O.K., O.K. I get it!! I HAVE to eat.....so here's another question...

By nanaellen Latest Reply 2012-03-24 19:05:12 -0500
Started 2011-05-29 13:23:13 -0500

I'm having a problem trying to eat 3 meals and snacks a day. So does a Carnation Breakfast essentials drink count as a whole meal? Or do I still have to eat something with it?? I'm just not hungry till late in the afternoon and used to eating just one meal a day so this is going to be hard to get used to. Can I supplement drinks for meals?? Thanks, Ellen :)

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MEGriff1950 2011-09-03 14:27:07 -0500 Report

Nana, as Margo suggested I too recommend Glucerna Shakes as a meal replacement. You can go to both the Carnation and Glucerna site to compare the product lables. Glucerna is designed to level out your bg's. For me it has been a blessing. I see many recommending many servings of fruit, yes fruit is good but also high in carbs and needs to be counted toward your meal carbs. My dietician recommended that I do not eat peanutbutter as it is not only a high carb food it is usually high in sodium. My doctor highly approves of me using Glucerna as my lunch substitute but if I become hungry before dinner eating some fresh veggies. I seldom get hungry. I used to have problems with hypoglycemia, if my bg hit 100 I would drop fast. That was until I started getting my bg under control now my morning readings are between 80 to 105 and post meals seldom over 120. I seldom exercise as I am partially disabled but I am steadily losing weight by eating 2 meals a day and Glucerna for the third meal, keeping to 45 mg of carbs per meal. I stopped my insulin just over a month ago. I am type 2.

margokittycat 2011-08-18 16:06:32 -0500 Report

I would suggest if you want to do something like that getting the Glucerna Shakes that are made for diabetics and can be used for meal replacements. They do not spike BS #'s and taste really good. The Also have meal replcement bars. I loved it when they came out although I have been diabetic for 30+ years, after all the years of three meals and four snacks I got tired of it and could not handle it any more I was never a big breakfast person anyway, so when I stopped eating breakfast my doctor got really mad at me I have been doing these for about four years now.

peewee0618 2011-08-27 08:19:55 -0500 Report

I am a breakfast person and I usually take my lunch to work but when it comes to dinner, I tend to eat late so maybe instead of eating late, I could do the Glucerna Shakes. Would probably be better than eating a meal late at night.

swt_nurs1 2011-08-07 20:50:37 -0500 Report

My problem is I don't eat veggies and I could eat all day. Especially before I go to bed. Nanaellen I would ask ur Dr or nutritionist for meal ideas. I am not a breakfast eater either and once I eat breakfast I am hungry all day long. My nutritionist said I should eat something small like yogurt or a bagel ect. but be sure to eat a protein with it like peanut butter or string cheese or an egg. Hope this helps. God Bless

spitfirelady 2011-08-02 10:04:52 -0500 Report

What I find is not to have a "whole" meal…I have smaller meals throughout the day. It helped me in the beginning to write it all down in a journal (I still go back to the journal when I see myself go off every now and then)..and I don't have problems when my sugar isn't rising and falling with large meals… my meals are almost the size of my snacks..and I use smaller plates or add a salad that spreads out on larger plates with my cooked veggies and protein…If I do not get protein, I get hungry. When some say "any proteins" will do, I find that not true for me. I bake, broil, bar-b-q, and steam. I do stay away from fried..I eat good healthy proteins and whole grains/high fiber/lo sugar…
Yes, I do supplement the whey protein with fresh blue berries, or fresh cherries in the market now with ice in blender for breakfast at times, too. Hang in there! Oh, a scale is near my journal in the kitchen. I found I was shorting myself or sometimes eating to big a portion, so a scale is part of my kitchen tools.

peewee0618 2011-08-27 08:22:02 -0500 Report

But what about when you are in meeting all day long. I still work and don't have the opportunity to do the smaller meals throughout the day. Any suggestions?

