What are your trouble foods?

Melissa Dawn
By Melissa Dawn Latest Reply 2009-07-14 04:18:46 -0500
Started 2008-07-07 12:54:06 -0500

With my diabetes, I've noticed that certain foods have a greater effect on my blood sugar than others. Awhile ago, I dropped fast foods and pizza from my diet to try and lose some weight. I was astonished at home much better control I could have on my diabetes without those foods. I've since then started eating more of the deli style sandwiches and healthier choices offered by fast food establishments.

What food have you struggled with? Do you completely eliminate them from your diet, or do you have a way of working with them?

129 replies

looloo1122 2009-04-26 11:15:04 -0500 Report

Hot dogs!! I had one with the bun, a light bun at that, and 2 without the bun. My blood sugar shot up. I can eat pizza, just the crust (top part) and toppings and have no problem. As for the cauliflower everyone is talking about…it IS delicious! Try adding a little curry powder and pepper for some extra punch.

SunnyMoon 2008-09-29 06:12:20 -0500 Report

The only foods I eliminated completely were fast food and potato chips. My nutritionist said any carb is fine as long as it's less than 45g per meal and 20g per snack (no more than 2 snacks a day). She also said it's better to have a steady stream of carbs throughout the day to avoid spiking.

NamVet - 21894
NamVet - 21894 2008-09-28 06:33:06 -0500 Report

Any foods from Fast Food Restaurants has processed thing in them which are bad.
Fresh foods are best. Like at a Grocery store that has fresh salad bars.

Ani 2008-08-19 05:23:40 -0500 Report

My troubled foods has to be sweets. i love chocolate. However scince I found out I have diabeties I swiched to low carb or no sugar added candy and icecream. The thing is I hardly crave it now.

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-08-19 06:26:15 -0500 Report

Hi Ani!

Have a serious talk with your healthcare advisor and discuss with him about food exchanges and ask him to provide you a copy of the list.

Enjoy your low carbs meals and watch out for the sweets.

caspersmama 2008-09-22 06:24:11 -0500 Report

Was reading the posts today and found yours. I too love chocolate and I found that Russell Stouvers has a sugar free candy and I cannot tell the difference. The caramel ones are my favorite.

sexyswamprat 2008-09-22 08:26:13 -0500 Report

My trouble foods are pasta(I'm 100% Italian), potatos and rice. I love fried rice but it doesn't love me. I also have a unbearable weakness for sweets. I am a chronic baker, I bake atleast 4-5 times a week. I don't really care for the sugar substitutes in my desserts. So most of the things I bake wind up going with husband to work. If I keep them around I'd eat them all and weigh a couple tons.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-22 09:07:10 -0500 Report

I am a true Italian too. Love my pasta, and breads. I also love baking. I am not a candy eater though. I found out if I eat my serving and go and brush my teeth real fast, I don't have a taste for anything after. The toothpaste ruins the pleasure of eating. It takes a while to adapt. And at night time I am starved and my new thing is a SF cough drop. The only thing I can want with that is ice water,everything else taste terrible. Try that for 1 day.

DonnaAnn 2008-08-11 23:45:28 -0500 Report

I have been doing really well about staying away from packaged, canned, or bagged proccessed foods. I have three weakness' (all things come in threes!!): cheese, chocolate, and cereal ( cheerios,raisin brand, adult cereals).

Olies mom
Olies mom 2008-08-12 05:28:29 -0500 Report

I find most processed foods are not too good if you want to keep your numbers down. I find bread is the worst thing for me. I can down a half a loaf of bread or rolls just in the time it takes me to cook dinner and still eat dinner. I have learned to control my sugar intake which is a good thing because I am only about 3 miles from the Jelly Belly Factory.

SunnyMoon 2008-09-29 06:16:28 -0500 Report

Oh yes, cereal. My one true love besides pizza! Yep, cereal is B-A-D!!
I haven't been eating cereal much anymore, breakfast is now yogurt and one slice of toast with peanut butter.

