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Status: New Idea
by on ‎06-18-2015 04:07 PM

For me, i am on a low-carb diet...absolutely no meds.


I am also on the lazy side - my menu/recipes need to be simple.

I have never been a fan of the elaborate recipes...if it takes more than 5 ingredients, i find myself having "tired head" - much like i was in school-trying to remain interested in the daily lecture from well-meaning instructors.


I am sure everyone on the site is a better cook than i am, but what i like to do is cook in quantity, freeze it in individual containers-so that i always have a quick meal available.  I prepare a stew in my crockpot, then seperate it into containers.  the crockpot is a tremendous time/energy saver.

a favorite simple one for me is chicken breast doused with italian dressing and as the saying goes "set it and forget it".


My meal plan is very simple-if it comes in a box, it is pretty much out of the question.


Fruits, vegetables be it canned or fresh-by themselves with little modification. a touch of butter on the vegetables or a little whipped cream on certain fruits....


Being single i guess is the reason i like to keep it simple....a very common meal would be a grilled hamburger patty-with cheese - seasoned with salt/pepper and a salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumber and avocado....and a fruit of choice.


a favorite snack of mine is a granola mix of 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal, 1 cup almonds, 1 cup sunflower kernels, 1/4 cup low sugar syrup - baked in a 300 degree oven to crispness... a lot of fiber-so it doesn't take much to give you that full feeling and a quick snack to go in the moirning  or anytime you want to satisfy a sweet craving.

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?

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?

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

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!


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!

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. 


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. 

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.

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.

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
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Reading labels and daily reminders

Status: New Idea
by Reen_B on ‎08-31-2015 05:01 PM

Diet and lifestyle have a very important role in preventing and controlling diabetes. People can use either old-fashion way or modern ways to do this. Following is my opinion on the issue.


A. Food

Those who do not like to cook, or cannot cook because of their lifestyle can also make an effort to improve their lifestyles. Easiest way to do this is by reading food labels. Amount of suagr and fat in food are important factors one needs to read while buying packaged food such as yogurt and cereal. Most of the companies either add more sugar if they market their food as low-fat and vice-versa. It is all about marketing when it comes to companies that sell food. Consumers should be aware of what they are buying mainly by "reading the labels" vs going on "attractive packaging or other marketing gimmics".  Note that food from other countries have different standards than the US FDA. It is important to know where your food and it's ingredients came from and what are it's nutritional contents. This can also be taken in a different way. Food that is generally marketed as organic is more expensive, one needs to read what organic means according to US FDA. Some people are worried that GMOs (genetically modified food) can make them sick. This is generally not true. It is all about marketing. Look at the source of your information.


If you like cooking and do not know many recipes you can always go online and look for healthy recipes that use less butter, fats, sugar etc. I think it is also healthier to reduce or eliminate red meat in the diet. There are websites  that give info on recipes for free:  This site allows you to cook based on ingredients that you want in your food or want to exclude from your food (ingredient search). 


B. Exercise

It is known that exercise  is an important part of controlling diabetes. You can  manage your exercise routine by using reminders from your online calender,  use wearable devices to monitor your exercise time, calories burned  etc or  just run or walk, swim etc. It is your choice how you want to do it.


C. Low-Stress environment

Your friends and people close to you have an immense effect on regulating your stress levels. It is important to reevaluate relationships that can cause more stress than benefits. You can always eliminate or keep a distance from relatives/ people that can cause more harm than do good, work with employers that meets your needs either for compensation, value,  communication, work ethics etc (based on your priorities). Exercise can help to control your stress levels. If you are an extrovert it is important to hang out with people.


D. Clinical trials/ Drugs

If one is taking medication it is always good to understand what the drug is, what benfit it can confer based on the status of the disease vs side-effects.  Lot of people think that drug will always benefit them and do not think of possible side-effects. It is important to read the fine-print and question your doctor. There have been cases of good treatment but there have been also cases of forced drug selling and medical fraud.




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A Cure for Diabetes

Status: New Idea
by annrose123 on ‎06-07-2015 10:03 AM

Hello, I just wanted to share that I have went off all medication when going on a RAW food diet! No processed food or meat or diary for 30 days, and my blood sugar is normal. Only fruit, veg, and nuts and seeds and I have lost weight, feel great and have normal range blood sugar. Am staying on this diet and adding some whole foods organic free range meat and eggs and some organic raw dairy. little whole grains like brown rice. Try it! 

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I've been a diabetic since the age of 10 and have always found it difficult to find something that satisfies my sweet tooth, and adheres to my diet needs. I recently have been testing different options and trying different things to come up with the perfect cookie recipe and I think I finally have! These sweet, delicate, peanut butter cookies hit all points of being low carb, sugar free, gluten free, low fat, and dairy free. In each cookie there is a total of 7 grams of fat (all from the natural peanut butter), 4.7 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. They satisfy your sweet cravings and leave you full with a significant amount of protein in each cookie! Typically, cookies are triple the amount of all of these nutrition facts. I'm looking to target the diabetic community specifically and would like to send out complimentary cookies for others to try and see if others enjoy them as much as I have. If you are interested please contact me and we can discuss further.
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Type 1 diabetic of 24 years age 32

Status: New Idea
by kenfris on ‎07-26-2014 05:52 PM
I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 8 years old I am now 32 years old and have a ton of medical issues because I did not take care of my diabetes for about 6 years I thought I was invisible from diabetes dr. Told me multiple times I was lucky to be alive I would just look at them and laugh. I am now dealing with the nerves in my stomach do not work right because of high blood sugars so I have to do 3 days liquid diet and 2 days of eating. I also am dealing with loosing my eye sight and nerophothy in both my feet .if you have diabetes please take care of your blood sugars because diabetes will ruin your insides and kill you!!!
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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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