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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tips for making healthy food choices

Choosing your foods according to MyPyramid will help you follow these guidelines for healthier eating:

  • Eat a variety of foods from the different food groups.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. All fruits and most vegetables contain carbohydrates, but their high content of vitamins, minerals, and fiber make them great choices.
  • Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. For best health, these should make up only a small portion of overall food choices. Saturated fats (animal fats and shortenings, for example) tend to raise blood cholesterol levels and are bad for the health of your heart.
  • Use salt (sodium) in moderation. Most people eat more salt than they really need. For some people, extra salt adds to their risk for high blood pressure. High blood pressure is more common in people with diabetes. Uncontrolled blood pressure (greater than 130/80) greatly increases the risk for health problems. Here are ways to cut down on salt:
    • - Choose foods "close to nature." Less processed foods have less salt.
    • - Avoid foods canned, boxed, or frozen with extra salt. Try the "no-salt added" varieties.
    • - Use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning mixes for added flavor, instead of salt.
  • Use sugar in moderation. High sugar foods should make up only a small part of the diet. However, small amounts of sweet foods can be a part of a healthy diet, even for people who have diabetes. Learn how to fit the sweets you enjoy into your overall plan.
  • Use alcohol in moderation. Alcohol can dangerously lower blood sugar in people with diabetes who take insulinor diabetes pills. If you choose to drink alcohol, talk to your doctor or dietitian about how to drink safely. Pregnant women should not drink alcoholic beverages.

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and exercise, along with diabetes medications, are important for good diabetes control. While people with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else, they have to take extra care to make sure that their food is balanced with insulin and oral medications, and exercise to help manage their blood sugar levels.

A healthy meal plan is one of the most important things you can do to help control your diabetes. Healthy eating means choosing and preparing the right kinds of foods. A registered dietitian can help you to develop a meal plan that works for you. When you make healthy food choices, you can help improve your overall health and might even prevent complications such as heart disease, some cancers, and hypertension.

Exercise, along with a healthy diet and medication, can help you control your diabetes in many ways. If you don't already have an exercise program, now is the time to start! Be sure to consult with your healthcare team before starting an exercise program.

The right information can help you enjoy great food, great fitness, and great diabetes control

Chef Robert Lewis, The Happy Diabetic, Hosts... A Taste of the Caribbean Cruising into a Healthier Lifestyle 2nd Annual Caribbean Culinary Cruise

Please join me as I host an exciting Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Holland America's majestic Eurodam
March 21-28, 2009

Chef Robert will present an interactive cooking workshop
and teach you how to cook and eat healthy for life. Each cruiser will receive an autographed cookbook!


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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Are you happy about being diabetic?

Are you happy about being diabetic?

The Happy Diabetic takes everyday dishes and international cuisine and shows us how to prepare them tastefully and in good health! Introducing Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic!

Growing up in California offered to me a culinary experience I will always cherish. I come from a long line of wonderful cooks. Family food artists and guests in my home were experts in preparing Jewish, Mexican, Middle and Far Eastern, and traditional dishes, which gave me a love for food and the creative outlet it provided. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, in 1976, my personal and professional cooking journey began.

In 1998 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At that time I was sure my days of good eating were over. What I “heard” in those early days was only the list of foods that were prohibited. As I worked through my ups and downs, I came to realize that the selection of foods I could and should eat was vast and included many fabulous favorites. Thus began my motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare. Requests to share tips and recipes resulted in the publication of two cookbooks, Get Happy Get Healthy, Recipes from the Kitchen of Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic and Simply Desserts. I speak to audiences at hospitals and health fairs across the country delivering a message of hope and encouragement. My recipes celebrate great tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy. My wish is that you will have fun as you follow my healthy cooking and eating plan! So…wield your French knife with the confidence of Zorro!

Happy Cooking! Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic

His personal experience with Type II Diabetes has been the motivation for the creation of hundreds of terrific recipes!

Lilly Diabeties.com chooses Chef Robert

Lilly Diabeties.com chooses Chef Robert

Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Happy Diabetic

Recipes from the Kitchen of Chef Robert Lewis
"The Happy Diabetic"

Eli Lilly and Company, a leader in diabetes care for over 80 years, has developed this website to help you understand the basics of diabetes, to learn how to manage your diabetes or care for someone with diabetes, and to take steps toward living a healthy lifestyle.

Learning about and living with diabetes is a journey. And, it's a journey best taken with others. We encourage you to explore this website and work with your healthcare team to learn all you can about the best ways to care for your diabetes. Working together, you will find that living a full and active life while taking care of your diabetes can be a reality!