trying to eat meal at a normal meal routine ..

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-03-01 01:54:19 -0600
Started 2014-02-22 18:59:42 -0600

I am having a hard time eating at the right time. My BG readings been very good been in between 70 - to 130 only had about 4 lows below 70 .I can now tell when my BG level is low . I am having difficult time eating by myself not know what to cook for 1 person diabetic meal how . I need to know what to eat healthy and what to cook to keep my BG readings. I get very stress and overwhelmed what to eat and remembering to take my oral and my Lantus SoloStar (insulin) on time right after I eat at my regular meal time which I am having to get in to my regular meal time routine.

28 replies

KimberlyLC62 2014-02-24 11:32:58 -0600 Report

I will be anxious to read your replies. I was just diagnosed last month with Type 1, with no previous illnesses etc. What a surprise. I'm having difficulty coming to terms with the diagnosis and lifestyle change. Previously, I popped a WW Smart Ones in the microwave for lunch and ate (healthily) whenever I wanted. I get so stressed trying to plan my next meal…I mean it causes me anxiety that can keep me awake at night…that plus the anxiety of a low keeps me awake at night. I am very sleep deprived as I try to come to terms with this new diagnosis and "label." I, too, do not have specific mealtimes. I am meeting with an endocronologist on Wednesday; this will be my first real meet with one and I am going to get a cgm so that endo can see what's going on. My numbers are all over the place…I think it's because I don't get the carb counting thing. I have always done Weight Watchers counting and I can wrap my brain around this new way of counting…

ma mo
ma mo 2014-02-24 20:03:15 -0600 Report

I am trying to get in to see my diabetes educator to help myself get a regular meal routine and trying to fit my daily ex cerise and going to workout at the Y.M.C.A / gym . I to get stressed out trying to plan my coming up what to make for my next meal . I just get depressed when I look at a clock and I eat my supper so late at night. I am Type 2 diabetic too.

Glucerna 2014-02-25 18:16:57 -0600 Report

I think you're going to find that working with a diabetes educator helps decrease the stress around meal planning. Let us know when you see her. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 12:45:31 -0600 Report

You have to come to terms with diabetes. It is not the end of the world. You do have to make lifestyle changes and the sooner the better. Anxiety and lack of sleep is not good for a diabetic. I know it is difficult accepting the fact that you are diabetic. The longer it takes you to accept it, the harder it will be for you to get control of it.

WW Smart Ones are not the healthiest foods for a diabetic. Processed foods are not good for us. The very best thing you can do right now is find a Diabetic Education class and speak with a nutritionist who with your help can assist you with building a meal plan. If you can't deal with the anxiety, talk to your doctor.

I am on the Weight Watchers Points Plus system and I am T2. I do not buy their meals. I do use their snacks sparingly. My problem is that it is messing with my numbers so I am going to talk to a one of their counselors to find out how to use it with diabetes and I will call my neighbor who is my nutritionist and she will redo my meal plan. It helps having a neighbor and friend who is a licensed nutritionist. She tweeks my meal plan as needed.

Glucerna 2014-02-23 16:57:21 -0600 Report

Working with a diabetes educator will help you figure out a schedule for when to eat and when to take your insulin. As others have said, there isn't one set schedule that works for everyone. A lot depends on your life: when do you go to work, when do you have breaks for meals, and what is your activity level. Your diabetes educator will start with your usual schedule, and then together you'll come up with a plan that fits your needs. ~Lynn @Glucerna

ma mo
ma mo 2014-02-23 18:34:41 -0600 Report

I think that is what I will do go and see my Diabetes educator with her I get help in figure and how to work out a daily routine schedule to fit my meal time for myself.

Young1s 2014-02-23 00:35:58 -0600 Report

Hiya Anonnymous. Question about that but later.

As far as your question, I can only give you the same answer that Iv'e been giving others. In a nutshell, the reason why we can't give you any specifics is because we don't know. Seriously, we can be here for you, we can sometimes relate to your situation, but if you want us to give you a blueprint it's not gonna happen.

Not gonna happen. If that was possible we wouldn't be as massive an entity. But hey, all isn't lost. Cause you know what? We have us. And us is mighty. Us is great. Us is firm. And as unifie as this particular entity is…we are firm and full of love and support can start here.

If you think you have none, come here. If you feel noone else knows, come here. Even if you if you think your situation is odd…come here. Trust me. You are amongst friends and like minded people.

So no question for you, just a slight nug for you to NOT be Anonymous. It was a great question. One that I ask myself time to time, and I like to think that I have my stuff together. Forever learning with this annoyance. But that's what we gotta do.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-23 15:50:57 -0600 Report

Excellent response. No one can answer her question. She is the one who has to decide when to eat and what she wants to eat. No one can tell someone when the right times are for them to eat.

