Diabetic Menu

By babymom Latest Reply 2010-05-26 22:53:07 -0500
Started 2010-05-16 02:17:04 -0500

I've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, but keep finding excuses that well I don't think I have it. But in realty I'm trying to accept it. I lost my mother, grandmother & aunt from it. My older sister has it and so does my younger sister. I just hate it. I hate trying to figure out what I can and can't have and what certain foods do to my blood sugars. I also can't seem to find out what my blood sugar should be. I've read 70-120 are ok. Other's I've seen say other things. Does anyone know what it really should be. Thank you. Hope someone can help with a complete menu.

6 replies

Lakeland 2010-05-26 22:53:07 -0500 Report

I tried to deny it too. I was not diabetic and had surgery so I have proof that my blood sugars were normal, then the doctor put me on lupron for pelvic pain & a month later my eyes went blurry & my sugar was 550.

I kept saying let the meds get out of my system & I'd be fine but I knew that my dad & mom both my brothers have it, so I shouldn't have been shocked, but with that said, call me nuts but I enjoy trying to figure the numbers out.

I have heard the number range 70-110 is ok and since I lived with 550, I don't panic too quickly,but if my numbers get over 165, I will definitely go for a 20 minute walk, again I think it's fun to see how much my numbers drop after different walk times.

One class that I attened told me to choose my carb first. So If I want dessert than I should skip the bread & if I want the pasta skip the dessert, so that took much of the guess work out of picking my meals and I always get protien in my meals.

I enjoy breakfast but some restraunts have pancakes, juice so when I see that I know that's all carbs & my sugars will go high. So I might go with eggs, sausage and a carb, even a small donut, go with coffee . So I allow my self to have some luxury.

for me this diabetes has been a blessing, Watching what I eat because of my sugar numbers and walking as needed has actually helped me lose 30lbs. I never lost weight on diets but I'm not trying to lose weight I'm trying to get healthier.

Good luck

Emma2412 2010-05-23 15:46:03 -0500 Report

Every person on the face of the earth is different. What's "normal" for one is not necessarily normal for you. I can go down to 80 without feeling like I've got an internal earthquake happening. But your doctor should be able to tell you a safe scale for you. Generally, I think that 70 to 120 is about right for most people, not necessarily you, though. Keep reading stuff here on this site on motivation and support, especially. We all are here because we have the disease and we know what it means to have it. Since you're new to diabetes, please try to get a copy of Gretchen Becker's book called: The First Year …" I can't remember the whole name and I've lent my copy to one of my friends, but you can get the book on Amazon — just do a search for Gretchen Becker and it'll come up. That book is wonderful to read especially when you're new to diabetes because it really helps you to understand the disease and calm some of the fears that one has when first receiving that news. Gretchen is diabetic herself, so she knows. There are also tons of good recipes here, but like I've said before, everyone's different and reacts differently to any foods. So, be careful, but try new recipes. Also, to help you get started with recipes, see the following website. There's also other websites which you'll learn about here. But this is just a start for you.

dr8m1t4 2010-05-16 13:24:33 -0500 Report

Diabetes management, I think, is as much a matter of mind and emotional control as it is food control. If you approach with a "bad" attitude, it will be difficult. The key? I think it's to own your diabetes. You can do this by learning all you can about it, then applying that knowledge to create a new, healthy lifestyle. Look at it as a new and exciting challenge that has excellent benefits for you.
As for books, there are some wonderful diabetic cookbooks from the ADA (although I found mine online at other sources that sold for much less!). Find a book called Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy by Warshaw and Webb - one of the best resources for meal planning.
In the end, it's not so much what you eat, but how much you eat, especially carbs and fats. A limited amount is good for you. Too much is not. I've been counting calories and in 12 weeks lost 35 pounds. Got a long way to go yet. Sometimes I think "I just have to have" a hamburger or a burrito. I buy it, but, mindful of calories and carbs, divide it into 2 or 3 pieces, and each just 1 at a meal or snack. That way, I stay within "budget" and, at the same time, can enjoy what I like. (Don't get me wrong; I've also consistently added more fruits and veggies to my diet, and tried new foods that I haven't tried before - all of them fit well into my diet. The "junk food" is an occasional treat.)

GabbyPA 2010-05-16 10:09:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community babymom. I know it can be frustrating, but it will get easier. It seems you have quite a bit of family support that should be there. If it's not, we are here to help you out.

First thing is that everyone is different and our levels of normal will vary a bit. A general rule by the American Diabetes Association is 70-100 fasting (before breakfast) and 140-180 after a meal (about 2 hours after) You and your doctor can work on a goal for you personally. It will vary on many things.

Like Ray said, there are tons of recipes here to choose from. I have a few great books that give me low carb entrees and I just keep it simple with salads and low carb veggies for the balance of the meal. We have not been doing it of late, but we would plan the whole month of dinner meals. It helped me with shopping a lot and made it a no brainer when we got home at night to cook. We knew the ingredients would be in the house and we didn't have to think about what to cook. It takes some planning, but we just cracked open a few cook books and went at it. You know, I really need to get back to doing that.

Don't fight that you have it. The sooner you get on board with taking care of yourself, the sooner it will become a way of life for you. Denial is natural, just don't hang out in that phase too long.

RAYT721 2010-05-16 04:13:12 -0500 Report

I have some great news for you!

With a few minor changes, you can use the exact same meal plan that you had last month and the month before. It's the ingredients and/or recipes that should change, not the entrees themselves.

Do you like stuffed peppers? Go for it! Just tweak the recipe to lower the carbs, fat and calories of the filling. So that takes care of Monday night. Tuesday? What would you like to have???

There are recipes for all of your favorite foods here, on other websites and within various cookbooks. There's no reason you can't have any of your favorite foods if you tweak the recipes to lower carbs, limit fats, and substitute the bad with good.

As you can see the answer isn't coming up with a daily menu plan of things you hate but rather give you the challenge of filling in the plan with what you like and going in search of accommodating recipes.

Feel free to message me anytime for recipes if you get stuck.

babymom 2010-05-20 00:18:42 -0500 Report

Thank you so very much, I really appreciate the help. I lost my son 2 years ago and life is such a struggle every day just to get up and go to work. And this on top, is just a little over whelming to me right now. I know I will accept it. It's just me home so I almost never eat dinner, I'm not accustomed to eating after my lunch at 2:00 pm. So, it's a problem to have to eat something. So I try to eat a few slices of cheddar cheese. I just was hoping I could find a pre done menu out there. So I don't have to do a lot of cooking. It's more of a hassle when there's only 1 to feed.

Anyway, again thank you for your help and compassion.


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