By rdesperado20 Latest Reply 2011-08-16 23:14:05 -0500
Started 2011-08-12 03:27:02 -0500

hi, i was doing great with our diet, but i swagged away from it. i had lost 15 lbs, and i gain back 7 lbs of it. i just found out the the community has recipes, but i glance at it. i started eating alot of pasta and torrillas (corn).
need help and motivation.
has anyone tried the recipes?
does anyone craves sweets?
thank you, terri and rick

27 replies

AuntieM234 2011-08-13 05:14:00 -0500 Report

When you test tortillas, you may want to try wholewheat, as well. My son-in-law was in Afghanistan for a year welding back together equipment used in battle by the Military. When he left to go there, he was not in very good shape. He didn't eat right and he wasn't in very good physical condition.

He became a hit with the Military, because he is extremely good at what he does. He can build or repair just about anything. He built some vital things for the Special Forces members and they decided to take him under their collective wings!

You can probably imagine that they are in great condition, considering what they do. Well, they told my son-in-law they were going to kick his ass into shape. And man did they, big time! The rest of the story, while it is interesting is not on point.

The point is he came home a different man. To my daughter's delight, a man bent on staying in shape and eating healthy. Like James (Jayabee52), he now wants to eat low carbs, high protein, so he is selective in his eating. While he was gone, my daughter had already begun a healthy diet with their two children. They are all big burrito fans, so my daughter found wholewheat, double fiber tortillas. They have low carbs, plus the fiber and protein couple to make them healthy eating. They make some really good burritos. ;-) Mara

PS: Don't forget to always read the labels on (whatever) food before you make a purchase.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 06:27:43 -0500 Report

hello Mara
i am so glad to hear that your son in law came back healthy and safe. i bet you and your family were glad to see him home safe with your daughter side. he sound like a very smart gentleman.
like i mention to James it's hard to cook to different meals. one for us and one for my son. he eat junk food (not fast food), but process food. i really have a few dishes that he will eat with us and i like does dishes because i only have to cook once. like i mention i really do not have to worry about my son getting diabetes because we adopted him when he was just 5 min ago he came and they hand it to my husband and i.
but i try to eat healthy like for snack i'll eat fruit or veggie. it does not fail i'll craved something sweet i'll bake a cake or buy a piece of candy. at least once aweek i have these crazy craving.
when i was diagonisis with diabetes 3 yrs ago the family doctor that i had at the time just gave me a meter and told me what range to be on and that it. he was'nt concern about me having this illness. so i change family doctor, and he was concern he does blood work every 3 months and check my eyes, and feet. my husband got diagonsis about 6 month ago, and the doctor ask him if he wanted to got classes and to understand about diabetes, but he did not want to. i think he is in denial right now, because he wants to eat whatever, and he has bad sweet tooth.
on certain item that i buy i will look at the labels on certain items. well i hope you are doing fine with your diabetes?
hope to hear from you soon.

AuntieM234 2011-08-13 06:51:31 -0500 Report

Well, Terri, we are friends, now, so will be talking often, I hope. It is really important for you and your husband to get on the right track for your Diabetes. You will both feel so much better if you eat right. Jayabee52 is very smart about what to eat. Keep in touch with him and take his information and use it. You won't go wrong there. In fact, you will be glad if you do. I don't know your ages, but the longer you DON'T eat right, the harder it will be on your bodies. ;-) Mara

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 08:28:16 -0500 Report

lMara i believe we will be good friends. you are so friendly, ,caring and consideration. i have tried to eat healthy in the past i didn't because i was in denial i did not want to except that i had this awful illness so i would eat anything and i started to gain weight. so when my husband was diagonsis 6 months ago i change alot. i started to care and i didn't want to leave my son as an orphan. my mother was diabetes for 15 yrs, but she did not die of the illness she die in a car accident 7 yrs ago. i was driving and this car just hit us from the back going 65 mph. and my son was young at time and he was in the back seat in his seatbelt and it broke and he got ejecting from the car but thank God he was safe, he now suffer from serve mirgraine. But i thank the Good Lord that he spare my son life and my life too. i suffer from back problem because of it.
That reason now i always on the site to see whats new and ask sometimes dumb questions. However, everyone here is so helpful. James and Ray are both so helpful they know what they are talkiing about. Like said now that we both have diabetes i want take care of ourself better and eat healthier.
Both my husband and myself are 47, just turn 47 this month we are just a couple weeks apart. but now that i'm older it is hard to lose wieght compare to when i was in my 20's i could eat anything stay a size 8, now forget it. I'll be glad if i can come down to a size 18 i would be so happy. lol.
take care hope to hear from u soon. terri

jayabee52 2011-08-13 08:48:20 -0500 Report

you said you ask "dumb questions" sometimes Terri. Well let me tell you what my definition of a dumb, foolish or stupid question is:

It is an HONEST question that you have but which is NOT ASKED!'

