By Nathalie81 Latest Reply 2013-05-11 02:49:42 -0500
Started 2013-05-05 05:02:37 -0500

Hi I have type 2 diabetes for a while now and I cannot seem to control my blood sugar. It is mostly in the mid 200 to high 200. I have lost weight, I watched what I eat, I take Metformin and insulin. I am retaining a lot of water, my ankles are non existant.
I am trying to eat the best i can. One of my problem is breakfast and snacks. Never know what is best/ What do you eat for breakfast? Do you have any "tricks" to share? I am sick and tired of feeling tired all the time and I need help. Any suggestions/comments will be greatly appreciated
Thank you

18 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-11 02:49:42 -0500 Report

I would first have your meds checked. Ive heard a lot about Metformin and its not all good. I would start from the basics and strip your diet of all empty carbs and those carbs that arent important like breads, pastas, cereals. Get your carbs from fruit and vegetables. You can add those carbs back later when you have control over your sugars. Up your protien and call your nutritionist.
they can help you with all your food questions.

Lakeland 2013-05-10 16:18:50 -0500 Report

breakfast is the easiest thing for me, because I cook myself eggs & light sausage, all protien, I use, "sandwich thins" as my toast & my numbers are good. I have learned, my numbers spike with fruit, and a bowl of cerial, even the"good" kinds spike my sugars into 200 to 275. I have found that when it says "whole grain" on the outside of the box I still need to read the fiber. if fiber is below 3 I try to avoid it.

my problem is the lunches, because sandwiches are the easiest to grab , the breads have so much carbs & sauces are usually high carbs, I struggle with my numbers. Good luch & try to make sure the fiber number in the carb column is 3 to up.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-05-09 13:27:28 -0500 Report

Eat more protein… boiled eggs for breakfast w/ maybe one slice of toast and a lil jelly spread (something like that) and EXERCISE… watch out for fried foods (flour = carbs, plus the oil is not good for you) … apple or orange for a snack. Oh and time your meals… 4 hours in between meals with 2 hour breaks in between…that helped me. I have been weighing in at 140 since 2011 when I was diagnosed (5'7" tall). Once your stomach gets used to having smaller meals, you will only be able to eat small meals. I do snack "occasionally" i.e. 1 cup ice cream, fist sized piece of choc cake (not at the same time)…but it's definitely not an everyday occurrence.

sNerTs1 2013-05-08 20:07:51 -0500 Report

Breakfast is my favorite meal as I love eggs made a variety of ways can really give you a lot to go on for your morning. I eat mostly protein. Add veggies to your eggs and cheese. I like avocados with them too. I usually have a meat with mine as well and if I'm unusually hungry I will have a single piece of low carb bread, toasted. I eat a cutie orange or fruit for my snack and that does me just fine. Hope this helps you out. hugs Cheryl

Set apart
Set apart 2013-05-08 05:57:26 -0500 Report

I drink a protein shake, (berry blend from SAMs) which are pretty friendly for me. I use 3/4 cup berries, 1 cup ice, approximately one cup water and a scoop of vanilla protein powder. It's yummy, and although I do have to bolous for this with novolog one unit sometimes two, it fills me up!

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-08 02:24:09 -0500 Report

Buy a kitchen scale, preferably one that has nutritional values pre-stored. At first weigh everything you eat and pay attention to the amount of carbs. After awhile you can estimate things without having to weigh them.

Not all carbs have the same effect on blood glucose (BG) levels. There are several on-line resources that have tables of glycemic index (GI) values. Learn what types of food to avoid. Examples: white bread, corn flakes, mashed potatoes. For each of these there are alternatives which produce less of a rise in BG even though they may have the same carbohydrate or caloric value.

For breakfast I have 40 g of whole-grain muesli with dried fruit and nuts. I use a no-fat, no sugar added yogurt that has a cholesterol reducing additive.

For snacks I have a small piece of fruit or a handful of mixed nuts and legumes.

