Some new foods

By blindbluesmama Latest Reply 2011-05-09 17:32:23 -0500
Started 2011-05-06 18:00:04 -0500

My blood sugar is still acting weird. I have decided that for now I'm only going to check my fasting. Reason, I think my stupid meter is part of the problem. If I check fasting and it's high I worry about it all day and then no matter what I do it kind of stays up. But that, by no means means I'm going to just eat whatever I want. No way. I'm totally going to follow my plan, such as it is and once my fasting is back down I can check the others. I have not gotten my meem supplements yet, hope I get them soon. Also thinking about glucosol. Anyone had any luck with that supplment?

Ok, now that that's out of the way I wanted to tell you about two new foods I tried and found not only tasty but healthy, or at least carb friendly. Well make that three. The first thing I found was some low carb tortilla chips which only have 16 carbs for 16 chips I think. I don't know what brand they are but they are purple and have no salt. That's ok though because you put stuff on them, which leads me to my second new food. I bought a big container of three layer hummis. For the uninformed, it's mushed up chick peas with all kinds of stuff in them. I think the hummis has 0 carbs. If not 0 then a very very low number. Ok, so the hummis goes well with the purple chips. The third thing I found was to satisfy my quest for lower fat breakfast meats. I absolutely hate turkey bacon. It doesn't taste like bacon. I refuse to eat lunch meat for breakfast. Don't know why it's just weird. I have actually done it before. But call me weird, I just like breakfast meat with my breakfast, though cheese is also good. Anyway, the food is chicken saucage with apples. You can find this, along with the hummis at Sams club. The chicken saucage is very good and has a little bit of a sweet flavor and I swear you can't taste the apples. It only has three carbs per link and it has very little if any fat. So I hope everyone will write back with tasty food that's friendly. I hate cooking so tend to find things I can just grab. Darrell does most of the cooking around here. He's just better and faster. He made some cedar plank salmon last night that was fabulous.

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blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 06:44:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for the encouragement. I am pretty sure that's what is going on since I am not eating enough food for my sugar to go up a hundred points or more… after meals. I am just trying to take it one reading at a time. But hey I must have done something right yesterday. Taking the cinnamon regularly for starters. I take a couple capsules before or after a meal whenever I happen to remember. I also had two salads… count em, two salads. At dinner, I had spaghetti, but the salad was bigger than the spaghetti. Then after dinner was when I thought I was really screwing up because my body kept saying feed me right now!!! So I had some hummis (sp) I made Darrell go pick up some. I ate it with some really good little tomatoes, then I decided I wanted a few tortilla chips. I figured I had tamed the beast, not so. About ten or ten thirty My body is still going feed me feed me. So I thought about it and decided yogourt. Ate one of my carb master yogourts. Figured my blood sugar would be up in the 200s this morning. But I checked and it was… drum roll please… 156. I also got to thinking that the doctor said my target was 130 fasting for now and 180 for ppbs. So I did a quick calculation and decided that today I will try to shoot for the lower end of 200. Like since fasting was 156, hoping that the ppbs will stay around 206. Realistically though I have a feeling it will be more like 220 or 230. The spikes are really wild and that's what is so damned frustrating. But the cinnamon must have been helping more than I thought before. I usually only drink a cup of coffee in the mornings. But maybe just as an experiment I will have two cups because I heard that more is better where coffee is concerned. Well Kaeli's bugging me for breakfast. So gotta go.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 08:26:14 -0500 Report

Call it more of my obsessive nature. I really should stop listening to Darrell where that's concerned. He doesn't have a clue. He may count carbs and read men us with me but he's not the one with the roller coaster blood sugar thing going on. Anyway, call it obsessive, but I am writing it doen what I ate and what my bs is. It's going to be a tell all session. For breakfast I ate a carb master yogourt which is cherry flavor, and four strawberries. I guess I figure since I refuse to do the whole nutritionist thing, this way if I'm doing something really bad someone will tell me, no matter how bad I don't want to hear. *lol* and if I do good and my sugar stays within whatever I think it ought to be, acording to my fasting, we'll be okay And if I did good and my sugar still goes up to 300 or something like that, we know that it's not necessarily what I ate. So I'm laying it all on the line for the whole world to see. Diary of a blind woman's diabetes. Ug. One more note about nutritionists. I'm not against them. I guess I just kind of think it's a little unnecessary with all the information out there and all the nice people that actually *have* diabetes. Also, I figure a nutritionist would give me a very strict set of rules and i'd just be cranky and hungry all the time. I haven't been perfect but I've seen results so i'm happy.

