The Diabetes Diet

I have always made the argument that because I have Type 1 diabetes, I can basically still eat like everyone else, as long as I give myself the right amount of insulin to take care of my meal. While I still believe this to be true, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be eating more foods work well with my diabetes. This last week I made a diabetes meal plan, using a good number of recipes I found online and through the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recipe page. Sticking to my diabetic meals I noticed that I wasn’t needing to use correction boluses as often, My numbers stayed in a much tighter range, and I hate admitting this, but overall I felt much better. 

to create my meal plan I used the ADA meal planner. And you know what I noticed, most diabetic food is boring. I love seeing pictures of colorful food that makes my mouth water, I found a few to get me through the week, but had to dig around the internet to complete my meal plan. I looked on Pinterest, and found hardly anything that looked edible. Who decided that once you become diabetic you have to stick to a bland diet? With that, I decided to take some of the recipes I found and spice them up a little bit. 

A lot of the recipes I found used artificial sweeteners. I understand that these sweeteners are life savers for some of you, believe me diet Pepsi was my water for a long time. But now days the idea of putting artificial sweeteners in my food to make it a freebie bothers me. If there was a recipe that called for Splenda instead of sugar, I chose to use things like Agave Nectar, Honey, or basic granular sugar. One of the benefits of using real sugar was knowing that I had a to use more insulin to enjoy it, which helped me keep my portions down on those recipes.

Eating as a diabetic for just one week didn’t kill me. Talk with your nutritionist and see what a diabetic meal plan looks like for you, or use some of the sample diets the American Diabetes Association offers. Eating like a diabetic doesn’t have to suck. If you like food as much as I do, then just learn to put your own little twist on it. 

Here are some of the recipes I tried and loved this week. 

Egg, Prosciutto, Arugula Breakfast Sandwich from Verses from my Kitchen

Peanut Butter Crepes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling from a Dash of Sass

Turkey Spinach Salad with Beets from Diabetic Living

Turkey Ruben from Diabetic Living

Mango Salsa Chicken from The American Diabetes Association

Pesto Stuffed Chicken with Bruschetta Sauce from the American Diabetes Association


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