Oprah's Chef Tackles Diabetes

You may recognize the name, Art Smith, as the runner up winner for the first season of Top Chef Masters.  Or more likely you may recognize him as Oprah’s personal chef for many years. However, Smith, 52, has quite a resume of experience besides these accomplishments, which include authoring a cookbook and owning his own restaurant. Not only does Smith have an incredible career in the food world, but he also has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes for over 10 years. Diabetes had run in his family and at age 40, weighing over 300 pounds, Smith said he wasn’t shocked about the disease diagnosis. However, his diagnosis came as a reality check for him of the importance of losing weight and becoming active.

Today, Smith has lost over 100 pounds and is an active marathon runner. Finding your happy place in exercise and moderately gauging your meals and portions sizes is the key to losing weight and staying fit, Smith said. Smith plans to write a book in the coming year about his fight with diabetes, as well as, his ability to overcome the disease along with some delicious and healthy recipes included.

Are you struggling to keep your weight in check this summer? Fortunately, there are many healthy summer food options you can choose to eat and to ensure your weight remains stable while providing great taste as well. The foods listed below make up a balanced diet that you can stick to throughout the summer.  They include:

  • Whole grains. Opt out white bread for wheat, or white rice for brown rice, to gain whole grain to your diet.
  • Milk. Dairy products can be high in cholesterol, but if you stick to fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese, you’ll be getting the right sources of calcium for your body. Always avoid the temptation for any type of ice cream.
  • Seafood. Summer is a popular season for seafood and fortunately it’s good for you! Seafood contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are needed for protein and disease protection.

Enjoying your summer while keeping a balanced diet is possible! Are there any summer foods you incorporate into your diabetes diet that are beneficial? Please share by commenting below!

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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