What are your "Go To" foods?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-12-05 19:49:58 -0600
Started 2013-11-23 05:56:52 -0600

I was reading an article today on "go to" foods for diabetics by several different doctors. http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/expert...

While they sing the same tune on eating whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats and moderate good fats, they didn't get into any specifics. Understandably, but some of us need a little more guidance.

For me, testing and experimenting have found several "go to" foods that I know I can snack on or put in meal that help me keep my glucose from shooting too high.
Here are some of my "go to" selections:
Green Fruits &Veggies: Green Apples, Pears, Limes, Green Beans, Celery, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Kale, Romaine, Spinach, Broccoli, Parsley, Jalapeno Peppers, Asparagus & Green Cabbage
Red Fruits & Veggies: Gala Apples, Strawberries, Raspberries, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Red Cabbage, & beets
Orange Fruits & Veggies: Tangerines, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, & Winter Squashes
Yellow Fruits & Veggies: Lemons, Pineapple, Yellow Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Yellow Peppers & Wax Beans
Purple Fruits & Veggies: Blueberries, Blackberries, & Eggplant
Brown Fruits & Veggies: Kiwi, Unsweetened Coconut, Mushrooms, Jicima & Ginger Root
White Fruits & Veggies: Parsnips, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Celery root, Eggplant & Sprouts
Meats: I eat most any kind of meat as long as I keep the serving size limited to 4-6 oz.
Fats: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Butter
Seeds and Nuts: Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds
Dairy: Cream and Butter
Grains: Quinoia, Amaranth & Kamut

And this is just my list. What foods are your safe "go to" foods for helping you manage your diabetes with your diet?

22 replies

Vigneswari 2013-11-27 03:01:51 -0600 Report

I am type 1 and I also like experimenting with foods. I was advised to have all types of fruits and veggies (except plantain and i take a small or medium sized banana as a snack often) as i depend on insulin and it won't be any problem. But I was advised to have only almonds and walnuts while avoiding cashews as pistachios. Can anyone tell me why is it like that? Do they add fat or cholestrol in body? But I found that they don't spike my BG. Actually these nuts helped me i controlling hairfall and so I don't want to avoid them.

GabbyPA 2013-11-28 09:20:13 -0600 Report

Almonds are great for us. They have a healthy fat and now that I drink almond milk almost every day (home made) My HDL which is good cholesterol has gotten much better. Not sure they are related, but it is what I am thinking. So eat nuts. I eat them daily.

MissTasha 2013-11-26 22:11:47 -0600 Report

Thank you for this!!! Being new to this Diabetic thing I find this very helpful!!!

GabbyPA 2013-11-28 09:26:12 -0600 Report

I am glad I could help. I know when I started it was overwhelming. Everyone is different and you still have to find what works for your body, but you will find I don't have peas or corn on there. Those are two of the hardest ones on my levels.

correctionsnurse1 2013-11-25 15:47:07 -0600 Report

Gabby…you are very lucky to have so many options. Due to other medical issues, I have to avoid wheat, nuts (except small amts of walnuts and pine nuts), and basically anything with seeds. I noticed you listed tomatoes, does that include tomato soup? I eat tomatoes and tomato soup, but it sends my BG thru the roof:-( Something ironic is I have been making a Potato Soup and my BG is fine, can you imagine? I think it is because I am only using 3 potatoes in a big batch and also add Pancetta as a protein to bind with the carb to slow absorption. When I get hungry in between meals, I like to have salad. Glad you added Quinoa to the list, I love it and do fine with it.
Btw, I have a list of non-starchy veggies if anyone would like a copy of it, just msg me. As my Dr. put it to me, no food is really "free" except for greens :-)

GabbyPA 2013-11-28 09:25:12 -0600 Report

I don't eat wheat anymore either and it has been a huge help. As for the tomato soup, do you make it from scratch? Canned soups have starches in them to make them thick. What you can do is cook it with cream instead of water and see if the fat in that helps out. Plus, when you cook veggies, you bring up the starches. So raw is always a better option.

Yes, I realized the other day when I was getting back into my carb counting for every little thing, that no veggies are free. Kale has a lot of carbs in it for being a green, but the nutrition in it is worth it. That is why I added beets back in, because they are the same as carrots and I love beets.

Type1Lou 2013-11-24 11:17:55 -0600 Report

Peanut Butter…all natural made with just peanuts and a little bit of salt. I'll eat a spoonful in the evening when I get a snack craving. For a special treat, I'll put a dollop of PB onto one square of 90% Cocoa Lindt dark Chocolate…only 6 to 7 grams of carb. My lunch is usually a sliced apple spread with PB…anywhere from 40 to 45 grams of carb, depending on the size of the apple. It would be hard for me to cope without my PB (Smucker's All Natural is my favorite)

Sherelle112 2013-11-24 07:05:01 -0600 Report

Dannon fit & light Greek yogurt! 8 carbs, 6 sugars, 80 calories! Very yummy!!

GabbyPA 2013-11-25 08:43:37 -0600 Report

I am not doing dairy much anymore, but when I was, I used to get FAGE greek yogurt plain and then mix it the way I wanted with my stevia sweetener, vanilla and some berries. It was yummy.

mspiggy81 2013-11-24 04:46:30 -0600 Report

Two things I found are a good quick snack is 2 hard boiled eggs or if I'm having a good day, a half a banana with peanut butter.

GabbyPA 2013-11-25 08:37:40 -0600 Report

Eggs are great. I keep some hard boiled in the fridge at all times. That can help me keep straight.

Glucerna 2013-11-23 15:22:36 -0600 Report

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that typically health professionals talk about types of foods, or groups of foods instead of specific foods as being go-to foods. That's because each person is different, and what works for one person won't for another. I've had people tell me that some of the foods you mention as your personal go-to foods spike their blood sugars. ~Lynn @Glucerna

buffy360 2013-12-01 14:38:19 -0600 Report

Why do you include HFCS and aspartame? Neither good for glucose levels or any other disorders (colitis, hypothyroid, metabolic syndrome).

GabbyPA 2013-12-04 13:30:31 -0600 Report

I didn't include either of those things in my list. I don't eat any sugar free foods and I try very hard to steer clear of HFCS. Both of those things are bad in my book.

GabbyPA 2013-11-25 08:42:15 -0600 Report

This is true. Most things, if you keep them in your carb limit will do okay. But it is very true that everyone has their sets. Watermelon, pineapple and winter squashes I have to use with caution, but they all have great benefits. And once I found out that beets and carrots have about the same amount of carbs, I have been trying to add more beets to my diet. I love them and they are so good for us. I used to be afraid of them but they are no worse on my levels than carrots, so I was very happy when I found that out.

Glucerna 2013-11-25 14:03:23 -0600 Report

I really like the way you're willing to try out different foods, assess how they affect your blood sugar levels, and figure out how to include foods that you enjoy. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Diddy1 2013-11-23 14:44:48 -0600 Report

I think you pretty well covered the list for me.I have made some flax biscuits with flax and almond flour recently that I found satisfying.