Cooking for Health

It would be lovely if a diet for diabetes was like other diets, that you could just eliminate certain foods and that would be it. There is no such thing as a ‘diabetes diet’ only following a healthy eating plan. But despite this simple advice, people still seem to struggle with the concept of healthy eating, despite all the advice that is available to them.

[pull_quote align=”left”]When you follow a healthy eating plan, it requires two key rules: motivation & preparation[/pull_quote]Also many recipes are difficult to follow and some of the ingredients are as equally difficult to obtain. When you are following a healthy eating plan, it requires two key rules, motivation and preparation. It is my opinion that many people who struggle with healthy eating: it is not the actual foods or advice that is the problem, it is how they prepare and their motivation to stick to the plan. Talking to a health care professional such as a dietitian and diabetes nurse can help you to overcome these issues.image of a woman eating an apple, apples and fruit are still vital in keeping healthy in fighting diabetes, from Diabetes Insight, Cork, Ireland

Other areas that people tend to not realise has a major impact on healthy eating, is how you cook foods, read labels/ingredients, knowing recommended daily calorie intakes for both men & women, as well as what foods directly impact your blood sugars and what don’t. Yes, healthy eating is hard, difficult and requires time and planning, but putting in the work does pay off, as healthy eating is for life, not just for today or tomorrow. There is no magic diet or pill when it comes to healthy eating.

Diabetes Insight is dedicated to helping you finding variety in your diet in simple and easy ways, that taste good!  We would love to hear from you if you have any recipes or tips that you have found useful, and we will post them on the website. After all, you are the expert when it comes to your diabetes and how to control it!

The recipe section on Diabetes Insight is divided into 4 different sections to represent the 4 meal types you would have in a day:

Cooking Well for Diabetes Course

If you feel you could benefit from further help and assistance or are struggling with the whole concept of cooking for yourself or someone with diabetes, our Cooking Well for Diabetes Course may benefit you!!! This 4 week course provides you with all the tools, resources and aids needed to cook healthy, easily and conveniently for diabetes. All our courses are designed and facilitated by Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes, who combines medical knowledge, with a passion for healthy eating and cooking.

I can’t recommend these courses highly enough!

Jackie, Cork

Cooking Well for Diabetes is suitable for people with Type 1 & 2 Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, families and carers of people with diabetes. All courses include a cookery demo with tasters, portion size measurement aids, a copy of the Low GI Diet Book and much much more. If you would like to speak to some of the participants who have benefitted from these courses, we would be more than happy to put you in contact with them.

All our courses are 4 weeks in duration, run 2 hours per week either on a week day evening or a Saturday. If you miss one week, we would be more than happy to facilitate your attendance on another course, so you don’t miss out on any of the course content.

Cost: €100 or pay as you go option of €25 per week. Discounts available (terms and conditions apply)

For further information please click here . Alternatively you can ring Helena on (086) 1739287 or email;

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