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Since living back here in the Philippines we pretty much change the way we cook our food. Of course we had to, when we arrived here a lot of the stuff that we are used to in the States before were so hard to find here. So I had to adjust the cooking on what’s available here. Sometimes I’m lucky to find the right substitute for the product that I want.

So when Bob was hospitalized a month or so ago, I had to be careful on what to serve him. Jean or Glenda my niece , or myself, one of us were the one to prepare Bob’s food. We are gearing towards the diet that’s good for his diabetics. We are eating fish and poultry more and more now. We mostly grilled or cook it low fat.

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Bob will eat light dinner now. A bit heavier during lunch time. He is into sa

shimi (tuna or malasugui), salmon steak (I cooked in the pan with a small olive oil. Just make the pan smoking hot and just drop the salmon to seal the outside. Feel it that it won’t overcook), Salad, just simple salad with arugula, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, turkey ham or lechon manok or shrimp drizzled with a small amount of Italian dressing. I also make pomelo & shrimp salad (with that salad goes with spring onions, crushed peanuts, and vinegar mixed with a little bit of sugar or artificial sweetener). We are also making some soup and chili. We are into mussels & clams now too, cooked with pasta and a small amount of olive oil, butter and white whine. Sometimes we grilled the mussels & clams and put some barbecue. Yum.

For breakfast if you want cereals you can pretty much find different kinds of cereals in almost every grocery stores in the mall. Like SM, they also have an organic store there “The Healthy Option”. I mainly buy the whole wheat or whole grain pasta there and the barley at the healthy option. I also make banana muffins or strawberry muffins for breakfast  I used the splenda or a small amount of brown sugar and the rest I used liquid sugar-free. It worked for us.  I try to be creative on my cooking now. I try learning it by reading on the net and watching cooking shows on TV. I’m so amazed by the resources nowadays, almost anything is posted online. If you have some difficulty on any recipes try to Google it and you will find answers to your query.

Bob’s been doing good on his diet for his diabetics. He really strives hard to eat proper food. I’m so proud of him. He really surprised me now. When I first met him he would not eat salad and some seafood especially mussels and clams. I guess only clam chowder and clam strips. Now he likes to eat mussels and clams cooked differently – grilled or cooked with pasta. I’m still learning and reading more on good diabetic recipes for us to cook everyday.

To our readers that live here in the Philippines and have diabetics too, good luck to you guys on your diet. If you’re a fish and vegetables eater not a problem for you then. You can pretty much find fish in the market and also different kinds of veggies there too.  Remember, though, there are more and more diabetic friendly foods available in the Philippines than there were even just a few years ago.  Many more healthy choices for all of us to enjoy.

Its really more fun living in the Philippines!

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Riley Jackson
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Very nice article Feyma. I sincerely hope and pray that Bob’s health continues to improve. My brother, also diabetic, started using a product that I represent called Morenga Oleifera about a year ago and he lost over 20 pounds without dieting and brought his diabetic condition under control. Visit my website to get more information on this natural product at http://rileyjac.myzija.com. The Morenga tree is a native tree of the Philippines.

Blessings,

Riley Jackson

Axel
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Morenga is called Malungay here in Philippines. It grows all over, very healthy and nutritious.

My Asawa makes Malungay soup very often, we have many Malungay trees in our garden.

Peter Brown
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Nice that it is healthy, but it also sounds delicious!

Garcia Ben
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I really miss the Philippines everytime I see this kind of my favorite fresh seafoods , someday I’ll be there !!

Richard
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Richard

ok..your pictures made me really really hungry…lol

Mike
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Mike

My wife and I live in Moalboal overlooking the bay. Often I will see schools of Tuna attacking the bait fish and turning the water white with their jumps. The local fisherman then rush in with their banka boats to catch the tuna. When this happens, my wife will go to the wet market that afternoon and buy the super fresh tuna and we will have tuna steaks for dinner. Dust the tuna with a little “Cajun Hot Spice”, then into a very hot pan with a little olive oil and butter. Sometimes we will buy other types of fish… Read more »

Tom Popp
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Makes me really miss dinner with Maria Teresa ( TomTers Parug)

corey
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corey

While I find Filipino food leaves much to be desired (too much frying), the availability of fresh seafoods, vegetables, fruits and now very high quality beef makes eating here an absolute delight and the economics of it can’t be beat. I have fresh mango and papaya in the morning perhaps with some cereal. Lunch is a salad of lettuce, tomato, onion with chopped chicken or tuna (canned) mixed in. Dinner can be Seafood of all kinds (fish, shellfish, etc) or Japanese (Waygu) Beef raised here in the Philippines from CDO. I have always been a fairly healthy eater but now… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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I don’t eat any food that comes out of a can. I do, however, love fresh tuna.

