Eating the Same Thing Everday

By RyanWBrown Latest Reply 2011-04-15 09:23:18 -0500
Started 2011-04-07 08:21:37 -0500

I have heard that some people make efforts to eat the same thing at the same time every day to help keep extremely tight control of their blood sugars. Maybe they eat variations of the same thing each day, I don't know, but it seems like a really tough thing to do. Anybody out there do this? What are the results? What are some examples of what you eat and when? I would love to learn more, as I am constantly looking for different ways to keep tighter control.

18 replies

wrmjw1 2011-04-15 09:23:18 -0500 Report

I eat the same thing everyday for breakfast lunch and dinner. I just eat different variations of each meal. Breakfast, I eat a bowl of oatmeal,a sausage patty, and a cup of orange juice. Lunchtime I just eat a potpie. Dinnertime, I just eat a frozen dinner. I started doing that to make it easier for me to shop at the store, as well as the fact that if I eat the same thing, in the morning, even if Im a bit groggy I still make my breakfast. The frozen dinners are because I dont cook, I figure it has portions of foods and I can see the carb amount on the box. I just try to keep it simple,just having diabetes is hard enough.

WendyFR 2011-04-11 19:20:21 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed at 12 and was taking shots, my nutritionist at the time told me had to eat at the same time everyday and take my shots at the same time, so I was taught that way that was back in the 1980's. As for the food, nope, it changes..I go by carb intake and exericise. I couldn't do the same food. I will burn out on certain foods too quickly. I still eat at the same times even though I am on the pump. 6:30 am breakfast, then every 3 hours I eat small meals. I usually eat a protein, carb and fiber. I have to fit exercise into my daily routine, to help control my blood sugar level. Everyone's body is different, so what works well for someone may not work well for you. Don't limit yourself, find a routine that works for you or you may regret or give up too quickly.

msann 2011-04-09 22:29:04 -0500 Report

i try to eat around same time, to keep some control last a1c was 7.9 trying to drop them back down, i have very stressful job so that good control for me, i eat lot of fish turkey burgers , veggies, and the arnold round bread, doing pretty good, wish you luck

0tina0 2011-04-07 22:43:30 -0500 Report

This may be a touchy subject but I work at a Human Service office. We give benefits to people that are low income and one of the benefits is for food. It goes by income and sometimes the benefits are only $30 a month…but the program is for people like us that have problems and need the extra help. I find tho that people my age are dead set against this kind of "welfare" or "charity" and resist getting the help. The benefits vary state to state but If you e-mail me here I will help anyone that wants me to find the Human Service office where you are… Tina

donnacj 2011-04-07 23:36:06 -0500 Report

I am brand new to diabetes as well as this site. My husband is borderline. We are both on social security here in Tooele Utah. on medicaid and medicare…very low income…always short on $ and don't know where to go or get some help. Food bank doesn't offer the kinds of foods we can eat…thanks

jayabee52 2011-04-08 00:17:57 -0500 Report

What kind of things does the food bank offer? There might be things there that you could use as a diabetic.

donnacj 2011-04-08 01:53:29 -0500 Report

mostly canned stuff…pastries, white breads, sometimes hard bread…no fresh foods. Just donated bakery stuff. white rice, sugar and high salt stuff…I have asked several times for more suitable foods…I get the "sorry this is all we had donated." awful frustrating…and food stamps… only eligible for about $10 a month not worth the paperwork to apply…with the cost of food increasing. I wish they had more for us diabetics.

0tina0 2011-04-08 12:00:11 -0500 Report

Well I kinda don't agree that the 10.00 is not worth it…if you save the 10.00 until December you will have 120.00 and during the holidays that will really be helpful.

Pynetree 2011-04-07 21:04:15 -0500 Report

I've wondered about this too. I've read on here, and other sites that some do this. Afraid I don't have that much control. I tend to eat at pretty much the same time everyday, and similar foods..6:00 a.m. cereal, 9:00 lite yogurt, noon lunch, 3:00p.m. coffee and small snack, dinner about 6:30 ish. But lunch and dinner food varied a lot!
But it'll be interesting to hear from people who do eat the same thing every day…

Armourer 2011-04-07 20:57:26 -0500 Report

I do because $40 a month only goes so far. My diet is scrambled egg whites for breakfast. Lunch is three hard boiled eggs and couple slices of cheese, or a half peanut butter sandwich. Diner is a cup of quinoa mixed with peppers, tomato, onion, black olives. Calories is about 1000 a day, and carbs are 17 for slice of 100% whole wheat bread, and 62 for the cup quinoa (which my body should react bad to cause of the carbs but doesn't). Yea, eating the same thing is a drag, and some days I just can't stomach it, or I have no interest. DE wants me to eat to about 1400 calories, but that's bigger portions and items I shouldn't eat. I'm highly insulin resistant! Fruits, whole wheat items, make BGs spike. Like to change the chedder cheese to mozerella but the latter costs to much. Soon the $40 bucks will get cut because my kids are either married or next year past the age that I can count them as a dependent, so $400 bucks a month must come out. Only place to cut is the food budget. This will mean skipping meals every day. Yet doing this will increase my insulin when I take it, and won't be in control. When I stay on the above diet, my sugars are in control.

RAYT721 2011-04-07 19:22:45 -0500 Report

For the most part I have a variety of foods in my diet with the exception of breakfasts. I stick to Dannon Light & Fit yogurt and/or an Atkins bar every morning. My lunches are usually leftovers from the night before but dinners change as we experiment with new recipes (thank you, Diabetic Connect and library cookbooks) allowing us to add to our tried and true entourage of entrees.

roshy 2011-04-07 14:34:06 -0500 Report

its too hard to stick to a routine i find!! circumstances for me are never the same !! in a way i do eat every day, 3 meals a day and generally around the same time!! other then that id get pretty frustrated eating the same foods day in and day out!!

0tina0 2011-04-07 14:27:56 -0500 Report

I eat the exact same thing for breakfast and my before bed snack. Other than that I pretty much eat what I want, count the carbs and cover with insulin. My morning numbers are always awesome 80-110. Since I started doing this I haven't had many night time lows.

MewElla 2011-04-07 14:06:04 -0500 Report

I have learned over the course of a year to balance my diet with different foods. I would never want to continously eat the same food day in and day out. The balance I do is the diet and lots of exercise each/every day..5-6 miles of walking. My bg#'s are very good and Dr and I very happy with this control. Works for me…

jayabee52 2011-04-07 14:05:26 -0500 Report

I pretty much do the same thing every day. If I go off the reservation (like I did last night) I pay for it with higher BG#s

Harlen 2011-04-07 14:04:08 -0500 Report

In a way I do
When I have the same thing on the 4th ov every month and the same on the fith there realy isnt that much new to me over a moth I may not eat the same thing that I had on that day last month but some where I have had it .
I rite down what I eat and how much insulin I gave myself ,what my BS was 2 hr after to get my BS where it needed to be .
So wene I eat it again I know what I need to give to make my bs good
That mite be eating the same thing all the time but I can live with it
Best wishes

LennyDenny 2011-04-07 13:50:34 -0500 Report

There's no way I could eat the same thing at the same time every day. I'd blow my diet all together. I found what works for me at meals and try to switch it up every day. There are a lot of options for meals from morning to late night, you just have to find out what's right for you.

kdroberts 2011-04-07 08:46:59 -0500 Report

I kind of do it, mostly for convenience though. Weekdays breakfast is usually the same thing at roughly the same time, lunch is usually at the same time and a similar thing and dinner is roughly the same time but varied. That's mainly because of my schedule and the food is quick and easy to prepare. On weekends timings and food is different.