Grocery shopping!

By MsZuly Latest Reply 2014-07-12 22:38:24 -0500
Started 2014-07-07 19:58:52 -0500

So today I went grocery shopping. I'm still new to this diabetic thing which I absolutely hate! Anyways I'm still very confused on food that is appropriate for me. I'm going to list a few things and I would be very grateful if you guys could give me your input on it!

I would really love some input please.
I also have high blood pressure.
What would be things I'm allowed to use as seasonings?

21 replies

Type1Lou 2014-07-09 13:37:59 -0500 Report

My advice is to become aware of the carbohydrates in everything that you put into your mouth. Read the food labels and look at the serving sizes and "Total Carbs", not just the sugars. Carbohydrates are what primarily cause your blood sugars to rise. There are foods with empty carbs (e.g. candy, cookies, cakes) and there are foods with better carbs (e.g. fruit, veggies, peanut butter.) Invest in a book or an app that gives the food's carb value by serving size. There are also many guides on-line. "Calorie King" is a good one but there are many others…you may wish to check your local public library to see if you like one book better than another. All natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt) is a staple for me with 6 grams of carb per 2 tbsp. My lunch each day is an apple with 4 tbsp of peanut butter. Because apples vary greatly in size, the carbs can range from 25 grams to 35+ grams per apple. I have a digital nutrition scale that allows me to weigh the apple, put in the food code for apples and gives me the carbs in that particular apple. Most meats and fish (not processed) have low or no carbs. Beware of any processed foods like the imitation crab-meat and imitation lobster meat…they have way more carbs that the real stuff. Beware of anything labelled Lite or low-fat…they usually have more carbs than the regular versions of the same food…just compare regular salad dressing with it's low-fat counterpart. Hope this helps!

Glucerna 2014-07-08 22:05:34 -0500 Report

You're right that grocery shopping and label reading can be confusing. Ask your physician for a referral to a registered dietitian, who can sit down with you, answer your questions, and help you develop an eating plan that works well for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

MsZuly 2014-07-08 16:54:29 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone! I also don't have a glucose monitor… So I never usually know what my levels are. Do Dr's usually prescribe them or am I just supposed to go out and get one on my own? I know that when I first tested it was 298 then the next month it was 228. Hopefully next visit it will be lower. The veggies I do have are

Then for fruits I have

So then I should go easy on the salt? Also if I check the labels should everything have 0 sugars? Or is like 3 and down ok?

haoleboy 2014-07-08 23:10:21 -0500 Report

when you were diagnosed your doctor didn't give you a meter and some strips? I find that odd as physicians are bombarded with free samples to had out to patients … particularly things such as glucose meters (they want your test strip business). but … yes your doctor can prescribe a meter and strips or you could stop in the local pharmacy and pick one up.
with out testing you are really "driving blind". all of the food you've mentioned is okay, but without testing how it affects your BGL the healthiest diet won't help if you are 'spiked' by the foods you are eating.
you should be working towards numbers well under 200 (just my opinion) and this will be much easier with the information you will get from meaningful testing.

one caveat … the real key is in the portion control. Look up the carb content of the foods you eat but py special attention to the portion size. I love apples but go "halvies" with one of my grandsons as a whole medium apple is 25 grams of carbs

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-08 22:16:24 -0500 Report

You have to be careful with the fruits you listed. Fruits contain natural sugar. I sat away from nectarines, peaches. You really should buy a book to that list all the foods and the carbs in them.

Why don't you own a meter. How are you going to know what your blood sugar level is at any given time. You should test 2 hours after every meal. This will tell you what foods will spike you.

There are 14 grams of carbs in a peach 13 of those grams are sugar.
without testing after eating one means you are playing blind mans bluff with your diet. I avoid fruits with the exception of no sugar added red grapefruit slices and a small apple now and then.

You really should go to you tube and look at videos on label reading for diabetics and make an appointment to see a registered dietitian. You have no idea how many carbs you are eating with any meal or what the foods will do to your blood sugar. You should also ask your doctor how many carbs per meal/day you can have. All of that will help you. It is up to you to self educate. Hating diabetes isn't going to make it go away anymore than it is going to cure it. The sooner you accept it and learn to live with it the better off you will be.

haoleboy 2014-07-09 14:24:42 -0500 Report

it is nectarine season … just got done picking ,,, pretty hard to resist … fruit eaten in the orchard doesn't count, right?

haoleboy 2014-07-09 17:19:24 -0500 Report

good, 'cause we still have grapes, apples and fig season to go.
I did well with the plums and they are usually my downfall.

Type1Lou 2014-07-09 19:15:07 -0500 Report

One of my favorite travel food memories is lunching on a fig stuffed with mascarpone cheese bought at the Victoria Market in Melbourne Australia…What an indulgence!…my mouth waters at the memory!

funnygirl98 2014-07-08 10:29:19 -0500 Report

Ur list sounds pretty good for things to eat. Seasonings I use Mrs Dash seasoning myself. It comes in different flavors. Hope this is of some help to u;-)

GabbyPA 2014-07-08 05:57:14 -0500 Report

You are on a good path here. Now what you need to do is find out how these foods work with your glucose numbers. Test about 15 minutes before your meal, then test about 2 hours after you started your meal. If you have more than a 40 point rise in your numbers, you will want to adjust what you eat or the portions.

