Suggestions pls

By SeaBeagle Latest Reply 2014-05-08 17:14:31 -0500
Started 2014-05-05 14:36:57 -0500

Hi there.. I know I should not have pasta and rice but maybe once a week.. I really would like to know for the people who do eat rice and pasta, what kind do you buy? Do you eat rice that is white or brown?? wheat?? and pasta brown rice?? regular.. The carbs seem about the same so does it matter?? Thanks so much!! Mary.

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Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-05-08 17:14:31 -0500 Report

If I want to keep my sugar in the 85 to 95 range, I don't have any type of pasta or rice. Any of it brown, long or whole, doesn't matter and my sugar will go above what I consider unacceptable.

GabbyPA 2014-05-08 07:33:33 -0500 Report

No pasta does well for me, but you might want to try Dreamfields pasta. It has more fiber in it to help offset the carbs some. But don't be deceived, it's still pasta.

I find that I use barley and wild rice that works well. There is also quinoa that takes on a flavor of what you cook it with, and I often will mix that in with rice dishes to help.

Now, I just pretty much try to skip the starch all together and just serve a protein with veggies.

SeaBeagle 2014-05-07 19:05:41 -0500 Report

So there is no class available but there is a dietician who will meet at the grocery store on Tuesday for a hour. Will be interesting. Thanks to all who have been so kind and giving me suggestion. Bs have been 106 to 130 after eating. I think I am starting to get the big lifetime change. Again thanks!!!

Glucerna 2014-05-07 21:58:35 -0500 Report

It's great to hear your blood sugars have been in a good range after eating. Meeting with the dietitian at the grocery store should be informative as well. Please share what you learn. ~Lynn @Glucerna

number 2
number 2 2014-05-07 15:51:33 -0500 Report

You should do trial and error, because people are effected by carbs differently. Check your levels 1 hour after you eat, and again 2 hours after you eat, and if it's high you shouldn't be eating it, but if everything is in moderation you should be fine. More carbs less portion of food

jigsaw 2014-05-07 11:34:26 -0500 Report

I occasionally have a very small amount of Dreamfields pasta. It does raise my bg, but then I take a walk.I don't touch white rice, but I do have a small amount of brown rice once in a great while. Brown rice is healthier, and Dreamfields pasta's effect on my bg is not as extreme as reg pasta.

LauraS 2014-05-06 09:49:09 -0500 Report

I was a pasta freak and after being diagnosed went to wheat pasta. Unfortunately I think I developed a wheat allergy or a bad case of candida. My hands were breaking out in rashes, I was having super sugar cravings and was bloated beyond belief. I read about candida and the wheat belly and got off wheat pasta immediately. I tried rice pasta, spelt, corn pasta and mixed varieties. I still have trouble with the rice pasta, I over cook it, the corn is pretty good and I really like spelt. The rashes on my hands cleared up, I'm not bloated anymore, lost a few lbs and no longer crave sugar or pasta for that matter. I've been eating only brown rice for years now. Note: the wheat we eat today is GMO and I think, no proof, my own opinion, that wheat now breaks down to sugar a lot faster than the old "real" wheat. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the gut cause by excess sugar. I've eaten pasta for years and never had my hands break out in itchy rashes, when the wheat went GMO I started having problems.

pumper1 2014-05-06 09:38:23 -0500 Report

Check out dreamfields pasta. Comes in all forms, spagetti, mostacholli, rotoni. It is made with insoluble fibers and "protected carbs." My CDE told me about this, she is also Typee 1, And full sreving bolus is 15 grams of carbohydrates! Not the usual 41 grams as with most pastas. It's the only pasta I cook with now. I dont eat pasta often, but when I do, I prefer "dreamfields." (I had to throw that "plug" in there!)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-06 08:13:56 -0500 Report

It doesn't matter that the carbs seem the same. It is what Dagger said. It is all based on how you body processes the food. I have not had pasta since early December and I have not had rice since February.

Go ahead and eat the pasta and the rice once a week but don't be shocked if it causes your blood sugar to spike. Pasta raises my blood sugar faster than rice will. When I have pasta, I stick the fork in and eat what is on the fork. I will eat two tablespoons of rice. I do not eat anything else with a carb in it for at least 3 hours.

