"Free foods" and nighttime munchies

By jen_vive Latest Reply 2015-01-13 07:58:30 -0600
Started 2014-12-29 23:26:37 -0600

What do people think about the "free foods" I've been reading about. Less than 20 calories and 5g of carbs that are not suppose to affect blood sugars. I'm a big snacker (my worst flaw), especially at night when I can't sleep…like now…and which happens often. Just laying there awake and all I can think about is something to eat…thoughts? Thanks!

22 replies

Pegsy 2015-01-08 14:52:52 -0600 Report

I consider meats, cheese, nuts and most vegetables to be free foods for me. I don't measure or limit them at all. I do limit starchy/sugary vegetables(peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, etc.) potatoes, brown rice and whole grain breads and some whole grain crackers to 11-20 grams per meal or snack. I find I cannot tolerate cereals of any kind. I can include small amounts of fruit, popcorn and an occasional piece of chocolate.

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-06 09:20:32 -0600 Report

I do popcorn. one that doesn't have all that butter on it. I don't go right to bed after I eat . I'm losing weight also

suecsdy 2015-01-06 09:51:21 -0600 Report

I like popcorn too and it's so easy..a single serving bag is just right. I usually want more, but make myself stop. It's my afternoon snack though, Dinner is usually late, around 6 or 7.so if I want a little desert I try to have it right then, Then a small snack at bedtime around 11.

suecsdy 2015-01-05 17:58:42 -0600 Report

I keep mixed nuts for my bedtime snack. It doesn't take very much to satisfy and it's protien. But a little cheese would be nice too. Or p-nut butter. Sorry, it's getting to be my dinnertime.

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-06 09:24:43 -0600 Report

I do the peanut butter thing for my dinner also. that gives us protein.

suecsdy 2015-01-06 09:46:14 -0600 Report

P-nut butter on a rice cake…sometimes I have it for lunch. p-nut butter has always been a favorite of mine and now it's good for me.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-05 13:08:37 -0600 Report

5 grams of net carbs is about 20% of what I allow myself for the day…a big percentage…enough to have a green salad with blue cheese dressing…which is what I sometimes snack on if I can afford the carbs at the end of the day…I love my blue cheese dressing..

kellysue85 2015-01-13 07:58:30 -0600 Report

I'm not sure where you live so you might not be able to find it, but Bolthouse Farms makes a blue cheese dressing that is FULL flavor. It's only 1 gram of carbs for 2 tbsp with just 35 calories. It's amazing! Their ranch and salsa ranch are great, too. Found them in walmart near the lettuce, they are kept cold.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-02 11:23:58 -0600 Report

Hi Jen,
I have a problem that i drop or gp hypoglycemic especially at night. So every night. I eat a protein snack such as yogurt or a protein bar. It doesn't always work, once in awhile I drop anyway. But for the most part it works good for me. If I just want to snack I will eat a handful of nuts, that always does the trick.

melaniehill2 2015-01-01 03:41:11 -0600 Report

Hi jen_vive, I do the same thing when I can't sleep. I eat bad stuff. Maybe eating a piece of fruit or vegetables. I believe the free foods is good. I need to find out what they are and start snacking on them.

RebDee 2014-12-31 14:54:40 -0600 Report

Rather than snacking, I get up and go on my computer and answer all of the mail that I get from DC. That's why you see my name so often. LOL

sweetslover 2014-12-30 12:29:53 -0600 Report

My favorite snack is a handful of sunflower seeds. They do not spike my BG, they take a while to eat, and I find them filling. Enjoy.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-31 02:00:47 -0600 Report

I keep a bag of mixed sunflower seeds with slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds and cashew pieces in a ziploc bag… if i'm feeling a tiny bit low (or even a lot low) i may toss in a few M&M's and nibble that for a snack. I love seeds and nuts.

jayabee52 2015-01-02 00:24:14 -0600 Report

actually, Heidi, chocolate is not really a good way to bring up a low. It is better to drink an orange juice or eat 15 gm of a simple carb. the best way to bring up a hypo is to follow the 15/15 rule here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

lilleyheidi 2015-01-02 00:53:29 -0600 Report

James, most of the time when I am low I do follow the 15/15 rule,, but on an occasion I will put in a few (note I said FEW) M&M's with some seeds if I am dropping, not really low but dropping. I, personally, find there is nothing wrong with adding a treat to my food plan on occasion, a small, dollar size bag of M&M's lasts me about 2-3 months.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-30 07:56:34 -0600 Report

This is just me personally, I'm not a snacker, so I don't have any thing to eat after dinner. A lot of people do have an evening snack and that is a good thing if you enjoy a snack at bedtime. Just don't go overboard, traditionally speaking "snacks" should be no more than 15 carbs. Best of health in 2015, HUGS, Heidi

Type1Lou 2014-12-30 07:55:40 -0600 Report

The leg cramps may have been due to dehydration…your body gets rid of the excess sugar in your blood through urination. (Hence, frequent urination being a sign of uncontrolled diabetes.) Getting your BG's back into more normal ranges will reduce the frequent urination and loss of body fluids. Although there are low-carb foods that do not spike your BG's, there are not really any UNLIMITED "free foods"…eat enough of anything and it will affect your BG. I get the munchies in the evening and will resort to a handful of plain almonds or walnuts or peanuts. They are high fiber and filling. I've also resorted to celery and peanut butter. Just be sure to calculate the carbs, even in the "free foods" so you know what you are eating. For me, a 5 gram serving of carbs will cause an increase in my BG if I don't bolus for it. Part of the battle is learning what works for you individually. Don't despair, it does get easier.

RebDee 2014-12-31 15:16:27 -0600 Report

Another form of dehydration which I just learned about this week from my primary care physician was because I was complaining about pain and swelling in my jaw. Apparently it is caused by dehydration — your saliva glands won't produce enough saliva that the glands end up with dried saliva (like sand) which makes me look like I have mumps (which I had as a child). Just thought I would add another symptom to the mix of things that happen when you don't drink enough water.

rhett t
rhett t 2015-01-06 09:34:16 -0600 Report

hey RebDee, I have Learned to like water. I was staying dehydrated. I drink at least 8 glasses a day. Feel much better too

RebDee 2015-01-06 10:41:54 -0600 Report

Yes, I know I am supposed to drink 8 8oz glasses of water per day but I can't seem to get it all down. Ive tried putting fruit in my pitcher of water or Disani Drops, to change the taste. But no luck. I used to be able to get most of the water down when I drank with my meals but since surgery, I am not allowed to drink with meals and must drink either one hour before or one hour after. So now it is harder for me to get it down as my stomach is full from food. I keep a glass of water next to me at all times so I can sip it but even that doesn't help. Any ideas?

jen_vive 2014-12-29 23:37:03 -0600 Report

I've also been having terrible leg cramps in my thighs the last month since this all began before I was admitted to the hospital with ketoacidosis. That keeps me up some nights too. The diabetes nurse said I could be dehydrated but I think I drink a lot all day and always have water by my bed.

Pegsy 2014-12-30 17:38:27 -0600 Report

I was told that muscle cramps could be caused by lack of magnesium so I started taking magnesium supplements. I haven't had a leg cramp in over a year.