What are your Diabetic Best Practices that help you toward success?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2012-09-14 08:28:04 -0500
Started 2011-03-13 13:49:23 -0500

What are your Diabetic Best Practices that help you toward success? In the evolution of watching what I eat and do, I am discovering some things, that help me be successful.

The first day after my diagnoses a month ago, my company took us all out to eat and thus my watching myself began. Here are some things that have helped me thus far.

If you are going out to eat as a group or individually, see if you can find the menu online. Read the calories, nutrition values and anything they provide that will help you make the best choices ahead of time.
Recently I went to Denny's and had food substituted at no cost to egg whites, a whole grain pancake, sugar free syrup, and low fat/sodium turkey bacon.

Keep your groceries well stocked with food you can eat. One of my first trips I made to the grocery store, I spent time reading the labels and looking carefully in each aisle as I went down them. I discovered a narrow strip of shelving top to bottom where sugar free ketchup, fat, gluten & sugar free dressing were housed in many flavors. Sugar free jam is not the same but passable. American fat free cheese does melt where fat free cheddar does not. Not all lunch meats are the same so read the labels.

Raw salt free nuts are sold separately from the rest of the nuts. I found mine near the fresh foods where you pour, bag, and label the package.
Try new vegetables and fruit. I love Granny Smith apples but was introduced to a Jazz Apple which is very crispy and sweet with a kick. Different lettuces have different nutrient levels and make for a good sandwich wrap. Remember the more colorful, a fresh item is, the more vitamins it holds. Eat raw when possible for the extra fiber.

Keep snacks that cater to all your cravings. They need to be quick and answer an immediate urge. My cravings fall into both a sweet and salty categories. For sweet I have the sugar free pudding and Jello cups. For salty I go for extra flavor of carrots dipped in garlic hummus, or broccoli florets in fat/sugar free ranch dressing. Pork rinds are also carb free but are 50% fat with high sodium. Take your snacks with you to work and when you go places. You will be prepared.

Try substitutes and go for the flavor. With fat free butter spray, I do not miss butter or margarine. Salt free Mrs Dash come in many flavors and seasoning combinations. I have found even some of the generic versions even tastier.

Experiment with recipes. I take a large lettuce leaf to roll my burrito filling in and eat it with a fork.

Involve your family to thinking about you. My son makes us stir fry and my food is taken out before the sauce is put on it. Do not have your feelings hurt if at a party there is not much you can eat. Discuss what they are having in case you need to eat ahead of time.

Walk in the sunlight as weather permits. Sunlight is good for vitamin D. We walk inside our office building, taking the stairs up and down with hall ways in between in inclement or too cold/hot weather.

Wear good shoes that give support and cushion. These do not have to say Diabetic or Orthopedic on them as there are many brands that are made well. They can be found if you Google the words comfortable shoes for brands. Most people have to try on shoes to determine fit and comfort. Once you know your fit in a brand and style, shopping on-line can be a savings, especially if you look for on-line store coupon codes to add to a website sale.

Drink lots of ice cold water. It speeds you metabolism up, warming the water and gives you much needed hydration. If you do not like water, try putting a lemon wedge in the water or use a sugar free Wylers or Crystal Light.

Connect. You made a start connecting here. I find the more people I tell that I am a newly diagnosed Diabetic, the more people let me know they are Diabetic as well.

Most of all be your own best friend. Everyday try and prepare to be your best. Celebrate the good you see. Make yourself a priority for yourself and those who love you. Be kind to yourself when you falter and realize you now have an opportunity to do even better.

Cry if you must but renew yourself with a plan and goals. Make your goals realistic and bite size. We are taking this thing step by step and day by day. Lets give ourselves a chance at success!

