Suggestions, wit's end.

By LifeTraveler55 Latest Reply 2011-04-28 22:45:05 -0500
Started 2010-07-10 19:35:02 -0500

Hello everybody! I don't even know how long I've been a member here, but I haven't been using this wonderful place. Well, it's time for me to get off my butt and move it.

As a type II diabetic, I know how important it is to watch the diet. The bottom line is that I haven't been, but here is my dilemma.

I work nights. I drive a parts truck at night, and I'm on the move all night long. I can and do pack my own food, but I know it just hasn't been kosher for my diabetes.

I am sick to death of sandwiches. Yep, they're on wheat bread, but I'm going crazy with this. I have a cooler that I carry with me.

Ideas anybody? Please!?

9 replies

diabetesfree 2011-04-28 22:45:05 -0500 Report

FYI, whole wheat bread is little better for you than white bread, when it comes to diabetes. Just check the labels insofar as calories and sugar content. Some whole wheat bread has even more sugar in it than white bread. In all of the guides I have read thus far, whole wheat bread rates the same on the glycemic index as white bread does as well. It may have more complex carbohydrates, but not much more. Even most bread I have seen in health food stores that is high in protein and specifically aimed at diabetics is often really high in calories and carbs.

You might want to try adding cheese and pieces of chicken, turkey, egg whites, shrimp, etc. to a salad instead. You'll get a lot more fiber, a lot less carbs and can add as much stuff as you would to a sandwich without the added calories, carbs or sugars that bread adds.

LifeTraveler55 2010-07-14 06:05:41 -0500 Report

Well, you kind folks have given me some good ideas. Now I just have to implement them. I do find that I do a lot better when I eat more often with smaller portions.

Kirla 2010-07-11 12:55:09 -0500 Report

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped lower my blood sugar fast. After being diagnosed I started to test before and 2 hours after each meal to determine how the foods I ate affected my blood sugar. After my numbers came down a lot I started testing 1 hour after eating and was able to fine-tune my diet even more. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in just a few months. My last 4 were all below 6.

By testing what I ate, I found that I had to give up all bread and grain products, potatoes, pasta, rice and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

I write how I controlled my blood sugar on my website. I even talk about how and what I eat. Click on the link below. It may help or give you some ideas. Then again it might not. I figure it can’t hurt to at least try some things. This is what worked for me.

Good Luck

RAYT721 2010-07-10 22:12:30 -0500 Report

The main thing is to eat well and timely not so much what you eat but the fact that you eat… portion control, calories, fat, carbs, protein, sodium, etc to pay attention to the needs of your mind, body and soul. The dinner police rarely visit trucks for inspections so you are clear with that. It is important moreso to eat what you like and what likes you. My diet may not help you if we don't share the same food tastes.

Do you have access and time for lunch room microwaves at your stops? I am thinking heated leftovers, soups, etc. Don't forget about cold salads, protein bars, low fat or greek yogurts, nuts/seeds, eggs string cheese (low fat), fresh fruits, etc. Keep an eye on variety because anything will get old if you do it over and over again. Start a list of things you like and add to it as you get ideas. If you get to 30 you'll have a month of menu ideas. The key to evening out levels is more frequent eating of less food.

Planning is the key to your success!

RAYT721 2010-07-10 22:14:37 -0500 Report

Pay attention to sodium (ie lunch meats) and the ingredient lists on food labels. If you can't pronounce it or there are hundreds of preservatives, make other selections.

Harlen 2010-07-10 22:01:31 -0500 Report

I like soup, nuts,even some frout I use insulin so I just cover for what I eat.I even like freesh vegeis I mix and mach them up keeps it from driving me nuts lol
Best wishes

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-10 19:58:05 -0500 Report

What types of food do you like. I take nuts with me everywhere. When I have a cooler it usually holds cheese, yogurt, carrots, broccoli,and apples. A whole lot different than last year when I wasn't diagnosed yet. I do like cold leftover steak or chicken instead of sandwiches.

spiritwalker 2010-07-10 19:57:20 -0500 Report

I was a nurse rotating shifts for 40 years. I understand the problem. I have been a diabetic for 25. I always carried a mix of things: string cheese, v-8 juice, chopped vegetables, fruit,
nuts, hard boiled eggs. I hope this gives you ideas for things other than sandwiches. Good luck.