Little Successes - One Bite at a Time

Deborah L
By Deborah L Latest Reply 2013-03-20 13:28:53 -0500
Started 2010-03-12 08:58:04 -0600

After being newly diagnosed recently, I found I was getting overwhelmed by new information about diets, medication, etc. Even reading labels in the grocery stores got to be too much for me.

Then I discovered that I could take it more slowly than a total overhaul. This week I tried roasted red pepper flavored hummus. Never wanted to even look at hummus before. But two tablespoons is 5g carbs, 50 calories with 1/2 of that fat. I use it to dip carrot sticks in for a snack. I've lost 2 pounds this past week from increasing my walking and changing some of what I eat.

Anyone one else have one food or one thing they've changed lately that helped?

64 replies

Miss_Teal 2013-03-20 10:57:43 -0500 Report

Me, too newly diagnosed in Feb.
I'm eating mini meals so I'll have a fruit, or cut up veggies with hummus, something to hold me over for main meal. So about 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

50Jewels 2011-07-08 19:38:30 -0500 Report

I tried spaghetti squash for the first time in my life. I didn't know how long to cook it so I put it in my roaster on low overnight. Probably a bit too long but it added a really good flavor to it. (also don't throw away the seeds. I tossed most of mine and then discovered that they taste good too.) I loved spaghetti and meatballs before and could eat them every night. I found with the spaghetti squash I can use less sauce and I can still throw a couple of small meatballs on the side with a salad and I am satisfied. Also, I have found with my salads, if I add more veggies i.e. cukes, tomato, bell peppers, onion, etc. to the lettuce I can use less or no dressing and really enjoy the flavors.

CaliKo 2011-07-08 20:07:43 -0500 Report

Hello Jewels, I posted a recipe that you might like, it has one method of cooking. I do scrap the guts and seeds out before I roast it, but you could also toast the seed along side the squash, just maybe not for as long. I hadn't tried spaghetti squash before I was diabetic either. Trying all sorts of new vegetables.

50Jewels 2011-07-08 20:40:59 -0500 Report

Thanks. I am starting a collection of diabetic recipes. Cookbooks have always had a big draw for me. This should be fun, learning new things and new ways to make things taste good.

Diaschm 2011-07-08 19:37:11 -0500 Report

I never heard of hummus either. What does it taste like? Is it a spread or a dip? I love summer time because I grow tomatoes and lettuse and all summer I eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits. Every thing fresh tastes so much better than winter veggies and fruits.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-08 08:52:22 -0500 Report

That is awesome!!! That is how I made my changes. Gradually. As with past "diets" I know if I MAKE myself do things I don't want to do all at once I would never stick with it! I have been eating more protein/less carb (hard boiled egg). For breakfast I have been including a hardboiled egg (minus the yolk) to my breakfast. Makes my carbs last longer and I feel fuller longer. I have been doing it for 3 weeks and have lost 4 lbs. Also, I have added a snack about 1-1 1/2 hr before bedtime. Last night I ate cantaloupe and sunflower seeds. My blood sugar was 96 this morning!!!!!!

Keep up the AWESOME work. Make gradual changes. You will have to "retweak" thngs along the line for a while. See what works for you.

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:21:05 -0500 Report

For me .. Ive always pretty much lived on a "diabetic" diet cuz my momma has had diabetes since I was 7 years old.

Then, when I had my last daughter 9 years ago… I was gestational diabetic

with her and had to take insulin. That experience really taught me even

more about how to eat better .. what .. when.. why… etc. Butttttttttt… still

yet almost 10 yrs after her birth, I have been diagnosed with Type 2, last

year in Nov. just 2 days before Thanksgiving day. Man.. that was a horrible

time to have to change things even more. But … I did it..

I am a kinda 360* changer when I am told things I have or need etc. So, I

kinda did change everything at once and have been able to stick to it, but

have backed it up a lil bit for the sake of my kids. I guess military life made

me just jump in and change all things in one day.. not so good I admit, but

I commend all of you who can be so patient and do it so slowly.. It does

seem as though it would be easier that way.

