Diet and Exercise for Jan. 2010

By Edie Latest Reply 2010-02-05 22:28:19 -0600
Started 2009-12-30 08:43:44 -0600

Good Morning Everyone! Look it is Dec 2009 yet and I am ahead of myself this Month so I am getting the New Year off to a Very Good Start With This Discussion.
I have found two Books on Diabetes that I will be getting on Monday Jan. 4th my youngest Brother's Birthday. I will share the books after I get them and post a note on the books both here and on the Books section for others to see.
Hope you have Had A Very Merry Christmas and Hope you Have A Very Happy New Year Too!!!!
I am going to Start This Year's Discussion with a New Years Resolution for All to See and Hope it keeps me grounded this next year to keep this Resolution for the Whole Year.

126 replies

spiritwalker 2010-02-01 20:27:17 -0600 Report

I have to exercise for many reasons to help control my diabetes, and to keep my muscles and bones strong enough
to wear a prosthetic leg and keep my balance when walking.
I enjoy my nustep cross trainer. Its the only time of day I can
do anything with any amount of speed.

ADGSR1 2010-02-01 15:16:17 -0600 Report

We share the same goal. I have been battling with depression, but I am determined to begin to take better care of myself by committing to a better diet, and getting more exercise. Thanks for the boost of encouragement.

BINGO 2010-02-01 14:46:43 -0600 Report

WEIGHT 259 (whoops) +5 lbs
bs 93 on the 31st
chol 134 on the 29th
step for the month 154,962 ( to many)
all and all not to bad for the month however i have to work more on the weight and cut down on the steps.
your friend always

Edie 2010-02-04 14:05:33 -0600 Report

When do you go for Surgery on your knees? And you need to make Carol do some of the packing of her Mother's stuff as with you doing it all you are getting more steps than the Doctors want you to. Keep going as you have been it will take you longer to get well again.

BINGO 2010-02-05 09:56:42 -0600 Report


Me2 2010-01-30 16:34:34 -0600 Report

I'm rooting for ya! I know you can do it! Keep us up to date on your progress! You gooooooo girl!

spiritwalker 2010-01-31 20:29:18 -0600 Report

I just found this discussion. I don't know how I missed it
earlier in the month. I went back to the beginning and
read the whole thing to this point. The tips you are sharing
are great. I'll try and be a regular from now on. I sometimes have trouble finding discussions after the first few days its up. I exercise each day for 30-40 minutes.
I can't do a lot of walking. I have a prosthetic leg. ( not
because of diabetes.) I exercise with a Nustep cross-
trainer I use 7 days a week.

pmpa015 2010-01-30 16:23:10 -0600 Report

My New Year's Resolution is to have a weight between 130-135 and an A1C of 7 also. My last A1C was 6 which sounds great, but I had so many very low's, the A1C was perfect. I need a much tighter control. I hate the way I feel when my blood sugar is very low (meaning anywhere from 50-28).

I am a Type 1 diabetic who wears an insulin pump. My doctor now has me eating small meals every two hours and this has helped tremendously. I can't wait until I have my next A1C to see how I'm doing. If it's a 6 again, then I will feel really good about myself.

I must start exercising more to get 20lbs off.

MAYS 2010-01-30 16:28:51 -0600 Report

You know what you have to do, you are doing it, stay focused and make it happen, you can do it !
That's what I like to hear, effort and commitment,
my most sincere wishes to you and much success !

AddassaMari 2010-02-02 09:14:06 -0600 Report

Starting is the hard part, just remember a journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step. So take it one day at time, go for a short walk. If you have to go and get the mail, walk around the block first, then get the mail. Small steps leads to great things.

Edie 2010-01-23 06:10:17 -0600 Report

Saturday Jan. 23rd.
TIP 11
I've Heard That A Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein, High-Fat Diet Will Help Me Lose Weight Without Cutting Calories. Should I Change From The High-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat Diet I've Always Followed?

