Food ?????

By Harlen Latest Reply 2010-10-25 17:39:50 -0500
Started 2010-02-10 22:32:25 -0600

What is the one food that you gave up or cut way back on to help with your diabetes????

Mine is Bread I love it, miss it so bad.As well as rice and posta.
and all the others I cut way back on lol lol lol just one ya right lol

175 replies

whitetigress 2010-10-25 15:26:23 -0500 Report

The only thing I gave up is sugar (in all it's forms). It is hard! Pasta, I never digested properly anyway, and rice … I love it! I eat red rice (it think it is tailand) and it is very good! It has fiber and omega 3,6! It tastes so much better than white or brown. It has a low glycemic index … RED rice, gotta love it!

95% of what I eat, I cook from scratch … I have to! I am going to start making my own bread soon … lots of fibre included!

whitetigress 2010-10-25 15:26:22 -0500 Report

The only thing I gave up is sugar (in all it's forms). It is hard! Pasta, I never digested properly anyway, and rice … I love it! I eat red rice (it think it is tailand) and it is very good! It has fiber and omega 3,6! It tastes so much better than white or brown. It has a low glycemic index … RED rice, gotta love it!

95% of what I eat, I cook from scratch … I have to! I am going to start making my own bread soon … lots of fibre included!

mo91108 2010-10-25 14:25:09 -0500 Report

I gave up my favorite Icecream ever! Haagen- Dazs Dulce De Leche. mmmmm That And RIce. I Dont eat much of it but when I do it's brown rice :] Changes my diet completely!! :]

siesah 2010-10-25 08:56:26 -0500 Report

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups & Hershey w/Almonds…mmmm…I did not give them up but I pinch a little every now and then.

Elvi 2010-04-19 16:53:36 -0500 Report

Been diagnosed with diabetes since 2000. I had to give up pastas and I cut back on enchiliadas. Those are the two that cause my sugar to rise high and quickly.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:03:58 -0500 Report

Fats. I am real careful with them. I won't put oil in anything I don't have to. I am afraid maybe I am going the opposite extreme.

Miminv 2010-04-03 02:35:24 -0500 Report

Orange juice, levels go up to 300 with one glass. Pork chops, my body doesn't like pork anymore. And chocolate, but I make splenda hot chocolate and get my fix that way. And I can still remember what creamy dove chocolate taste like.

CheifMorningStar 2010-04-19 09:54:27 -0500 Report

My question is how much orange juice/what kind was,You consumeing?Pork chops are bad for your blood pressure.if,You fry them.However if,You bake them in your oven,plus remove excess fat before eating,reading should be different.You should only have one per meal.As to orange juice.When,I was on my diet,I drank 1/4 0f an eight ounce glass of pure orange juice.I had a bowl of cherrio's with one packet of splenda with fiber, 2% milk,plus one slice of whole wheat bread. I lost twenty seven pounds in one month.I must say,I feel alot better.Less weight on legs and feet. My b/s at that time was between 94 & 115.

Roy531 2010-03-24 21:52:10 -0500 Report

What I had to give up was my mother's home made banana pudding and the coconut cream pie. Right now if I was to eat some it would put me in the hospital in a heart beat, but it might be worth it

CheifMorningStar 2010-04-19 10:09:34 -0500 Report

Oh lordy,My mother used to make home make banana pudding, custard pies,youve already made me hungry. I must pray for guidance in staying away from forbidden fruit.Especially since,Im the cook in my home.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:07:37 -0500 Report

My weakness was my mom's bread pudding. But, I think I may be able to use the recipe, if I make a few changes.

GabbyPA 2010-03-21 09:41:40 -0500 Report

For me it is corn. I love corn on the cob, corn chips, corn in my stews and soups, tortillas, popcorn....I could go on, but I just depress myself. LOL In any form, corn spikes me.

Alyssa512 2010-03-25 18:25:06 -0500 Report

No popcorn! popcorn doesnt have sugar does it?

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Jeannie Holmes 2010-03-28 13:06:18 -0500 Report

Popcorn is ok for some people. Just be careful of the butter

joni55 2010-04-19 13:12:07 -0500 Report

You can always season your popcorn to add flavor. You can sprinkle it with cheese or whatever you like. Spices can really do alot without the additional fats or carbs.