35 replies

genniedevera 2012-09-13 06:17:34 -0500 Report

Thank you for the links. I'm not looking for a diabetes diet, I just want to learn the good the bad, portions or how to read labels. Like I said I don't have a diabetes team or nutritionist to guide me. Ans this is the reason I'm changing doctors. It's almost 4 months since I've been diagnosed and no one has fully explained diabetes to me, not even my target goal or BS numbers. When I was diagnosed that day I was just told I have t2 and to take my meds morning and evening, that was it oh and no more sugar or sodas for me…

genniedevera 2012-09-12 08:08:18 -0500 Report

Thank you for sharing! You are awesome! I'm newly diagnosed also, may 2012. Its still pretty much trial and error for me.

pixsidust 2012-09-12 09:46:14 -0500 Report

Remembering to forgive yourself and to pick up and try again when you need to is so important. What is your greatest challenge right now?

genniedevera 2012-09-12 20:08:37 -0500 Report

My greatest challenge right now, is not having full knowledge of what I need to eat and how much I can eat. I suffered from vertigo last month for about a month and I think it was because of that. My BS keeps dropping. Thanks to all of you I'm learning a lot!

MAYS 2012-09-12 21:58:16 -0500 Report

You may be surprised to know that there is no specialized "diabetes" diet!


You have to decide which method works best for you (discuss this with your diabetes team) you can either count carbohydrates:


Or you can use the "My Plate Method" which deals with portion control:





This may also be helpful to you:


There are so many methods available to you, talk it over with your doctor and members of your diabetes medical management team (nutritionist, dietician) and decide which is best for you.


2manypricks 2012-09-12 01:19:46 -0500 Report

When out to eat at fast foods sub fries for salad,mayo for mustard. Ive replaced all pork with turkey even my bacon. Sometimes its hard to order but i also split a meal with someone else so its less on me. If not i only eat half and always ask them to cut whatever you order in half. I miss my pastrami so i buy Beef bacon and boil it and that is my pastami meat extra mustard and pickles.
Drink water 1st thing upon waking up to replenish your body. When out for breakfast ask for sugar free syrup they do have it gots to ask for it though!! Not regular eggs ask for egg whites only..

sparrow29 2012-09-11 23:48:23 -0500 Report

This post is a real inspiration to me! Thank u for sharing all of this..very very good ideas here!!!

pixsidust 2012-09-12 00:52:05 -0500 Report

Well thanks, Being diagnosed diabetic was a shock to me. I was about one month in when I wrote this. I am glad it helped. Having a plan is the start of having hope. Best wishes on the journey!

Nonna2Three 2012-08-24 17:23:57 -0500 Report

For me, the best practice has been to eliminate sugar from my diet as much as possible. Not to the point of looking for sugar-free ketchups and such, but just the basics like switching to diet soda and sugar-free treats - since treats and soda was my biggest issue. About the only other food that seems to be harder on my BG is pasta, but that was easy enough to eliminate since I never liked pasta red sauces anyway so I was never a big spaghetti or lasagna eater anyway.

pixsidust 2012-08-24 22:11:57 -0500 Report

I love pasta and white alfredo is a favorite along with plain mac and cheese. I have tried to use cauliflower in its stead since I think its the cheese that I love the most

Nonna2Three 2012-08-24 22:27:52 -0500 Report

Oh, I have discovered that I love mashed cauliflower. I never really cared for cauliflower itself, but what I have had that was mashed like potatoes has been really good! And, yeah, before Diabetes any pasta I ate was with Alfredo sauce or with just butter and Parmesan cheese. I do miss angel hair pasta with butter and Parmesan.

pixsidust 2012-08-24 22:37:01 -0500 Report

I saw a recipe for shrimp scampi made with spaghetti squash on DR OZ.
The show was the family who lost 500 pounds. It was a family of three so was very impressive. The recipe looked good though. I have never had spaghetti squash before. Have you tried dream fields pasta or quinoa pasta? I thin k they are good.

Nonna2Three 2012-08-24 22:41:48 -0500 Report

Never tried either but I am very interested in trying quinoa. And, the shrimp and spaghetti squash would be a no go for me since I don't like either shrimp or squash . But yeah, I really am interested in quinoa.

pixsidust 2012-08-24 22:46:08 -0500 Report

Quinoa grain vs the pasta is strange tasting. It has a very green bean sprouts type taste. The pasta tastes like pasta though. I did not mind the grain if I put it in something where it could absorb the flavor.

