The Leader-Post February 28, 2015
Eating right and being active take on a whole new meaning for those with diabetes.
Because the disease comes in more than one form, anyone can develop the chronic disease.
Kristal Dickie, community dietitian with the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council, said when it comes to food everything is OK - in moderation.
Part of her job is to help teach diabetes management to those living with the disease.
"Diabetes, because it's a chronic disease, is managed individually," said Dickie.
This enables the person with the disease the opportunity to take control of it whether through diet and exercise or medication or a combination of both.
"The biggest message we give people is, 'All foods fit and it's a balancing act, so you have to balance the foods that you are eating with your activity level and the medications that you are taking to be able to achieve normal or close to normal blood sugars,' " said Dickie. Although nothing is forbidden, diabetics are advised to choose foods that are higher in nutritional value.
"You need to look for things that are going to be providing good things to your body like vitamins, minerals and fibre," said Dickie. "When it comes to diabetics specifically, you need to be aware of the carbohydrate content of foods because carbohydrate is the component that breaks down into sugar and will cause your blood sugars to elevate."
Dickie said bannock is a carbohydrate and can be incorporated into a person's diet.
"We don't encourage people to cut out carbohydrates because your body runs on sugar," she said. "So you need to have some carbohydrate in your diet, but it's a balance. So absolutely you can include bannock and any carbohydrate food." Dickie said diabetics must always be aware of what other foods are being consumed with the carbohydrate, what medications are utilized and the level of physical activity involved.
She said there are also healthier options such as having baked bannock over fried.
Kristal Dickie's light baked bannock
5 cups flour
3 tbsp. baking powder
½ cup vegetable oil
2 ½ cups oatmeal
¼ cup skim milk powder
2 ½ cups water
Step 1: Mix together flour, oatmeal, baking powder and powdered milk
Step 2: Add the vegetable oil
Step 3: Add water and stir until evenly blended.
Step 4: Bake
Other bannock recipes can be found at www.for.gov.bc.ca/rsi/fnb/BannockAwareness.pdf.