Young1s 2014-02-23 19:03:12 -0600 Report

Yes Joyce,,,I've been away too long, but I used to post a response that gave some heads ups, but yes it certainly isn't a guide of what to do.

I've even learned over to past few years that what I think is going to be bad for me is now what I need. So we have to always be vigilant and always the scientisit when we are considering what works.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 11:24:43 -0600 Report

I use the trial and error method. If it works it works if it doesn't I will try something else. Diabetes is not the main focus of my life. I don't even think about it until I need to make a change. I do not have time to let diabetes be my main focus. I am too busy doing other things. I research new information when I hear it from reliable sources. Other than that, I keep moving forward.

You have to have an open mind when it comes to diabetes and you have to be responsible for it. Not everything is bad for diabetics but you won't know that until you find out on your own. I am glad you are finding that out.

ma mo
ma mo 2014-02-23 19:11:50 -0600 Report

I know now where to get help that I will make appointment with my care manager of a goal plan to work a routine schedule for myself never even thought of getting help which I am going to do tomorrow.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 11:07:04 -0600 Report

Ma mo there are all kinds of resources out there for people who need help. The problem is people don't always think to ask for help or they don't know where to go to find help. There are some things that can't be done alone. I am happy to hear that you will not get the help you need and that you will be able to go from there. However, be active in your goal plans. Don't let anyone set goals for you because you may not be able to fulfill them. Good luck.

ma mo
ma mo 2014-02-24 21:09:04 -0600 Report

I just want to get a set goal plan of taking care of my diabetes and I just asking my care manager for some idea for a good time to make either lunch or supper.. need just a opinion and to set some goals.

Young1s 2014-03-01 01:54:19 -0600 Report

Even though your caregiver can offer some suggestions and will give you the best medical help possible, the eating times are really up to you.

Your daily schedule is yours alone, so you need to make that decision for yourself. It all boils down to when is the best time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner (and maybe in between snacks) that works best for your daily schedule. And then make an effort to stick to that eating pattern. My diabetes is never more off balance as when i eat out of turn, so to speak.

It's a chore at first but the body will adapt and thank you for it in the end.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-25 09:58:33 -0600 Report

I understand what you are trying to do. Keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion. Under no circumstances do I turn control of my life over to anyone. Why can't you fix lunch and dinner the same time each day?

If I asked my nutritionist to give me ideas as to a good time to fix lunch and dinner, after she stopped laughing she would ask me when did I stop being an adult. Not only is she a neighbor but a good friend.

The first nutritionist I saw gave me the general idea to eat meals. That went in one ear and out the other.

I have meetings at different times throughout the month and I never know when I will have to go to the Police Station for a meeting.

Look at how some restaurants serve meals. Breakfast 6-10 or 11am, Lunch 11-2pm Dinner 5-10 pm depending on the restaurant.

Suppose you have an appointment around the time she gave you the idea to eat? You have to be able to adjust your times that you eat.

Goal setting is something you can do on your own. Start out with small ones. for instance

Today I am going to eat breakfast at 9, lunch at noon and dinner at 5.
Today I am going to exercise for 20 mins.
Today I am going to clean a room
You can also put yourself on a schedule to do things that you want to do.

I learned in life not to make anything harder than it has to be. I certainly understand that you may need help to get you started but once you get started I can vision you with your calendar filling your days with things you like to do or hope to do. Good luck.

rdhorn 2014-02-23 16:42:11 -0600 Report


No one is telling anyone when to eat. What I posted is what works for me. What I suggest is for someone unsure of what to eat is to see a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-23 18:03:49 -0600 Report

I have no idea what you are talking about. I was responding to Young1. I did not read or respond to you.

rdhorn 2014-02-23 21:23:12 -0600 Report


It so happens my post contained information pertaining to my eating times and type of recommended foods. My apologies, I thought you were referencing my post. Sorry!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 11:03:18 -0600 Report

LOL not problem. I had not read your post which is why I didn't know what you were talking about. We all make boo boos. I will read your post.

rdhorn 2014-02-22 20:37:41 -0600 Report

It sounds like you are on the right track. I take Novolog 70/30 mix before breakfast and dinner. I saw a diabetes educator three weeks ago and completely turned my numbers around high ones to low two's to a whopping 100 to 130. Fasting number of 94 - 105. This is what I was taught.

