WHAT CAN I EAT??????

Monalisa
By Monalisa Latest Reply 2009-12-29 12:06:12 -0600
Started 2009-12-04 16:16:06 -0600

WELL I REALLY NEED HELP! I TRIED BY EATING SMALLER PORTIONS…BUT MY BS KEEPS GOING UUUUUPPPP!!! Y TRIED MASHED POTATOES AND FRIED CHICKEN, WHITE RICE AND RED KIDNEY BEANS, HOMEMADE HAMBURGUERS BUT TO NO AVAIL…ALWAYS OVER 300!!! PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THINGS CAN I EAT THAT DON'T ELEVATE MY BLOOD SUGAR SO MUCH…I USE GLIPIZIDE TWICE A DAY AND INSULIN 70/30 IN THE MORNING AND LANTUS IN THE AFTERNOON…WHAT A MESS!!


35 replies

Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols 2009-12-11 18:48:36 -0600 Report

Actually like other posts state Diabetes is different for everyone. The first lesson to learn is portion size. Next is exercise. Lower the portion size and increase the exercise. I'm not certain but i believe you can eat anything you wish, but need to learn to substitute. If you wish a donut in the morning then limit your carbs for another meal to achieve a balance. Best to limit carbs at first to see what your system reacts to. Then plan meals accordingly. We all have learned what foods spike our sugars, the really difficult item is to limit or reduce. It's hard to take things away.

art critic
art critic 2009-12-13 11:36:51 -0600 Report

I'm having the same issues with food . I've changed the way I eat, prepare food and consumption to no satisfaction. I still get very sleepy after each meal. I don't know what else to do. Also my cravings have increased for foods I gave up years ago.

LadyKati
LadyKati 2009-12-29 12:06:12 -0600 Report

I have found that Turkey makes me fall asleep with in 30 mins after I consume it could be the nitrate in it…get it at the Health Food Store w/o Nitrates. also Fruit Juices or anything with lots of sugar…brown rice doesn't bother me in small portions ..only eat multi grains, rarely white anything…also by eating the smaller portions any putting something in my stomach every 3 hours am doing pretty good…with with excercising a little (mostly walking ) and some daning to music on cable tv,,,it works for me…but you must be consistant…I cheat once in a while, but my body tells me when I do…& it's not usually worth it…eat lots of salmon have lots …my breakfasts consists of an egg omelet from eggbeaters…first saute onions, red bell peppers, mushrooms, cokked broccoli or zuccini & 1 slice of turkey bacon chopped…add dash & cummin and then some diced tomates…before pooring in the egg beater…season again if you wish top with 2% milk fat American cheese…yummmm play around with the things you like in it..i only use olive oil & t teaspoon of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to saute in teflon skillet…their may in up to be enough for 2 servings, depending on how much veggies & egg sub you put in it,,,so put in another container after divinding in half ,,use for tomorrow or later when you get hungry…I also put fresh spinach instead of broccoli/zuccini…make it your own…ENJOY!

appleseed
appleseed 2009-12-10 10:09:57 -0600 Report

i would be concentrating on foods that are low on the glycemic index. starches and sugars tend to spike ur sugar level which over time can cause your insulin receptors to ignore what is goin on in ur body, therefore you dont ever get a balance.

roger
roger 2009-12-10 10:18:47 -0600 Report

very true i am very carb sen i have all but cut out pasta rice ,potatoes ,and bread has worked first a1c went from the 8 to the 6 going soon for my next a1c will see how round 2 went
ps i also lost over 30 lbs doing it

sfa720
sfa720 2009-12-09 22:52:33 -0600 Report

Hi Monalisa.Start with a small breakfast 7am, snack at 9am, lunch 12 noon 1 cup rice 1/2 cup beans,portion of meat stay away from fried food,bake or broil if possible, snack at 2pm dinner before 5pm same portion as lunch exercise around 7 pm walk for 30 minutes if you can do more great or joging, drink your regular supply of water always drink 100% juice 6oz per serving no soft drinks with sugar, I know you will be starving you can fill up with cucumber, water cressels all you can eat its free, or pick on green vegetables, You will get your BS down. I had a BS of 600 now 80-100 before meals I used to believe I was starving was 187 lbs now 154. Former Diabetic SA.

