Healthier Diet

By meldel Latest Reply 2012-11-15 14:16:07 -0600
Started 2012-10-31 09:42:24 -0500

Hi guys, im new to this site, but i would like to know what are some good meals or diets that you would recommend me for always having a high blood sugar? im trying to keep it down and i usually do but ive been getting sick lately and im trying to find more healthy and easy recipes

15 replies

SandySilvers 2012-11-03 07:00:13 -0500 Report

I found that I love alot of veggies now that I always thought were gross as a kid lol. Experiment with different veggies to see what you like and don't like. Especially the non starchy ones like broccoli, etc. They are very filling and low in carbs. I just try different foods. After awhile you will learn what foods are good or not so good for you and which foods will not spike your BG as high after a meal. Everyone is different, so you just have to try alot of things, test alot, and pat attention to what your body is telling you. If you like pasta, try Dreamfields. I was so afraid that I'd have to give up my pasta. But the dietician recommended it and I love it! It doesn't spike my blood sugar after a meal like normal pasta would. And if you like bread, try Country Kitchen Light Wheat or Oatmeal. One serving is 2 slices, not one. Only 17g of carbs per serving (and they say 12 net carbs). And 35 calories per slice. I use it often. Basically, lots of fruits and veggies, low fat, low carb, and you should do fine. Good luck!!

meldel 2012-11-15 10:08:19 -0600 Report

thank you so much! i love pasta but have noticed my blood sugar going sky high after eating and i actually got sick yesterday and i couldn't eat all day after eating italian food! i love vegetables more now than when i was kid lol but thank you for the advice and if you have any other things that would help me please share! once again thank you!

Melode 2012-11-02 17:09:32 -0500 Report

I was in the same experience before too. I found it hard to control my diet too and wasn't sure of some of my food options. I asked on HealthTap, and the doctors on there gave me some helpful advice about my food choices. You can read more about it on . I hope you will feel better soon and find some foods and recipes you will like!

jayabee52 2012-11-02 19:56:49 -0500 Report

I clicked your link provided and got an article "Doctors rate doctors in HealthTap’s medical quality project" No place could I ask a question of a Dr there

Melode 2012-11-02 17:09:31 -0500 Report

Sorry, I clicked submit before finishing my post. I think everyone's bodies are different and hope you will find the motivation and advice you want! Good luck and do take care!

GabbyPA 2012-11-01 12:58:51 -0500 Report

One thing that helps me keep it simple is choosing to cook foods separate. What I mean is I make a meat, a veggie, a salad and some kind of carb. When I combine cook, it is harder to keep portions and counts.

Just pop your protein in the oven and bake it.
Heat up a fresh or canned veggie
Salad is what you make of it, keep it easy
Then a roll or a starchy veggie rounds it out.

Keep your portions in line with the carb and calorie intake you have in mind and there you have it.

Also soup is great for feeling crummy and your tummy. Leave out the noodles or rice and make a broth or cream soup. Add lots of veggies and good seasonings to it and eat what you want, save the rest for another day.

What you can do is make a few of them up ahead of time and freeze them. Then toss them into the microwave to heat it up. That way if you are not feeling great, you can do that instead of cooking.

There are some great recipes in our Recipe section. Check it out. You do have to be careful to read the nutritional values and see if they are in line with your goals. But I have used a lot of them from here and they are yummy.

jayabee52 2012-10-31 12:32:41 -0500 Report

Howdy Mel
Like Joyce and Nick, I don't like the word diet either. I also follow a high protein and low carb meal plan.

I had been using insulin for about 4 yrs but as able to stop the use of diabetes meds of any kind for almost 3 yrs now by eating a meal plan I describe here ~ .

Not every person with diabetes can follow this plan since each of us is different in our reactions to foods and the need for medication, but I offer it as one way of possibly getting at the question of "what to eat?" It may work for you or not. In the link I tell what it did for me.

Praying God's richest blessings be upon you and yours!

James Baker

meldel 2012-11-15 10:13:18 -0600 Report

Thank you James.. i've just been on the 3-4 carb diet for a long while and it seems like everything i try to eat affects me and im not sure why? even though my doctor has giving me books to show me carb counting and none of them work! i hope and pray that the majority of things on here help me! thank you for your help and god bless you!

Melissa Delgado

Nick1962 2012-10-31 12:06:10 -0500 Report

Welcome to the party!
I'm with Joyce, it's not a "diet" for me anymore, it's just the way I eat. I follow a low carb meal plan. Pretty simple vegetables and proteins (meats & fish).
I did start the plan in an effort to lose weight, and my numbers fell in line also. I cut way back on carbs and sugars (I ate too many to begin with). It was a little tough at first, but now I don't think I could eat a whole serving of pasta anymore without getting sick.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-31 11:08:49 -0500 Report

Hi meldel my brain hates the word "diet" so I don't follow one. To help you, there are recipes on this site under the recipe icon. You can buy recipe books that are diabetic specific or go to your local library and borrow the books and copy the recipes. I also get them from and diabetic living magazine. If you sign up at diabetic living they will send you emails. Kraft Foods has a diabetic section with all kinds of recipes. For recipes online, I created a recipe book. I copied the recipes to a word doc and saved them in a folder titled Diabetic Recipes and saved them on a flash drive.

To get you started this is what I did when I was first diagnose. In excel, I created a spread sheet with the following columns Date, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, calories, carbs and glucose readings. Under each meal, I listed every thing I had by item. I counted carbs for each food. After each meal, I waited 2 hours and tested. This helped me find out what was causing my blood sugars to rise.

It helps if you have a book with carbs of all the foods. I found a website and saved it to my computer. I also use a teaspoon or tablespoon for foods I want to eat that are high in carbs. Hope this helps.

meldel 2012-11-15 10:18:32 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce! thank you for your reply.. my sister helps me with keeping everything logged as far as my blood sugars but it's been difficult for me to follow a "diet" because im usually around family that don't help me watch what i eat. i always felt like i needed somebody to eat as much as i'm suppose to so i wouldn't feel alone so that may be the problem for me as to why my blood sugars are probably high? but i will be looking into the recipe section and i hope i can follow with what is giving there! God bless you and if there is any more advice that i could receive that would help me through out the day with better blood sugars please share with me!

Melissa Delgado

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-15 11:35:30 -0600 Report

It would help you a great deal to learn to keep everything logged on your own. It is also your responsibility to watch what you eat. What happens if your sister gets tired of helping you keep everything logged? What happens if your family gets tired of helping you with your disease? This could happen because at some point you are going to have to do these things for yourself. The key to diabetes is taking care of yourself which means you have to take total control of the disease. For example if your sister isn't available to help you and you talk to your doctor about your log book, what are you going to say if information is missing? "My sister hasn't helped me do my logging in the book". What are you going to say if your numbers are not in control? "My family isn't helping me watch what I eat". It is good your sister helps you and that your family is supportive. However, unless you start being the one totally responsible, you won't be able to take care of yourself once the family grows and moves on. You can't make them responsible for your disease because they may not always be around to help you. Thankfully, I am self sufficient and don't rely on my sister or my support team for reminders. They may not always be there so I learned to take care of my diabetes on my own from the first day. I only use my support when I need them.

As long as you are enjoying a meal with the family, you are not alone. Not everyone chooses to eat healthy. If you feel they should be eating as much as you eat or you have told them this, you are more than likely making them unhappy and over time they will resent you. Your main concern should be what you eat and how much. Do not concern yourself with what anyone else is eating or how much unless other members in your family are diabetic.

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