Summertime Cooking, The Healthy Way with Elaine Magee, RD
Enjoy the joys of summer -- and stay healthy too!
Cobbling Up a Lighter Cobbler continued...
In terms of irritable bowel, you would probably know which foods are
troublesome for your constitution and hopefully could easily avoid them. For
me, eating light, in terms of low fat, really helps me personally. I generally
do not have any problems eating at a picnic or barbecue, as long as I stay away
from the real greasy, fatty foods. I would think with hypoglycemia you would be
better off eating smaller, more frequent meals and making sure each meal has
quite a bit of fiber and each meal is nicely balanced with some protein and
good fats along with good carbohydrate choices.
To answer your question about high-protein, low-protein, high-carb, etc., I
personally strongly feel that the low-carb way of eating is just plain wrong.
What I think helps most people is to make smart carb choices and to make more
balanced meal choices to include some protein and fat along with
Member question: We're having a block party cookout and I know one
family that's coming has two diabetic members. As the host, what should I be
aware of in offering food?
Magee: You'll probably want to offer some high-fiber choices; limit
sugars and sweeteners when you can; choosing smarter fats will also help, like
olive oil and canola oil. But generally people with diabetes can eat anything;
it's a matter of them knowing the portions that work for them. Generally the
higher fiber the meal is, the easier on the blood glucose it's going to be, and
then not overdoing certain carbohydrate-rich items.
This is a funny story about my dad who was diabetic (passed away a year
ago). He called me one day and told me he was very confused coming home, he
couldn't remember how to get home. He took his blood sugar when he got home and
it was really high. So I asked him, "What did you eat two hours
before?" He was describing his lunch and he said, "Oh, I had
watermelon." I said, "How much watermelon?" He said, "One."
"One slice?" "No, one watermelon." The point being, a little
bit of watermelon is fine; a lot of watermelon can cause problems. That was the
day he learned it's not that watermelon is bad, you'd be hard-pressed to eat
more than 150 calories from a serving because it's mostly water, but if you eat
enough of it, it can cause problems with your blood sugar.
Member question: My aunt always brings baked beans to family
gatherings in the summer. What can be done to make baked beans healthier (aside
from leaving out the salt pork)?
Magee: Baked beans are really not too bad. They're very sweet, so if
you were making them from scratch, you could cut the sugar a little and instead
of salt pork, you could add lean ham, which would give you some of those
flavors, but without as much fat. I personally might add a little bit of flax
seeds to baked beans because it's dark in color and the flax seed hides