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I’m from Huntsville, AL. that has a Korean Community but my mother doesn’t have anyone that can give her diabetic recipes for Korean food. She is legally blind and I’m at disadvantage to help because i primarily speak English and my mother speaks Korean which while we do communicate not on a deep level. My mother has lived with me for past 10yrs since i left the Marine Corps and isn’t going anywhere. She cannot eat alot of hard foods because of domestic abuse lost her 2 front teeth years ago and have lost most of the others due to age so she eats alot of soup or fish. I am really needing help on getting recipes that i can fix for her or show/remind her of her Korean recipes. She doesn’t eat American food so the handouts given on diabetes don’t help her. when i contacted a Korean diabetic group in California and left all my information and they didn’t respond. Please help. My email is [email protected]/ my mailing address is P.O. BOX 11424, HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 35814. Maangchi, i really love your shows because they are so clear and easy to do..i’m trying to figure out how to download them to my ZUNE cause i just got it and haven’t figured out Podcasts yet and i can use it in the kitchen.
I think you can try substituting Splenda for sugar in most recipes, but I would NOT try it in kimchi. For cooked dishes, it should work fine.
Good luck, and good eating to you and your Mom.
hi mtg06.. i am a diabetic myself but i take medication so rice is not a problem. If by any chance I just don’t like to take my medication, i stick to soups or meat and i don’t eat carbs.
not many korean recipes need sugar and in most cases you can skip sugar or use sweetener, as long as you don’t make tangsuyuk (sweet-sour pork) which calls for a tons of sugar.
in most cases, you need one or two tbs of sugar which then gets cooked or something, so it’s okay and it doesn’t (at least for me) raise blood sugar level. But every diabetic is different, so be sure to check how she reacts.
eggs are different. If you put an egg in something, fried, cooked, steamed or whatever, those will raise blood sugar.
starchy and fatty food like pajeon or mandu or ddoeg you should avoid unless your mom takes medication or (in my experience with starchy food) if you don’t overdo it, and eat a small to normal amount, a nice walk after the meal gets the blood sugar right down. I don’t think, your mom gorges herself?
but be carefull, the combination of fat and carbs can keep the blood sugar really high without some exercise. She doesn’t need to do marine corps basic training, two walks a day should do the job just fine.
doenjangguk for example with mushy veggies (no potatoes)would my first guess.
try jjuk (rice porridge) although its carbs and raises blood sugar or samgyetang (chicken soup with ginseng). samgyetang should put some blood in your moms veins.
if you make beef soup (yuggaejjang), just cook the beef very long and pull it away in small stripes. i dont know if your mom can eat gosari? those can be really tough if you don’t water them for a looong time.
i hope, i could help a bit. if you have any question, just ask away.
Thanks for the infomation, it’s very much appreciated!
I also have diabetis, and I find I can eat almost anything within reason – meaning moderation. My first suggestion is to monitor your mother’s blood sugar after eating her favorite foods. New blood sugar monitors are not that painful, and monitoring 1 hour and 4 hours after her favorite foods should give you all the info you need. Each person’s body reacts differently to foods, so no one can give you advice better than her Dr or the proof of her blood sugar levels. Keep a record, at least short term of the ingredients of the foods she eats – for example moowu in kaktugi (radish kimchi), moowu in soup – then figure how much she ate in each case, and how it affected her blood sugar. Measure in the short term so you know what she can eat in the long term. If she has an american Dr he may not be able to give her absolute advice, but don’t let him tell her not to eat her favorite foods. Most Korean foods are more vegetable and bean related – maybe brown rice is a better choice as well, as the carbs release more slowly.
Thank you for your reply and i will try to keep a diary of what she is eating.
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