Nah, I won’t do that. Instead I’ll tell you about other important things going on this month. Because it’s not all about turkey. (Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some turkey. But honoring long-standing family traditions, I won’t be the one hosting Thanksgiving anytime in the foreseeable future.)
Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month?
No? That’s ok. I didn’t either until Jessica from A Sweet Life contacted me about sharing some recipes. I am not diabetic, but you all know that I have a sweet spot (pun intended) for cooking recipes that many people can enjoy, regardless of food allergies or other dietary restrictions. I don’t believe in cooking “special”, separate things to satisfy those who can’t eat “normal” food; rather I like to show you how easy it can be to make food that everyone at the table can enjoy without being concerned about ingredients. So it was with pride that I learned I could share some of my recipes with the Diabetes community, and at the same time, give you ideas for delicious low-sugar recipes that everyone will love, diabetic or not.
But before we get to the goodies, I want to share with you a few facts to think about during the month of November:
*Diabetes affects 8.3% of the US population, or 1 in every 400 children and adults
*The majority of diabetics are type 2, a condition which can develop during adulthood as a result of a variety of factors. But there is a significant population with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. This condition can present in individuals with or without a family history.
When diabetes is not treated or controlled, can cause many other complications, such as:
*Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness and kidney failure in adults
*Diabetes accounts for 60% of non-traumatic amputations in adults
*Diabetes ranks #7 among causes of death in all females in the US, and even higher within certain ethnic backgrounds
One of the most important things someone with diabetes must do to control their overall health is to monitor their sugar intake. This does not mean simply to avoid donuts, candy, and ice cream; but rather to look carefully at everything he or she consumes, because sugar is (just about) everywhere. Even natural sugars contained in fruits and vegetables must be counted towards the total intake. The good news is that there is still plenty of wholesome food out there, free of artificial substitutes and full of good nutrition, and I’m proud to be part of a group of food bloggers showing the way.
During the month of November, A Sweet Life is featuring diabetic-friendly recipes from various healthy-living food bloggers. You can find recipes like Spinach and Zucchini Egg Muffins from The Sweet Beet, Chipotle Seared Tilapia with Pica de Gallo from All Day I Dream About Food, and Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes from Blogging Over Thyme, just to name a few.
My featured diabetic-friendly recipes are one you’ve seen recently and another from the archives.
First up, my Brie and Mushroom Egg Roulade – a perfect make-ahead brunch item for holiday entertaining.
And secondly, a first-course that’s sure to impress more than your standard salad, my Sizzling Haloumi with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes.
Perhaps this post is in the spirit of Thanksgiving after all, reminding us all to give thanks for the health of ourselves and our families, and to be thankful that we all have nutritious and delicious options to nourish ourselves and our loved ones.