Snacks and blood Glucose

By DTBanks Latest Reply 2013-05-11 05:47:41 -0500
Started 2013-04-27 10:43:00 -0500

I am a newbie, Type 2, taking Metformin 500 mg, 2X a day. I eat only 3 low Glycemic Load meals a day. I eat no snacks in between meals even if I feel hungry. I read that some diabetic folks eat snacks during the day. Are these the insulin folks? Or can us Metformin folks have snacks without jacking up the evening blood glucose number? If we can- what snacks do NOT raise the blood glucose number? Thanks as always- Dale

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Fefe12 2013-05-11 05:47:41 -0500 Report

I only eat a snack at night before bed. 1 serving of carbs with a serving of fat or protien. Its usually not because of hunger but if my sugar drops too low before bed. If you are hungrey and need a low carb snack, try a protien or a fat without carbs. Like a piece of cheese.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-28 09:59:23 -0500 Report

I'm like Nick, sorta. I eat 1 main meal at some point in the day. Then snacks or light meals depending how I feel or who I'm around. My last several A1c tests have been in the 5.4 - 5.6 with no meds. I usually have better BG readings since I have smaller meals and a few snacks. Keeps my portions smaller throughout the course of a day. With fewer carbs hitting my system at any one time the insulin my pancreas makes seems able to handle the job of breaking the carbs down. Also I have tried to eliminate many of the foods that gave higher BG readings (except for the times I screw up and eat what I know will spike me but just want it this 1 time).
Usual meal/snacks are yogurt, or yogurt and cottage cheese, or coleslaw with cheese thrown in, or a chefs salad, or combo of vegies ( carrots, pepers, avocado, broccoli, squash,green beans, beets), fruits (usually apples or berries) and some nuts. I am working on a fast bread that is almond based. One of my favorite meals Pre diagnosis was an egg sandwhich. Made a passable one this week, but needs a tiny bit of fine tuning. Worked with the egg and also had a some with applesauce (unsweetened) with spices to taste like applebutter, one of my favorite snacks that needed to be made Diabetes friendly. It tasted similar to the white bread toast and applebutter without a BG spike. Also seemed to keep me satisfied for quite a while. Had a much smaller snack/meal before work that night than usuall.
I have eliminated most bread, except when Mom (aka The Cake Lady serves it at our Tuesday Girls Night, some weeks I can ignore it and some weeks I don't. Or, if hubby decides a carry out pizza needs to be his dinner. I'll opt for an order of wings. Sometimes I steal some topping off a few pizza slices and eat some crust. If I'm good my BG stays good. Unfortunately sometimes I eat a few too many bites.
A real meal is usually whatever my hubby feels like cooking (lucky me he likes to cook). He will make low carb food for me, and then eat his carby foods.
I have been working on nut flour based treats for the times I want dessert. So I can fool myself with foods that have good protein to balance out the carb load.
Then I'll nibble on cheese, veggies, apple slices,or nuts between if I feel hungry or if I have to wait until a snack/meal, like at work.
I work nights and hubby has odd working hours to my schedule. So we eat whenever we feel like it's time. Most of my adult life has been a nonschedule for meal times. Must admit we do do the evil fast food scene sometimes. I usual opt for chicken (can't always convince myself the breading is bad for me, so it is my cheat treat) or salad.

Nick1962 2013-04-27 15:16:08 -0500 Report

Well Dale, as a T2, my opinion (and mine only), is that the old “three squares a day” feeding plan is outdated for our current lifestyle. I rarely sit down to a “meal” as we have been taught to understand it. Yes, I snack my way through my day. Here’s my logic and it has been serving me well so far: Few of us work the strenuous jobs our parents did, so the need to “fuel up” each morning really isn’t there anymore. Right now I basically take in enough food to get me to the next feeding or snack. A 1600 calorie breakfast is way more than I need to spend 4 hours in front of a computer. I simply won’t burn it, winding up with an excess of calories, carbs, and sugars once lunch time rolls around. We’re trained to eat again around noon, and usually end up adding to the morning’s excess with what we anticipate burning before dinner, and the cycle continues with the next meal.
Instead, I “eat to my meter”. After a good bit of trial and error, I know that most weekdays, and apple is plenty to keep my mind sharp and my numbers in line until about 11:00. A handful of peanuts will then re-fuel me until my lunch period around 1:00. Lunch for me is minimal and only intended to carry me through to about 3:00 and another snack. At 5:30 it’s another light snack before exercise, and after, what could be considered a “meal” of a decent salad and some form of protein. A protein type snack before bed keeps the dawn effect away.
This “fuel as you go” method keeps me from getting the huge pre-meal lows and post meal spikes. I never get that after meal sleepiness, am rarely hungry, and because of the snacks my “meals” are a lot smaller. Weekends when I’m more active, I adjust accordingly. This would be difficult for a T1 or insulin dependant T2, but I know at least one who finds the effort worth it.
I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, just found this works for me. Your mileage may vary, and your daily schedule may not permit such an eating habit, but my blood sugars rarely swing more than 30 points during any given weekday unless I haven't planned for something. Just my 2 cents.

DTBanks 2013-04-27 17:59:11 -0500 Report

Thanks alot Nick, Your input is greatly appreciated. Much room for thought. I eat foods by their Glycemic Load.

Nick1962 2013-04-27 18:27:25 -0500 Report

My intake is based on carb count/protein level, which is about the same. In the end, I basically take those 3 meals and spread them out through my day. Snack for me are usually nuts, beef jerky, celery with peanut butter, hard boiled eggs , even pork rinds and so on. If what you're doing works, no need to change it unless you think you need to. Just my way of doing things.

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