How One Woman Fights Diabetes Diet Boredom

If you have diabetes, you'll need make an extra effort to find food with flavor, texture and flair that also fits in with your meal plan. In other words, food that's not boring.

Seveda Williams, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, makes conscious efforts to tame her food boredom. (Type 2 diabetes claimed the lives of her uncle, the singer Luther Vandross, and several other members of her family.)

"Instead of pining for what you can't have, up the ante on what you can have...there are over 1,000 seasonings, try lots of them. If your taste buds are excited, you won't get bored with the foods you have. You will replace them with something better for you."

Modify the recipes you love to fit your meal plan
Williams says she's tinkered with many recipes, for example, making lobster potato salad that has more lobster and fewer high-carbohydrate potatoes.

"Apples are fun," she says. "I love apple pie, but the high fat crust and sugar filling meant I could only have a sliver," says Williams.

After Williams was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 37 she cut out white bread, white sugar and white flour from her diet, because the have limited nutritional value. To take the place of apple pie, she now makes "the most incredible apple crisp."

"I add cinnamon, lemon juice and Splenda and, instead of crust, I take some wheat flour and add that to oatmeal and throw it in the oven. Girl, please! It is apple pie," she says.

Williams concocts recipes that fit in her plan, but take away her cravings for foods high in fat and sugar.

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Last Updated: April 18, 2008

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