a simple diabetic diet

By taterchip Latest Reply 2010-07-03 20:55:16 -0500
Started 2010-06-29 10:48:41 -0500

i am really needing a simple diabetic diet. i work so many hours every week that i don't have time to plan and cook complicated meals.if anyone has a good simple planned meal diet please let me know. thanks

10 replies

Katsarecool 2010-07-02 15:02:27 -0500 Report

I used to never eat breakfast, the most important meal. Now I eat whole grain cereals with low fat milk and it makes a difference on how I feel the rest of the day. Love all these tips here it really helps those of us newly diagnosed. Thank you!

GabbyPA 2010-06-29 19:36:14 -0500 Report

Something I also do is prepare a tub of salad and keep it hand in the frige. Then all I have to do is add some tomatoes and maybe some tuna or something. Makes a quick meal that is almost always friendly.
One tip is to add some thinly sliced red cabbage. It helps prevent your lettuce from turning brown for an extra day or two.

RAYT721 2010-06-29 16:53:55 -0500 Report

My advice? Start a food journal of things you like and that agree with you. You may not have a whole lot of things on the list to start out with but as you add to it, the list will grow and sorta act as your own personal cookbook. You may start with five things but soon ten, twenty and then a month worth of breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, etc. I have my own set of favorites which include:

breakfasts: Atkins bars, light and fit yogurt, low fat cheese sticks, bran flakes, eggs

lunches: usually leftovers microwaved at work, side salads from Wendys

dinners: this changes daily… tonight: tilapia and salad. other meals for the week include Spicy Oriental chicken w/brown rice, grilled steak with fresh asparagus, or whatever. I usually limit or eliminate alot of starches and sugars.

snacks: sugar free puddings, low fat cheese, lean lunch meats, frozen yogurt, sugar free snack cakes, etc.

There's no set diet or menu plan because everyone is different. I had whole wheat bagels on my menu plan until my meter started with numbers that looked more like my weight than my glucose.

Hope this helps!

monkeymama 2010-06-29 14:55:27 -0500 Report

Hello there! I am a very busy mom (2 are special needs), wife, and nursing student. I do not have very much time myself. I came up with a great plan. My breakfasts during the week are either a Special K Cereal Bar or 3/4 cup Special K Protein Plus Cereal with 1/4 Smart Balance Skim Milk, 6oz. Yoplait Light Yogurt, and 16oz. vitamin water. My lunch during the week though is either a Special K Protein Meal Bar or Shake. All of my meals on the weekends and in the evening during the week are a balanced low carb meal.

Kirla 2010-06-29 12:23:17 -0500 Report

I drink a protein drink made with homemade walnut milk in the morning when I get up and have one once of sunflower seeds with a cup of coffee and fiber supplement for a mid morning snack.

For lunch I eat some low carb vegetables with a sloppy joe with out the bread, a small piece of soy cake, coleslaw and maybe some beef, chicken, or pork. I will eat 1 once of peanuts too. I take my vitamins after lunch.

For supper I have a salad with low carb dressing and add 2-3 ounces of red wine vinegar. I drink the vinegar after eating my salad. I will eat fish, chicken, beef or pork and lately been eating my low carb ice cream.

At night I eat 1-2 ounces of almonds.

I wrote how my A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months here. Click on the link below.


I make a lot of my meals on the weekends and then reheat in the microwave at work.

Good luck

LennyDenny 2010-06-29 12:07:48 -0500 Report

I am in the same boat. I work way to many hours in a week. I have found that if you like fish you can wrap the fish and any veggies you like in aluminum with a few spices. Put in the toaster oven for about 18 minutes. The fish comes out flakey and the veggies are steamed. Chicken is another easy one, put in a electric frying pan with a little EVOO let go until done, mix with favorite veggies and you have a good meal. It took some time for me to find what works for me, but now its easy to come up with some quick meals for after work.

kdroberts 2010-06-29 11:09:52 -0500 Report

Most diabetic meals are pretty simple really. Base it around a fish or a meat, doesn't have to be prepared in a fancy way, add in some veggies like broccoli, spinach, etc, I use frozen ones for ease, and then whatever carb you feel is right. 5 minutes of prep and 25 minutes of cook time should be ample time for most things.

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