Food! Have you noticed how preoccupied we are with food? It is the center of most of our celebrations and the subject of countless advertisements that bombard us each day. Nutritional value, appearance, taste, fat content, carbohydrate content, and calories are just a few of the criteria we all use to evaluate food. For people who have diabetes, this list is longer and more complicated, perhaps even burdensome. Necessary regimentation, routine, scheduling, and the like can transform the joy and spontaneity of eating into "treatment" for diabetes. That's where The Joslin Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook can help.
The recipes and tips in this book can help those with diabetes prepare foods that will not only enhance the joy of eating but also help in achieving good control of blood glucose levels. The Joslin Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook also stresses the "heart healthy" nature of meal planning to help anyone with diabetes live a longer and healthier life.
During the last decade, major changes in the approach to dietary "treatment" of diabetes have occurred. The "routine" American Diabetes Association diet prescription as a standard has disappeared. Today meal planning should match individual treatment goals and the lifestyle of an individual patient. Using the simple guideline of "eating healthy," people who have diabetes currently have many more options and opportunities to succeed!
The Joslin Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook has something for everyone, toddler to octogenarian. Frances Giedt and Bonnie Polin, along with the Joslin Clinic dietitians Judy Giusti and Joan Hill, have compiled a wide variety of recipes. Patients who want to reduce their total calories to lose weight will find many helpful hints in the pages of this book. In addition, patients on intensive diabetes treatment programs who need a better understanding of the exact carbohydrate content of foods in order to control their blood sugar levels within a range will find information at the end of each recipe.
The treatment of diabetes can seem both complicated and regimented to patients who lack experience or motivation in developing strategies to achieve their desired goals. A meal plan and exercise program are integral steps in this process. Use The Joslin Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook as a source of ideas and support on this road to achieving treatment goals. It provides information, variety, and over 175 interesting and healthy recipes that will add to everyone's health and joy of eating!
Alan C. Moses, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Joslin Diabetes Center and Joslin Clinic
Copyright © 2001 by Bonnie Polin, Ph.D.