For both types 1 and type 2 diabetes, carbohydrate restriction is a great way to help control blood sugars and minimize the toxicity and expense of drug therapy. Here are some low-carb recipes from my book, Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes. You can also easily incorporate them into a ketogenic diet.
Breakfast: Chicken Salad Over Greens
1 large egg (50 g)
5-oz can (150 g) of cooked chicken (drain and discard liquid)
½ oz (14 g) onion (2 tbsp or 30 ml), diced
½ stick (40 g) of celery, diced
2 tbsp (30 ml) Miracle Whip Salad Dressing or regular mayonnaise (not low-fat)
salt and pepper
2 oz (60 g) romaine lettuce
2 oz (60 g) raw baby spinach
dash of lemon or lime juice (optional)
1 oz (28 g) walnuts
Hard-boil the large egg, then peel and dice. Place the chicken into a bowl then add the egg, diced onion, diced celery, and the Miracle Whip Salad Dressing. Mix all together, with salt and pepper and/or a dash of lemon or lime juice to taste. Place on bed of romaine lettuce and fresh baby spinach. Enjoy walnuts around mealtime or later as a snack. Digestible carb grams: 11.
Lunch: Kippered Herring and Cheese
3.5 oz (100 g) canned herring
3 oz (80 g) cheese
Digestible carb grams: 2.
Dinner: Hamburger and Salad
8 oz (225 g) raw hamburger meat
1 oz (28 g) onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp (15 ml) A.1. Steak Sauce or Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
3 oz (85 g) lettuce
3 oz (85 g) tomato, cut into chunks
2 oz (60 g) cucumber, peeled and sliced
1.5 tbsp (22 ml) olive oil
½ tbsp (7 ml) vinegar
To the raw hamburger meat, add the chopped onion, A.1. Steak Sauce or Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend thoroughly with your hands. (No particular need for lean hamburger; it’s your choice.) Cook in pan over medium heat. While cooking, prepare your salad.
In a bowl, place the lettuce, tomato chunks, sliced cucumber, and finally, the olive oil and vinegar. Mix salad thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy with 6 oz of red wine. Digestible carb grams: 13.