I have had diabetes since 2004. For the first several years I nearly ate the same things for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why? Because there isn’t much someone with diabetes can eat and keep their A1C normal.
What is A1C?
A1C is a test that measures the level of hemoglobin in the blood to determine the average blood sugar concentrations for the last two to three months. Normal A1C is below 5.7. A1C between 5.7 and 6.4 signals pre-diabetes. Anything over 6.5 is diagnosed as diabetes. The goal for someone with diabetes is to keep their A1C below 6.5.
So, what can someone with type 2 diabetes eat?
My dietician has me on a diet that looks like this:
- Breakfast: 45 carbohydrates
- Snack: 15 carbohydrates
- Lunch: 45 carbohydrates
- Snack: 15 carbohydrates
- Dinner: 45 carbohydrates
- Before bed snack: 15 carbohydrates
Total Carbohydrates per day: 180
That’s not a lot of carbs. Consider this: a small banana has about 30 carbohydrates. Depending on the bread is around 30-35 carbohydrates per slice (some are lower but they are plain bread without taste). Oatmeal has about the same amount of carbohydrates in a half of a cup. None of these foods are filling at the amount you can eat and I found that most of the time I was hungry. Also, when I was diagnosed with diabetes I was not overweight. I am 6-foot-tall, weighed 185 pounds. To solve the hunger feeling I began eating a lot of protein because protein tend to have only a few carbohydrates. But then I began gaining weight with all the fat that comes with protein. That was not healthy, although it did keep my glucose levels low and filled me up.
But I know as well as you do my body cannot live on protein alone. I needed fruits and vegetables to keep it healthy. I searched for several cookbooks and found some recipes I liked and that helped but found that I was still cooking the same meals to keep my A1C at a safe level.
Recently I found a book that has really helped. The recipes are good and I am now eating a variety of foods while keeping my A1C level low. It is called The Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook and you can find it HERE. Why do I like this cookbook over others?
- The recipes are not bland. They taste good!
- There is a 60-day money back guarantee. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t losing money.
- It is an e-book so you can store it on any electronic device. Recipes go wherever I go.
- It includes desserts. while others are eating brownies and ice cream you aren’t going without.
This cookbook is $37 but you get three other books related to diabetes and food. This is a good book I highly recommend. If you do purchase it send me your thoughts, good or bad, and I will post it here on this website for others to review.