What foods have you given up after you were diagnosed with diabetes?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-05-20 11:12:53 -0500
Started 2011-05-05 19:08:03 -0500

It's not easy giving up, or limiting yourself when it comes to your favorite foods.

What foods have you given up, or limited after you were diagnosed with diabetes?

How easy, or hard was it?


45 replies

melcoujes 2011-05-20 11:00:43 -0500 Report

I have mostly given up juice. I do not miss it too much. Once in a while I will take a small sip of hubby's. I also try really hard not to limit too many things, just keep my carb count at 2-3 servings per meal. That way I am not deprived, but I have to watch the portion control. Yesterday I tried to eat something I used to eat and I felt sick for hours afterward. The only thing that would help was moving around alot and lots of water. It is tough to give up foods we love, but I would much rather live a longer life!

Allhoney61 2011-05-20 10:27:32 -0500 Report

I have given up almost everything. That's not to say I don't have my moments of weakness but surprisingly, I've been given more will power than I've ever had. No cake, cookies or any obvious sweets. I've cut the white bread and corn but I have had a small potato a handful of times in the past 5 months since diagnosed. Hubby and I love pizza so we look for ways to eat a homemade version that cuts the carbs. I've had no mexican food (my fave) and only one hamburger. This is hard but I want to be here for my family.

honeybee59 2011-05-19 16:17:43 -0500 Report

I don't know? Mayb its just me, but it seems like in order for me to get my Sugar under control like my doctor wants…I would have to give up just about everything! Now that just can't be right Can it? I have found out so far(I think anyway) that Banana's, Breads, Grapes are some of my foods I have to "NOT" eat! It get so depressing for me at times. It is hard to pinpoint the culprits most of the time, not unless I take my BG every few hours and to be honest I can't afford it! :-

cavie2 2011-05-20 03:35:03 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was told NO water melon as the natural sugar content was too high also grapes I could only have 10 at a time and that's not every day but just now and again, I also eat bananas but don't go overboard as they are good for potassium but you can overdo the potassium my brother did. I have also found a Low GI bread that releases the carbohydrates slowly throughout the day it's called BURGEN Soya and Linseed. But I only ever have 2 slices usually as toast for breakfast but not everyday. So it's everything in moderation and small portions, but I work out regularly as I like exercise I often exercise up to 3 times a day (20 mins each time) so that can lower my BS if it gets too high. It's just a matter of getting the balance right and yeah it takes a bit of practice and getting used to but it can be done. Just remember what the alternative is. Do you let the Diabetes rule you or do you rule it? I know it can be depressing and frustrating having the foods you enjoy snatched away from you but you can eat some in moderation and combine them with the healthier foods. It does take time for your palate to adjust but stick with it. It's worth it. YOU ARE WORTH IT. Remember that. LOL

honeybee59 2011-05-20 09:50:22 -0500 Report

Hey thanks cavie2 for your encouraging words. I just started back on my walking last night, I went or a 2 mile walk this morning too! It takes me about 40 minutes round trip, luckly where I live I have the area to walk up and down our dirt road! Once I am out there and walking I get a peace about me and actually like to walk! I have never been an exercise person, but I don't mind the walking so much! And hey that is better then nothing…right? So if I walk 2 times a day…it will be a 4 mile journey and I don't think that is bad at all! I just have to stick with it, my pronblem is I have arthritis in my back and it wants to flare up at times. I try to stay somewhat active, but I have to be careful all the same. :->

cavie2 2011-05-20 11:12:53 -0500 Report

sometimes depending on the weather or season a 20 minute brisk walk should bring down BS if its a little too high. Just walk smartly for 10 minutes then turn around and walk back home.

spitfirelady 2011-05-19 16:49:40 -0500 Report

Gosh, I know what you mean about taking a BG check and it being expensive with so many.. I found for me, it was the amount I was eating. Now, I do things differently. I freeze grapes and only take out 8 at a snack with 1 oz lo fat cheese.. I started a food diary that I said I would never do..and by goodness, I loved it after 4 days because it would make me change that snack or meal as my blood sugar would go up or down..that food diary really really helped. When I find I get off, I immediately go back to my black book diary, and get back on quickly! I now love it. 1/2 banana with a scrambled egg, a high fiber toast with egg whites/ and 1/2 cup of strawberries.. it took playing with it and marking it down. I leave the diary on the bar in the kitchen to review all the meals for meal choices anytime so I don't have to play with my meals much anymore. Recipes that work for me, I keep in a binder (next to my cookbooks I love). I find that keeping the diary gave me control of this disease and I am a person that loves that control.

