooms, Green Beans, Lettuce, Broccoli, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Basmati Rice, Walnuts, Buckwheat, Yams, Yogurt, Lentils, Beans, Hummus, Chickpeas, Grapefruit, Cherries, Apple, Peaches, Plums, Apricots (dried) Rye Multi Grain Bread,

    Foods With a High Glycemic Index

    Potatoes, White Bread, Dates, Watermelon, Waffles, Millet, Baked Goods

    Diabetic Exchange

    You can also use a method called the diabetic exchange. The foods in the exchange includes milks, fruits, vegetables, meat, starches, and carbohydrates and free foods which are foods that do not contain calories and can be eaten freely. The exchange gives variety in meal planning and can be thought of as substituting one food for another with the same amount of calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate.

    Here's an example of an 1,800 calorie diet with 40 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. For instance a small apple is the same as 4 apricots or 12 cherries or 1/2 cup of grape juice.

    Breakfast: 1 fruit exchange, 1 starch exchange, 1 medium-fat meat exchange, 2 fat exchanges, 1 lowfat milk exchange,

    Lunch: 3 lean-meat exchanges, 1 vegetable exchange, 2 fat exchanges, 2 starch exchanges, 2 fruit exchanges, 1/2 lowfat milk exchange

    Dinner: 4 lean-meat exchanges, 2 starch exchanges, 2 vegetable exchanges, 1 fruit exchange, 3 fat exchanges

    Snack: 2 starch exchanges, 2 lean-meat exchanges, 1/2 lowfat milk exchange (From Diabetic Cookbook; Rubin, Stach, and Sharf p. 29-30)

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