In January 2011 I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia. The main thing I remember from that appointment was the doctor handing me the papers scrawled with "Diabetic Diet". Everything after that was muddled by my tears.
You see, my mother died from complications with type 1 diabetes and my father has type 2 diabetes. Just seeing that word felt like a punch in the gut.
In the beginning I struggled a lot. It took awhile to get over the sugar addiction. That is not to say that my sweet tooth is gone, but I am now able to turn down cakes and sweets when they are around.
So, anyway, it took a while to get here, but I finally realize this isn't a death sentence. It's actually an enjoyable challenge sometimes. I love to cook and it's been rewarding to modify old favorite recipes and discover new ones that fit this modified diabetic exchange diet.
Oh, I should also mention that I had my first clinical episode of MS in May 2011. The neurologist has suggested the Swank Diet as a therapy for now. This means that recipes after May 2011 will also be lower in fat and will not contain red meat or pork for a year.
On top of that I also have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Pernicious Anemia which I have dealt with for years. Clearly I lose in the game of Avoiding Auto-Immune Diseases.
I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I love to research and I'll share the food and health discoveries here.
If you have suggestions or questions please let me know so we can help each other down this road.