Probably not. A low-carbohydrate diet is very difficult to follow for a long period of time. On this diet, you eat meat, eggs, and cheese but very few carbohydrate foods, such as pasta, breads, fruits, and vegetables. You eat too few fruits and vegetables to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
The rapid weight loss on a low-carbohydrate diet comes from an unhealthy loss of water and muscle tissue. Side effects include dehydration, low blood pressure, and increased work for the kidneys. The high-fat foods certainly aren't good for heart health. Other side effects include constipation, fatigue, and nausea. And as with all very restricted diets, once you go back to a normal way of eating, your weight is going to come back.
Until there's more evidence, it's probably best to continue with a balanced carbohydrate meal plan. If you have insulin resistance, you may do better substituting some monounsaturated fats for carbohydrates. To get more monounsaturated fats use olive oil, canola oil, or nuts in your meals. Will read more about this when we get to TIP #43. Get your health care team's help to decide on a nutrition approach for you.
TIP 12
Will Fiber Help My Diabetes Management?
Fiber can keep your blood glucose from going high after a meal because it slows down the speed at which the food is digested. Foods that are high in fiber are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and other substances impor6tant for good health. A high-fiber, low-fat way of eating an also reduce your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Fiber has a favorable effect on blood cholesterol, too.
Fiber in food is make up of two types; insoluble fiber, such as that in vegetables and whole-grain products, and soluble fiber, found in fruits, oats, barley, and beans. Insoluble fiber improves gastrointestinal function, while soluble fiber can affect blood glucose and cholesterol. Unfortunately, most Americans eat only 8-10 grams of fiber daily, not the recommended 20-35 grams a day from a variety of foods. You can increase fiber by eating foods such as the ones in this chart.
Food: Serving size Total Fiber (g) Soluble Fiber (g)
Beans 1/2 cup 6.9 2.8
Oat bran 1/3 cup dry 4.0 2.0
Barley 1/4 c up dry 3.0 0.9
Fresh 1 small 0.9 1.8
Oatmeal 1/3 cup dry 2.7 1.4

TIP 13
Is It True That Beans Can Improve Diabetes Management?
Yes. Beans are very high in carbohydrates and need to be eaten in the proper portions, but beans digest slowly, resulting in only a small rise in blood glucose and insulin levels. Several research studies have shown that eating 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of cooked beans daily has a beneficial effect on diabetes management. Beans also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a common complication for people with diabetes. Eating 1-3 cups of cooked beans a day will lower total cholesterol by 5-19%. Beans are also an excellent source of folate, which may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, beans are also low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They can be included in all types of diabetes meal plans. Beans can be used in salads, soups, or entrees. Canned beans require less preparation time and have the same beneficial effects as dried beans, but they are higher in sodium than beans "cooked from scratch."
Soak dried beans overnight and rinse well before cooking. Introduce beans gradually into your diet, chew them thoroughly, and drink plenty of liquids to aid digestion. Enzyme products such as "Beano" can also help you avoid gastrointestinal. distress.

TIP 14 I Keep Hearing About Carbohydrate Counting. Is It Still Okay To Use Exchanges?
Yes. The Exchange System Is A Valuable Way for People With Diabetes To Plan Meals. It Can Also Help If You want to count carbohydrates. The Exchange Lists for Meal Planning Group foods with similar carbohydrate content, so the "Carb" counting is already done for you. For example, all the foods on the starch list (1 slice of bread, 3/4cup of dry cereal,etc.) contain 15 grams of carbohydrate.
To use exchanges, you need an individualized meal plan that tells you how many exchanges from each list to eat daily for meals and snacks. You can choose a variety of foods from the exchange lists to fit into your meal plan. An RD can help you design a meal plan and teach you how to use this system. In 2003, the Exchange Lists were updated. The food Groupings were changed and more foods were included. A pocket-sized guide is now available.
Many people prefer to use exchanges because it helps keep their food choices balanced and healthy. If this system works for you, there is no reason to switch to another.

TIP 15
What Is Carbohydrate Counting?
Carbohydrate counting is a precise method of meal planning for people with diabetes. Foods containing carbohydrate ( grains, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar) have the largest effect on blood glucose levels. A small amount of Carbohydrate ( 1 apple) raises blood glucose some; a larger amount of carbohydrate (3 apples) raises blood glucose more. You track how the carbohydrate affects you by monitoring your blood glucose. You'll have to invest some time in monitoring blood glucose, record keeping,measuring food servings, and learning about nutrients in foods.
Carbohydrate counting has two levels; basic and advanced. Basic carbohydrate counting is generally used by people with type 2 diabetes and consists mostly of counting and eating consistent amounts of carbohydrate. Advanced carbohydrate counting is often used by people taking insulin and is based on recognizing and managing patterns in blood glucose, foo, medication, and exercise for intensive management of blood glucose. You may only need to learn about basic carbohydrate counting. The amount of work may seem overwhelming at first, but most people find that the improvements in their blood glucose levels are worth it! An RD can help you learn about carbohydrate counting.

Well those are the TIPS FOR TODAY SATURDAY JANUARY 23, 2010 I hope they are something some of you did not know. I learned 3 things today

1. Is that I can still use the Exchange Lists so am going to get me a new one and hope that I can get back to where I was before they put me on the Counting Carbohydrates. I do not like that system at all.

