What to Eat?

wrightkid40
By wrightkid40 Latest Reply 2014-10-23 19:45:26 -0500
Started 2014-10-19 20:43:46 -0500

I often find myself having a normal blood sugar (about 85) around the next meal time. However, I won't be hungry and I know my BG is dropping. I know I have to eat.
Any suggestions on what foods are great if you are dropping, need to eat, and are not hungry?


6 replies

Carol2399
Carol2399 2014-10-23 19:34:58 -0500 Report

Try to avoid fruits because they are full of fructose(fruit sugar), try to avoid carbohydrates and all grains(no grains is good grains, whole wheat or not), and try to cut out all processed foods and sugars( But a great sugar substitute is called "xylitol"- you can look it up if you want). Well, what does that leave you with? Protein and saturated fat. Yes, what your grandmother should be eating is good ol meat, eggs, butter, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, raw milk, and other good products high in protein and saturated fats.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-10-23 19:45:26 -0500 Report

"xylitol" is a chemically produced "sugar alcohol" and may cause gastric distress in some people … not sure I'd be so quick as to call it "a great" substitute.
Pretty sure my grandmother ate a lot of fresh vegetables … some can be high in carbs, but do are you really recommending a diet devoid of vegetables?

Steve

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-20 06:59:53 -0500 Report

Keeping steady is important. Snacking can help and if you are consuming "long lasting" kind of snacks, you may not drop if you are late with your next meal. Nuts are great for this. Cheese and crackers or celery and peanut butter. Find something that is moderate carbs and high in protein, fiber or fat. Those things take longer to convert and often can prevent a low before they start.

Skipping meals is not a great idea with diabetes. So even if you are not hungry, grazing can help. It's just kind of spreading your meal out instead of eating it all at one time. Keeps a steady flow of nutrition and energy going for you.

Sharkey233
Sharkey233 2014-10-19 21:01:26 -0500 Report

Your diet is the MOST important thing to manage properly, if you have diabetes. Your doctor should have given you pamphlets, and information on how to eat properly, for this condition. A registered dietician can also help you with this. I'm sure there is probably types of community assistance for this, as well. It is important to eat nutritious foods, lean meats and chicken, vegetables, salads, fruits, whole grain breads. Low fat dairy products are also included. Portion sizes are VERY important also. You should avoid sweets, candy, desserts, ice cream, anything with sugar or honey in it. Sugar-free items are allowed, in controlled amounts. The whole idea is avoid raising your blood sugar, since it is already high, from the diabetes. Diabetes is caused from the inability of your pancreas to produce enough insulin. Insulin is responsible for keeping your blood sugar under control. All starches (carbohydrates) that you eat are converted (changed) into sugar in your body, so it is also very important to limit the amount of starches that you eat. Starchy foods are: bread, potatoes, corn, pasta, french fries, chips. Your foods should be baked or broiled, not fried in oil. Good snacks for diabetics are: popcorn, nuts, low-sugar fruits such as green apples, berries. Try to learn as much as you can about diabetes, since it can cause MANY many health problems, very serious problems, if your diabetes is not controlled in the proper way.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-20 09:17:13 -0500 Report

Although you provided much good information, I would take issue with the popcorn and apple suggestions without qualifying that one serving of popcorn is usually 1 cup already popped (how many people eat only 1 cup of popcorn?) and an apple's carbohydrate content will greatly vary by its size. The large apples sold in supermarkets often have 35 to 43 grams of carb which is substantial. Although the carbs are the "good" carbs with a high fiber content, they must be accounted for. I eat an apple with all natural peanut butter every day as my lunch. I weigh the apple on a digital nutrition scale that then give me its carb content. Yesterday's apple had 41 grams of carb!..I chose to eat only 3/4's of it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-19 21:00:15 -0500 Report

You can try a chocolate kisses, sip some soda or juice, hard candy, or a couple of cookies. I keep chocolate in my fridge just for that purpose. I also carry Levelife packets in my meter case. I take my meter with me everywhere I go.

I also keep real hard candy or a couple tootsie roll pops handy. Just about anything with sugar in it will work. I have even use a slice of bread since I can't have juice or soda. Juice and soda raises my blood sugar to fast.

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