nanaellen 2011-08-03 14:51:19 -0500 Report

Thanks for the helpful hints! I can't do a lot of the "shakes and stuff like that though I have a really bad gag reflex and most of them I just can't get down! The carnation one is the only one I've found for now that I can tolerate. And I rarely sigh…have fried foods anymore since the pancreatitus episodes!! I swear it's more painful than childbirth!!! I've been trying to get as much fruits and fresh veggies as I can but food here is REALLY expensive. And just recently found the same as you with the proteins. You all have been so helpful I thank you all!! Ellen

Jeanae 2012-03-24 10:45:18 -0500 Report

Try generic, store brand frozen veggies and use them if you can't get fresh. Use generic canned veggies and fruit but rinse, rinse, rinse to get the sodium or the syrups off. It will take extra effort but you are worth it.

petronius 2011-08-03 07:32:08 -0500 Report

I appreciate you reply. This site is very helpful. I gained some good insight into what's happening to me.

jetsybo 2011-08-01 10:36:08 -0500 Report

Nanaellen — I'm not a know-it-all, but my advice (after having diabetes since I was 13…a long time) is to talk with a diabetes specialist who will outline for you how many carbs (and types — dairy, fruit, starch in addition to protein) to have at each meal. He/she will customize it for you based on your meds and your own schedule. There are tons of books available that show carb counts for any food — including restaurants — and just read the packaging on your groceries. Yes, you can supplement that Carnation drink (or part of it) for part or all of a meal if you know how many carbs it contains and how many you can have. I find a hi-fiber breakfast bar (22 carb grams) is great for a quick breakfast on the go — along with 15 carbs of fruit and 1/2 c. skim milk — but that's my diet (40-45 carbs at breakfast). I haven't read the entire thread of comments, so maybe you have consulted a specialist already and worked out a good plan. I just know that not every doctor does a good job of it and will put people out there to fly by the seat of your pants. Good help is available. Best of luck.

nanaellen 2011-08-03 14:59:07 -0500 Report

Haven't consulted a specialist yet that's next on my list!! lol Just went to see my Dr. a week ago…again with the "you have to lose more weight" and he cut my Lantus insulin from 50 to 40 units…told me BECAUSE I'm on insulin that I shouldn't let it get below 100?? I've been trying SO hard to get it down and now he said anything below 100 is not good for me. ??? I'm so confused all over again!! Sigh…one of these days…but at least now I have medical insurance so hopefully we'll figure ths out soon!! I SOOOO want to be able to go back to work!!! Still smilin' though! Thanks for the info! Ellen :)

lissy1 2011-08-17 12:37:45 -0500 Report

Hi Nan,
He doesnt want you to go below 100 cause he is afraid that you might start having insulin reactions ( low blood sugar.)

jetsybo 2011-08-03 16:00:40 -0500 Report

It must be so frustrating to leave the doctor's office with more questions. I imagine he's concerned that you not have low blood sugar episodes and have to correct with more carbs/sugar — and it's easy to slide into the lows when you're trying so hard to have good readings. If you're near a good-sized hospital, they usually have a diabetes center with counselors who can be a great help (which is what I meant by "specialist"!. I wish you the best.

In it to win it!
In it to win it! 2011-07-31 23:39:18 -0500 Report

nanaellen, Those drinks are not enough calories and carbs to be a whole meal. I really feel your pain, I was kind of on my own for 3 years even after meeting with my primary doctor and attending a class for new diabetics presented by an educator. Finally about 4 months ago i begged to be referred to a diabetologist I had heard of, and boy was I glad I went. My doctor not only had me on incorrect dosage of metformin, my diet and meal planning was all wrong. Of course he also told me to walk at least 5 times weekly and changed several of my meds. He prefers I NOT snack, but stick to 3 meals a day. I sometimes break up my 3 meals into 5 and have no more than 15 gms carb before bed. (only if my sugar is low. Instead of my numbers being all over the map, I now have consistent fastings of 90-110 and 2 hr post readings of 100-130. And I've lost 15 lbs! Good luck to you!