2. I need to add more Fiber to my Meal Plan to helpl manage my Diabetes.

3. That Beans also Can Improve My Diabetes Management.

I got so carried away with what I was writing today that I skipped tips 12 and 13 so had to go back and insert them so we ended up with 2 extra tips today. Enjoy them all. Talk more later Tomorrow on how my Sugar control has been this past week.

Your Friend Always;

tholz 2010-01-24 00:45:56 -0600 Report

Well b/s was 194 this morning before i ate tonight was 243 1130 pm this was for sat. Not so good.

cc9 2010-01-24 05:32:13 -0600 Report

its ok. its another day tomorrow. another set of numbers.

tholz 2010-01-24 15:43:07 -0600 Report

Well it was 169 today will take later tonight. Have had no snacks at all and only water to drink. We will see

cc9 2010-01-25 01:06:22 -0600 Report

thats good you dropped two points. do some relaxation, deep diagphram breathing for at least 5 mins. see if it makes any difference.

Edie 2010-01-25 12:04:36 -0600 Report

cc9 I will try that too and see if it helps me too. Here are my numbers for the last few days;
On Thurs. it was 207 @ 8:41 PM
Friday it was 200 @ 10:13 AM
Saturday it was 106 @ 9:49 AM
and Yesterday I checked it twice. Once @ 2:48 PM it was 136 and then @ 8:14 PM it was 166
This morning @ 7:06 AM it was 96 so I am doing something right. We are short of money right now so am using my supplies sparingly to stretch till I get my money tomorrow or the next day.

Here is another TIP for all of Us:

TIP 16
Do I Need Special Vitamins And Minerals Because I Have Diabetes?
You don't need special vitamins because of diabetes. You do need vitamins and minerals for a well-functioning body, whether you have diabetes or not. If you are eating a variety of foods, you don't need a special vitamin or mineral supplement. There is currnetly no scientific evidence to show that certain vitamins or minerals can improve your blood glucose management, except in rare cases of deficiencies of the minerals chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium,or zinc. (More on this one when we get further into the Tips.)
Discuss your diet with your physician or RD. You may need a vitamin and mineral supplement if you are:
1. On a diet of fewer than 1,200 calories a day
2. Following a strict vegetarian diet
3. At Risk for bone disease
4. Over age 65
5. Pregnant or breastfeeding
6. Taking Diuretics
7. Having trouble keeping your blood glucose levels on

TIP 17
I Really Don't Feel Like Eating In The Morning. Do I Have To Eat Breakfast?
Yes. Breakfast is crucial for people with Diabetes. Your body has been without food for 8-12 hours. If you have type 1 Diabetes, you need food to balance your injected insulin. If you have type 2 Diabetes, you may skip breakfast to cut calories and lose weight, but it can lead to overeating later. In fact, research shows that breakfast skippers have higher blood cholesterol levels and extra pounds!
The best Breakfast has carbohydrate, protein, and fiber. Save high-fat foods like bacon, sausage, and eggs for special occasions. You can choose whole-grain cereal or an English muffin, low-fat milk or yougurt, and fruit, but there's no rule that says breakfast can't be whole-wheat pasta tossed with low-fat ricotta cheese or a leftover chicken breast with a piece of fruit.
Once you experience the dividends that breakfast pays in mood, performance, and Diabetes Management, you'll never skip your morning meal again!
Hint: People who eat a smaller evening meal ( and spread their calories out over the day) are more likely to wake up hungry for Breakfast.

Hope you are enjoying this tips as much as I am. I keep learning new things I didn't know before starting to read this book.

Will be back later to catch up on everyone's posts again incase I missed something important or didn't catch it the first time.
Your Friend Always;

AddassaMari 2010-01-25 12:16:09 -0600 Report

Man, I wish I had some streamers and noise makers, because Edie, you have the bull by the horn. You are doing everything right just keep it up. WTG, YEA :D

AddassaMari 2010-01-25 12:00:00 -0600 Report

Hi Edie, you heard correctly. I had a little chat with my Med Team including the RD and lo' and behold, the subject of the conversation…add protein to each meal will help to weight loss. Imagine, I found that out on DB for free and as a result of reworking my diet and menus lost 10 pounds since my last visit on Dec 4th. You keep posting those tips. Thanks,

