By PrettyBoy24 Latest Reply 2012-12-10 05:58:25 -0600
Started 2012-12-03 02:32:10 -0600

Hey it's me again. My girlfriend is a t1 and she has been mentioning that she started a new diet recently to keep her levels right. I'm not diabetic, but I'd like to start eating better to show my support for her, and to get used to what foods she can, and can't eat so I don't cook the wrong things. What foods should I be on the look out for?

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-10 05:58:25 -0600 Report

Congratulations on supporting your girlfriend, youll find out that younwill also feel a lot better eating the way she does. I agree with Joyce and James, when in was initially diagnosed I wrote everything I ate for about 6 months. I learned what I could and could not eat, also cutting down portions of some foods was a must! I now eat a lot of the same foods and eat very little carbs. I am still trying to figure out the ins and outs of all of this, because anything can set off your BGs to go haywire. Stress, hormones, etc so exercising helps manage this.

Type1Lou 2012-12-03 17:31:19 -0600 Report

Although there is a highly individual component to diabetes, one thing that might help you both is becoming aware of the carbohydrate content of the foods you both like to eat. Read the food labels for carb content and pay attention to serving sizes too. Carbohydrates, in their various incarnations, are what make blood sugars rise. I have been a Type 1 for 36+ years and have found that for my body weight (121 lbs) and activity level (low/moderate) I only need 120 grams of carbohydrate per day to maintain my weight. But my A1c's (a test that gauges how well blood sugars are controlled) are in the high 6's…not bad, but I'd like to get them into the low/mid 6's, so, for me that means probably eating even fewer carbs and/or exercising more. I commend you for your efforts to learn as much as you can to help your girlfriend. The support of friends and life partners make coping with this disease easier.

jayabee52 2012-12-03 17:12:32 -0600 Report

Hey you!

As Joyce rightly said different people can eat the same thing and have a different effect on one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels. One of the things she could do is make up a notebook of foods which she likes and then test each one of them to see how it affects her BG levels. I had written up a discussion on how to do that a while ago find it here ~


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-03 13:37:09 -0600 Report

You should ask her what she can and cannot eat. Things some diabetics can eat others cannot. Most people can eat meats, fish and veggies. Some can have dairy and wheat while others can't. When it comes to the kinds of foods a diabetic can have, the best source would be the diabetic.

For instance when it comes to orange juice, some diabetics can drink it to bring their sugar levels up. I can't have it at all because it will cause mine to rise too fast. If I eat a few sections of an orange it has very little effect on me. Even my doctor can't figure that out.

So if you are cooking a meat, fish or poultry, veggies that are low in carbs and maybe a sweet potato you should be fine if she can have sweet potatoes. I stay away from white potatoes and eat very little pasta, rice, peas and corn in the winter months because I am less active.