Summertime Cooking, The Healthy Way with Elaine Magee, RD
Enjoy the joys of summer -- and stay healthy too!
Cobbling Up a Lighter Cobbler continued...
Magee: First of all, I can understand special needs; I have irritable
bowel myself and my dad has had diabetes most of his adult life. Generally,
what I'm talking about would work for people with diabetes. For example, people
with diabetes are helped by keeping track of carbs, fat, and fiber. That way
they discover what combination works best for them and their blood sugars. So
you could enjoy pasta salad and barbecued chicken, for example, you would
hopefully be keeping track of the amount of certain foods that work for
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.