what do each of you consider a well-balanced diet?

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2009-02-05 18:36:59 -0600
Started 2009-02-04 19:11:48 -0600

i am interested in knowing what is considered the "right" way to eat. it seem as though what works for one is not working for another , when it comes to keeping the blood sugar low. the only way i have ever lost weight was to balance everything out, eat what i wanted, but less. i don't care a fig about my weight, i want my blood sugar to be right. what works for you?

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Janice5208 2009-02-05 15:36:09 -0600 Report

what works for me is watching tthe amount of starches and carbs I eat in a days time. a balance between bread or desserts. I only use splenda ,no salt, but still have concerns and questions at times.

GabbyPA 2009-02-05 14:42:48 -0600 Report

Balance is just that. Taking what works and balancing it out. You have to find what works for you and you can do that with diligence in your logging and testing to see what works. Balance is getting the foods that fill you up but don't spike you. Foods that bring you health, not harm.

We eat foods that are close to nature. We have eliminated most processed foods from our cupboards and we don't eat anything that has artificial sweeteners or hydroginated oils in it.

I try to balance that with some of our family favorites that have been adjusted to help me not fall into a sugar coma. LOL, But seriously, it is all a juggling act of protions, activity, PCF ratios, and feeling satisfied. If your diet leaves you wanting, you are sure to blow it. It does take discipline, but it should feel natural...that takes some adjustments in how you percieve your eating, but it does come.

SkipT 2009-02-04 21:24:34 -0600 Report

No one can really say what the term "balanced" diet means. I follow low carb, but even though I don't count calories I do watch portion size. In other words use small portions to produce small BG numbers. Also things get to be a little bit different for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. I don't use insulin so I have to be more conscious of what I consume as I can't really counter with an injection(please note this is just a statement, and not intended to start fighting between Type 1 and Type 2)
I feel that for Type 2's such as myself a strict low carb diet WILL work as long as you are willing to make the effort. It always bugs me when someone says to me "I would just die if I didn't have my…fill in the blank with the food of your choice)" Actually you may die because you eat it. No food is worth good health. I will now get down off my soapbox(LOL).

rbergman 2009-02-04 22:08:55 -0600 Report

Hey there Skip,

I was in denial for quite some time after being diagnosed Type 2 and thought I could still eat whatever I wanted because all I had to do was take more insulin to counter my bad food choices…(probably lost a year of my life over that stupid stunt)..then I accepted this is the way it has to be, but I was never taught carb counting, it was always sugar intake, I assume now my doctor I saw for everything was no better educated than I when it came to diabetes, but thats ok, it worked for me, the carb counting that I recently learned from PCP seems easier than sugar intake but I'm no expert yet by any means. Our daughter will be put on a more defined carb count diet on Friday more suitable to her needs, anything to try to prevent her from ever having to go on insulin is a plus in my book, insulin is a fear of hers because she assumed because I have to have it she would too, so for me following a strict diet to save her from what I have to go through is my main goal.

BobMWade 2009-02-05 04:33:13 -0600 Report

rbergman Can u please explain what you meant by it taking a year from your life by eating what you want and then taking enough insulin to counter it, cause I do this about once or twice a week when i go out to eat.

bigrickjr57 2009-02-05 10:02:12 -0600 Report

Well balanced is like this: Protein, Calcium, Manganese, Vitamin C, D, E, B12, Niacin, Potassium, low Sodium and Antioxidants. 1200 calories daily roughly; green leafy vegetables, tomatoes (licopene), Welch's grape juice daily, egg, poultry, fish and no carbs (initially). That is no milk, white bread, most breads, pastries or muffins. Then aerobic exercise daily for 40 minutes-1.5hrs daily. Walking, hiking or on your bicycle. Helps with bowel motility, burns calories and aids digestion. Reduce caloric intake and increase exercise is the key, but keep the electrolytes up and reduce carbohyrates.

rbergman 2009-02-05 10:09:30 -0600 Report

I was told that was poor control and not doing myself any good it was basically "doping", you have to follow strict guidelines, high BG results in heart damage and other complications, so by eating what I wanted and getting BG readings over 300 afterward then "doping" with insulin to bring it back down was not healthy, after doing this for over a year it cut my chances of living longer…a full year may be an over-statement but I did decrease my life expectancy considerably by not doing things the right way from the beginning and by eating junk all that time and doping to fix it, and I did this daily, not just occasionally please understand that, you figure 364 days in a year and I probably did this for a good year and a half so for around 550 days I did this…THATS how I figure I took a year off of my life because of the added stress on my heart and other organs by doing it this way for so long.

