By margienchris Latest Reply 2013-01-01 18:54:41 -0600
Started 2012-12-27 19:33:22 -0600

just wondering if their is cheap things i can eat to keep my sugar ok just got diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and said i was spilling sugar in urine of 2 plus,i quit drinking my regular pop went to diet pop and i just cant afford these high priced items any ideas on cheap meals thanks

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-01 18:54:41 -0600 Report

If you want to eat cheap, the best thing to do is buy foods on sale and prepare your own meals. You can also clip coupons. I tried saving money with store brand products but found some to be poor quality so I went back to name brands. If you have a farmers market near you or in you area, use them from the time they open in spring until they close in late fall or early winter. I find that fruits and veggies are much cheaper there than in a supermarket and the items are much fresher.

Some can be cooked or blanched for freezing or you can can them if you know how. You can make large pots of soups and stews and freeze them also. You can do the same with meats. Whole chickens are cheaper than cut up. I buy turkey parts and family packs of chicken and freeze them in meal sized packaging. You can also freeze breads and milk. Wal-Mart is the cheapest place I have found for frozen veggies, cheeses, yogurt and breads.

Wal-Mart also has their version of Crystal Light flavored water packs which are cheaper than Crystal Light and I can't tell the difference. Most flavors are about a dollar for a box of 10 packs. That works out to be 10 cents per bottle of water. I don't buy water. I drink tap water which also saves me money.

Type1Lou 2012-12-29 14:23:24 -0600 Report

I agree with Armourer, below, that cutting the carbs is definitely the way to go. It would be helpful for you to determine exactly how many carbs you now eat per meal and per day. (Keeping a log helps) That also means reading labels and paying attention to serving sizes. I've found that for me, I can keep my A1c's below 7.0, and maintain my weight at 120 lbs by limiting my daily carbs to no more than 120 grams. (30 for breakfast,45 for lunch and 45 for dinner.) It's not easy and has meant giving up or severely cutting back on starchy foods (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, desserts…you get the idea.) I eat a lot of salads and when I feel the need to snack reach for almonds or some protein like a slice of ham. Many veggies are ok but others (like corn, beets, carrots) have more carbs. Most berries are OK too but many fruits (apples, oranges, bananas, raisins, grapes, dates) are also quite high in carbs. By cutting carbs, you'll get better BG readings and will probably also lose weight. Sorry for skirting the issue of "cheap foods" but hope this helps point you in the right direction.

Armourer 2012-12-27 20:26:13 -0600 Report

70-125 is the range for good blood sugar. 126-150 is moderate area for some docs. Other docs 126 is too high, and above 150 the blood sugars begin to destroy the insides. Cut carbs down to 30-60 grams a meal. Eat lots of protein! For me a couple of string cheese can bring down the sugar level, or an hard boiled egg, or cup of Greek yogurt.

jayabee52 2012-12-27 20:20:33 -0600 Report

howdy Margie. To answer your question below about your Blood Guucose (BG) numbers: down to 70 mg/dl between that and 130 is where you should be for a normal range. Above 140 consistently and you are risking having complications like painful burning neuropathy (like I have), chronic kidney disease, gastro paresis, and several other nasty complications. Fluxuating ("being on the BG roller coaster") as you do makes it even worse. BG readings below 70 are below normal ("hypo") and bring with it its own set of problems, not the least of which could be coma or death.

As far as what to eat (the question of your original posting) you can eat regular food, but avoid the prepackaged foods and the starchy vegetables.

In an experement to try to manage my BG levels without diabetes meds, I developed a way of eating which is pretty inexpensive. It kept my BG levels generally between 80 and 130, lowered my A1c to 5.5, and I lost about 65 lbs within about 10 months on my experemental eating plan. I wrote it up after about 1 yr of being on it and it may be found here ~

James Baker

margienchris 2012-12-27 21:09:34 -0600 Report

i seem to get alot of dizziness,tired,face really hot and it burns when urinating is i thought i might be able to eat and not have to do any meds been watchn what i eat quit the pop and now been 26 days but still keeps going up so guess its not going to work so got appt to doc monday ty for ur information very informative for me

jayabee52 2012-12-27 21:35:55 -0600 Report

A Urinary Tract Iinfection (UTI) would account for the burning when urinating. The dizziness may also be from that too, but that could be a symptom of something quite different as well. I have 2 conditions which cause me dizziness, and it is tough sorting out which is acting up at the time. (my profile has a list of afflictions I currently have)

But I believe that at least in part, your high BG levels (hyperglycemia) may be due to the UTI which stresses your system, and in response to the stress your body puts adrenelin (sp?) into your bloodstream which raises your BG levels to fight the stessor invading your body.

So if your Dr. doesn't do a UTi check I would ask if it could be done just to rule it out. But If you tell Dr about the burning urination (don't be shy about it) I would expect a urinalysis would be done.

manapua72 2012-12-27 20:16:38 -0600 Report

Eating healthier is not always cheaper as in the cost of food … Where u end up saving is in this way … When u buy healthy ingredients and cook yourself u find that you're saving $$$ not eating out . Also eating out the food tends to not be so healthy … @ least this is my experience …

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