What's there really to eat?!

By Emmiey612 Latest Reply 2012-05-15 06:53:37 -0500
Started 2012-05-11 00:39:06 -0500

I feel as though everything I eat affects my diabetes terribly. Just wanna know some foods that have worked well in not raising your bs super high. Thanks!

10 replies

nzingha 2012-05-15 06:53:37 -0500 Report

oats in reasonable quantity of course and eggs..cheese too…they work for me..eating out of a breakfast plate… and all vegs…they work wonders…the vegs…if i do have carbs..i try to take in small quanitities..like a half of potatoe and 3 spoons of rice, mostly chicken or fish on my plate with those and 3/4 of my plate is vegs.. all the time for dinner or lunch. breakfast i really just do oates and 2 hard boiled eggs.. for snack before lunch i will have a fruit…right now going to fix lunch… have no idea what i'll eat…lol..

Armourer 2012-05-12 23:34:45 -0500 Report

Gabby listed some good points. I eat a lot of eggs, both scrambled and hard boiled. Cheese is good but I try to eat mostly mozzarella and white cheeses, and also peanut butter. For me I can't eat any pasta of any kind, or brown rice and most wheat products. Quinoa has been a life saver but if I make it into flour for bread or pancakes it will spike my BG. For me air-pop popcorn has been great as a late night snack, also pickles and veggies. Some beans work, green beans the best and small amounts of black & pinto. Lots of water!

GabbyPA 2012-05-13 11:07:18 -0500 Report

I wonder why when you use quinoia as flour that it spikes you? Perhaps because you eat more of it in a serving since it is ground up. That is very curious.

Wound Lady
Wound Lady 2012-05-14 10:26:21 -0500 Report

I have to keep a very low carb eating. still having trouble with being off the Acto. With the Acto & mediform my sugars was in control. now I am running 120 to 134 in the morning. Any body have a suggestion. I take 15 Lantus in am. I am so not liking the feeling of not being able to control.

GabbyPA 2012-05-12 14:37:52 -0500 Report

This is rough, because we are all so different and foods affect us all in different ways.
Some things that work for me are:

Any kind of greens, cooked or raw.
Cheese is a good protein that I enjoy. Cottage cheese is one of my favorite substitute sides.
If you have lean proteins they will fill you up and keep your levels happy.
I do okay with sweet potatoes, though I have to eat the smaller ones.
When it comes to pasta, I loose all the time. I still eat it, but I really need to give it up, as it doesn't really matter what kind I eat. Dreamfields is the best one I have found. I do use quinoia a lot more and barley because it has a lower glycemic index.
I eat a lot of fresh veggies. When they come from the garden I feel great about eating them. Cukes and green beans are most friendly to my glucose levels. Pickles are my friend!! I love them and they treat me well.
Fruits I like and that like me are strawberries, blueberries and grapefruits. I don't eat fruit every day though, as it can get away from me. I also like small apples and try to eat them with peanut butter.

Like many have said, low carb diets work for most of us the best. But if you have something that you just love, eat some of it. It can be better than denying yourself right into total abandonment of any rules.

I don't take insulin, so I cannot (well, I should not) eat whatever I want. I have to work to keep my levels lower, and I really don't recommend a carb overload and an insulin over dose. It is better to keep some discipline with you at all times. Not that you will be perfect, but if that is what you strive for, you will have better control overall.

Type1Lou 2012-05-12 13:51:44 -0500 Report

Like James, I'm an advocate of a low-carbohydrate diet (but I think he is stricter with himself than I am). I permit myself to have no more than 120 grams of carbohydrate per day. That means avoiding most of the white foods…potatoes, breads, cereals, rice, pastries. Some vegetables like corn and some fruits, like oranges, are also high in carbs. I'm still educating myself about the carb values in foods and have picked up several guides to help me. I do eat an apple each day for lunch along with some all-natural peanut butter which comes to about 37 grams of carb. I am on insulin and determine my pre-meal insulin dose via my carb to insulin ratio; the ratio can vary from individual to individual and from meal to meal. I've become an avid food label reader and check the portion sizes and carb values per portion on all the foods that I buy. There's a load of information out there if you look for it. Learn as much as you can and keep track of how certain foods affect your BG's by testing 2 hours after you've eaten. This will give you the data about what you need to avoid too.

Lizardfan 2012-05-11 12:12:31 -0500 Report

I can eat anything I want within reason and don't limit any particular foods. For me it is all about my BS levels at that point in time, portion control, and how often I eat that food. If I am running out of range all day then for me I wouldn't want pizza or a carb like mac n cheese that could be a killer of my BS since I was already having an issue that day. I adjust and that is how I manage my levels. How long have you had diabetes? Do you keep a food journal? That is how I learned to avoid foods that really raised my levels and when I could indulge. Good luck!

door331 2012-05-11 10:41:53 -0500 Report

I eat everything and anything I feel like eating. The only time there are issues is when you eat frequently and have to "stack" insulin. Things can get a little dicey if you don't remember how long ago you dosed or how much you just ate.

As James said if you want to eat something without affecting your BG (which is pretty much impossible) you will basically avoid anything with carbs. Look for protein rich foods or things like cucumbers that are mostly water.

jayabee52 2012-05-11 01:02:58 -0500 Report

Howdy Emmiey! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I have been managing my diabetes mellitus (DM) without the use of DM meds simply by eating a low carbohydrate / High protein meal plan. You can find a discussion of this meal plan and how it has managed my DM without the use of medications here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14... , so that is what there is to eat.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker