With Diabetes, We Are Not Alone - Let's Have a Party!

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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.

As people with diabetes, we are not alone. I don’t mean that in the warm, fuzzy way; that there is support out there for us from all kinds of sources (including Diabetes Support and Information About Diabetes). I mean it in the practical sense that we have to deal with our life in the middle of other people’s lives. You know who I mean: those pesky friends and family.

The comment below is from one of my readers. (Boy do I love my readers. You inspire me all the time.)

I started following you because I love food/ love cooking and hate how many things I'm having to give up due to this illness. I like that your recipes are diabetic friendly but also good for everyone else. Thank you for sharing!

This got me thinking: Few of us live totally alone. We all interact with others. This sometimes becomes interesting when we interact and there is food in the picture.

Find Diabetes-Compatible Recipes that Everyone Can Enjoy

Going out for pizza and beer is not really a good choice. My recipe for pizza, using low-carbohydrate pita bread, is delicious and easy. I would bet that most of the “gang” would really enjoy it. You can make it more fun by asking them to bring toppings along to make their own pizza; that is, if you have room at the counter/ table. Who would have thunk that someone with diabetes could host a pizza party?

A.B.N. (my inspiring reader) is right. My recipes are diabetes-compatible, but my years in the restaurant have made me think about not only what I like (need?) to eat but also how to make it work for others. If that were not the case, there would be a lot of people out there eating only cheesecake for dessert.

As I said, we are not alone. We need to do what works best for us, and we want to do what our family and friends will enjoy. How happy does it make us to put a meal on the table that the ones we care about enjoy? How much better still if that meal is something we can enjoy without worry? If we make it taste good, nobody (definitely not us) suffers because of our diabetes.

One of the readers who gives me the most joy is my friend Sev. He is an 8-year-old with type 1 diabetes and a sweet tooth. I have been sharing sweet recipes with his mom, and Sev finds the cakes and cookies “awesome.” How would you like to bet that his mom is sneaking some of those diabetes-compatible treats for herself?

Eat What You Like - Just Make It Work for You

I like to keep reminding you that all kinds of foods and recipes that you like to eat are still good choices for you. Hey, if you like burgers, eat burgers. Use a low-carb bun. Think about it: Do you eat the burger for the meats (or veggies) or for the doughy bun?

Do you like chicken, fish, pork? Eat those foods. Make a side that works for your eating needs and tastes sooo good that the rest of the family likes them too.

Are potatoes missing from your life? Make them, but make them sooo good that a little (portion control) goes a long way to satisfying you. Then finish the plate with something green or red and delicious.

I know, I know, I just keep seeing the positive side of things. Hey! It is your fault. You keep telling me that I have been of assistance and it is getting easier for you and better for you, so how can I even think of being negative?

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

Click here for Ward's Mediterranean Party Cheese Pate recipe!

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