Newly diabetic and weight loose

By zaara Latest Reply 2012-07-13 19:41:34 -0500
Started 2012-07-10 05:44:38 -0500

Hi I am 27 years old and detected diabetic last week my fasting was 190 and after breakfast 225 doctor asked me to loose weight I have the list what not to eat but I dont know what to eat when to eat and how much to consume help?

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Kirla 2012-07-13 19:29:20 -0500 Report

I know how you feel about not knowing what to eat. I believe you should google low carb diets and do some research there. Find one you think you can stick to and try it. I kind of follow Atkins myself. I just don’t believe in eating a lot of meat or saturated fat. But eating meat is ok in small amounts like 2-3 oz’s per serving is good. Maybe chicken or fish you can eat a little more.

I remember soon after being diagnosed looking at labels. Shortly after being diagnosed I made the decision not to eat foods with more than 5-6 net carbs per serving. By reading labels I soon realized that there isn’t much food that comes in a can or package which contains less then the 5-6 net carbs. I spent months looking.

Morning are my worst time of day for blood sugar control. Eating any carbs at all spikes my blood sugar in the morning. I found by trial and error that drinking a low carb protein drink when I first get up does not spike my blood sugar too much. Then about an hour or two later I eat 1 serving of sunflower seeds. Sometimes I will eat an egg. I also take my fiber supplement at this time. Walmart sells the sugar free equate fiber supplement. They also sell a regular one so I make sure I buy the sugar free one. Comes in a small canister with an orange top.

I have to eat lunch around 11:00 am. For lunch I usually eat 2-3 oz’s of some kind of meat. If no meat I eat a hard boiled egg, then I eat a cup of broccoli I mix with my chana dal bean dish. I will then eat 1 serving of peanuts. Other foods that are good is tuna fish mixed with some mayonnaise eating without any bread. Ham is also good to eat with a slice of cheese. I use to eat these with out any bread but lately found some low carb pita bread I use to make a sandwich. Its pretty thin but works. You can always eat a salad or other low carb vegetables like spinach, cucumbers, pickles, homemade coleslaw made with a little mayonnaise and vinegar. At first I didn’t add any sugar to the coleslaw. I now add a little splenda to my coleslaw. Tastes good now. Cabbage cooked is also a good food to eat.

For supper I eat a salad with an Italian type of dressing which I add extra red wine vinegar to. You can also add things like cheese and cut up eggs and such. As long as what you add is low carb it should be ok. Then will eat some chicken or some kind of meat. Chicken or fish is best to eat. but 2-3 oz’s of beef or pork once a week should be ok also.

For a snack at night I sometimes will eat a little cheese. Most nights I will eat 1 or 2 serving of almonds. Bjs’s sells them raw and with no salt for $11.00 for a 3 pound bag. One bag lasts for several weeks. I used to make almond milk and later made walnut milk. Quit making walnut milk because they raised the price of walnuts so I stopped eating them.

This is just some of what I can eat. I post several recipes on my blog. Its all foods I found I can eat that don’t spike my blood sugar. You will need to experiment with foods. By testing before and either 1 or 2 hours after eating should give you a good idea if what you ate spiked your blood sugar. I believe testing at 1 hour is best. If you have real high blood sugar like over 200 you might want to test 2 hours and when your blood sugar comes under control some, you can always start to test at the 1 hour mark.

As far and when to eat I believe eating 3 regular meals a day with 2 or maybe 3 snacks between meals is ok. I eat a snack in the morning and at night. I found I don’t need one or want one in the afternoon. Some people like eating a snack in the afternoon. I say follow your meter and stomach.

Good luck

Kirla 2012-07-13 19:41:34 -0500 Report

As far as how much to eat I usually will eat I serving of whatever I eat as listed on the can or package. Meats I eat 2-3 oz’s and most vegetables ½ to 1 cup should do. If you know how to count calories you should learn to divide your foods into meals and snacks. When the day is over and you’re about to go to bed you should of eating close to what your daily calories for the day should be. This is different for everyone. If the doctor recommended a certain amount you can start with that. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t go below 1200 a day. Once you lose a lot of weight you can always add more depending on how active your lifestyle is.

Harlen 2012-07-10 16:16:13 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I dont have much to add
for me it is to cut back -way back lol on the carbs
Have a high fiber snack at night before bead seems to me to work
Best wishes

zaara 2012-07-10 22:05:19 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen but I dnt understand carbs and fiber first have to research about all this issue

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-10 12:18:58 -0500 Report

Hi Zaara, I am type 2 and had the same questions as you. The first thing I did was cut out everything white, such as potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and starchy veggies. You have to make sure you read labels and learn about carbs.

