Owner, chef at Robert's Eatery and Bakeshop offers tips for healthier living
Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.
When Robert Rodriguez was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a few years ago, it hit close to home. He and his wife, Monica, have family who have been similarly diagnosed and others who have had feet amputated because of serious complications.
"I really got scared," he said. Diabetes is "something really scary."
His fear drove him to find ways to get healthier. Because there is no cure for diabetes, he said it's important to eat healthier. Rodriguez started researching ways to eat better by taking cooking classes.
As part of his move toward healthier living, he opened Robert's Eatery and Bakeshop in 2011 and has been building a reputation for healthy food in Victoria ever since.
He says it's not hard to cook healthy dishes, either. With the accessibility of recipes online and cookbooks at stores and libraries, he said, countless resources are available for people looking to cook for themselves.
Some of his go-to sites include Diabeticliving.com and the Food Network website. He said a lot of recipes nowadays offer healthier versions, which can include different cooking techniques such as baking, sauteing, grilling and blanching.
He shared a recipe for a mixed greens salad with Golden Crescent Magazine that includes a combination of carbohydrates, fiber and proteins.
"It's a really good dish to eat in the evenings, mainly because a lot of people tend to eat a lot of red meat, but I think pasta helps keep you fuller longer," he said.
Since he started eating healthy - and walking three miles three times a week with Monica - Rodriguez has lost more than 50 pounds. His most important tip is to be aware of a dish's sugar and nutritional content. There are always substitutions to make recipes healthier, he said, such as brown rice, fresh veggies, alternative sweeteners, etc.