Different Foods, Ideas Please

By Swbtab03 Latest Reply 2010-05-28 21:45:34 -0500
Started 2010-05-08 09:16:56 -0500

Throw me some ideas of good foods to eat please.
Here is a weird one I was on a field trip with the kids in philly and I was hungry and forgot my lunch. So Ibought a maple chicken salad sandwich on white bread, it had walnuts and cranberrys in it. Now I know worst thing- but it was that or hot dogs and I hate hot dogs. But I tested my sugar about 3 hours later and it was 108 go figure, I expected it to jump high. Weird how some things go up and down. other night I had pizza, and it went to 209. So I guess pizza is off the menu.
What works for you? What does not work for you?

31 replies

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:45:34 -0500 Report

Thank you so much everyone, learning sooo much from everyone.
I Posted another one a few minutes ago- Hate to admit it but walking really drops numbers fast.
And read labels more junk in our food than any one can imagine.

tabby9146 2010-05-23 08:19:17 -0500 Report

I like reading about what others can and can not eat. I can have a couple of slices of pizza hut THIN crust (I alwys have veggies as toppings) but I don't eat that often. I was shocked I could have it. Though the Diabetes Educators from my classes, would frown on ever having it. I am always surprised by how sometimes a 'small' piece of cake at a b'day party doesn't bother me much. I like having Blue Bell no sugar added ice cream (just 1/2 cup) that satisfies me. I can have a small McD's hamburger, but they did tell us in class that was o.k. just not to eat them all the time.

PaulieB 2010-05-21 12:14:42 -0500 Report

My Aunt is diabetic and she goes in to a panic sometimes when she does forget her lunch and it is hard for her to find food that will not affect her in a negative manner. She is very, very active and I was doing some research on her behalf for something she could carry around with her just to get her over that hump and it was almost impossible until I came across this product called Quest Protein Bar.

I was a little skeptical at first, I mean we all see thousand of these bars in the store, but decided to order a couple of bars…WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! And I gave my Aunt a bar to try and…WOW!!! WOW!! WOW!!!

Just to be safe we took her Blood Sugar Level first thing in the morning, she ate half a bar..nothing changed…she finished the bar..nothing changed…her Blood Sugar Level did not spike, she had not ill-effect from the product and the bar tasted delicious.

This is something she keeps in her purse, her car and it gives her that little sense of security that she now has a healthy, safe snack.

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:29:32 -0500 Report

This sounds good I will look into this one, but do not reconize it off top of my head, and I work for walmart.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 13:27:01 -0500 Report

I think probably the exercise (from the field trip) helped keep things balanced. Also, perhaps the walnuts and chicken were enough to counterbalance the white bread (UGH) and the cranberries. I'm glad you didn't have a problem what with being away from home. Did you have a good day with the kids?

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:31:14 -0500 Report

Sorry for late post, had a great day and also never toured philly even though I have lived here about 15+ years. I will definately take my kids on a day trip this summer was very fun and educational

Pamiekae 2010-05-18 12:45:09 -0500 Report

You didn't state if you bought the sandwich from a convenient store/gas station or a grocery store or restraurant. But if your out and without a prepacked lunch, simply ask if they have anything that is sugar free. Many stores now stock diabetic friendly items to be used as both meal and snack that can be found in either the fresh foods or frozen. If they do not, look for foods that are not containing high amounts of bread and allows you to pick condiments to be added and in frozen section, pick items that are low in creamy sauces, and pasta's or with mashed potatoes. Try those that contain steamed veggies. However, since you were doing alot of walking being on a field trip, if you know you still have a lot of walking to do, eating the usual no no items in small moderation such as a frozen dinner will not cause a high rise in your sugar count and may even help maintain a good level.

Once meal I like to fix at home is a stuffed chicken breast. I take a small amount of ricotta cheese or mozzeralla cheese and cut up spinich into it with fresh parsely. Stuff the chicken with the mixture and cook with light covering of Olive Oil til chicken is done, I steam cook either some mixed veggies or asparagus and for a dessert I buy a sugarfree angelfood cake and divide it into three sections, make up sugar free pudding, (flavor of your choice- I like to use banana) and mix in some sugar free whip cream. spread that on bottom layer of cake and cut up some fresh banana's to lay on top then put middle section down and spread the same around and then place top and add remaining whip cream and fresh banana's and it's ready to serve.

Hope this helps, GOOD LUCK!