I have seafood at least 3 times of week and red meat a couple of times a week.

mzunique 2013-05-07 21:43:35 -0500 Report

Look into drinking lemon water warm or cold and try fresh grapefruits. I drink lemon water all day and eat tilapia and fresh spinach as a salad.

maddie2 2013-05-07 14:35:42 -0500 Report

Try going on a plant-base diet. it is all low carb and no protein and only good fats. Look on the internet. Make sure you get approval from your doctor before starting and check your blood sugars since you are on insulin. I have stopped regular milk, use almond, no eggs, eat very little meat unless I go out, no butter only hummus and olive oil. Dropped my blood sugar 10 points and not really on the whole diet yet. Worth a try.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-05 19:15:45 -0500 Report

I will eat whatever is in the fridge even if it is last nights left over chicken or other meat for breakfast. Other times I will eat an egg either boiled of fried in Pam, baked bacon or sausage, 1 slice of toast and coffee. Snacks are based on my numbers. It could be yogurt, a cup of red grapefruit, cheese and some crackers or a few graham crackers.

If you are retaining fluid with swollen ankles you really should be on the phone with your doctor. Fluid retention is not good for the heart. I had the problem when I was first diagnosed and my doctor put me in compression stockings. As for foods you should cut back on carbs, exercise and drink water.

mzunique 2013-05-05 15:14:34 -0500 Report

I drink a shake i make which consist of 1 cup of skim fat free milk I add 1 banana 1 tsp of wheat germ and 1 tsp of peanuts and add half cup of ice and I blend it well! Delicious shake for breakfast

Meggan Tedford
Meggan Tedford 2013-05-05 14:58:41 -0500 Report

I had a similar problem when I was first diagnosed… I couldn't get my numbers down either and one change my doctor made was medication. Metformin didn't work for me so he tried something else and now I take Kombiglyze along with insulin. My numbers have dropped significantly and we are slowly decreasing the amount of insulin I take too. Everyone's body reacts differently to medication and food so I would ask your doctor if there is another alternative to what you are doing now and keep testing to see how you react to certain foods.

lanessa 2013-05-05 17:20:26 -0500 Report

Rite I agree with u everyone body do reacts different to med & food cuz I have been only eating Tilapia Fish and salad & workout and it keep my numbers low I been eating like this for 4week now & I have try pretty much everything too keep it down and nothing else worked for me but this fish diet do n I'm so proud of myself

GabbyPA 2013-05-05 14:11:48 -0500 Report

Something that helps me a lot is eating a very low carb breakfast. I try to not eat any grain or fruit. I keep it protein and veggeis pretty much. That helps get my day going and will allow my numbers to come down as the day goes on. I usually have high morning numbers.

As for snacks. I am trying to cut them pretty much out. I know, I know...doctors tell us we are to eat several small meals/snacks. That really doesn't work for me. I have been experimenting with what is called intermittent fasting and it has been helping my numbers come down more. Now I will caution that since you are on insulin, be very careful if you try this. But it is working for me and I am on long lasting insulin.

Mikeal72 2013-05-05 13:48:22 -0500 Report

How often are you testing your blood sugar? Do you test it at 1 and 2 hour intervals after meals?

tabby9146 2013-05-05 09:44:27 -0500 Report

I do like eggs for breakfast maybe a couple of days a week with a piece of whole wheat low carb toast, sometimes a piece of fruit with it. I have a few cereals I do well on, including cheerios and low sugar oatmeal is okay for me, my numbers aren't bad after eating that. Sometimes I have egg whites, sometimes I will make an omelet with onions, green bell pepper, etc. sometimes if I have leftover roasted veggies I will put them in my omelet the next day, which can include especially in the summer time, squash, which I think tastes good.

JSJB 2013-05-05 05:32:46 -0500 Report

My breakfast is usually 2 pcs. of whole wheat toast (Petridge Farm low carb) with butter. Sometimes I make an eggwhite sandwich with mayo and either bacon or sausage. This will hold me over until lunch when I make a salad. I do not have a set diet but I watch the portion size. This has helped me keep the BG around 100 to 130. Read other posts on this side and after awhile you will get familiar with what to eat. Good luck and get the BGs down

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