So if you have an honest question ASK IT!

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 14:02:15 -0500 Report

thank you James i i will i want to know more about this illness, and what i can do to prevent from going to diaylsis, and losing a limb. my grandfather had so back he did not take care of himself bless his little heart and may he rest in peace, but he loss both of his legs and he was so depressed. however, he would never show us how bad he felt for not taking care of himself.

jayabee52 2011-08-13 21:40:15 -0500 Report

Generally speaking the way to avoid or postpone complications you mention is to get your BG readings in the normal range (no more than 130 and generally no less than 70).

If you want to know more, ask a specific question. I have discovered that I work better with a specific, focused question. (due to my ADHD). If I get something like that, and can't find information on it I have found my mind working on it like a dog gnawing on a bone. Sometimes I can't rest till I am either exhausted or find a good answer.

rdesperado20 2011-08-16 21:34:02 -0500 Report

hello James, i will do that just i haven't started yet, but i will because i wanted to know what my BG. i do both my and my husband.
i know that my toes have been getting numb, i don't know if it my diabetes or Rsd, but which ever it is i hope i can find out soon. Does your feet get numb?

jayabee52 2011-08-16 23:14:05 -0500 Report

My feet don't get numb, my neuropathy feels like it burns from knees to toes. My neuro on my elbows to fingertips tingles like my whole arm is "going to sleep"

AuntieM234 2011-08-13 08:46:36 -0500 Report

Never worry about asking any questiion for which you need an answer. Just ask away: start a Discussion as you did here, type it on someone's profile, or send an Inbox message. The discussion is your best bet, because typing it on a profile it may end up getting lost among all the other things. If you want to a question you don't want everyone to see, then go to the Inbox. Just remember you are at home here, just be yourself. ;-) Mara

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 14:07:29 -0500 Report

Mara well everyone has been very helpful. but sometimes i feel dumb not knowing about this illness. but i have learn that i can ask questions, here and someone will give me great advise. like i mention i do not want my son to be an lorphan. now that both of his parents have diabetes. i think we can live a long prospere life if we take care of ourself.

lmkilday 2011-08-12 15:57:33 -0500 Report

I have to avoid pasta, but I don't deprive myself of sweets. I just have to use a sugar-free alternative. I make a fruit smoothie instead of eating ice cream. I make sugar-free jello with fruit or sugar-free pudding. I think there is a recipe for pizza in a bowl, which I use. It's basically pizza toppings without the crust. The toppings were always my favorite part of the pizza and never did care for the crust. You need to figure out what triggers a blood sugar spike for you. Most diabetics can't drink fruit juice. I can. It doesn't spike my blood sugar if I drink it early in the morning. It's a matter of trial and error. The hard part for me is walking through the store and seeing some of my high carb favorites and knowing I have to avoid them.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 09:04:59 -0500 Report

well when we do eat pizza i try not to drprive myself so i'll eat 2 small piece and my husbank will eat a salad and a large slice, and the rest my son will eat throughout the day. but i know i can not have to much pasta because it spike my sugar level alittle above my regular reading. we do eat sugar free pudding and jello, applesauce. however, lately i been craving real sugar so once week i'll eat a Almond Joy to kill the craving. when i'm up late i usally snack on a piece of fruit. well when my levels is real low i usually drink oj or milk to bring it up. i can not drink grapefruti juice because it will raise it high, and i love grapefruit juice.
well thank you for your post. you been real helpful.

robertoj 2011-08-12 04:32:46 -0500 Report

I don't do diets. I have made necessary lifestyle changes, including my diet. I have tried many different recipes and have seldom been disappointed. Try looking up healthier versions of you favorite foods (including sweets). Make a list and use the search box. If you must eat pasta use whole grain and try to limit your portion size. If you like mac'n cheese use low fat cheese and try using half pasta and half cauliflower. Most of us have occasional slips. Don't worry about it and push forward. Find ways to reward yourself for doing well that doesn't involve food. If nothing else give yourself a big pat on the bak.

rdesperado20 2011-08-12 15:47:08 -0500 Report

thank you roberto for you friendly advise. i will try to do that. however, my lifestyle still is cooking mexican way so we eat alot of pasta and rice. i have change to corn torrilla instead of flour. i need to change our eating habits more, but now i have try to eat more veggie and fruit when i craved sweets. but every once in while i eat a almond joy lol. i will check out some of the recipes on the site thank you.
and again thank you for your reply.

jayabee52 2011-08-13 02:35:55 -0500 Report

you might be better served ricardo, if you test the corn tortillas for how they raise your blood glucose readings. For me anything that has corn in it skyrockets my BG numbers. It may or may not be that way for you as we all metabolize different foods differently.

