When I finished college, I started a job with an agency that provided services to help keep seniors and people recovering from illness in their homes and living independently. Several of those services were focused on food and diet. We provided meals on wheels, which could be delivered hot to homes each day or purchased frozen to make at your own convenience. We also held regular dining programs, where we prepared meals for groups and they could come out and eat with other people, getting some social time as well as a healthy meal.
The meals on wheels program and the dining programs included a diabetic diet meal plan, which was vital for many of the people who used our services. It can be hard to change from preparing meals for an entire family to just making meals for one or two, and when you add in special diet needs like diabetes, it becomes even more difficult to enjoy meal preparation. These types of programs are great for introducing people to diabetic friendly foods and show them what is available to them.
These days, there are many free diabetic recipes and resources available to help people find meals that are healthy and delicious, that will not compromise their own health. New glucose meters and insulin pumps also make it easier for people with diabetes to live regular lives without constantly having to adjust their routines. Doctor’s offices and agencies like the one I worked for also offer foot care programs to further ensure the good health of people living with diabetes.