honeybee59 2011-05-19 17:14:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for your input spitfirelady, I appreciate youtelling me what you do. I do keep a Journal, but I have to admit I slip at times with keeping up with it! Whoops
I have many flaws to work out, but I will get ther eventually! At least I hope so anyway? LOL :->

spitfirelady 2011-05-19 17:25:24 -0500 Report

It is a constant battle, isn't it?! Will be working on my flaws as well! :) Good luck to you and your challenges…mine was stress but am doing much better! Now that I am finding what food choices and combinations are working for me in general. :)

spitfirelady 2011-05-19 15:59:59 -0500 Report

I recently added an application to my phone for area restaurants/chains for nutritional values. I was feeling blue about a group wanting us to go to an Italian restaurant. I have been doing very well with my new choices and feeling better.This application showed the calorie counts, the extremely high sodium counts, fats, extreme carbs, etc…I suprisingly found I was not as interested in the foods I once ate, and was flabbergasted at the food values. I guess I have come along way to not want to eat those things that got me where I am.
Even their salad with dressing had almost 2,000. mg of sodium in the salad with dressing. Now I carry the application everywhere and know what choices I can make and feel good when we do go out to eat…
I miss good bread when I go out..but make high fiber, multi grain bread at home so I don't miss out. Eating out has been difficult in the past! There are not many choices to be had except to drill the waiter and beg a chef! :)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-19 14:43:56 -0500 Report

Now I have to eat sugar free, so I guess I could say I've given up sugar. I have learned that If I want to eat sweets that I had to learn to like splenda. I have always loved vegetables, but I've also liked dessert. Especially fresh fruit which I have learned to eat in much smaller portions.

crazygirl777 2011-05-19 13:37:58 -0500 Report

I gave up my love for Italian foods, bread and milk. sounds funny, giving up milk, but for some reason, my body can't handle milk now. Cheese is fine, but I drink a glass of milk and my sugar goes bonkers. It was hard to give up the pastas…but again, my body can't handle them either anymore. I eat only wheat breads but even then with the low carb breads I still spike, just not as bad. I, however increased my pizza consumption because for some reason my numbers are better with pizza than almost anything else. (of course increasing my pizza consumption meant eating it once a month rather than 2 times a year..lol) But there are times where I swear my lasagne recipe is calling out my name begging me to bake it again!! My family misses it a ton but that's one thing I know that I can't sit there and watch them eat.

MewElla 2011-05-19 13:08:32 -0500 Report

One of my favorite things was a Diet Dr Pepper, had at least one a day…Now, no more since 15 months…now I LOVE ice cold water and drink a lot of it each and everyday…

pkwillhoite 2011-05-19 12:58:46 -0500 Report

I have given up Coke.. It was very hard because I had at least on every day now I just crave it sometimes. That was at least a year ago that I gave it up… And I gave up a lot of sweets.. No cake no frosting nothing really good…

cavie2 2011-05-19 12:40:27 -0500 Report

I have had to give up my beloved sugared doughnuts and any cakes with icing on them, also crisps (potato chips I think they are called in the US) life is a bitch!!!

wrmjw1 2011-05-19 12:12:53 -0500 Report

I had to give up pizza. I loved it,I ate it morning noon and night. Fast food in a way. I just try to stay away from pizza places and fast food joints. Funny though,since Im so skinny, my dad thought I wouldnt get diabetes because of my weight. But it was my diet that caused me to get, well that and heredity. I still have a weakness for chips and other snacks but now I just limit how much I eat, as well as which kind I eat. The other thing is choclate, I used to be a chocoholic but even before I got diagnosed I wasnt eating it as much.Now I eat it sometimes to raise my blood sugars, if theyre too low, (it happens more than niot.) I still drink pop but in moderation or when my sugars low. The other problem is that I have a hard time trying to figure out if my sugar is too low or too high because my anti-depressants make me really nervous and Im constantly shaking. I hate it, because Ill be shaking and my first thought is my sugars low and I grab either a snack or pop. Then turns out my sugar was normal all the time. I have a hard time controling my snacking at night, but thats never going to change, thats just the way I am.

