Tuesday, February 3, 2009

~*~Who says diabetics can't eat well?~*~

Who says diabetics can't eat well?
Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone, but crucial for people with diabetes. Following a diet that meets the 
strict nutritional requirements of diabetics and does not overshoot on calories is critical. 
At the same time, having diabetes does not mean you lose your head on calorie counting and bid farewell to delicious food. 
Here are some yummy meal options that are safe, quick to prepare, and great to taste.
Beverage list
Choose from the following for each of your meals.
Club soda 
Diet soda 
Coffee with an artifical sweetener like 'Equal' 
Sugar-free drink mix, like a sugar-free strawberry crush 
Tea with no/less sugar 
Kokam juice with no added sugar 
Sugar-free tonic water
Avoid canned or even fresh juices, especially those with added sugar.   
Dr Desai a practicing pathologist and medical officer at IIM Ahmedabad, who also serves as the selector and coach for the Indian roller-skating team, says, "The best breakfast option for a diabetic is a plate full of fruit. Include fruit such as apples, peaches, 
bananas and even strawberries, and eat a stomach full. You can even have a soup if an urge for salts arises. Once in a 
while, you can have milk with cereal that has no additional sugar. Muesli is also an option."
Some more options: 

Poached egg on toast 
Tomato and cucumber salad 
Bread topped with pineapple slices 
Whole-grain ready-to-eat cereal 
Almond milk 
These must be alternated though, and none consumed on a daily basis. However, fruits are safe and ideal for repetition. 
For lunch, Dr Desai wholeheartedly recommends salad, soups or a light oil-and-fat- free veg curry with whole wheat 
chapattis. He says, "For lunch, a salad and soup is ideal. However, how you make it is also important. Do not add high 
calorie dressings or sugar-rich products. Otherwise, the purpose of eating a salad will be defeated. The chapattis should 
not be smothered with butter or ghee either. The whole idea is to monitor the intake of calories so the blood sugar does 
not shoot up." He shares two soup recipes. 
Chicken-Rice Soup
250 grams chicken pieces, small
1/2 cup salad leaves, chopped
1/2 cup rice, uncooked
1 small onion, cut into four
1 cup carrots, diced
? cup capsicum, diced 
Bay leaf (Tej Patta in Hindi)
A pinch of pepper 
Simmer the chicken in water with the salad leaves, onion, two pinches of salt and tej patta for one hour over low heat. 
Drain the chicken broth and retain it in a separate container. Place the pieces in a clean plate and debone the chicken. 
Chop it into small pieces. Combine the broth, chicken, rice, capsicum and carrots in a saucepan and continue cooking for 
30-40 minutes or until the rice is tender. Makes three servings
Fruit Fusion 
1 cup fresh grapes, chopped into halves
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced into four
1 cup fresh peaches, finely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups low-fat yogurt

Mix grapes, strawberries, and peaches. Mix gently. Sprinkle brown sugar over fruit. Top with yogurt. Cover and refrigerate 
for about 2 hours. Gently stir fruit to mix it and serve in pudding/ice cream bowls. This makes three servings.

By carefully selecting what you eat, including a good balance of the right kinds and amounts of fats and carbohydrates, 
you can help improve your health. The bottom line is you must eat carefully, eat right and eat sensibly. Do not starve or 
deprive yourself. At the same time, don't over-indulge either.

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