JoJoCooks 2008-10-01 02:38:28 -0500 Report

Try Kashi Go Lean…I am addicted and its the best breakfast cereal I have had in awhile. High protein, low carb, sugar and fat…YUM!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-10-01 03:13:07 -0500 Report

I can also attest to the Kashi Go Lean cereal--it is great. And very healthy.

Just don't forget to also count the carbs in the milk.

MISSMOOHERSELF 2008-08-03 07:14:11 -0500 Report

Hi! I LOVE pasta - to me, it's the food of the gods! I used to eat BOWLS of it with butter. Now, since being diagnosed with Type II, I must limit myself to an occasional bowl — a "bowl" being 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup with sauce and cheese as a side dish instead of a main course slathered and soaking in butter. Oh, and I also eat healthy pasta —- Ronzoni, usually. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY DREAMFIELDS' claim to be 1 g carbs. That's a marketing ploy. It tastes better but it still has the same # of carbs; they're just digested differently (or so they say). The funny thing is: I don't really miss it and ever since I was diagnosed in June, I've eaten better and have begun to feel better. So when I feel "sorry for myself" that I can no longer eat my "mess of pasta," I remember simply how badly I felt prior to being diagnosed and how much bettr I feel now. It's worth the extra effort and I'm following my program so I don't lose my eyesight, my kidneys or my legs. Those complications do NOT have to happen if you take CARE of yourself. It's worth it.

maggie56g 2008-08-02 14:16:17 -0500 Report

I do beleive we all have at least one trouble food we have trouble staying away from. My is ice cream and chips. My son helped me out with the ice cream one has he works for Edy's ice cream company. He started bringing mom home the sugar free favores which are very good. I learned to which how much is right for my weekly diet and made out fine with it. Has for the chips after trying several kinds I learned to like the baked chips which are better for you with less fat and salt. Hope this helps.

Connie4849 2008-08-02 16:47:17 -0500 Report

This is my favorite. Diet root beer and no sugar added vanilla ice cream. Some people call it a root beer float. It does not seem to raise my blood sugar.

DonnaAnn 2008-08-11 23:47:41 -0500 Report

Check the carb count on those chips. for a diabetic class, we had to get a item and then in class we had to review them. I picked out a healthy choice bag of sun chips, my hubby had a regular lays bag. The regular lays bag had less carbs then my sun chips!

Sheryl 2008-07-30 12:40:11 -0500 Report

I still don't know what's good for me and what's not. Things that I think should be okay are not and visa versa. I can eat baked potato, brown/white rice mixed, pasta, no problem. White bread and even 100% whole wheat bread do me in. Can't enjoy a sandwich anymore.
Now today, I was totally bad and expected my numbers to be bad because I ate a double quarter pounder with cheese and fries from McDonalds today. Haven't had MickeyD's in over a year.
You'll never, ever guess what my number was 2 hours after starting that burger…drum roll…100!!!!!
I don't get it, don't understand any of it. I thought I would be high…
Blows my mind…

DonnaAnn 2008-07-29 11:04:33 -0500 Report

pasta, french bread, and chocolate are my nemeis'. they all whisper my name when I am shopping! and people wonder why I hum when I shop…to block out the calls!

ssmile 2008-07-29 09:45:31 -0500 Report

I have tried using whole wheat noodles in various pasta dishes and couldn't really taste any difference. Also I have tried baking more with wheat flour, with good results.


Kelly Ann
Kelly Ann 2008-07-28 02:13:51 -0500 Report

I have issues with pizza, fast food, chinese food and japanese food… sometimes these foods can effect me up to 8-9 hours later.

I don't indulge in them all that often, but I prepare prior to it and split up my insulin dosage…i.e. 60%/40% on my pump.