To test corn tortillas, take your BG reading first (your "baseline" reading) Then eat 1 serving of a corn tortilla (without any filling so you can test just what the tortilla is doing to your BG readings) Then 2 hrs after you take your first bite test your BG again ("Postprandial") If your BG is raised 50 points or more from baseline reading, then it might be too carb-heavy for you to eat. If it is closer to 50 than 100 you might want to do a re test on separate occasion with a smaller serving size and see if that lowers your BG readings from before. If it is closer to 100 or more points, it is better to avoid it altogether and seek some other way to eat it the contents of the tortilla. (wrap it in lettuce leaves?)

You want to do the test for both the corn AND the flour tortilla wraps so you have an idea of which is worse for you to consume.

I would also recommend doing such a test for a lot of foods you eat. Then write each result for each food in a 3 ring binder page, so you can keep track of the foods you've tried and the results you got.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 03:18:23 -0500 Report

i will try that, but my doctor told to eat corn torrillas instead of flours. but he never told me how to check my BG reading. right to tell you the truth i have never had no type of class or nutrion on what i can eat. and i been diabetic for 3 yrs, however, my mom was diabtic for many yrs and i use to cook for her real healthy foods and she had lost like 50 lbs by eating healthy. however, i do not cook like that nomore. we eat mostly homecook meals, we do not eat out to much maybe 2 or 3 times a month. i have learned alot on this site it's been real helpful.
thank you for your information and i will try to do what you recommened. again thank you. terri

jayabee52 2011-08-13 03:34:24 -0500 Report

You're welcome Terri. Actually home cooking is way better than eating out because you have control of what goes in your meal.

I don't know exactly what your mean by "I don't cook like that no more" but it might be better if you started again. 50 lbs is a signifigant weight loss. Do you need to lose weight (don't know, only asking you only have to answer to yourself)?

I have lost 40+ lbs since Feb 2011 on a low carb high protein meal plan. My main goal was to control my diabetes without the use of meds, and it has been successful. I'm staying in or close to the normal range without the use of diabetes meds. My May 2011 A1c was 5.5. All I do is limit my carbs and eat more protein sources and low and mid glycemic veggies and a few small fruits.

Not everyone can do it without diabetes meds, but folks can keep their numbers low so they don't have to increase their meds that frequently.


rdesperado20 2011-08-16 11:43:21 -0500 Report

thank you for your reply, i always feel well educated when i talk to you.
i know home cook meals are better, i usually take a break and we will eat sandwich.

i need to lose weight, because i am overweight and if i lose it it might help my diabetes and other medical problems. i want to take baby step to lose weight and it won't be hard if i lose small amonut at a time.

congrat on your weight loss, do you still want to lose more weight or you met your goal. my A1c is 6.5 the dr said i have it under control. ok i will try to keep them low i usually hace between 5.0 and 6.5 i do not want to go higher than that.

God bless

jayabee52 2011-08-16 12:13:29 -0500 Report

My weight loss was gradual too. I really didn't set out to lose weight, just to regulate my BG numbers without diabetes meds. I really don't have a weight loss goal as I am now lower than I have ever been in my adult life. I've been told that somewhere around 135 is ideal weight for someone my height. If I get that low, then I might seek how to put the brakes on my weight loss without blowing my BG numbers. I have always been on the stout or "husky" side. That would be an interesting experience for me. Being too thin.

I understand that as one loses body fat (especially the viscereal fat in the abdomen) it lowers one's insulin resistence.

