"Glucose chef" shows how healthy can be tasty too!

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A young man diagnosed with diabetes decides to create healthy alternatives to foods and shows others how to as well with his youtube channel. (WABC)

When Alain Nonguierma (pronounced: non-geerma) was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 25-- it hit him hard.

"I felt like I had to go to eating cardboard, or things that taste like cardboard," said the now 28-year-old Nonguierma

And so he started experimenting-- more vegetables and whole grains, less meat. Sushi made of quinoa instead of white rice

"It's really, really fun- it's art right in my kitchen at the same time," he said.

With no culinary training, but just a love of good food and film he turned his experiments into a show-posting them on Youtube.

The new "glucose chef" makes many healthy recipes, including an avocado parfait and a spiced legume burger. He says he wants to show people healthy food can taste good.

Sapna: "Do you feel like it's still enjoyable to eat -even after making these healthy changes?"
Alain: "Now it is, after I went through a lot of bad stuff trying to figure out what works, what doesn't work."

Whether you're a diabetic or not you can start by adding more flavor, and cutting out refined carbohydrates said Brooke Alpert, a registered dietician.

"White flour, white sugar all the white stuff there's no need to be eating," she said.

"What's great to add are herbs and spices fresh or packaged."

Alain gave up meat but Alpert says you don't have to.

"Chicken, poultry, fish, eggs, grass fed beef ideally --all of that I'm totally fine with my diabetic clients eating."

Healthy protein and fiber both slow down the absorption of food so you feel full faster and avoid sugar spikes.

Alain is proof you do not have to give up everything--but some things may need to be in moderation.

A laughing Nonguierma said, "I used to really love twizzlers and butterfingers very much."

For more information you can check out Nonguierma's website below.
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