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Any other veggie-haters/starch lovers? How to incorporate more vegetables into your diet?
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I’m 54 years old, and from the south. We grew our own food for the most part, and my Mama was an AMAZING cook.
The funny thing is, back then potatoes, corn, and beans were considered vegetables, and I loved them - still do. Now, as an adult with diabetes, I’m told that these foods are incredibly bad for me, and that they’re starches - and that I need to give up the foods that I love...or eat a tiny portion. One of the staples for our family back then was pintos and cornbread - something that I still crave to this day.
So here’s the thing - the foods that are vegetables nowadays, I don’t like. I can and do make myself eat broccoli and cauliflower, but have to use creamed soups to disguise the taste. I mean, some people like veggies and some don’t. I know we all have to eat things we don’t like, and that’s why I’m here - not to complain, but to learn ways to make vegetables taste good. Things that I normally snack on - peanut butter crackers, chocolate milk (my comfort drink), even grapes - are bad for me. I’m aware that it’s all about portion size and moderation, but when you’re stuck in the house and bored, it’s so easy to get on a snacking binge. I stay ravenous, basically. The funny thing is, I choose peanut butter crackers because they’re more filling than junk foods, but they make my sugar go nuts.
I’m here for advice and support, (not criticism) as I teach myself better eating habits (I’ve seen a nutritionist, so I know about portion control and she tells me there is nothing that I can’t have in half-cup portions, even potatoes)...but I’ve got to learn some new recipes and seasonings so I can import more veggies into my diet, or feel famished everyday.
@OCwarrior Hi OCwarrier, thank you starting this discussion as well! This is such a great topic, as I think we can all understand the difficulty in having to give up the foods we love. Why are all the things that taste the best the worst things for us? Let me tag some other members who may be able to share their experience with this and maybe even some recipes!
Hello all, I hope you're doing well! Did you have to cut out foods you love when you found out you had diabetes? What do you do to manage? How to you incorporate more 'healthy' foods into your diet? Do you have any tips or even recipes to share? Feel free to share it all here!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
Hi @OCwarrior !
You made me laugh so hard, I'm also a potato lover and I don't get that this is not a vegetable anymore
To help you, I can't stand steamed veggies. It is so boring and has no taste. Instead I prefer roasting them. You just have to chop them with a bit of olive oil and some spices, pepper or garlic if you want. And then, you roast them in an oven preheated to 425 degrees until they begin to brown. It is far more delicious... And I also "choose" my veggies: I don't force myself. For example, I hate broccolis and cauliflower but I love asparagus (like in a risotto!) and spinach in a salad.
@OCwarrior I agree, the struggle is REAL with vegetables! I really like https://diabeticgourmet.com/ for diabetes recipes. They have some good ones and even some desserts! I made their strawberry spinach salad the other day and it was so good. Do you mind salads or is that too much "rabbit food", as my husband says?
@OCwarrior I can relate to this also being from the south! But I guess luckily for me I love vegetables! You can saute beans, pumpkin or squash and okra and add some cumin, black pepper, and a little chicken stock to it, and if you dice it real small you can make it into a frittatta.
Spinach in a salad like @jas__44 recommended is also a good way to sneak in some vegetables. I don't like cooked spinach but I love spinach-based salads. It has a milder taste to me and has less water in it than iceburg or other salad mixes. And it really takes on dressings and vinaigrettes well. Strawberry spinach salad is a great seasonal one since we're coming up into summer, but you can do more fall or "wintery" ones with cooked sweet potato or squash!
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