nanaellen 2011-08-03 15:06:25 -0500 Report

Oh how I envy you!! I had my gall bladder out last Nov. and problems with my pancreas. Took me till just last week to get my #'s under 300!! I had my first "low" a couple of weeks ago @ 82 and now my Dr. is telling me that I shouldn't let it get below 100 BECAUSE I'm on insulin!??? So he lowered my Lantus from 50 to 40 units but now I'm dealing with the highs again!! Sigh…someday…Thanks for the info…I'll be looking into a dietician or Endo soon. Appreciate the post. Ellen :)

peewee0618 2011-08-27 08:27:41 -0500 Report

I have highs but I am type 2. My doctor put me on two diabetic meds and told me to lose weight. I am trying but sometimes it is easier said than done. I try to get up early in the morning to exercise but sometimes there is not enough time in the day.

Jeanae 2012-03-24 10:48:02 -0500 Report

My dr. told me that if I don't have time to exercise (like walk…) to do things while I am sitting at my desk. Suck my stomach in and hold it for a 20 count, exhale, repeat and to do 20 reps 3 times. Or pick up a water bittle and use it like a hand weight. He said all of these little things combined through the day will help my metabolism until I can actually walk, bike, or run for 30 mins a day. Good luck.

windstorm45 2011-07-31 18:24:10 -0500 Report

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rebl 2011-07-31 17:28:18 -0500 Report

For Nanaellen 'n Jayabee52:

More advice from the Rebel. Can't afford a doctor, go to the airport for a free physical. You get a free breast xam, free Xrays, 'n if you mention El-Caida, you get a free colonoscopy.

jayabee52 2011-08-02 00:51:30 -0500 Report

I just been through one of those x-ray machines in Detroit last Wed. My body glowed for 2 days!!! LoL!

rebl 2011-08-02 14:19:40 -0500 Report


You think that you were glowing! I have had literally hundreds 'n hundreds of X-Rays, including 50 or more in one day. This was several years ago, in a vain attempt to discover what was causing my all too frequent Pancreatic attacks, which led to the surgery which made me a surgical Diabetic. I have been to hell 'n back. The Pancreatitis was acquired in Germany during 'n after the war in 1945, 'n it still bothers me, tho not as often as it did years ago.

Did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac? He stayed up all night trying to decide if there really was a dog!


nanaellen 2011-07-31 19:43:50 -0500 Report

OMG you are too funny!!!!! LOL Thanks I needed that!!! Ha,Ha,Ha I knew it! Someone ALWAYS makes me laugh my butt off before I sign out!! Thanks Rebl!!!

GabbyPA 2011-08-01 20:27:01 -0500 Report

I have to agree. I laughed out loud on this one!!

Anonymous 2011-07-31 12:45:13 -0500 Report

Try taking "whey protein" in the morning within an hour of getting up. This helps me get through the day and cuts back on the surges and hunger pain. I was 320 and drink lots of water now and no sodas. I try to get in about 6 oz apple juice, orange juice or grape juice when I can but stick to mainly water. I am down to 245 now. I try to exercise with denise austin at least 4 times a week and its a slow process but I feel so much better. I also watch the carb intake. Found a great dietitian on www.eatright.org and she was really great and helped me get on the right track. I was on 500 mg of metformin last sept with a a1c of 11 and now on janiva with an a1c of 5.1. Keep pluggin away and hopefully the tips from the post will help you.

