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Carter House Diet

Alissa's Carter House Diet

While she was preparing for university, Alissa was looking at the effects of different types of food on her blood sugar levels.

She also read up a lot from different magazines and websites.

She came up with the Carter House Diet as follows:-


Whether you need a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack or just something to eat when your level is low - it's important to carry some emergency snacks around with you and also have a few in the fridge at home.Snacks & salads for a diabetic diet

  • yoghurt
  • fruit
  • celery/cucumber/tomato with dips
  • nuts
  • dried apricots (no added sugar)
  • smoothies (home made)
  • hard boiled eggs
  • cheese
  • leftover meat with low fat mayonnaise
  • 2-3 bites of high-percentage cocoa (60%) dark chocolate
  • coffee

Main Meal Carbohydrates

  • wholemeal pasta
  • pitta bread
  • sweet potatoes
  • wholemeal bread or bagels
  • basmati or brown rice

Fruit and Vegetables NOT to have:-

The research on diet seemed to indicate that the following foods could elevate the blood sugar too quickly:-

  • beetroots
  • carrots
  • parsniops
  • turnips
  • sweetcorn
  • potatoes
  • bananas
  • pineapples
  • raisins
  • watermelon
  • tinned fruit

Of course, this is only a guideline - we eat all of these at times - but find it helpful not to plan entire meals around some of these food types.

The best way is to get hold of a G.I. (glycemic index) diet book and work out what works for you.  For example, you might find that you can get away with eating high carb foods at lunchtime, but not in the evening.

New Recipe Book

We recently acquired the great cookbook, the diabetes Weight Loss Diet by Antony Worral Thompson.  I think it's bound to alter and add to the way we eat - there's some great recipes there that wouldn't look amiss  at a posh dinner party. 

It'll also give us some ideas for varying the breakfast (currently porridge topped with banana) menu and having interesting snacks to hand.

Further Reading

Jen's Diabetes Blog - the latest developments in the Carter household, from food and recipes to the excitement of hospital visits and new insulin pumps

More Info on Diabetic Diet - read more about what changes our family made to our diet when Alissa was first diagnosed and what sort of foods we eat now.