What a diabetic SHOULD & SHOULDN'T eat...grocery list

Donielle Werner
By Donielle Werner Latest Reply 2015-04-09 17:18:21 -0500
Started 2015-03-23 08:03:39 -0500

Hello everyone.

Remember how I asked about what I should and shouldn't eat for my diabetes? So my wonderfully intelligent and Internet savory ex, , whom I am still very close to, found this for me.


It won't light up like a normal link but you should be able to copy n paste it.

t's in the form of a grocery shopping list (easy to print out and check off).

It has pretty much everything that both a diabetic AND a heart healthy eating person SHOULD & SHOULD NOT eat.

I had a general idea before but this spells it out for me.


It's really helping me as a Newby to eating right so I'm sure it will help anyone unsure of what should and shouldn't be consumed.


13 replies

maonh 2015-04-05 09:14:37 -0500 Report

I took a look at the grocery list and while most of it makes sense, there is something I would question, such as avoiding nuts, avocados etc… to lose weight. You may want to check out some of the new information about omega 3s that are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. Nuts, seeds and nut butters can provide a good source of protein. Also nuts, seeds etc… are part of the Mediterranean diet. Being on Lantus and having the constant nag of hunger (something I never experienced before taking it), nuts have helped curb my appetite, much more so than other proteins.

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-04-09 16:42:50 -0500 Report

Hi Maonh.
I didn't make the list up, my ex found it for me online as sort of a starting point or line for me when I was wondering what the heck I could eat in the beginning… I know that the list must be fairly old because of some of the things it says like the do not eat avacado and nuts etc. but, it's a good place to start.

I think what's been most helpful, for me at least, is my diatatiian and my diabetic class speaker telling me that you should shop the perimeter of a grocery store. Which around here at least means the fruits and veggies or produce section and the meat and deli section and the fridgeration section where you find the dairy products and such… avoiding the freezer section , the snack isles, and the processed food sections… which I am in the middle of making myself do… boy is it hard at first. I'm sure it gets easier , at least I hope so. =)

So, the list is old, when they still thought certain things were not diabetic friendly, they now know that certain fats and such are actually GOOD for you!
I hope this clears up your concerns.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2015-03-25 10:59:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this information. There is a some great info for those trying to get started but not really knowing what to do.

Donielle Werner
Donielle Werner 2015-03-23 11:35:52 -0500 Report

I figure for beginners, which is for the most part, it's a start until you figure out for youself or from you diabetes team (doctors, dietitians, ect.) What would work out best for each individual. But thanks for the input.
=) Donielle

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 11:52:53 -0500 Report

Yes, when I was first starting out I used anything that helped me figure things out. The American Diabetes Association put out an Exchange book. Small, easy to use and it taught me to count carbs and I really used the heck out of it when I first started. As you learn, you grow into other things and develop a plan that works for you. But getting started is key, because it's overwhelming to look at the big picture. Baby steps is the way to go.

GabbyPA 2015-03-23 11:33:41 -0500 Report

The thing I didn't see were nuts. Raw almonds, walnuts, peanuts. Those are all good snack foods. I would choose that over popcorn, even though I love popcorn.

I saw a lot of things that I would not buy, other things I would. You have to start somewhere and getting it organized that way is helpful. The trick is finding the foods that work for you by testing how your glucose reacts when you eat it. I know it's a pain to do that, but it only takes about a month or so of getting it down, then you can see what you body does.

The one thing that is very true is where it said to plan your meals. I do that and it helps me keep my list for what I NEED, not what I happen to see and think I want. I choose menus, get my list down, look up my coupons and BOGO's from the store and go for it. I spent more in the beginning, but as you get stocked up on things that you use, it's not so bad.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-23 10:30:44 -0500 Report

I don't eat any grains and the only dairy I consume are full fat cheeses and cream…and they can keep the salt free food…salt and fat are my very dear friends,,

haoleboy 2015-03-23 10:20:36 -0500 Report

A bit disconcerting to see that they still cling to the old "fat and cholesterol are bad" paradigm.