Edie 2010-01-25 12:17:35 -0600 Report

I just posted 2 more and I am looking forward to the next 2 tomorrow or the next day. I went to the Gym on Sat. Then went to church yesterday in Logansport with Sister Seller. I had lunch with her Mom and Her and then we came back home. Check out my last post it has my numbers for the last few days. I am so pleased with this Mornings number I can cry. Our Lunch Yesterday was Biscuits and Gravy with bacon and scrambled Eggs. They put the Gravy in a bowl and then scrambled the eggs in the rest of the gravy in the pan I never would have thought of that and my numbers weren't real high after it either. I had 2 small biscuits, with 3 slices of bacon and a small spoon of scrambled egg mixture with one spoon of gravy and I only took half of that on my plate. I was not full but not hungry either. For Supper last night I had some Fresh French Fries and sloppy Joe I am now drinking my Lemonade too as I have only had two bottles of Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi in the last 3 weeks and then I wanted it so bad I went and got me some. 20 oz. size it took me 4 days to drink both and now don't want any more again. LOL

tholz 2010-01-25 21:04:41 -0600 Report

Ok B/S this morning was 147 than tonight was 115. This is where I want it to be good.

AddassaMari 2010-01-26 11:49:25 -0600 Report

When our local Jack-in-the-Box stopped serving Diet Dr. Pepper, I stopped drinking all carbonated beverages. My Dr and RD said that contributes to my weight loss because I have been drinking water instead. I change the types of fruit juices I used to drink to unsweetened of not added sugar types like pomegranate, blueberry, cranberry and such. I also found that I like Silk Soy milk. It actually taste very good and works well instead of cows milk.

My kids love bacon but hate the fat. So I deep fry the bacon so that most if not all the fat is rendered and I get a crisper product. With as much bacon as we eat, I thought my Cholesterol would be up, but it's down so I am doing something right.

imsuzie2 2010-01-23 04:16:37 -0600 Report

Just figured out why I don't have time to exercise…I spend HOURS on this site! LOL

Edie 2010-01-23 05:15:21 -0600 Report

I am on here alot too but I set aside time for me to exercise. Can't be on here too long this morning as is my day for the Gym. It is 6:14am and want to be at the Gym by 8 so will finish up on here now and head on over there and go through my exercise routine to get in better shape again and hopefully I will stop falling the rest of this winter.

imsuzie2 2010-01-23 04:01:49 -0600 Report

Edie, found this tonite on www.webmd the diabetes newsletter I am signed up for…I made a copy to take with me when I go shopping…S2

Article Link:
WebMD Home next page Diabetes Health Center next page Eating Well With Diabetes

Stock Your Kitchen for Diabetes Health
Have diabetes? Here are key foods to stock for healthy cooking and snacks.
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Healthy cooking and snacking means having the right foods on hand. Whether you're preparing the evening's dinner, fixing a brown-bag lunch, or grabbing breakfast, you can stick with your diabetes meal plan if the right foods are in the pantry or fridge.

"I believe in leading people toward smart fats and lots of fiber to keep blood sugar balanced — and to prevent heart disease," says Elaine Magee, MPH, RD. Magee is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and author of Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Diabetes.

Magee's pantry holds lots of beans, high-fiber pastas, and grains. In the fridge: fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products because they contain important vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Need a little help with ideas for stocking your own kitchen? Here are some of our experts' suggestions:

Foods for a Diabetes-Friendly Pantry:

* Canned beans: Garbanzo, pinto, black, red kidney, navy beans.
* Whole-grain pasta.
* Grains: Brown rice, barley, oats.
* Cereals: Fiber One, Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Kix.
* Diet, light, low-carb whole-wheat: bread, pancake mix, tortillas.
* Chocolate treats: Cocoa Via Crispy Chocolate Bar; Cocoa Via Chocolate Snack Bars; Cocoa Via Chocolate Blueberry Snack Bar.
* Water-packed tuna, chicken breast, and salmon (canned or pouch).
* Canola and extra-virgin olive oil and cooking sprays.
* Low-salt canned tomatoes, tomato soup, broth-based vegetable soups, V-8 juice, tomato juice, Diet V-8 Splash.
* Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop popcorn (snack-size bags).
* Ritz Chips crackers.
* Reduced-sugar jams, jellies, pancake syrups.

Fare for a Diabetes-Friendly Fridge:

* Fresh fruits: Berries, cherries, oranges, tangerines, peaches, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, plums, watermelon, peaches, melons.
* Fresh vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, cucumber, Romaine lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, snow peas, sugar snap peas, cabbage, carrots, green beans, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes, small sweet potatoes, small russet potatoes, edamame (soy beans).
* Low-fat salad dressings.
* Low-fat dairy: 1% or 2% cheese like Baby Bell or Laughing Cow; string cheese (part-skim mozzarella); fat-free sugar-free yogurt; skim or 1% milk; I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray; Butter Buds.
* Fresh lean protein:
o Boneless skinless chicken breast
o Turkey loin
o Ground turkey white meat
o Laura's Lean 4% fat ground beef
o Pork tenderloin
o Beef: fillet, flank steak
o Eggs
o Salmon
o Tofu
o Meat-substitute/soy products.

