its hard to support without seeming overbearing

By dragonwar/unicorn Latest Reply 2010-02-19 16:45:57 -0600
Started 2010-02-15 22:00:02 -0600

if you do the cooking plan simple meals with low carbs for breakfast and dinner then see if he can write down anything he snacks on each day this will give you a clue on the carbs they eat while at work and you can adjust your carbs for dinner. if possible send two snacks and a luch with them if they take lunches and mark it snack or lunch then ytou will know they are on track and make things they like my hubby loves pb and crackers so if he wants that he has to eat less fruit with it if he doesnt he can have more if he skips the pb he can have more crackers and have cheese with it i but block cheese that doesnt have the carbs cheeze wiz does or sliced cheese has and no sugar. buy cookies with as little carbs and sugar or bake your own and use splenda or whatever sugar subsitute you use in place of sugar you can make cakes with it to or fruit pies and if possible leave skin on fruit. the more he does for his self the easier it is..

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Harlen 2010-02-16 08:36:23 -0600 Report

I do it all for me I do the cooking and the planing.and keep the carbs low I love PB and crackers too but I cant have any They make my BS go way high.I keep nuts for snacks very low carb but some
I know its hard for me to keep track of all I eat.I rite it all down and befor I have that late night snack I go thrue it and see what I can have some times I can have crisp and other times I can have some Fiber all lol
Best wishes

Kirla 2010-02-16 00:59:13 -0600 Report


I wish my wife had your attitude. I pretty much got to do this myself. I can get her to make me my stir-fry. Sometimes she will cook some chicken, beef or pork. But most of the time I have to do everything.

My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months. I like to post my story. I believe it can help some people. Not everyone but some.

This is what has helped me. Maybe it can help your husband also. Good luck.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal. I now test approximately 1 hour after each meal and stopped eating foods that spike my blood sugar more than 30-40 points.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, soda, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw.

I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. I drink 2 cups after the protein drink, 2 ½ cups while driving to work, 2 ½ cups at lunch, 2 ½ cups on the way home, will drink 2 cups after supper and will sometimes drink 2 cups before going to bed.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal.

When I wake up in the morning I test my blood sugar and drink a low carb protein powder drink mix. I used to use homemade soymilk to mix with the protein powder. I now use homemade almond or walnut milk. The nut milks are a lot easier to make. I only stopped using soymilk because of the time it takes to make it. Nut milks can be made a lot quicker and you don’t need to boil a lot of water. Just soak ½ cup of nuts in a bowl of water for several hours. Drain, rinse, and blend with 3 ½ -4 cups of water in a blender. Strain and drink. Makes about a quart. Last for 3-5 days.

I eat about 1oz of sunflower seeds or peanuts for a mid morning snack along with the sugar free Equate Fiber Therapy supplement.

At lunch I eat 1 oz of tuna fish mixed with a little mayonnaise. I used to just eat it out of a small container. Recently I found some low carb wraps and use a small piece with the tuna fish. 13 grams of wrap, about ¼ piece. Before I eat the tuna I have 2-3 oz’s of stir-fried vegetables. (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage, Onion, Garlic or any combination of these). I used to eat my channa dal in a separate bowl. I now mix the vegetable with the channa dal. It’s a perfect mix together. Lately I have been making sloppy joes out of ground turkey. I use 2-3 oz’s of it with about 20 grams of salsa topped with a little cheese. I add about a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to both the sloppy joe and channa dal. Mix it with a little hot sauce. Sometimes I will eat leftover chicken or beef. About 2-3 oz’s. Right after the tuna I eat a small piece of chocolate soy cake. Tastes great. 2-3 oz’s per serving. Last I will eat 1 oz of peanuts or sunflower seeds. I then take 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 3000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50. I take this with 20 oz’s of water.

