Juicing fruits vegetables

dbanks314
By dbanks314 Latest Reply 2014-12-12 16:55:38 -0600
Started 2014-12-10 07:13:36 -0600

Hello to all,

I am a newbie that has been recently diagnosed with diabetes 2. Currently, it seems like a lot of information to swallow all at once when it comes to diet and I am trying to figure out where to start. The question that I have for you is that I have started juicing and I am wondering if this is good for diabetics. When I say juicing, I have a high-powered blender that juices the whole fruit / vegetable this way I am getting the fiber as well. Where I am confused at is I have heard somewhere that you should always eat a protein source with carbs but sometimes I just want to drink the juice and keep moving. Is this wise. Please help


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Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-12-10 21:59:38 -0600 Report

Juicing can be a great way to increase vegetable intake. Are you juicing for snacks or meals or both? ~Lynn @Glucerna

dbanks314
dbanks314 2014-12-12 16:55:38 -0600 Report

Glucerna,

Thanks for your response… You are exactly right, juicing is great. Actually I am juicing for both. I hhave a busy schedule and I find juicing my vegs and fruits is a quick way to make sure I get them in. This whole D2 has forced me into a health nut and Im looking for everyway to become healthy.

dbanks314
dbanks314 2014-12-10 15:09:48 -0600 Report

Thanks to all that replied to my inquiry… I responded to each of you individually but I don’t see the post anywhere, maybe I did something wrong. However, I appreciate all of your suggestions and I will definitely be adding that protein powder to my juices. After doing a little research I think the protein isolate would probably be best because it is low in carbs and low in sugar. In addition, I am guessing that 45 carbs per meal is the idea goal for intake. The only problem is that I have no idea where this magic number arrived. All my doc ever tell me is to watch the carbs.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-12-10 16:24:01 -0600 Report

the "magic number" is the one that works for you … the one that allows you to maintain your target blood glucose levels without going "hypo" … after a lot of experimenting I found that my "magic number" was 50 total carbs or less per day which I consume between 1 pm and 9 pm.

namaste
Steve

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-10 09:32:41 -0600 Report

Howdy DBanks
WELCOME to DC!

Pegsy has a really good suggestion. May I suggest whey protein powder?
I was originally going to suggest adding nuts or nut butters to the smoothie.

I personally wouldn't add soy powder as the protein source as the whole phytoestrogen issue rears its head here, and I have enough trouble testosterone wise anyway.

I have been on the verge of getting such a blender now for a long time.

Praying success on your diabetes control

James

dbanks314
dbanks314 2014-12-10 15:13:55 -0600 Report

James,

The mixer is wonderful… I started with a regular juicer and hated the fact that I had to dispose of all the fiber. I am glad I made this investment, it juices everything and there is no pulp. Instead of so I think I am going with the protein isolate, it supposed to be low in carbs and low in sugar.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-12-10 09:25:28 -0600 Report

You need to calculate the amount of carbs you are taking in, regardless of the form they take. Higher carb intake leads to higher BG's. Of course most fruit and veggie carbs are better for you than junk food carbs. The first thing I would counsel you is to determine how many carbs you are currently consuming. If you need to lose weight and/or your BG's are higher than desired, reduce your daily carb intake. Set a daily carb limit for yourself to gain better control.

dbanks314
dbanks314 2014-12-10 15:19:07 -0600 Report

Type1Lou,

I have searched and searched on how to calculate how many carbs is needed for an individual. However, I could not find any information besides the majority of people claiming 45 carbs per meal was the idea magic number. I am guessing I need to find a nutritionist to give me exact numbers. Until then I will just stick with the 45 and keep monitoring my progress. Unfortunately, until I got on this site I did not know about those numbers. All my doc ever told me was to watch the carbs.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-12-10 16:52:11 -0600 Report

This is such an individual number. It is based on your body build, metabolism, exercise level, age, gender etc. Like Steve said, the "right" amount is the one that works for you. The first step is to determine how many you are currently eating and go from there. I'm a 5'3", 65 year old, moderately active female who weighs around 123 lbs. I limit myself to 120 grams of carb per day and have been able to keep my HbA1c in the 6's, indicating good control for a person with diabetes. That's the number that works for me. Some people can eat more and others need less. I also calculate my carbs by counting the "Total carbs" in the food I eat.

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-12-10 09:22:39 -0600 Report

I never consume carbs without protein. I don't juice either. Just a thought though, how do you feel about adding protein powder to your juice?

dbanks314
dbanks314 2014-12-10 15:22:16 -0600 Report

Pegsy,

I will be picking up a container of protein today. This is a great idea and easy for me to get both in the times I am busy. This is great…