Friday, April 06, 2007

Diabetic food bloggers?

I am not having much success googling this so I thought this might be a good place to ask.

Do any of you all know of a good diabetic food blog - not just recipes but also the bigger picture kind of view about how to deal with the "new" way of eating, etc.

I appreciate any suggestions you all have!


This Post was written by Nika from Nika's Culinaria

23 comments:

nika said...

goodness.. an untapped or ignored market?

Kalyn said...

Nika, my blog certainly isn't a diabetes blog, but there are a lot of similarities between the South Beach Diet and the food choices you need to make to control diabetes. South Beach is based on the glycemic index, which is how quickly foods turn to glucose in the body, the same thing that causes problems for diabetics.

I know I have a lot of readers who have diabetes, and I used to put "Diabetes Recipes" as a technorati tag, but then I started to worry that I didn't know enough about it, so I quit doing it.

I'd guess that at least 75% of my recipes are things that would be good for diabetes. However, there are some foods that South Beach allows containing complex carbs which might not be good for diabetics (such as beans, brown rice, etc.)

As far as a blog with specific information about Diabetes, I haven't come across any. I'd love to know about it if you do find some.

nika said...

Kalyn: will let you know what I find. I have definitely been looking at your site with an eye out for the GI sensitive foods. I thought that brown rice would have a lower GI than white rice.. was thinking brown rice and beans would be a good thing.. I guess I was wrong! Need to learn more about GI, diabetes, and also build a list of "kosher" foods.

Kalyn said...

Nika, brown rice is low compared to other rice, but not low compared to other foods, if that makes sense. Uncle Ben's Converted Rice (not instant) is actually supposed to be the lowest GI type of white rice, and I've seen some charts that even have it lower than brown rice.

There is quite a bit of information about the Glycemic Index online, but sometimes it's conflicting.

SusanV said...

While I'm not a diabetic and my blog isn't diabetes related, my recipes tagged Eat to Live are appropriate for the Eat to Live diet, which has been proven to eliminate diabetes. It's a vegetarian, whole foods diet, which includes beans, fruits, vegetables, and controlled amounts of grains. The email list that I run for the Eat to Live diet includes many people who are controlling their diabetes by following the diet.

Personally, I would have to say that brown rice and beans are a very good thing! ;-)

Alanna said...

I have been MUCH surprised, that with the incredible increase in diabetes across the country, that no blog has taken up the topic, real-life, real-time.

Kalyn said...

Susan, you and Nika are both misinterpreting what I wrote! I eat brown rice and beans both (lots and lots of beans!), and they're both allowed on South Beach except for phase one. (Actually beans are even allowed for phase one except for a few types.)

What I meant was that I'm not sure how much of those foods are allowed for diabetics, since they are higher GI than lots of other foods. And interestingly enough, although a lot of people lump South Beach in with other (unhealthy in my opinion) low carb diets, I eat far more vegetables than any other type of food.

SusanV said...

Oh, sorry, Kalyn. I wasn't really misunderstanding you, just obliquely opining that the standard diet recommended to diabetics should include beans and rice, if it doesn't already. I've seen your recipes and know that they're chock-full of healthy veggies, brown rice, and beans.

It's amazing to me if there aren't any diabetic blogs. There must be diabetic bloggers--perhaps their focus isn't on diabetes, though.

Nandita said...

Interesting that you should bring this up. My partner is a recently diagnosed Type-2 diabetic and most of my recipes if not all are compliant to diabetics. I just dont make it overtly diabetic recipes. Since I have slightly moved my blog into the 'Healthy eating' domain, diabetes will be a major focus, especially because Indian is fast turning into Diabetc capital of the world.

nika said...

Nandita: I wonder why diabetes is exploding in India? Have food habits changed so much recently? If so, what is it that Indians are eating that is so diabetes inducing? Sorry to hear about your partner.

Will check out your blog. I ADORE indian food but I tend to eat it only at restaurants. My boyfriend in grad school was indian and did all the cooking so I ate lots of indian homecooking which is different than a restaurant. I do not remember it being bad for the diet.

Sophie said...

Hi Nika,

It's not stictly a diabetes blog but I like GI News http://ginews.blogspot.com/, the blog/newsletter of the GI research group at the University of Sydney. They tend to have a lot of diabetes related posts and the writing is aimed at normal people rather than other scientists,

As far as I know Diabetes is exploding in India because of the massive uptake in Western eating habits! Nandita probably knows more about this though...

Susan said...

Nika,

Here's a huge list of diabetes blogs:

http://rpc.bloglines.com/blogroll?html
=1&id=skjohn8&folder=Diabetes

I can't vouch for their contents, but it's likely you will find some among them that may suit your particular needs.

Kalyn said...

Sophie, thanks for the link to the GI News. I like their site GlycemidIndex.com a lot, done by the same folks apparently, but I hadn't seen the blog.

Kalyn said...

ARghh, I see I spelled the name wrong, but the link is correct.

nika said...

Thanks so much to everyone! So much excellent info. I got a GI list and beans are pretty low while brown rice is almost like white rice (sticky rice is massive .. Figures that's my fav) BUT wild rice, tho not a rice per se, is pretty low. I have also learned that proteins have a higher insulinic index than you might think so it seems to have that strike against it. I need to understand the insulinic index better. Like so many many people, I have been insulin resistant for a long time. Now it seems that my glycosylation tests have picked up a latent pre-diabetic condition that, if I can not control in the next 3 months, my doc says I have to go on meds. I guess I will be doing some diabetic blogging.

Thabks again to all!

Kalyn said...

Nika, good luck figuring it all out. I do hope you can control it with diet. One reason I am so sold on South Beach is that I had (very) high cholesterol and took medication for years before I started eating this way. My triglycerides were especially high. After I'd been on South Beach about a year I convinced my doctor to let me go off medication and have a blood screening, and my cholesterol was lower with a better profile than it had ever been, even *with* medication. So I know that eating the right foods for your own body chemistry can make a huge difference. I'll be cheering for you.

nika said...

aww Kalyn - you are just THE best! Awesome to hear re: the cholesterol. Last time I had mine checked last year during the preg it was fine (I tend naturally towards the good ones and low on the bad ones) I wonder if that has changed too!

Am going to take it one test at a time :-).

Signing off now, am off to this awesome food event in Maine... see my blog for details and if any of you are reading this from Maine and would like to attend please do! Look for this crazy photo taking person with black hair.. it might be me :-)

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