P2putt 2009-07-13 20:14:43 -0500 Report

I have almost identical trouble food.Love,TOOOO MUCH carbos.Pizza,Pasta Hoggies,anything on a Pita or. worse yet, a bagle.Then look out, there goes the bs through the roof. Plus it seems te trigger a compulsion to eat more as I don't seem satisfied. What do you all think? Pete

ladyhawke92083 2008-07-26 18:23:05 -0500 Report

I can eat nothing at the fast food chain Taco Bell. I have tried, everything and all of it shoots my sugar sky high. Staying home and eating helps greatly to stay in control. I try to eat at fast food places only as a last resort.

Kristine - 16945
Kristine - 16945 2008-07-22 13:46:31 -0500 Report

I have Type 1 diabetes. Tempted with sweets and various snack items on a daily bases even to this day. Started gaining weight once I reached Age 41. No real relief in sight. I'm the only one in my family tree and personally had to teach my own mother the ways of diabetic foods.

Connie4849 2008-07-24 13:19:52 -0500 Report

Everone is different but this works for me:

1. No white food of any nationality :)
rice, tortillas, pasta, pita
bread, etc.
2. No sodas- diet or with sugar
3. Stevia sugar replacement
4. Drink lots of water with lemon slices
5. Exercise as much as possible
6. Sleep well
7. Take vitamins and cinnamon powder
and or tea daily
8. 2 tablespoons Raw apple
cider diluted with water before
meals with a glass of water as a
9. low carb diet
10. whole grain carbs (limited)
11. No sugar added vanilla ice cream
as a treat 1/2 cup
12. Eat foods with lots of fiber: cactus
pads, etc.
13. Eat hot chiles—jalapenos or
14. Multi vitamin

Results: 5.5 and 5.6 A1c
However, for more variety, I'm switching to an anti inflamatory diet with Omega 3 and Vit D supplementation per Toma Grubb's web site. Will report on results.
Best wishes for good health,
Connie 4849 T2 4 years

GabbyPA 2008-07-24 15:20:23 -0500 Report

Would you post some recipies for your cactus. I have always wanted to try it, but have no idea how to prepare them.

Connie4849 2008-08-02 16:39:07 -0500 Report

Since I grow my own nopal cactus, this is what I do. I choose a small and tender pad. I wear heavy gloves. I take a sharp knife and cut it off. I carefully trim off all of the spines. Then I cut the pad up into strips. I end up with strips that remind me of string beans.
I steam it until fork tender. Then I use a little olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, onions and saute them. I add scrambled eggs to the pan and enjoy this dish for breakfast. The easiest way to eat nopales is to purchase it in bottles in your supermarket. It's already cooked and trimmed and ready to saute. I eat them like you would eat green beans. My blood sugar always drops when I eat nopales. Best of health to all. Connie

MISSMOOHERSELF 2008-08-04 02:50:24 -0500 Report

Liked your list - may even print it out. Only things I can't follow, though, are the Stevia - it tasted so bitter to me. Also, I have GERD so I can't eat anything hot (oh, let me be honest here; I also don't CARE FOR hot foods!). It can take me 2 to 3 DAYS to finish a can of soda so I don't worry too much about drinking it. Aldis sells some wonderful flavored sparkling water - I particularly like the pear and strawberry (and if the sparkling part is bad, you can just open the top a bit and after a few days, the carbonation will disappear). I believe it's sweetened with Equal (Aspartame) and it helps me drink my water without "cheating." More later. That's a great list! Thanks again.

maggie56g 2008-07-16 11:30:49 -0500 Report

Not getting out of the house much I was eating a lot of frozen dinners or just having a sandwich and fruit at lunch. Then during the day I found myself snacking more on junk foods cookies or low fat ice cream. These didn't help the sugar levels. What would you suggest. maggie56g

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-07-16 12:54:16 -0500 Report

Maybe plan out your meals and snacks more before you do the grocery shopping. If you plan for healthy snacking and don't keep the junk food in supply, the temptation won't be as accessible. For me, candy was always so accessible. Although eating an occasional treat wasn't a big deal (so long as I took the right dose of insulin) the problem I had is that I ate it more than just every once and awhile. Telling myself I wasn't going to eat it at all was actually easier than just "occasionally". Everyone is different. Find a plan that works for you, then stick to it. (Easier said than done, right?)

