the Diabetes Comfort Food diet

Thursday, August 13, 2015 AnnMarie Brown 0 Comments

Disclosure: ItsJustMyLifeCA received products for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.



Cheeseburgers, tacos, cheesecake, french toast - think you can't indlge in some of your favourite comfort foods because you're managing diabetes? Think again! Managing diabetes doesn't have to mean eating uninteresting food for the rest of your life. 

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a private practice in New York City. Laura's wisdom and experience are consistently tapped by nationally circulated publications and digital media, including Fitness and Real Simple magazines. She also makes frequent guest appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News and Headline News. 

The book is broken down into 12 chapters and they include:

  1. The Lowdown on Diabetes
  2. Change Your Recipes, Not Your Life
  3. The Plan to Defeat Diabetes
  4. Breakfast
  5. Soups, Salads & Sandwiches
  6. Appetizers & Snacks
  7. Meat
  8. Poultry
  9. Seafood
  10. Vegetarian
  11. Sides
  12. Desserts
As well as two Appendix
  1. Meal Plans
  2. Calories, Carbs, and Fiber of Common Foods
Take a look at one of the recipes from this great resource:

Grilled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

Photo Credit - Mitch Mandel/Rosdale Images
Prep time: 10 minutes • Total time: 50 minutes
Makes 4 servings 
(2 tacos each)

• Preheat barbecue grill to medium, grill sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
1        mango, diced               1
2        plum (Roma) tomatoes, diced 2
14 cup  chopped fresh cilantro 60 mL
1        jalapeño pepper, seeded and 1
  finely chopped
12 tsp  paprika                 2 mL
14 tsp  salt                    1 mL
2        cloves garlic, minced      2
112 tsp chipotle seasoning      7 mL
114 lbs pork tenderloin, trimmed 625 g
1 tbsp   olive oil              15 mL
8        6-inch (15 cm) soft corn tortillas  8
1 cup    shredded lettuce      250 mL
1.   In a bowl, stir together the mango, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeño. Set aside.
2.   In a small bowl, mix the paprika, salt, garlic, and chipotle seasoning. Rub all over the pork and drizzle with the oil.
3.   Grill the pork for 25 minutes, turning occasionally, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reaches 145°F (63°C) and the juices run clear. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut the pork into thin slices.
4.   Stack the tortillas and wrap them in foil. Place the tortillas on a cool corner of the grill to warm for 10 minutes.
5.   Place the tortillas on a work surface. Arrange pork in the center of each tortilla. Top with lettuce and mango salsa.

Curb carbs: These tacos are packed with enough ingredients to be double-deckers, but instead of using 2 taco shells, we used just 1.
Fill up on fiber: Shredded lettuce is key in a good taco, but the mango salsa really boosts the fiber this time.
Favor healthy fats: We ditched cheese and sour cream to let the naturally low-fat mango salsa shine through. Remember, fats are key in balancing blood sugar, so be sure to pair with a side dish high in healthy fats. 

Diabetes is something that runs in my family and I found the Diabetes Comfort Food diet to be very informative with lots of yummy recipes even for my family who is not having to deal with this diagnosis. 



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