Sugar Free does not mean it has no sugar. Splenda is made from Sugar Alcohol. Stay away from processed foods. The salt content in some of it would kill a cow. This means no frozen dinners, lunch meats canned veggies. If you use can veggies, I rinse them before heating.

During the summer months I buy fresh veggies and some of them can be cooked and frozen. At the end of the season you can buy fresh veggies and make soups and freeze them in containers for one or two meals. I buy fresh green beans, kale and collards and cooke them in smoked turkey, put them in containers and freeze them.

Bake, broil or grill. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a cast iron skillet with a grill made into it and I do chicken beef and pork in it. If you want fried chicken put it on a rack in a pan in the oven. When it is done it is crispy like it was fried. I also bought a Nu Wave Oven and I love it. I can cook a turkey in it. I also put breakfast sausage and bacon in it. Since I bought the oven I only use the top of my stove.

I use to buy Sugar Free Chocolate Chip cookies at the Amish Market and would separate them and wrap in plastic wrap and freeze them. You can do this with most cookies. I don't know about the kind with filling in them.

I lost 100lbs by doing all of this. Now my blood sugar is in control and I can have a real cookie, some chips or a tiny piece of real cake.

The key is eating in moderation. At family dinners when they put large serving spoons in dishes, I go to the kitchen and get a tablespoon and a teaspoon and fill my plate. I get more than enough to eat and I don't mix starches. If I have pasta, no bread or potato salad and so forth. Good luck…

zaara 2012-07-10 13:36:46 -0500 Report

Wow! Thanks Joyce I will plan things before eating as you said

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-10 14:03:01 -0500 Report

Zaara you have to plan your meals. I no longer have to sit down and plan what I am going to eat. Every diabetic is different. This is not a one size fits all disease. What works for me may not work for you.

You will also have to learn what foods will effect your sugar levels. For instance I cannot have orange juice when my blood sugar level drops. It will make it spike way too high. However, when I have the urge for an orange, I peel off 2 sections and I am fine. Or I wait for my sister to eat one and I take 2 sections. My doctor recommended 1-2 slices of white bread and I find it works fine for me

I have a cosmetic purse in my purse with my meter and supplies for it, hard candy and extra meds. I never know how long I may be out of the house and if I have to check my blood sugar or take my meds I have it with me.

CJ55 2012-07-11 01:15:20 -0500 Report

I do the cosmetic case as well. It will hold everything you need to carry with you. Also, I keep a list of meds I take and it also says I Am A Type 2 Diabetic.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-11 10:57:50 -0500 Report

Zaara diabetes isn't something to play with. Should you need medication or have to take insulin shots your doctor will tell you this. If you fail to take care of yourself, diabetes can cause kidney problems, loss of limbs, blindness, heart trouble and even death. Did your doctor tell you that you are pre-diabetic or that you are Type 1 or Type 2? if you are not sure, contact your doctor and ask those questions.

CJ55 2012-07-11 01:21:05 -0500 Report

I have had several instances when I knew my BS were low, but didnt have my test meter with me nor anything to take and I was driving. I was getting confused and I pulled into the hospital ER parking entrance. A nurse noticed I was swaying while trying to walk as I fell I Had to tell her I was a diabetic. Since that day, I have never ventured out without my cosmetic case with all the essentials in it.

zaara 2012-07-10 12:07:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Lou for your guidance I will check the calorie king online and learn more and avoid the foods with high carb as you mention dear

Type1Lou 2012-07-11 18:33:08 -0500 Report

You're very welcomed! With your search for knowledge and solutions, you are well on your way to managing your diabetes!

DeanaG 2012-07-10 11:59:52 -0500 Report

This last year since being diagnosed I have concentrated on getting control of my blood sugar. With the lifestyle changes I have made(exercise and low carb eating) I have lost 24 pounds without even thinking about weight lose.

zaara 2012-07-10 12:09:54 -0500 Report

Deana I have also been daignose to have swelling around liver is this fine for diabetic peoples

Type1Lou 2012-07-10 10:38:16 -0500 Report

Dear Zaara,
I've found that if you reduce the amounts of carbohydrates that you eat, your blood sugars will drop and you will lose weight. Some examples of carbohydrate-heavy foods are breads, potatoes, rice, cakes, cookies, candies; most fruits but some are lower than others…the lower ones are the berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.) There are many guides which will tell you the carbohydrate content of specific foods and their serving sizes. I use a paperback (like The Calorie King) or check on-line. Also, read the food packaging labels which, hopefully, have the per serving listings on them. I am 5'3" and weigh 120 lbs right now. I limit my carbs to no more than 120 per day. This may or may not work for you since we are all different. Some people here eat less than that and other more. The key for you is learning how many carbs you now consume and reducing them to lose the weight which will then make it easier to control your blood sugars. Welcome to this site and I hope this helps.