The one thing i took out of my food choices immediately was plain sugar. I

live in the south, so tea is sweetened when made and use it in a lot of

recipes. That wasn't easy for me.. specially the tea thing and to give that

sweet/sour taste to my greens. I have probably not contributed nothing

to this whole thing, but I would say like others… the tiny bite thing just

doesn't work for me. If I eat a bite.. then Ill eat the whole thing. So I just

stay away altogether. Good luck to u all. AND GREAT JOB DEBORAH ON UR



locarb 2013-03-20 13:28:53 -0500 Report

I tend to change things quickly also, perhaps to a fault. Instead of reducing certain foods, I have to eradicate them entirely also. The good thing is that I am in "control" without medication (at least that is my preference while I am able to). The bad news is that after two years of "normal" BG's I was prescribed a hormone due to neuropathy. Long story short, I had side effects from that and discontinued it. As a consequence, or I think it is because the timing is exact, I can barely eat anything without unbelievable stomach pain. I tended to eat almost entirely vegetables but even that is painful now. I tried a number of digestive enzymes and finally found Beano. If you take it immediately before eating, the stomach pain and bloating is avoided but I still have other symptoms.

It's really unfortunate because I was doing great for over two years and this has been a major set back. I have a doctor's appointment Friday morning. I'm posting this only to remind each of you to be careful of everything that you take and to remind each of you this is a very fragile condition and to always take care of yourself.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-08 19:33:27 -0500 Report

I feel ya on the tea & the southern girl rule. Felt like a sinner with no sweet tea in my fridge at all times!! I still feel weird about ordering the occasional sweet tea, if they have it! So I usually just stick to water. I can't take a bite either. Heck if I know there's something I probably shouldn't have (my husband is not diabetic) I swear it just calls my name! So I stay away from the junk for the most part. Occasionally I well go out for a mini blizzard but if its not in my house I can't eat it! I'd rather have fruit now anyway!! All the fresh fruit this time of year really is incredible!! I've become a regular at some of our farm markets!!

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:27:40 -0500 Report

Oh.. and the one thing I added even more of… spinach.. loads of green leafy veggies and high fiber choices. Now… if n yall know the most awesome way of getting rid of that horrible annoyance of … per dictionary "flatulence" … PLEASE TELL ME!!!! I feel like "Gassy" on the Nickelodeon show Sonny with a Chance.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-08 19:38:49 -0500 Report

I've noticed that when I switch them up with mix of veggies (trying to include different colors every day) it is not as bad. Also with beans, cabbage, cauliflower & cucumbers used to give me the most gas you've ever had. Now it that I've cut out most of the junk and I constantly eat it, it doesn't phase me! My digestive system I must say had never been better without all the fast food, processed junk & excessive carbs!! But a little beano never hurts!!!!! :-)

Type1Lou 2011-07-08 10:46:34 -0500 Report

One of the things to be careful of that gave me lots flatulence was eating no-sugar candy and desserts or chewing gums sweetened with sugar alcohols (malitol, xylitol, etc). I eat LOADS of leafy green veggies and salads and they don't seem to give me that problem…now beans are another issue! I'm a lot more pleasant to be around now that I don't eat the sugar-free candies. Instead, when I want something sweet, I just get one square of really good dark chocolate and plop a spoonful of natural peanut butter on it…better than the pre-made peanut butter cups and maybe 7g of carb.

griz104 2010-04-06 06:10:18 -0500 Report

Best way that i have found is to just let it out..or as my Daughters used to say let 'er rip! I know.. i'm a smart arse!!

griz104 2010-03-25 12:36:16 -0500 Report

Like yourself when i was first diagnosed i also found Hummus and from the start loved it.. I don't usually have it with veggies though.. i have mine with Pork Rinds..They are more common in the South then the North but i LOVE them..They don't make my sugar jump at all and are supposed to be good for you.. Here are the nutritional facts right off the bag…

