Diabetic suggestions....food diet...exercise?

By paulk1989 Latest Reply 2015-06-07 03:17:16 -0500
Started 2012-08-07 19:24:24 -0500

Anyone have any good recommendations for a diabetic diet including healthy and no carb snack foods…I have a never ending appetite… I am also type 1 diabetic and was severely uncontrolled for a little over 8 years. I am now taking control of my diabetes and need suggestions for anything that can help me out.

I also love sugar and I have a problem with passing up snack foods…I.e. donuts and things like that …any suggestions on being able to pass those up or an alternate food to curve that?

I am also stage 2 bi polar. Skitsophrenic (can't spell that)…and have a case of ADHD.

42 replies

strokestrongat51 2015-06-07 03:08:13 -0500 Report

I watch every carb looking at the carb intake on the recipe label. I also ask while eating out. the other day I got information at Olive Garden, so ask ask ask and ask some more. I have lost about 40 lbs since my stroke with water from
QT for 0.25

Hollywood 2
Hollywood 2 2012-08-14 20:42:09 -0500 Report

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Wish you best of luck in your Dieting

MoeGig 2012-08-09 19:47:35 -0500 Report

You know, you look like a young guy. You have to develop a healthy fear of failure. Developing complications makes the disease really miserable as you begin to lose your extremities, go blind and end up in a wheelchair. This is the only disease I know of that how you end up is 95% up to you. It's like when I was in grammar school and they showed up pictures of bloody car wrecks to encourage us to drive carefully when we got our license. After 47 years of T1, taking insulin, testing, exercising, watching the A1c like a hawk, I'm in pretty good shape and enjoying retirement. Don't take the wrong fork in the road. Good luck.

paulk1989 2012-08-10 01:54:33 -0500 Report

I'm working on getting everything under control now…I think I still have a fighting chance if I keep doing what I've been doing the past few weeks. I finally got my numbers to a somewhat normal level I rarely run over 200 now. I have to get it down a little more now and keep it at those levels but that will come as I get my diet part of this right again. Thank you for your story though sir…gave me some extra encouragement :)

jsimms435 2012-08-09 16:00:57 -0500 Report

I get tempted by donuts also. The only way to deal with it is to not have that kind of food in the house. Also, rewarding yourself with something good (not food) when you do well for a while.
I'm wondering why you took yourself of your bipolar meds. Bipolar folks have a tendency when they are manic not to stay on their meds. But, then when you start to come down off that cycle it can be difficult. Being bipolar without meds is dangerous and you need to change that ASAP.
Getting off my soapbox now. . . .

paulk1989 2012-08-09 16:09:13 -0500 Report

I have managed my moods by doing other things yes my manic states up or down are pretty bad but when you cant find a decent Dr you have to manage it yourself. On the rest of that subject no comment.

femaletrucker 2012-08-08 18:58:26 -0500 Report

I posted this recipe before, but here it goes again. This is for a sweet tooth… Greek Yogurt (1 large container, fat free…has a big blue 0% on the container), empty into large bowl. Squeeze in juice from 1/2 lemon, a bag of frozen berries (whatever you prefer, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or even cherries), just make sure there is no added sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinammon, Truvia (sugar as much as you want to taste…i usually use 6 to 7 packets), ground flaxseed (gives a nutty flavor and Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce blood sugar as does the cinammon), and vanilla extract (make sure you read the label and get ALL NATURAL VANILLA EXTRACT. The other artifical stuff is junk and contains too much sugar. Mix it all together, put in fridge for a few hours…eat!! Truvia is great sugar substitute that's all natural, has no wierd after taste, and is all natural from the Stevia plant. Just stay away from bananas…lol. I hate that cause I used to eat bananas with peanut butter all the time.

Jccandals 2012-08-08 05:58:59 -0500 Report

although I am not as skilled at monitoring my own diet as well as I should, here are some changes that we made: there are sugar free snacks ( be careful of all that aspartamine) and like some of topics I have seen, some of those snacks still have forms of sugar, but if you must have those sweets, the angel foodcake at walmart takes like the ones that has sugar. However, its better to get into a mindset of eating stuff that has nutritional value, such as a piece of fruit instead if you are craving sugar or using fruit products to sweeten your foods instead of consuming foods with aspartamine and unnatural stuff. There are many recipes that can help with thtat. Good luck

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-08 05:53:40 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, one thing that I have done that helps is to not keep foods around that may tempt me, ie, donuts, cookies, etc. I keep a bowl of fruit accessible and cut up veggies in the frig for snacks. I also keep almonds and walnuts around! Good luck!

paulk1989 2012-08-08 05:57:49 -0500 Report

Depending on the veggie it either doesn't effect my sugar or sends me through the roof even if I eat a couple of pieces but I just adjust my insulin on veggies based on how my sugar reacts to them