God bless

rdesperado20 2011-08-16 21:39:58 -0500 Report

i wish i had your will power to lower your BG and at the same time lose weight. do you think by lowering your numbers it make you lose some weight. i know my ideal wieght is 126 i have a long way to go. but i hope it comes off. my husband when he got diagonis he started losing the wieght.
i hope everything works out for you.

robertoj 2011-08-13 01:58:35 -0500 Report

Thanks a lot now I crave an Almond Joy! lol:) There are many Mexican recipes too.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 03:27:07 -0500 Report

are the reciepies like the way your grandmother and mother cook. because i cook like them not healthy. lol. like arroz con pollo, fideo, and pinto bean with bacon. boy i'm getting hunary lol. you know i m might just cook mole con pollo. MIGHT!!!!
but we ate healthy today we had grilled chicken breast. with bake potatoes. i'm trying, but never had classes on they just told i was diabetic and gave me a monitor and just told me to keep at a certain range. so i change family doctor, but he is more helpful and more concern with our diabetes.
did you get that Almond Joy yet. lol. terri

jayabee52 2011-08-13 04:08:01 -0500 Report

Terri, just because these are old recipes they may not be all that unhealthy. Let your meter decide for you if it is healthy or not. Use the method I told you about above to determine if it raises your BG readings too much or not.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 06:08:28 -0500 Report

thank you James, i will do that i hiope these old recipes are heathly enough i do not need to change our eating habit alot. i usually use lean ground meat, and i boil or broil my meat. chicken we do not eat to much fried chicken. it's usually grill, bake, or bbq. but we do eat alot of cold cuts, but i try to get turkey breast or the ham i know it has alot of salt, but sometimes i get tried of cooking. especially when you are cooking two of different things, because my son does not eat what we eat. well there are some dishes that he will eat but most of the time he like cup of soup, nuggets, hot dogs, pizza, and all the veggie you can give him. i know that i do not have to worry about my son having diabetes, because he is adopted we got him when he was 5 minutes old. so you can say he is our son he is 14 now.
but i will do what you said and check our BG readings. do i get the read in the morning or evening?

jayabee52 2011-08-13 09:26:01 -0500 Report

As I see it the suggested MINIMUM number of BG tests per day is 3. Drs will tell you only 2, but that's what the insurance companies try to get them to say to reduce their costs for test strips. But IMO that is "penny wise and pound foolish". You CAN ask Dr to write a 'scrip for any number of tests per day, as long as it is not outrageous. (I have my Dr write my 'scrips for 4 tests a day.)

Those 3 readings should be: first morning "fasting" when you first get up before you eat anything.

and the 2nd should be after a meal of your choice. take it 2 hours after you started eating ("Postprandial"). You may choose different meals on different days, for instance Mon. postprandial breakfast, Tues, postprandial Lunch, Wed postprandial Supper. and so forth.

The 3rd should be just before you go to bed so you know what your BG number is before you retire for the night. If it is below 130, one of my Drs told me, I should have a SMALL snack of a protein and a slow digesting carb, so I don't go too low during the night, and get a "liver dump" in the early morning.

You should write each of those numbers down each day so your Dr can see your progress.

Really you need not cook 2 meals for you and your son. Food for people with diabetes isn't special. And it is a VERY healthy way to cook and eat. It can be, with the right seasonings, be very tasty also.

And just because your son is not your biological offspring, does not mean that he is not in danger of developing diabetes. I didn't have diabetes in my family line, until my brother, and then I developed it. It came from somewhere. Kinda tough to figure out where.

There's a lot more I could say, but I'd better stop now or I'll be writing a book here.

rdesperado20 2011-08-13 14:26:52 -0500 Report

well the doctor only has my hubbuand myself to check only once a day and we check at night, cause my husband nurse will check his and mine in the morning. we have already had breaksfast when he checks us. but usually the number in evening or before we go too sleep they are high well like 140 to 160. but we will have a snack around 8:30 or 9:00 so our sugar will not drop. i do ok, but my husband he is real low like in 50 to 60 and he had breaksfast. usually his nurse will ask me to give him oj or a glass of milk. i know we are not taking in protein or carbs at nite i usually eat a piece of fruit or yogurt, and my husband will have a bowl of creal or yougurt.

so in reality we are checking twice, but manybe i need to talk to the doctor about writing a script for more test strips. i'll let him know about what going on with my husband and myse ilf. i really do appreciated your advice.

i guess i should be more careful with my son. from reading some of the posting diabetes does not have to run in someone family. my son is more like a semi veggiartan. he loves his veggie except for salads. what i cook is old fashion mexican food, and he does not like it. just some of the dishes not to many. he has a expenisve taste he likes roast, rib-eye, and t-bone. and we eat that once a month. lol.

well tell hear from you stay healthy.

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