MarciAnn 2011-05-09 09:46:32 -0500 Report

Can relate to high fasting sugars in the morning. Mine run around 300 despite having taken 90cc of Lantus the night before. The Dr. wants it to be 110 and them we are planning on having me get the pump. Do any of you have the pump? Does it help you kep your sugars mor level?

Kirla 2011-05-08 12:12:14 -0500 Report

This is what I found has helped me.

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

blindbluesmama 2011-05-08 16:08:14 -0500 Report

Kevin, I admire your self-discipline. Wish I could be so good. I am always looking for the wiggle room. Right now I am trying to eat healthier but because of some kind of infection, I think my blood sugar is just super high despite my best efforts to eat healthy foods. I noticed that salads make blood sugar lower. But if it's still bouncing around even after this infection thing goes away I'm going to just call that doctor and have him put me on metforman. tI would be worth it not to be so frustrated and unsatisfied all the time.

Kirla 2011-05-08 18:18:44 -0500 Report

Have you tried one of the low carb diet. I kind of follow Atkins myself . I just don’t eat all the meat. I eat chicken a lot. Try and eat fish once a week. Will have beef and pork in small serving once or twice a week.

The induction phase is for losing weight. If you don’t want to loose weight just start in phase 2 or 3. If your blood sugar is way out of control I would recommend following induction for a couple of week. Instead of using the scale you need to use your meter. When first diagnosed I ate lots of low carb vegetables. Added some chicken and fish most days. Blood sugar didn’t take long to come down.

I’m not a big fan of meds. I used them for 7 weeks and haven’t had to use them since. Once doctors get you on meds they don’t like taking you off them. I found with eating low carb vegetables and drinking lots of water and cutting back and eliminating high carb starchy foods work great for me.

I found food doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for me. I use soy flour a lot to make soy flour cakes, pancakes, waffles and muffins. Even make soy pasta. Doesn’t taste that good but when you add no sugar added pasta sauce, hot sauce and grated cheese it taste pretty good. I kind of gotten used to it. Someday going to try and make cookies with it. I also make low carb ice cream. I make chocolate, vanilla, grape and blackberry. I make turkey sloppy joe and eat it with some salsa, hot sauce and cheese. No bread. Just eat it out of a bowl. Some times will roll it in a low carb wrap or low carb pita bread. I think it taste good. I put most of the recipes on my blog for most of the foods I eat. I found I can still eat good and low carb. It works for me.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-08 19:51:52 -0500 Report

Well, what I was doing *before I went to Hawaii, I.E. my dismount from the healthy horse was working great. Unfortunately now it's not working so good. I am starting back walking tomorrow. I have been having really bad leg cramps along with migraines. I keep cutting carbs and all but my blood sugar is all over the place. I still say it's the uti or whatever it is. I'd like to find some lower carb pasta and some of the 12 grain bread I like that's lower carb.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-07 18:35:13 -0500 Report

Sorry about the obsessive compulosive remarks. They weren't meant to imply that anyone else was. I just know when it comes to anything medical I tend to just be constantly checking things out trying to see whether it's gone down or whatever. Case in point, I checked it twice since I ate. But I haven't eaten anything else. Even though I said I wouldn't. Now I'm all worried. I don't want to add to my obsessive tendency.

Type1Lou 2011-05-07 09:01:40 -0500 Report

I agree with Harlan and James…it's a bad idea to only check your fasting BG. How many carbs are you eating? You need to track that and figure out what foods are causing high BG's. Also, stress and anger can cause your BG to spike. Could that be a factor? There are times when I'm baffled by my BG readings and I test 4 to 6 times a day. After 35+ years with this disease, I'm still trying to figure it out!

jayabee52 2011-05-07 00:19:55 -0500 Report

Hey Michelle, how was Hawaii?

