Learning that you have diabetes is hard enough, learning what you can eat is almost impossible. When I had gestational diabetes with the kids it was easier. You eat cardboard for 9 months and you deal because it's what you need to do. It is unrealistic to think that I could eat that way for the rest of my life. With this new diagnosis I decided to do a search for good books to help me understand what I'm dealing with and what I need to do. I thought it important to learn good low carb, low sugar food choices so I went to the library tonight to look at diabetic cookbooks.
Here's the problem with diabetic cookbooks, they all suck! Someone needs to make a cookbook with simple everyday recipes for diabetics. I must have opened ten cookbooks and found things like Creole Style Fish Soup, Crispy Mahi Mahi with Ratatouille and Pumpkin Pudding and Snapper Cote d'Azur with Salade de Provence and Pears with raspberry Coulis. WTF? Did Julia Childs have diabetes? She's the only one who could make this shit. I want normal human recipes. Why is that so hard? They actually had more than a few recipes that included Chilean Sea bass and Swiss Chard. Seriously, is this Top Chef: The Diabetes Year?
I ordered the cookbook above at the library so I'm hoping it's really plain recipes because I am not making the crap I've seen so far. I have to feed a family of four and that doesn't include ratatouille, whatever the hell that is. I also ordered Diabetes for Dummies hoping it could teach me what the hell I'm doing besides checking my blood sugar.
I haven't really eaten much in the last day or so because I"m at a loss. A piece of cheese toast for breakfast and a salad with chicken for dinner is all I can come up with. Things are going to get very boring around here for a while until I find a normal person with diabetes. What does Brett Michael's eat for dinner? Oh wait, I said normal. I'll keep looking.
One thing is for sure, I will do it the right way because I want to live to see my children graduate from high school.