Diabetes doesn’t prevent enjoying foods of the world

A new guidebook by two nutritionists and certified diabetes educators, Constance Brown-Riggs and Jessica Jones, shows how foods of the world can be enjoyed by people who have diabetes. Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World explains how those with diabetes can make healthy choices when eating Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Peruvian and Thai cuisines. Constance Brown-Riggs is also the author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes. You can learn more about Constance Brown-Riggs on her website constancebrownriggs.com and sign up for her free nutrition newsletter “Eating Soulfully.” Jessica Jones also has a website called Food Heaven made Easy which offers recipes and other resources for healthy eating.

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