Measuring food

By doggier Latest Reply 2015-01-31 13:20:02 -0600
Started 2012-12-08 01:08:14 -0600

Is anyone still measuring there food. I think I am going to go back to that. What I am going to do tomorrow is measure and count my carbs. and see what i am really eating. Anyone want to do it with me and see how it turn out? I will post mine good or bad.

15 replies

RebDee 2015-01-31 13:15:50 -0600 Report

My set of cups 1/4, 1/3. 1/2, and 1 cup and my spoons for tsp and Tbsp are on my counter and I use them all the time. But when it comes to meat, chicken, fish, I sort of eyeball it. I know that if it is approximately the size of my palm, it is ok. Its a habit now.

manapua72 2012-12-10 21:18:36 -0600 Report

Jayabee52 , I have followed the Atkins diet numerous times over the years and then just a plain lo carb diet … When doing that blood sugar was under control … Yet I've heard long term it's not good … I could of been lied , I don't know … So to control your diabetes u have given up most carbs or just have tiny amounts ??? I'm from Hawaii I grew up having rice for breakfast , lunch and dinner … I also love potatoes , breads & pastas have u given all that up ??? Is being on insulin a bad thing ??? Something no one has made me aware of ??? Why may I ask do u not want to be on insulin ???

RebDee 2015-01-31 13:20:02 -0600 Report

Manapua: I have gone to the NO WHITE Diet, which is no salt, no sugar, no white potatoes, no white bread, no white rice, no white noodles. But I do have brown rice, sweet potatoes, gluten free bread, spinach noodles OCCASIONALLY, and certainly not every day.
I was on the insulin pump for 7 years and preferred it to oral medications since I am allergic to sulfa drugs and most oral meds have sulfa drugs in them. I also hated giving myself shots so the pump was a blessing.
However, since my bariatric surgery, I am off all Diabetic medications although I still have to take my BS x 4 per day. I am doing well and losing weight and feeling great.

jayabee52 2012-12-10 23:55:00 -0600 Report

Mamapua, you may call me James

I still eat carbs, but I am very selective in which carbs I do eat. I have written up the meal plan with which I experimented back in 2011, and still follow its broad outlines. You may read that meal plan here ~

My reasons for wanting to discontinue insulin, is it has a tendency to put fat onto one's body if the carbs are not controlled. I also seek to go as naturally as I can without medications. If I absolutely need them (like if I was a t 1 who absolutely needs insulin to live) I would have no problem injecting insulin. If I was a t 2 who couldn't get my BG levels down, without it, I'd have no problem injecting. I did inject insulin for about 4 yrs. But I discovered quite by accident that my pancreas was producin enough insulin I could do without it IF I ate VERY carefully. So I opted for the way which was more natural for me. I also don't have the big drug bills, which is nice.

manapua72 2012-12-10 19:51:56 -0600 Report

Measuring out your food … Wow u guys r hard core … Is this to control your blood sugar with out meds ??? Or is to lose weight ??? I'm type two trying to eat less & eat healthier … I'm on insulin using a pump and just started the pump just short of a month … My #'s have been awesome ( that's the word my trainer uses's ) so I don't really see the need to measure my food . I was told to cut my portion sizes and add exercise to lose weight … So y is it again u guys want to measure your food ????

GabbyPA 2012-12-10 22:35:00 -0600 Report

A lot of us are not on a CGM or a pump. We have to control what we put in our bodies to make our bodies keep good numbers. In my case. insulin resistance is my main problem, so taking large doses of insulin is not what I really want to do. (though I would rather be on insulin than oral meds, my doctor is not willing to do that for cost reasons) I want to help my body do as much as it can on it's own. Eating smaller portions and exercising more helps with my insulin resistance so my body can use what it makes.

Those are just my reasons for wanting to get back to measuring. I have to know what goes in so I can work on what numbers will help keep me healthy.

jayabee52 2012-12-10 20:35:43 -0600 Report

Manapua, when I notice my BG levels go up for seemingly no reason is when I get back to the measuring cups. I don't do it all the time. Sometimes my BGs rise for other reasons, but I at least eliminate one possibility. At other times I find I do get "portion creep".

I manage my Diabetes Mellitus (DM) t 2 through a stict meal plan and exercise. (what little I do), after having been on oral DM medication and then (after my kidneys failed), on low doses of NPH insulin.

I have been on a extremely carb-restricted meal plan. I would rather not return to insulin if I can help it.

Lizardfan 2012-12-10 08:40:37 -0600 Report

I use Weight Watchers, so it is just second nature to eyeball portions. I just got into the habit, plus we use smaller dinner plates, regular plates give you a false sense of what you are eating.

HeidiLynne 2012-12-10 08:49:11 -0600 Report

I agree smaller portions are the key! I have gotten out of the habit, but back to it now and
notice the difference in bs.

doggier 2012-12-09 23:36:13 -0600 Report

Okay this is harder than I thought. I wake up every morning with good intentions. Tomorrow is another day, so I am going to try again.

jayabee52 2012-12-09 23:46:26 -0600 Report

yes it can be, that is why so many of us fall off the measuring cup wagon. I have heard it said that anything worth doing is never easy.

Praying for your success tomorrow!


Harlen 2012-12-09 18:34:30 -0600 Report

I still do it
Its the only way I know what I am eating
keep at it you will do better
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2012-12-08 17:10:03 -0600 Report

I will join you. I have gotten out of that habit and I really need to do it. That portion control (or at least knowing how much I am really eating) does really help.

Kirla 2012-12-08 12:32:07 -0600 Report

I started to keep track of what I’m eating a couple of weeks ago. About 3½ years ago I lost a lot of weight. Over the last several years I gained most of it back. Need to lose about 20-30 pounds. My blood sugar this last year has also been going up.

I use a scale and measure what I eat. I find it easier than using spoons and measuring cups. Most nutrition labels will list how many grams in a serving. I try and eat only one serving as listed on the label for most foods I eat.

I track my meals on They have a nutrition tracker that I like to use. At first it took a few days adding all the foods I eat to my tracker. I found that adding them myself was a lot more accurate than using information the program had already entered.

They also have a recipe analyzer where you can input the ingredients and it tells you how many calories, fat, carbs, protein that are in the recipe.

With the nutrition tracker you can see just how many calories, fat, carbs and protein you have eaten for each meal. I find it real handy when I’m planning my meals. You can also see or print a report for what you eat each day. It also graphs the carbs protein and fat so you can see at a glance what your percentages are.

So far I have lost about 10 pounds since I started tracking my meals. My blood sugar control has gotten a lot better since I lost the weight. Got about 10-20 pounds more to lose. When I lost a lot of weight several years ago I was able to get my A1C down to 5.2. Lately it’s been about 6. Now that I’m losing weight, maybe next year I’ll get it down below 5.5 once again.

jayabee52 2012-12-08 10:21:47 -0600 Report

Often we get what has been called "portion creep". So I occasionally go back to measuring my food. Usually when I notice my BG levels creeping up without seeming reason I go back to measuring for a few days to see if it is portion creep or something else is affecting my BG levels.

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