If fresh produce isn't always practical for you, stock up on canned or frozen.

Stocking a Diabetes-Friendly Freezer:

* Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries.
* Green Giant Select:
o Broccoli florets
o Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
o Broccoli, carrots, and water chestnuts
o Sugar snap peas
o Whole green peas
o Spinach
* Birds Eye:
o Pepper stir fry
o Sugar snap stir fry
o Seven vegetable stir fry
o Szechwan vegetables in sesame sauce
o Winter blend vegetables and cheese sauce
* Frozen lean protein: salmon, tuna, tilapia, orange roughy; Louis Rich, Butterball or Jenni-O turkey sausage; egg substitutes.
* Ground flaxseed (sprinkle over fruit, breakfast cereal, yogurt, smoothies, sandwich spreads for extra omega-3 fatty acids).

Spicing Up a Diabetes-Friendly Spice Rack:

* Spice rubs for meat and seafood.
* Garlic and onion powders, not salts.
* Mrs. Dash; Mr. Dash.

And when you're shopping for all these goodies, it's critical that you read food labels for carbohydrate, salt, and fat content, says Dianne Davis, RD, LDN, CDE, a dietitian with the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tenn. "There is a wide range of nutritional value in many products, and you have to choose carefully. That's why I give specific recommendations on products."
The Truth About Sugar-Free

If you're buying 'sugar-free' products, be careful, Davis tells WebMD. "Label-reading is very important. Compared to the regular version, a sugar-free product might have similar calories — or it may have even more calories." And foods with labels like sugar-free, no sugar added, reduced sugar, still may contain carbohydrates. Read the nutritional fact label and look for total carbohydrates.

Products with low-calorie sweeteners like Splenda, Nutrasweet, and Sweet'N Low are generally good choices — but still require label-reading, Davis tells WebMD. "Those sweeteners don't contain carbs, but the product itself may contain carbs. For example, ice cream sweetened with Splenda still has carbs from the milk." So again, the bottom line: how many carb grams does the food have?

Davis says to be wary of sorbitol (and other sugar alcohols), an artificial sweetener often used in sugar-free products and one which can cause diarrhea in some people. "It can be awful," says Davis.

Magee isn't a fan of sugar-free products either. She prefers reduced-sugar products, like jams or pancake syrups. "They contain less sugar or diluted sugar, so there are about 50% fewer calories. And they taste pretty good, so you don't feel like you're compromising."

Edie 2010-01-23 05:13:07 -0600 Report

Thank you for this information I have copied it over to my Computer for printing off in with other Diabetic Information I find on here for further reading and putting into my diabetic care plan.

tholz 2010-01-22 22:37:49 -0600 Report

No not to low just lower than they have been which is good. Now I have to start taking a very strong Vit D for 8 weeks than they will test it again. Nope cant get it over the counter plus have to start taking acto. I was taking this but I stop cuz I was taking another pill to didnt like the way they made me feel at all. So on to the next step.

Edie 2010-01-17 16:34:33 -0600 Report

Before I get to the tips I thought I should share some thing with all of you. Yesterday I was carrying out the trash and slipped on the porch as I stepped out the door well I landed on my left hip and my left leg went under and behind me, I finally stopped when I hit the porch rail by the steps. I threw out my slippers and then got up and hobbled back inside on my stocking feet didn't slide any more thanks to my socks. What I didn't learn till this morning was that I also broke my step counter I just started using so now I got to find one of my other ones and set it up before I can continue to count my distance and the miles I cover each day.
Be careful stepping out side your doors this winter you never know when we might get freezing rain or just have ice on our porches and sidewalks.
In God We Trust

Now That Sugar Is No Longer Forbidden For People With Diabetes, Can I eat All The Sweets I Want? NO!
It's true that the carbohydrate in table sugar can have the same effect on your blood glucose as any other carbohydrate, such as that in bread, potatoes, or fruit. Different carbohydrates do raise blood glucose in different ways;
however; for blood glucose management, it's more important to focus on the total amount of carbohydrate you eat, rather than on where it comes from. You substitute sweets into your meal plan for other carbohydrates— don't add them on top.
No, don't have sweets at every meal. Sugary foods don't have the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs to be healthy That's why we call them calories "empty" and list thesefoods as extras in the food pyramid. If you include sweets in a meal, eat a small serving and check your blood glucose before and 1-2 hours after you eat to see how it affects you. Keep an eye on your weight and blood glucose levels over time. Hold back on the sweets if you see your numbers creeping up.

