Newly diabetic

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-04-12 17:44:32 -0500
Started 2013-04-11 14:30:44 -0500

I was just diagnosed on wednesday of last week and put on insulin. The problem am having is trying to find foods that i can eat and actually enjoy eating. If someone can please help me out with some ideas i would appreciate it and any other helpful tips i would love it!

8 replies

GabbyPA 2013-04-12 17:44:32 -0500 Report

Your body will tell you what you can and cannot eat. The general rule is to avoid white foods such as rice, bread, and so on. But what I find is that there are more things that I have to watch out for. You find that out by experimenting with the food and testing often to see what it does to your body. What works for you may not work for me. That is the curse and beauty of this disease.

sNerTs1 2013-04-12 14:24:23 -0500 Report

It is difficult at first. The first thing you think of is … whaaaaaa no carbs? Thats what we tell ourselves. Its really a matter of moderation. I love all types of foods and have found ways to spice them up. Recently I started loving avocados which I realize are not good for others but they work for me. A little bit of lime and cilantro and put it over blackened chicken. Its a great choice and doesnt spike my sugars at all. I am fortunate that I do not have any other problems with my T2 and I dont take that for granted. Check out the recipe section and see what you might like. Try it, and check your sugars, depending on the results, you will know whether you can have it or not. Dont limit youself on the different spices that are out there. Im a huge protein eater, with my downfall being breads and pastas before I was diagnosed. Now I cut waaaaay back on any of that and fill with protein as much as I can. Dont get me wrong, I will cheat and have my seafood alfredo at my favorite restaurant, the only difference now is, I will drink a ton of water before I get there, and take a nice walk with my husband afterwards. YES it does mess with my sugars but indulge at rare times has proven to be ok for ME. I wish you loads of luck and let us know how you are doing. *Hugs*

allib 2013-04-12 11:52:45 -0500 Report

I am not able to find things that taste good but are also good for me. Also im worried about certain things raising my sugar so i just keep eating the same things

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-12 16:40:34 -0500 Report

I worry, too. So, when I try out a new food, I plan on trying to test a lot for a 3 hour period. Lots of people test over a two hour period. I found a few foods that decided to sneak the spike in between 2 and 3 hours after eating them. This may have been based on fat content when I ate them, or just how my bodydigested them. If I am really worried about the food, I will test every 15 minutes, but every 30 is good.
After the testing I know if it is safe in the serving size I ate. Or, need to reduce the serving size if I liked the food but BG rose too much and try the test again. Try the food with a bit of protein added to help ease the spike. Or, avoid the food like MRSA.

Gwen214 2013-04-11 20:59:37 -0500 Report

I agree with Harlen. I just cut down on my carbs, and added more vegetables. It's all about the seasoning, I'm not talking about salt. Add other flavored spices. I use cheese to flavor my vegetables too

IronOre 2013-04-11 17:20:28 -0500 Report

well, I have been t1 for 38 years and pretty much ate what everybody else does, but in a quanity that is best for me.
So what problems are you having with finding foods ?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-11 15:11:25 -0500 Report

As Harlen says, it will take time to figure out what works for you. It seems each of us have to use slightly different attacks when battling diabetes. Whle universally we have to watch carbs, which carbs cause BG problems is individual. The white carbs Harlen mentions usually are best to avoid. They include corn, oats, rice, potatos, and wheat in my case. Some people can eat small portions of these. Some white things can be good. Almond flour/meal and quinoa work as substitutes for wheat flour and rice for me. Both have protein along with their carb where wheat and rice have little protein and high carbs.
Cauliflower is a good option of a white carb that doesn't cause spikes. But I don't like cauliflower so cannot imagine trying it as some suggest as mashed in place of potatoes. Even drowned in a cheese sauce I have to force myself to eat cauliflower. And I spend the whole time resenting that they are not broccoli, which tastes good and does not spike me. (Note to Hubby- do not grab frozen cauliflower in cheese sauce when you are being nice and shopping without me!)
Luckily sweet potatoes do not give me a spike, so I can have them baked, mashed, or hash brown style. Have found I really like them. Yams gave me a higher spike than white potatoes. Some people can eat Yams with no problems.
Your BG meter will be your best tool in learning what does what to your BG. Your fingers may hate you when you do extra tests, before eating and then several times in the next 2 hour to see what is happening to your BG. But the rest of you will appreciate the improved BG controll as you learn which foods are kind to your BG.
Three years and 2 months ago I stood in the grocery store and cried. I was so frustrated about what to buy that would work for me. Now I do manage to confidently grab my broccoli in cheese sauce, along with other good for me, good foods.

Harlen 2013-04-11 14:46:55 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
For me it was getting to know how to count carbs I use a book called the calorie king it has all the foods in it what the carbs are ,even BK and other eat out places.
The big thing for me was to cut the carbs way back.
I still keep a log of what I eat and how much ,yep I use a scale .
Ti takes time to get it all down but if you work at it just a little you will get it.
Time for the joke
Green ok
Wight bad
Lol lol lol
Hope you day is a good one