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By sum1zangel302 Latest Reply 2013-04-04 20:06:44 -0500
Started 2013-04-02 09:14:49 -0500

new here.
31/f/ny. i'll go by madison here. lowest a1c to date, that im super proud of is 6.9~ after a high of 10.4, 2 years ago. yep…yep…i know…

anyway, my question. before i go completely insane and have the urge to use insulin without eating in the morning ( no, no i wouldnt actually do that…but emotionally, im @ my wits end) — what can i eat for *breakfast*, the most important meal of the day. i wake up at 6:30 mon-fri and im wondering what the hell can i eat breakfast that wont take a perfect pre-prandial reading and sky rocket it…i mean, even *non* sugary cereals do that, like oatmeal and rice krispies. so what gives? oatmeal completely rakes my intestines over the coals, *but* cream of wheat might treat me better. and i mean…i can only eat so many eggs before the sulphur just..well, you know. IBS patient, here. not pretty.

i just want a variety of breakfast plans, that when i eat about 7am-7:15am, i wont be *remotely* hungry or lightheaded til @ LEAST 10:30 * sighs*…damn! its so inexorably frustrating <:-c . anyways, *any* suggestion would be highly appreciated. because unless im actively sick ( which i am now, sinus infection and bronchitis) my sugars are damn near *perfect* after lunch, and after dinner. perfect almost to the fault of hypoglycemia—- the possibility of just lantus and glipizide is in my very near future.

thanks lots


20 replies

smurfysuzi 2013-04-03 12:47:09 -0500 Report

If you like hot cereals - have you tried grits? I know they are traditionally southern, but they are filling and have about the same carbs as oatmeal depending on the flavor.

jayabee52 2013-04-04 18:59:29 -0500 Report

well the carb content would rule grits out for me as oatmeal of any kind spikes me big time.

smurfysuzi 2013-04-04 19:01:28 -0500 Report

But grits isn't made from oats, its made from corn.

jayabee52 2013-04-04 19:04:45 -0500 Report

Yep I knew that however if the carb content is the same it is quite likely to give me a nasty spike.

jayabee52 2013-04-04 20:02:19 -0500 Report

none anymore, but I have tried all types from steel cut ("Irish") oats, Thick rolled oats, regular rolled oats, quick rolled oats, and also oat bran. They have all spiked me.

Nick1962 2013-04-02 16:17:13 -0500 Report

I’m with Joyce here. If I’m just sitting at the computer, my breakfast is maybe a piece of fruit (usually ½ an apple) followed up an hour or two later by some unsalted nuts. If I have moderate activity planned, usually egg with some form of meat protein. Some days I will have a whole Egg McMuffin if I know I’m going to burn it off. I will do peanut butter on whole grain bread or small torilla if I have to, but cereals are completely off my list. There are some here that will do a stir-fry for breakfast if you want to think outside the box.
By the way, welcome to the family!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 12:17:53 -0500 Report

Nick I am a whatever I feel the taste for is what I have for breakfast. It is not beneath me to have left over chicken for breakfast. I still have my Rice Krispies now and then.

My main problem with breakfast is the morning we vend at the Farmers Market. Most of the foods they serve is grilled gourmet with a lot of carbs or it contains foods that I am allergic to so I have a hard time finding something I can eat with no problems. Until a diner opened back up late in the year my choices for breakfast were very slim. I would eat a Smoked Sage Sausage on a Biscuit and found two hours later I am digging for my yogurt or pretzels to bring my carbs back up. I finally started having coffee and a lemon filled pastry. Worked great because I got more carbs than I needed but because of unpacking the car and setting up, walking around the market visiting other vendors, waiting on customers and the packing up again, I found I didn't need a snack until the car was packed. Now that the diner is open, I can get a healthier breakfast and if I add the pastry, I don't need to tote the snacks with me. Sometimes we have to do what works for us. I would not have the lemon pastry if I know I am not going to be doing anything to get rid of the carbs.

Nick1962 2013-04-04 14:19:54 -0500 Report

Yeah, that’s pretty much my routine too Joyce. Eat what I plan to burn. And like you, it can be leftover chicken or whatever (love cold chicken legs for breakfast). A few weeks ago we made ham loaf (not the wife’s favorite), and it really is good grilled the next morning with some scrambled eggs. Leftover pulled pork or roast beef with some salsa makes a killer omelet too. It is kind of a good way to stick to a real diet too if you can get your head into it. Some mornings I need a big breakfast, others not. It was a big shock to me when I realized I didn’t need to eat (and often didn’t even want to eat) what seemed to be the norm.

Gwen214 2013-04-04 20:06:44 -0500 Report

I eat a protein and a carb, piece of fruit and vanilla yogurt. Or fruit and cottage cheese. Sometimes left overs from dinner…depends on my mood. But most of the time, fruit and yogurt.

sum1zangel302 2013-04-03 07:11:25 -0500 Report

thank you all so very much. its 8:09am here in ny and im not awake yet to have any english-sounding response. its so so so hard to take cereals outta my life. its one of my comfort foods!…but i understand the consequences. maybe if i actually have that "1 cup" that the FDA seems to think fills a persons belly until 12 noon…idk…so much going on. thanks again. im afraid to get my a1c done now, cuz if its not lower or the same, i'm gonna go into a deep depression…yeah im that one. thank you child abuse. ptsd, bpd, rapid cycling BP, nightmare disorder, and adult ADD. a million people could tell me 'its okay, it happens, look how wonderful your last a1c was…you can do it again.' — it just..doesnt matter. my mind is warped. i gotta crawl up and out of it on my own. ='/ meh

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 12:43:21 -0500 Report

sum, I know the 1 cup isn't enough to fill the average adult especially if the adult is going to be active. However, comfort foods tend to cause your blood sugars to spike because comfort food isn't the healthy foods. Like Nick said, you can cut down and have a bowl every other day until you get down to one day a week.