Here are some things I would consider:
Seasonings. Go for it! Adding flavor to foods is critical to the enjoyment of what you are cooking. I stick with single ingredient herbs and spices. That way there are no hidden sugars in them.

Get almond milk without added sugar. Or make your own.

Maybe exchange watermelon for berries. This is where testing will help you decide. Watermelon can spike a lot of people.

I usually just skip the breads. But that is a personal decision. You can find other creative ways to make a sandwich or alternatives to toast in the morning.

Raw almonds are healthier than cashews, but I eat all kinds of nuts and seeds.

But over all, it looks great. I would add a lot of veggies. You didn't mention any, so I don't know what you have. Things like leafy greens for salads are a staple in my house. Just use caution when eating corn, beets, peas, and other starchy veggies.

rolly123 2014-07-11 18:17:54 -0500 Report

I'm little confused starchy veg why be careful their veg I eat them the most me my friend loves them a lot do they have lot carbs in them

GabbyPA 2014-07-12 06:41:24 -0500 Report

veggies like potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, beets (most root vegetables) are considered high starch and you want to be careful about eating too much of them. I mix these with other low carb veggies like green beans, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower and leafy greens. That way I am not getting too many carbs but still feeling satisfied with my veggies.

What you want to do is look at the carb content of the vegetables and then look at the serving size. You will be amazed and how much of a difference there is. Veggies are not "free" foods. You have to read and research.

Here's an example:
1 cup of raw mushrooms is 3 grams of carbs
1/2 cup of canned corn has 20 grams of carbs
1/2 cup of canned peas has 11 grams of carbs
1 cup of romain lettuce has 1 gram of carbs

So you see, there is a huge difference. That goes for fruit as well.

haoleboy 2014-07-12 09:41:04 -0500 Report

the only fruit or vegetable that I am aware of that is carb free is the green olive, but there are foods with no carbs …
meat (beef, chicken, pork, fish)
most cheeses
of course if weight control is an issue you really have to watch portions on those foods as well.


rolly123 2014-07-12 12:19:37 -0500 Report

I love olives a lot! Yes it's weight issue! If I can get fifty off I don't think need insulin !!! Having it good so far on vacation lost ten pounds now keep going is issue I do good then feel okay eat sweets hotdogs ham so on then gain weight back I bounce back forth

haoleboy 2014-07-12 12:57:59 -0500 Report

Impressed that you lost weight while on vacation.
I am sure you know this but it would really benefit you to to maintain a steady weight loss all the way to your targeted weight.
Bouncing back and forth is not only frustrating and demoralizing it is also potentially harmful to your health.
You have to commit to saying good-bye forever to your old eating habits and make healthy eating your new "normal".
Trust me … I know how hard it is … I once weighed 325 pounds (which even at 6-foot tall was HUGE)… some serious health issues "scared me straight" and I now weigh in at a rather svelte 160 pounds, So I know you can do it … you know you can do it too!
Anything I can do to help you don't hesitate to reach out.


rolly123 2014-07-12 22:38:24 -0500 Report

Thks how u lost it? Were u around sweets a lot! I'm around it a lot? Friend staying with buys it for her grand kids and me! Tonight I blew everything went friends gathering and ate mostly sweets!! They all talking about how Peaple know they shouldn't have it but does it any way I kept quiet because I was eating choc like binge sweets I was 489 pnds awhile go couldn't weigh anymore moved fl and lost over hundred pounds went to 245 then went back old habits gain lost now I'm almost back to good weight seems when I get almost their I blow it and gain thirty more my sugar ranges 89 to198 which is good now it going back up their in three hundred I'm so frustrated I want give up how u do it Steve

jayabee52 2014-07-08 01:12:11 -0500 Report

Howdy MsZuly

There are items in your list which I would not use. But that would be in large part due to my Chronic Kidney disease.

We however do not always have good results with supposedly "diabetes friendly" foods. I have developed a way to determine whether or not a particular food or drink "plays nice" with your metabolism. You may find that proceedure in the discussion here ~

I pray that you may find this useful

James Baker

kimfing 2014-07-07 22:39:44 -0500 Report

I would go w no sugar added jams or bellies, use the sweetened almond milk, i was told to stay away from melons but i do have watermelon u will have to see how it effects you, make sure nothing instant (think instant raise in blood sugar) only instant product i use is sf pudding. I go w lightly salted cocktail peanuts less carbs than cashews, or try almonds, i just don't like almonds. Since you have high blood pressure i wouldn't use salt. Any seasoning is good. When i was dx last yr t1, i found i craved spicy. Might want to try berries and peaches and nectarines as per my Dr are good.

Just remember everyone is different and effects people differently. Its all trial and error. Remember to weigh or measure out everything that has carbs so you know how much you are having and can adjust.

Be patient and my motto is, it is what it is and am i going to let this disease control me or am i going to control it?!

We are all here for you! Good luck