Ask any doctor or nutritionist who treats patients with diabetes: the first focus for controlling the disease is a healthy eating plan. But typical diabetic eating plans have been all about what you can’t eat and what to do if you fall prey to a craving for foods you shouldn’t have.
But now a typical day in the life of a diabetic might start with a smoked salmon-and-dill omelet, continue to a lunch of three-bean chili, salsa and guacamole, and finish with a dinner of grilled shrimp and shaved fennel, topped off by a dessert of chocolate terrine. It’s a kind of eating that virtually guarantees not just control of the disease and a satisfying of the appetite, but an emphasis on specific nutrients that actually target diabetes, beating back its potential side effects and maintaining the healthy weight that is key to controlling the disease.
In Eat & Beat Diabetes with Picture Perfect Weight Loss, Dr. Howard Shapiro uses the same visual method of food comparisons that made his bestselling weight-loss books so popular and easy to use. Now he has teamed with top chef Franklin Becker, a diabetic himself, and together they reveal the secrets to a diet that can actually help you prevent and beat diabetes—without depriving yourself of delicious food.
4 Stars Some Priceless information in this book for Diabetics.
I have Type II Diabetes. I’m not an expert on it. I can only speak from my experience. My Diabetes is very much weight related.
When I maintain a certain weight I have absolutely no symptoms. I can eat or drink anything. My weight over the years has fluctuated.
When I have gain 30-50 pounds my Diabetic symptoms show up. I have been hospitalized with blood sugar over 600.
If I maintain my weight, exercise and eat the proper diet I am not symptomatic and require no medications.
This book has helped me and can help someone like me. It can teach you the mistakes you have been making in your food choices.
For some of us Diabetes is a choice. If I do all the right things I can be free of the symptoms of it. If I do the wrong things it will return.
I just wanted to say that my Doctors didn’t give me the info that is contained in this book.
With a few simple changes you can lose the weight that is aggravating your health problems.
This book pointed out some of the errors I was making in choosing simple things like breakfast cereal.
I loved granola but have switched to fiber one or All bran extra fiber.
I loved bagels in the morning but switched to light whole grain breads.
There are many tips and tricks in this book that will put you on the path to normal blood sugar.
We have to deal with this the rest of our lives and it takes a deep commitment.
No the book is not perfect.
I am very disappointed in Dr. Shapiro’s promotion of Soy and Soy processed foods. I will never eat soy sausages or soy burgers.
They are so processed they may be worse than the worst meats.
Those things are easily substituted with lean Turkey, fish or chicken.
Use common sense if there is something your mind or body is telling you to avoid then avoid it.
Although I’ve lived with Diabetes for almost 10 years now I still feel like I’ve learned something from this book and that is priceless.
Anyone who can help me make some changes in my life for the better is a friend. I will return to this book over again and again.
3 Stars some good things…
Being a diabetic educator, I was very interested in this book. I will break my review down to pros and cons.
Pros: Great photography;some good comparasons/exchanges with food items; they did emphasize smart eating as opposed to just eating.
Cons: The recipies were on the ‘exotic’ side and leaned heavily toward asian… this is not practical for every day people in a lot of the united states today; they left out physical activity; no true focus (i.e. strictly diet, counting carbs, protein sources, caloric intake as related to physical activity); no financial concerns regarding ingredients they used in the recipies (again, not the most practical); didn’t give any hint at adjusting/altering recipies.
If I loved asian inspired food and had a lot of money, this book would be a good place to start. That being said, there are much more practical books out there for diabetics with limited resources.
3 Stars Surprising Lack of Nutritional Information in Recipes and Food Comparisons Severely Limits Use for Me
There are aspects of this book that are very helpful but the lack of information about carbohydrates in the food shown, as well as the almost complete lack of nutritional information in the recipes in this book, drastically limited the book’s use for me.
Based on three months of blood work I was told by my doctor that I was considered prediabetic and if I didn’t lose weight and exercise I would likely get diabetes. My doctor put me on a very low carbohydrate and low fat diet. It has worked and while I still have weight to lose my blood work is much better.
I have read a number of books on preventing diabetes and counting carbs seems to be a key part of most of them. This book focuses more on weight loss in general and much less on carbs.
The book uses images of various foods to show better choices. For instance two cups of white rice has 440 calories and less than 1 gram of fiber compared to one ear of corn and one baked potato which combined has 190 calories and 7 grams of fiber. This imagery works but what about the carbs?
Most importantly I am disappointed that most of the recipes in the book do not include any nutritional information at all. A couple do include calories and fat content but most do not list anything. The recipes seem tasty. There are celebrity chef recipes. There is information about the chefs. Yet, I need to know the calories, carbs, fat, sugar, fiber etc., in what I am eating.
There is some good information about dieting in this book. The pictures are superior in quality. The book is a visual treat and the layout is done well. This is a quality book which makes it more amazing that more nutritional information was not included with the recipes as well as in comparing foods. It was tough giving this book three stars but the lack of nutritional information is a critical omission for me.
5 Stars Food That You Can Eat
Typically a lot of diabetes diet information are stereotyped. This is an excellent book and stresses the food that you can eat. The proper foods selected to control diabetes are the first line of defense in improving ones’ quality of life. Good reading and enjoyable to follow.
5 Stars ANOTHER GREAT DR. HOWARD M. SHAPIRO BOOK
You don’t have to have diabetes or even a proclivity towards it to get a lot from this book. It is super interesting and informative. Pictures, as usual, speak louder than words, and this book exemplifies that concept big-time.
Lots of great recipes. I don’t ever use fake sugar and all the “sugar” ingredients call for Splenda, etc, but no matter. For example, does anyone really need sweetener in the luscious-looking Ginger Fruit Yogurt recipe? (combine 1 6-ounce container plain soy yogurt [plain will do fine for me], 1/2 C diced fresh fruit, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 2-3 packets Splenda]. Who needs sugar, real or fake, in this dish? For me with no sugar issue, I’d just throw a teaspoon of brown sugar in there if I found it tart, which is unlikely but just saying.
There’s plenty more than recipes & pictures. It’s a down-to-earth and extremely contemporary look at food, both grocery & restaurants. A great eye-opener for anyone who wants to get older and still look good and avoid that spare tire that so many people have. A great book for personal use and for gift-giving. HIGH RECOMMENATION.