Beyond my physician's advice and recommendations, much credit has to be given to Saint Francis Diabetes Care Center's director and certified instructor Julie Burns and registered dietitian Rich Packard for imparting an understanding of how to best manage the condition with diet.
I'll always remember the first words from Julie: "There isn't anything you can't eat." That was the second relief I had felt - the first being that insulin wasn't necessary.
However, there's a "but" to her statement. You can eat, but no longer with abandon and at all times of day and anything that's handy. Old habits have to be eliminated. She and Rich provided answers to my diet questions. They gave me a good base and I figured it out from there.
Like a lot of you, I take the carb choice approach, keeping an eye also on calories and fat per serving. It's easiest to do and so far very successful. Meals and snack are at a set time each day. I don't eat every food group allowed, opting for larger amounts of vegetables and fresh fruits. And I don't do sugar substitutes, even Splenda, due to an adverse reaction. My blood sugar numbers have steadily remained in the low to below normal range.
In the coming weeks, besides giving recipes (most recipes are already diabetic-friendly, just dependent upon keeping correct portions) I'll name local restaurants and give the particular menu items in each that I enjoy without harm. You may like to go there, too. Some locations may surprise you.
The disclaimer I attach to the restaurant referrals is that I know foods react differently in each of us regarding what we ingest and blood sugar levels. A particular menu suggestion isn't "one size fits all" even from food groups that are "good for us."
You are invited to contact me with comments, questions, requests, tips, personal experiences and your own special-interest recipes - information that may be shared with others.
In exchange for my restaurant news, I also want to give your dining-out recommendations. Send me the names of restaurants you have found and what food they have that's compatible with your diet, whether in Charleston or outside the city, including areas throughout the state. We all "have fork, will travel."
Reach Judy Grigoraci at 342-5491 or ...@suddenlink.net.