GabbyPA 2010-04-19 09:55:28 -0500 Report

It is not sugar in the "refined" sense of the word. It is the starch sugar of the corn that kills my numbers. It really sucks....I love pop corn.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:09:59 -0500 Report

Popcorn would be considered to be a starch. I think it is okay in moderation but you have to do what your body tells you.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:08:53 -0500 Report

Doesn't it really stink that corn and peas are considered carbs. I have corn on the cob sometimes, but I will not have potatoes, pasta or rice with it. I just have another non-carb vegetable or salad.

mtngal 2010-03-18 18:54:37 -0500 Report


Priscilla71 2010-10-25 14:53:34 -0500 Report

have you ever noticed that when you check out at EVER STINKING STORE——what do u c???? do you see sugar free goodies ————————NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU SEE ALL THE WONDERFUL ONES —THAT WE CANT HAVE ANY MORE!! Thats hard and it not fair—- so i try to concentrate on on the sugar free gum— and purchase a pack — that way i dont feel like i should be bad…u know…
Sometimes - it gets harder and harder!

Elrond 2010-03-18 23:03:46 -0500 Report

A woman after my own heart. Perhaps we should start "Chocolate Anonymous".

Elrond 2010-03-18 23:10:45 -0500 Report

However, not long ago, I posted a recipe on this site for diabetic chocolate fudge. It's not quite as good as real fudge and you still have to use some common sense with it but it's CHOCOLATE! I find that if I allow for it in my meal plan, I can often get away with a couple squares after dinner.

mtngal 2010-03-19 07:49:07 -0500 Report

Oh yeah…I would be the president of Chocolates Anonymous!

How long ago did you post that recipe…I will have to try it. I have tested a few diabetic recipes but so far haven't found the one that does it for me!!! A woman can give up a lot of things…but "Chocolate"…that isn't pretty…LOL.

GabbyPA 2010-03-21 09:43:53 -0500 Report

You know... you can eat 80% cocoa. It gives you the fix for chocolate without the carbs. So if you like dark chocolate, this could be your saving grace. Give it a try. It is not really sweet, but it still has the fat in it. However, since it is so strong you will find you are satisfied wit a small amount.....usually. LOL

joni55 2010-04-19 13:18:39 -0500 Report

I actually prefer dark chocolate. I like the taste of it. However, I do use semi-sweet for cookies. I needed a snack once, so I just ate a serving of it and it satisfied me.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:13:42 -0500 Report

LOL I can so identify. I am a true chocoholic. I would get sundaes with Death By Chocolate Ice Cream, hot fudge and chocolate bits. Oh yes, and the whipped cream and a cherry. So bad!

millertyme1955 2010-03-18 14:55:17 -0500 Report

I had to give up patatoes which kills me because i am so weak when it comes to them. Bread is also my weakness good luck with this.

dietcherry 2010-03-24 20:11:47 -0500 Report

Yep! Mashed potatos would be my go-to food on the proverbial desert island! LOL with warm butter and Tony Chachere's spices and herb seasoning! Oh my! renee :)

CheifMorningStar 2010-04-19 10:20:43 -0500 Report

Have you tried 1/2 of a baked potato with "I can't beleive its not butter".Fried potatoes are a no no.If,You really wish to be safe,bake a sweet potato. Lathering your potato's with regular butter or frying in grease will cause not only b/s problems, but will also clog your arteries.

Kira_xo 2010-02-16 04:31:44 -0600 Report

Know what I really miss? Anyone go to Jasons deli? … Those big a** bakes potatoes loaded with butter, cheese, sour cream and bacon?…

Man…I miss those… a lot.. yumm.

spiritwalker 2010-02-12 13:40:26 -0600 Report

Chocolate is the thing that hardest to resist. I have to be
careful with whole wheat bread and pasta too. In my family
we were encouraged to eat big meals. They always included
bread,rolls,or pasta.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:21:56 -0500 Report

Yep! My husband was Italian. His mom made homemade pasta, etc. and always insisted we never ate enough. When I was on a diet, it was tough going there.

NormaJean 2010-02-11 20:17:00 -0600 Report

The one thing i had to absolutely give up was chocolate…oooh i loved me some white chocolate and dark brown…Symphony,Cadbury,Lindtor truffles,ooh we …I gave it up.

Anne56 2010-02-11 20:20:10 -0600 Report

I used to buy those very same brands — the Big Bars - AND I'd eat the whole thing in one sitting. sigh

NormaJean 2010-02-11 20:26:35 -0600 Report

You know exactly what I'm talkin about Anne…the big bars…lol.Nowadays I just walk past the chocolate isle without even thinking about it.

Elrond 2010-02-11 21:11:31 -0600 Report

My biggest challenge is near Easter when the stores put out those sinful Cadbury Creme Eggs. Not only the yummy chocolate but that sticky sweet syrup inside. I've managed to resist for the last few years but it's a struggle.

mtngal 2010-03-18 18:57:21 -0500 Report

The egg shaped reese's peanut butter cups are calling my name. Is it just me or do they taste better than the regular ones?

