Hey, My husband has just been dx w/ Adult Onset Type 2 Diabetes. He loves sweets. Anyone have any great recipes using Splenda or Stevia, or anything else that he could eat. TIA. Vick
Thx. Hadn't thought of that one.
That would be my first place to look. Especially since the Diabetic diet isn't just about cutting sugar.
Hopefully you can find some yummy recipes on there.
Since you said he likes sweets I would warn you about being careful buying sugar free candies and chocolates. There are some good ones out there, but if you eat too many of them they can cause tummy problems.
My DH has Type 2 also. Its not just cutting down the sugars. Baking ingredients, flour, milk etc also add up as they contain carbs & carbs are one thing that needs to be controlled.
Best advice I can give is to attend some classes at your local Diabetes clinic or hospital, & talk with the nutritionist, as being dx with diabetes can be pretty overwhelming. I know it was for me & my DH.
Its surprising what you find out that you've always thought is good for you, is not so good for you anymore if you're a type 2 diabetic. Glasses of fruit juice, certain whole fruits like banana's large oranges, cantelope and other melons. High starch, high carb, veggies like potatoes, corn, peas & carrots. Fat intake needs to be watched & controlled also.
Just picking up a diabetic cookbook & making a recipe here and there doesn't really do it as you need to keep track of each meal and snack throughout the day to keep the blood sugar under control. My DH eats ordinary cake, not diabetic. If he's going to have a small piece of cake, he plans for it by cutting back on the starches in his meal to accomidate the cake.
The website posted by TexasSugar is a good one. I bounced between that one and the Canadian Diabetes website a lot when my DH was first diagnosed some years ago. They both have improved a lot since then too.
Diabetes is a whole new lifestyle of eating and living really. You and your DH need to educate yourselves on diabetes as much as you can. It might seem daunting at first but the more you know the healthier you'll be.
Hey, Joyfull and Texas Sugar, Thx. for the info. We went to buy groceries Sat. and it took about 2 hours to read ingredients, convince him that he couldn't buy a lot of candy anymore, etc. He's trying.... Thx. again
It will take some time to get use to it. My grandma has been diabetic for as long as I remember. It does get easier and you learn what things are okay and what things are not.
As Joyfull said, I'd look into some classes in the area. Contact the Dr and see if they can give you information on when and where they are.
Yes, as TexasSugar says, it does get easier the more you learn. Good to hear you & your DH are taking the time to read the labels! Thats a great start as it can be a bit of a shocker to actually see whats in the foods we're so used to eating.
Keep up the good work tazmycat! All the best to you & your DH!!