zeitghost 2011-05-09 23:40:27 -0500 Report

I don't intentionally limit anything, but then I'm type 1 and just carb count to cover what I've eaten. However, I've never been one for juice or sugared sodas and I already try to minimize my intake of processed foods and refined grains, so it has the effect of removing most carb and sugar bombs from my greedy paws!

tabby9146 2011-05-09 12:18:34 -0500 Report

I have given up all juices, unless they are very low carb, and no sugar added, ?I might drink a tiny bit, not even 8 ozs. but that is rare. I like to flavor my water with lemon juice or Crystal Light Pure. I gave up all sodas and in class they told us the one thing they do not want us to have is regular soda. I've almost given up white rice, white potatoes, all the white stuff, but on occasion, I let myself have just a little bit, but for the most part I avoid those. I gave up lots of the old snacks I used to eat.

tabby9146 2011-05-09 12:20:52 -0500 Report

before diagnosis, I loved my pastries, donuts, muffins things like that. I did not eat them all the time, but definitely too often. I was a real carb addict. I loved my Italian food, all the pastas, but I still have it, I just eat whole wheat pasta now and I do well with that. After trying many brands that first year or so, we found we like Barilla the best, it seems to taste more like regular.

Pynetree 2011-05-08 07:26:55 -0500 Report

The only thing I have given up is orange juice…too much of a spike. Other than that my Endo and DE say you can eat anything…not in unlimited amounts, use moderation.

tabby9146 2011-05-09 12:16:20 -0500 Report

I gave up my much loved orange juice as well and I still miss it. I can't even drink Trop50. Before being diagnosed, it almost makes me sick to think about how I 'used' to drink a small glass of orange juice most days, and put probably around a tablespoon of sugar whenever I had coffee! Not to mention having sweet tea many nights with dinner.

Pynetree 2011-05-10 13:59:03 -0500 Report

…same here tabby, I am drinking more water, diet iced tea , putting an envelope of truvia in my coffee, and missing my OJ , even now…20 yrs. into this journey!

Narg 2011-05-08 06:27:53 -0500 Report

None. Seriously. What I had to give up on was not counting what I ate. You can eat anything, in moderation. Count it, be careful and enjoy good food.

Dixiemom 2011-05-07 14:19:59 -0500 Report

I am trying to give up high carb foods but traveling to my children, who aren't around me all that much, has been difficult in limiting carbs. My numbers have fluctuated between 98 and 168. We seem to live on pasta and rice and potatoes and bread. A good rye bread is my downfall especially when I order it from the German Deli (on line) and one slice is all you need. It stays with you all day and gives your jaw a workout. At home it's lots of veggies and beans and soups.

blessedbeing 2011-05-07 12:18:22 -0500 Report

I've given up a lot of carby stuff. In fact, I've given up almost all carbs. But then before I was diagnosed I practically lived on carbage (junk food). I'm happier without the carbs.

rfmoening 2011-05-06 16:56:17 -0500 Report

I have given up on Ice cream, all pastries and cakes, all so called diet or sugar free sodas ( I discovered that I had a slight spike in my BS shortly afterwards) and I have limited myself to about 60 carbs per meal to help control my BS as well as eat about 15 to 30 carbs between meals to keep my BS from dropping to low in the late part of the day. I have been diabetic for about 3 years and it has not been easy to give up things I really love.
I have lost quite a bit of weight but have reached my weight level where I am not gaining nor losing at this time. Although I am trying to control my BS with diet, it is hard when spikes occur and I have no idea why?

MystieDawn 2011-05-06 16:04:02 -0500 Report

Ive started to give up many things~ cake, potato chips, fries, any candy, snack crackers~ i miss fresh juices and rice…i have had to stop consuming them completely because my BS goes haywire.. i am still trying to cut back on breads pastas and potatoes…oooo i could go for a baked tater about now…mmmm

Sweet Potatoe
Sweet Potatoe 2011-05-06 14:29:21 -0500 Report

It has been so hard for me to give up french fries. I couldn't just stop, but I went from a medium size to a small size. Now it's a bake potatoe with butter. I also have went from eating the regular chips to baked chips. Some brands I really can't tell the difference.

JacquieB123 2011-05-06 11:10:39 -0500 Report

I am a carbaholic! I lve potato chips,rice,pasta potaoes, bread etc. I am trying to find recipes to curb those cravings. I have tried making Kale chips. Actually if youmake them the right way, they are pretty good. Any other suggestions.