When I eat rice I go take a walk up and down the block even though it might raise my blood sugar from 100 to 110-115. I don't eat brown rice or wheat pasta or wheat bread. I can no longer stand the taste of it. I switched back to white. Not good but I can tolerate it better.

Glucerna 2014-05-05 23:16:19 -0500 Report

What I'm hearing is that each person needs to figure out which foods work best for you, and that portion size is also key. Whole grains are more nutritious than processed grains, and sometimes the fiber in whole grains will slow down carbohydrate digestion - but not for everyone. Some people find that eating grains during the day when they're more active helps keep their blood sugar in a healthier range vs eating grains at night when we tend to be less active. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-06 08:17:23 -0500 Report

Lynn we all don't tend to be less active at night. Some of us are out walking, shopping, exercising which means we are the ones who don't have as much of a problem with eating grains at night. People who eat it then vegetate in front of a tv are the ones who have a problem. If people want to eat grains at night they should find something active to do and they won't have much of a problem with it. Even if you eat it during the day you should do something active after eating it. You should never eat pastas, rice or a lot of carbs and sit around. That is not good.

jigsaw 2014-05-07 12:36:47 -0500 Report

Yep, I do things at night also! Someone said the night time is the right time, and I took their advice. Sometimes on the couch also, but in no way am I a couch potato. I admit to slowing down as the years pile on though..

Glucerna 2014-05-06 22:20:46 -0500 Report

Of course you're right Joyce. Most of the people I talk with sit on the couch in the evening after dinner, and it would be great if they were willing to include some activity in the evening. ~Lynn @Glucerna

dagger1234 2014-05-05 22:10:26 -0500 Report

It's all based on your body and how it processes the food. I can eat white rice as long as it's not long grain. But I know that I'm supposed to steer away from it so I keep to brown rice. As for pasta. It doesn't affect me white or wheat. It does affect me when I do eat Mac and cheese though.

SeaBeagle 2014-05-05 19:53:36 -0500 Report

Thanks to all for your replies.. Steve.. I am trying to stay away from it.. but I know I will want spagetti sometime.. But I will eat it on the weekend during the day when I crave it. I just know I will get it.. I will put the meatsauce (homemade with turkey) Thanks James.. I will try those.. I appreciate your help..Nick1962.. That sound reasonable. I just get confused looking at so many labels and which is the best to pick. Thanks so much to all.. Mary

haoleboy 2014-05-05 20:09:20 -0500 Report

I get that Mary. If you gotta eat it try to stick with a whole grain pasta and don't overcook it (and watch your portion size).

haoleboy 2014-05-05 18:12:30 -0500 Report

I avoid rice and pasta like the plague. All are high in carbs and cause BGL to rise. In theory eating a whole grain rice or pasta will slow the conversion to glucose … but convert it will.
Experiment to see what effect they have on your BGL … test 1 hour and again 2 hours after eating. If your readings exceed your target levels … well, there's your answer.
Having lived in Hawaii for 20 years giving up rice (and Spam) has been hard, but my A1c better for it.


jayabee52 2014-05-05 18:00:12 -0500 Report

Howdy Mary.
Instead of the rice try a small grain quinoa ("KEEN wah") It is very much like rice in texture, but along with a bit of carbs it also has protein in it. You have to rinse it a couple times before you cook it, but I like it.

As far as pasta folks have liked the Dreamfields brand. Some of the carbs in Dreamfields are offset by fiber, so the rise in BGs doesn't raise as high or as fast. Of course these items are not to be eaten alone, but also to be paired with a protein and non-starchy veggies.

God's best to you Mary

Nick1962 2014-05-05 14:45:16 -0500 Report

Me personally – I don’t substitute and eat what I have a taste for. Since I don’t regularly eat those things, my portions are so small they don’t matter. That said, I am careful of HOW I eat them. Anything like rice, pasta, or bread has to be coupled with a good amount of protein and fiber with it so I don’t have just pure carbs running through me.

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