GabbyPA 2008-07-17 12:24:13 -0500 Report

I concur; Abstinence is the best practice in somethings for me. I just pick my way thru a nibble at a time in some foods, and before I know it, BAM! I am out of control, but don't see why. So if I walk away from my trigger foods and don't even sample, I am much safer for it. There are days when that is easy, but like said before. If it is not in the house, I am less likely to eat it.
I plan ahead with our meals for the week and a shopping list. I try to stick really close to the list, specially now because the cost of food is going crazy. I try to spend it where it counts, on healthy, whole, good foods. I don't always succeed, but if I set out to do it right, I get a much better result than if I don't.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-24 13:47:16 -0500 Report

I've learned not to keep my binge foods in the house. My worst time is at night after 9 pm. I've found 1/2 peanut butter sandwich (with sugar free jelly) on whole grain bread is very filling and satisfies my sweet craving. I've been a sugar junkie all my life. Once you take the sugar out of your diet, your taste buds will change. I'm in love with fresh fruit and some cookies, etc are now too sweet for me. But on emotional days, it is a struggle for me. I ask myself if I am physically hungry or emotionally hungry. I wait 30 minutes and if I'm still hungry I'll eat.

Good luck. You can do this!


Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-07-15 17:48:08 -0500 Report

Unfortunetly, I have had give up alot of food to regulate my blood levels. I try to allow myself to "Sample" foods that I cannot have in a larger quantity. Everyone is different so write a log of different foods and how they affect your blood sugar levels. Good Job with the pizza!

Scooby - 17681
Scooby - 17681 2008-07-15 17:24:54 -0500 Report

I have had diabetes now for about two years, I think the only trouble food I have now is sweets. I have cut down greatly on my sweets and pastry intake. I was told by my Dr. I can have anything I like along as it is done in moderation. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes i went on a diet and lost about 40 lbs -I have done ok I only gained back 10 lbs in 2 years.

Fighting Mom
Fighting Mom 2008-07-15 10:43:27 -0500 Report

I have noticed that any type or breakfast cereal raises my sugar almost as soon as I eat it, so I stay completely away from it. The funny thing is that I have eaten hotcakes with reglar syrup and my suagr level is fine. I am still figuring out what I can and cannot eat. I guess it will always be an issue with us.

butterfly_8 2008-07-15 15:53:47 -0500 Report

Does anyone have any sugestions on how I can satisfy my cravings for ice cream. There must be some good substututes.

GabbyPA 2008-07-15 23:53:10 -0500 Report

Icecream is my nemisis, but if I stick to a natural vanilla (BlueBelle) I don't suffer as long as I stick to 1/2 cup and I add peanuts which seems to help.
However, one thing we do is purchase yogurt and pop it in the freezer. I find the Yoplait Whips work very well. You just have to watch the carbs in those as well. I no longer do the sugar-free yogurts (artificial sweeteners are out of our home now) but you will find that a smaller amount in some of the brands will work well. Try it out and see if that works. They also freeze much harder, and take more time to eat, so a smaller amount can make you happy because it takes so long to eat it. LOL
We also just use refrigerated yogurt with some berries on it to satisfy that sweet tooth

srose1 2008-07-14 12:23:45 -0500 Report

To all diabetics: Read the book "Sugar Busters". It has the absolute best information about food and what it does to your body and what are the best foods for anyone, especially diabetics, even though it was not originally written specifically for diabetics. The South Beach diet is based on this book. It is all about "good" carbs and "bad" carbs. Good carbs have low glycemic levels (turn to sugar in your blood stream slowly) and bad carbs have high glycemic levels (opposite of good). I changed the way I eat based in this book. Yes, it is very, very hard to give up favorite foods and comfort foods, but the benefit you get in terms of blood sugar control is amazing. Also, there are an amazing number of really good sugar free products out there. The Russell Stover and Dove sugar free chocolates are great! When I get a craving for chocolate, I eat only one or two pieces of the above and it relieves that horrible craving. I have been eating this way for several years now and I has had a tremendous effect on my blood sugar.