Provence 2010-04-26 12:52:06 -0500 Report

At my neighbor's Easter dinner we each had a yummy, delicious Cadbury Creme Egg at our place setting. I didn't touch it or take it home — tried to ignore it but it kept trying to corrupt me. I succeeded but only just … I, too, love those darn eggs.

joni55 2010-04-26 15:51:06 -0500 Report

Did you ever notice that people will try to tell you you are starving because you don't eat what they want you too? I get this about the sweets all the time. And, people hate when you get small portions, especially my Italian mother-in-law.

Anne56 2010-04-29 11:08:09 -0500 Report

Hi, Joni. I definitely have noticed what you describe here. On Tuesday evening, I got a chuckle that you might be interested to know: I had a dinner meeting with three long-time colleagues/friends. We dined at a favorite restaurant where we all had eaten many times over the years. We ordered (as usual) an antipasto appetizer. I ate a little cheese, tomato, olive, and peppers. I resisted anchovies, salami, and any dressing. Point being, I was quite satisfied with the "tastes" I enjoyed. Then, dinner: I had a broiled seafood platter. I usually do. This time, I asked for no butter, but added cajun seasoning. No problem for the chef or waitress, and it was delicious. My colleagues enjoyed an Irish coffee afterwards. They each had a glass of wine with dinner, and I skipped those for lemoned water. They also shared two desserts: chocolate peanut butter pie and creme brulee. I had about 1/4 teaspoon (honestly) of the brulee.

There were some comments directed at me about my choosing steamed broccolli over potatoes, the fact that I left food on my plate, and about the items I skipped. It was funny to me because I was genuinely very, very satisfied and even felt that I had really indulged myself in a special dinner.

But… the punchline to all of this is that we had planned on meeting for another hour or so after dinner while we had laptops available. Never happened. My colleagues were stuffed and lethargic because of (as they admitted) the dinners they ate. This meeting was in our state capitol, and we had all traveled from out-of-town to attend. The next morning, we met at the legislative building for a meeting with an assemblyperson. I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed at 9:00 a.m. My cohorts were much less so! The best part for me was when one of them said, "I need to lighten up my eating, too. It wasn't worth it." LOL


joni55 2010-04-29 11:20:01 -0500 Report

Guess you had the last laugh there! I used to tease a friend for years about her anal health food and vitamins. Well, a year ago I went to visit her and she ran me ragged. It was a real wake up call.

joni55 2010-04-29 11:25:29 -0500 Report

There is a diner I go to sometimes and I will never eat their vegetables because they are canned. My neighbor says that there are too many things in her life that stress her out, she does not need to stress out over food. I keep telling her I don't want either her or her daughter to be sick. Her daughter is pre-diabetic and over weight. She doesn't want to waste food. I keep trying to tell her that if she doesn't buy the wrong thing, she will not have to stress out over it. They are making small changes, especially her daughter, so I am happy.

Anne56 2010-04-29 18:33:00 -0500 Report

I thought my mother-in-law was a "health food nut" when I married her son (34 years ago). Today, she is an extremely healthy 83 year old woman that might even run your friend ragged!!!!! Thank goodness she taught her family so much over the years.

P.S. Your friend might think about how stressful it could be for her if she and/or her daughter are diagnosed with heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. So glad to hear she/they are making small changes, at least. That seems to be the way many, even perhaps most people have made the long-term changes to lifestyle that truly offer the most reward.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:26:14 -0500 Report

I like the jelly beans. Even though I was around them this year, I did not even have one.

joni55 2010-04-19 13:25:17 -0500 Report

I used to do the same thing when I was younger. My dad would always buy us a really big bar.

Allansgirl3232 2010-03-21 21:21:04 -0500 Report

I'm having a terrible time giving up chocolate, potatoes, rice and bread. I've been on Nutrisystem and they have chocolate desserts that are for the diabetic diet. They're good and don't spike my sugar. Not as good as the real thing, but it's something!!

joni55 2010-04-19 13:24:24 -0500 Report

I used to sell white chocolate in the store I worked in. I was told that it is not really chocolate at all. It is good though.

JulieC 2010-02-11 19:58:55 -0600 Report

Is it just me…or is everyones mouth watering for some thing after reading all this? I have to quit or I'll be off to the store for Chocolote!! Yum!

Harlen 2010-02-11 20:37:39 -0600 Report

I already did lol

2010-02-11 21:43:27 -0600 Report

Even before i was diagnosed, I was one of the few females on earth who just doesn't like chocolate. I just can't get the "hype"…lolol

joni55 2010-04-19 13:28:32 -0500 Report

I work at an assisted care facility as a volunteer. One day we were doing an activity and for some reason food kept coming up. One of the residents said that she was getting hungry.

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