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I would like to alter (the easiest way possible) our diet to suit one parent recently diagnosed with diabetes Type 2. Has anyone got easy family friendly recipes for Type 2 Diabetes?


Posted anonymously, 9th January 2015


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  • The Symply range of cook books at newsagents are great for this. They have low fat and low sugar recipes which are perfect. My mother in law uses them all the time for her diabetes.


  • have you tried quiches qith spinach and mushrooms

    wraps with lots of salads
    omelettes where you can add spinach and leeck ect

    fresh smoothies and fruit salad for desert
    as smoothies can be used as a meal as they have lots of fruits and millk in them

    also look up Jason Vale he has some really good receipes for Diabetes.

    Zuchinie slice is another good one.

    The more home made and fresh products with less sugars then the better
    remember a lot of recipes you can 1/2 the amount of salts and sugars need or use honey instead.

    Also look up The TASTE cooking web site.

    And make a rule every night after tea you go for a 40 minute walk.


  • Definitely check out Diabetes Australia, and ask your dr for more information. You should be able to see a Diabetes Educator either in a group or individual situation. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a dietician too, they are a wealth of information. Again, your GP should be able to help you with this.

    Also, as an FYI, Diabetes type 2 can not be reversed no matter what any internet article says. It can however be managed with healthy eating and moderate exercise (check with your dr before starting).

    A simple and easy start, is to try to eat low GI carbohydrates, including pasta, rice, bread & potatoes. Try and reduce your portion sizes, especially meat and carbs. Stick to Australian guidelines, it will be tough at first, but it does get easier.


  • When I have guests with Type 2 Diabetes I serve Thai Beef Noodle Salad and they love it. I make up individual plates and keep aside ingredients people don’t like. Chilli and Lemongrass I have optional snow peas and bean shoots. The Beef is sliced thin and tossed through the salad. On occasion I replace the beef with prawns.


  • Also; check out your local library as they should have plenty of cookbooks and resources.


  • I suggest you have a look at the Diabetes Australia site; they have a section dedicated to altering/modifying recipes. There is also a wealth of other invaluable information which may be helpful.


  • There is no need to alter much in preparing meals for the family. substitute Cane sugar with Stevia or Coconut Sugar. Reduction of carbohydrates, fruit and veg and remove animal fats. The person’s doctor will give a referral to a dietitian. I am surprised the doctor has not done so already, and provided recording and educating material. The patient is an adult so it is the responsibility of this person to take control of diet. Actually type two diabetes is reversible by diet and exercise. There are support groups at most large hospitals, and so much information can be located on line. There is nothing worse than a spouse becoming the “diet police”, forever nagging ” you can’t eat this or that” especially in company. it is embarrassing. The patient has developed type two diabetes because of unbalanced diet and lifestyle so the patient can rectify health by taking ownership of his/ her health.sometimes people will accept the necessary changes and some don’t, they make the choice to ignore their condition. The family do not have to make many changes to their normal healthy eating, the diabetic person will need to weigh and keep a record of food and drink intake portion size is very important.The patient will need to do their own blood testing and often times, also blood pressure. The patient would have been informed about other aspects of lifestyle, such as paying attention to the importance of foot care.


  • Thank you heaps for that information I will look into it.


  • I suggest the patient asks for a list of what products she is allowed to eat making meals from scratch. Is the parent a member of the Diabetes Association?. I think their staff will also give you information if you visit them – you may need to make an appt. Some have lectures you can attend. Some also run shopping trips in groups and explain which products are suitable and explain how to read labels. You may be able to get a book that shows alternatives. (all of that could be members only). There is also magazines called Diabetes Living or something similar which may be cheaper bought from them than in supermarkets or newsagents.
    Maybe check on google for lists of fat and carbohydrates (both of which there is good and bad). There are various books with information in them.


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