Dinners for Diabetics

Having a serious disease takes away all the fun in life. A person with a serious illness has so many restrictions in his lifestyle. There are restrictions on food, restrictions on activities, restrictions on movement, restrictions on so many stuff, it’s just not normal for a person to live like that. Having a disease is annoying enough in itself, but what makes it worse are the many other limitations that it presents in front of you. Living with a disease is just a total bummer.

One of the common diseases that many people have to endure is diabetes. Diabetes has two forms, diabetes type 1, diabetes type 2. Diabetes type 1 is what people commonly call insulin-dependent diabetes. It occurs when the body fails to produce insulin. The person affected is required to inject insulin into his body, thus the common name. Diabetes type 2 is a form of insulin resistance, when the body cannot use insulin properly, and sometimes also because of insulin deficiency.

People with diabetes often experience the symptoms of frequent urination or polyuria, excessive thirstiness or polydipsia, and a regular feeling of hunger or polyphagia. These symptoms are found in almost all cases of diabetes, and they may appear faster in diabetes type 1 than in diabetes type 2. The diagnosis of diabetes is found when the glucose level of the blood is higher than normal, even after several hours of fasting, which is a condition called hyperglycemia. The excessive glucose level of the body makes the person diabetic, and as such the proper treatment of the condition is by lowering glucose intake.

We know glucose is a form of sugar and carbohydrate found in many staple foods. But having diabetes makes a person prohibited from consuming glucose or any of the similar chemical compounds. In short, there is a wide restriction of food intake for diabetics. The primary food group that needs to be cut down on diabetic diets is the carbohydrates group. Sweets and other sugar-filled stuff should also be avoided.

But what about a special celebration? A once-in-a-while event needs proper celebration and of course, a good menu of extraordinary dishes. If you’re planning to have a grand birthday party but most of your relatives have diabetes, here are some tips to follow for making the best dinner for diabetics.

First of all, good dishes can be served even without sugar or carbohydrates. Avoid any forms of bread, rice, beans, potatoes, soft drinks, cakes, ice cream, and other sweet foods that use sugar for sweetener. The next thing to consider is the full course menu. Some appetizers that can be served for diabetics are plain biscuits with garlic or yogurt dressing, cheese, vegetable chips, mushroom dishes and sour fruit salads. Soups for diabetics include vegetable soups like cabbage, broccoli, or pumpkin soup, and seafood chowders like fish and clam chowder. Good main course dishes include mostly fish or chicken, best roasted or grilled. Baked chicken, fish, or other seafood with herbs and spices are delicious dishes to prepare for dinner. Desserts include cheesecakes, pumpkin pies, applesauce, fruit cakes and other pastries which use brown sugar mostly for sweetener.

Beverages should never include alcoholic or carbonated drinks. Natural fruit juices with no sugar added are good complements to the food served in dinner. Finish the celebration with more laughter and light hearts, without any guilt or fear of having eaten something bad for the health.

Coping with diabetes doesn’t mean you have to stop eating good food. It’s just a matter of choice and preparing the correct food to eat. Remember, our body needs essential nutrients for proper function, and not eating will just worsen any kind of illness or disease. Educate yourself with the correct diet to take, and keep your body healthy by staying in shape. You can live with diabetes in a satisfying way if you know the things you should avoid and things you should take.