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Take Control During National Diabetes Month

Today marks the kick-off of National Diabetes Month, a fitting occasion since, this month, we cap off another great season of our long-running series Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) with a program about Diabetic Medical Emergencies (premiering November 15).

Host Dr. Steven Edelman, a diabetes specialist at UC San Diego, is your guide as he welcomes a range of guests who offer valuable guidance for managing diabetes medically and psychologically while maintaining an active, healthy and happy lifestyle.

Also make sure to visit the TCOYD blog for exercise tips, recipes from chef Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic and more!

Here’s one episode to share with someone you know who was recently diagnosed, Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis – Don’t Freak Out!

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Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Salmon Skewers of Love

This season we’re happy to welcome a new member to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team, Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” who will serve up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness!

Chef Lewis joined us on the TCOYD season premiere, “Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares,” to offer up some great picnic tips that’ll make your summer a lot more tasty. We also asked him to share one of his favorite fish recipes on the TCOYD blog… so get cooking!

Robert’s Salmon Skewers of Love
Recipe by Chef Robert Lewis The Happy Diabetic
Salmon is truly a fish for all seasons. It can be prepared in so many tasty ways, and this is one of my favorites. Baked or grilled, the light marinade makes this dish unforgettable. It’s easy and quick to prepare, but your friends will think you cooked all day.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients & Methods
2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 tablespoon fresh garlic
1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh basil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
1 green peppers
1 red onion
2 large Portobello mushroom cut in ¼’s
4 bamboo skewers

– Skin salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces if your fishmonger or butcher hasn’t already done the job for you.
– Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.
– Place skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will keep them from burning.)
– Cut veggies into 1-inch pieces.
– Alternate peppers, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on skewers.
– Place on a hot grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often, or place on a baking sheet in a 375- degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

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Introducing Chef Robert Lewis, the Happy Diabetic

We’re happy to welcome Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team this season. He’ll be sharing recipes and healthy eating tips on the show and the blog, so we thought we’d let him introduce himself and offer up a little insight into why he is, indeed, the Happy Diabetic. You can learn more about Chef Robert Lewis at Happy Diabetic and watch him on the season premiere of TCOYD!


Growing up in California offered to me a culinary experience I will always cherish. I come from a long line of wonderful cooks. Family food artists and guests in my home were experts in preparing ethnic and traditional dishes, which gave me a love for food and the creative outlet it provided. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1976, my personal and professional cooking journey began.

In 1998 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At that time I was sure my days of good eating were over. What I “heard” in those early days was only the list of food that were prohibited. As I worked through my ups and downs, I came to realize that the selection of foods I could and should eat was vast and included many fabulous favorites, Thus began my motivation to create great tasting dishes that are easy to prepare.

Requests to share tips and recipes resulted in the publication of two cookbooks, Get Happy, Get Healthy, Recipes from the Kitchen of Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic and Simply Desserts. I speak to audiences at hospitals and health fairs across the country delivering a message of hope and encouragement. My recipes celebrate great tasting food that both diabetics and non-diabetics can enjoy.

My wish is that you will have fun as you follow my healthy cooking and eating plan. So…wield your French knife with the confidence of Zorro!

Happy cooking!

Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic

Taking Control of Your Diabetes Season Premiere: Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares

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