IronOre 2012-08-10 03:08:53 -0500 Report

So how do you "adjust my insulin on veggies based on how my sugar reacts to them" ?

jayabee52 2012-08-10 04:11:14 -0500 Report

Translation: He uses his meter to determine how much insulin to inject based on his Blood Glucose (BG) reading. If he eats a starchy vegetable such as white potatoe, corn or peas, the BG reading will be elevated and the need for insulin will be greater. If the lower starch veggies like carrots are eaten the BG levels are not as high and need for insulin will not be so much. And the non starchy ("free") veggies like celery sticks, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, the need for insulin is lower still.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-08 06:16:21 -0500 Report

The veggies I usually eat are considered free like celery sticks, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers. I do watch myself with carrot sticks, but in moderation they're fine. I don't eat corn or sugar peas.

Caroltoo 2012-08-08 12:03:52 -0500 Report

Look up the glycemic index online. If you use fruits and veggies that are under 50 on the scale, you will find your BGs react much less to them. I skip anything over 75 and eat the 50-75 range in moderation.

paulk1989 2012-08-07 20:20:42 -0500 Report

BTW this is way off topic but could that long period of not taking care of myself have made me not able to have children and is that part reversible ?

Jccandals 2012-08-12 02:32:33 -0500 Report

depends on what your doc says.. but just a note: they said the same thing to my husband, and guess what we have two together

Caroltoo 2012-08-12 06:19:49 -0500 Report


Bonnie K.
Bonnie K. 2012-08-12 09:15:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for the translation I needed it since I do not know all the abreviations, it is like another language. I am not on the computer much. Bonnie K

Jccandals 2012-08-12 06:53:50 -0500 Report

yeah it all just depends on their reasoning on why they said you were, and how well you are doing, etc. , even though we go through similiar struggles, diabetes effects us all differently in some ways

Caroltoo 2012-08-07 21:07:16 -0500 Report

Don't know the answer to that because there are lots of causes for both infertility and impotence, but the best chance you have is bringing your blood glucose levels down so that your body has a better chance to heal.

Neuropathy can also negatively affect sexual function, so again, the better your blood glucose control, the better chance you have of healing the damaged/deadened nerve endings.

femaletrucker 2012-08-08 19:02:49 -0500 Report

Have you had your pancreas checked? Please do to see if there was any damage since you didnt take care of it for so long. Do you exercise? My mood swings are much better, I eat much less, and I feel great after walking or running. Consider it if your not alreading doing it. It can boost a whole lot of things in your body and make them function better due to better blood flow.

paulk1989 2012-08-09 03:41:08 -0500 Report

Haven't had my pancreas Chuck d yet but I know the Dr I'm going to today is doing blood work. So I'll find out what's going on with the tests he does. I'll ask about pancreas checks though …ty

paulk1989 2012-08-07 19:55:35 -0500 Report

I increase insulin use accordingly haven't had much sugar lately…but as for the bipolar meds I took myself off of the ones I was on about 2 years ago…I need to get back meds though

IronOre 2012-08-10 03:06:32 -0500 Report

You mentioned that you haven't had much sugar lately.
The bottom line that you should be lookiong at is CARBS. You may not have had sugar but many foods have high carbs without sugar.

Caroltoo 2012-08-07 20:13:02 -0500 Report

A good, balanced, healthy diet is important for your mental health as well as for your physical health. The high's and low's of blood glucose that we diabetics have when we aren't eating well will actually exaggerate your Bi-Polar, ADHD, and Schizophrenic symptoms, so taking good care of your diabetes is really extra important for you.

Foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars are the ones most likely to send your blood glucose up. Foods that will help keep it down are meat/fish, cheese, vegetables, fibrous fruit like apples, and lots of water.

Try to cut down on bread, chips, fries, donuts, etc. and focus on healthy.

Snacks: apples, string cheese, almonds, peaches are good snack choices.

Also, being physically active will help relieve stress and reduce some of your cravings. Good luck, Paul. Getting back on your meds sounds like a good idea to. Anything that helps your body work better will also help your control of your diabetes.

paulk1989 2012-08-07 20:18:06 -0500 Report

Thank you for that bit of info very helpful and the healthy foods are also things I love… I love all food ad never turn it down…I just want to turn my life around before its to late…I also want to help others like me which everyone who helps me will help me help them by passing on any and all info I receive and anything that has helped me. Thank you again…any more info will be greatly appreciated :)

paulk1989 2012-08-07 19:37:12 -0500 Report

I also have diabetic neuropathy…and am on neurontin…I am not asking for sympathy I did this to myself …just help and support…thank you all. May you all have a blessed day and night.

dietcherry 2012-08-07 19:53:09 -0500 Report

Supporting each other is what we do best——welcome to the family! Are your bi-polar meds stimulating your appetite/causing sugar cravings? Maybe we should figure that out first because if you cant control your appetite then you wont be able to control your diabetes—-atleast not without an increase of insulin.

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