I agree with Harlen. Not good to not check your BG#s 2 hrs after meals. Then you can tell where you are getting the higher BG#s from. Actually it would be good to check each food you're eating for how it affects your numbers.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-07 15:48:46 -0500 Report

I'm not talking about permanently not checking the others. Just temporarily. A few days. It stresses me out too much when the others are so high. Right now I need to focus on eating better not on bg numbers. All those numbers are too confusing. Like I said, I could be eating something that I think is healthy and it goes up. It's just too frustrating. Mostly because when my fasting is up the others stay up too no matter what. Sometimes I feel like all I have to do is think about food for it to go up. And most of the time common sense tells me when I've eaten a thing that isn't good. Hamburger ok, bread on hamburger ok, tortilla chips, not ok. Seriously though. Like I said, for a few days… if I only have one number to worry about I can think in terms of lowering that number then get on with the curiosity aspect of what foods raise and lower bg. As for trying to figure out exactly which foods raise and lower it, we're talking about checking the bg ten times a day or more. When I'm checking the PPbg I'm already checking at a minimum of four times a day which to me still seems a bit obsessive compulsive. I don't really want to give in to that part of my personality and next thing I know I'm checking it every 30 minutes or something. Already I feel like my whole life revolves around my meter. I Ppreciate the suggestions though.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 09:43:42 -0500 Report

Ok, my burning question about watermelon has been answered. i was thinking watermelon was like evil and I should stay away… but it only has 11 carbs for a cup. So it's less than half a banana or a small apple and about the same as carrots and tastes better than carrots, but probably not as healthy?? But hey hold on, remember, no such thing as a "bad" food. Just better choices. So anyway I think I'm gonna grab one of my scoops and make some watermelon balls. It takes a little time but I can store them better that way. And they look pretty if I mix them with other things. I am sure chatty today. I swear I've spent all morning thinking about or talking about or planning my diabetes. Yuck. I really have to stop doing that. I'm not liking myself very much right now. Oh yeah, we bought some real peanut butter which has like one carb per serving or something like that… but we can't figure out how to mix it so that the oil isn't all at the top. It doesn't seem to mix very well so then it's all nasty. Also found rice cakes. Remember those? They are also low carb. Good for snacks with some cheese or peanut butter. That got me thinking that you could probably find potato bread or rice bread or bread made from other grains that's soft and normal looking but lower carb. Hey I could have two pieces of toast and not feel bad about it.Ok, I'm seriously moving on to something else now. A few minutes later, 9:40 ppbs 243 Well I didn't make it to my goal, I overshot, but I was only 13 points higher than my realistic expectation. So I guess the positive is that I know what my body is going to do. First thing in the morning it's going to go boyng. Well time to play music now.

jayabee52 2011-05-07 20:21:53 -0500 Report

You have to do what you think works for you.

However, If you really WANT to control your BG#s, you may want to check what works for YOUR body. What you ate last night, affects your fasting BGs in the morning. Common sense has little to do with how YOUR body reacts to certain intakes. Perhaps the bread spikes your BG in YOUR body. That is important for you to know so you could just eat the hamburger patty on a lettuce leaf and skip the bread. — That's just a for instance.

Harlen 2011-05-06 20:54:02 -0500 Report

It is never good to just check your fasting.
I dont know what your using to keep your blood sugars down
What is your carb count fore one day?
Best wishes

blindbluesmama 2011-05-07 16:04:55 -0500 Report

I am not sure what my carb count is for one day. I'm always forgetting how many is in which thing. I try to keep it 40 or less per meal but as I said, sometimes it is hard to keep it all straight. I suppose if I'm really honest about it though, part of it too is that I don't want to be so obsessive compulsive about food. I mean I already know the carbs in a lot of stuff and I think Darrell gets real tired of me going how many carbs are in that? And then there's carb math. Ok if three cookies are fifteen carbs then one is only five carbs. Anyway for now I'm not taking anything cuz I ran out of cinnamon. I am going to the mall today however, and decided to pick up some glucosol. It's a natural supplement.

