When are good times to eat, I was told 6 sm. meals a day.......Help PLEASE!!!!

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2012-04-20 09:01:30 -0500
Started 2012-04-15 18:48:39 -0500

I am still lost & can't figure out weather I should eat 6 sm. meals or 3 reg meals per day. I was told there is no benefit in eating 6x per day as my doctor suggested. Do you have any suggestions, what do you do for your eating habits to stay level & keep from having liver dumps, highs, lows, etc.? I just want to scream sometimes…
I am up 16 hrs per day if this helps…

Thank you so much in advance

48 replies

TsalagiLenape 2012-04-20 08:07:44 -0500 Report

Well I usually eat 5 small meals per day mind you two of them are snacks like fruits and veggies. I dont do fruit after 2 p.m. though it sits in my stomach like a rock ugh. But smaller meal size is like going from a dinner plate to a salad plate for your regular meals. Snacks you have to be careful on. Fruits Veggies and Nuts are best. Yet right now I have to overhaul things since I started working I added on some pounds Ugh not what I want. LOL I hope to see an Endo next month I will post how that goes. Prepping with questions and etc for the Endo. So I hope it will be a good visit. Not just for me but for the Endo as well. So I hope this bit helps you. Experiment carefully and wisely for yourself. Each person has to do so to get it right for them not for everyone else. Hugs

kaiya2465 2012-04-20 09:01:30 -0500 Report

I guess I did a good thing about 2 yrs ago then on your statement…I gave my dinner plates away & have been using saucers for the foods I do eat. Thank you for the input.


GabbyPA 2012-04-18 11:07:11 -0500 Report

It kind of boils down to how your body works. The reasoning for the 6 smaller meals is to keep your glucose levels more even. To prevent drops and spikes and to increase your metabolism.

If your levels are in good control as you are eating now, then talk to your doctor about that and see what more they want to accomplish. If you are having huge drops or spikes because of larger or more spread out meals, then it might be better to break them up into the smaller ones.

kaiya2465 2012-04-18 11:18:57 -0500 Report

Still getting the spikes, so I need to figure out where I am messing up.

GabbyPA 2012-04-18 11:24:28 -0500 Report

Are you getting spikes with the 3 or the 6 meals?

What you might want to make sure you do at each is have it balanced. I know it is tempting to just eat an apple for a snack, but if you don't temper it with some fat or fiber, you will spike. So add some cheese or peanut butter. Things like that help out and keep the spikes at bay.

GabbyPA 2012-04-19 10:04:42 -0500 Report

That is about all I do for snacks. I eat some nuts or some celery with some tuna salad or something. I don't really have 6 meals. I eat my 3 meals and have something to nibble on in the day. Keeps me from eating too much at meal time too if I am not really hungry when I sit down at a meal. I used to eat a whole meal when we ate out, now I rarely can do that and I have a habit of replacing fries or the starch with cottage cheese or a vegetable.

kaiya2465 2012-04-19 10:08:15 -0500 Report

I don't do fried foods, si I guess that is a good thing there. I don't go out to eat, you never know what's in the food.

GabbyPA 2012-04-19 10:12:43 -0500 Report

I don't go often, but my husband really doesn't eat well on my "healthier" meals so it is more a treat for him. He gets to order the carb-aholic plate and I get to eat something I didn't cook. We have a little home diner that we frequent and they know us there, so it is not as scary as going to a chain restaurant. He always takes home the extras for a second meal, so it's worth it.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2012-04-19 12:49:39 -0500 Report

This is true 3 meals and several smaller meals (snack size) throughout the day are best and don't forget to eat a little carbs before bedtime. This wirks for me. Control portions and include a small amount of carbs every three or four hours works.

jayabee52 2012-04-19 18:18:08 -0500 Report

you might want to pair a protein with those carbs before bed to give your stomach something to digest during the night. It seems to keep you from dropping too low during the night so you don't wake up with the "dawn effect"

dietcherry 2012-04-16 22:24:55 -0500 Report

As far back as Ive had D, Ive been told to eat 6 times a day; have Endos stopped recommending this ?? I thought that was the D way :) Ive tried at times to eat like that, but I just dont think about food all that much or care to eat all day long.