TIP 10
I Went To Lunch With Three Friends Who Also Have Diabetes. We All Follow Different Types Of Meal Plans. What Happened To The "Diabetic" Diet?
Just as there is no one medication that works for all people with diabetes, there is no single meal-planning approach. The standard 1,800- calorie preprinted diet sheet is gone. Individualization is the key to effective diabetes management. The best meal plans are designed by you and an RD and are based on your health, other medications, activity level, and treatment goals. Your friend with type 1 diabetes may be taking multiple insulin injections and using the carbohydrate counting approach with frequent blood glucose monitoring. Her food choices would be quite different from those of your friend with type 2 diabetes who has high blood fat levels and needs to lose weight. She may be trying to lower her carbohydrate intake and increase the monounsaturated fats in her diet by eating more nuts, olives, or canola oil. And the friend who works a swing shift is probably using an entirely different approach to the timing and food choices in her meals and snacks. The important thing is to use a meal plan that works for you.

BINGO 2010-01-19 12:57:24 -0600 Report



Edie 2010-01-19 13:12:05 -0600 Report

No it does not matter which meter you use as long as you use one.
My Sugars have been around 150 for the last 3 days now. It looks like I am getting a handle on it finally. The last 2 days I have only ate when hungry. It is working out better this way and not eating as much as before either. I feel better and am starting to look thinner in the middle. Not as puffy this morning as has been. LOL

Edie 2010-01-22 06:46:43 -0600 Report

I found out if I forget to take my Lantus before bed time it goes back up in the AM so will be more careful in the future. Hope to talk to you both more soon.
I am taking it easy today not going out side again till the ice and snow is gone. I fell again last night. That is 3 times now in the last month twice in less than a week. the last two times on my left side my knee is really taking a beating this winter.

Edie 2010-01-15 18:59:57 -0600 Report

Here is Tip 8
How Do I Deal With Comments Such As, "Are You Allowed To Eat That?"
Your family and friends mean well. Here are some strategies for you to use when others seem to be overly concerned with what you're eating and drinking:
Recognize your own feelings. Part of adjusting to diabetes is recognizing the difficult emotions that come with it. How do you feel about the lifestyle changes and pressures of self-care?
Recognize the feelings of family and friends. Your family and friends are also adjusting to your diabetes and the ways it affects them. They may feel anxious,intimidated, guilty, or overwhelmed.
Use positive reframing. Change the way you see the situation. If you feel angry at someone's comment, take a moment to acknowledge your own feeling and then the other person's feeling. Then look at the situation in a positive way. For example, you may say, "Thanks for reminding me. I know you want to help. I've already planned to adjust my insulin (or exercise) to handle the additional calories and carbohydrate in this food."
Develop an interaction Plan. Changing years of old thinking and communication patterns takes time. In a calm moment, discuss a new way to talk about food and diabetes issues.
Written by Patti B. Geil, MS,RD,FADA, CDE
Lea Ann Holzmeister,RD, CDE
Managing Medication & food— Weight Control— Alternative Therapies— Shopping & Cooking— Sugars & Sweeteners— Fats & Fat Replacers — Food & Fitness— Special Situations— and Much ,Much More!

I hope you all are enjoying these TIPS as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
Thank you fro joining me on this Discussion
Talk more later!

cc9 2010-01-15 19:39:09 -0600 Report

they are great edie and thanks for taking the time to type out the tips for us.

Edie 2010-01-17 16:18:31 -0600 Report

your more than welcome. I am learning so much from them myself. I just knew others needed them too.

imsuzie2 2010-01-22 23:29:29 -0600 Report

I don't know about the others, but your reading the book for me is a big help!!! Love the tips.

Edie 2010-01-23 05:01:52 -0600 Report

Your very welcome. As soon as I am done reading all of the new posts then I will be adding tips 11-13 for today.

Edie 2010-01-13 17:16:33 -0600 Report

Here is TIP 6 for you all
Why Are Serving Sizes Important? Is There An Easy Way To Remember Them?
No matter what meal plan you follow—carbohydrate counting, exchanges, or the food guide pyramid—serving size is the key. An extra ounce of meat or a Tablespoon of margarine doesn't sound like much, but it can quickly add up to higher blood glucose levels and weight gain.
Begin by using standard kitchen measuring cups, spoon, and food scales until you train your eyes to see correct serving sizes. Ounce you've weighted, measured, and looked at 1/2 cup of green beans or 5 oz. of chicken, you'll have a mental picture no matter where you dine. Every few months, measure some servings again to keep your eyes sharp and your servings the right size.
Mental pictures can help you eat correct serving sizes. 1 cup pasta or rice looks like a clenched fist
1/2 cup vegetables looks like half a tennis ball
1 cup broccoli looks like a light bulb
3 oz. meat, chicken, or fish looks like a deck of cards or the palm of a woman's hand
1 oz. cheese looks like two saltine crackers or a 1-inch -square cube.

