what foods can u eat

By coolgirl Latest Reply 2011-06-15 12:59:27 -0500
Started 2011-06-14 11:27:50 -0500

any1 got any reciepesor any tips,totally confused,HELP

5 replies

jayabee52 2011-06-14 19:20:54 -0500 Report

You eat regular food coolgirl!

The thing that is makes a person with diabetes' (PWD) eating plan different is that you must control your serving sizes and count your carbohydrates ("carbs"). You use your glucometer to tell you what works for you and
what doesn't in terms of intake of food and drink.

Diabetes is not a one-size-fits-all condition. What will send my Blood Glucose (BG) sky high may not budge your BG at all.

If you don't have a glucometer, get one at a pharmacy like Walmart or Walgreens. An inexpensive one will do, but make sure the test strips are inexpensive too, as that can be a big cost over time.

Once you have your meter and you want to test how a particular food or drink affects you, Take a BG reading (called your "baseline") Consume a suggested serving of what you want to test. Then 2 hrs after consuming it you take another BG reading (called your "postprandial" reading).

If your BG number is 50 points or more above your baseline, then you can choose whether or not you want to try again later with a smaller serving size. If it's a lot more higher than 50, you probably want to add it to your list of no-nos for you.

It might be helpful to you to get a 3 ring binder and paper and write down your
test results for later reference.

To find suggested serving sizes look in the nutritional information boxes on the packaging, or if it doesn't come in a package Google "nutrition information" and find a site which gives that kind of information. I've found http://nutritiondata.self.com/ useful. You can also buy a book called "Calorie King" to do much the same.

Praying you get all the information you need soon so you can get better control of your diabetes.


GabbyPA 2011-06-15 12:59:27 -0500 Report

Both Ray and Jaybee have great advice for you. Our site it filled with all kinds of great recipes and ideas. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes Just type in what you want to make and the nutritional values should be there to help you make a decision.

I keep good foods posted on my frige with the carbs next to it, calories and some other things. That is what I tend to ususally have on hand. Just keep a log of what you are doing, specially in the beginning, as it will show you patterns and bumps to avoid.

RAYT721 2011-06-14 18:39:20 -0500 Report

Hello again … I just saw and responded to your first post. You can find recipes in a link to the left on Diabetic Connect's index. You will also find recipe websites with a quick google search for "diabetic recipes." The best tip is to pay attention to portion (serving) sizes. In time you will learn about plating methods, tips like using smaller plates to feel fuller visually, drinking lots of water, testing often, and so much more about diabetes. We are a pretty close group of strangers here, merging together as a family. Take baby steps towards your control because if you try to do too much too soon, you will only burn out. Look around the discussions, blog articles, news articles and other areas of the site as you will find many of the frequently asked questions from those newly diagnosed. Feel free to ask away, ask people to be friends, and get revved up for a new lifestyle that will change your mind, body and soul to be a happier and healthier person. Diabetes is not the end of your life … it's the beginning! Welcome to our website!!!

Kirla 2011-06-14 18:36:08 -0500 Report

This is what I eat and don't eat and I have pretty good blood sugar control.

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

Narg 2011-06-14 13:56:59 -0500 Report

Really not that hard. You can eat anything, BUT ONLY if you count for it. Keeping a healthly diet will always help though. Have you attended any education classes on diet? If not, find one and go. There are some different methods too, I just use the "carb count" method as it's quite easy. Just remember, if you want good control, count everything you eat.