Auntiem - 14799
Auntiem - 14799 2008-07-15 06:22:24 -0500 Report

Well, just to add one more voice to the crowd. I have tried for several years to regulate my diet and levels. I thought I needed to eat more small snacky size meals each day. A couple of months ago I didn't have the budget for 100 calorie snacks or most any snacks. So, I have been eating a good breakfast, usually oatmeal with a LOT of cinnamon, a med lunch and small dinner. I started testing my sugar 3 or 4 times a day and now I have a better level and more control. Along with excersise, usually walking and some stretchs and strength moves I have been able to cut my glipizide down. I also added flaxseed and wheat germ to my cereal and salads.
I used to use all kinds of sugar free foods but now I just limit my intake of most regular foods. Using a salad plate to eat from also helps. I also gave up diet soda, even tho it's not supposed to have sugar the caffine will raise your blood sugar. So, I guess like some say, Location, Location, Location, we all could say Portion, Portion, Portion. Have a great day all!!

stanley tysarczyk
stanley tysarczyk 2008-07-14 10:54:53 -0500 Report

I've been staying away from fast food since I started living in a foster care home. I'm also hiv+, that why I'm living here. and find that I feel much better since I've given them up. thanks for your input. TRULY BUD

GabbyPA 2008-07-14 11:56:59 -0500 Report

Yep, fast food is a rough one, and whith our busy schedules it can be even harderd. The other day, I was on a business lunch and we went to a mom & pop place. There was not one thing that was good for me. Not even a veggie plate or salad. I ended up with a BLT with unsweet tea. YIKES. I have given up fast food too, and feel so much better. Once you get past the frist month of not having it, it gets to where you don't even want to eat it anymore. I do eat the salads from Wendy's but that's about it.

CYNLYN72 - 16215
CYNLYN72 - 16215 2008-07-14 05:00:59 -0500 Report

potatos and soda are my big downfall. I have started substituting mashed cauliflower for the potatos and it seems to be working. I have started drinking more iced tea with splenda for the soda. It's been working and I have noticed that I have actually started liking some diet sodas. I have a real problem with the after taste of diet sodas

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-07-14 15:09:00 -0500 Report

Do not take potato whatever variety it is, and all kind of rootcrops for that matter. they are nothing but carbohydrates that turns into sugar when you eat. Recomended intake of potato for diabetics is only 1 1/3 cups, exceeding that is poison for us

Regular full 8oz of soda contains 37g of sugar, it will surely shoot your blood glucose very high. 4oz of diet soda will help you take your thirst away.

Markus 2008-07-14 04:57:28 -0500 Report

Pizza is my trouble food. I know I must limit myself to 1 to 2 slices and make sure I have a meat topping such as chicken to give me the protein I need. I also make sure I have a salad when ever I eat small amounts of pizza. Gone are the days of consuming an entire small pizza.

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-07-13 08:30:57 -0500 Report

Generally, all of the mouth watering food offered by all fast food chains are junk food specially for us diabetics because of the very high contents of fat and sodium in the food that they cook like pizza, burgers, and frence fries. You cannot depend also on the nutrition facts that is always shown on the wrappers/containers of food products that reads "SUGAR 0g" because food manufacturers do not show the amount of sugar alcohol on it, and many Sugar Free food products are not really sugar free because they contain glucose extracts from fruits like grapes which is really high in sugar.

My friend Morris should not wonder why his reading went high after he ate cheese crackers, it is because cheese crakers and all sorts of this kind are rich in carbo, fats, and sodium that is why all sorts of these are called "JUNKS".

