No more sweet surrender

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

Having diabetes should not mean being forced to endure a limited litany of tasteless food — especially during the holidays, according to Brenda Bishop, home economist from the Quay County Extension Service.

In honor of November’s claim as National Diabetes Month, Quay County will be cooking with two workshops and a four-part television series on public TV.

The first workshop, “On the Road to Living Well with Diabetes,” will be held at 1 and 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Quay County extension office, located in the basement of the courthouse, Bishop said.

Not only will these sessions offer four medical tests for diabetics but will also inform participants what all those numbers mean. Bishop said pre-registration is required and one must have diabetes to attend.

A second workshop, which is open to everyone, will directly follow the first and will focus on refreshing holiday alternatives for healthier eating, Bishop said.

These carb-friendly holiday recipes for diabetics can be learned at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., again on Nov. 8 in the Quay County extension office.

For those who like to watch cooking on TV, a show called “Tasty Solutions” will be aired Saturdays throughout the month, courtesy of New Mexico State University’s award-winning Cooperative Extension Service, according to a release from the school.

Appropriately, the release said the national award the extension service won was in 2004 for holding statewide diabetic cooking schools.

Quay County residents can take a gander at “Tasty Solutions” on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. when the show airs here from KENW in Portales. The program also airs on KRWG in Las Cruces
at 10:30 a.m. DirecTV subscribers statewide can view the KENW broadcast.

Co-hosted by registered nurse and certified diabetes educator Lola Cunico and home economist and food consultant Kelley Coffeen, the release said the duo will prepare dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and entertaining.

In addition to words from the hosts, the release said “Tasty Solutions” will offer input from two New Mexicans who are successfully managing their diabetes and two national experts on the subject.

For more information or to register for the workshops, call Bishop at 461-0562.

For TV show information and diabetes resources, visit the “Tasty Solutions” Web site at

Diabetes by the numbers

1 billion – annual amount of dollars spent to treat diabetes in New Mexico

6 – the ranking of diabetes in the state’s leading causes of death

120,000 – estimated number of New Mexicans who have diabetes (one out of 11)

1.3 million – estimated number of Texans who have diabetes (8.1 percent of the whole)