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 22:30:41 -0500 Report

I have not seen an Endo, they are about 8hrs away.

dietcherry 2012-04-16 22:51:14 -0500 Report

There are PLENTY of people who see GP's for their D. Ive been told by every Dr. for 32 years, Endo or not, to eat 6 times a day :)

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 22:53:51 -0500 Report

Ok, thank you for the input, this is the only way I have been learning anything about D, is asking all of you. :)

dietcherry 2012-04-16 23:01:38 -0500 Report

So your Dr is just not helpful there huh? Honestly I eat twice a day, sometimes 3 times. Im not the typical PWD—I just cant stand food on my stomach all day. Whatever your personal eating habits are CAN be adjusted to fit what is needed to keep you in good control. Do you want to share how you like to eat with us?

kaiya2465 2012-04-17 07:16:59 -0500 Report

No my Dr. is no help at all. I am getting better at eating. I went from eating 3-4x a wk to once a day. Now I am where I nibble on raw vegies, or a salad during the day, Have some almonds for some protein & have a piece of fruit. I am trying to get my water intake up (yuck).

dietcherry 2012-04-17 09:52:51 -0500 Report

That all sounds good to me. As far as water, just have to punch it up with something; a SPLASH of fresh fruit juice is flavorful OR try freezing juice in ice cube trays during the hotter months of the year :)

Nana_anna 2012-04-16 23:12:10 -0500 Report

I feel the same way. I am slowed way down on my eating. I am trying to loose weight. I lost 2 lbs at weigh last week. I want to keep that going. I used to eat so much. I got sick of my stomach and flabby arms, and triple chin lol! I decided that I am going to keep working out as I have been. My diet consist of light meals, oatmeal, for brft, tuna fish for lunch and a salad for dinner. Try to do nothing in between, unless its a piece of fruit with milk. Its doing my BS good to.

dietcherry 2012-04-16 23:44:42 -0500 Report

Thats awesome! Good for you Nana_anna and Im rooting you on to achieve your weight-loss goals !!! I eat brunch and dinner and occasionally have a afternoon snack OR a snack later in the evening. And thats all I can manage. Be sure to get you some protein at each meal OK? Keep up the great work !!!!!

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 22:57:46 -0500 Report

I've never seen an Endo either. My GP is all I've ever had and, while I wouldn't recommend it, there are times I haven't seen anyone for 18 months at a time. For me, this feels like a do-it-myself project and, to be honest, as long as I'm not on insulin and my doctor supports what I do with Rxs for test strips, I would rather have it that way. I like to make my own health decisions.

Nick1962 2012-04-16 16:30:35 -0500 Report

Like Carol, I usually snack my way through my weekday. Piece of fruit for breakfast, nuts mid-morning, my lunch "meal" is veggies and some form of protein with a few carbs (chicken, roast beef on 1 small wrap), nuts or beef jerky mid- afternoon, and a loaded salad for dinner. Weekends are different because I'm more active. 2 eggs, with some form of meat protein, maybe an english muffin, then mid-morning snack, a higher protein small lunch (ham, turkey and cheese in a lettuce wrap), again a mid-afternoon snack, and we usually have a real weekend "meal" of a protein and two vegetables. Maybe once a month I toss in a higher carb item like a small serving of rice or pasta. Don't forget though I did this mainly for weightloss.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 16:43:30 -0500 Report

More similar than I realized, Nick .. didn't realize you did the six meals a day also.

Nick1962 2012-04-16 18:39:23 -0500 Report

Yeah, but I really don't call them meals. My thing is basically to keep a reasonably constant flow of food in and it keeps me level. My only "twist" is that i try to match my caloric intake with my activity. That way I'm not storing unused carbs (which result in higher numbers) which I'll have to try to burn off. Up to this point I've tried to run a little bit behind so I lose weight.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 19:02:29 -0500 Report

Yes, the word choice is confusing cause I'm not talking about regular size meals either. I think of it more as grazing. If Wayne wasn't here, I could just nibble my way through the day.

Nick1962 2012-04-16 20:04:47 -0500 Report

Yup, exactly. Don't overload, don't underload. Smaller portions mean less spike and less resulting drop for me.

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 19:08:29 -0500 Report

Caroltoo: I read things that say it's good for diabetices to eat smaller & more meals per day then I read the opposite. What is your opinion, I understand where it can keep the #'s in a good range.

CaliKo 2012-04-17 10:48:49 -0500 Report

I agree with Nick and Caroltoo, For a T2 that is diet-and-exercise controlled, the many small snack-meals seem to work better for me, too.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 19:35:50 -0500 Report

I prefer the six times/day to consume food because it keeps my BGs more stable. Among the positives are that I eat less at a time, so that minimizes my BG response to anything that I eat. Some of them are larger and more balanced, some are smaller and more likely to be a high protein snack like string cheese or nuts.

