Preparing meals

She'll
By She'll Latest Reply 2013-04-28 11:50:36 -0500
Started 2013-04-21 17:43:46 -0500

I have gone through nutrition classes and I know how much portions I should eat. I need guidance on how to prepare meals and planning. What can I snack on during the day? I have noticed when I exercise my sugar drops. I am still trying to figure out what is what…


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Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-28 11:50:36 -0500 Report

The first thing you should do is have a kitchen scale. Preferably one that has table of nutritional values internally loaded. That way you can do things like weigh an apple or a handful of nuts and find out how much carbs, protein, fat, and calories the food contains. Start with things you already have at home and see what you are consuming. Your RD or CED can recommend the amount for a meal or a snack, but you need the scale in order to know what that amount is!

For my snacks I like fresh fruit: apples, pears, tangerines, which are available all year. Seasonally available are peaches (and related fruits) and cherries.

Another snack I enjoy is mixed nuts, especially walnuts. I add toasted garbanzos and other legumes to the mix. These are good because of the type of vegetable fat they contain, but be careful about their calorie content.

Others have already mentioned things like carrot sticks and celery.

For desserts I like cookies and dark, 70% chocolate. Of course I only buy those that are "no sugar added". (Maltitol is the ingredient often used in place of sugar.) I am careful to not eat too much.

Bonissima91910
Bonissima91910 2013-04-26 13:15:10 -0500 Report

Hi She'll, Have your heard of the program Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress, RD & CDE, Out of 30/y experience in her field and her own personal experience she developed a program which is being very successful for weight loss and education on proper nutrition for diabetics and others with metabolic syndrome (yo-yo weight concerns), The plan is very good, flexible and realistic. I would recommend that you read her book before going to your next appointment with your RD or CED. She has meal plans and recipes and plans for snacks, for balanced meals that do not spike your blood sugar and you improve also on the glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. I snack on string cheese, almonds, sugar free PB & celery sticks, yogurts w/less that 6 gr of carbohydrates. Reading nutrition labels, and reading the hidden sugars in them is very important all of which you will review in the books Diane has written. Best wishes and congratulations on getting better through education and asking questions :). Diane is excellent about personally answering questions presented to her about any issue related to the conditoins mentioned. Bye.

artqween
artqween 2013-04-26 09:54:14 -0500 Report

Hi friend.. there is a snack planner on this website? consider looking at the food labels at the store for low sugar and "sugar free" foods? that is a good question? u also need to keep in mind is the fat content in foods as well they too "maybe" able to spike ur BG level i think?? :-/
Hey and good luck btw
my friend…

DTBanks
DTBanks 2013-04-25 17:19:14 -0500 Report

Blood glucose is the fuel your body burns to do anything. When you exercise your muscles need more fuel and use up more blood glucose than sitting at your computer. Thus you will usually get lower sugar readings on days you exercise. A good rule of thumb, if you are healthy: Take your weight in pounds, say 165. You should exercise 165 minutes per week. Walking up stairs, gardening, walking, weight, etc. All count toward the minutes of exercise.

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2013-04-24 12:31:04 -0500 Report

I agree with Harlan. In my house of the 2 of us, I am the only diabetic … My husband has embraced my diet which I know I am blessed with! I make enough in my meals and portion freeze for future uses. I tend to stay away from cream of .. soups as they tend to play on my sugars for me. For snacks, I lean towards the nut variety, cheese sticks, or berries. Hope this helps. *Hugs* Cheryl

She'll
She'll 2013-04-22 01:55:41 -0500 Report

I am type 2. The classes never taught us how to prepare, we wrote down and counted fat calories. I am going to call the dietician at the hospital. When I was younger my sugar would drop down below 30. I have an appointment in two weeks. Have lots of questons to ask.

IronOre
IronOre 2013-04-22 00:27:14 -0500 Report

I can't tell if you are type 1 or type 2 . . . because it makes a difference.
A drop is normal after (and during) exercise.

snuggles11
snuggles11 2013-04-21 23:40:34 -0500 Report

She'll
If you went through nutrition classes as I did
They should have giving you ideas of how to
Plan and prepare your meals !
Go back to who ever had your classes and talk to
Them they are the pros at this !
How much per meal should have been explained
To you on preparing and planning !
You need to benefit from theses classes !
Tammy

snuggles11
snuggles11 2013-04-21 23:40:33 -0500 Report

She'll
If you went through nutrition classes as I did
They should have giving you ideas of how to
Plan and prepare your meals !
Go back to who ever had your classes and talk to
Them they are the pros at this !
How much per meal should have been explained
To you on preparing and planning !
You need to benefit from theses classes !
Tammy

Harlen
Harlen 2013-04-21 17:50:39 -0500 Report

I fined nuts help me as snacks
For me I like to make a lot of soup for meals it keeps and easy to take for lunch
Lots of veg is good too .
Things to keep away from bread,rice,spuds and any thing sweet lol
Best wishes
H

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