PapaDuck
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PapaDuck

Bob, Mrs Feyma, Glad to see you changed your diet to keep your diabetes in check. I try pretty much to eat a healthy diet with whole grains. For breakfast I eat whole grain cereal w/organic rice milk or oatmeal w/fresh fruit, raisins and honey and fresh fruit. Once a week I eat 2 eggs, whole wheat toast and maybe some turkey bacon or some buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup. For lunch and dinner I eat grilled fish, chicken breast, whole wheat spaghetti with sauce made out of fresh tomatoes and eggplant and olive oil, veggie burgers, lots of… Read more »

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corey

I love Bumblebee Solid White Tuna in water which only comes in a can and from the States. If I am able to go Stateside I buy 52 cans one for each week of the year. We all have to be a little careful especially with eating too much Tuna. My canned Tuna has high levels of Mercury but I am stupidly stubborn about my eating tuna fish. Hey, did you know that there is a processing plant in Gen Sen now for Norwegian Salmon which is now being sold in S&R, Rustans and a couple of other chain markets.

MindanaoBob
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I eat tuna probably 4 or 5 times per week, but never canned. Probably more than half the time, I eat it raw – sashimi, the rest of the time grilled. I love tuna.

Yeah, I am aware of the salmon processing in GSC.

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papaduck

I also limit my sugar and drink lots of water.

Rae_E
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Rae_E

I enjoyed reading your recent articles Feyma, thanks! As a Davaoena I’m happy to get acquainted w/ the Wynward Organic Bistro & the Davao Sanitarium Hospital (Bob’s). These articles makes me miss Davao so much & I’m looking forward to check out Wynward Garden. My mom is a type 2 insulin dependent diabetic too & she used to inject around 40-50 units of insulin & was hospitalized 2x due to complications in 2013. So my sister who’s a nurse & I went home immediately to help her. I read Dr. Fuhrman’s (Eat to Live fame) End of Diabetes book prior… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Hi Rae – Thanks for your encouragement. Thankfully, my blood glucose is now usually under 100, sometimes a little over that, but always in the “normal” range. Thankfully, I don’t have to inject insulin, just control my diet and take an oral medication. I am feeling very good now too!

Rae_E
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Rae_E

Way to go Bob! With such determination & Feyma’s help, I’m confident you’ll not end up injecting insulin. My mom took oral meds for 2 decades but was eventually prescribed w/ insulin for abt. a decade now since she was unable to control blood sugar levels. But she’s finally doing better now :).

MindanaoBob
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Thanks, Rae. When I was in the hospital, I had to take insulin injections just 4 or 5 times, because my doctor wanted to keep tighter control than I could attain at the time. But, after my release, I was able to keep control much better and did not need the insulin. Good luck to your mom.

John Reyes
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Same Rae from the U.S. Virgin Islands, I presume? If so, what’s the price of the New York Times there nowadays? 🙂

Rae_E
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Rae_E

Sorry John but I’m Rae from Texas not Virgin Is. 😉 & I just read the online (free) version of NYT.

John Reyes
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My apologies. About 4 years ago here on LiP, a lady by the name of Rae, originally from either Davao or GenSan, and I got to talking about the cost of living in the U.S.V.I. where she lived told me that the cost of living there was expensive. She said that the price of a copy of the NYT was $3.

Richard
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Richard

ok..you have gotten me hungry now…fresh tuna on the grill?..better than steak to me..:)

MindanaoBob
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I feel the same, Richard! I love a good tuna steak, or other types of fish too, like swordfish and others.

Aklan Heat
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Aklan Heat

Hi Feyma, “Remember, though, there are more and more diabetic friendly foods available in the Philippines….” Awesome!!! 🙂 When the discussion comes to food, I would be the first one to water in the mouth! LOL! It’s good to find out that the Philippines have made progress to realize that a good, healthy-eating habits, a person with diabetes could actually control their diabetes with food. And walking exercises! That of course, if you’re still able to walk! The article reminds me when I was a little boy growing up in Aklan, we get this fresh-caught fish everyday, and right there… Read more »

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