Diabetes cooking tips

national diabetes week

Knowing how to cook the healthy way is important!

With 280 people diagnosed every day in Australia with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, diabetes really is a concern for many. They say that for every person with type 2 diabetes, there is another who is yet to be diagnosed and with Australia’s obesity epidemic, even more people are at risk.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease usually detected during childhood and requires insulin for management.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is considered a lifestyle related disease; mainly affecting overweight people in their 40’s and upwards.  In many cases type 2 diabetes can be managed by a combination of a healthy diet, regular physical activity and in some cases medications.

There is no special diet required for people with type 2 diabetes, they just need to eat regular meals and have regular snacks spread evenly over the day. It is important that a person with type 2 diabetes has the right carbohydrate distribution throughout the day and follows a low saturated fat diet. So knowing how to cook the healthy way is important.


Did you know? All recipes in my 8 cookbooks are suitable for people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. FIND OUT MORE

 

 


10 simple cooking tips for people with diabetes or anyone wanting to cook the healthy way:

  1.  Eat a low saturated fat diet. Cut the fat off meat, remove skin from chicken and where possible avoid cream, butter and high fat products.
  2.  Use low fat products. Such as 25% reduced fat cheese, diet yoghurt, skim milk and low fat margarines.
  3.  Avoid frying in fat. Use cooking spray instead.
  4.  Get your 5 + 3. Include 5 serves of vegetables and 2 or 3 serves of fruit each day.
  5.  Fibre up. Aim for 30g of fibre each day.
  6.  Omit or use salt sparingly. A low-sodium diet is ideal for people with diabetes.
  7.  Avoid coconut milk. It contains 40g of fat per cup! Instead make my version of using evaporated light milk and imitation coconut essence at only 4g of fat per cup.
  8.  Limit sugar. Having small amounts of sugar is fine, for example one of my cakes may have a third cup sugar but it serves ten. Divided up there isn’t much sugar at all.
  9.  Opt for Basmati or Doongara rice. Both have a lower GI than normal white rice.
  10. Choose cold-climate fruit. Fruit grown in a colder climate such as berries, cherries, apples, pears etc have a lower GI. Tropical fruits have a high GI rating and are quickly absorbed into the blood stream.

All recipes in my cookbooks are suitable for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They also contain a full nutritional panel so you can keep track of what you’re eating.



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