Thursday, March 08, 2012

Book Review - Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes

By Michelle May, MD with Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE
New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2012

We have a family history of diabetes and some of my daughters' friends are diabetic, so I found this book extremely interesting.
It isn't a cookbook of recipes for those who have diabetes or are hovering on the verge of diabetes (pre-diabetes), nor a prescriptive manual of things to do or not to do; but it is  a guide to living and dealing with this health issue in a truly positive, life-enhancing way.

It is essential to truly understand what diabetes is, how it affects the body and the mind before being able to make informed choices about  the necessary lifestyle changes, dietary choices and embracing a positive  mental attitude to living with diabetes and this book is a comprehensive guide which achieves just that. Instead of being afraid of food and its possible effects on the body, we are shown how to tune into our bodies and see food choices and glucose monitoring as a challenge, a long-term puzzle to be solved, not a depressing chore which seems to set us apart by forbidding certain foods.

Mindfulness , balance and taking charge are key concepts in the challenge of taking care of oneself with this illness.The importance of exercise, relaxation, acceptance and taking responsibilty for ensuring adequate medication and medical care are explained thoroughly, and how to maintain a healthy weight  are all covered in detail, including how to work out one's own current patterns of eating which have been culturally and socially conditioned and may not be really related to the messages the body gives of hunger. Think of this book as a workbook, a guide to managing *your* diabetes.  A truly fascinating read.

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