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Maybe I'm just not getting something. I don't buy food one day at a time, and don't know anyone who does. Wouldn't a week of plans be better? Is there something I'm missing somewhere?


Exercise is Key and So is Fundraising - try the Tour de Cure

Status: New Idea
by AniketPatel on ‎01-21-2013 03:44 PM - last edited on ‎01-23-2013 10:41 AM by Community Manager

The  Tour De Cure is a great event hosted to raise awareness, fundraise and meet new people that strive to end Diabetes. I am joining a coorperate team, and think it is great for other responsible coorperations to enroll in programs like this.


I am currently fundraising as well and would be greatful to anyone that can help donate to this cause.


Why I Ride...

I am riding because the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure is so much more than a cycling event to me. It is my opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.

I am committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because I personally know some of them, and I want to do something about it. Won’t you help me start a chain reaction?

Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation on my behalf or by joining my team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

With your help, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.

I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!



On Meal Plans for a day...

Status: Implemented
by KarenYoung76 on ‎02-14-2012 04:14 AM

 I'd love to see a grocery list for these meal plans so we wouldn't have to go through them all and try to figure out what is needed. If you provided a complete list, we could grab a copy and rush off to the store, after marking off what we already have. That way we don't miss something needed in the recipes when we start cooking the meals. Thanks.

Status: Implemented

Our team loved this idea and we now provide this feature. Each month, a grocery list will accompany the one-day meal plan. You can find a link to the grocery list from the home page or the One-Day Meal Plan tab:  OR


There is at least as much research linking preservative-laden, processed and chemically "enhanced" foods to disease as there is research linking full fat foods to disease. I'm sure you are aware of the recent research showing that full-fat versions of dairy products are better for us than non-fat or low-fat versions. 


I would very much like some reliable information about how to prepare diabetic-friendly meals, and I assume the ADA is interested in providing information on optimum nutrition to diabetics like me. 

My income is very limited and yet I love to cook.  Although I find myself drooling at your delightful meal plans, many of the one day plans would require a major chunk of my monthly budget.  I would like to see weekly plans with grocery lists that can work for people with a monthly food budget of $200 or less.  I often plan meals with a theme to make a few ingredients stretch for several meals.  However, it would be helpful to have expert models of how to do this while maintaining balanced nutrition.  This might include homemade versions of favorite quick box dinners, making things in advance to freeze or refrigerate them, or using a base recipe for, say, tomato sauce, to create chili, spagetti, soup or other related recipes throughout a week.  Using the one day plan format of including snacks and meals would make it possible to design a week long menu that would not break my budget in a single day.  I also enjoy the related articles that teach me how to better choose and prepare fresh foods.  I'd be willing to squeeze some funds( a reasonable amount) out of my budget to pay for an online or local course that would help teach these very necessary culinary and meal planning skills--especially if I knew the funds would go to help other newly diagnosed folks like myself have free or very low cost access to a diabetes nutritionist. 

I don't know a single foodie who would use nonfat cheese, egg substitutes, "nonfat half and half" (what on earth is that anyway? half and half is, by definition, half milk and half cream), or Splenda.


Foodies use whole foods, and natural ingredients. There are ways to cook healthy, diabetic friendly dishes that don't involve fake foods. If you are going to post recipes full of fake foods that's fine, just please don't insult our intelligence by labelling them "Foodie" recipes.

Status: Archived
Thank you for your comments. We do not intend to insult anyone’s intelligence by using these ingredients. We label some of our recipes as “quick” or “foodie” so users like yourself can get an idea of how difficult the recipe is to make. This way, we are offering an option for the quick cooks who are short on time, while also catering to the foodie chefs out there who enjoy spending time in the kitchen making more involved, elaborate dishes. Using lower-fat ingredients in a recipe is an easy way to cut the total fat, saturated fat, and calories in a dish without sacrificing flavor. Limiting calories and unhealthy fats are important for diabetes meal planning. Our Foodie and Quick recipes are all developed by a Chef/RD (registered dietitian) team who each have over 10 years of experience working with diabetes and developing healthy recipes. They have developed a variety of recipes for our site that meet the American Diabetes Association guidelines, some of which include reduced-fat ingredients and others that do not. To browse all of the recipes published to date, please visit

Whipped, Non-Dairy Spread...

Status: Archived
by Southwestsands on ‎01-11-2012 12:08 AM

I have one for you: I used to get the health food kind of margarine sticks. I haven't been able to find any healthful margarine sticks of late. So, my question is this: How do I bake with whipped, non-dairy spread when there's no margarine around. I'd really like to bake some cookies! Has anyone figured out the proportion of whipped to sticks?


Happy New Year.



Status: Archived
Butter plays an important role in the chemical reaction that happens when you bake a cake, cookies, or brownies. The fat in butter (or margarine, if you use it) is important for the texture, structure, and flavor of baked goods. Whipped, non-dairy spreads are made very differently than butter or margarine, and are not meant to be substituted for butter or margarine in baking. Your final product is not likely to turn out right. Whipped, non-dairy products are better for spreading on toast or melting on top of steamed vegetables to give them extra flavor. They do not produce the same chemical reaction as margarine or butter. If you are looking for a “better-for-you” cookie or dessert recipe, you may want to check out the Recipes for Healthy Living recipe archive or the recipe page. Our Sugar and Desserts page may also be helpful to see how these foods can fit into your diabetes meal plan.
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Garlic for a cure?