No matter what we do for exercise it will only go to waste if we will not "JUNK the JUNKS"

For me all the above mentioned are trouble foods.

cj - 18239
cj - 18239 2008-07-14 09:41:46 -0500 Report

You mentioned sugar alcohols…how do you measure the sugar alcohols, what amount is good and what amount is bad?

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-07-14 13:28:42 -0500 Report

Hello cj!

Thank you for bringing forward your question.

Everyone of us has never imagined that aside from sugar in the food that we eat there is one more substance in this category which they call Sugar Alcohol that appear during the cooking process of the food. It is the magic of chemistry.

I never had knowledge of this until my health care professional advisor told me about it when he advised me to read always the nutrition facts label of the processed food I am buying with caution not to buy those with more than 7g of sugar alcohol, but in my experience I can only find sugar alcohol count on the labels of snack bars and other nutritional food recommended for diabetics, and only few brand names are giving this information.

Sugar alcohol count is always high than the sugar content of the food products, when it reads Sugar 2g, Sugar Alcohol is 7g. When Sugar is Og expect that there is still sugar in the food represented by Sugar Alcohol.

How to measure it I do not know. Only chemist and diatritians knows about it.

Best regards,

Wrecklessone 2008-07-13 08:08:38 -0500 Report

I have really odd things that run mine up, I can eat white bread if I want but I cannot touch a tortilla. I was ordering sandwiches in the roll form so I wouldn't be getting so many carbs and ended up in the ER with a blood sugar over 600! I guess we all have our nemisis and they are not all common.

ladydi2 2008-07-13 07:02:17 -0500 Report

My trouble food is rice, potatoes, and bread. I can not eat it after lunch. Its hard to find someting to eat for breakfast with out bread. That is my hardest meal of the day and it usually include some type of starch.

Gin - 18074
Gin - 18074 2008-07-13 07:52:55 -0500 Report

Growing up in the country, I was raised by my elderly aunt and uncle. She always made homemade foods. My weakness is chicken and dumplings. Also fruit. We were never really allowed candy. My weakness is strawberries and watermelon. We were allowed to eat fruit as much as we wanted. I still have a hard time saying no.

CD 2008-07-13 00:11:50 -0500 Report

I discovered that potato chips were a definite no-no after watching my blood sugar go up to 256 in the morning after eating them. Also I have a big problem not eating after 6pm. My scedule is crazy and many times I find myself eating dinner after 7pm. Help!

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-07-14 14:47:30 -0500 Report

Potatoes and all other rootcrops are forbiden for diabetics to eat, it is more so when it is processed like potato chips, crackers, and fries.

Banana too is bad for us because it is nothing but carbo and contain very high sugar. Don't take to much of it.

rj 2008-07-12 21:48:49 -0500 Report

definitely potatoes and pasta…mainly because I just don't know when to quit. Portions aren't worth much when you end up eating 2 or 3 of them… My wife usually holds a gun on me when we make spaghetti LOL just kiddin'

G Thomas
G Thomas 2008-07-12 16:16:16 -0500 Report

With me it's corn and rice. As a norm I usually do not eat much bread rice potatos. It's just like most children. the minute yoiu can't have someting you want it.

preacherman1611 2008-07-12 16:02:38 -0500 Report

One of the things I've discovered, this is going to sound so deep. Here it is… Do what yo have to do to get your sugar level down!!!!
It is that simple. If you don't know what to do, their are plenty of people around that would be glad and experienced to give you a good answer to a problem or hurt.

Grannypat 2008-07-12 15:51:17 -0500 Report

Pasta is my problem food. I love it and I only have some occasionally and try to control the amount I do eat.

