Love, Support, Diabetes-Compatible Foods and Us

Sun Shining

This guest post was written by type 2 diabetic and chef Ward Alper. It originally appeared on his website, The Decadent Diabetic, and was republished on Information About Diabetes with permission.

ME: This article is about YOU. All of you, that over the years have commented to me about changes you have made in your lives now that you have diabetes. Don’t get me wrong, I am a chef and certainly have an ego.

There are no recipes for Humble Pie in my repertoire... Swelled Head Pudding perhaps. You folks inspire me with your commitment to make your eating and lives better.

This is a love story and a big thank you note all rolled up together. I want to tell you how much I love you for sharing your journeys with me and the rest of our readers HERE AT Diabetes Support/ Information About Diabetes, and how inspiring you all are for me.

Positive Comments from Readers

YOU: Kerry B:
I was just talking to another friend who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and this was the first article I read. Thought I would share it with you.... This says a lot about what we were talking about. I have been in touch with the author. It was when I first became diabetic. He really has inspired me to keep the faith and keep plugging! It is doable!

ME: Nice thought Kerry, but the inspiration AND the credit is all yours. You made the choice to investigate ideas and information about living with diabetes.

YOU: Cynthia K
Just want to say thank you! So hard to think of new recipes that are easy and tasty. You get tired of the same ole same ole when you have to count carbs. Tired of being bored with food. Seven years and I need/want more food choices!

ME: Spot on Cynthia. Even if you love the taste of something, eating it every day gets old. Knowing to look for new choices is a great step in keeping it fresh and possible to maintain.

YOU: Dana W
I am a new diabetic and thank goodness I found these delicious looking foods. I am saved! : )

ME: Dana you may be saved. If you are it is because you are looking for foods that will serve both your health and your tastebuds. Pat yourself on the back for not just giving up.

YOU: Debbie F
You have no idea how much you have helped me. I was diagnosed 1 1/2 yrs ago with T1. No family history, no knowledge about it etc. I was totally overwhelmed and felt lost.....then I came across your post on Facebook...you truly helped me so much. Not just the recipes but reading your posts of your personal ups and downs make me feel "someone gets it". I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart! Debbie

ME: Trust me Debbie, I did get it. I thought I was lost when it came to doing what I enjoyed most, eating well. It is comments like yours that make me want to continue to share the recipes and my tales of success and of woe.

YOU: Sharon H
Hello!!.. Due to taking care of a diagnosis months ago and being regimental regarding my diet, I have lost the desire and pleasure in food. I am so glad I found you..I'm thinking your recipes will bring back that zest ( lemon? ) for eating again!! I've been so bored with food not looking forward to eating. Thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts and recipes!!..

ME: Love the lemon humor Sharon. In my less than humble opinion, a little humor is as important an ingredient in how you eat and how you live. Keep up the good laughing.

YOU: Sharon W and Sue H
OH MY HEAVENS....I guess I might have to try making these SMOOCHES...Love his chef...
Love this guy!

ME: Sharon is talking about my Chocolate-Filled Raspberry Smooches featured on Diabetes Support for Valentine’s Day. I send those to all of you and thank all of you for inspiring me to create more and more recipes not just for my eating but for yours. I wouldn’t do it without you. I love youse too.

You make me a better man and certainly a better diabetes chef.

My thanks to: the hundreds of you that keep sending POSITIVE comments about your successes. Thank you for wanting to make your diabetes life better, and in doing that making mine….delicious!

ENJOY!!! Be happy, be healthy, be creative, and BE DECADENT! –w!

Click here for Ward's Fresh Zucchini and Tomato Sautee recipe!

Get more cooking tips and recipe ideas from Ward Alper, the Decadent Diabetic, on his website.

Photo credit: Bertram Nudelbach on Flickr