Are You Feeling Food Deprived? (continued)

Diet Changes

2. Learn how to make substitutes. If fried chicken, creamy salads, French fries and frosted chocolate cake are your favorites, research and learn how to make substitutes for these foods. You can make a great, crunchy baked chicken breaded with high-fiber cereal and pecans. Oven-baked sweet potato fries with cayenne pepper and cumin (see recipe on following page) can be a great french fry substitute and you might experiment with a broccoli or bean salad versus a traditional creamy pasta salad. Check out this dLife recipe for chocolate cake.

3. Aim to have an open mind about food. Many people think they don't like foods they've never tried before or foods they despised as a kid. Your taste buds change as you age. You owe it to yourself to at least try some new foods. Rid your mind of the thought that healthy food is bad, boring and tasteless. This is simply untrue! Many healthy foods taste delicious, and eating these foods will make you feel good, better control your blood sugar and may decrease your risk of diabetes complications. Start today with new eating and a new attitude!

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Last Modified Date: June 21, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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