Nutrition Facts right off of my empty bag. Serving size = 9
pieces (14g) Calories =80 calories from fat 45 Total fat = 5g
saturated fat = 2.5g Cholesterol = 20 mg Sodium = 310 mg Total
carbohydrates = less than 1g dietary fiber = less than 1g
Sugars ======= 0g protein = 7g not a significant source of
protein Vitamin A = 0 Vitamin C = 0 Calcium = 0 Iron = 0

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:24:19 -0500 Report

Btw, u 2.. I just looked up what Hummus was… lol I had no idea what you were talking about. I think Ill try that .. but not sure where to buy it?? I found some recipes so I am going to try to make a small bit to see if Ill like it. Nicki

griz104 2010-04-06 06:08:46 -0500 Report

Most any Grocery store has Hummus and i get mine most the time at Sam's club. The Roasted Red pepper is good but i really like the Garlic.. even if those around me don't appreciate as much as me!!

Justice 2010-03-16 14:49:12 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are doing a great job so congrats. We do have to celebrate each little success because in diabetes there all big successes. So good work Deborah keep at it. I have found myself eating more spinach salads and soups once or twice a day they have truly helped my bs during lunch break. I didn't used to be big on spinach but like Popeye it really does make you strong :)

GabbyPA 2010-03-15 09:41:20 -0500 Report

One of my favorite things is roasted veggie dip. That helped me get away from the chip dips that go with every party. I roast all manner of veggies that I toss in a little olive oil and some seasonings. Then I mash them up or put them in a blender. It is great served warm with some low carb wraps that are toasted. That is one that helped me a lot.

Anne56 2010-03-15 09:44:22 -0500 Report

Gabby, this sounds a m a z i n g to me! I LOVE roasted veggies anyway — or I should say "any way". I'm gonna do this today.

GabbyPA 2010-03-15 09:50:37 -0500 Report

go for it! I love to use zucchinni, onion, carrots, and peppers. But you can use almost anything.

officervanessa 2010-03-14 11:34:17 -0500 Report

thats awesome ;) sounds like you are doing great!!!! take your time to get in the wing of things… if you try to do everything at once, you are going to get so overwhelmed and just give up on everything. take your own pace to get in the swing of things- then it will start to come as a second nature to you. :)

spiritwalker 2010-03-12 20:27:54 -0600 Report

Change isn't any easy or quick process. You are doing it the
right way. I know for myself it took time to find what stabilized
my bg and what took it up. I found if I eat grapes for example,
I can eat12-16 red grapes without a problem. If I eat the same
number of green grapes my bg soars. I no longer eat green
grapes. I also find I am still learning everyday.

Juliea1969 2010-03-13 11:43:44 -0600 Report

I completely agree. I started out experimenting with foods and seeing what it did to my bg as well. I've found that rice makes mine absolutely soar and Asian food is my favorite! Again, I've gone back to portion and also enjoying the entree without the rice. Hang in there.

Juliea1969 2010-03-12 18:32:45 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed last summer and went into complete denial until this January. Now I'm taking it one day at a time and try to learn something new each day.

I've lost 25 pounds! It's mostly from the medication and eating smaller portions. I don't feel deprived at all.

I practice what I call the morsel diet. If people around me are having things that really aren't great for me, like cake at the office, I now will still take a piece to be polite and then I only have one bite of it. I've learned to charish that single bite as being a piece of heaven and savor it as long as I can. It usually makes me smile too. It's like giving myself a little reward for having the will power to not eat the whole cake!

50Jewels 2011-07-08 19:19:33 -0500 Report

I have found on diets the more I tell myself no the more I want it. I am a chocoholic so it is tough not eating the chocolate, but if I have done really well with my diet and exercise for the week, I reward myself with something the size of a Hershey kiss. It usually satisfies my cravings.

jayabee52 2010-03-12 20:37:29 -0600 Report

Howdy Juliea
Sounds like you've found the right place here

Your "Morsel diet" is a good way to look at it. I wish I could have that much control. I found that I gotta tell myself "no", cause if I take a bite, I end up eating the whole piece and going back for 2nds. I'm glad it works for you.

