What food is good for diabetics with type 2

Lorena Chaires
By Lorena Chaires Latest Reply 2012-03-02 12:50:19 -0600
Started 2012-02-29 22:32:01 -0600

What are good foods for diabetics

13 replies

Roxdel 2012-03-02 11:38:41 -0600 Report

Hi I'm new here, this has been very helpful, seeing what others are eating. I have not been that strict yet, my BG levels are around 160's. I think I will have to be more careful, hopefully my numbers will go down. This website is very helpful.

byrun 2012-03-02 12:08:11 -0600 Report

Are your current BG#'s a constant average or is that your present, lower #'s from a much higher average?

Roxdel 2012-03-02 12:09:41 -0600 Report

Those have been constant for the last 2 months. I'm doing better they were in the 180's.

byrun 2012-03-02 12:50:19 -0600 Report

Excellent!!! They are moving in the right direction. Spend some time with the educational areas on this site, upper left corner of the home page. Continue reading the posts and replies from our family that is living this "incredible new lifestyle" of ours. Welcome to our community!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-03-02 11:56:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Roxie! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect. I am glad you're here and find what goes on here very helpful!

Should you get serious about what you put in your mouth you can get your BG levels down close to normal. I

had taken about 15 yrs to get to that point, but last year (Feb 2011) I finally decided to try an experement to manage my BG levels with only the insulin which is from my very own pancreas. I was able to do that, fortunately by what I ate and what I chose not to eat. I have in the last year, manitained my BG levels in the "normal" range, my A1c was 5.5, and I lost 65 lbs.

If you'd like to see what I did, just ask and I will send my meal plan to you. You might be able to adapt it to your particular situation. If you can do that you might avoid some of the complications with which I suffer. I hate for anyone to have to go through the pain that I have walking.

Blessings to you and yours, Roxie!

James Baker

Roxdel 2012-03-02 12:14:44 -0600 Report

Thank you jayabee52, I would love to see your meal plan. I really don't have one. I'm on Weight Watchers but that is not very strict. I've only been a diabetic since March 17, 2011 so having a problem with how I'm suppose to eat. I'm hoping I can get 20 more pounds off and get off of my Metformin, not sure that will happen.

jayabee52 2012-03-01 10:21:39 -0600 Report

I ditto what Caroltoo wrote, yet I want to add to her wise advice:

Once you get your Blood Glucose (BG) levels under good control I have devised a method to learn what foods or drinks specifically "play nice" with one's unique metabolism. What may "spike" my BG levels may barely affect yours. Metabolically we each are unique individuals, so unless you know what food or drink 'plays nice" with YOUR unique metabolism we can make general suggestions, but you may find unusual BG readings with some of those suggestions.

I am willing to share this method should you request it!

Blessings to you and yours!


Caroltoo 2012-02-29 23:05:47 -0600 Report

I use lean meat, fish, olive oil, cheese, vegetables and fruit that are low on the glycemic index. Because of my metabolism, I eat more protein and fat than some type 2's do, but you will find what works best for you.

I am also gluten intolerant, as are many diabetics who have digestive issues. To manage that I avoid wheat, barley, rye, and oats and use quinoa, teff, and a limited amount of rice and beans for some of my fiber. Something to consider if you often find yourself with stomach aches or intestinal disturbances.

Avoid the white products: bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, milk, sugar, etc. In bread, pasta, and rice, the products are white because they are so highly processed that the bran is fully removed. Processing reduces the nutrients and the fiber. Some people do well with Dream Fields pasta. I use a rice or quinoa pasta. Once you have your BGs under control, you can probably eat small amounts of red potatoes, black or brown rice. Many of us use almond, coconut, or soy milk in place of regular milk.

Many of us avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. When you have some time, go read some of discussions posted about sugar and also soda pop.

Filtered water, or water without hormones and chemical additives, is healthy for us. I drink mine with the juice of a lemon and usually no sugar. When the urge hits, I'll use a trace amount of coconut sugar which has a much lower glycemic index than any of the cane sugar or beet sugar products.

Preparation is another issue to consider. I've made the choice to cook from real food products — cuts of meat, vegetables from the produce section, etc. — and avoid processed and canned foods. That way I can control what goes into my food. It is a healthier approach for me.

This is a lot to consider at first so just take it step by step. Eat your protein because it helps control you BG spikes, add vegetables that have lots of fiber and low carb counts because this also helps control the BG spikes. Fats of the olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, almond … pretty much those we know as the MUFAs… are the best ones to help you feel satieted so you don't get hungry before your next meal. If you do, almonds are a wonderful D-friendly snack (but do watch the calorie count.)

Some of us went through our kitchens and donated things we would no longer be eating to the local food banks. Consider talking with your family about supporting you by joining with you in your new and healthy food plan. It will not only help your D, but it will be healthier for your family than the way they have been eating.

Enjoy! It's an adventure. Discover what works best for you and how to make yourself healthy through good food choices…then add daily exercise and stress reduction to your plan for a final touch.

It may sound like a lot of work, but I am med free because of this so, for me, it is worth it. Good luck.

JSJB 2012-03-01 04:08:39 -0600 Report

I agree with you 100%. Can not get this type of info on FB and that is why I rarely visit it. I still have to work on the urges I get to eat the food I liked before getting pre diagnosed. So far I am keeping my BSdown under 130. There are 4 other people living in the house and I see food I should avoid in the refrig all the time. Well some day I'll be medication free. Enjoy the day.

Jeanae 2012-03-01 21:35:40 -0600 Report

I have three other people living here and they eat what I eat. I don't keep things on hand that I can't have. If we are going to grill out I will get them a bag of chips to go with their burger and I will buy them buns (although they love the whole wheat ones). After the cook out, what ever chips are left get pitched. They don't need to eat more of that crap. So they eat a lot of grilled or fresh veggies, grilled or fresh fruits, fish, chicken- no skin grilled or broiled, and while I avoid whole grain pastas I will make it for them. They also can have brown rice and I can't because it spikes my b.s. We eat egg white fritattas with tons of veggies for breakfast. I have oatmeal occassionally. They snack on veggies with hummus or cheese and a couple of whole grain crackers. As a result or their healthier eating they have lost weight, felt better, had more energy and my husband's hclesterol is low for the first time in decades. He is off cholesterol meds! Yeah! Good luck.

Jeanae 2012-03-01 21:38:34 -0600 Report

Oh I forgot to add I serve things in courses- appetizers- cherry tomato stuffed with a little hummus and parsley, veggies tsicks with hummus or a dip from Greek Yogurt and herbs and spices. Then I plate everything on smaller plates lke a nice restaurant would so tonight we had sauted spinach with sesame seed, a pice of oven grilled mahi mahi on top of that and a little salad of oranges, avocados, red onions, jalapenos on top. It looks special so they are already thinking it is special. Then we had grilled fruit with a small dab of greek Yogurt on top. They drizzled a touch of honey on theirs but I left that off.

Caroltoo 2012-03-01 19:50:21 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are doing a good job with the BGs. Yes, having others around who eat differently is difficult. My hubby has Alzheimer's and doesn't really have a lot of food preferences. A's meds dull his appetite. His basic response is that he is hungry but doesn't care what he eats. That makes it easier for me because, with the exception of his breakfast pasty, lunch cookies, and evening bowl of cereal, he eats what I eat. These used to be foods I just loved, but I rarely feel any desire for them now. Especially since I've connected my stomach aches with gluten intolerance, so I see a cookie as a stomach ache now. Definitely an aversive thought.

Hope you can also become med free. Keep me posted on your progress.