Love Yourself – Follow a Low-Carb Diet!

loveWe’re following tradition here at the Diabetes Diet. What do you do when it’s Valentine’s Day? Try to squeeze in a reference to love in any online activity. And hearts of course. I’m going to try to do both.

If you have diabetes, type 1 or type 2, your body doesn’t respond well to carbohydrates. You can eat a diet high in carbohydrates – it’s just that you won’t feel very well, short-term. In the long-term, a diet high in carbohydrates can lead to high blood glucose levels. This in turn will damage your body and shorten your life.

So, if you love yourself, follow a low-carb diet to minimise the risks of diabetes!

Here’s how to do it.

Read up on all the advice out there. We have a book, The Diabetes Diet that sets out the benefits of low-carb eating. It also includes recipes, daily menu plans and advice about how to manage your medication on a low carb diet. Check out lowcarbdiabetic, a great website for people looking for information and help with their condition.

Follow blogs. Blogs like ours regularly feature low-carb recipes and information and advice for people with diabetes. There are lots of great low-carb blogs out there. See fittoserve, Authority Nutrition, and the Diet Doctor.

Buy some recipe books. A great all-rounder is 500 Low Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender, although bear in mind it is an American book so the measures and some of the ingredients will be unfamiliar. The celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has a new book out now – The Dopamine Diet*, featuring the low-carb recipes that helped him lose 11 stones.

Get yourself a carb guide. Online dieting apps are the most useful source for carb guides. Remember that might need to minus the fibre content from the total carbohydrate content. Myfitnesspal offers the most extensive database.

Enjoy it! Low-carb eating is one of the most satisfying and delicious diets you will eat. Cheese, cream, juicy pork chops, grilled sirloin steaks, salmon topped with mayonnaise… what’s not to love? Try out some of our recent recipes:

Think of the benefits. More energy, lower blood glucose levels (leading to less risk of heart disease, see I told you I was going to shoehorn hearts into this piece somewhere), better skin, fat loss if it’s needed – all these are bonuses of low-carbing.

 

*Review to come!

6 thoughts on “Love Yourself – Follow a Low-Carb Diet!”

  1. Hello Sandra, I flicked through it in Asda’s. I haven’t bought it yet. The one recipe that I remember was kale with anchovies (I guess you would like that?). I don’t generally buy recipe books any more, as I have lots of them and I look recipes up online, but this one appealed to me. Tom’s looking good on it!

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    1. You’re right, Emma, I would love that recipe! I was slightly put off by amazon reviewers saying how expensive the ingredients were. Well, kale with anchovies sounds refreshingly frugal! I was even more put off by the amount of exercise he’s been doing as part of his daily routine. I’m telling myself that much exercise would be counter-productive in my circumstances – gentle exercising has real benefits in regulating my blood sugar: push too hard and the opposite occurs! But I do agree – he looks great on his new regime!

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  2. I agree Sandra – gentle exercise is far more effective than huffing and puffing for me. I am going to buy the book, but I can let you know if I think it’s worth it. I did get one of his books a few years ago, and I didn’t like it because the recipes had long lists of ingredients. Here’s hoping this one doesn’t!

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  3. But gosh I love eating 14 pounds of pasta each hour for 17 hours on Thursdays.

    OK, it is only 13.5 pounds. LOL Really I am eating more low carb than I used too. But that has less to do with diabetes and more to do with the diet I am on. Speaking of which I had some awesome roasted brussels sprouts today YUM

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