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-09 23:31:02 -0600 Report

THANKS SFA I WILL TRY THAT, IT'S HARD BECAUSE HERE WHERE I LIVE, IN PUERTO RICO WE MOSTLY EAT HIGH CARBS, WITH ALL THE RICE AND "VIANDAS" (SORRY DON'T KNOW HOW TO SAY THAT IN ENGLISH) WHITE BREAD AND SO ON…I JUST STARTED TO TRY AND MODIFY MY FOOD INTAKE AND IT'S BEEN 3 WKS AT THE GYM ALSO QUIT SMOKING SO IT'S ALL CHANGING AT THE SAME TIME AND I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY!!!! NEED MOTIVATION AND SUPPORT SO ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…LISA

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-12-10 10:00:58 -0600 Report

Just a word of caution here. Every body is a little bit different and what some diabetics can tolerate others can't. For instance, 1 1/2 cups of rice is a LOT of carbs. In fact it's over 70 grams of carbs. Many diabetics must keep their total carbs for the meals under 45 grams.

The bottom line is you have to find what works for you. Test your blood sugar before and after you eat to learn what's going on with your body.

kay7324
kay7324 2009-12-06 19:21:58 -0600 Report

I have found that if you want to lower you blood sugar increase your fiber rich vegetables that are lower in glycemic index along with the higher glycemic index food just in smaller portions. Some nights I start out with a large salad and a small bowl of soup then have what everyone else is having in smaller portions because I am almost already full to the point I have to stop eating and then also have a large glass of water so that I do not eat too much yet I am satisfied and not prone to snacking all the time

SkipT
SkipT 2009-12-05 15:03:21 -0600 Report

You need to eat low carb. Here is a fantastic low carb recipe site:

http://genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html

I use it all the time.

BIRDY
BIRDY 2009-12-12 13:48:10 -0600 Report

Hi Skip ,

I looked into the site and you're right , many good recipes really.But I wanna ask something ; I also checked the desserts and all recipes are with almond flour and 5-6 eggs.
Carbs are looking really very low but the calories are seeming high to me.How do you manage to keep your weight or do you make any changes.
Thank you.
Birdy

SkipT
SkipT 2009-12-13 11:31:23 -0600 Report

I never count the calories. I only count carbs and it works for me. On the low carb lifestyle I dropped over 70 lbs and continue to keep it off.

Antique-Dave
Antique-Dave 2009-12-05 10:39:53 -0600 Report

There are a couple rules of thumb,

YMMV Your mileage may vary, diabetes is such an individualized disease that what works for one does not always work for another, its a process to find out what will work for you and it can change at a moments notice. so its important to be vigilant but you don't have to be fearful.

BGL will fluctuate often for no discernable reason. eat to you meter, that is eat and test and test and eat and figure out which foods are friendly to you, once you figure that out its easier to determine when and what else you can eat without spiking to high, or for too long to avoid potential complications.

I have learned that I can have a whopper jr with the bun without killing my BGL. if I eat more bun than that then its too high for me. Some can't eat any breads at all without spiking high for long periods you need to find what works for you.

If I test at a low number I know I can have a few more carbs IF I want to, my goal is to be under 140 after 2 hours, and to average 115 to 125. That leaves me with a lot of food options.

You have to determine what your personal goals are and then to start making changes that will get you there. It took time to get to the place you are in now and it will take time to acheive and maintain good control.

If you have a bad day, figure out why and do it differently tommorrow because you are not going to be able to make all of the changes at once.

greeneyedscotish@yahoo.com
greeneyedscotish@yahoo.com 2009-12-05 11:48:44 -0600 Report

I dont know if anyone added this, but I have found a good trick to waking with a good blood level is to eat some good carbs about 30 minutes before bed. Laughs, maybe not so good for the belt line but good for the blood sugar levels. ie. nuts, peanut butter and crackers (6) cheese and crackers again (6). Be smart and you will wake feeling strong.

BIRDY
BIRDY 2009-12-05 14:37:41 -0600 Report

yes we also do a similar thing.We usually eat 1-2 slice of bread and cheese around 10-11.00 before bed.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-09 23:19:04 -0600 Report

Me too. I tried something new to me, this eve, steamed cawliflower with added lemon and red wine vinegar for an eve snack, along with a tad of peanut butter on a cracker to hold me even thru the night. PR

Jennys
Jennys 2009-12-04 20:53:54 -0600 Report

Dear monalisa, I own a bakery that specializes in sugar free/gluten free foods and help people with diabetes lose weight, get off insulin, and stay on diet and pill control. For starters, fried or white need to be out! White breads, white rice, etc. Lean protein needs to be in and carbohydrates kept low. Oatmeal and beans are good carbs because they are both high in fiber and will keep your cholesterol down as well. Eight glasses of water a day minimum. If you are having trouble with this, try adding crystal light or lipton instant. Both are 0 cals and 0 sugar and can be easily taken with you to turn that glass of water into a lemonade! Two of my clients have dropped 45 plus lbs. in two months adding this to their diet; staying off sodas and insulin!! If you use ranch and other mayo dressings, try switching to balsamic vinegars,etc. Vinegar lowers blood sugar and helps keep it steady, where the mayo based dressings will just raise it. Like cinnamon? Sprinkle it on things, it will help use lose weight and balance your blood sugar. Snacks are critical for maintaining sugar levels. Try a piece of fresh fruit or a handful of mixed nuts. If you eat yogurts, make sure they have no added sugars. Learn to read labels. Avoid Splenda, it is sugar! I prefer a product called Stevia. Any questions? Just ask,Jenny's Bakehouse & Deli.