Harlen 2011-05-07 18:58:32 -0500 Report

Try using the book The calorie King its small and yyou can keep it with you I know I do .
Tyr to right it all down what your bs is fasting and two hr after meels for a week and see what your doing I was shocked at wat I was doing lol lol lol
Best wishes

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 07:49:27 -0500 Report

Being blind, one doesn't often have the same access as sighted people. So keeping small books with me would be kind of like keeping the bible in my purse. Only for show. That's what is a mixed blessing about diabetes for me. It's not just *my* struggle. The whole family is struggling with me. I've even got the girls looking for carbs in things. So whatever I'm not doing good at isn't for lack of trying. nd I keep having to remind myself what my doctor said, I am not a failure and shouldn't base my whole diabetes thing just on the blood sugar numbers. Should instead look for overall changes and trends. I eat healthier and have cut down on sodas and snacking and i've lost weight. Those are three positive things. And after that one loss of conrol, I've been able to get my sugar slowly back to mor eacceptable levels, proving once again that I *do* have control even though sometimes it's not in a positive way. I can make it go up and I can eventually beat it into submission. And hopefully eventually it won't be so hard to decide what to eat. Especially in the morning when all I have to do is think about food and my blood sugar goes boyng!!

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 08:57:32 -0500 Report

Well, myu pat answer would be, of course, but then, I have to remember that in modern times, a lot of blind people don't even see the need to learn braille. And admittedly, there is so much stuff on computer that I don't read it the way I used to. But yes I do read braille.

jayabee52 2011-05-09 09:34:57 -0500 Report

The reason I asked that is you can have the Calorie King book brailled (if it's not already brailled) and have it available for your use. Obviously the actual book would be bigger than the small book Harlen mentioned, but it would be available.

My bride Jem had books brailled for her all the time.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 11:06:22 -0500 Report

They also have a website that I think I've visited before, works kind of the same way as the self thing. I'll probably end up marking that on my cell phone. Marcy, Hi there. My fasting is okay. It's the after morning meal that always shoots up really high. But I'm not stressing this morning. I had low carb yogourt and strawberries. Tomorrow I will experiment with having low carb yogourt and some of that chicken saucage. My fingers are kind of sore from having to find some really funky chords on the piano. I'm trying to learn this Stevie Ray Vaughan thing called come on. It's cool but classic Vaughan style lots of seventh and ninth chords, sounds a lot like hendrix and now myu fingers are just like ouch!!! Hey maybe I should eat salad for breakfast. YUCK!! There's gotta be a better way to lower myafter breakfast blood sugar. I'm very traditionalist and by the way just in case some of you are thinking eat eggs… I don't touch them. It's nothing personal, they make me throw up is all. In Hawaii, we had a bad misadventure with eggs. Darrell made me a big plate of stuff and brought back this little bowl of stuff that he said was mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. I'm tasting the mushrooms and going oh this is cool. Then I take another bite and something slippery and slimy hits my tongue just about the time Darrell says Oh no, I think this is not a good surprise, cus there's egg yolk pouring out the side. He's holding out a napkin and saying Don't throw up… here. He just sees that look on my face. That coupled with the banana syrup on the red potatoes… well that was a breakfast misadventure to be sure. There was something else that went wrong with that but can't remember what. I am really happy this morning, as my fasting was the lowest it's been in a while and because I was able to kind of predict what would happen to my blood sugar after breakfast. Now tomorrow I can tinker and see what happens, so then I can say well if I eat two things with protein in them and keep the carbs down, it does this. You know. I guess what I'm thinking is that it's not just doing it right but knowing how to play with it and improve etc. I don't know about hamburgers wrapped in lettice. I'm making a lot of changes, but not sure I'm ready for ultrahealthy. Besides, a hamburger bun is only 20 carbs Of course, if you eat an apple with it it ends up being a few more than 40. But I love fuji apples. They are so good. I like the medium to large though because to me, the small ones don't taste as good. They are less firm. I really need to learn the bass for that song I'm working on. I can't stay on here gabbing all day.

blindbluesmama 2011-05-09 17:32:23 -0500 Report

I was just reading the post that I got sent about newly diagnosed people… and one guy had said that for the first two months it was all diabetes all the time. That's exactly how I feel. I feel like my family is going to simultaneously run in several different directions screaming aaaaaaah, get away from the crazy blind diabetic woman. Carbs this and carbs that. Way too much information. Darrell, as I said, calls me obsessive compulsive on a regular basis. I told him he shouldn't throw names like that. I think it's wrong to just use words like that lightly. Anyway thanks for listening. Btw, just to say I've talked about and done other things, we got a bunch of plants like tomatoes and peppers and basil and rosemary. Also some dill which I might take inside when it gets really hot. Also, oh yeah, we got some mint too and I ledarned the bass line to come on part Iii and most of the organ part. It's just tryin g to play both at the same time that is hard.

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