Please don't say your mind is warped, it isn't. You just have a lot on your shoulders that you have to work hard to control. You can get past the child abuse and the ptsd and the nightmare disorder to the point it won't be a major problem for you but it takes hard work. I got past the same things including being kidnapped at gun point. I was diagnose with unipolar depression, nightmare disorder and ptsd. It took 10 years of hard work and a therapist who didn't give up on me when I gave up on myself. He took my hand and told me I am going to take this journey to better mental health with you. He was there every step of the way.

I was hospitalized twice, 30 days each. The second time I met a woman who was abused as a child from age 6 to 16 simply because she was born with deformed fingers. She had Multiple Personality Disorder, PTSD, Depression and nightmares. Her mother and father sexually abused her then sold her to their friends for money. She had gotten married and had a daughter. Her brother and sister didn't believe all that happened to her. They didn't believe her until after their father died when she was 30 and her mom slipped up and yelled they sold her to keep a roof over their heads. I thought I had problems until she told me her story. We cried together and became fast friends.

Today, I don't suffer from depression, the abuse is not an issue at all and the nightmares rarely happen. I graduated from college and am pretty much happy. Today my friend has moved to Florida, has a beautiful granddaughter and a son in law she adores. It took 25 years of her taking classes between her bouts of severe mental health problems to get her Bachelors and Masters in Psychology and then her Doctorate. She graduated at age 55 with her Ph.D and is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with kids who have been physically and sexually abused. Her MPD got much better after the death of her mother and she no longer has that problem.

The road to better mental health is a horrible road to travel and it is far from easy but it can be traveled. My friend and I were bound and determined that we could get healed. She worked at it far longer than me. I have had to call the police several times because she was suicidal and we didn't live in the same area. It took me 10 years, it took her nearly 30. To see her or I today you would never know what we have been through. Things can become easier for you if you have the faith to believe that it will and the courage to work hard on it. Good luck to you.

Nick1962 2013-04-03 09:02:13 -0500 Report

I know how you feel. I think quitting smoking is easier. I miss my grape nuts in the morning. Maybe cutting down at first to a bowl every other day might help. Depending on your numbers, you may not have to give it up completely, and nothing says you have to eat only certain amounts at specific times unless you just can’t because your schedule prevents it.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-02 16:14:22 -0500 Report

Most grains (corn, oats, wheat, rice) spike my BG. So, I opt for eating the same types of food for breakfast as I do for lunch and supper. Since I work nights I'm not sure I even call breakfast breakfast anyway.
I have made really good waffles from almond flour/meal. They taste like the old white flour variety without the spike and feeling hungry within an hour.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-02 09:57:42 -0500 Report

Rice Krispies do not have sugar on them but they are a carb. I don't eat oat meal for the same reason as you and I don't suffer from IBS. I eat either cream of wheat or Farina. Depending on how hungry I am in the morning I eat a corn muffin and 2 pieces of sausage with/without an egg. Sometimes it is toast and coffee. My carb intake in the morning is usually based on what I am going to do after breakfast. If I know I am going out and won't have time for a snack, I eat more carbs. I get to the point I don't know what to eat for breakfast because I limit my egg intake. Good luck to you.

sum1zangel302 2013-04-03 07:18:41 -0500 Report

i hate how if i dont eat enough carbs, i'm all hypo— but when i have whats considered to be normal, i spike. you know, i read in a magazine…forgot which health one…but hypoglycemia is between 70-100 d/ml or whatever. 70-100. and yet thats the kind of numbers you see advertisted on glucometers. * headdesk*…i just need to stay between 120 and 130…but once i go down, i go down. i keep a mood food and symptom diary, too. but im juts havin a bad day. lov eto all

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-03 11:48:53 -0500 Report

I try to include a small serving of carbs with every meal. Sometimes I find that I have not eaten enough carbs so I have to eat something else. Please tell me about your mood food and symptom diary.

sum1zangel302 2013-04-03 12:50:46 -0500 Report

basically, the mood is because i am…*take a breath before you read this lol* borderline, rapid-*cycling* bipolar, PTSD, nightmare disorder, adult ADD…so, thats the part where i ramble about my moods, and highlight if i can something related to each disorder. Food is basically just that. what i had for breakfast, lunch, dinner…pre and post breakfast, post lunch and dinner…and what i had to reverse hypo's. the symptoms is just a list of symptoms that i've had associated with my disorders…( fibro, cfs, EBV, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cyst/kidney cysts, ibs, asthma) when they started, how alleviated, or not alleviated at all. back in a bit <3— basically they're all so that the doctor doesnt think im nuts and i have proof of my physical pain,