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-05 10:16:02 -0600 Report

it the old thing about not having control over what you really want to eat! the more you are told you can't, the more you want to say can!

2009-02-04 19:34:36 -0600 Report

A balanced diet. hmmm! My version is a mix of meat, starch, vegies, fruit and dairy. Salad size plate divided in 4 sections (imaginary).
Section 1. 3 oz of lean meat or other protein source.
Section 2 - 1 serving of starch (Potato, noodles, rice, corn, peas, other legumes, bread, fruit, desserts etc…)
(this serving size depends on your plan, for me it would be about 1 cup of starch as I do 30 grams of carbs at each meal.
Section 3 and 4 - Wet vegies, mix em up and spice em up if you like.. Hold the butter!! (Green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, salad, beets, zucchini, etc… )

Beverage - water, unsweetened tea, coffee

3 meals and 3 snacks through out the day to keep blood sugar spikes from happening (in either direction). I get a lot of exercise so I try to get 1800 calories in me through a day.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner - 500 calories each
Snacks - 100 calories each (3 x a day)

For someone that is carb counting they wouldn't need to count calories they'd count carb servings. Balance comes from the foods you eat and the way you split your allotment out through the day!

Hope this makes sense.. :)


rbergman 2009-02-04 20:54:35 -0600 Report

Makes sense to me Judy, but you say if your counting carbs you don't have to count calories too? I wondered about that, if fact Laura asked me the other day if we would have to count calories for her too or just carbs and I told her I thought both, so if I'm wrong that would be a little relief in one less thing to have to count for her meals.

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-04 21:00:02 -0600 Report

okay! i will count carbs and not worry about the calories!

2009-02-04 21:57:53 -0600 Report

That would work but you have to remember you can't just count them for the sake of counting them, you need to stay within your limits…LOL
At the end of the day you should have consumed the same amount of carbs every day (approx) and it's best if you eat your meals and snacks at the same times (or as close as possible) each day.

Mine are written as 45-60 gms per meal and 15-30 per snack. I don't eat that many but that's what's written in my notes. Some that do 'low-carb' diets will argue this one but to each his own.. Whatever works for you!!

Now remember you can't count em just to count em lol


2009-02-04 21:54:28 -0600 Report

The dieticians and diabetes instructors here in WI teach carb counting and if you follow it to a 't', the calories will work out the same. I'd follow whatever it is they teach you for the little one and as for yourself have you ever been to a diabetes class? I went 7 years ago and again once this past year and they are still teaching that same thing. A cup of food is still a cup of food… lol imagine that..!!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 18:36:59 -0600 Report

Well put Judy, I too am going to try and fit this in my schedule. I was informed I should have an intake of 1800 calories and even that puts a ? in my mind. But I am trying to start this healthy new lifestyle and maybe should listen to my peers, I think they know what they are talking about…Debe

gma 2009-02-04 19:31:22 -0600 Report

Well I eat meat , Chicken, or Salmon, Tuna and a veggie for dinner or a salad with veggies or meat in it thats about it for me Iam still fairly new and am still learning dont know if it is well balanced or not but it works

rbergman 2009-02-04 19:21:01 -0600 Report

If I can put it on a paper plate and balance it on one hand, its a well balanced diet!

LOL Sorry I couldn't resist that one. I can't honestly answer any other way because it seems I'm not good at figuring it out yet but getting there.

Hugs & Luv

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-04 19:23:31 -0600 Report

har'de! har! har! if i did what i wanted to do, my plate would be a platter!

rbergman 2009-02-04 19:33:34 -0600 Report

I've been told, and try to follow, high protein, low carb, low sugar, high potassium …meat and veggies more than pasta and taters, and less junk food…following it more strictly since it now involves our daughter too but will learn more on Friday about a more proper diet for her other than just counting carbs the way we have been.

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