Chef Sam Talbot's Healthy Recipes & Tips for Positive Living with Diabetes
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The Sweet Life
You might recognize Sam Talbot from the popular reality cooking show Top Chef . Since appearing on the show in 2006, Sam has been very busy as executive chef at two top-rated New York restaurants (the Surf Lodge in Montauk and Imperial No. 9 in New York City), plus making countless media appearances and publishing his cookbook, The Sweet Life. This might seem normal for an adventurous and talented chef, but it means a lot more when you learn that Sam, 34, has been living with type 1 diabetes since age 12.
For Sam, having diabetes as a teen was hard -- it meant keeping juice close by at every football practice, his mother following him around with a meter and finger pricker, and explaining diabetes to all his friends. But then something clicked for Sam. Instead of his diabetes being hard, Sam accepted that his diabetes wasn't going away -- and he became a pro at understanding his body (he brags about being able to predict his blood sugar readings to within 10 points). At the same time, Sam became a passionate student of food (his grandma was his first cooking mentor). Sam eventually took the lead in the kitchen, developing his own formula for a winning dish: It must be healthy, sustainable, and inspired. Now there's a mantra for life.
Enjoy Sam's fresh and delicious recipes as well as his philosophy on living well with diabetes.