For supper I eat 3 oz’s of salad. I use a low carb dressing and add about 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. I used to add some olive oil but lately have not added it to my salad. I will then eat a chicken breast or 2-3 oz’s of the sloppy joe mix or either a bocca burger or vegetable patty. Once in awhile may have a little beef or pork. I eat the burger or patty on a plate. No bread. Just pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. I cut it with a knife and fork.

In the evening I now will drink a few Low carb beers or a little wine before going to bed. I don’t recommend drinking alcohol if on medications or taking insulin. It’s a side benefit of not taking meds. I have found that I can eat a little more carbs when drinking alcohol than with out it. I will eat 1-2 serving of almonds. Lately have been eating lumpia. Either cheese or pork lumpia. Sometimes will eat a serving of soy crisps with French onion dip. I try and not eat too much at night.

When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 85. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 110. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has gone over 100, once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6. Got my latest results on 1/19/10 5.4


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-17 13:28:45 -0600 Report

Wow, Kevin!! I am impressed!! I will try some of your meal plans, and adapt them to my lifestyle. I bot a can of Almonds the other day, and leave them in the car, can eat a FEW when between meals to keep from getting so ravenous!! I ate a few on my way home from my tests this morn—am now going to ly down and take a nap!! This old girl hates to get up at 6am these days!! I know, I USED to have to get up at 5am—but I am RETIRED and TIRED, so will rest a bit!! HAHA__Yeah for our FREEDOMS!! PAT R

Kirla 2010-02-17 18:45:37 -0600 Report


When diagnosed I didn’t know what to do. The first things I did were to start drinking 8 glasses or more of water. Not liquids, Water. I also started to eat a salad everyday at supper. I also started eating broccoli, cauliflower, pickles, cucumbers, and other low carb vegetables. I don’t really like eating vegetables but I find a way to eat them almost every day.

My blood sugar dropped a lot just making those changes. My fasting blood sugar was 366 when diagnosed. About 6 weeks later it averaged about 130. But cutting out most starchy carbs I got it to drop to less than 100 everyday. Most of the time it’s in the mid eighties. I didn’t need to make a lot of changes at once. Just a few changes at a time.

I also followed my meter. I either quit eating foods that spiked my blood sugar or greatly reduce how much I ate. I believe if most people make similar changes they to can get their blood sugar under control.

Good luck

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-18 14:31:34 -0600 Report

I also tried to use the number of stips that I was allowed, to help determine what foods I needed to stay away from, but run out of strips so am back to twice a day—-think I can make that work now.

I had more trouble with my emotional self, in STICKING to those foods that are best—but am gradually getting better eating habits formed too! Thanks for your shining example!! Pat R

Kirla 2010-02-18 15:05:10 -0600 Report


Yes. I few months ago I tested once a day for about 6 weeks. Each day I tested at a different time. So at the end of the week, I tested before and after each meal. I got a real good idea what was going on. My friend Alan who posts on Dlife recommends you start with just one meal. Test before and after that meal only, until you find out if it’s spiking your blood sugar. Then move on to the next meal. Carbs spike blood sugar so if something you ate spikes you, its more than likely any carbs you have been eating. The only exception is low carb vegetables. Many times when eating vegetables my blood sugar doesn’t spike at all.

Alan writes a blog all about diabetes. He wrote this page just for people who can’t test to often. I recommend you read it. I will post his link here

I recommend if you have the time to read as much as you can of his blog. I found his advice to be excellent. Best of all its free.

Good Luck

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-15 23:32:59 -0600 Report

When I discuss diabetis with anyone, or any subject, I stress that FOR ME, this is HOW I FEEL, I do not know how you feel, but so—and—so has helped me in—-whatever! IT seems to go over better. Pat r

MAYS 2010-02-15 22:13:54 -0600 Report

Both Love and Life are give and take as well as everything else in life.
Help is always great but it must work both ways and this should always be stressed.
Talk it over, do not leave a stone unturned, diabetes has a two fold effect on everyone involved and communication and understanding are important keys as well as compassion, talk it over, everyone involved will understand and feel a whole lot better !

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