nanaellen 2011-07-31 19:49:34 -0500 Report

Can barely get down the Carnation drink in the morn. And definitely can't do the O.J. it interferrs with my BP Meds. Apple juice and grape spike me too high. Still trying though, haven't given up yet. Just frustrated all over again. One day at a time just one day at a time! Thanks! Ellen :)

spitfirelady 2011-07-31 11:54:29 -0500 Report

Don't forget WATER, you guys. I began my RN refresher course in January this year and started my few hours of clinical 3 weeks ago and noticed that even though I was eating my meals on time (I bring them in a small soft cooler to work), I was feeling weird…I very soon realized, I had a glass of water/fluids on hand at home, but at work we hit the ground running and don't stop and had to add to put back a bottle of water in the station to suck up during the day! If not, I became dehydrated no matter what I ate and my sugar elevates! Don't forget to drink good fluids through out your day!!!along with small meals. I find peanut butter on 1 piece of high fiber "whole grain" bread. "multi' grain breads are not all the same…High fiber/low sugar/lo carb/whole grain…Also, I like fresh veggies like celery, half pear or apple, small baby carrots, are great with lo fat ranch dressing…or a piece of cheese: 1 oz. Or a Low carb tortilla (mission: that also has high fiber) with 1/4 cup black or pinto beans with jalapeno's and little shredded cheese in microwave to melt is delicious. Dry tuna with lettuce/tomatoes, red bell pepper, 1/4 avocado with tablespoon of Olive oil and dash of red wine vinegar or aged basalmic vinegar on half of a toasted 100 cal English muffin open face for lunch. Turkey sandwich open faced on 1 slice Pepperidge Farm "whole grain" Oatmeal bread with lettuce and low fat mayo…Or a La Tortilla tortilla smeared with 1/4 avocado with a piece of roasted chicken or turkey or grilled veggies such as squash, onions, red bell peppers, lettuce…Hope these help! Keeps my sugar lo. I always half my apple or pear with an oz of cheese…and then my exercise continues to be the pool at the community center so I don't kill my joints. Or bounce on an exercise ball at home in front of the tv…My best to you…

Brynne 2011-08-03 17:21:41 -0500 Report

Thanks spitfirelady, those are great tips on the food side! They made my mouth water! I think eating healthy is a goooood thing, and you feel so much better about yourself.

ysruner53c 2011-08-01 14:14:42 -0500 Report

You are very informative! I hope the ppl that are diabetic follow your advice. actually I follow the diabetic diet and I am not diabetic. I do eat more fruit and veggies though, usu. 7-8 servings a day. I only have allergies. You gave excellent descriptions and examples of what to eat. Thanks!

spitfirelady 2011-08-02 09:48:40 -0500 Report

Thanks! It is all trial and error over the past months..that 7-8 servings is great…smaller meals more often…with fluids..
It is a way of life..as soon as I get this extra weight off (coming, but slowly), I intend to continue this way of eating. I do really love it. I feel better doing it for "me"!

JohnnyMehlow 2011-07-31 10:11:08 -0500 Report

Wow, your last reply to me was shocking and to me your blood sugar (BS) levels are way too high. 70 - 130 in the morming and no more than 180 2hrs after meals is
highly recommended and it takes time, effort and the want to get there. You're
right about telling the difference between high and low symptoms as they are a lot
alike. Mine 'L' are sweating (especially when there's no reason to), weakness and hard to function. Immediately!! check your BS as this has caused me to have seizures and believe me, that's no walk in the park. Anything over 260 scares me and I will take a bump 5 to 10 units, depending n how high the reading, (I started out w/insulin then Humilin & now Lantus) eat something and take a slow walk or some kind of exercises. My symptoms when this happens is usually a slight headache and dizzyness. I feel that I don't need to check my BS often because I 'think' I have it under control…don't…check it at least 1 to 2 times a day and alter the times; make a log for reference to see just how you are doing. Routine, Routine, ROUTINE…get used to it if you want to live (longer) I know, sounds pretty scarey, it should. Yes it takes time but you can do it and God, friends and family will help but basically…
it's up 2U. So, Get off your butt and see what life Can give back to you and remember…Mumms Do Know Best, gDay&Jollies

nanaellen 2011-07-31 19:57:40 -0500 Report

Yeah NOT checking my BS's is what got me in this mess to begin with! I "thought" I had it under control but it turns out that it had me!! So it's like starting all over again! I could kick myself for letting it go this long but with no med insurance I didn't have to much of a choice! It's a whole different ball game with no ins.!!!! And you are most definitely right Mumms MOMS MA's Do Know BEST!! Thanks, Ellen

