new to this need to know a few qustions

By rcasey Latest Reply 2010-08-05 10:03:33 -0500
Started 2010-08-04 22:22:16 -0500

I was at the doc today and although I was dignosied over a year ago did not care till today. my a1c was an 11 and my doc was telling me foods to eat low on a GI table and I was wondering what kinda meals i can eat and drink

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GabbyPA 2010-08-05 10:03:33 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community. I know you will find all kinds of great ideas here. The GI is kind of a tough place to start, it is a little more complicated. But if you use a South Beach diet book and nutrition book, that is a good place to start. I am not saying to just follow the South Beach diet, it is not geared for diabetics. But it helps the most with using the glycemic index.

MAYS 2010-08-05 08:15:01 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

It's not as hard as it may seem, it's all about what you know first, and what you do second.

Here is a start to understanding the Glycemic Index, Counting Carbs and Reading Nutrition Labels :

Work with your diabetes support team to create a plan of action tailored to you for managing your diabetes, remember uncontrolled diabetes can and will lead to serious health complications :

Explore this site, make friends and ask questions, we are all here to help one another, and to be helped by one another !


monkeymama 2010-08-04 23:47:42 -0500 Report

There is a web site They make a low glycemic index pasta. if you go to their web site, they offer coupons, LOTS of recipes, and further info about glycemic foods. I changed my whole family over to this pasta and they love it. Jillian Michaels also offers some GREAT help with glycemic index food ideas as well. She has her own site and a line of books that can help guide you through it As to how much you should have in carbs per day, it is going to be different for each person. They based this on age, weight, BMI, frame/heigth, and gender. For me, they allow me nothing more than a 120g of carbs per day (20g each meal and snack combo) with a occasional special snack limit of 40g. You might want to ask how much he/she (the doctor) would like for you intake per meal/per snack. I hope this helps you out. Best of luck and welcome.

Elrond 2010-08-04 23:24:15 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family. All of us have different nutritional requirements as far as daily carbs and food preferences. It does absolutely no good to diagram a 'perfect meal' if it's composed of foods you absolutely hate and won't eat. I have that problem because I'm a very picky eater. I sort-of solved it by becoming a gourmet chef. I've learned to prepare meals exactly the way I like them while leaving out any ingredients I don't want. Along the way, I control the carbs and things such as sodium and cholesterol. If you cook for others, it can be tricky, suiting your own low-carb needs while satisfying the appetites of non-diabetics. The best place to start is the recipe section of this site. Once you've picked it clean of all the things that look interesting, I recommend They have hundreds of recipes designed with diabetics in mind. There are many other sites on the internet but many don't list nutritional info very carefully, requiring considerable research.

Harlen 2010-08-04 23:06:30 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Well for me I cut the carbs down to 55 now a day .
I can eat anything as long as I dont go over that lol I am even on the pump
bread,rice,spuds are all off the table pasta too but thats me you may be able to have some you need to test test test I test first thing in the AM and befor meals and two Hr after meals this tells me what food is doing what to my blood sugars.You may wish to know how to carb count this will help you a LOT and you can get the info right at this site.
Feel free to ask any Q you have we all here will help
Best wishes

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