By rabbies01 Latest Reply 2017-10-21 20:49:07 -0500
Started 2017-10-17 14:15:23 -0500

i need so help. i had my spine fixed 5 yrs ago my a1c was good.since then its been bad,inot very active now because my sergery. anyone know how i can lower my a1c,in 6 months it went from 10,12 and 13.8. im on a fixed income and cant buy the greast foods,im on that bous medicare trash,is there some effective way to get it down?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-10-21 20:49:07 -0500 Report

It isn't that you can't buy great foods it is about making the right food choices. I have a supermarket 3 blocks from my house but shop at a better one with better quality foods and they have better sales than the cheaper supermarket.

I vend at a Farmers Market so I get fresh veggies all summer long. Some of the vendors give other vendors a discount. I buy greens and cook them and freeze them in November and have enough for most of the winter. I will make a big pot of soup and freeze it in serving size containers. I buy family packs of meats and break them down to serving size. When fresh veggies are not as accessible during the winter months I switch to frozen veggies. You can also make casseroles cook and then separate it into serving sizes and freeze for later.

I am allergic to nuts and all fruits with a pit. So I have to settle for small pineapple chunks, Apples and the Halo oranges or even tangerines. I can no longer have high fat foods so I had to give up cheese until I can find some that is very low in fat. I buy yogurt which has no effect on me.

You don't need to be rich to buy great food you simply need to know how to shop to get the best bang for your money. For instance it is cheaper to buy a whole chicken than the packs of cut up. Since I am not going to cut up a chicken I buy it already cut up. I am on a Food Stamps until my Retirement starts in December. Even then I will still shop the same way. What helps is that I have a deep freezer and can buy bulk and freeze it.

suecsdy 2017-10-19 18:12:20 -0500 Report

For me, it's not about buying "great" foods, but more about not buying junk foods. Cottage cheese isn't expensive and can be used different ways. My favorite is a cottage cheese salad with Cool Whip, sf jello and pineapple tidbits. Sometimes I change it up and use a fruit to match the jello flavor (strawberry or peach). Eggs are a good source of protein and cheap. I eat more salad than I used to, but not the iceberg lettuce (less nutrients). I have invested in some whey protein powder for shakes. Nuts are one of my go-to snacks, unsalted. Walmart has a good mix with walnuts, pecans, pistachios, raisins and dried cherries. One pound, 6ozs for about $7. It's worth it. and it does last. The little 4 packs of pnut butter crackers are a handy snack and just about the right carbs. $1 for about 8 packs. I cut out most bread, though I cannot go entirely without, no cereal, rice, potatoes. I rarely use sugar unless I'm taking it to a potluck or to my daughter's. Look up the recipe for a paleo english muffin and cloud bread; They're pretty tasty and practically no carb. I also buy low carb tortillas and make sandwich wraps or bacon and egg tacos. Stuffed mushrooms is another favorite dish of mine. I make about a dozen at a time and freeze some. Hope this is some help to you. Take care.

NewSong53 2017-10-19 15:08:19 -0500 Report

I also have type 2 and live on a limited income. I take metformin and levemir daily. Things that have helped me are drinking lots of water, walking (if you're able), resistance exercises (the stretch bands and tubing), recently went off wheat and sugar and now eat high fat, moderate protein and low carb. Do you have a supermarket nearby? It's easier when food is accessible. Stay away from fruits with high sugar. I eat 1/2 or 1 cup black seedless grapes sometimes, a medium apple with natural peanut butter (get the kind with 100% peanuts and not a bunch of additives — you'll need to stir it because the oil will rise to the top — then refrigerate it). I also have a WASA cracker now and then with tuna salad (about $1/can). I eat lean ground turkey, much less and better for you than beef. I eat lots of eggs, uncured bacon (no maple-flavored, etc.) and I usually add a fistful of fresh baby spinach to my omelettes after sauteeing it in butter, or I add a couple of fistfuls of spinach to my smoothies. Frozen fruit and vegetables (plain, no sugar added and none of the sauces included) are moderately priced and won't spoil. Canned, drained organic beans are easy to prepare and healthy — you can add them to salads with shredded cheddar cheese and other healthy veggies. Salads are great — maybe have one a day. Salmon patties with veggies are good — I like to add sauerkraut as a side dish for at least one main meal a day. Sweet potatoes have lots of fiber and one medium potato is very satisfying and lower in carbs. It has lots of vitamins — I cook mine in my rice steamer and they are so tender and moist, the skins peel right off. I add a pat of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and they are great comfort food. Good luck. I know it's hard, but eliminating sugar and wheat could help a lot. I was resistant at first. It's also helped me in my slow but steady weight loss.