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This week I found out from one of our fab40 sisters that she’s just beginning the struggle of living with diabetes.  Both my parents developed the disease when they were well into their 70’s. My grandfather had it as well.  All are obviously type 2 and they control it through diet.  It’s supposed to be exercise, but I can’t do much about that-it’s all up to them.

My mom says she takes her walks with their chihuahua.  Right.  The woman looks great for someone about to turn 80, she does watch her diet, she does test her blood on a regular basis, but I somehow cannot count a 1/4 mile walk in 2” heels as exercise.   Call me crazy.

Dad-his idea of exercise is walking out front to the end of the drive way, picking up the paper and then taking a nap from the exhaustive effort.  No, it’s not because he’s 81, it’s because he has always thought that anyone (including yours truly) who sweats from something other than work, just isn’t thinking straight.  

My grandfather was a tough old guy-but I have to say when he found out about insulin shots-the man turned over a new leaf!  He swam every day, watched his diet (to an annoying degree), lost his excess weight and stopped eating carbs unless they were on the diet given to him by his doctor.

Diabetes is a difficult thing to maintain.  No doubt.  However, it doesn’t mean giving up on foods you love-but you do have to think about times of the day to eat carbs,realize exercise is a very important part of maintaining your blood sugar levels and testing is a must.

Several years back I was fortunate enough to take a couple of classes with Graham Kerr-the original daytime TV Chef.  He’s a very nice man, personable and he was teaching the classes to publicize his then new series/book on cooking for loved ones with the disease.  For him, it was and is for his wife Treena.

So this week, we‘re talking hints, serving ideas and hopefully having others chime in on some good old-fashioned cooking techniques with this subject in mind.

Today-it appears I’ve gone on a bit long-Friday, I’ll talk about 10 of the top foods to eat and why.

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