Status: New Idea
by dscorlett on ‎07-10-2014 09:40 AM
Hi everyone I'm new here but not new to t1 (41years) and in very good health. I wanted to share this. Recently I've been eating more garlic (a lot more) and have experienced significant leveling in bs. I wanted to see if there's more of us that have used garlic and it's effects on your levels. This morning I chopped up a clove and added it to lime juice and nuts/seeds with grapeseed oil for a crunchy breakfast. I've also started using mung beans which I sprout myself and have found my energy has increased and I feel soooo much better thought my day. Does anyone here have any similar diet ideas or routines?
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Diabetes Dental Mobility Solution

Status: New Idea
by fernandomendez1 on ‎06-23-2014 02:35 AM

I'd found a new product that works for dental mobility for diabetics, in case your dentist can do much about your dental mobility problem and just wants to do extractions you should try this product first, is called OralMax Oral Rinse, looks like its some type of astringent but for gums. It also works for bleeding gums and inflammation, but for diabetics the best part about this product is that it helps reduce dental mobility. This is the website oralmaxtx. com


Usually dental mobility only happens to people with low income, the ones with diabetes that don't have dental insurance and can't really get a dental cleaning at least every six months and the gingivitis takes them to have bone loss and start to have dental mobility,. Maybe this product is not for you, but is good to know about this product just in case you know someone that might need it,.


I'm just trying to help people enjoy their food like always and not with dentures,. :smileyhappy:

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I'm tempted to use the paleo diet exclusively. I've been on it a few days--I notice a change for the better--I'm not craving sweets all the time, and worse, eating them all the time!

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baking a pie

Status: New Idea
by GAV58 on ‎11-26-2013 03:06 PM

I would like to bake an apple pie as a holiday gift for a family that just recently discovered their 12 year old has type II diabetes.

My recipe is :    Pastry-2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 2/3 cup crisco shortening

      Filling: 1/3 cup spenda brown sugar, 1/4 c flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, 8 cups peeled Granny Smith & Fuji Apples mixed.


I have never dealt with Diabetes before.  I do not want to make something with good intentions just to find it was detrimental to the health of this child.


Any comments would be welcome - thank you

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Status: New Idea
by gaylerush on ‎10-09-2013 07:13 PM

i am surprised that chili peppers aren't considered to be a superfood. 

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Reduce sugar level of diabetes 1

Status: New Idea
by mturman on ‎09-14-2013 03:03 AM

I tried Barbary fig ,it's reducing sugar level with diabetes 1 :


it's amazing ,  i like sweet very much and was not allowed to eat it only very little, i read about Barbary Fig in internet , it reduces sugar level by 34 percent , trying it  , I eat by 300 grams  of Kanafa sweet (arabic sweet ,very sweet with white cheese )  and eat 3 pieces of Barbary fig after such rich sugar sweet  (of course you have to remove the thorny peel) , after 2 hours i find sugar level 114



other idea :

Flaxe seeds also reduces sugar level , read about it it's also good ro reduce  Cholestrol

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tracking foods

Status: New Idea
by MaryChristmas19 on ‎03-07-2013 03:15 PM

Is there a way to add foods by entering the nutritional value according to the label on the food you consumed or do you have to use foods from the list? I shop by reading labels and hope I don't have to go with the foods on the list. Also why is a 44 carb muffin Diabetic friendly?


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Where is the diet info???

Status: New Idea
by iamacaregiver on ‎02-23-2013 11:12 PM

I'm confused....I see the comments...where is the actual diet/food info here?

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How long will can I expect to live

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by rosevilleguy on ‎11-10-2012 10:57 AM

Recently started on insulin.  One injection a day.  Difficult to keep motivated to eat right.  Try not as successful as I would like.  Excercise 30-60 every day

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Vegetarian meal plan

Status: New Idea
by debra124 on ‎04-07-2012 10:12 AM

The meal plans on the site are great but how about coming up with something for all the vegetarians out there.

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Counting carbs

Status: New Idea
by Judydec on ‎04-05-2012 10:16 AM

The cranberry pork roast with noodles sounds delicious but with over 50 carbs a serving it doesn't seem to be diabetes friendly.  I was told to keep carb count per meal at 45 or lower.  I was also told to cut out pasta completely.

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Status: Implemented
by justjenna on ‎03-01-2012 01:47 PM

Since sodium is the new fat  for health-conscious individuals, I would sure like to see more low-sodium recipes,  DH has not only diabetes but heart failure (not so unusual, unfortuneately).  So, I moniter sodium like a mother bear looking after her cubs.  We are trying to keep to 1500 mg a day and everyone is being cautioned to cut back.  Thanks for listening, and certainly thanks for this website.

Status: Implemented
We've added two new content pages on our main site related to sodium intake! Check them out when you can. With this information and our Recipes for Healthy Living section, you can make wiser, more informed decisions about sodium in your diet:
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alternative for those with milk allergy

Status: Archived
by drsnana on ‎11-17-2011 01:10 AM

I am allergic to all milk and diary products, which seems to be in every recipe, ie> cheese, because it is high protein.  Can you please suggest alternatives. Also allergic to artificial sweetners. Please help. Thank you so much.

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Thank you all for your responses and ideas. It is true that soy milk or almond milk can be great alternatives to cow’s milk if you follow a dairy-free diet. In regard to the question about artificial sweeteners – if you are allergic to artificial sweeteners safest to avoid them. You can still have sweeteners like sugar and honey, but use them sparingly and in portion sizes that work with your diabetes meal plan. To learn more about sugar and desserts, you can visit We will also take the idea of having a page with substitution ideas back to our content team. We try to include a variety of recipes on Recipes for Healthy Living so that even those with special dietary needs can find something that will work for them. If you are dairy-free, you may want to check out the following recipes: Chicken Joes: Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette: Sweet Onion, White Bean, and Artichoke Dip: Veggie Chili: We have additional recipes that are also dairy-free. To find them, just visit our recipe archive at: We hope that you will find something that works for you and that you continue to visit for new recipes and meal ideas!

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