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Trying Hard 1290
By Trying Hard 1290 Latest Reply 2011-04-27 22:58:39 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 22:26:44 -0500

Hello im new to this and im having a hard time. i need o know how to take care of my self better.ie what to eat what not to eat
i know no sugars low carbs. but its seems to be hard can some one give my any tips

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Kirla 2011-04-27 21:23:00 -0500 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2011-04-27 08:34:08 -0500 Report

Being new means that it will take time to figure out what you need to do and how to do it. Don't try to fix it all at once because you will make yourself crazy.

Here are two of my favorite videos dealing with carbs: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting

A good thing to take on would be a diabetes education class. That may turn on some light bulbs in making things make sense. I have notes from the class I took, and if you want to get some basics, they will help.
There are 7 total called TCOYD Class #..... http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=tcoyd&by=relevancy

diabetesfree 2011-04-27 07:12:10 -0500 Report

Sometimes it's easier to concentrate on what you CAN eat, rather than the other way around. The best foods for maintaining stable blood glucose levels are typically low in carbohydrates, high in protein and rich in fiber. Try writing down a list of foods you like that meet these criteria and make sure that you have them available around the house.

One "shortcut" I have found that works well for me is using meal replacements or protein shakes. You'll obviously need to read the labels to make sure they are not too high in carbs or overly high in fat. You can find ready to drink protein drinks at many health food stores. Some of the better ones I have tried are Pure Protein and Zoic. They are relatively cheap (depending on where you buy them), healthy and require no work to prepare. Hope this helps!

Harlen 2011-04-27 06:46:15 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Right it all down what you eat how huch you eat ,what you bs it before you eat what it is 2 hr after you eat .I use a scale too lol
The book The Catorie King it has all the foods in it and what the foods contain
it has saved me a lot of stress .
Best wishes