newly diagnosed but not seeing a specialist for another 3 weeks

By KSeuss Latest Reply 2012-06-18 17:18:30 -0500
Started 2012-06-13 15:21:31 -0500

Hi I was just diagnosed with diabetes last week. I did have gestational diabetes with my first son and also have Polycycstic ovarian syndrome. My primary set me up with an appointment with a diabetes clinic but I wont be going until July so I am looking for advice until I see someone that specializes in this. I do remember from my gestational diabetes to try and avoid the "white" carbs. My big issue is breakfast, any ideas? I am allergic to eggs so they are not an option for me as well as my 2 year old is allergic to eggs and peanuts so those are things I do not cook with. Seems like every breakfast food is either egg filled or a carb! When I had gestational I do remember every single day I ate two slices of light wheat toast with pb and sugar free jelly and a small glass of milk. Like I said though no pb allowed in my house now so that isnt an option for me anymore. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

21 replies

Lizardfan 2012-06-18 17:18:30 -0500 Report

I make cheese toast with 1oz. cheese on whole wheat bread with some real butter. Yummy! Cottage cheese is also a favorite of mine.

margokittycat 2012-06-15 16:40:35 -0500 Report

I love Cottage cheese for breakfast. Sometimes I will do bacon to. I know you say PB is out but is your son allergic to all nuts or just peanuts? Nutella is a spread like PB that is make from hazel nuts and it taste pretty darn good especially with sugar free blueberry jelly.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-14 06:04:50 -0500 Report

Greek yogurt and cottage cheese makes a quick high protein low carb breakfast
(or any meal). Tossed salads with leftover chicken, sunflower seeds, shredded cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, and slaw mix (shredded cabbage and broccoli). Or like others any leftover in the fridge.

Nick1962 2012-06-13 19:34:24 -0500 Report

Hey welcome to the club here!
I'm with everybody else, no rules for breakfast. The few days i eat bread it's one slice whole wheat with some ham and cheese. Other days I use a lettuce leaf as a wrap for some type of meat and cheese. An apple and almonds is usually my weekday breakfast, but I'm stuck behind a computer, so i don't need a whole lot of energy.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-13 17:25:01 -0500 Report

I am from the if it is in the fridge and it is food I will eat it for any meal. Yesterday for breakfast I had a piece of chicken left over from dinner the night before with a slice of toast and coffee. This morning it was a pork chop with toast and coffee. I also like the Tuscan Herb Crackers with low fat cream cheese and coffee with a cup of no sugar added red grapefruit. I will also have the cream cheese and crackers with bacon that I bake in the oven.

I am also allergic to all nuts. This includes coconut. I cannot use any products with coconut or any nut oil in it. I am also allergic to fruits with pits in them so no peaches, nectarines, grapes, cherries, plums etc… on top of that I cannot be in the same room with a banana. It seems a lot of diets include nuts pitted fruits and bananas. I want to find a substitute for these.

KSeuss 2012-06-13 16:49:52 -0500 Report

thank you caroltoo, that is exactly what i was thinking, left overs! right now we are also avoiding all tree nuts as we do not know if he is allergic to any so the allergist said just avoid them for now. going to be hard to change my way of cooking as in my husband and step daughter are african and white rice is their staple! plus they all love potatoes as well. looks like im going to have to cook them a meal and me a separate meal (no fun!)

Caroltoo 2012-06-13 17:58:59 -0500 Report

Assuming they are willing to compromise a little with you, there is Andean seed called Quinoa that makes a great substitute for rice. I use it anywhere I used to use white or brown rice in a recipe.

Another substitute if Teff. It is actually an Ethiopian grain. I've never used it, but I have read that it is considered a staple of the majority of Ethiopian families of average means. Apparently, those with higher incomes are moving to a more westernized diet and there are studies showing the families using Teff are much healthier. I've not seen Teff in my local stores, but it can be found online by googling TEFF.

