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The Suburbanite
  • American Diabetes Association gives seal of approval to local man's book

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates 23.6 children and adults have diabetes in the United States. That’s approximately 7.8 percent of the population. Often, when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, immediately, the patient thinks of the foods they can’t eat. That’s where Portage Lakes David Groetzinger comes in.

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  • The American Diabetes Association estimates 23.6 children and adults have diabetes in the United States. That’s approximately 7.8 percent of the population.
    Often, when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, immediately, the patient thinks of the foods they can’t eat.
    That’s where Coventry Township resident David Groetzinger comes in.
    He teamed up with fitness and health expert Jaynie F. Higgins and Groetzinger wrote “The Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner,” a book the American Diabetes Association has named the June book of the month.
    “It’s not a cookbook,” said Groetzinger. “It’s a complete system for eating healthy with diabetes, but anyone wanting to live a healthy lifestyle can use this book.”
    Groetzinger’s 478 page book contains more than 325 recipes, meal planners for every day of the year and handy, weekly shopping lists. He’s cooked all 325 recipes in his book.
    “When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, they think everything has to change,” said Groetzinger. “This book outlines a healthy diet. We break down the book by caloric intake - anywhere from 100, to 2,000 calorie meal plans. It’s the same meal plan for a good, healthy diet.”
    Groetzinger makes the meal planner practical. He breaks it down by seasons, offering summer dishes when the weather is hot and then offers recipes such as soups for winter. The book is broken down into 16-week seasons for meal planning.
    “At the end of 16 weeks, people have a better idea of how to eat and what they enjoy,” he said.
    “We all eat about the same main foods, meat, chicken, turkey and fish. If a patient doesn’t like seafood, they can substitute with beef or something they do like,” said Groetzinger. “It’s just common sense.”
    Diabetes, he said, is a disease we seldom heard about when we were children. Not today. “My wife teaches at a preschool. According to statistics, half of those children will become diabetic in their lifetime because of diet. We’re doing this to ourselves.”
    Groetzinger’s book was eight years in the making. He was approached by Higgins of Maine, who was familiar with his meal plans, to write a book about healthy eating. 
    “The American Diabetes Association said they wanted it,” said Groetzinger. “The new dietary regulations came out and they needed something that met those new regulations. Getting their seal of approval was very important to the book.”
    It was a book Groetzinger almost didn’t write. He knew the process would be time consuming. However, an emergency surgery gave him the starting time he needed.
    “It was a long process,” said Groetzinger. “The ADA has tight regulations. There were days when I went to the grocery store 10-times to check labels for ingredients such as sodium content.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s a relief that it’s finished and it’s published,” said Groetzinger. 
    “I remember we were in the Belden Village Barnes and Noble and I told him his book would be here someday,” said Groetzinger’s wife, Vicki, the director of Riverside Preschool. “When his book was released, we went back and I took a photo of him at the display. I’m very proud of him.”
    Groetzinger’s book is available at all major bookstores as well as online. “The Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner” is found in the health and wellness section.
    “The Internet is an amazing tool,” said Groetzinger. People around the world are purchasing the book.”
    Groetzinger is no stranger to meal plans. He developed meal plans for assisted living and nursing home facilities. “It’s designed for facilities which offer low sodium or special diets.” His plan, he said, is cost-effective for smaller facilities who can have their weekly menus planned for them in addition to providing recipes and shopping lists.
    For more information about Groetzinger’s book, “The Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner” visit online http://store.diabetes.org or call 1-800-232-6733.