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  • anguk
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    • 14th Dec 06, 8:20 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 8:20 AM
    You really don't need to change anything for her, she can eat the same food as everyone else. She may have less carbohydrates like potato etc and just have more veg and perhaps just a small portion of pud but diabetics don't really need a special diet it's more about healthy eating.

    My OH is an insulin dependant diabetic and he'll have our normal Christmas dinner.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 14th Dec 06, 8:53 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 8:53 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 8:53 AM
    Some of these threads might be of help too. If I remember rightly some have links to useful sites and mention a book or two:-

    Healthy eating:
    - 5 a day?
    - Chocolate cake for diabetics
    - Healthy eating for weight loss
    - I have no idea what to cook!
    - Iron rich recipes?
    - Low cost meals
    - Low fat vegetarian ideas please?
    - Low salt diet
    - No wheat
    - Omg...all This Home Cooking Is Making Me Fat!!
    - Nutritionaly good meals for the Freezer?
    - Sausages
    - Student cooking (and shopping)
    - Sugar Free cake recipe
    - Treats for diabetics?
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    • morganlefay
    • By morganlefay 14th Dec 06, 9:05 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 9:05 AM
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    I'm sure Squeaky's long list has it covered, but I'm like your Mum - have had it for about 5 years tho this month I had to start on insulin. The thing I hate is being a nuisance, and being made to feel odd. If you have access to any GI diet cookbook, that sort of eating is wonderful for us - slightly less meat, more veg, fewer sugary things, and including more pulses - beans, peas etc. But the fact is that Xmas is a special occasion and really your Mum can actually eat more or less anything (tho not loads of sugary drinks, sweets etc) she wants to, in moderation, and if she does something 'naughty' on one day a year it won't harm her. The management of how diabetics eat has got much less regimented and inflexible of late, and in any case most of us are trying to eat more healthily overall. If your Mum hasn't already found them the Diabetes UK websits has a range of excellent cookbooks (from baking to everyday snacks) which make stuff we can all eat without feeling like lepers !
    Avoid chocolates and stuff which say 'For Diabetics' - better to have one real one than lots of these, which are mainly nasty. Don't panic - your Mum can have as much turkey and stuff as she wants (just fewer roasties, perhaps) and hopefully her diabetes won't ruin your Xmas, because it really shouldn't ! Good luck...
  • babiebeany
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    • 14th Dec 06, 10:45 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 10:45 AM
    Thanks so much for your replies, my panic is now over!! Sensible eating seems to be the key - phew.

    I usually bake a few things for xmas, so I have just been and got a recipes for health book from the library, and I'll make some things from there. I will make sure we have a good choice of veg that she likes on offer.

    What about drinks - can anyone suggest something suitable?
  • anguk
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    • 14th Dec 06, 11:38 AM
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    • 14th Dec 06, 11:38 AM
    What about drinks - can anyone suggest something suitable?
    by babiebeany
    Alcohol is pretty much like anything else for diabetics it's fine in moderation, just try and avoid anything really sweet like liquers or sweet wine. My OH doesn't drink now but when he did he always stuck to dry white wine. There's some good advice about Diabetes and Alcohol on the Diabetes UK website:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Recipes__food/Alcohol_and_diabetes/

    There's also advice for newly diagnosed diabetics:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Newly_Diagnosed/
  • CFC
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    • 15th Dec 06, 1:42 AM
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    • 15th Dec 06, 1:42 AM
    PS - just make sure your mum has an alternative to Xmas pudding and custard - perhaps offer your guests a choice of xmas pud or fruit salad in fruit juice? Come to think of it, quite a few people might prefer a fruit salad after a heavy dins...
    • Dumyat
    • By Dumyat 15th Dec 06, 5:23 AM
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    • 15th Dec 06, 5:23 AM
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    diabetics are advised just to eat healthily these days. the diet is not so strict. we tell our patients a little cheating at christmas etc is ok just avoid the very sweet things. watch the alcohol but a few drinks is ok.
    as long as they get back on the healthy eating straight after.
    x x x
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 10th Nov 09, 10:28 PM
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    • 10th Nov 09, 10:28 PM
    Ideas for a diabetic Christmas dinner ?
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    • 10th Nov 09, 10:28 PM
    AM still at a loss as to what to cook for him now he's diabetic. Anybody got any ideas for a nice special xmas dinner ? We are currently living on boring salads.
    Also, what do French / Italian people use on their salads ? They seem to taste much better than mine !
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 10th Nov 09, 10:34 PM
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    Cooking for a diabetic

    Xmas hamper for a diabetic

    Diabetic coming for xmas

    Might any of these help Maradatha? Good luck!
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  • anguk
    You don't need to do anything different for Christmas and you definately don't need to live on salads!

