Enlist Help to Fight Food Temptation

Ever since Adam and Eve, the problem of temptation has been on the front burner. For a diabetic, the constant temptation is to eat foods that do not further your major diabetic goal, which is to control your blood glucose. The opportunities for screwing up your diet are boundless. Just like your exercise partner, your "food partner" — your significant other — can make staying on your diet a lot easier for you.

If your partner cooks most of the meals in your household, he or she has a responsibility to prepare the right kinds of foods. To do this, your partner must know what to make and what to avoid (see Chapter 8). If you go to the dietitian, take your partner along.

Numerous books of recipes and meals are written specifically for the person with diabetes. The first cookbook you should look at is Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley), which I wrote with Alison Acerra. That book would not have been written if it didn't offer a special feature — the recipes of some of the finest chefs in the United States and Canada. You can also go on the Internet to find good recipes; see Appendix C for a list of great Web sites to check out.

^jjOTf I believe that the big problem in diabetes (as well as the nondiabetic obese population) is large portions of food. One of the simplest of diets is to eat the same foods but half as much. As I worked with the chefs in the various restaurants represented in Appendix A, again and again they remarked to me that Americans eat much more food in a portion than Europeans. Americans have learned to avoid fat, but they eat too much carbohydrate.

When it comes to eating out, your loved one can steer you to restaurants where you can choose foods that work for you. When you're in the restaurant, he or she can point out the healthy choices. The best way to direct you is to set an example of appropriate eating for you.

If you're asked to dinner in someone's home, your loved one can help by telling your host or hostess in advance that you have diabetes and need to avoid eating certain foods. It is unwise, however, to turn your loved one into a nag. Don't ask that you be reminded each time you stray from your diet. That will lead to hostility.

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

Keep Your Weight In Check During The Holidays

A time for giving and receiving, getting closer with the ones we love and marking the end of another year and all the eating also. We eat because the food is yummy and plentiful but we don't usually count calories at this time of year. This book will help you do just this.

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