what can you eat and still stay safe

By gma Latest Reply 2011-05-09 17:34:59 -0500
Started 2008-12-05 19:15:21 -0600

Iam new to this Iam type 2 and am on no meds. I just found out in Nov and am still trying to keep my sugar down and just dont know what to eat can anyone help out with some ideas please and thank you

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GabbyPA 2008-12-05 22:27:45 -0600 Report

Hi Gma,
Welcome to our community. You are going to be able to learn so much here. So dive on in! I am like you in that I am also not on any meds. So here are some things that have helped me. Since my diagnosis in March of 2008, I have dropped my numbers about 125 points. It is a lot of experimenting, but if you do it carefully and one or two things at a time, it is kind of fun.

One trick to finding out what is "safe" for you to eat is testing to see how your body reacts to certain foods. The way you do that is to eat a single item that you think is in question. Lets say that you just love pasta and don't know if you can eat it. Here is a way to find out.

Check your blood sugar before you eat.
Eat some pasta like you normally would.
Check your blood sugar 30 min. after
Check your blood sugar 60 min. after
Check your blood sugar 90 min. after
Check your blood sugar 120 min. after
If your levels rise quickly and are more than 50 points above where you started, you might need to reduce the amount that you eat or change the product that you eat.

I find that regular pasta spikes my numbers. Many pepole can eat whole wheat pasta without a spike, but I still spike with whole wheat. So I finally found a product alternative in Dreamfields Pasta which doesn't spike my numbers. However, some people have the opposite reactions that I have...it is frustrating in that way. LOL!!
Another alternative to that is something like spaghetti squash or shredded zucchini.

All of it takes time, and like JP said, going for a balanced plate is a great idea.

Your safest foods are veggies and I do eat a lot of salads and fresh veggies, raw nuts, and fruits. They fill me up without loading me with processed junk. The closer the foods are to their natural state, the better they are for you and your control.

Others have listed great sites that you can use. One that I use to help me log my foods and track the ratios of Protein, Carbs and Fats is www.livestrong.com and it has been a great tool for me.

Avera 2008-12-05 22:04:20 -0600 Report

One person already gave you some web sites to visit, but I have another one. This one is just an online store where you can buy low carb foods and have them shipped to you. They even have low carb bread. I use this site and have not been disappointed with the foods I have ordered. Here is the link:


2008-12-05 21:14:45 -0600 Report

Food is not evil… that's the first thing to learn. You can basically eat anything just in moderation. Has your doctor sent you to a diabetes educator or a class? For someone newly diagnosed that is the best. On line, you can find a lot if information here or on other websites on how to plan your meals. For starters, I would suggest you google the American Diabetes Association and read everything on their website. Some don't agree with everything that is written there but for a start it's a good place to go. If you are feeling adventerous go to WebMD, Medline Plus, there is a fountain of information at your finger tips but everyone is different so you'll have to look to your doctor or educator for guidance on what your goals are. If you have any questions let me know :) A simple guide is whole grains, lean meats, fruit and vegetables, low fat dairy products and lots of water!!! Divide your plate so that 1/4 is lean protein, 1/4 is carbohydrates (whole grains, fruit, bread etc…) and the other 1/2 is vegetables. Just a start for you.


LabRat90 2011-05-09 17:34:59 -0500 Report

I love the "plate method" too. It's a whole lot easier to "teach" someone until they figure out their own body. Remember - individuals differ.