newly diagnosed

By poohky Latest Reply 2014-07-12 18:34:48 -0500
Started 2014-07-12 15:57:44 -0500

I can't figure out what to eat and what not to eat…is walking enough exercise?

4 replies

Type1Lou 2014-07-12 17:15:43 -0500 Report

Since carbohydrates are the prime culprit in high blood sugars, I would advise you to became "carb aware". Read the labels on packaged foods for serving size and carbohydrate content. I look at the "Total Carbs". Determine how many carbs you are currently consuming per day. If your blood sugars are too high and/or you need to lose weight, reduce the amount of carbs in your diet. Jayabee52 gave you some pointers about the simple carbs to avoid. For me, limiting my carbs to 120 grams per day has enabled me to maintain my weight at 120 lbs and my last A1c was 6.8. Walking is better than not walking. Walking at a good clip is even better. (I like a 3 mile per hour pace.)
Exercise can help increase your sensitivity to the insulin you still produce and that is a good thing. Wishing you well!

jayabee52 2014-07-12 16:42:09 -0500 Report

Howdy poohky

Walking is generally considered "enough" exercise, unless you mean the walking in your ordinary life. Of course the more exercise the better!

First off, have you discussed this with your Dr, or a Registered Dietician (RD)? That would be the best source of information on what to eat.

Eating is a complicated issue as there is no one "diabetes meal plan".
However, there are things which are generally considered diabetes no-nos
Like anything white (generally - there are exceptions) White sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, (considered "simple carbohydrates"

Generally speaking you cannot go too far wrong with protein (meats, eggs, fish, beans, nuts.) in approprite serving amounts.

Then consider eating veggies (particularly those considered "complex carbohydrates" having a more complete nutritonal profile) Green beans, cauliflower (a white food which is good for you), broccoli, kale, cabbage, and other "cruciferous veggies".

Then I would eat some "berry fruits" (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) to add a little sweetness to your life.

That is what I do for myself.

Specific amounts to eat are important also and would be best be in consultation with your Dr or your RD. .

Praying this has been of help to you.

James Baker

poohky 2014-07-12 16:45:37 -0500 Report

Wow great info…I have an appointment with a nutrionist on the 20th

Glucerna 2014-07-12 18:34:48 -0500 Report

It's great that you have an appointment with a nutritionist. It will be helpful for you and the nutritionist if you keep a food log of when you eat, what you eat, and the amount of each food you eat and bring this with you to the appointment. The more aware we are of our eating habits, the easier it is to identify specific changes we want to make. ~Lynn @Glucerna