Ol Sarge
Ol Sarge 2008-07-12 12:53:49 -0500 Report

A grocery store in the South begining with P, ending in X, is my trouble food.
Just walking through the bakery section there would send my sugar level up 200 points. I called my self trying to experiment and buy something different from their bakery everytime I was there. Cakes, cookies, paseries, and breads. Used to be I would go food shopping and always had to get a bakers dozen of oatmeal raisin cookies. I would check out, load the car and the cookies would be gone before I could get home. Now I shop at another Souther Store begining with PW. Their bakery is not to the standard of the other. Even with that I know I can't walk thru the bakery section. I try to focus on fruits and vegetables instead. Back before I was diagnosed as a diabetic, I would bring my father a dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. He, a long time diabetic, would eat one and push the rest to the side for the next day. I could never understand how he had the will power to not eat the whole box. While I have not gained his insight and power I have gained the knowledge to know that I could no longer live like that and there are better ways. (I did figure out that diabetes blinded him, so when he pushed the cookies away he could not find them again)

rj 2008-07-12 21:51:40 -0500 Report

I feel your pain sarge…i have a problem with the cheese section!!!!!!!

Evilannie 2008-07-12 12:25:22 -0500 Report

My trouble foods is any kind of pasta. I really need to try the whole wheat kind. Also any white bread and that is a problem because I do love bread. I found some very good whole wheat hamburger buns at Wal Mart and they are better than any white bread ones.

GabbyPA 2008-07-12 12:43:18 -0500 Report

The thing with "whole wheat" is that it often is as bad as white bread. What works better is a "Whole Grain" bread. That gives your body more fiber to chew on. I was reading in the Glycemic index, some wheat breads are treated to make the crust soft, and that breaks down any benefit of the whole wheat fiber. So watch the gimmick and read your lables. (it is such a bummer sometimes)

seawolf1944 2008-07-12 14:18:46 -0500 Report

My big trouble food used to be butter. Up until a few months ago,It was crackers. I have learned alot about both. As,everyone knows,Life is really a learning process in its self. Learning the do's and don'ts if,you have a medical conditions,means as much as takeing the right medications. I have Osteoarthritis which means,I had to get on a diet. This helped remove alot of weight off the bones of my body. At the same time this improved my side of the battle with diabetes. I no longer eat cracker. They are made with white refined flower. The salt on them is bad for your blood pressure. If,You eat butter,eat Tastes Like Butter but in senseable amounts. If, You use salt, use Morton (Lite Salt) mixter. If,You like potatoes bake a large sweet potato in your microwave. Cut the potatoe in four parts. eat one quarter for each meal.Put remaining quarters in a zip lock sandwich bag to maintain freshness. Be sure to eat alot of vegetables and fruits. If,You eat bread, be sure,It is whole grain. This also goes for hot dog and hamburger buns. However,I try to leave the hot dogs alone, One hot dog has a high sodium content. Place your hamburger pattie on a bake pan and bake it in the oven. Do not fry it in a skillet.Well,I could continue but, in reality,Ishould remove myself from the computer key board and allow my beloved wife equal access to our computer. After all,I would love to reach and celabrate our 36th wedding anniversary,Which is on Sept.22,2008. So, goodnight,wise eating and healthy living until,We meet again.

packrat 2008-08-11 13:07:08 -0500 Report

Please be careful with substitutes for salts and butters. Some of the chemicals do not go well with some of the medicines we get to take.

CYNLYN72 - 16215
CYNLYN72 - 16215 2008-07-14 05:07:25 -0500 Report

I have found some low-carb breads at walmart, shop n save, schnucks, pretty much any grocery store sells them. They have several types (italian, oat bran white sour dough etc. I can't remember the brand but I will look when I get home tonight.

GabbyPA 2008-07-12 11:23:26 -0500 Report

I am still trying to figure these things out. Popcorn is one that kills me. I end up with highs, even if it is the 100 calorie bag. Now, on the otherhand, Vanilla icecream with fresh ground cinnimon and a small handfull of peanuts helps! Go figure!

