Diabetes Cookbooks

The latest addition to my growing collection of diabetes related cookbooks is titled: 15 Minute Diabetic Meals by Nancy S. Hughes. While I used to steer clear of anything, especially cookbooks, that were diabetes relates, as I’ve grown older (40 in January!), I am finally beginning to accept all of me-the good and the “bad.”  Part of that self-acceptance has included letting my diabetes out of hiding and cooking “diabetic meals.” Thankfully “diabetic meals” and cookbooks have become much better (in my opinion) with the popularity of farmer’s market offerings and eating organic and the cookbooks I’ve got on my shelf have some really great recipes. No longer do we see bland foods or sugar-free offerings, now we’ve got a great variety of vegetables, meats, fruits and whole grain selections.

In her 15 minute book, Hughes gives us a variety of recipes including breakfast, lunch, appetizers, entrees, salads and desserts. And she includes a list of calories, carbs, and protein etc. which makes life a lot easier…..one of my favorites is her chicken tenders with black beans and spicy tomatoes. I put it over brown rice and it was easy to make (did it while the boys completed their homework and Reid played with the mixing bowls), delicious and great as lunch the next day. A huge fan of edamame, there is a recipe for edamame and pasta salad with feta that was great as well. The recipes are simple, using only a handful of ingredients, fast, and interesting so it doesn’t feel the “diet cookbooks” from years past….

The best part of these cookbooks for me is the listing of carbs. I have never been god at counting carbs and most of the time I make my best guess, so cooking from a diabetes related cookbook takes that guesswork out- making my life easier 🙂

Chapter 1 interviews

I was really unprepared for my reaction to reading all the stories from women with diabetes that have been coming through my email. I am not an emotional person (for many reasons I won’t go into now…), but needless to say, tears have come to my eyes many times throughout these last two weeks as I’ve read the diagnosis stories I’m collecting for my book: Women with Diabetes, Authentic Advice on Everything from Eating to Dating to Motherhood. I love that so many women are eager to participate and share their personal stories so that other women will benefit and feel less alone! That is my hope anyway. Some of these women include Rachel Garlinghouse (check out her blog at: http://sugarspiceandmorethingsnice.blogspot.com/), Cheryl Alkon, and Kelly Love Johnson….among so many wonderful others! I am still looking for teenagers, I definitely don’t have enough stories from young women so if anyone knows of a teenage girl with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, send her my way!

Spreading the word…

Thanks to Amy Tenderich for mentioning my book-in-progress in her post, “What I’m Reading…“on her website: Diabetes Mine. I’ll be interviewing Amy tomorrow about her personal experiences with diabetes for my book and I look forward to hearing her story. She has done amazing things for diabetes in a short amount of time, so I’m glad to have her participate in this project!

Reality Hunger

I just finished reading, or skimming, David Shield’s Reality Hunger, A Manifesto. Which, when reviewed by Luc Sante in the NYTimes debates the nature of reality through the forms of memoir, fiction and essay. Sante says, “Reality is a landscape that includes unreal features; being true to reality involves a certain amount of wavering between real and unreal. Likewise originality, if there can ever be any such thing, will inevitably entail a quantity of borrowing, conscious and otherwise.” So Shield’s book includes a “borrowing” of quotes from a range of writers, philosophers, artists and actors (Woody Allen and Larry David). This kind of “revolutionary” writing Sante says, “probably heralds what will be the dominant modes in years and decades to come.”

Mostly I found a lot of good quotes about writing. (Shields recommends readers skip the citations in the back, included at the request of Random House lawyers, he even asks us to grab a pair of scissors and cut along the dotted lines, and there are in fact, dotted lines) but I couldn’t help myself. Here are a few of my favorites:

How can I tell what I think until I see what I say? E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel.

Writing enters into us when it gives us information about ourselves we’re in need of at the time we’re reading. Vivian Gornick.