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:32:43 -0500 Report

Chicken recipe sounds good copying and pasting that now thank you.
I like all except asparagus yuk lol

sadie_sponge 2010-05-18 04:05:50 -0500 Report

My girlfriend always cook me some delicios things without sugar like pancakes or cokkies without yeast and sugar.

begonia 2010-05-17 17:13:14 -0500 Report

sugar free jello brand chocolate pudding yummy for snack when you want sweets w/low card impact.everyone's right chinese food very hard on sugar levels,pizza also very bad it hangs on for hours. sometimes one piece lasts for several hours and i'm not even on meds yet.diet/excercise controlled.also,i can absolutely say that i have a hard job physically and walk a lot during work and that activity alone allows me to "cheat"on my diabetes w/the occasional cup of real ice cream or french fries.i do find quaker cinnamon struesel mini delights are very consistent in the amount of absorption during regular activities and they cover your sweet tooth when it kicks up w/o raising your sugar over the top infact,i can't use it as a snack when working because it won't hold for two hours until next lunch or dinner time.if you're having a bad sugar day where you run borderline low fig newton mini's are very helpful.they hold up for two hours w/o taking you too high.

apeape 2010-05-17 14:19:49 -0500 Report

different people can react different ways, what makes my blood sugar go up might not effect you as bad. having said that, pizza does tend to kick in & get me hours later, like a delayed reaction. chinese food does too, so i avoid the rice & noodles. you'll learn as you go along what foods trigger you, it's an ongoing process. you're best bet is to work with a dietician to find what works for you :)

Emma2412 2010-05-20 13:30:08 -0500 Report

Yeah, rice is vicious when it comes to spiking me. I stay completely away from it now. I've tried the Quinoa that was mentioned here at DC and it's great. It only boosted my reading 2 points.

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:35:15 -0500 Report

Now I have steamed chicken and vegees from chines place and a small portion of plain brown, or fried rice and has little to no effect on my sugar. I love my general tso chicken but no more now. so I went steamed lol

teggyr 2010-05-17 13:12:01 -0500 Report

One of the things that I did when I found out I had type 2 diabetes was to get a lot of diabetic recipes and I put together a diabetic cook book. I found that it is just easier follow recipes and start cooking. One of my favorite snack foods is yogurt diabetic style. I take plain non fat yogurt add sweetner, cinnamin and vanilla. That's my basic recipe. From there you can eliminate the vanilla and add fruit. This works for me. I also get sugar free instant chocolate pudding and use non fat milk and it tastes great. The best thing I did was to stop thinking about the stuff I couldn't have and concentrated on the food I can have. It doesn't have to be yucky to be diabetic.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 13:37:37 -0500 Report

YES!!! That's the ticket. It doesn't do for any of us to be thinking constantly of what we can or cannot have. Hurrah for you, teggyr!!!! But one thing. I stay away from most things that say they're sugar-free because most of them have corn syrup or something else in them. And no matter if they claim it's sugar-free or what, corn syrup is sugar, plain and simple. Reading labels is, I believe, the most important thing that any of us can do for ourselves. Then take that information and do your research on the web.

benc3368 2010-05-17 12:08:47 -0500 Report

your sugar was probably low because since you were out there and walking about-it helps lower the count-whereas if you eat and do not move about it goes up?

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Alene Weed 2010-05-16 14:47:26 -0500 Report

Here is a recipe(no cooking!) that helps me - expecially when I am craving fruit. A food processor is necessary.
Wash and core one apple. cut into big chunks and place in processor. Peel one sweet orange(navel works well) and cut into chunks, then place in processor. Add one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries, 1/2 c. Splenda and process until chopped. Add 1/2 c. pecans or walnuts and process briefly. Store in refrigerator. Yield: about 5 servings. Delicious!!

vickigaylord@zoomtown.com 2010-05-15 10:55:46 -0500 Report

The only carbs in your lunch was your bread and possibly the maple flavoring. Carbs are the only food group that effects your blood sugar signifcantly. When you eat a food that contains high amounts of saturated fat, [ like pizza]] your food takes much longer to digest So if your taking medication to control your blood sugar by the time your food finally gets digested the medicine might no longer be effective. Plus tomatoe based pizza sauce might contain sugar When I have pizza I order thin crust , ligh on the cheese and veggie toppings . Some times I have to get a little creative. I use non fat diary creamer in place of whip cream..It whips very nicely. I carry a protein/ carb bar with me,in the event my meal time is delayed There is a large variety. Kashi,E- Cliff, Snickers , Glucerna are just a few.