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-12 07:52:29 -0500 Report

I have the same issues as everyone else even with my fluctuating highs and lows situation. I haven't eaten a baked potato in 5 years because I soar and crash when I eat them. I love potatoes also but stick to the yukon gold variety they don't seen to send me into that soar and crash but never baked… usually just boiled or added to a soup. I do catering on the side as I've mentioned so when I bake desserts for those events (most of which I'm invited to) it's hard to not dive in. I should be blue and furry as I think I'm the original 'cookie monster' LOL ME LOVE COOKIES!! Only homemade though :)

buzy bev
buzy bev 2008-07-12 08:10:13 -0500 Report

I forget to ask a question, many of your are referring to highs and lows. I understand the lows, but the highs, I can't get a straight answer as to what is considered high. I reach 249 and sometimes 300, that is if I'm being stupid. But what do you'all consider high.


buzy bev
buzy bev 2008-07-12 08:10:14 -0500 Report

I forget to ask a question, many of your are referring to highs and lows. I understand the lows, but the highs, I can't get a straight answer as to what is considered high. I reach 249 and sometimes 300, that is if I'm being stupid. But what do you'all consider high.


preacherman1611 2008-07-12 08:44:27 -0500 Report

I've found out the rice and pasta are killers. I have always loved pasta. I spikes my sugar every time. Even in small amounts I see the difference.

Fluffy - 14380
Fluffy - 14380 2008-07-12 11:43:39 -0500 Report

if ya love pasta. ya need to get Dreamfield Paste..it is made for Diebetes..look it up at dreamfield.com I eat it a lot..no problem .but I can not eat any other kind…

GabbyPA 2008-07-12 12:45:57 -0500 Report

Yes, Dremfiled is good. The way it was explained to me is that they somehow coat the pasta in fiber, preventing your stomach from absorbing it so quickly, thus reducing the amount of carbs it has. I don't know if that is true, but it works. I still don't eat too much, because once I start...pasta is a run away train for me, even if it is Dreamfield.

Sheryl 2008-07-13 14:21:17 -0500 Report

Can't find Dreamfield.com. No diabetic site comes up under dreamfield. Is there another online site that has diabetic foods?

Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-07-15 15:15:02 -0500 Report

It's because white rice and pasta are nothing but carbohydrates that turn into sugar by natural process of our body then it will flow in our blood vessels as blood glucose. White rice, pasta, noodles, food products made of highrise flours, potatoes, sweet potatoes and all other rootcrops belong to the same category which is carbohydrates.

Our body needs carbo but take it to the limit of what is recommended. For reference ask your health care advisor to provide you with the list of "FOOD EXCHANGE".

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-12 13:24:09 -0500 Report

Hi Bev,
Everyone's 'high's' are different. What you have listed would be incredibly high for me. I rarely go over 200 maybe 3 times in the last 5 years. High for me is over 140 2 hours after a meal or in the morning anything over 120 is high for me. Like I said everyone is different but the goals of most of us are 80-120 in the morning or before a meal and 140 or less 2 hours after a meal. That's the standard goals from the ADA (American Diabetes Assoc). We don't always meet them but that's the 'aim'. That's why we are here so we can find out 'tricks' that might work to meet those goals.

If your's are running that high frequently, I would suggest you contact your doctor about your treatment plan.

*Judy (JP)

Fluffy - 14380
Fluffy - 14380 2008-08-04 02:44:28 -0500 Report

My Dr.said over 200 is high.bad for your liver.kidneys.ya need to keep your G.L.below 50..with everything ya eat.I have list on ice box.I also eat lowcarb bread…99.9 percent of food I eat is low carb…I also learn a lot from internet.check it out..also ask God for His help…

packrat 2008-08-11 13:01:12 -0500 Report

talk to your doctor or nutritionist what they feel is a diabetic's normal low and high range numbers are. Then find out what they feel are too low/too high. They are the experts and (just like my doctor) will let you know anything you feel you need to know in order to successfully manage your diabetes. If they won't look it up. As my children kept telling me, "Ma Google it."