Exchange Problems; Still

By Latest Reply 2008-11-26 08:43:19 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 17:59:35 -0600

I have looked at the food pyramid; I have bought all the right books, and am still confused. Any where I can find an easy rule of thumb or something. Even simulated menu planning and what all the numbers mean. Help, I do not know where else to look.

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kdroberts 2008-11-26 08:27:37 -0600 Report

Honestly, I find the diet advice pretty poor and the exchange system utterly pointless. There are a couple of book that are interesting but they tend to go a little overboard for my liking.

My approach, I didn't come up with it and a lot of people do the same, will take some experimenting to get right but it works. You count carbs and all the other nutritional info, make sure you are eating a good balance of protein, carb and fat (I try minimum ratio of 15g carb:7g protein:3g fat) and then test your blood sugar after eating to find the highest point of the spike. If you are happy with that then the meal is good. If the spike is too high then you need to adjust that meal or just not eat it again. After a few weeks of trial and error you should have a good idea of what foods work well for you, what doesn't work well and how much you can eat. Then you need to come to an agreement with yourself about how much medication you are happy to take. If you don't want to take any then your may need to restrict your diet more. If you are willing to take some you need to work with your doctor to find the right balance of medication to the amount and type of food you want to eat.

It takes a while but it works. Best thing to do with diabetes is shop the peripherals of a store (meat, produce, non packages stuff really) and prepare your own meals. That way you can make sure you are putting in exactly what you want and not eating something that is mass produced for the broadest taste range. You can really cut down of fat and carb in things by doing that which will allow you to eat more and more varied meals.

You just have to keep a major truth in mind when eating. Diabetes is very individual and what works for one person won't always work for every one, in fact it usually doesn't. That means it's impossible to recommend a "diabetic diet" because it is completely based on the individual. You can look at all the food pyramids and diabetic books and diabetic cookbooks in the world but they wont be able to tell you what happens to you personally when you eat certain things. You have to find that out for yourself.

SkipT 2008-11-25 21:09:59 -0600 Report

This website has a listing of foods and there values. The carb count is something to take note of.

Goddess 2008-11-26 01:49:39 -0600 Report

Thank you I will check it out.

2008-11-26 06:35:57 -0600 Report

Thanks Skip; How long have you been dealing with diabetes; cause you have some great insight, and great website links. Thanks so much for your input; Deeply Appreciative; Claudia

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-25 19:31:23 -0600 Report


I got some information to send to you on sample meal plans. It will show you for what amount of calories you intake a day. It also shows the diabetic food pyramid and key factors. I will get your address and let you know. When are you planning on moving…Debe

2008-11-26 06:34:24 -0600 Report

Thanks Debe; also say your message and sent it. Thanks so much. We still have not decided; there may be another offer on the page yet. But, either way it will be after Christmas. Luv Claudia

Goddess 2008-11-25 19:01:20 -0600 Report

I'm an old-timer and when I was diagnosed they went by calories not carbs. From what I was told by a dietician the carbs seemed ok. But when I started reading the food labels for the carbs I can't hardly find any foods that are low in carbs.

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