ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Diabetes Food and Exercise: Part 1

Updated on September 9, 2012

Food and diabetes

I have Type II, non-insulin dependent diabetes. My father and his father both had Type II diabetes. I was first diagnosed about 16 years ago. I knew because of the family history that it was a possibility and I knew about diet and exercise. I did not take it seriously enough.

My attitude changed some years back and the older that I get the more I keep looking for ways to reduce the negative impact of diabetes on my Life.

I power walk three times per walk and walking is a regular part of my routine. I have been overweight for some years now. Various diets helped me shed pounds but they came back on. So I decided to not diet but make some deeper changes into what I eat.

I enjoy food and enjoy cooking so this seemed like an opportunity to combine these two pleasures into a get healthy, get happy and shed some pounds lifestyle.

The recipes that I have published are all a part of this new approach. I do not eat rice very often but still feel that it can play an important role in my food choices.

I have set peanut butter aside because I just like it too much. I make hummus, both from scratch and from a box when I do not have the time. Having foods on hand that you can munch on makes all the difference.

I do not sit down to three big meals a day but break that down into six smaller meals. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day because if you do not get off to a great start then your day will drag. Coffee, no milk, no sugar in the morning is vital. We drink fair trade coffee that we can from a local church.

Morning Breakfast Smoothie;

Ingredients:

6 ice cubes

2 bananas

A handful blueberries or other seasonal berry

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Pinch cinnamon

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy.

I drink very little fruit juice but do have at least two pieces of fruit per day, usually, a banana for the potassium and because they taste great and either an apple, plum or pear.

I eat a wide range of vegetables. One of my favorites is brussel sprouts. I have made meals of brussel spouts and green beans with a fine tomato sauce poured over them.

This is one of the reasons why I make extra sauce. Steam the sprouts and beans put in bowl, heat sauce on pour over vegetables. You can add a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese.

You do not have to limit yourself to a bland diet simply because you are diabetic. There is much that you can eat and enjoy. Over the next while my hubpages well explore the world of delicious dining that you may tuck into without worry. This will include main courses, snacks and of course desserts.

Food is meant to be fun not a punishment or a trial.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh from the yard
Fresh from the yard | Source

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    10 years ago from New Brunswick

    There is nothing wrong with peanut butter in moderation, I simply eat too much and the only way to reduce my consumption was to go cold turkey, so to speak.

  • profile image

    Betina 

    10 years ago

    What's wrong with eating peanut butter ? I eat Smart Balance peanut butter almost every day. My doctor says I have the evil ,nasty, embarrassing, and disgusting D. I am on 2 meds Januvia 50mg and Amaryl 1mg. I refuse to believe I have this evil thing therefore have never used my monitor to check my BG. In the hospital my BG ran between 104 and 179 and my A1C was 7.7. I know I will die from this but I also have a heart that only works at 27 % so one way or another I'm going to die sooner rather than later. I cry all the time and I'm on strong antidepressants. Now back to my question...what's wrong with eating peanut butter ? Thanks Betina

  • profile image

    Jess 

    10 years ago

    Could anyone please tell me the value of green bannanas..are they better than ripe bannanas? or should they be avoided..

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Rachel, I just added a new recipe today.

  • profile image

    Rachel Reese 

    11 years ago

    Hi Bob,

    Seems like you're making all the right choices in your life. Carry on and your body will thank you for it. Keep the recipes coming.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the stevia tip. I try to avoid supplements when i can. I am not that concerned about the carbs in bananas. I pay attention to my carb intake overall.

  • profile image

    markus 

    11 years ago

    maybe you could use a potassium supplement.and so many foods have potassium check this list... including berries, milk, nuts etc.http://www.healthyeatingclub.com/info/books-phds/b...

    i had nothing to use but banana for my yogurt this morning so i used 1/3 of one cut up in small pieces... sure tasted good. but bananas are pretty high in carbs and berries would be my first choice because they are low in carbs. green bananas have less sugar than green but green seem to be starchier.

    if you still are going to use bananas you might try freezing them w/o the skin put them in a plastic bag in freezer your smoothie will be even creamier... if you do you may decide to hold the ice cubes.

    when you order stevia make sure you don't get one that is supplemented with lactose... sometimes they add that to cut your cost.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    I live in a small city and may need to use mail order to buy stevia. The morning smoothie or breakfast drink is for two. I use bananas for the potassium.

  • profile image

    markus 

    11 years ago

    i had to give up buying peanut butter too... such a draw.Stevia, trader joes has it, whole foods has it in bulk.two bananas is a lot of carbs. in my breakfast yogurt i just use a few berries, some stevia and lots of nuts.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    11 years ago from New Brunswick

    Stevia is a good alternative but i can't find it anywhere.

  • profile image

    Ron 

    11 years ago

    Thanks Bob! Keep it coming. My history and experience w/type2 is much like yours. I also put aside pnut butter and also have stopped buying cheese, butter and mayo for the same reason. I do buy sprouted grain bread and an occassional sugar free dark chocolate bar (Trader Joe's). I use way too much Equal and am looking for an alternative, maybe stevia. Potato chips are my downfall! Sometimes can't resist them. LOL

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)