I now have all of these measurement containers in the house so will start using them in the morning.

Here is TIP 7 also
What Should I Be Looking For On Food Labels-Carbohydrate Or Fat?
Most people with diabetes should be looking at both carbohydrate and fat on the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels. Carbohydrate is what raises your blood glucose the most, so it's important to you. Fat carries the most calories per gram, so it affects your weight.
Also, diabetes puts you more at risk for developing heart disease. Eating foods lower in fat (especially saturated fat and trans fat) may help you lose weight and lower your risk for heart disease.
The total amount of carbohydrate and the type of carbohydrate you eat can affect your blood glucose. The carbohydrate listed in the Nutrition Facts can be from beans, vegetables, pasta, grains, and sugars (added or naturally present in foods such as milk and fruit). The food label will tell you exactly how many grams of Carbohydrate and fat are in a serving of food. Read all labels and then choose wisely.
Have a Great Night All.
Your Friend Always;

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-01-13 17:33:37 -0600 Report

I don't know how you all do it. I don't have time to cook. And fast food is so bad! I work 10 hour days with 1 hour commute each way, so when I get home the last thing I want to do is cook dinner.
Also work lunches are really hard. Mostly I have soup. Anyone have any ideas for me?

Edie 2010-01-13 17:38:06 -0600 Report

When I was working I always used the slow cooker and then on my days off I would cook up a storm. I put servings in bowls and froze what I could and then the rest I would carry first and use them up and then go to the freezer and use that up.

imsuzie2 2010-01-22 23:25:48 -0600 Report

Slow cookers are great. I've started to use one, as I am not a cook. Like to make soups…veggies…

cc9 2010-01-23 00:21:08 -0600 Report

yep they are great for casserols also. just put evrything in and forget about it till dinner/supper.

Edie 2010-01-23 05:00:34 -0600 Report

I like my slow cooker also. they are great for make ahead and freeze meals for later when I don't want to cook.

tholz 2010-01-13 18:11:37 -0600 Report

I was never told to look at the fats

cc9 2010-01-13 19:14:46 -0600 Report

i think fats are important in terms of there are good fats and bad fats. i look at the content of saturated fats and all that hydrolised whatcha ma call it which means trans fats. they are the nasties as they clog up your arteries, raise bad cholesterol and not good for diabetics. good fats are ur mono unsaturated ones and there are some excellent ones available. good fats are impt for our brain functioning, from what i read and understand. lol my two bobs about fat.

AddassaMari 2010-01-13 21:57:14 -0600 Report

You are very correct, with our diabetic conditions, we tend to prefer proteins in an effort to limit carbohydrate intake. People with diabetes are often a prone to develop high cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, so it is very important to monitor fats. We have to try to avoid saturated and hydrogenated fats a.k.a Trans-fats, margarines, some soft spreads, etc. We should be looking at mono- and poly-unsaturated fats which are fats that remain liquid at room. So be a label reader not just for carbs but for lipids (fats).

Edie 2010-01-14 05:28:10 -0600 Report

Thanks for the added information. These TIPS sure do help get more information I did not know before. I will post another TIP later. I am reading the other book also and when I finish I will post what I read and learned from it. Also it has some tips in it too. I will high light them and post them after I post this books first.

Edie 2010-01-13 17:01:00 -0600 Report

Tonight I had a very nice dinner with only 30 grams of Carbs.
I had a 3/4 cup of Stir-fried Veggies with rice and for that 3/4 cup it has 60 calories, o from fat. cholesterol omg;
sodium 15mg; total carbs 13g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 1g and protein 2g Then I had 2 manwich sandwiches which has 1/4 cup per serving is 40 calories each o grams fat; cholesterol o mg; sodium 410 mg; carbs 9 grams each for 18 grams for both; Dietary Fiber 2g; sugars 6g; and protein less than 1g. With a large glass of Ice cold Lemonade.and for the last two days I did 6006 steps and 3.41 miles not to bad. did most of the steps today as I am now working on my new quilting projects.

Armourer 2010-01-12 12:54:50 -0600 Report

Good luck in the goals for 2010!

