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Diabetic exchange help needed...


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Diabetic exchange help needed...

PRSMDave | Jan 8, 2002 01:57 PM

Howdy all,

So my doctor and dietitian have decreed that I Shall Lose Weight or suffer their increasing scorn and maledictions. The dietitian has put me on a restricted caloried diet using the Diabetic Exchanges.

That's fine, except that I got what's supposed to be the 'complete' list of exchanges, and it seems to be geared toward rural Minnesotans... they even give the exchanges for tuna-noodle hotdish.

What's there is a fine base off of which I can cook a decent breadth of food (last night was Korean-style pepper beef over rice), but the problem is that a lot of ingredients which I consider very common are not on the list, and searching for the exchanges on the 'Net has proved useless.

We're talking about things like fish sauce (for use in nuoc mam and in making pad woon sen), rice paper (we want goi cuon, Vietnamese salad rolls), glass noodles (are they a vegetable or a starch?), lotus root, &c. It's not just Asian ingredient lists that have got stuff missing, but that's where we feel the pinch the most.

Does anyone have or know where I can get a more comprehensive list of these exchanges? I find it really hard to believe that no one has done the exchanges on 'ethnic' food, and it astounds me that a diet that's been around this long is so completely non-portable to non-American cuisine.

I'm hoping the Hounds can help me here...if I have to eat a Subway sandwich or a chicken Caesar salad (with nonfat dressing, of course) for lunch one more day in a row, I may up and lose what's left of my mind.


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