meal planning

By petals Latest Reply 2010-05-04 14:48:07 -0500
Started 2010-05-03 14:03:40 -0500

I have been a diabetic for 8 years and I am still having trouble putting meals together. I always include vegies and fruit , but I am confused about starches and carbs. Does any one have any suggestions. I love to read, any books that i should read?

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GabbyPA 2010-05-03 20:17:18 -0500 Report

My dietitian said that if we look at our plate in a couple of ways it will help. First, to see meat as a side dish instead of the main event. Smaller portions of protein so you have more room for those leafy greens. Every meal, even breakfast if you can do it, should include low carb veggies like zucchini, leaf veggies like spinach and sprouts are great too. Those can fill a plate and make it pretty too. As for your carbs, you want to keep them to about 45g per meal. Maybe 60, but that is up to you and your doctor to work out. If you get an exchange book from the ADA, it will explain how to choose carbs for a meal. Like you could have a sandwich with two slices of bread, but that would mean no you might have to skip the chips. BUT you can always have a veggie like celery or cucumber slices. They give crunch, without the carbs.

This is a great video that helps explain it. (I love this guy, he is so funny) and here is another more serious one:

Here is a book in our book club that is highly recommended as well. You can get it on Amazon for as little as a buck! Can't beat that with a stick.

petals 2010-05-03 21:01:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! I just ordered the book. I will watch the video in the morning, my hubby is asleep and i don't want to wake him up. You are a great help to me.

GabbyPA 2010-05-03 21:08:31 -0500 Report

I hope you get a kick out of the pin cushion guy. He has several and I just find him so much fun...and we all know we need all the fun we can get. LOL

petals 2010-05-03 21:17:40 -0500 Report

I am sure that I will. Let you know in the morning. I need to move the computer out of here, my hubby had to be at work at 4;30 this morning so he is conked out.

GabbyPA 2010-05-04 10:03:08 -0500 Report

I am lucky, mine can sleep through anything. Lights, computer, dogs...just about anything. He has to kiss me good night before he goes to bed, because he won't wake up when I come to bed for one. LOL

petals 2010-05-04 12:42:11 -0500 Report

My hubby kisses me goodnight when he goes to bed to. Sometimes nothing will wake him up and other times the least little thing will.

shorty31 2010-05-04 10:39:44 -0500 Report

me to my husband leaves me up in the dark i have to go to the dinning room and he gets up and close the door he has to get up at 5:00 un the morning so any lights will wake him and he get like a evil b. if you know what i mean and i'm up some times until 1or 2 o'clock in the morning by my self.

petals 2010-05-04 12:43:44 -0500 Report

Men can be such babies!! I am moving my computer into the spare bedroom this weekend , so that will take care of that problem for me

monkeymama 2010-05-03 14:57:35 -0500 Report

Hello there! I was just introduced to a new pasta by my dietician that is better for me and my diabetes. It is called, "Dreamfields", and it has a low glycemic index- 5g of digestible carbs in each serving. Dreamfields also has a website you can go to for coupons . Along with healthy, fun, and delicious recipes you can try. Have you also tried the recipes from here on Diabetic Connect. The book club also has a wonderful listing of some GREAT cookbooks you might like to try. Hope this helps you out!

petals 2010-05-03 20:08:50 -0500 Report

Hello, monkeymama!! I love your name, so cute. I haven't heard of dreamfields, but I will look for at the store and I will visit the website. Yes, that has helped me alot, thanks. I just joined yesterday, so I haven't looked at everything yet. I did go to the book store, and I ordered, The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible: A complete Guide to Planning, Shopping, Cooking, and Eating. I will look at the recipes in a little bit. I love to cook and to eat!

GabbyPA 2010-05-04 10:54:45 -0500 Report

Here is the link to Dreamfields Pasta. You can order online if you can't find it in the store. The best thing is to find some friends and go in on a case of it. it is cheaper that way.
I also just got the Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible. It is really great. Lots of wonderful tips in it. I have not cooked from it yet.

petals 2010-05-04 12:38:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby for the link to dreamfields pasta. I love pasta!!! I haven't gotten my Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible yet , be glad when it gets here.

shorty31 2010-05-04 10:45:31 -0500 Report

i wish you would relate that to my mom i try to teel her that i can eat pasta in moderation and she tell me no as long as i measure it out i can iknow that there are whole grian pasta in the stores so i can eat those can't i i love my meatballs and spegetti, i know there is brown rice and whole wheat noodles i saw those myself. so you tell me because i'm tired of the same foods.

petals 2010-05-04 12:40:48 -0500 Report

My mom is that way too. She thinks that she knows everything and you can't tell her any different!! I love brown rice, the taste and texture, yum! I haven't tried the whole wheat noodles yet. I wonder if they are good?

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