Move gradually, but the diet you are going to will also be much more healthy for them. It may just take them longer to make the transition because they don't yet know they have a potential health risk called the Westernized Diet! Lead them gently.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-14 13:05:11 -0500 Report

Carol not all African people are from Ethiopia and may not know what Ethiopians eat. I have a friend from Nigeria who has been in this country since he was 12. He doesn't eat foods from other African Nations. I have several friends for Senegal who also do not eat foods from other African Nations. Like in America foods can be regional and are not available everywhere you go. For instance I have had salsa in Mexico that is nothing like the Southwest version in this country. We don't know how long her husband and step daughter have been in this country so we really don't know what they know about the Westernized Diet. My Aunt is married to a Jamaican who eats foods from both this country and his. This is true of all my friends from foreign countries who have been here most of their lives. They mainly eat the foods from their own countries mixed with our diet.

Rice and all forms of pasta are a staple in many countries and prepared all kinds of ways. For some people depending on their economic status, Rice might be the only food they eat on a daily basis. My Nigerian friend is a Biafra child who said even with mainly rice to eat his stomach was hugely bloated from nearly starving to death, having poor water to drink and eating other things that in his words would choke a goat. It wasn't until his father got work saved every penny to come to this country. Once here he saved to bring his mother, wife and his two sons here. He said his father promised them they would never be hungry again. He still eats rice but it isn't a staple in his diet any longer. Her husband and step-daughter may never fully change what they eat. Having worked in a hospital and at a University I have met people from all over the world and when they move to another country, they bring their culture and traditions with them and this includes the types of foods they eat and the way they prepare it.

I do agree reducing the starch in their diet would be healthier however, they may never stop eating the way they do on a more permanent basis.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-14 13:30:38 -0500 Report

Sorry if I overstepped my boundaries. I offered suggestions to her was responding to your response. Sorry, I won't do that again.

Caroltoo 2012-06-14 13:42:53 -0500 Report


No apology needed. For me, the issue is that to find healthy solutions, we all need to get out of our comfort zone some of the time. I don't have Andean relatives, but have found Quinoa very helpful. I don't have Ethiopian ones either, but plan on trying teff.

We all have a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds which I wish we could share sometime … since you seem very knowledgeable on the subject, perhaps you could start a discussion around how our cultures affect our learning about food choices.


Caroltoo 2012-06-14 20:48:15 -0500 Report

And how we can evaluate how to respect our and other's cultures while still trying to find something that works to meet our own particular health needs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-15 10:58:26 -0500 Report

I think that you would have to understand that your health needs are not the same as Dick and Jane's. What they may be eating would benefit them. People get lost in the fact that foods in different cultures my be unhealthy for them to eat. It may not be unhealthy for the people of that culture depending on how much they eat or how often. This is something no one would know. So you have to respect the fact that it isn't good for you but may be good for them. You also have to respect the fact that some people eat unhealthy foods all their lives and never contract diabetes.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-14 13:24:00 -0500 Report

I had forgotten that the Andes region was where quinoa originated. That area also gave us potatoes. When I was doing genealogical research I learned that one of my hubby's ancestors was noted for actively introducing potatoes as a substitute for turnips in the diet of fellow townspeople.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-14 13:37:49 -0500 Report

They had come to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England. They were living in the area that became Hartford, Connecticut. Potaotes were a strange new food.

Caroltoo 2012-06-14 13:46:11 -0500 Report

Oh, true. In the "new world" it was all about maize, which when you think about potatoes coming from the Andean culture of Peru, is kind of odd. Potatoes hadn't migrated back up the land mass.

Caroltoo 2012-06-13 15:33:05 -0500 Report

If it is just peanuts you avoid, an almond butter made of all almonds with out added oil is a good substitute. Almonds create a natural oil while being ground.

Personally, I've strayed rather far from what is currently considered breakfast fare. This morning I had 1/2 cup of raspberries, a small piece of steak, and a bowl of stir fried onion, russet potato, 1/2 avocado, and about a 1/4 cup of beet greens stir fried in macadamia nut oil. Despite the potato, my BGs won't jump because of the protein (steak) and fiber (onions, greens, and raspberries).

Be guided by your personal food preferences and what doesn't drive your BGs up, but anything you would eat anytime during the day, is also a good choice for breakfast.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-13 17:26:43 -0500 Report

Carol, if it is in my fridge and cooked, it can be breakfast. I don't stick to foods being specific breakfast foods. I will make one pancake for dinner if that is what I want.

Caroltoo 2012-06-13 17:37:35 -0500 Report

Me, too. Our grandparents had a huge full meal for breakfast before going out to work on the farm all day. My parents had scrambled eggs and toast for a light dnner sometimes. No boundaries on that one!