Hope to see more of you on the discussion boards,


imsuzie2 2010-03-13 03:48:00 -0600 Report

James, portion control is either NO like you or portion, another, and who knows…are you my twin??

veggie1962 2010-03-13 12:59:31 -0600 Report

I am a firm believer in the "morsel" diet. Before I went on insulin and couldn't eat much without my blood sugar skyrocketing, I had to learn to take just one "bite". It's true that one can learn to appreciate/savor that one bite. Now that I'm on insulin, I can eat whatever I want, but I still only have small portions of things like cake. I'm satisfied after a few bites. More would be too much. I've really come to the conclusion that more "bites" would be no more satisfying than the bites I've already had.

Anne56 2010-03-15 09:58:21 -0500 Report

Thanks for this Juliea… I never tried to have just a bite because I just assumed it wouldn't work for me for whatever unknown reason. So, I tried it yesterday. My mother-in-law had made a carrot cake (a favorite!!!!) and I had ONE bite. It was delicious, and I truly did feel better than if I had passed it over. Truth is, one whole piece wouldn't have been enough anyway. I probably wouldn't feel "satisfied" unless I ate the whole cake!

I like this idea very much and now think it will work well for me. Thanks again.


Fefe12 2012-11-05 00:34:10 -0600 Report

Hello there. I love food! I grew up eating foods from all over the world. so finding new food to eat wasnt hard for me and I had been reading labels for years since I had children. I always wonder what diabetics eat in other countries but I havent looked that up yet. But one thing that Ive been doing for years is sharing. When I go out with friends and we order dessert we all get a fork and share. By that time if you get two bites your lucky. I do the same at home. Just a taste or two is all it takes to be satisfied. I really think not artifically sweetining my food really helps. Eating more that a few bites of sweet food is too much and doesnt feel good.

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:30:13 -0500 Report

GReat JOb Juliea!!! I keep losing, but then gaining a Lil back then losing.. it's so frustrating… but some of my gain is daily.. I have a heart condition and water accumulates around my heart and other areas and I swell .. so I have to take Lasix daily.. so some days I gain 5 lbs then lose it by evening …lol… wish I could do that with fat now!!!


veggie1962 2010-03-12 14:36:52 -0600 Report


What you are doing is one of the best ways to make changes to your diet and can work for just about anything in your lifestyle. Keep up the great work.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-12 14:47:03 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone for the support. I'm sure there are more of our family here that's hearing this too.

I'd love to hear more of the "little bites". They've been a great help to me. For instance, how am I ever going to convince my body that this new portion control is possible? I thought I was good at it before but I'm always hungry now even after I eat. I've heard it's one of the symptoms, but does it get easier over time? Is it a matter of "retraining" our thinking and our bodies?

50Jewels 2011-07-08 19:22:48 -0500 Report

I eat celery when I get like that. Something in it deadens your tastebuds or something and you just don't want to eat much anymore. I think it is one of our free foods too so if you want you can eat until you are satisfied without sending yourself over.

veggie1962 2010-03-13 13:06:19 -0600 Report

Have you thought about adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet like salads, raw vegetables and beans? When I eat my typical amount of carbs at a meal and eat foods like that, I am really "stuffed". On the other hand, if I eat a not so typical meal for me that's lower in fiber, I notice I'm hungry and hour or so later.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-08 08:57:10 -0500 Report

LOVE beans & grains (hooked on whole wheat cous cous at the moment)!! Chickpeas are another of my super favorite and extremely versitile foods!

Anne56 2010-03-14 11:29:22 -0500 Report

Jeannie - I hope that's true for me! It seems that the better foods we eat (none or least amount of processing) cause more gas. But I've noticed that it occurs earlier after eating than later. (This might be that less processed foods are broken down earlier in the digestion process ?) In any event, taking a walk after eating seems to work it "out" — if ya follow me… and that is a good idea anyway.

Kevin (Kirla) posted a cole slaw recipe here. I recalled the cabbage soup recipe from years ago — I think it was a popular diet focus. I've always loved cooked cabbage (with my corned beef, potatoes, and carrots!) with a little butter and salt. I know that, for me, cabbage is filling.

