Diabetic Foods

By Kimberly23 Latest Reply 2015-01-12 14:28:52 -0600
Started 2010-05-24 10:10:45 -0500

I need help on the foods I can , and can't eat.

18 replies

faissel 2015-01-08 06:14:09 -0600 Report

Some good foods for diabetics:
1. Almond: The utilization of almond, after its oil has been extracted, is viewed as useful in the treatment of diabetes. It doesn't contain any starch.

2. Buttermilk: The utilization of the buttermilk has been discovered valuable in the treatment of diabetes. Lactic Acid contained in it stimulates the secretion of the pancreas and thereby helps control blood sugar levels.

3. Banana: Bananas are believed to the helpful in controlling diabetes. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, “Banana and Skimmed milk furnish a simple and effective method for weight reduction in treating diabetic patients”. Unripe bananas, cooked as a vegetable, are considered particularly valuable in this malady.

Read more: http://aboutdiabetesanddiabetics.blogspot.com...

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 14:28:52 -0600 Report

I am okay with all but the banana. I think the last comment that they should be consumed green or cooked is key. Not ripe. I know ripe ones spike me and at 19-25 carbs per half of a banana, it's a lot of carbs for little pay off for me.

mabbam 2010-05-28 17:09:21 -0500 Report

Eat Healthy Chocolate, it has helped me so much and I have lost weight on it. Let me know if I can be of assistance putting you in contact with the web site.

RedGloves 2011-01-21 14:26:50 -0600 Report

Actually, cocoa doesn't have a lot of carbs. I made a kind of candy yesterday with crunchy almond butter, cocoa, almonds, Promise and Splenda. I figured out the nutrients and the carbs were OK. fat was OK. Calories were pretty high. Need to work on that some more, but it helped satisfy my chocolate cravings. In extreme moderation, they won't hurt me very much.

mabbam 2011-01-21 22:24:05 -0600 Report

This chocolate is not a heated process and is done by a cold process. This way it hold the anitocidants and gives you the high value for your health. I have been eating this and now on the protein shake and I have changed my life. If you want to know more details, give me a email. Thanks

ivonalvarez 2011-01-21 13:43:13 -0600 Report

What is Healthy Chocolate?? Where can I buy it?

mabbam 2011-01-21 13:50:59 -0600 Report

I am a distributor for my healthy chocolate, I am now on a chocolate shake, and I am now down 35 lbs. and doing GREAT. My sugar levels are wonderful and I'm going off some of my meds soon . I would be glad to talk with you, call me 813-293-9916

petals 2010-05-25 22:41:41 -0500 Report

If you like to read there is a great book that can really help you, It's called, The Diabetes Food & Nutrition Bible, it tells you how to plan, shop,and cook meal. And you can get it really cheap on Amazon.com

RAYT721 2010-05-24 20:36:29 -0500 Report

Everybody and every body is different. If you ask ten people this question, you'll get ten different answers. What works for me won't work for you except for the following:

1. Make sure to eat breakfast
2. Make sure to drink plenty of water
3. Stay away from sugar & high fructose corn syrup
4. Stay away from sodium and other preservatives
5. Exercise regularly
6. Count (but don't obsess over) calories, carbs, protein, etc.
7. Substitute rather than eliminate
8. Hang out with successful and positive people
9. Eat to live rather than live to eat (portion control)
10. Prayer may not help but it won't hurt

You are going to face challenges. We all do. If you fall, pick yourself up again. Take baby steps. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Every change no matter how small has an impact.

Don't forget tip #10 above!

GabbyPA 2010-05-25 09:29:39 -0500 Report

I think that #7 is vitally important. We get the news that we are diabetic and we suddenly think we can't do or eat anything. All we have to do is learn to make better choices for the things we choose to give up. That way, you are not feeling deprived and it helps keep you going so much better.

Here are some examples of my substitutions:
Celery for dips instead of chips
Natural peanut butter instead of processed ones that have sugar
Vanilla ice cream with raw walnuts instead of Moose tracks or Phish food
High fiber pastas instead of plain pasta
Low carb wraps instead of bread for sandwiches
Learn to eat sugarless instead of sugar free
Fresh green beans instead of corn on the cob (that is hard, but necessary for me)
Go play Frisbee golf instead of going out to eat
Have a picnic at a park where i can go hiking to work off that hot dog and cole slaw

Once you get that kind of thinking down, the world has few limits.

Harlen 2010-05-24 13:03:47 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
It is hard to know what to eat and what not too.
for me and we are all difrent I try to take in only 15 gm carbs a meal so I do the carb counting and it works for me
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-05-24 10:47:07 -0500 Report

Hi Kimberly,
First I want to welcome you to the community and I hope that many of us are able to help you on your quest for answers.

This is a very broad question and we have a lot of resources here that can help.

Here are some videos that will show you a bit about carb counting: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=carb+counting My favorite is the Pincoushion guy. He is fun.

Here are some more on some basic diet concepts. Different ideas to get you thinking on what kind of approach you might want to consider : http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos?query=diet

For me, it took experimenting. A lot of experimenting. Once I understood that I needed to limit my carbohydrate intake to 30-45 grams per meal, that gave me a starting point. I went through my pantry and got rid of the processed junk foods including things that sound healthy like granola bars, sugar free foods and diet foods.

After that, I began to add a lot of whole fruits and veggies, specially leafy greens and raw vegetables to my diet. Those helped me fill up a lot and I was getting far more nutrition from all of that.

Then I began to experiment on what certain starchy foods and fruits do to my levels. I would eat a meal with a specific food I wanted to measure and I tested after my meal every 30 minutes for up to 2 hours. That gave me information how how foods affected my blood sugar. Through this experimentation, I found that I cannot eat corn anything. So foods made with corn, corn products or corn syrup (which you shouldn't eat anyway, even if you're not diabetic) All of these things spike me no matter how little is in my meal. I also found out that white rice, white potatoes, bananas, and pomegranates mess me up. But I also found that I can eat vanilla ice cream and watermelon. So the key is finding out what your body can handle. Everyone is different, and what I can do is going to be different from you.

The other thing is portion control. I can eat vanilla ice cream, but I can't eat more than the suggested serving size. I find that the case with most foods, even salads can get out of hand if you add too many things to it or pile on the dressing. You have to count everything and keep an eye on servings.