    Diabetics no longer have to have a special diet, they just need a normal healthy diet. Keep it low fat, low sugar, anything in moderation and watch the portion sizes. When my OH was first diagnosed 25 years ago it was a nightmare, you were meant to weigh everything, have 1 potato or a slice of bread, only special diabetic chocolate (which tastes vile and gives you the squits). Thankfully now as more research has been done advice has changed.

    My OH just eats what we normally eat, except he'll have less carbs, so for Christmas dinner he'll still have turkey with all the trimmings but only have a small amount of potato. For pudding you can still have a Christmas pud but keep the portion small, the same with fruit cake. I often make my OH a trifle using sugar free jelly, custard made with Birds custard powder (use skimmed milk & substitute the sugar with granulated sweetener) and just a little bit of cream on the top.

    It's easier if you cook from scratch, I just make everything as I normally would but use low-fat products & granulated sweetener. Even something like rice pudding is still delicious made with skimmed milk & granulated sweetener.

    Have you seen a dietician yet? They will tell you the same as me, don't buy any special diabetic food, just eat a healthy diet and everything in moderation.

    There's some excellent advice about diabetic diets, recipes and adapting recipes on the Diabetes UK website:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Food_and_recipes/

    Here's some main meal ideas to save you living on salads:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Food_and_recipes/Recipes/Recipes_Listing/?page=1

    There's even a recipe for Christmas pudding!
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Food_and_recipes/Recipes/Christmas_pudding/?nt=1

    Or how about Christmas style profiteroles with mincemeat?
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Food_and_recipes/Recipes/Christmas-style_profiteroles_with_mincemeat/?nt=1
    Last edited by anguk; 10-11-2009 at 11:44 PM.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 11th Nov 09, 8:13 AM
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    Ok thanks all. He doesn't make life easy - trying too hard to deal with this and not coping. Won't eat this or that or the other. Picture a 6ft 3 yr old in a snit !
    • sandraroffey
    • By sandraroffey 11th Nov 09, 9:27 AM
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    i am diabetic and i wont ba having anything thats different to anyone else. a diabetic diet is low fat, low salt, high fibre and LOW sugar, not no sugar. which is what everyone else should be eating too.

    i will even be having a wee bit of pudd as well. just dont gorge out on chocs.

    its easy, have a good one.xxxx
    • zzzLazyDaisy
    • By zzzLazyDaisy 11th Nov 09, 9:38 AM
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    I am diabetic and I'll be eating the same as everyone else, except that I'll only have a small amount of potato, a small amount of bread sauce, and a small portion of pudding. But in any case since being diabetic, I don't really enjoy sweet stuff and starchy carbs any more, so it doesn't bother me.

    I also avoid fruit juices like the plague as they upset my blood sugar levels (it used to be tradition in our house to have a cooked breakfast Christmas day morning with fresh orange juice).

    EDIT: as someone else has said, there is no need to live on salads and they are probably not very appealing at this time of the year. How about experimenting with HM soups - really tasty and filling, and full of fibre which helps slow the absorption of glucose.
    Last edited by zzzLazyDaisy; 11-11-2009 at 9:40 AM.
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  • Hippychick
    I'm a diabetic and do the same as everyone else above.

    I cook this cake occasionally it tastes fab and has no added refined sugar or fat. This would make an excellent alternative to a christmas cake.

    http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Molly_Cake.aspx


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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 11th Nov 09, 10:11 AM
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    Ok thanks all. He doesn't make life easy - trying too hard to deal with this and not coping. Won't eat this or that or the other. Picture a 6ft 3 yr old in a snit !
    Originally posted by mardatha
    What's a snit? Has he just been diagnosed ? Something lifelong like that is very hard to process, from experience. It won't make any sense to him for a long time Im sure.
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  • Rebekah24
    No need to do anything special for xmas. The usual spread, whatever that may be for you

    Turkey n veg is pretty safe!
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  • misskool
    To help balance the blood sugar levels, it might be wise to eat small portions often and then you can sort of get spikes.

    For sweets, I've been told that it's best to buy the very dark chocolate as they have less milk/sugar or hotel chocolat do a reduced sugar range with lots of different flavors.

    A lot of diabetic food have artificial sweeteners which is best avoided as they aren't very good for the digestive system.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 11th Nov 09, 12:05 PM
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    ok A snit........involves huffs, pouts,grumps, and not talking ! It is a horrible sight !
    He has to go for his first 3 month check next week and I am staying well out of it !
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 11th Nov 09, 12:22 PM
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    My dad's diabetic and he always eats what everyone else is eating at Christmas. I provide a tropical fruit salad as an alternative pud (fresh pineapple, grapes, melon, mango -no sugar) but he generally has a bit of Xmas pud and watches his intake of other sweet things.
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