Grandma's Menu

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Grandma's Menu

Growing up in the south, my grandma used to fry everything: from tomatoes to ice creams. She also liked to add a few table spoons of butter to the dishes she made. Bacon was a staple at our house. She put bacon on EVERYTHING. Later she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Things had to change. I'd like to share her menu with you - she prepared these dishes most often: For breakfast: one slice of whole wheat bread(toasted), one boiled egg/non-fat yogurt/cottage cheese and one piece of fruit For lunch: fresh green salad and grilled chicken breast or fish, one piece of whole wheat bread For snack: one piece of fruit - apple, kiwi or orange, or some strawberries, blueberries or raspberries For Dinner: fresh vegetables(steamed), small serving of fish or meat and a fruit Overall my grandma tried to eat more vegetables and fruits. We always had a variety of fruits at home. She also tried to cut sugar and fat intake.


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Hi Ariel, it is really great that your grandma changed her eating habits after she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Some foods that I researched that are great for controlling your blood sugar (and avoiding dangerous spikes) are beans, oatmeal, fish, non-fat yogurt, unsalted almonds, non-starchy vegetables, egg whites, avocado and low-sugar fruits like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, pears, cantaloupes, grapefruit, and cherries. I have also read that you should AVOID high-sugar fruits like watermelon, pineapple, raisins, apricots, grapes, and oranges. I hope this small list helps everyone struggling with the disease.

Oct 16, 2013 - 4:34 PM by Amanda W

Hi Ariel, I never heard of fried ice cream and that is very interesting. I like this menu your grandmother have because I have type 2 diabetes, and I need to try this.

Oct 16, 2013 - 4:15 PM by Rosalind W

I too like organic gardening. I am looking forward to working in my garden soon. There is nothing better than a fresh tomato from the garden.

May 23, 2013 - 10:29 AM by Amy P

that sound like a great plan and it a blessing you wanted to help her

May 17, 2013 - 2:23 PM by jenel m

Hi Ariel, my father has type 2 diabetes and I will be sharing this menu with him. Thank you for your post!

Nov 14, 2012 - 7:27 PM by Michelle K

Thank you David. My grandma will be very happy to know that her menu is helpful for others who are also suffering from diabetes.

Aug 13, 2012 - 3:53 PM by Ariel T

Ariel - This menu sounds so good... almost like you're not even on a diet. I am going to give it a try this weekend and I will let you know what I think! Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful menu that will help patients control their diabetes. Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing more from you.

Jun 27, 2012 - 6:17 PM by David D

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