JohnnyMehlow 2011-08-01 09:18:50 -0500 Report

Nothing's wrong with starting life all over and that's the way you have to look at it.
I'm very fortunate that I have the VA for my support, otherwise I'd be in the same
boat. Look on this web as there are many free programs out there and I know you're
not alone. Ask everyone for help and advise…I may be there soon as well. Stress is
not your enemy, it's just not your friend and you have to learn to work with it. You
have to BE positive in these non-positive times or else it will bite you in der arse.
I will continue to monitor this site for more info…it's good, LOL & gDayM8

drnubian 2011-07-30 22:24:35 -0500 Report

i have been recently diagnosed 2/28/11 type 2 originally I was on aphrida and now I am oral medication.i still have long way to go 64yrs.old african american 310lbs. i changed endocrinologist she has put me on oral meds' my A!C 6.4 from 11. my biggest fear are those low blood encounters.I have had three since Feb. 2 in one week when i converted to oral med. things are going good except eating and particularly before retiring to avoid the chance of low blood sugar at night. I take 22 units of Lantus. i never ate before going to bed, now I eating light snacks before retiring i will never lose any weight this way.I exercise 3 xs a week. what foods (carbs) are good for maintaining and sustaining steady numbers. i attending numerous classes the educator did not tell anything, useful for me. foods and plans i am not used too. i do not eat red meat. what tips can you offer for before a bedtime snack light and that will stay with you through the night. Thank you

ysruner53c 2011-08-01 14:31:14 -0500 Report

Hey listen to Nanaellen, she is right on target. See if you can get a dietician or diabetologist to design a diet for you. you really need to eat more proteins and only about 15gms of carbs a day. Try to exercse 5 times a week and do drink 8 8ozs of water a day.

nanaellen 2011-07-31 19:35:17 -0500 Report

I've been told anything that has a lot of protein. Protein slows down the absorption of any sugars so it's good to carry you through the night. Peanut butter crackers is a good one. Or a hard boiled egg, celery sticks with peanut butter or even just a handful of nuts Pistachios are best because of less calories. Hope this helps in some small way!! Ellen

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TD Page Jr 2011-07-30 20:50:33 -0500 Report

nanaellen, I have had diabetes for 3 years now. first year my main provider had me on amaryl. It worked for a little while and would have probably work had I kept to the eating rules. But, I didn't. I just ate when I wanted too and how much I wanted too. One night I sat down around 11pm watching and eating almonds. Man, they were good. The next morning I finally told my wife I had to go to the doctor because of pain I had been having for over a week in my lower abdomine?, she took me and he sent me directly to the emergency room. They performed surgery shortly after my arrival, I had eaten so many almonds that my large intestine was about to burst and my small intestine had kinked. Long story short, the hospital screwed up my diabetes and tried to manage it. I was hospitalized for 14 days and they finally got it down. Got home and it went out of whack again. I finally saw my endocrinologist this past Monday ans she told me I was taking my insulin wrong. She told me to start taking a minimum of 25 units before every meal and bedtime. If my blood sugar was 110 or below. If it was higer than 110 she told me to add one unit for every 20 ml it was higher than 110. it's Saturday and my sugar levels have come down to mid 100's and I am still working on it, but; I am still eating just about everything I want but within reason. I am eating smaller portions and more protein. Sorry for such a long story. Good Luck.

nanaellen 2011-07-31 19:28:03 -0500 Report

No apologies necessary I get carried away all the time! LOL Sorry to hear of your bout in the hospital!! That's pretty scary!! My levels are really high most of the time…usually in the 300's but their steadily coming down it's just taking a long time! And the LOWS scare me even worse cause I still can't read the syptoms. They BOTH feel the same to me! Shakey, sweaty,dizzy,thirsty…through the Highs AND Lows!! I've gotten a LOT of good ideas from everyone so I'm still trying!! Thanks for writing and sharing your story! Ellen

alicejoart 2011-07-30 17:14:30 -0500 Report

I have mental illness. My plan of eating 6 small meals a day looks like an eating disorder in the mental health field. Sometimes these folks want to control my eating, but I need to follow my physical health plan because I must stabilize my sugar levels over the entire day! It is scary if these folks do not understand this…they have interfered once but I have been taught to really ignore them.

