When her mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003, Pat LeGrand had no idea how deeply her life would change. Pat was a high-power corporate auditor in Cleveland who just wanted to help her 80-year-old mother, Iris, eat better to control her diabetes. Now Pat owns the first restaurant in the United States that caters mainly to people with diabetes, A Touch of Sugar.
"When Mother was diagnosed, I didn't know how much diabetes could be affected by diet and lifestyle," says Pat, 50. "Food is normal and natural. It's a source of solace. If you've had a bad day, a hot bowl of chili and a corn muffin give you that little gratification. You feel good about it. But when you find out you have diabetes, you're told all the things you've come to love and enjoy are not good for you. That makes people mad."