Diabetes-Compatible…2nd Best Ain’t Good Enough

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We don’t have to second best when it comes to eating a Diabetes-Compatible meal.

What I mean by this is perfectly illustrated in the old Olympia Dinner sketch from SNL where the obnoxious order-taker (John Belushi) would scream out to the customers: “No Coke, Pepsi !”

Sadly after four years writing about eating with Diabetes, I still see to many people commenting:

There is nothing to eat
There is nothing I want to eat
I am wondering what I can eat

Eating great tasting food is a learning curve. No one wakes up the day after their diagnosis and just KNOWS how to change their eating to suit their new circumstances.

OK, we have Diabetes. For me, for you, second best simply won’t do. Let me go a step further. Just OK won’t do either. If what you intend to do is continue eating to assist you in managing your Diabetes, food has to taste and feel so good that it is not any kind of chore to stick with it.

Let me remind you….again that there are more things that you can eat with Diabetes, than things you might choose not to eat, or want to limit the portions size of those foods.

Many people, including me, have managed to keep their Diabetes in check. For me it means getting more and more creative with what and how much I eat.

This comment just showed up today on of the Diabetes specific sites.

I have been a big guy my whole life and I come from a big family that eats big meals.
I too, am a full plate kind of guy. It might be healthier to have a lot of empty spaces on a plate, but when I see that, I just feel empty. There are so many vegetables that are so low in carbohydrates, high in nutrients, that you can eat a mass of them. The trick is to make that “mass” really taste good.

I do a lot of cauliflower. When I started, I made some mashed cauliflower. I prepared it with salt and pepper, some butter and a little milk. It was like the baby food version of cauliflower. Sure, I could have a lot of it but I really didn’t want to eat a lot of it. It was as boring as boiled chicken.

It made no sense to prepare it that way. I haven’t prepared mashed potatoes that way since I was in college. I don’t know what possessed me to do that. Now I prepare it EXACTLY the way I would mashed potatoes. I use dill, garlic, parmesan cheese, sauteed onion, and sour cream. It is absolutely delicious. It is NOT a 2nd class replacement for mashed potatoes. It is a 1st class preparation for cauliflower.

I know a lot of you out there use a spiral cutter to make strands of zucchini and use that in place of pasta. Enjoy, but not for me. I don’t get pasta from the spiral zucchini. It is too slimy and watery. It has no bite (tooth as in al dente). Now to be clear, that same spiral zucchini with a vinaigrette and some cheese and other vegetables is a great replacement for a cold pasta dish. It is the hot zucchini dressed up as spaghetti I don’t care for. On the other hand, spaghetti squash works very well as a replacement.

About portion control or “eating in moderation”

This is a great thing to do if you can and can stick with it. Some people can not or will not. The gentleman that is a big guy eater got a lot of disparaging comments from other readers on that forum. I must protest. It had to take a good deal of courage for him to put himself out there. The other readers should be supportive of him and his difficulties and not beat him up for where they disagree.

What we/he might want to think about is eating a lot of what we can, for example salads, proteins, and vegetables and limiting other things. A big portion of any of my cauliflower salads or skinny slaw will go a long way to filling your plate and your stomach without busting your carbohydrate budget. I also believe we can control the portion size of “less good” food choices. The way that works is to make the foods you choose to limit so good that a smaller amount satisfies you.

Find what works for you. We are all different and react differently. Choose to do the work to make everything you can eat, so good, so 1st class, you WANT TO EAT IT.

Enjoy, be happy, be Healthy, BE DECADENT.-w!