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The food you love, but healthier

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We have some culinary treats lined up for you over the next few weeks with our series of recipe videos. Just follow the link below to get started.

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From Folake's fish and chips to Mick's apple strudel, you'll get a selection of savoury and sweet classics with a healthier twist. With a few vegetarian options and a variety of serving suggestions, our recipes should help you chop, stir and bake your way to a tasty and balanced diet.

We have a range of chefs to talk you through their dishes and share their own experiences. Whether it's managing their own diabetes, cooking for large families or learning to cook for a child with diabetes, each chef has their own unique and interesting story to tell.

We'll also send you some handy tips and advice every week to help you manage diabetes as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

So let's get cooking.

 

Meet the chefs

Our amazing volunteers are the stars of the show. We asked people living with the diabetes if they’d like to take part in our latest campaign and we received a fantastic response – from people with Type 1, Type 2, parents, family and friends, and from right across the UK.

Here’s an introduction to the stars themselves sign up for the videos and you'll see more of them over the next few weeks.

Folake

Folake

Folake is from London. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in late 2015 and her mother also has Type 2. With the support of her family, Folake has made some positive changes to her lifestyle by becoming more active and reducing her portion sizes.

 

Folake cooks Fish and chips.

 

“My background is Nigerian and like many West Africans my meals were heavily starch/carb based. Rice is my Achilles heel! I always thought it would be chocolate or Danish pastries but I’ve had no trouble with these.”

Robin

Robin, from Barnet, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four years ago. After his diagnosis he discovered a passion for running and now competes in marathons. He's even begun training to become an England Athletics coach.

Robin cooks Bang bang chicken salad.

“I learned a long time ago that not beating yourself up is a really important part of making healthy long-term changes to your diet. Managing the condition is about enjoying a bit of everything, in moderation; it’s about having a balanced diet, it’s not about dos and don’ts.”

Mick

Mick

Mick, from Glasgow, is a former professional chef. Mick's son, Jacob, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at just five years old. The diagnosis has led to the whole family learning more about the condition so they can support Jacob.

 

Mick cooks Apple strudel.

 

“We didn’t know a lot about diabetes when Jacob was diagnosed, but now we’ve learnt so much and the support we were given was fantastic.”

Dan

Dan

Dan's from Northwich in Cheshire. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his early 20s. Dan's a rugby enthusiast and the diagnosis came as a shock to him. However it encouraged him to make changes to his lifestyle that have seen him lose more than 5½ stone.

 

Dan cooks a Green masala fish curry.

 

“My advice to anybody who has been diagnosed with the condition is to not let it overwhelm you. It can be daunting prospect at first but there is lots of advice available and an incredible network of people who are willing to help and support you. Diabetes is about moderation and balance. I still love to bake bread, I just make sure to keep an eye on how many slices I allow myself.”

Amy

Amy

Amy, from County Down, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11. She thought she might have the condition after a boy in her class at school gave a talk about his Type 1 diagnosis.

 

Amy cooks a Mixed bean chilli.

 

Amy’s top tip for anybody who is diagnosed with diabetes is to not feel that you have to go it alone.

 

“It’s perfectly natural to feel angry, upset and overwhelmed at times; the trick is to not bottle your feelings up and remember that everything is still achievable.

 

“Diabetes should never hold you back in life and, if anything, it can actually make you a better and stronger person in the long run.”

Celebrity recipes to try

The food you love campaign is fronted by five ‘everyday’ people who have not let diabetes stand between them and their favourite food. We've received celebrity support from chefs including Jamie Oliver, Prue Leith, ‘Deliciously’ Ella and Angela Hartnett who will be sharing healthy recipes during our campaign.