Dilemma of Holiday Food

Gretchen Becker Health Guide
  • Holidays can be difficult when we have diabetes. We’re surrounded with sugar-loaded treats that will make our blood glucose (BG) levels skyrocket. It’s especially difficult when we’re on a low-carb (LC) diet, as I am. I went to a Christmas party recently at which the only thing I could have was the coffee!

     

    So what can we do?

     

    Last year I wrote about the problem in terms of Thanksgiving. One answer is to find good LC treats and take them along to fill you up so you won’t crave the stuff you can’t eat.

     

    One recipe I use a lot when I feel a sudden craving for chocolate cake can be found here. At Thanksgiving, I often make a LC pumpkin mousse recipe from Fran McCullough’s Low Carb Cookbook. This was one of the first LC cookbooks on the market, and I still think it’s one of the best, even though it’s not hot off the presses.

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    Other LC cookbooks I often refer to are Sharron Long’s. Here is one. She has an excellent pie crust recipe made with almond flour, protein powder, and stevia.

     

    Both Long’s and McCullough’s books give the nutritional content of the recipes.

     

    Another cookbook I love is not for desserts, but it’s great if you want to get more LC vegetables in your diet but don’t know how to cook them. That’s Greene on Greens. He describes each vegetable and then gives interesting ways to cook them.

     

    I don’t use cookbooks very often. I’m too lazy to do a lot of cooking and mostly just saute some meat, steam some vegetables, and that’s it. I eat plain yogurt with a few berries and stevia for dessert. Who needs cookbooks for that?

     

    One advantage of the books I’ve mentioned is that they’ve been out for some time, so you can usually get a used copy for a penny plus shipping. But there might be some new books on the market that one should know about. Any suggestions?

     

     

Published On: December 19, 2013