Meals for diabetics

By Jen0917 Latest Reply 2012-03-27 02:13:53 -0500
Started 2012-03-21 22:59:09 -0500

My boyfriend has type 2 diabetes, and today his glucose level was at 584. It hit me today at the hospital that I need to change our diet.. This is serious! Can anyone give me good ideas on different meals to prepare that will help maintain his BGL?

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Anonymous 2012-03-27 02:13:53 -0500 Report

Ah, being new and figuring out how the site works, isn't it fun. Hit reply under the person's post below that you want to respond to, that way when others read it, it flows smoothly.

There are recipes here, and you can look them up online. Also, the ADA has a recipe link that is great. He needs to watch portions, carbs, and take his medicine regularly. He needs to ask his doctor about seeing a dietician.

Jen0917 2012-03-23 16:03:25 -0500 Report

Thanks nick and Lakeland, I really appreciate the info. This info is really going to be helpful.. Thanks again..

Nick1962 2012-03-23 09:14:56 -0500 Report

You’ve already got some spot on responses. I personally like to keep things simple – baked chicken or sausage stuffed chops with vegetables, when I can afford it steak and fresh shrimp. Simple pan fried or grilled fish like tilapia or salmon is a staple for us also. Shredded cabbage can make a whole bunch of different versions of slaw with a little imagination, and isn’t too bad sautéed either. Stir-fry works well too if you don’t use a too sweet sauce, and I’ve learned to love them without rice.
The grill is your friend – I found if I can grill it, I can eat it. I’m very carb restrictive, so burgers without buns was a little hard to get used to, however depending on what I eat I can usually get them on a whole wheat tortilla or wrap within my carb limits for a day. Don’t worry, no one will go hungry, I just fantasize that I moved to another country or island where the food I used to eat isn’t available.

Lakeland 2012-03-22 19:59:27 -0500 Report

one thing that helped me keep my numbers down was create dinner around the carbohydrate. If I wanted bread (carb) then I'd skip dessert or choose a diet jelllo. if I wanted the dessert then I'd skip the fruit & bread. the protein isn't the problem it's the carbs. carbs that are high fiber take the body longer to turn into sugar so if you do a bread try to make sure the fiber listed on the package is 4 or above. even some of the so called "healthy"breads & thing show less than 1 g fiber & I just don't choose those.

if he tests his blood often, you will learn what foods effect his numbers. for me a bunch of grapes can put my sugars into the 200's, things like sweet corn can raise my numbers too. it's really about choices

Jen0917 2012-03-22 00:03:46 -0500 Report

I am new to the sight.. I am definitely going to follow you.. You have been very helpful. Please share all ideas with me, I am really interested in learning about diabetes and what I can do to help him and play my part in him getting and feeling better.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 23:20:47 -0500 Report

Please go to our discussions page. You can search for food related discussions and there are many. They will give you lots of ideas.

We also have a recipe section, but many contain foods that really aren't recognized as good for diabetes management, so why don't you study the foods first and get a good idea what could work for him.

That is a very high BG reading, which probably means some fairly extreme changes are in order for a while. For immediate care, focus on using lean protein, poultry, fish, and seafood. Use some low glycemic index veggies and fruits (see two discussions on 25 Low Carbohydrate Fruits and 25 Low Carbohydrate Vegetables. Use Mono Unsaturated Fats like olive oil, avocado, in moderation.

AVOID: potatoes, white bread, sugar, anything processed, any fast food, milk, ice cream, fruit juice (some fruit is ok) and grains. Once he is well under control, then add back some of the grains, if he tolerates them ok. Meanwhile, be sure he has plenty of B vitamins which he would normally get from the grains and lots of fiber from the veggies that he eats. If he has digestive issues, grains may be good things to leave out of his diet because many diabetics are also gluten intolerant and don't know it.

Remember, this is an emergency. Some of these things he will be able to eat in moderation after a while, but right now you need to bring his blood sugar down asap.

After he has some control, then begin to experiment with what foods cause him to spike and which he tolerates in moderation, but that's the next step.

Gambling 2012-03-22 06:40:53 -0500 Report

Just what I am following and is working great !

Dont forget a bit of walking ,around the block ,or around the hospital floor ,around the apartment or the house.. every bit helps !

Jen0917 2012-03-21 23:28:04 -0500 Report

Thank you so much.. I will keep this in mind and definitely follow.. I am new to this and really have some learning to do on it, your information sounds very helpful an is appreciated.. Thanks again.

Caroltoo 2012-03-21 23:47:58 -0500 Report

We've all been there, Jen. I was shocked to be diagnosed at 400. Had to learn what to do to survive and thrive. I am now med free and BGs are in the normal range, so this does work.

Another piece, once his BGs are down under 300, would be for you two to go take a 30 minute walk together each evening. It will do wonders to increase his insulin sensitivity and that allows our body's insulin to do what it is supposed to do to keep our BGs down.

Stay in touch … we can share ideas. I'm going to "follow" you this evening; if you want, follow me back and then we can private message here on site.

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