By mamaphillips Latest Reply 2010-06-09 08:44:14 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 17:22:33 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 a few months ago and I am having a hard time eating right. my weekly average is still around 170. I am on insolin and medication to try to get my sugars under control. I am really struggling with eating right at lunch time I end up eating bad and pay for it the rest of the day. what can I eat at lunch that won't send me sky rocketing . I am so tired of salads.
please help

8 replies

petals 2010-06-08 00:38:01 -0500 Report

I have been using akins protein bars or shakes for lunch, with a piece of fruit. Also tuna, chicken and healthy choice streamers are really good.

Thomas508 2010-06-08 08:54:20 -0500 Report

How many carbs are in those Atkins bars? I have looked at the zone bars but they still have 18 to 25 carbs in them.

RAYT721 2010-06-08 18:23:24 -0500 Report

I am with Petals on the Atkins bars… YUMMM. My wife has to hide them from me so I only have the Cinnamon flavored ones available right now. Here are the specs:

160 calories (70 from fat)
Total fat 8 g (saturated 5g - trans 0)
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 105 mg
Potassium 35 mg
Total Carbs 18 g
Fiber 5 g
Sugars 1 g
Sugar Alcohols 4g
Protein 10g
Net carbs = 3g

RAYT721 2010-06-07 19:48:36 -0500 Report

A balanced diet is made up of alot more than salad and you really have a wide array of items that you can have. Frequent testing will tell you what you can and can't have. The menu plans that work for me might now work for someone else. Your body needs carbs, fiber, protein, some fat, calories and everything else that's on the nutritional labels that you read. I love Light & Fit Yogurt (80 cals, 15 g carb). I usually bring leftovers from home for lunches because if it worked well for me for dinner, it will work well for me for lunch. I am a firm believer in portion control. I eat less food per meal/snack but I eat more often and it's helping me with my numbers and my weight loss endeavors. The key is not to starve yourself and give yourself the same variety you had before your diagnosis. There are low fat, low carb, low sodium, low cal alternatives to just about everything you can think of. I believe in swaps rather than eliminations. Check out the internet for recipes, check out the library for books, and test, test, test!!! The right formula will come in time. Plan on finding 5 lunches that settle well… then aim for 10, then 20, then before long you'll have a month of various meals that will give you the variety your mind, body and soul needs. By that time you'll be looking forward to having a salad!!! :)

Thomas508 2010-06-07 18:09:57 -0500 Report

Everyone is a little different, you will need to use your meter testing to see what is good for you. I have a worse reading than most for bread. If I try to eat a sandwich or a burger my numbers will go into the 200's so any kind of bread is out for me, sometimes if I'm low before lunch I might eat 1 piece of bread like a half sandwich. I can eat captain D's breaded fish or Zaxby's breaded chicken etc.. as long as I don't eat fries with it, or the hush puppy's. I would have never thought I could eat those breaded fried foods with the effect that bread has on me but after testing before and 2 hours after eating I found that they didn't bother me as much. Now those are not low fat foods and I do eat salads and other foods too or I would end up gaining weight! I understand getting tired of salads, just let your meter be your guide. Try some new things and see if it causes a big spike in your numbers, if not you know you can do it again, if it does then you might want to move on to something else.

monkeymama 2010-06-07 17:47:19 -0500 Report

Here is a couple of ideas I do for my lunch time:
* Special K Protein meal bar or shake
* Salad with a meat protein (tuna or chicken), cheese, and light salad dressing (I also like adding spinach) along with low gluycemic index fruit (sometimes I add the fruit).
* PB J using: 2 TBSP natural peanut butter, 1 TBSP Smuckers low sugar jelly, and w slices of Healthy Life Sugar free Whole Grain wheat bread. -or- Other favorite lunch meat sandwich of my choice.
* Healthy Choice Steamers or Meal (they are loaded with a lot of nutrients in them and some are low in carbs.) otherwise you can also try Lean Cuisine.

I hope these ideas help you out with your eating there. If you are ever interested in pasta, there is a pasta called Dreamfields that is low in glycemic index as well. Best of wishes to you!

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