wanting more

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-01-08 08:58:30 -0600
Started 2015-01-04 10:39:24 -0600

No, this is not about food. My morning numbers have been really good for the past couple of weeks. I am seeing more readings in the 80's and 90's. so why does it bother me when they are in the 90's. I feel disappointed. I thought I would be happy when I got to the 80's. Now I want to get just a little lower. Got my a1c to 6.4 and hope it doesn't go up after surgery. The food at the hospital isn't bad, just not very diabetic friendly(not that I'll be eating any for a few days). and then there's the stress.
Ok, here's the food part. I want to get some shakes to keep on hand because I know I'm not going to want to do much food prep after and don't even know yet what my dr. will let me eat
So in your opinion what brand tastes best?
after surgery. What is a good brand to buy. I had the Boost shakes before and didn't really care for them..maybe they would taste better over ice. I like my drinks really cold. I'm also going to try the powdered version from the local grocery.

15 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-07 23:31:20 -0600 Report

Hi Sue,
This post won't be about food either. I know when I was first dx. Diabetic I didn't care much about numbers. But today, I strive to keep my numbers as low as possible and keep them there. It shows your desire to make all your efforts work and worthwhile.
Not trying to analyze you. I just know that's how I feel. I have you in my prayers concerning your surgery. I know all will be for your good. Hugs, VL

suecsdy 2015-01-08 08:58:30 -0600 Report

Thanks VL. I really do want to control my numbers. The women in my family generally have a long life. My mom is 93. I don't want to be the one to break that tradition. When I die I want to have my crochet hook in one hand and yarn in the other and a big fluffy cat in my lap. Lol. I cannot imagine at this point being able to get off insulin. I guess now that the numbers are coming inline, I' going to have to pay more attention to calories…sigh, always one more thing. I do not want this to consume my retirement, but it sure is a lot of work.

suecsdy 2015-01-05 11:34:54 -0600 Report

Have to share with y'all..stopped at the grocery store yesterday and found something I really want to try. sparkling coconut water. No extra sugars, no artificial sweetener, dies etc. Couldn't get any yesterday cause funds are tight til next week, but looking forward to trying this out. Hate these 5 week paydays and have had 2 in a row. The pantry hasn't been this low in quite a while.

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 18:27:40 -0600 Report

I love, love, love coconut water and I have never seen sparkling coconut water. You will have to share how you like it.

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 09:25:17 -0600 Report

I have used Boost and Glucerna shakes. I don't care for any of them overly much because I don't really like milky drinks unless frozen. What I do prefer is a smoothie with a protein powder and some fruit. It's not quite as easy and pulling a bottle out of the fridge, but it's not that bad.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-05 01:27:49 -0600 Report

I'm really not fond of any of the shakes, personally, yet I do find the atkins brand tolerable if it is very cold and shaken up very well. The other one I like is Carnation Instant milk, just add cold milk and shake it up real well. I would not worry too much about your BG 80 is more than perfect ! but I do know what you mean, I actually enjoy a low on occasion I figure it counteracts my morning highs (140's sometimes). Best of health to you and good luck in surgery and healing HUGS, Heidi

handmashed 2015-01-04 22:12:45 -0600 Report

I have had the very best luck with the taste of shakes!! All of the products I buy are from Costco. I also get a powdered peanut butter in the bulk food section of my local grocery store. It is really easy to add to any shake!! A friend of mine who is a "stomach sleeve" patient also adds a small amount of sugar free jello pudding to some of her shakes to get different flavors!! One example is the Chocolate protein shake powder, add some powdered peanut butter and a bit of sugar free, jello brand, butterscotch pudding mix (dry) … VIOLA you have a butterfinger shake!!
The level best news… if you buy a shake powder at Costco, and it does not suit your taste. THEY will take it back and give you a full refund!
I always have a shake for lunch and a shake for night snack. The only ones I do not like are soy protein. Whey protein shakes are much much better… and if you use a blender bottle, you can take them anywhere you go!!
Good luck with your surgery!!