Today for example (it is now 2:30 pm in Hawaii), I've eaten:
B: egg, spinach, feta cheese, and bacon bits omelette w/coffee.
Sn: chicken leg
L: leftover Spanish "Rice" made w/quinoa, hamburger, tomatoes, celery, onion, tomato sauce, salsa, chili powder, salt (little), and pepper. Water w/lemon juice.
Sn: low fat mozarella string cheese, 2 strawberries, more water
Later today: planning to have …
D: small steak and some stir-fried veggies like zuchinni and water with lemon.
Sn: almonds and another string cheese


kaiya2465 2012-04-16 19:42:44 -0500 Report

All but the spinach,& the steak, I can handle small amts of g. beef, sounds yummy…can you send me some of your daily menu ideas…please

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 20:00:35 -0500 Report

One of my alternative ways to fix zucchini is to use a wok. I think of it as stir-frying because of the wok, but it is at much lower temperatures so I can safely use extra virgin olive oil in place of something like peanut oil which can stand a higher temperature.

I'd use the EVOO, heat it, slice in a small zucchini, possible add some halved grape tomatoes, then some cubed chicken, ground beef, or turkey and cook until the veggies are still crunchy but the meat is cooked enough. Might add a little chicken broth, favorite Italian spices, grate some parmesan cheese on top depending on what taste I wanted.

Yes, I can send you some of my daily menus as they evolve. I don't plan ahead except to plan to only have food I can eat in my refrigerator. Otherwise, eating is a spontaneous event for me.

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 20:21:38 -0500 Report

I had a salad with balsamic vinegar as dressing, I didn't think I would like that, but I did which was a shock…

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 21:03:51 -0500 Report

Sounds like it was a pleasant shock. It really is good and you can always add a little olive oil if you want it to be a little smoother.

Caroltoo 2012-04-15 19:15:35 -0500 Report

Speaking for me only, I have six meals a day. By this I mean I have 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks. I spread my 1500 calories over those 6 "meals". Three are much more like traditional meals, though smaller. Three are more like high protein or high fiber snacks (almonds, string cheese, fresh tomato, piece of thinly sliced turkey, cottage cheese, yogurt cup, pear, apple, or something similar).

When I have food in my tummy 6 times a day my BGs are more stable and, since the quantity is never too much, the BG range is narrower and that is good for cellular health.

I drink 2-4 oz of aloe vera juice in 2 oz of pomegranite juice every second or third morning (no longer need to do this daily).

I also use the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of iced water as my favorite BG controlling drink or 1T of vinegar in 2 oz of water when I have an unexpected upward spike and want to moderate it. I don't have lows, so that's not a problem for me.

kaiya2465 2012-04-15 21:21:18 -0500 Report

Caroltoo: Thank you, it seems like I am still pretty much on my own when it comes to finding out what/how to plan meals to eat to get what I need, & what are good times to eat etc. I am not finding out anything online for answer, doctor is no help…But you were going to be one that I asked about how many times a day you ate, because I trust you on things you have stated…Again thank you.

Caroltoo 2012-04-15 23:39:48 -0500 Report

Thank you for the vote of confidence, Kaiya. I'm sorry you haven't found more help. I'd offer you a list of a month of my meals, but I use meat and you don't use much. There is a new discussion going by someone who wants to go vegan. Would you fit close enough to that to talk more with her about what she eats?

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 07:35:48 -0500 Report

Caroltoo: Someone asked me not to long ago this question…"How will you survive in the winter if you totally go vegan, if there is no elec, & you had to rough it for the rest of your life, can you grow vegies in the winter." It is sure making me rethink what I am doing.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 08:34:39 -0500 Report

Good thought. For me, the answer would be: I'd adapt to survive. It is a time when we sort out between our preferences and our needs.

kaiya2465 2012-04-16 08:51:37 -0500 Report

Caroltoo: I can't find the discussion where you & Nick were talking about a certain way you eat, what was that, that you both seem to use as a guideline of sorts?

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 16:27:02 -0500 Report

Probably was, Nick. We've been chatting off line for a while, don't think she's gotten back here yet. Thanks.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 08:59:44 -0500 Report

I do; haven't seen Nick's. I'll email you mine. It's more a list of basic food Do's and Don'ts, not actual menus. I think of it was my shopping list. then I let my creativity and tummy guide me in selecting what I want to eat that day.

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