Following a "diabetic diet"

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-11-25 19:33:00 -0600
Started 2013-11-20 17:27:28 -0600

I was just wondering how many of you follow a strict "diabetic diet" I am a newly diagnosed and been doing research online about diets, one website on diabetes said that there is no such thing as, I mean what I'm trying to understand is can we really just eat the foods that we serve our family as long as we eat moderately or should we really be following a strict diabetic diet…can you guys let me know about your diets, I'm just a little confused i guess if I should cook and prepare my meals seperately because of my Type 2. I am trying to manage on diet and exercise, I currently have no high blood pressure or cholesterol.

14 replies

jigsaw 2013-11-24 09:42:04 -0600 Report

I agree with the idea that there is no such thing as a diabetic diet. It's really just a matter of determining which foods a healthy diet consists of, and modifying it to compliment your body and lifestyle. Of course all of us with diabetes have to watch our carb intake, and that is a given. Being familiar with what a healthy carb vs an unhealthy carb is also important. Generally speaking, foods that fall into groups such as poultry, fish, veges, beans, and low glycemic fruits are healthy. Many foods that are in there NATURAL STATE are also a good indicator. Processed foods should be kept to a minimum, and even eliminated if possible. Portion control works for many by helping with weight and carb overload. I would never recommend a specific diet to anybody, because we are all different in many ways! That should be left to a dietician or nutritionist.These are general concepts that seem to work for many though.
Bah Humbug to diabetic diets! That's a term utilized by some to make a profit!

genniedevera 2013-11-24 08:56:15 -0600 Report

I used to be strict when I was first diagnosed, but have learned that you really need to find out what works for you. We're all different. Lots of experimenting and testing for me… slowly but surely learning

JSJB 2013-11-24 04:08:10 -0600 Report

I don't follow a strict diet but do watch what I eat and how much. I mainly watch my carb count. I do eat healthier than I use to before this condition. I stay away from starches and white breads and am managing to keep my bs between 100 and 135. Keep reading and you eventually you will find what is best for you.

bradley13 2013-11-23 01:04:29 -0600 Report

Hello, i know how you feel! at first i tried to manage my diabetes with foods my family were eating, but i found it to hard. Then again it could work for you i would say talk to your dietitian. I found that a 2000 cal, 200 carb, and watch the sugar worked for me. Also my cholesterol was only 146, weight 365 lbs now 101 and 295.

IronOre 2013-11-22 17:37:06 -0600 Report

I have been T1 for 38 years, and never on a diabetc diet, just common sense. I do watch my carbs, but don't go out of my way to "eat diabetic".

jayabee52 2013-11-22 04:07:28 -0600 Report

Howdy Sugarbaby!

I follow a low carb high protein meal plan of my own design and have for about 3 yrs now. (I'll share it if you ask) I wanted to manage my diabetes without the use of diabetes medications, and have done so successfully. I had to make minor changes in my meal plan (don't like the word diet) due to my losing too much weight, and another change due to my kidney disease and going on dialysis but the main part of the plan is still basically the same.

Praying you can find something which works well for you

James Baker

t0tianna 2013-11-25 19:33:00 -0600 Report

id like to know because I need to get my triglisaroids under control
message me your plan I could use it I manage my weight and excorsize and am healthier but I don't know whats the problem I was weighing at 213 when I first got diagnoised but not im down to 162 ?
I need help with a manageable diet?

haoleboy 2013-11-21 23:02:32 -0600 Report

I like the Mediterranean diet and pattern my refueling needs along that pyramid. keeping meals at 30-45 carbs and snacks under 15 and watch the sodium and saturated fats

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-21 20:35:30 -0600 Report

I don't think there is a strict diabetic diet because there are so many of types of diet plans. You have to find your own diet. You have got to remember that diabetes is not the same for everyone. Therefore, different people use different diets.

My diet was designed by my neighbor specifically for me because I have food allergies. Food such as nuts, tomatoes, bananas's, all fruits with a pit are eliminated from my diet. You on the other hand may be able to have those things so my diet would be useless to you.

You have to watch your carbs. Just because you are diabetic doesn't mean that you can't have them. You have to experiment with different foods to find out if they cause you to spike. For instance there are some foods that I know won't spike me be will cause others to spike. You should speak with a nutritionist who can help you come up with a plan that will work for you. I do not use any diets found on the internet. I did the first week then my neighbor who is a dietition stepped in to help me.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-11-20 21:14:00 -0600 Report

There are so many different things you will hear out there about diets and what is best for someone with diabetes, but really in my opinion you have to find your own kind of diet that works for your body and your diabetes treatment. It is always good to watch your carbs, but you don't have to eliminate them altogether. A generally healthy diet that is well balanced is often the best kind of diet. If you are confused about it perhaps you should ask your doctor to recommend a nutritionist that you can meet with.

kimfing 2013-11-20 20:05:05 -0600 Report

I count carbs weigh n measure everything. I have switched to whole grains. No white bread white pasta or white rice. Lean meats, veggies, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, blueberries. Good luck

GabbyPA 2013-11-20 18:23:48 -0600 Report

The sad thing is that the way a diabetic should eat is the way we all should eat. A balanced and healthy diet filled with veggies, fruits, proteins, nuts and lots of water. I am one of the Paleo diet people, but I don't really see it as a diet but just how I fuel my body. Good in, good out. Works well for me. I have been doing it for about 2 months, full on for about a month and I really like it. It's easy once you get past the old habits of always serving a starch with a meal.

This is the first way of eating that the family has gotten on board with as well. They are not as full on as I am, but they don't mind the meals and if they really want the extra grains or dairy, they get it on their own. I have done the separate meal thing, but it really is hard to do it that way. There is always too much temptation laying around for me.

Glucerna 2013-11-22 15:19:57 -0600 Report

You are right Gabby that an eating plan for people with diabetes is basically a healthy eating plan. Sugarbaby you don't have to use special foods and in fact your entire family can eat the same foods you do. You might ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator who can help you figure out the best way of eating for you and your family. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2013-11-20 18:16:59 -0600 Report

In my book the "diabetic" diet has gone the way of peeing on a stick to test your glucose. Several of us here follow a Paleo or modified Paleo type diet and it works a whole lot better than the old style diabetic type diet.

Yes, you can eat what the family eats IF they are eating reasonably healthy in the first place. There may be times you'll have to double up on veggies rather than have potatoes or rice, or have your burger without the bun, but all in all the whole family can probably benefit from a better diet.

With a little creativity, it's easy to come up with a feeding plan that benefits everyone and doesn't mean extra cooking to accommodate special cases. It soon becomes a way of life.

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