I Need Suggestions...

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by peepsnbunnies, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I have some friends from out of state that are visiting tomorrow (wednesday), one of them is a diabetic. They may be staying for supper, they will call later and tell us what their schedule is. I have never had to cook for someone with a sugar problem and am at a loss as to what to make for dinner, or if they are just staying for a little while, what to have for a little snack etc. Any suggestions?

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  2. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Just cook a regular meal with a couple of choices of veggies. Remember, the diabetic knows what and what not to eat. As far as dessert- any low carb, low sugar item from the store should be fine.
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Since diabetes also comes with other complications, I also fix very low sodium foods when our diabetic friend comes for dinner.
  4. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    My husband is a diabetic, and he eats everything the rest of us eat! The trick is portions of starches need to be known so they can give themselves enough insulin to cover the carbohydrates. This is for a type 1 diabetic; type 2s (usually due to being overweight, "older' and/or family history) may or may not have the same requirements.

    My advice is this: serve starches seperately from the other stuff. Pot roast with potatoes, soup and bread, stir fry with rice.. you get the idea. Things with noodles added in or dumplings, etc, are a little harder to guage when it comes to deciding how much carbohydrate one is eating. If the starch is seperate, they can guage easily how much they put on their plate.

    As for desert, I would make whatever you planned and let them decide if they want it or not. Stuff that is low sugar, etc, from the store is not good on sugar levels, ironically enough, as the carbs are just of a different type and it can be hard to tell how they'll react in the body. Most people with special diets would rather have a small peice of something yummy then a lot of something substandard, and a good friend will be thankful for something homemade no matter what!!

  5. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    however, almost everyone on low-sugar diet can eat sugar-free Jello ... either as a salad course (include shredded carrots or cabbage) or as light dessert (do NOT add fruit)

    tastes the same as regular Jello ... so everyone can have some

  6. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    All the sugar free stuff either sends my DHs blood sugar through the roof or causes serious gastric issues. Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes just do not digest properly unless you are used to them. Even so, those with sensitive systems may never be able to eat them. We only eat the real stuff and he alters portions or just skips it altogether if it is a problem. Portion control (and exercise and rest) seem to bethe keys to health in our house!

  7. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    My husband is a type I diabetic, and he shuns all the fake substitute stuff.
    If we go to a friend's house for supper, he doesn't expect them to cook anything special. He knows what he can and can't have. A diabetic who takes proper care of himself never leaves home without food and insulin to get himself through any situation anyway. Not to worry!

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