6 Small Meals a Day

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-07-06 06:27:30 -0500
Started 2008-07-01 13:15:33 -0500

Several of you comment that to keep your BG steady, you eat several smaller meals a day. I cook for a family that lives by 3 meals a day rule. How can I incorporate this into my routine?
What exactly do you mean by small? More like snaking all day or do you have 3 mini meals and 3 snacks?
Just wondering what works for you and how you deal with family issues in that case?


11 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:30:51 -0500 Report

Thanks guys, these comments help me a lot. I have to experiment some more...I am feeling like a mad scientist (evil laugh) But I guess it is true, it all comes down to chemistry. Too bad I didn't do well in that class.

tmana
tmana 2008-07-01 23:44:34 -0500 Report

The thing I've been told works in this is to divide your calories evenly between all meals, and eat approximately every 3-4 hours. The last meal should be at least an hour before bed (some folk say two hours), though.

If you're following PCF, you can try that for all meals. The closest I've done to that was based on exchanges, with testing before/after, more like snacking every 2 hours…

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-01 15:53:05 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks a day. My meals include 45-60 grams of carbs and protein and good fat and my snacks include 15-30 carbs also protein and good fat. This might seem like a lot but I exercise hard for 5-6 hours a week so I need that many. I got that from a dietician at the hospital here, she helped me plan my meals and at the time my kids were both still home so it worked for us. I recently talked to her again about it and she said to stick to the same thing and even to increase my snacks if I'm going low again. My snacks include fruit, cheese sticks, 1/2 sandwich, and even sometimes 1/2 cup frozen yogurt if I've been a good girl LOL I always have to combine carbs and protein in my snacks because of my tendency to go low but it would be good for everyone because protein helps to maintain a good level of glucose.

*Judy (JP)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:29:11 -0500 Report

I am still working out the protine, fat and carb thing. I hate math...LOL
Yours is based on the GI right? So that functions a little differnt from just low-carb? Same question as to John, when do you test when you eat this way? I test before each meal now, that took me a while, but it helps me see my numbers better. So do you also test 6 times a day or more?

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-02 03:07:43 -0500 Report

Even though my food choices are from the GI, I still count carbs for my meals and snacks. I test 3 times a day, in the morning when I get up and at various times throughout the day. Before meals, after meals if I'm curious as to how a new food combo affected me, before during and after exercise (sometimes), bedtime etc… Sometimes I do more than 3 times a day, if I'm feeling funky . I've caught a lot of lows before they were issues that way. Try not to make this whole thing too complicated… It will turn you off and make it harder to stay in tune with things. Eat, exercise, and laugh.. my cure for anything.

I love the evil laugh… lol
*Judy

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-02 11:35:15 -0500 Report

I know I will find a routine to get into, it is all still so new and I am reading and trying to implement so many things. Stuff will fall off at the wayside, but I want to find what will work by trying as many different things as I can. Everyone here gives me great ideas.

jupton1
jupton1 2008-07-01 14:19:01 -0500 Report

I eat 3 meals a day & then 1 snack before bed.My blood sugar stays between 100-130.My A1-C is 6 so I guess Im doing something right,also Im on a 5mg tab for my diabetes,theres a great chance I can quit my meds my Dr. said.For me I eat healthy choice meals for lunch and dinner..Im happy were I am ..JU

butterfly_8
butterfly_8 2008-07-06 06:27:30 -0500 Report

Hi,
When you say you eat Healthy Choice are you talking about the prepackaged meals.I feel I cold better stay on point if I coul rely on something that is preplanned and within the food choice range.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-07-01 13:27:50 -0500 Report

Gabby,
As you know, I'm a single parent or a soon to be 16 year old. So I don't have a lot of "Family" to incorporate into my plan. He does however eat at traditional lunch time with me, and also the usualy dinner time. During those meals, I eat the same foods as he does, just small portions. The rest of my meals are actualy meals of salads or a half sandwich with a piece of fruit, or something along those lines. I'm not realy one for the traditional snack type foods anyway. So, I quess you can still do the 3 meals with the family, just don't load your plate as much…LOL Then try to get another 2 or 3 inbetween those 3 "family" meals. My day starts at 5:30 AM, and does not end till about 11:00 PM, so I've got a long time to strech out my meals… hee hee
I hope this helped some for you.
John

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-01 23:25:36 -0500 Report

Very helpful, thanks. So when do you test? If we are to test 2 hours after eating or right before a meal, how do you figure out a testing schedule?

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