Recently, I found a number of cool sites on the Internet like, With the microwave to defrost foods, grocery stores all over the place, recipe sites, I am running out of excuses not to cook!

50Jewels 2011-07-08 19:43:30 -0500 Report

Well, I just have to add a comment to this one. I would have to end the sentence about taking a walk after eating and woking it out as … just don't follow too close! I am really good at ripping big ones now I am eating better. Good thing for summer when we can walk outside more.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-03-14 12:21:01 -0500 Report

Personaly I hate to cook. Had to for all the years my kids where growing up and now I just hate it! I do love fresh veggies and the new steamer bags are great. I know when I first was dx I started eatting alot more veggies, And the gas was awful! But after a while that calmed down and now it's other things that make me gasy!

imsuzie2 2010-03-15 02:44:34 -0500 Report

I take Gas-x 3 times a day and have the strips, which I can eat like candy, that I carry with me, also helps. It is part of the ulcerative colitis symptoms. While we were driving home from LA I told Mike I NEVER thought I could out do him burping or passing gas. Nor something I am proud of! :)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-03-15 11:39:45 -0500 Report

What is a fart?

A fart it is a pleasant thing,
It gives the belly ease,
It warms the bed in winter,
And suffocates the fleas.

A fart can be quiet,
A fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
Poisonous cloud

A fart can be short,
Or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known
To sound like a song....

A fart can create
A most curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
Or silent, and deadly.

A fart might not smell,
While others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly,
Or linger a while........

A fart can occur
In a number of places,
And leave everyone there,
With strange looks on their faces.

From wide-open prairie,
Or a small elevator,
A fart will find all of
Us sooner or later.

That farts are all bad,
Is simply not true-
We must never forget.....
Sweet old farts like you!

Kinda brings a tear to your eye doesn't it?


Just kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:03:58 -0500 Report

COOL… lol I love this one… gotta pass it on to my one daughter… she hates that she is so gassy, but she knows it's healthy if she does rather than not at all ever. But this will give her a good laugh. Thanks. Nicki

Anne56 2010-03-15 09:52:56 -0500 Report


Me too (hating to cook). I cooked for a family of six while I was a kid and then for my own family. I really got sick of it!

I recently started to have fun with it again because of my new and improved diet goals. Learning about spices has improved my desire levels quite a lot. Also, I keep to really quick, simple meals with little clean up. Hating to cook was a culprit to some of my diet problems. I am finding now that the planning, prepping, and cooking helps me in several ways — although I do keep it simple.


Harlen 2010-03-12 14:09:28 -0600 Report

I think we all have been there and some of us have done the same thing lol
Giving up bread was the big thing for me
But giving up my Pepsi was the hardest thing for me.
Best wishes

OMG-T2 2010-03-12 12:33:24 -0600 Report

Deborah L —

I have loved hummus for well over 20 years, but only recent discovered Trader Joe's roasted red pepper hummus and it quickly became my favorite. The only problem with it is that it's quite a trip for me to get up to a Trader Joe's and as hummus has a fairly short shelf-life, I don't stock up. So, I figured out how to make the stuff…it's not exact, but close enough for me to enjoy whenever I want a lower carb alternative to most veggie dips; I also eat the hummus on multi-grain crackers, more rarely than with veggies.

But I digress…

I would have to say that the most beneficial thing I've done in the almost 3 months since my diagnosis is to stop allowing myself to be distracted whilst eating. I don't watch TV or play on the computer when I eat anymore…I just focus on my food and drink. I chew more thoroughly, but can't quite make myself liquefy my food as some people advise, 'cause if I wanted to eat like that, I'd whip out my blender and puree my meals — YUCK! I try to cook with excellent spices and quality ingredients and using the freshest things I can get my paws on.

I DO savor my food as never before since portion control plays a significant part of my dietary habits of late and I've always been one of those people who can be satisfied with less food as long as it's food I really want (like ethnic foods). I just find myself really concentrating on eating and eating properly.