Nonna2Three 2012-08-25 09:14:19 -0500 Report

ohhh, I did not realize there was a difference. Yes, I need to specifically look for the quinoa pasta to try since I know I don't care for bean sprouts. Thanks for the heads-up!

Lizardfan 2012-08-23 16:22:21 -0500 Report

My best practices, seems like I have a lot of those! I keep a blood sugar log so I can spot trends if necessary. I also log exercise, type, duration etc. to spot trends if my weight starts creeping up! LOL! I use a daily pill reminder to ensure I am taking my meds and keep all my doctor appts, women's health exams, eye exams, dentist etc. I do think preventative medicine works! Last but not least I read a lot about diabetes and try to stay informed.

JSJB 2012-08-23 04:42:10 -0500 Report

Eating healthier and exercise. New condition new life style.

pixsidust 2012-08-23 10:16:02 -0500 Report

Diabetes changes out view of the world. Glad you are caring for yourself.
I wrote this about 18 months ago right after my diagnoses. Since then neuropathy has taken hold while my numbers have dropped. Its hard to get moving but I feel so much better when I do

Pynetree 2011-04-18 08:27:10 -0500 Report

YOU are a quick learner! Throw in some exercise and you'll guarantee yourself to have great BG numbers…

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-14 10:22:21 -0500 Report

I'd have to say I have a couple of "Best Practices". My first, would be joining the DC community! I love the people that are here and all the different subjects and topics here. My second, is joining Sugarstats.com. This website has really motivated me to keep my bloodsugars in control. I love seeing my blood sugar average everyday, as well as a weekly, and 30 day average chart/graph. It helps me see where I need to make adjustments in my insulin doses throughout the day. And I have to say my 3rd is that I absolutly LOOOOVE ice water! Ive read many times previously before about how it speeds up your metabolism, and being that I usually eat more than my fiance can (and he's a big boy (@ 220 lbs 6ft) I need to have a faster running metabolism. I thinkm I actually go through a case of 32 waters within 4 days! LOL. So yea,…those are my best practices!

tabby9146 2011-03-13 20:15:06 -0500 Report

So glad you took all those steps and are doing well. That is all the things I did too. I have rarely had anything but water and Crystal Light Pure Fitness in my water in over 2 yrs. Sometimes I would make hot tea or have it cold with Splenda, but rarely ever do artificial sweeteners. Sometimes I would be out somewhere, and have no choice but to drink a diet coke at a restaurant or unsweet tea, and they would have artificial sweeteners that I can't stand, so I would drink the tea and it was terrible, but sometimes had to. Some of the water at some places I don't like, Most of the time like things at church or at someone's house, I just bring my water with me.

pixsidust 2011-03-13 20:18:13 -0500 Report

Good Idea about bringing the water with you. I have been flirting with getting a steel water bottle to be eco friendly

realsis77 2011-03-13 16:19:12 -0500 Report

Wow sounds like you are doing great and making great choices! Its really all about choices . Each day I try to make the correct choices on eating. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Also exercise is an important part of being healthy! Its all about the choices we make each day! Taking steps to live a healthier life!

pixsidust 2011-03-13 17:52:51 -0500 Report

Do not think there are not moments of vulnerability. I could not find my meter Friday to test myself before having a piece of whole wheat toast. I cried! How do you exercise and when?

MewElla 2011-03-13 13:58:44 -0500 Report

Very well said. You have definitely learned a lot in a very short time. It takes being very agressive to seek out information and to put it into practice into your own life. As I always say, diabetes is a learning curve for me each and every day. I learn what and what not to do.

pixsidust 2011-03-13 15:52:01 -0500 Report

Thanks Mary Ann! I am sure you have some things that work for you, like your walking. I am amazed at how long you walk. For those of you who do not know, Mary Ann walks 5-6 miles daily! Hoorah for her!

MewElla 2011-03-13 18:43:02 -0500 Report

You are so sweet!!

Wandalita 2011-04-17 07:53:00 -0500 Report

Walking is the best excersice ever, my Mom has walked, and walked for as long as I can remember, she is 75yrs old and looks amazing, she has arthritize, but other then that she is very healthy, ( God Bless Her) she and my dad are living with my husband and I.