the right choice

By SeaBeagle Latest Reply 2014-05-03 08:36:21 -0500
Started 2014-04-30 09:10:01 -0500

I am new to Type 2 and trying to figure out what to eat and what not to eat, I hope some of you can give me your preference. What kind of yogurt is the best to eat as a diabetic?? Also, any cooks out there?? What do you use to make soup. I love vegetable soup and didn't know what people use as their base?? Does anyone use chicken boullion?? Any helps would be appreciated!! Thanks mary

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GabbyPA 2014-05-03 08:31:19 -0500 Report

First of all welcome aboard. I am sure you will find a lot of great help here.

Some of my "go to" food items that cause me the least headache are:
non starchy veggies like cucumbers, celery and sprouts
proteins like eggs, lean meats and beans
fats like coconut oil, olive oil and nuts or nut butters
Carbs I have to count individually, but I generally steer clear of corn, rice, pasta, bread and grain products.

As for yogurt, I like FAGE and just get it plain so I can make it taste like what I want. It is high in protein and low carb, so I can add berries or Truvia and vanilla to it and I'm happy.

Soups. YUM. You can make so many and as long as you leave out the noodles, rice and starchy veggies, you can have a great meal. I make my own stock and try not to use bullion, because if you read the lables...there is sugar in those little salty cubes. Sometimes I add some if my flavor is a little flat, but usually I just make stock from dinner left over bones and vegetable scraps.

SeaBeagle 2014-05-03 08:36:21 -0500 Report

Gabby.. Thanks.. I haven't heard of FAGE before.. but will be looking for it.. I am starting to count carbs. I buy stuff with zero sugar… I am learning..Thanks so much Mary

JimJB 2014-05-02 07:50:16 -0500 Report

Look at the carbs in a serving, keep them low your Dr can tell you what level you should be taking.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-01 08:55:27 -0500 Report

Why can't you make soup the way you always made it? I don't use any kind of bouillon, I make my own chicken stock for soup. I eat light yogurt. I don't like Greek Yogurt because it is too tart for my taste.

Only you can determine what to eat and what not to eat. You have to eat a serving of something then test two hours later. What you really need is a diabetic educator and nutritionist. I am Type 2 and can eat just about anything within reason because I know what will and will not spike me. I found this out by eating a serving of something then testing two hours later. Each persons body can react differently to what each person eats so you have to find that out for yourself.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-01 02:40:07 -0500 Report

My doctor suggested Greek Yogurt which was good because I love it. I also love home made vegetable soup. My Dad always raised a garden and vegetable soup was a go to meal. I don't use chicken bullion, instead I use chicken, beef or vegetable broth according to which soup I make. You should check out some the recipes here on DC and get some ideas. Also, like Glucerna said, a diabetes educator can help.

JaredLahti 2014-04-30 21:35:42 -0500 Report

Greek is a good type of yogurt. I am a cook but I don't really make soup. I do more slow cooking of roasts or making pork, chicken or steak.

Glucerna 2014-04-30 18:13:59 -0500 Report

It's great that you're looking for healthy and delicious foods. There are several recipes and meal ideas on this website. Also, by working with a diabetes educator you'll be able to find out more information. Since you enjoy cooking, you'll enjoy finding healthier ways to prepare foods you love. ~Lynn @Glucerna

IronOre 2014-04-30 12:58:49 -0500 Report

Yogurt is fine ~ "light" versions are the best
If you can find foods in either "light" or "diet" versions it is usually preferred you go with those.
As what as what you can eat or not eat ~ the best thing you can do is find an Endocrinologist connected with a good diabetes clinic and they will steer you in the right dirction.

dagger1234 2014-04-30 10:26:37 -0500 Report

What to eat is all based your body and how it breaks it down. I had all these questions too and I was thinking "I'm Asian. How am I ever not going to eat rice". But that's what testing your blood is for, it's to test what u can and cannot eat and what raises it

SeaBeagle 2014-04-30 12:29:37 -0500 Report

So, how do you judge that?? I am noticing like if I eat watermelon.. I probably shouldn't.. But how do you figure that out?? Thanks!!

dagger1234 2014-05-01 11:41:40 -0500 Report

You test after ever 2 hours or eating. You should log what you eat and then test and see how it affects it. I don't think watermelon would effect your blood as much but just don't eat a whole melon lol

haoleboy 2014-04-30 13:32:18 -0500 Report

Make a note of the food you ate … test your blood one hour after starting the meal … and again at two hours.
My target levels are <140 after an hour and <100 after two. If they are higher then I either eliminate the culprit from my diet, or change portions (or try a different combination as sometimes adding a high protein source can slow the affect). You would need to set your own targets with the assistance of you Dr.
It is easier to figure out what is causing the issues if you keep your meals simple. Eating processed/pre-packaged foods can make determining the culprit much more difficult. After a while you will have a pretty good handle on what you can and can't eat.


IronOre 2014-04-30 12:59:32 -0500 Report

It's all in the carbs.
Why would you say watermelon is not good to eat for you ?

SeaBeagle 2014-04-30 15:54:41 -0500 Report

Watermelon is wonderful.. but I ate it and my sugar went up to 171… It sounds kind of silly but I am starting to figure out when my sugar level is high by my dry mouth.

IronOre 2014-05-01 17:00:40 -0500 Report

Anything with carbs will make your BS go up, you just need to be prepared for it and you will be fine

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-01 09:01:37 -0500 Report

I eat watermelon all summer long with no problems. Watermelon doesn't spike my blood sugar. I know that Pineapple will but I eat that using portion control. I can't eat large oranges but have no problem with the small clementines or tangerines.

If you want to eat the watermelon, eat it in the middle of the day and take a 20 min. walk. The best advice my doctor gave me was to eat something wait 2 hours and test. I went through a lot of strips doing that but it helped me learn what to eat and what to avoid. Now I can eat what i want as long as I eat it using portions. If I want a sweet treat I test before I eat it. If my numbers are under 100 I will eat it. Above 100 and I won't touch it.

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