By coolgirl Latest Reply 2013-07-25 16:00:28 -0500
Started 2011-06-14 10:42:58 -0500

confused on foods to eat

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coolgirl 2013-07-25 16:00:28 -0500 Report

hi every1 it's been along time and ty all for welcoming me I have yet failed at getting my diabetes under control I watch what and when I eat and follow the dr. orders but still have reading of 300 and above now I take 2 diff. shots 1 shot be4 every meal and then 1 at bed time and taking oral med.

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the diabetic camper 2011-06-17 13:26:05 -0500 Report

my favorite dietician used to always tell me, everything in moderation and you will be a great diabetic. I would then ask her about something, and she would say like I said, everything in moderation and the she would proceede to tell me what was moderation for fudge, regular coke, beer, wine, and all sorts. She was a diabetic as well so I took her advice to heart. That moderate piece of fudge was real small though. www.thediabeticcamper.blogspot.com

AuntieM234 2011-06-14 18:40:46 -0500 Report

Hey coolgirl! There are classes available to get you started and orient you to the acceptable vs unacceptable. My HMO provides the classes free of charge. Your health care provider should have information on where to find them; otherwise, RayT's response makes sense. ;-) Mara

Kirla 2011-06-14 18:37:46 -0500 Report

This is what helped me and how I started when first diagnosed.

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. My A1C has remained below 6 for 2 years now.

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

RAYT721 2011-06-14 18:30:31 -0500 Report

Hi there … Welcome!!! Rather than bore you silly with a bunch of things you can eat, let me say that there is little that you can't. As a diabetic you will learn (experience) how many carbs, calories, fat grams and everything else that you, your body and your glucose meter likes. The best advice I can give is to take baby steps and start to read more about nutrition, vitamins, etc. There are many discussions on reading food labels and recipe nutritional data. Those little keys will help you to control yourself and your portions. There is nothing wrong with eating 5 or 6 times a day as long as you keep the portions small enough. There are so many guides online and at the library to show the calories, carbs and such of store bought and restaurant bought foods. There is a great website for diabetics that acts as a food journal (FREE). Go to www.livestrong.com and go to tools and check out My Plate D. It's a little work at first but worth it. It is overwhelming at first to think about counting carbs and counting this and subtracting that but you WILL get the hang of it. It is not easy but gets easier in time. We are here for you. Many of us are, were or will be where you are today. We pretty much work together as a type of community / family. So, again, I welcome you and hope to hear more from and about you. Come on it … the water's fine!!! :)

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