bace 2010-05-10 16:10:10 -0500 Report

foods that are not processed are better for you. Your body works at breaking that down, which keeps the sugar lower. Processed foods, any 'white' food ( white bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc) kind of zip the sugar up higher, faster. Wheat or rye could've been better, but you were walking a lot that day, I assume..? Pizza…it's ok in moderation, just like anything else. We don't need to give up our fav foods, just take pleasure in smaller portions.

monkeymama 2010-05-08 22:24:36 -0500 Report

I put myself on a new eating routine. It is kind of a spin of the Special K diet. During the week I have Special K Protein Plus Cereal or Special K Cereal Bar with 6 oz. Yoplait Light Yogurt, Protein shake for lunch, and a low carb sensible meal. On the weekends I have sensible low carb meals. I just made a delicious low carb strawberry fluff for Mothers Day. I limit red meat in my house to only 3 times a month (if not less). I switched our pasta to Dreamfields Pasta (it has 5g digestible carbs per serving). I use the healthy choice sugar free Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Eating is like a trial and error process for us. Hope this helps you out a little bit. :)

ston3xc 2010-05-08 19:59:03 -0500 Report

You were walking around a lot, right? That helps to keep the sugars down. You also had protein with the chicken, omega-3's with the walnuts, antioxidants with the cranberries. Maybe wheat bread might have been alittle healthier but all in all not real bad. Portion control and exercise is in most cases what makes the difference.

GabbyPA 2010-05-08 14:49:44 -0500 Report

I came up with a nice "burger" the other night. I had cooked burgers for my family, but I am going meatless in May, so I made mine with mushrooms.
I sauted mushrooms in some olive oil, added some seasoning. Then I got my whole wheat bun, added a slice of onion, my mushrooms, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, a slice of tomato and two slices of avocado. Oh my, I was in heaven. No more burgers for me, this was a winner. 2 servings of carbs, a fat serving (I use 2% cheese) and veggies. I was stoked.

Just like you, pizza won't work for me. I have to try making my own whole grain crust one time, maybe that would help. Mostly, the problem is that I can't just eat one slice. =(

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-08 18:22:17 -0500 Report

That sounds good! I go meatless about 4-6 months out of the year; I don't plan it so much, but for the past five years meat will start to gross me out in the middle of the summer until the end of the year. Anywho, I will have to try recipe sometime. I loooove mushrooms!

GabbyPA 2010-05-08 19:26:39 -0500 Report

Summer is an easier time to go without meat, I agree. It just gets too hot and unappetizing. It is the best time for me and my veggies. Tonight we had the first meal made with things from our garden. We had yellow squash, onion, rosemary, cilantro and some green beans. YUM

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-10 20:42:15 -0500 Report

Sounds good! Looks like you got yourself some garden!!
All I can ever grow (when I attempt to try) is peppers, tomato's and zucchini. Anywho, I'm starting my veggie diet Wednesday. I always feel so much better when I go meatless for awhile.

:) Danni

GabbyPA 2010-05-11 09:04:45 -0500 Report

I can't wait for the tomatoes and the cucumbers to start. Oh, and watermelon! oooo =P
We pulled all our radishes this week. It is getting too hot for them now, so we will plant something else in their place. Maybe some okra.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-11 20:12:02 -0500 Report

LOL the last and only time I tried growing watermelon they exploded…well we got one or two very small ones but I've never attempted again. Three years ago we tried a pear and banana tree but I don't think anything has come from it yet. Guess I don't have that much of a green thumb, but I like playing in the dirt & soil and trying.

tabby9146 2010-05-23 08:21:58 -0500 Report

I really hate how I can hardly eat watermelon anymore or cantaloupe, my favs. How much watermelon can you get away with? I am afraid of it. I can remember YEARS ago, way before diabetes diagnosis, eating cantaloupe in the office and feeling dizzy for a few minutes afterward, brushed it off and thought nothing of it.

Swbtab03 2010-05-28 21:42:32 -0500 Report

Definately my kind of burger- I have almost the same way- see I love meat of any kind and love my philly cheesesteaks- but proud to say have not had one in over 2 months now. But will have burgers Sunday but got whole wheat thins,onions and mushrooms already on standby, and pepperjack cheese.

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