Ideally you don’t want to be linked with any of the diseases in the world, and especially deadly disease like Diabetes. I am not that lucky, diabetes has been part of my life for some time now, it took away my mom. When I am pregnant with my princess I got gestational diabetes. And now it is haunting me all the time, as my hubby is diabetic. Earlier I believed in the myth that diabetes only happens if you are overweight body type, now I have come to know that diabetes has no difference if you are lean or overweight person, my hubby is lean, his mom is lean still they have diabetes. One thing sure, if you have high cholesterol values then you are vulnerable to diabetes, increased levels of LDL ( bad chlorestol ) and triglycerides play an important role in both heart disease and diabetes.
I was stunned reading this statistics about world diabetes, 366 million people worldwide had diabetes in 2011; by 2030 this will rise to 552 million.In the world just as in population baton, China ranks first in diabetes then it is followed by India, USA is third in the rank. If you want to know about American diabetes statistics, read from here. So we all need to watch out for this, especially if you have family history likes mine. Every time when I gave sweets of my little ones, my heart beats at high rates, still they are little ones it is hard. With my husband’s diabetes I learned a lesson, everything in moderation is fine, take meals in portion, very little or no sweets, if you still have carving for sweets, adjust the fruits, or use sugar substitute. If he ask me can I take one large piece of sweet or cake (just like anybody would do), if I say yes, next day his sugar level will be high. So I have to learn to say just take a very small portion. Still hard, I haven’t learned that lesson.
There are two type of diabetes, Type one and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.
Type 2 Diabetes causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
During 24 week of pregnancy, pregnant woman can develop gestational diabetes. Even though reason for this is still unknown, scientists have a theory. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother’s body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin. Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.
Now with my husband’s diabetes and my gestational diabetes, I came to know more about disease if I know little of this earlier, I could have helped my mom. If you have diabetes, then diet and exercise is most important. With diet, everything you should take in small portions as much as possible. Fruits are good, according American diabetes association, the best choices of fruit are any that are fresh, frozen or canned without added sugars.Dried fruit and fruit juice are also nutritious choices, but the portion sizes must be small so they may not be as filling as other choices.
As food is the main controlling factor next to medicine in diabetes, I asked few friends (both food bloggers and non bloggers) to share a recipe of dish which is diabetic friendly and also to share their personal stories of diabetes that touched their lives. I was surprised to know that there are several people with story of diabetes in their family. I am happy that they are joining me in creating awareness about this deadly disease. They are going to make all sorts of dishes starting from appetizer, snack, soup, sides or a full meal you name it.
For me I tried to make this easy breezy salad/sundal. I came to know that lentils are considered as one of super foods recommended by American diabetic association; they even suggest incorporating lentils/beans in diets at least a few times in a week. Here is the list of diabetic super foods recommended by American diabetic association.
I also decided to make dishes with lentils to help my hubby, and this was made easier with the 6 pack of Lentils I won from Hurst beans from Lisa & Susan’s Legume Love Affair hosted by Spicy Food. Yes I came to know about yellow eyed peas for the first time after receiving packages of lentils. Yellow eyed peas look similar to cow peas/lobia but slightly bigger, and tastes almost similar. Instead of making sundal in my usual way with the addition of mustard seeds and urad dal (Spilt black gram), I decided to add a carrot and onion along with it, little cumin powder and chili powder too. I took only ¾ cup of peas; I have some left with and would like to try this recipe
This is delicious as snack or side; give it a try when you can get hold of it. Here comes the recipe.
Other food enthusiastic who joined with me. I will update lists as soon as I get.
- Cook with smile made Ragi Dosa /Finger-millet crepes
- Thermofan made Kiwi jam and apple acid
- Shoba’s Delight made drumstick leaves egg thoran
- Cuisine delights made Lemon oats
- Sattava made Barley Upma
- A day through my life made oats upma with vegetables
- Babi’s recipes made oats puttu
- Gheza e shirin made canapés with peppery moong bean filing
- Cook with Arthy Shama made salad
- Nayana’s kitchen Kerations made Moong dal and ragi dosa
- The Mad Scientist in kitchen made Jowar rava upittu
- Nitha’s kitchen made Brown rice oats pongal
- Savitha’s Kitchen made Quinoa Dosai
- Rajashri Manoj of cooking creations made savory cake.
- Srikars Kitchen made banana stem salad
- Eat n Eat little more made roasted red bell pepper soup
- Mahaslovelyhome made cilantro kiwi, spinach juice
- Home cook food made Kathiyawadi style dal
- Kitchen corner try it made Spicy Chickpea snack
- Sarasyummybites made Ragi adai/finger millet pancake
- cooks Joy made whole wheat crepes
- Cinnamon spice and everythingnice made slow cooker Meatballs and roasted spagehti squash
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.