That's what seems to work for me anyway…

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-12 12:44:52 -0600 Report

OMGT2, I am sooo busted. I didn't even think about eating while on the computer. It's too easy to do when you live alone. Thank you. That's my project for next week.

As for the blender, 2 weeks ago I started blending one banana, 2 ice cubes, and half a glass of milk to replace the bowl of ice cream I used to have every day. That took off about 5 pounds and is really filling. I've lost my taste for sweet things. Last night I tried to cheat with a cookie and ended up spitting it out after one bite.

imsuzie2 2010-03-13 03:40:51 -0600 Report

Suggested the banana "smoothie" to Mike, and he said with a little of the Mocha Frappe flavoring powder…I said we want to cut the carbs and sugar!!!

Anne56 2010-03-12 13:10:33 -0600 Report

Deborah - I have been wanting (for oh…about 20 years!) to learn more about using spices in my cooking. I started searching for recipes recently on line, like curry chicken, and then buying the needed spices for that meal. I'm slowly expanding, and its fun (and tasty!)

imsuzie2 2010-03-13 03:45:40 -0600 Report

Anne, I have discovered Wok cooking. Now cooking with fresh veggies and a little Hoisin sauce, 2 tsp or so of low salt soy sauce and garlic powder (don't digest fresh too well)…fish, chicken or thin slices of lean meat…yummy…about 85% veggie and 15% protein. And, we are eating cauliflower and broccoli in the wok, and I seem to tolerate them ok. Also carrots, snap or Chinese peas, and zucchini. Yummy!

Anne56 2010-03-26 16:05:08 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder!! We used a wok years ago and stopped around 1980 when I became a stay-at-home mom and (I guess) just had more time to cook. (I used our crock pot quite a lot.) We have lived in our house for over 30 years now, and I am quite sure that the wok is packed away in our storage area (not too much has left his house over the years!) I will soon embark on the mission of locating it! Really… thanks again. It's funny how I tend to use some things for a time and then not at all.

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:32:27 -0500 Report


May I ask where you got your recipe for this? Might you share with us please. Id appreciate it, so I can compare it to other recipes Ive found. Thanks… Nicki

Anne56 2010-03-12 11:17:18 -0600 Report

I did try for a complete overhaul — that tells how poorly I was taking care of myself at the time! It didn't stick, though. Too much change with too little consideration for who I am. In fact, I have learned a lot about myself, like "how I eat" and "why I eat".

The single change I made from which I get the most benefit (and has lasted without even one miss) is Breakfast. I NEVER ate breakfast or lunch, for one thing. Now, I have oatbran with ground flaxseed and wheatgerm EVERY MORNING with a cup of green tea.

While writing this, I am realizing that, for me, this is actually a significant change from a lifetime with a different habit.

Maybe I could stop beating myself so much about all the things I've learned but not embraced yet! Perhaps incorporating a single focus when the time seems right is a more useful way to go for me.

I'll be back to read the "bites" others have taken out of the changes they wish to make (to "steal" some ideas!)

Thanks, Deborah.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-12 11:42:54 -0600 Report

That sounds tasty. I've always loved the more "earthy " flavors, especially grains. I do eat a flaxseed cereal for breakfast sometimes with fresh fruit in it. But it still has more sugar than I'd like. I'll try your recipe. Thanks Anne

hbkunkel 2010-03-12 09:24:27 -0600 Report

Good for you. Rome wasn't built in a day so getting on top of a new diagnosis takes time too. Keep taking baby steps.

trey66 2010-03-12 17:55:08 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 2003 and I am still learning new thing from diffent poeple (this website) and my nutritionist, you will always learn so keep doing what you are doing you are headed in the right direction.

greeneyedghost 2010-03-29 16:34:49 -0500 Report

I so agree with you trey66. Even when it has been a while and all the learning I did with this disease 10 years ago and nutrition and exercise and more… I still learn more and more everyday and this site has been AWESOME! I have learned more about the disease, foods, exercises, and more from here than any other place! THANK YOU ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE AND GIVE US ALL SOMETHING TO CONSIDER AND LEARN EACH TIME WE VISIT.