eating habits

By thebennett66 Latest Reply 2010-08-07 17:56:21 -0500
Started 2010-08-05 09:52:53 -0500

I am a new iabetic and have made great changes in my everyday life but I am having hard time with figuring out what I can do to get my levels to come down a little more, and I am eating next to nothing it seems like, any ideas on good eating snacks or meals, I eat on the run a lot due to busy sechedule.

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RAYT721 2010-08-05 18:46:58 -0500 Report

It could be the eating next to nothing that is messing up your mind, body and soul. Just because you're a diabetic doesn't mean you should give up on calories, carbs, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, etc. Drink alot of water and exercise doesn't have to mean live at the gym. You can vacuum the floor to burn calories. You can dance with a mop. You can touch your toes. Anything beats nothing. Don't forget to walk as far and as often as you can. All those things will help with the bg numbers. Start planning ahead for your "on the go" life… low fat cheese sticks, low fat yogurt, nuts, protein bars, hard boiled eggs, etc are all quick and easy things to take with you. Learn to freeze leftovers that you can zap in the microwave. Wendy's side salads for $1 are a cheap and easy lunch or dinner or side/snack. I don't even eat the dressing most of the time. I will use a lemon wedge when possible. Don't forget sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Start listing things that you and your bg meter likes to keep a running list for your shopping and snacking needs. You can surf the web for recipes and you can tweak some of your favorite recipes with healthier ingredients. I recently made stuffed peppers with ground chicken and brown rice. I've made homemade soups to freeze individually in which I control the ingredients. I hardly ever eat the fat/skin on my lean meats. I am eating more fish (so easy to bake). What works for me may not work for you. Also don't give up breakfasts. It may sound like a good idea … it's NOT. Eat less but eat more often. Eat what you love!!!

realsis77 2010-08-05 12:21:12 -0500 Report

Hi. I'm also a new diabetic and found out it REALLY helped me to buy a few diabetic cookbooks and also a couple of books on diabetic issues. It helps clear up the fog a little. I'm still struggling trying to retrain myself on what to eat and what NOT to eat. I think that's the hardest part ever. Its the re learning. Its always difficult to suddenly have to change something you have done for many years (trust me I understand) but for me books and cookbooks and this website helps me a real lot! Plus the recipes are delicious! Have a great day!

monkeymama 2010-08-05 12:20:58 -0500 Report

Hello there! I can fully understand the whole busy schedule thing. I am ALWAYS on the go. Being a nursing student, mother of 3 (2 have special needs and other has other serous issues) and wife. I pack Luna Bars, almonds, Special K Protein Shakes/Bars for when I am on the go and know I won't be home for a meal/snack. Along with water, Propel, and Crystal Light Fitness. I still manage to get to the gym at least 3 times a week now. I will also bring a well balanced salad, yogurt, and/or low fat cottage cheese as well as other possible options. I agree with Roy531 here also. Make small and gradual changes will help you maintain and hold these changes. If you must stop and eat something from a fast food restaurant, there is a book called "Nutrition in the Fastlane" that will help guide you in better choices while eating on the go. You can get a copy I hope this helps you out and best of wishes to you

Electlady7777 2010-08-05 12:39:35 -0500 Report

I too am a diabetic from a child, but I was not diagnosed until 1992 and placed on oral meds. I was placed on Lantus a year ago, and it worked fine until recently. My A1C is 8.0 and my doctor does not want to make any changes to my regimen. I have also been experiencing infections.

Do you think the infections have something to do with my high blood sugar, and if so how can I control naturally?

Roy531 2010-08-05 13:49:38 -0500 Report

Anytime your body if fighting infections it will cause your blood sugars to go up. Did the doctor give you any antibiotics for the infection? I don't know of a way to controll it naturally but if there is a way somebody here will know.


monkeymama 2010-08-05 17:39:41 -0500 Report

When one is using insulin to control their BG. Sometimes a doctor will do a sick change to your treatments to help with the BG that can happen with antibiotics and other medications (ex: prednisone). It is best to consult with your doctor to see if you can do a sick modification(s) when you do get sick.

monkeymama 2010-08-05 17:37:19 -0500 Report

While antibiotics are good for bacterial infections, there is also that risk of developing another infection; kidney, bladder, and UTI's are just a few examples. Diabetics are VERY PRONE to infections.

Roy531 2010-08-05 10:03:32 -0500 Report

Do you do any exercise? I walk 3.5 miles every night and it helps in keeping my numbers down. You don't have to start big but start small and work your way up. Have you seen a dietician? Have you been to a diabetes education class? All of these can help you with what foods to eat. If you eat on the run, are you eating at fast food places, that will run your numbers up.


thebennett66 2010-08-05 10:11:46 -0500 Report

yes i work out 3 times a week and do 45 minutes of cardio each time, and have done all classes just seems like I am ina rut, maybe have to push myself more, thanks so much.

MAYS 2010-08-05 10:03:01 -0500 Report

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