vonweidhaas 2011-07-31 18:57:13 -0500 Report

Wow.I understand and I have talked to a few peeps who do have 5-6 mini meals a day. I feel better doing that as well-

jayabee52 2011-07-30 17:20:13 -0500 Report

send them here Alicejo. Have them read discussions like this.

YES you DO have to take care of your physical health needs first. Without physical health there's no base for mental health issues.

windstorm45 2011-07-30 16:51:26 -0500 Report

Hi everyone, I really think think my problems eating are much like yours. I have problems sleeping regular too and I've had a crappy diet for years. Having a top but no bottom denture creates a big problem too. I love fresh fruits and veggies and nuts but how many of those can be found that you can eat without teeth? I have been lucky to eat one meal a day for years, and I rarely feel like cooking. Lets not even start on the high cost of eating period>

lauramushkat 2011-07-30 19:35:01 -0500 Report

for awhile I had teeth/lack of as well. here is what I did-get out the kitchen equipment you use to easily smush food-a blender etc will do. put your meal in it and get the consistency you learn is best for you and eat it. I even sometimes ate baby food. usually there is a nutrition group that can be free-Cornell is one. phone or email them for help. ask your dr's office for a name as ask your dr if he suggests something like Boost for you till things get worked out with your teeth problem. good luck!

windstorm45 2011-07-31 18:30:46 -0500 Report

Thank you. I eat some things and swallow some things too. I know you are right about the blender. I have a blender and a juicer too, Using them is another story but now I'm forced to watch my diet I may have to dig them out. hugs

lauramushkat 2011-08-02 18:09:01 -0500 Report

sigh…know what you mean-I keep my old cuisonart out and use it for everything for eggs to whatever! want to be used to using it in case I have to use it for my tteth again someday! I just wish I could eat the small meals others on here do but could never eat that little now that my stomach is used to regular foods! lost 40 pounds after getting my teeth in so feel good about that but seem to have hit a plateau with occasional 5 lb up and back! got 80 to go to reach my perfect weight!

hope your teeth problems are over soon!-hugs

grandmaducky 2011-07-30 15:33:21 -0500 Report

yes u can supplement drinks for meals but for me they have to be high protien low carb have u tried a low carb diet 60 carbs a day i do a low carb diet about 40carbs a day it helps keep me steady and i eat something every three to four hours it might just be 1/3 of a stick of celery with peanutbutter u don't have to eat alot even a hand full of nuts i cook at a grade school feed 150 kids breakfast and 400 at lunch so i know what u are saying about not being hungry

catroter53 2011-07-30 14:54:55 -0500 Report

its so hard to change your eating habits. i was like you and just eating a meal a day,,my pain meds make me not hungry.. im pushing through,, munch on fruits and veggie for my in betweens,, maybe have a protien bar, just 1/2,, lately i have been eating tuna with crackers and cole slaw salad,, you just need to try different things and see what works better,,:)

Anonymous 2011-07-30 13:53:23 -0500 Report

I also discovered that the reason I do not want breakfast is because I overeat snacking at evening!! So that is my challenge to break that habit!! Not easy.

alicejoart 2011-07-30 17:23:10 -0500 Report

I make sure I do eat before bed, because if I do not I will wake up at 4 am with hunger. I just try to balance what I eat before bed…not too late and not too many carbs…my doctor's have suggested eating vegetables and protein.

