It’s been a long day. You’ve been thinking about putting your feet up when you get home and unwinding in front of the TV.
The last thing on your mind is creating a meal from scratch that’s perfect for your blood sugars.
Being type 2 diabetic doesn’t have to mean you need to be a gourmet in the kitchen. It doesn’t mean you have to miss out either.
You don’t need to worry about having to cook two meals either, one for you and another for the rest of the family. Oh no, the perfect food for your sugars is tasty, delicious and perfect for the whole family.
The first key to a great dinner is that fat is a diabetics best friend. I know we’ve been told since the 70’s that fat is really bad for us and we should avoid it at all cost. That information is wrong, very wrong and is the big part of the type 2 diabetes explosion.
When you drop fat - guess what it’s replaced with? That would be sugar and carbohydrates, which has led to the issues that we have now. I will get off my soap box now (I could talk about that for so long!).
The message I want to give is that fat is good! Especially saturated fat, yes butter, lard, dripping are all great to have in your diet. Type 2 diabetes is a disease of too much insulin, your body has stopped listening to insulin and so your pancreas makes more and more until it can’t make enough and your sugars spike and your doctor tells you you're diabetic.
Fat doesn’t need insulin to be used as fuel and so it will give you low blood sugars and give your pancreas a holiday. Prior to medication this is how they very successfully treated type 2 diabetics, using a high fat diet and low carbohydrate approach.
This means that you can have lovely, decadent meals to look forward to at the end of the day.
Carbohydrates are the biggest issue when it comes to evening meals. You can either leave them out or use some alternatives to fill the carbohydrate gap on your plate.
An example of a low-carb meal would be a steak with garlic butter (and all the fat left on -mmm) with green vegetables drenched in butter on the side.
If you love your rice and mashed potato then cauliflower is going to be your new favourite vegetable. You can still enjoy your curries and chilli on a bed of (cauli) rice.
This is a fast and easy recipe. A perfect substitute for rice. You can add any flavourings to it you like. If you don’t like the smell of chopped cauliflower, then chop it in your blender with water and then stain the mix and there’s no smell.
1 large head cauliflower, cut into large chunks
2 tablespoons coconut oil/dripping butter etc...
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Optional: I like adding a little turmeric, you can add chilli,onion,garlic, whatever you like, treat it like normal rice.
Place cauliflower chunks in a food processor and pulse until broken down into rice-size pieces.
Heat oil/fat in a frying pan over medium heat; add cauliflower 'rice', salt, and pepper. Cover skillet and cook until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff 'rice' with a fork.
Fancy a desert? Low-carbing doesn’t mean missing out. Thes easiest is strawberries or raspberries with lashings of cream. Really doesn’t feel like a diet at all.
A little bit of planning is all that stands between you and those normal blood sugars that keep you in the healthy zone.