Edie 2010-01-12 22:27:04 -0600 Report

I hope every one meets their goals this year, me included.
Well I am to tired so will post in the AM folks.
Good Night All talk to you all in the morning.

tholz 2010-01-11 20:52:41 -0600 Report

When to Dr today didnt get in trouble at all. Lost 2lbs she was surprise since the holidays were in there to. A1c is down to 6.0 ys and I had stop 2 med cuz I didnt like the way they made me feel. So back on one of them and vit D to. Didnt know I was suppose to be on it. Over all a very good visit. Mew car is in to ya cant wait to go get it

Edie 2010-01-11 08:15:19 -0600 Report

As I have been slow in putting on my Tips I will post Tips 4 & 5 Now

Tip 4
What Can I Eat For Snacks?
Choose from the same healthy foods that you eat at meals. Often snacks are based on foods with 15grams of carbohydrate per serving. Choose foods from the grain group, such as air-popped popcorn ( I need to get a new Popper then),baked tortilla chips and salsa, graham crackers, whole grain crackers, pretzels, bagels, or cereal ( I never thought about cereal before as a snack). Fresh fruits and veggies make excellent snacks and they're also portable! To make a snack more substantial, add a source of low-fat protein, such as low-fat or skim milk, reduced- fat cheese on whole wheat crackers, or a slice of turkey breast on whole-wheat bread. Keep in mind, however, that although adding protein to your snack may ward off hunger, it does not increase blood glucose to prevent hypoglycemia, and it may add unwanted calories.
Be prepared! Always carry a snack with you in case of a delayed meal or unexpected change in your schedule. Snacks can be stashed in your desk, briefcase, back pack, or glove compartment. Having good food on hand will save you from hypoglycemia and from having to settle for less nutritious fast foods.

Tip 5
How Can Keeping A Food Diary Help My Diabetes?
The food you eat raises your blood gluose. Until you writhe it down, you probably are not aware of how much or what you are eating. A food diary helps you make important decisions about your medication, meal plan, and exercise plan.

1. Record information you need.If you want to lose weight, measure your serving sizes and write down how many calories or fat grams you're getting for several days. Looking up the nutrient values of foods helps you learn what nutrients each food gives you.

2. Keep records that are easy to use— a notebook, calendar, or a form created on your computer. Writhe it down when you eat it; don't wait until later.

3.Use the information. Bring your record to the next appointment with your RD. Look for patterns in you r eating behaviors and blood glucose levels. For example, your records may show that high-fat snacks in late afternoon result in high blood glucose at dinner. Or you may notice that when your lunch is much smaller than other meals you are too hungry before dinner. You may want to adjust the size of lunch and decrease your afternoon eating.

Research shows that individuals who keep food and activity records are more successful in following their meal plan.

Well that is it for now. I am with out water and the kids have not shown up yet to help me so I need to try to figure out how to fix it my self. Wish me luck folks.
Your Friend Always;

AddassaMari 2010-01-11 17:24:24 -0600 Report

I am incline to agree about the Food and Activity Diary. It is like a little voice of encouragement. It does not judge but allow the user to judge them self. The best part, with a diary, it is easy to match up foods that raise or maintain blood glucose.

imsuzie2 2010-01-22 23:20:15 -0600 Report

Edie, I seem to remember from my diabetes education class that bagels are VERY high in carbs, so I have stopped eating them.

For your pizza snack attacks, why not make your own? Try either low carb bread or wheat English muffins (or small tortilla), spread just a smidgen of pizza sauce and low fat, skim-milk mozzarella cheese…if you like green or red pepper or mushrooms, add them. Low carb treat!

Edie 2010-01-23 04:58:57 -0600 Report

Thanks for the suggestion imsuzie2. I never thought to try something like that. I have not had any since I took the last pizza over to a Friends house to share with her. Next Month I will talk another small one over to share and leave the rest for her.
When I go over there I will have a big tossed Salad with me to share as well. Any salad left I will take home for lunch the next day.

Me2 2010-02-04 21:24:30 -0600 Report

Chicken quesadillas are a great lunch…using a store bought rotissre chicken (or better yet, use left over chicken) low carb tortillas…some canned chopped green chilies or jalpenos and a little grated cheese.

tholz 2010-01-10 18:55:28 -0600 Report

Do not stop the post. Do you know we talk for 2 1/2 hrs on Sat night. Going to Dr on mon lets see how much trouble I get into. Talk to you later

Edie 2010-01-11 07:29:35 -0600 Report

Ignore that post it was just a Self Pity Party I can't stand being alone for long periods of time with no one to talk to. I look forward to the posts on here to keep me company.
Sorry about the way I acted on here won't happen again. I hope not anyway.