vonweidhaas 2011-07-31 19:00:01 -0500 Report

Boy I relate to that.My Dr has me on a 1200 calorie a day diet ! I am 5'11 and not a petite build- I was starving at night and could not sleep well. So now I have a lite snack and the pangs have gone away

cindygal1 2011-07-30 17:17:24 -0500 Report

That is one habit that you need to break. Go to four or five small meal a day with a few snacks and breakfast you should eat.

spiritsmith 2011-07-30 13:51:00 -0500 Report

Wow. I went to a dietician and she put me on so many carbs I got really ill. Far too many do not understand that carbs include grains as well as any form of sugars. I look at labels and sugar has to be 5th or below in any form and any flour is out. I eat oat bran for breakfast and that is all the grain I can handle to lose weight. I do no red meat because it makes me hurt in my muscles. I am unable to active exercise although I do a 10-15 min walk each day due to illness. So, all those carbs do not work for me. I discovered that the low carb program is not only the healthiest but the best way to maintain glucose levels but to also take off the 80 lbs I needed to lose. I have lost 33 of those lbs by staying at 60 carbs or 40 if I can a few days a week or I do not lose at all. You can eat all the veggies you want and be sure to make a fruit one of your choices.

princessbeiter 2011-07-30 16:09:39 -0500 Report

You can't eat all the veggies you want. There are some that are still high in carbs. Lima beans, some peas, and potatoes are a few examples. On the other hand, green leafy veggies, squash, broccoli, and snap beans (green beans) are some examples of low carb veggies.

Black beans, kidney beans, and dried beans are high in protein. They should be eaten frequently, especially if you don't eat a lot of meat.

spiritsmith 2011-07-30 17:53:33 -0500 Report

sorry, you are soooo right. I meant to say non starchy veggies. thanks for catching that cuase it is huge. Beans are high in protein so you have to limit to 1/2 cup or you get too many carbs.

mcasey 2011-07-30 13:20:50 -0500 Report

I go by Carb intake. As long as the Carbs add up to 45 - 60 Grams for meals and 15 - 30 grams for snacks, I usually do well. If the breakfast drink falls in the carb range, you should be ok. Just remember that a well ballanced diet should always be in your plan. I have been a diabetic for about two years and work 12 hour shifts. It's hard to eat full meals while I work but I try to eat at least something every 4 hours. When I don't follow my routine, I have bottomed out and that isn't a great feeling. Luckily I always carry a few pieces of candy in my pocket just for when that happened.

nursepat1 2011-07-30 22:04:41 -0500 Report

I know whereof you speak on the shifts. I also work 12 hrs doing private duty pediatric sitting; not hard but cannot leave the room except for quick trips to BR. I have a large insulated cooler and I keep it full of veg and fruit and some sort of protein. Also have 2 large bottles of water and an organic raw fiber supplement. I can eat a few more carbs if they include fiber to slow absorption. the hardest part is trying not to fall back into old eating habits. I will pray that you regain control to the point that you don't have to worry about bottoming out or spiking.

nanaellen 2011-07-30 15:26:15 -0500 Report

I've only had the bottom out feeling twice in 6 years! Your right it's not a good feeling at all!! First time 4oz. of O.J. worked for me. 2nd time Mom made me eat 1/2 a sandwich and that worked. I know all about 12 even 16 hr. shifts!! That's part of the habit of NOT eating! I was working as a COOK of all things!! Cooking all day and 1/2 the night just turned me off to food all together! Don't have the patience to count carbs and all that it makes me MORE frustrated!! The Carnation Breakfast Essentials only has 12g carbs and 7g sugar. It's the No Sugar Added one. Thanks for writing! Ellen :)

princessbeiter 2011-07-30 16:12:18 -0500 Report

Although I don't follow the diet, I do use Atkins bars for breakfast and some snacks. They're low carb and high protein. They're pretty good, too. Special K protein bars are another great choice. Both brands also have the shakes, but I've never tried them. Most of those things are milk based and I'm lactose intolerant.

My doctor told me to try some peanut butter and crackers in the afternoons because I was having low BG quite frequently.

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