newly diabetic nov 19,2009

By millertyme1955 Latest Reply 2012-11-28 19:38:58 -0600
Started 2010-03-18 09:24:13 -0500

Anyone other than me have trouble with finding out what you can really eat?

18 replies

Timmmeh3 2012-11-28 19:38:58 -0600 Report

You might want to try heart healthy books too, I found a wonder recipe for a low fat chocolate tart that I substituted fresh berries for the chocolate and it is fantastic. My kids like it too, so I don't have to make separate desserts.
I found that in a low cholesterol book my mom had for my dad. Look everywhere is my advice.

diabetesfree 2012-02-25 11:38:39 -0600 Report

Foods seem to interact with everyone's bodies differently. For example, I've found that many foods high in protein cause my blood sugar levels to rise quickly, while other foods nearly 100% carbohydrate have little, if any, effect. I doubt that science will come up with an explanation for this anytime soon. Until then, experimentation with different foods and direct observation with your blood glucose meter will provide the most accurate glimpse into what makes your blood glucose levels rise.

TsalagiLenape 2012-02-25 08:22:30 -0600 Report

Yes hence my research on what works best for me. Because I have found out that what works for one doesnt necessarily mean it works for everyone! So the best thing to do is do what others have suggested and see what works best for you. Good Luck! Hugs

TraceyLin 2012-02-24 14:30:19 -0600 Report

I handled this situation by testing myself over a period of several months immediately before and 2 hours after each meal in order to determine how the food was effecting my diabetes. By doing this research I found out how the food effects me and what portions I could tolerate. I have learned that I can eat anything, in appropriate portions.

I had gone to the nutritionist prior to doing this and the diet I was placed on kept my blood glucose levels elevated so I had to find a solution. I have also found if when I test 2 hrs after the first bite of a meal and my glucose levels are elevated, I can do 15 minutes of aerobic exercise and lower the glucose levels immediately, even though I am obese. As proof of my success my A1C's have been 6.2 for more than a year.

2012-02-24 14:22:30 -0600 Report

Hey Welcome Aboard millertyme!! I've had this bloody disease for 17 years, and no matter how many of those diabetic classes that I've gone to over the years, I still don't know the "proper" foods to eat. Over the years (& by process of elimination) I know what foods to avoid cause of the hike in my b/g readings. It took me a while, but I now know that my eliminating all forms of carbs & fruit my b/s seem to do okay. (although, I am a sucker for all types of summer fruits. Especially pineapple.) But even 1 bite of fruit raises my glucose tremendously. But like I said it's all trial & error. Again Welcome Aboard millertyme. Welcome Aboard to this crazy but loveable site!!

ladybug221 2010-10-24 19:00:19 -0500 Report

yes, it seems that every doctor I see, suggests a different diet. I don't want a diet I want a new way to change what I eat and how it effects my diabetes. One says stay away from all carbs, another says to add carbs to your diet. Uug! :(

peepingvick 2010-10-23 23:57:59 -0500 Report

millertyme1955, my best advice came from a certified diabetes intructor. Most Insurances cover the cost. I visited mine three or four times and received many great tips. I hope you can do this too.

GabbyPA 2010-03-21 08:59:33 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site millertyme1955. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Here is a great place to start with your menu ideas as well as beginning to understand what is happening when you eat, exercise and general information. I found it to be most valuable, specially when I was just getting started. The American Diabetes Association. It offers you many free booklets, great guidelines and recipes as well that will get you on your way to finding out what foods do to you.

Then, once you have been armed with that, start experimenting. I call myself my own guinea pig! LOL. Then you might want to attend a nutrition class with one who is certified in diabetes education. There you can get more personalized help as you will find that what works for one diabetic won't work for another. Here is a discussion I posted from my nutrition class. It might help:

Alyssa512 2010-03-20 21:27:00 -0500 Report

Oh I do too! I think I will take Harlens idea and use the Calorie King book. I have it, I just have to put it to another use. And maybe checking sugars more often will help too.

Kirla 2010-03-19 21:13:03 -0500 Report


I test before and after eating every meal. I stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points 1 hour after eating. I believe in testing what you eat to see how if affects your blood sugar.

My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in four months by testing what I eat. I wrote how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

Another site I recommend for learning to test the foods you eat is.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2010-03-21 09:01:06 -0500 Report

You are so spot on! Testing is the only way we really know what our bodies are doing with our food. I love the links! Thanks for sharing those.

mtngal 2010-03-19 07:56:13 -0500 Report

I agree with Harlan…much easier when you start counting carbs and keep a log book. Once you start to figure out which foods cause you to spike it gets a lot easier.

Definitely take a nutrition class…that really helped me in the beginning.

Good Luck…and don't be discouraged…you still can eat things you like..:)

Harlen 2010-03-18 14:14:03 -0500 Report

I did till I swiched to counting carbs the book I use is called the calorie king
and it has it all in it just google it and there site will come up
I live by it and I can eat a lot of things I didnt think I would ever be able too
I keep a log as well to keep track of what makes My BS go up
and that helps me a lot .
Best wishes

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