Small meal

By apraynmom Latest Reply 2011-06-02 17:55:02 -0500
Started 2010-07-01 11:14:42 -0500

please tell me to eat. I was told to eat 5 small meals a day

17 replies

Asheenita 2011-06-01 18:31:57 -0500 Report

I don't do this. Sometimes I don't eat but 2 meals a day. I have gotten to the point to where I'm not always hungry. Is there something wrong with that? Do I need to see a nutritionist myself?

katie614 2010-09-05 14:09:54 -0500 Report

My endocrinologist and nutritionist both recommend the three basic meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a snack between each meal (2-3hours after). Therefore, you have 6 small meals a day.

DJ 2010-07-24 10:00:56 -0500 Report

Hi apraynmom,
First let me say I agree with all the advise you have gotten..just one word of caution, do not drink any alcoholic beverage if you are taking Insulin as it can drop your blood sugar like a stone, so before you drink any alcoholic beverage be sure it is aproved by your Endo or family Dr.
I try to eat at least 5-6 small meals a day and add in snacks when I can,& if you exersize try to have some type of "Good for you"carb snack before you start, and if you are walking be sure to take with you water, and some type of glucose just incase your sugar would start to drop.

I usually have cereal (Multi-grain Cheerios) with 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries & 1/4cup of 1% milk or 2 eggs scrambled with 1% milk,maybe some shredded cheese,and whatever veggies you like tossed in, & whole grain toast(1 slice) for breckfast.

a snack about 2 hrs. later..small bowl of popcorn(low fat),hand-full of almonds,or a piece of fruit.

Lunch is usually a salad of some kind with Tuna or chicken,lettuce,tomato,(be wary of raw onions if you have stomach issues),you can add any raw veggies really..and a small V8 Fiber(do not drink this if you are on a sodium free diet).Sometimes I have a peanut butter sandwich..Peanut butter is a good carb..again just don't over do it. Sometimes I drink a small 8oz. glass of 1% milk with the peanut butter sandwich..just be aware that for some people Milk of any kind can spike their sugar,which is why it is one of the best things to use if you are extremely low and have no glucose works even better than orange juice.

another snack about 2 hours later…maybe a few raw veggies

Dinner is a lean protein,Chicken,Fish,Lean beef,Lean pork chop…Brown rice,Red potato or multi-grain pasta(Dreamfields,Barilla plus…),a small tossed salad with homemade italian dressing,using Red wine vinegar,Lemon juice,italian seasonings(Good seasons italian dressing mix),Fresh or dried Dill and just a touch of Accent seasoning…you can play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes.
For dessert I usually have a small bowl of Breyer's all natural Vanilla bean ice cream or Lime sherbert if I can get any…it is sooo hard to find here.

Then before bed I always have a "Good Carb"snack.. like a couple multi-grain ritz crackers with peanut butter on them
I have found that all things Sour work for me…Lemon,Lime,Dill,Saurqurt(sp.), anything in a sour brine like dill pickles,or pickled cabbage.

I find if I use portion control, and moderation I can eat almost anything…the key is to "Just Eat Smart,but be sure to eat often"
Hope some of this helps…

RCLafnjack 2010-07-24 08:44:07 -0500 Report

I would eat a breakfast (2 eggs, 1 piece bacon or small bowl of oatmeal) snack 1/4 cup nuts or a piece of fruit, Lunch (Tuna Salad in a lettuce wrap) Snack (protien shake, or piece of fruit) Dinner (Protien: chicken, fish,etc. veggie, glass of red wine) Snack (cup of SF dark chocolate pudding or a small bowl of carbsmart ice cream).

So thats 6 times, small portions. I've gone from 285 pounds to 210 in the past year. my BG numbers are 90-103 morning less than 125 during the day. A1C 5.4 so I'm doing pretty well on this regiment.
That was just an example of what I might have in a day.


RAYT721 2010-07-01 16:48:31 -0500 Report

I also eat smaller meals more frequently. Eat what you like… just watch your portions. Eating 5x a day isn't a bad thing unless you are showing up at your local buffet five times a day. I usually portion out my calories to eat 5-6 times a day … breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and maybe a later night snack. Your meal plan needs to be balanced but not so focused that you eat things you hate or starve yourself. Find out the recommended carbs and calories for your body and give yourself freedom so that you eat to live instead of live to eat.

sc1boy 2010-07-01 16:36:34 -0500 Report

have u talked to a diatition they can tell you how much u should eat at a meal and it might help u to understand about it a little more

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 14:27:21 -0500 Report

You need to eat. The idea behind 5 or 6 small meals is that you are eating every 2 to 3 hours. This helps stabilize your blood sugar levels. It does take some adjustments, but it can be done.

ccritch 2010-07-01 14:10:26 -0500 Report

You need to eat! So Please EAT! if you don't your liver will spew insulin into your blood and your sugars will rise and can cause serious problems to your internal organs or worse amputations!

God Bless! Take care of yourself

ccritch 2010-07-01 14:10:25 -0500 Report

You need to eat! So Please EAT! if you don't your liver will spew insulin into your blood and your sugars will rise and can cause serious problems to your internal organs or worse amputations!

God Bless! Take care of yourself

Kirla 2010-07-01 13:12:46 -0500 Report

I wrote what I eat and how I controlled my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

I started by cutting down on most starchy carbs and started to drink lots of water and to eat a salad everyday and lots of low carb vegetables like cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and most green vegetables. It worked for me and it may help you some.

Good luck

OMG-T2 2010-07-01 11:39:08 -0500 Report

Tell you TO eat, or tell you WHAT to eat? If the former, then I insist that you eat! If the latter I would say that you should probably eat what you normally might - keeping in mind carbs, calories and other nutritional aspects - but spread the meals out over 5 meals rather than the 2 or 3 that many people consume.

Therefore, if you were to have a grilled chicken breast with a side of veggies and rice for lunch, I personally would suggest that you halve the food into 2 portions, skip the rice entirely and eat the other half of the food 2 or 3 hours later. Perhaps supplemented with a few multigrain crackers or a small piece of fruit.

I actually found it hard to consume all the food I needed to in 5 or 6 small meals when I first started eating more properly, it seemed like I was eating WAY too much, but my physical condition has improved significantly in doing so, and it's hard to argue with that kind of success. The key is to keep the meals SMALL, and account for your caloric and carb intake in every meal…otherwise, it can get out of control.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll do just fine!

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 14:24:13 -0500 Report

It is very difficult to grasp what a small meal is compared to how we are use to eating. However, if you think about it, a "snack" is a small meal.

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