New Here and wanted some tips.

Alexsmom3105
By Alexsmom3105 Latest Reply 2012-08-01 13:45:40 -0500
Started 2012-06-19 15:38:52 -0500

I'm new here and i wanted to know some of what you guys do for food to keep your sugars down. What do you guys eat for a healthy snack?

Thanks,
Tracy


6 replies

Lizardfan
Lizardfan 2012-08-01 13:45:40 -0500 Report

Grapes and a cheese stick, peanut butter on celery stick, triscuits with turkey, fresh peach and 2 TB of cottage cheese, 90 calorie fiber brownie or granola bar, 1/2 cup skim milk with cereal,1/2 banana with a peanut butter cracker. These are my go to snacks!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-21 19:23:02 -0500 Report

Yogurt, ones that are about 15 carbs or less per container; cheese sticks; a handful of almonds or cashews; baby carrots; cucumber slices; orange, red, yellow, or green peppers; apple slices.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-06-20 13:37:22 -0500 Report

Start reading food labels and become familiar with the carbohydrate content of foods and their serving size. Carbohydrates are what make blood sugars rise. Limiting the carbs in one's diet will keep them lower. That means eliminating or seriously cutting down on flour products (breads, cookies, cakes, pastry etc.), rice, starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, beets etc.) and most snack foods. I find nuts are a good, lower carb snack. I will also frequently make a meal out of a salad. And I love all-natural Peanut Butter (read the label to be sure it's only peanuts and salt…you'll have to stir the oil in when you first open it, then keep it in the fridge afterwards to prevent it's re-separating again. My lunch each day is usually an apple, cored and sliced and slather with peanut butter.

Kirla
Kirla 2012-06-19 20:22:25 -0500 Report

This is what I believed helped me the most.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I test 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck
Kevin

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-06-19 16:13:57 -0500 Report

Healthy snacks for me include lots of nuts, beef jerkey, and occasionally (don't laugh) pork rinds - they're loaded with protein (just high in sodium too).
I've always got cooked chicken around, peanut butter (with celery before bed), hard boiled eggs, and the few breads/crackers I eat are Wasa Crisp Breads. Otherwise, basically any whole food - nothing processed.