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-04 21:08:33 -0600 Report

HI, GREAT ADVISE! I LIKE OATMEAL…AND I DIDN'T KNOW SPLENDA WAS SUGAR!!…I'LL BE TRYING TO CHANGE SOME THINGS … WISH ME LUCK!!!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-05 20:33:50 -0600 Report

No wonder I liked the Splenda over something else—-it is sugar!! Well, that figures!! Sigh!! PR

pmsteve
pmsteve 2009-12-04 18:58:59 -0600 Report

One of the things that has worked fo me is to check out the "Glycemic Index" menus. (Google it). I lost weight and the BG readings became more controllable. Not bad food, either. Look for books on this in your library or on Amazon.com

I cleared this with my endocrinologist before I started it and it worked out well.

Starches are the enemy - fiber "roughage" is your friend. Eating fiberous foods, even if they contain some starch, go through your system before the starch can convert to glucose.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 17:51:45 -0600 Report

Well Monalisa, just like John said, your eating real good food its just not for you to eat at this time. I don't eat any bread unless it wheat, or multigrains. I eat lots of fruit fresh or canned with no-sugar. I have oatmeal for breakfast lots of water thru the day too. I don't drink any pops or sodas diet or sugar free they usually have empty calories. And I exercise daily, either riding my bike 3-4 miles or working out the winter months on my elliptical for a little while. Its not easy cause I use to hate to exercise, but I started to feel much better and thinking clear too. So just re-think your meals, and you cant eat what the rest of the family is eating. If they eat fried chicken, you need to bake yours or grill it.

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-04 18:10:09 -0600 Report

THANKS FOR THE ADVISE, I AM VIEWING THINGS FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE, I REALLY NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LOVE MYSELF AND TAKE CARE OF ME!!

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-12-04 18:17:05 -0600 Report

You will, its not easy to make all these changes so fast, we have to just do them one day at a time. Little by little and you will see improvements. I went thru the samethngs, I would get so angry at myself, cause my bloodsugars would go up down and then back up. It was what I was eating.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-12-04 17:10:13 -0600 Report

Out with the old, and in with the new. As John said. you are eating all the things with loaded carbs. Watch the carbs, read labels, portion size your meals. It is hard, especially at first, but can be done. Many here to help and support you. Good luck.
Jim

sfa720
sfa720 2009-12-09 22:19:41 -0600 Report

Dear ptsparkle, Like you said it can be done if someone has type 2 diabetics please make the sacrifice and you will be very proud of yourself, you will lower your AIC and if middle age, with your exercise you will look a lot younger, serve portion, 100% juice, donate 1 hour for 5 days per week for exercise, no phone or visitors this is your time or whatever works for you, also keep reading JOHN CROWLEY ARTICLE, get in touch with any American Diabetic Association in your area they helped me a lot and keep connected to our friends at diabeticconnect.com. Simon Achim. Puerto Rico

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-12-04 16:39:47 -0600 Report

OK, first thing is that you need to become an expert on carbohydrates. All carbohydrates will raise your blood sugar. Mashed potatoes, white rice, and hamburger buns are loaded with carbs and are the reason your blood sugar has been so high.

Vegetables (other than the starchy ones like potatoes and corn) and meat are the best foods for you to focus on while you're getting your blood sugar under control.

It would be great for you to meet with a Certified Diabetes Educator who can help you create a meal plan that will work for you.

Also, here's a great discussion we've had around eating tips that might help you:
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/886-basic-diabetic-food-tips

Watch out for breads, desserts, pasta, tortillas, sugar-sweetened sodas. Start reading all food labels and look at total carbohydrates.

Monalisa
Monalisa 2009-12-04 18:06:39 -0600 Report

THANK YOU JOHN, I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO START EDUCATING MYSELF ON CARBOHYDRATES, I SEE NOW WHAT WAS WRONG!!! ALL THE BREAD,CRACKERS, TORTILLAS, RICE AND POTATOES…YOU KNOW… UP TO NOW THOSE HAVE BEEN THE MAIN INGREDIENTS OF MY FOOD INTAKE; NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY KILLING ME!

lumpyduane
lumpyduane 2009-12-05 16:57:44 -0600 Report

The dietician that taught our classes recomended 60 grams of carbs for a meal, 3 meals a day. And she allowed for 1 snack of no more than 15 grams of carbs. It's not very easy thing to do, but it does work when I've stuck to it.