Give it a Chance… Diabetes-Compatible Can be Great

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What do I mean by Decadent Diabetes-Compatible eating? It is more than tarts, cakes, creams, and puddings. It is all about taking things that work for YOUR carbohydrate budget and combining them in ways to make every bite not only count but satisfy. One of your fellow readers (Wendy) made the following comment:

“Despite not being able to exercise as I've had back surgery...I've lost 20lbs. .yay me! So I'm just wary of a decadent dessert being the same calories as I could use in making a really healthy lunch! I'm bad carb/ sugar free. And have my bs down to 5/6. American 90 / 100. So you can understand my trepidation at being "decadent".

I give Wendy and any other reader my permission, no blessing, to wait until the time is right for YOU. I get it! It is the way I started out. It was not about making great desserts, but making everyday things taste better while managing my carbohydrate intake. My first “decadence” was finding a lower carbohydrate bread (Joseph’s Bakery Lavash and Pita, Sandwich thins, low carbohydrate tortillas, etc.). That allowed me to have a sandwich. Back in those days, decadence was really more about normalcy than chocolate. At first I thought I was going to have to give up every scrumptious recipe I ever devised. Back then, the sandwich was good enough. No, the sandwich was a decadent treat. All the rest followed in time.

Katrina summed it up far better than I do:

“I can't believe it, but after MONTHS of strictly controlling my diet and exercise... I can watch my 'resting' (or fasting) BG level, to determine that my body isn't stressed... and eat something special once in a while. Never thought it would happen 3 months ago, when I was WEEPING over high BG numbers, while eating nothing but salads and steamed veggies! Last week, I had a piece of PIZZA, with my salad, and a teeny glass of wine. One night splurge, but SO delightful, with no 'spikes' afterwards! Hang in there Wendy! Hang in there! We learn a lot, we heal a little, we gain a lot of ground, and start to learn to manage this! (I've lost 37 lbs in 4 months, and my eag is 92.9-95.2 for the month.) I've got to make one of these yummy recipes now.”

I have seen a number of posts from Katrina…and others. I cannot tell you how pleased I am FOR HER that the time is now right to expand her choices.

How do you go about making Decadent dishes? It is really easy.

DON’T FORGET TO SEASON

Both for economic reasons, and health reasons, I eat a lot of chicken. That same old “slab O chicken” sitting there on the plate gets pretty boring. Seasoning it well makes it a lot better. And seasonings can come from a jar. If you think you are not capable (you really are, you know) enough of a cook to mix a group of herbs to add flavor to your meal, there are a lot of good options on the market. Mixes like Italian seasoning, Herbs de Provence, Chinese five spice. I do want to tell you to look carefully at the labels. In the case of spice mixes and rubs, it is not the carbohydrates but excessive salt that you need to be aware of crusting chicken (or fish) with nuts and cheese makes it

A Decadent Crust

…Decadent. Each nut adds its own special flavor. Sesame seeds are another good flavor choice. While higher in carbohydrates than most nuts, a little goes a long way in coating that boring chicken.

LEMON

I love lemons. The flavor brightens everything from chicken to vegetables. A good trick is to also use the zest. It has more flavor than the juice and doesn’t start the “cooking” process like the juice does. Mixed with other seasons, it is a fast and inexpensive way to make a simple dish …spark. In addition, the lemon helps those of us that watch our sodium intake, cut down on the salt. It is a natural reaction on our tongues. I can’t explain it but I am delighted it works.

ONIONS, GARLIC, and LOVE

Every time I saute onions and the scent wafts through the air, I get “boy that smells good.”

Onions are one of the great seasonings. I am reminded of this as I have just finished a spectacular, but uber simple, onion and roasted tomato breakfast omelet. A little garlic wouldn’t hurt either. Just remember to balance it off with some parsley to smooth out the flavor and the…breath.

Lastly this week, I want to tell you about my big smile. In a time where it is all too easy and common to be rude, even mean online, and call people unkind names, some of my readers reminded me again how kind and helpful people CAN be. One of the readers on my site had some questions. Several of you dove right in there to offer your assistance. I am happy to have provided the forum, but YOUR generosity of spirit leaves me happily…….SPEECHLESS except a huge THANK YOU!

Below is my recipe for Chicken Parmesan. It is a perfect example of taking everyday things and putting them together to get something deliciously, decadently, Diabetes-Compatible.

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

Ward Alper, The Decadent Diabetic