To start with let me say cutting energy carbs out of your diet is wrong. Ladies, yup should have 2 carb exchanges and 3 oz of protein per meal (based on three meals) and 1 carb and a protein for three snacks daily. Men would have 3/4 carbs a meal and 2 carbs for snacks. I eat one graham cracker sheet with peanut butter and 1 cup of skim milk. I would suggest you see a educator. I am not a doctor, nor have I ever claimed to be. I will be more than happy to share some of the material I received, just email me at small with subject diabetes help. I have had diabetes for 10 years and I wish I would have learned this information back then.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 11:20:56 -0600 Report

You have good advice. Diabetes education classes are a plus. It helps you to learn from the educator and from others. Doctors should recommend them for every new diabetic and a refresher class for those who have had it for several years. I got my numbers down before I saw a diabetes educator. I could not find a class that was held after work hours and I could not take the time off from work.

You said "Ladies, yup should have 2 carb exchanges and 3 oz of protein per meal (based on three meals) and 1 carb and a protein for three snacks daily." I learned that also but that is basically industry standards and recommendations and that does not work for everyone. You have to base your diet on your own needs. Nutritionist plan diets on an individualized basis. I have food allergies and my diet is based on the allergies that I have. My diet would not work for you if you don't have the allergies I have. I also eat more than 3ozs of protein per meal and my carb intake has been adjusted to accommodate each of my meals. I can't eat any kind of nut or fruits with pits so that limits me in what I eat. I also do not drink skim milk. I only drink whole milk because of the vitamins and my doctor doesn't have a problem with that. Diabetes is not the same for every person and each person has to adjust what they do based on their needs.

rdhorn 2014-02-24 19:16:00 -0600 Report

You are correct. The amount and what is eaten is absolutely based on an individual basis. It really depends on metabolism as well. The educator I use is a RN/CDE, and I also have made modifications along the way. The carbs and protein amounts are based on an average individual. I believe the carb/ Protein amounts are a good starting point. I understand some have allergies, but there are thousands of food choices out there. I guess we all need to make the best choices we can. It certainly is not a easy task, it can be difficult at times. "It's all about life changes" I wish the best of luck to everyone!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-24 20:16:47 -0600 Report

I choose not to make it difficult. I have diabetes, it does not have me. I made changes as far as eating and exercise. I have not stopped doing any activities that I was doing prior to being diagnosed. I also prefer to live life instead of letting life live me.

I think problems and difficulties come in if diabetics are not willing to be patient. You can't control diabetes over night. Diabetes education classes can make it easier and above all else, open lines of communication with your medical team.

Once you find things that work, stick with them until they need modification. Not everything is going to work but somewhere out there. each one of us will find things that will work for us. Take care.

jayabee52 2014-02-23 03:28:25 -0600 Report

Howdy RD
I didn't understand what you said when you wrote "cutting energy carbs out of your diet is wrong". I know that all carbs = glucose = energy for cells, but have not heard of so called "energy carbs". Could you explain your understanding of that please?


rdhorn 2014-02-23 07:26:07 -0600 Report

Hi James,

Certainly, energy carbs are carbs that the body breaks down for energy I.e, fruit, cereal, pasta, potato etc. Veggies provide vitamins and minerals but don't provide energy.

When a energy carb is eaten it needs to paired up with a protein. I would have never thought that eating theses carbs would lower my numbers, but I am here to tell you that I was surprised from the outcome.

It is all about the carbs and the times they are eaten. My schedule starts early everyday so I eat at the following times. 0430, 0830, 1200, 330, 0700, and my bedtime snack at 1000. The most important thing is: must eat breakfast within 30 min of wake up. You may have heard a carb is a carb, that is true for the most part. Check ingredients, corn syrup and sugar in the top 5 ingredients "don't" eat. It has taken me 10 years to wrap my head around the way to eat so I thought I would share. This was the 3rd nutritionist I have seen and the last one was a diabetes educator, I think that was the difference.

I know this is a lot more than you asked for, but I hope it helps.


Nick1962 2014-02-23 15:33:21 -0600 Report

While I’ve never heard it put quite that way, it’s exactly right. My lesson was empty (fast) carbs versus beneficial (slow) carbs. Beneficial carbs like vegetables can stand on their own, while empty ones like breads and such need some fiber or protein with them to “smooth out” the damage they’ll do. Both have a purpose – an empty carb with some protein like toast and eggs is great right before being active. A boost to get you going plus something to sustain you while you work.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-22 19:41:48 -0600 Report

My questions is why can't you cook one piece of chicken, one piece of fish, one hamburger or one serving of vegetables etc.. You can also cook for two and freeze part of it for another meal on another day. Most recipes are servings for four. breaking them down to one serving is not easy. If you make a casserole you can break it down to one serving sizes and put the rest in the freezer. I make dinner for two but if I make chili or soup, I make large sizes and divided the rest and freeze it. You can search the internet for recipes for one.