Diabetic food and its prices

By KarieV Latest Reply 2011-07-10 23:12:39 -0500
Started 2011-07-10 07:55:05 -0500

Diabetic Food and its prices: I love the diabetic shakes made by Glucerna . But they are so expensive. Our food budget is 300-400 for the two of us a month . I figured it out the other day that just for one month of glucerna shakes for my snacks (would be perfect and works by keeping my numbers stable)is 132 a month. thats most of my part of the food budjet. i understand specialty foods are expensive but i wish a company would take pity on the people that do not make a lot of money.

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KarieV 2011-07-10 08:46:38 -0500 Report

Well i do take medicine to control it so i have to becarefull and we have found that fresh fruit elevates my numbers higher than anything and we have tried regular food like unsweetened applesauce and it doesn't work ,the shakes work perfectly. I have one at 315 on my break at work and i don't nibble while making dinner. For me to lose the 200lbs i have to loose and to keep my numbers steady it is Vital for me.

jayabee52 2011-07-10 23:12:39 -0500 Report

fruit is not your best choice for a mid afternoon snack. High glycemic index especially applesauce where most of the fiber is gone from the apple. Applesauce is almost pure fructose. Better to try a hard boiled egg or two, or a few celery sticks. Maybe not as convenient as a glucerna shake, but IS less costly.

jayabee52 2011-07-10 08:25:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Karie,

My take on it is that there is no diabetic food. People with diabetes ("PWD") don't have to eat different food than the rest of humanity, we just have to be more careful about our food choices and more conscious of our portion control.

There are foods which are MARKETED to PWDs but none are vital to our life and well being. What you are purchasing when you buy those foods is convenience, and not much else. We PWDs can get along just fine on regular food if we make wise choices on foods which are low glycemic and controlled in the amount we eat of them. And sometimes the diabetic stuff or "dietetic" or No Sugar Added foods are not a great choice anyway because some of them have more carbohydrates in them than an equal amount the regular item

I keep my blood glucose down by what choices in foods I eat and how much I eat of them. I use no medications to control my Blood Glucose levels which are generally in the "Normal" range, unless I make a wrong choice in what I eat or don't control my portion sizes. Then my meter tells me I've messed up. It takes me a while to get back to normal BGs after that but they do return to the normal range.

Yes it is nice to have the convenience of something like a glucerna shake, but it is not vital.

Blessings to you and yours


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