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 09:28:05 -0600 Report

These sound awesome! I have peanutbutter powder and never thought of using it that way. Duh....
I use Jillian's Whey powder because she makes it with Stevia. There are no other sweeteners in it. So it keeps everything low carb.

suecsdy 2015-01-04 23:12:46 -0600 Report

Thanks for these great ideas. Definitely will be trying them out. I've seen powered p nut butter, but would never have thought to use it that way.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-04 14:23:42 -0600 Report

I can't help because I LOVE the boost shakes…I have three cases staring me in the face I cant drink since going on Atkins and it is driving me insane…I now have a case of the atkins shakes in the house..I only tried one…not bad..but I like the Boost more..Having shakes in the house is always a good idea…they are not the best things for you..BUT when you are sick and can't cook or don't feel like cooking they can be a God send..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-04 13:35:39 -0600 Report

You feel disappointed because you want more than the body can give. You have to allow your body to make its adjustment. Why complain because you have low numbers?

I had surgery last year and my A1C went up from 6.5 to 6.9 a month after surgery. I did not stress out over it. I am working to get it back down. I will not stress out over my A1C it isn't worth it.

When it comes to stress in my own opinion, i find that people create a lot of their own stress worrying about things out of their control. The day before surgery, I did not deviate from my normal day with the exception, I had my hair braided so I would not have to comb it for a week. I lounged in the tub before bed with my lavender bath salts. Lavender is very relaxing. I read, watched Perry Mason and went to bed.

Find out from your doctor BEFORE surgery what you will or will not be able to eat so you can be prepared AFTER surgery.

For a month before surgery I could not chew anything. I had a stone in my saliva gland that swelled and made it extremely painful to chew. My ENT told me not to chew anything because it will make it worse.

I started with Boost but I am lactose intolerant. So my dietitian told me to try something else. The problem was I was literally starving so my doctor called me and told me to switch to Muscle Milk. It is for athletes an has the protein an carbs that I would need. With all of my activity, I had to doctor it. I put it in the blender and came up with my version of shakes.

Plain vanilla I added, Regular Root Beer Soda, Orange Yogurt or Strawberry Yogurt. Chocolate Flavor, Vanilia Ice Cream, or Root Beer. Strawberry, I added a little Orange Juice or Orange Yogurt, or Vanilla Ice Creme. I have two 32oz BPA free bottles so I kept them in the freezer. Believe me they do taste better Ice Cold. I tried pureeing veggies but that was horrible I did them anyway. just so I could have some.

I found with my concoctions my blood sugar was never high and stayed low a lot. Was a pain in the butt. After surgery, the doctor discovered that the stone in my saliva gland damaged the nerve in my tongue which caused my tongue to be partially paralyzed and swallowing was difficult. I was on soft foods for two weeks until pain from the surgery was gone. Believe me mashed chicken and veggies was not a lot of fun. I still used the shakes. I never ever replace a meal with a shake until this time period. When my neck healed I went on a feeding frenzy because I was so hungry. That is what caused my A1C to rise.

Relax and stop focusing on being diabetic and what the surgery is going to do with your A1C. You may lose ground if it goes up but you can regain that ground. Line things up that you can do to entertain yourself after the surgery.

Good luck with your surgery and please let us know how you are doing. HUGGGSSSS to you.

suecsdy 2015-01-04 14:28:50 -0600 Report

Actually, the stress I meant was stress to my body from the surgery, although there is a little anxiety going on. I already have a bag of things to do to ward off the boredom while I heal. I'm in much better shape now than before. Need to get some more yarn. lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-04 14:32:48 -0600 Report

LOL I know the feeling when you need more things for projects. AC Moore has a 50% of Coupon for you if you download their app to your phone.

kimfing 2015-01-04 12:55:18 -0600 Report

Those morning readings, even in the 90s are awesome. My goal for morning is under 100. I have been 95% of the time under 100. Good luck with surgery. I have had the atkins shakes which i thought were pretty good and low carbs