Type1Lou 2011-05-06 10:52:00 -0500 Report

Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Candy Bars…and oh do I miss the bread! I used to eat a "SkyBar" for breakfast when I was in college!…or a piece of blueberry pie for breakfast when I was in my early 20's…all before I developed the diabetes…any wonder I developed it?…Now I severely limit my carb intake, eating lots of salads. When I serve my husband spaghetti, I replace the pasta on my plate with french style green beans and pour the sauce over it…it works for me. I LOVE peanut butter (only all natural; just peanuts and salt.) I used to love to bake but don't do much anymore because I can't eat that stuff. A treat is a square of good quality dark chocolate with a spoonful of natural PB on it…YUMMMMMM!

spitfirelady 2011-05-19 15:44:09 -0500 Report

You and I are on the same wavelink! Love your idea of french cut string beans for pasta! I buy the 90% chocolate from Lindt Supreme Dark and one table spoon of natural peanut b (2 large squares is half a serving of chocoloate).
I have cooked string spagetti squash and use it for pasta and it is delicious too!
(bake it 375 for 45-55 minutes cut in half with tablesp of olive oil after cutting in half and seeded)…and shred with fork!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-06 00:54:11 -0500 Report

1. Mom's Cakes. She keeps given them to me after all she is The Cake Lady. I took some cupcakes to work once already this week. More will be going with me on Friday night. In the past year I have given away two birthday cakes she made for me, 1 for my husband's birthday, our anniversary cake, a Valentine's cake, and numerous cupcakes. This has been and will continue to be the hardest part of all. Like the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where he gives his parents a year of the fruit of the month club. "They just keep coming.
2. My Homemdae Cinnamon Rolls. Only made them once in the last year. Wisely made them at Mom's and had plenty of family around to demolish them. I was then able to eat only one small one.
3. Ramen noodles. Went cold turkey with them. Tried them 1 time after 9 months and they don't taste nearly as good as they used to.
4. Pizza. Have eaten it a few times when in the company of others with no other food options. Tried to just eat the topping, but sometimes that crust just keeps calling me by name.

cavie2 2011-05-19 13:29:17 -0500 Report

I am seriously beginning to worry about your state of mind, if you think Pizza crusts are talking to you Graylin. I suggest you make an appointment with your Doctor pronto. lol

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-19 15:09:30 -0500 Report

Last visit he just shook his head in dispair and left. I hadn't even mentioned the pizz calling me. I lke him so I think I won't mention the voices. He already thinks I'm crazy enough. Plus whenever he sends me to a specialist I have to have a surgery or two. I don't want no brain surgery.

cavie2 2011-05-19 18:15:58 -0500 Report

I don't know about that, maybe a complete transplant would do wonders and silence the pizza once and for all. lol

dietcherry 2011-05-06 00:08:49 -0500 Report

I gave up refined sugar almost from the beginning of my diagnosis at 13. That was 1980 and my Dr. told me no more sugar, so I did as I was told. Course, we all know now that some sugar is not a problem but my body just rejects it and I dont miss it. :)

edvel54 2011-05-05 19:31:03 -0500 Report

I have cut down on sugar, sodium, carbs, Tried to add more protein, fruits & veggie. The hardest food to given up was green vegetables and some fruits due to taking warfarin. doc says to limit the amount I eat.

cherokee925 2011-05-05 19:12:15 -0500 Report

Mays I have given up a lot since I was diagnosed things like limiting my carbs, no sugar, watching the sodium in my foods I am a label reader. I know have given up eating meat I am on a vegan diet which is working great for me and helping me control my blood sugar levels which range between 85-125. I must say it was hard trying to get adjusted but then it ended up being I got tired of being sick all the time and knew I had to make a serious change in my life and I must say it is worth it.

MAYS 2011-05-05 19:18:21 -0500 Report

Keep up the great work!
Glad to know that the adjustment was made based on will power and the desire to survive, very well said and well worth it!


cherokee925 2011-05-05 19:41:13 -0500 Report

Thank you Mays I am trying a new approach and so far it is working for me. There are days when things get rough and cravings kick in and I just have to fight through them and remind myself that I do not want my blood sugar levels to spike again and that pretty much stops me.

spitfirelady 2011-05-19 15:50:28 -0500 Report

Drinking lots of Ice water helps me with the cravings when they come. And, getting busy doing something else. Seems it breaks the "want" cycle! :)