Please describe what you eat over the course of a typical day

By DFW Latest Reply 2010-09-15 12:54:31 -0500
Started 2010-08-28 13:35:05 -0500

Hi, I'm trying to get some good ideas for my meals and meal planning! My Type II A1c is down to 5.5 as of last week…but my Blood Pressure and Bad Cholesterol are up and now I've got to take meds for that too! Yes, I have been cheating and I need to get focused again.

I need your help here please. Could you describe what you would eat over the course of a typical day.

What did you eat yesterday?

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…and snacks

Thank you

35 replies

klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:53:09 -0500 Report

BFAST - 2 eggs, 1 pc bacon, cheese, 1/2 english muffin
snack - raw almonds, sliced turkey
LUNCH - tuna on multigrain with provolone and 3/4 cup sunflower kernels
snack - baby carrots and/or fist-sized apple
DINNER - potroast, steamed asparagus, small wheat roll
before bed - sliced turkey or ham rolled up with a slice of cheese (sometimes I have 1/2 handfull of sliced pepperoni instead)

if my BG drops below 90, I will add a couple cookies to my snack (1 or 2 oreos or chips ahoy)

CaliKo 2010-09-14 16:52:44 -0500 Report

I'm glad you asked this question, there are some really good ideas here. My breakfast is almost always hot oatmeal with Maple Grove syrup. Black coffee. Morning snack is fruit, usually 3/4 cup blueberries, or a half-cup of melon. Sometimes I'll have an oz. of string cheese. Central Market (if there's one in your area) carries a brand that doesn't taste like plastic. Lunch yesterday was 3 oz smoked salmon, green salad (no dressing, but it had some avocado), a roasted red bell pepper (I'm addicted to these, and they are about 35 calories each), about a half cup of steamed cauliflower, a whole wheat tortilla (also from Central Market). Afternoon snack was a small pear with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Dinner was Lemon Chicken, brown rice, sauteed broccoli, and bedtime snack was a whole wheat mini bagel, plain. I eat all the time! I'm two years into T2, and lost 45 pounds the first year. That helped more than anything to get all my numbers into normal ranges. No meds yet. I do exercise every day now.

2004jeep 2010-09-02 18:57:02 -0500 Report

I'm newly diagnosed a week ago, Confused and shocked,trying to find out what's going on . HELP I will listen.

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 19:11:13 -0500 Report

Hello Jeep!
Welcome to the site. I know it is overwhelming in the beginning, but just hang in there. Take a peek at some of the discussions around and you will learn a lot. Make sure to get help and input from your doctor as well. Together you and your doctor need to map out a treatment goal for you that you can sink your teeth into.

Here is a discussion that will have a LOT of great information in it for you.

dkkinser 2010-09-02 17:16:24 -0500 Report

I have found that as long as I watch my serving sizes, I can eat what I want as long as I always include a good portion of protein. I have some sort of protein with every meal and every snack. I have no carbs or a very small portion of carbs every time I eat. If I eat somewhere besides home, I eat my vegies, small portion fruit, a protein and if there is more than one carb to choose I take a small bite of 2/3 of my most favorite…and choose the 1 that my taste buds really want at that time. I add a handful of almonds/peanuts, spoon of peanut butter, jerky, cheese, sunflower seeds, etc with everything I eat(that is not a main meal). Through classes I learned that in our bodies…the protein attaches to the carbs and helps take them out of our bodies thus helping fewer carbs to be absorbed…and raising our blood sugar level…it really has worked for me and I have lost 22lbs in the past 5/6 months (and I didn't starve or feel deprived)…and my recent A1c was 6.0.

Armourer 2010-08-31 00:08:45 -0500 Report

This is my daily meal, which is not recommended but is the best I can do. First I don't eat meat, so finding protein is a big problem. For breakfast it is a 3 white 1 yoke omlete, with cheese, onions, and peppers; or the same eggs scrambled with a serving of Quinoa and salsa. For lunch a cup of low-fat cottage cheese with salsa, or 3 hard boiled eggs, or a half peanut butter sandwich. For diner a serving of refried beans/black beans, with peppers, tomato, onion, green pepper, serving of Quinoa. Maybe a snack of popcorn before bed. Exercise at gym every other day for an hour. Finally a gallon of water a day. I react terrible to any type of carbs, except popcorn and Quinoa! There are days when I hate to eat cause it is the same old thing.

ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-08-30 20:40:32 -0500 Report

Hello, I am Ann and fairly new to this website. I was put on a 30-45 carb per meal diet so it was hard to go from eating everything that I see and liked to eating what I know is best for me. I usually have for breakfast 1/2 cup of rice crispies with skim milk,for lunch I have 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese , for dinner I have a salad with grilled chicken in it or a 4oz piece of lean meat (beef) or fish with 1 1/2 cups of steamed veggies. At first my stomach kept grawling between meals because it was use to soo much food being put in it every day and now it is finally starting to adjust to the new amount that is going in it. I went from 249 lbs to 230 in a month. My blood sugar has gone from 450+ to 150- .

DFW 2010-08-30 21:14:54 -0500 Report

Very Nice…fish and steamed veggies are one of my favorite dishes! It's really amazing to me the aromatic flavors different veggies have. I had never noticed that in the past because they were always swimming in cheese or some sort of cream sauce.

ashtronaut 2010-08-29 21:02:58 -0500 Report

Hello all, I'm Ashley and new to all this! I've been eating egg beaters and a toasted Arnold's Sandwich Thin and berries for breakfast or a cup of Kashi Go Lean, Silk light soy milk, and 1/3 cup berries. I usually eat a Weight Watchers yogurt mid morning for 15 carbs and some protein/fiber. Lunch is usually sliced chicken breast on a sandwich thin, 17 grapes, and an ounce of cheese. Afternoon snack is another 15 carbs, often a piece of fruit or some soy crisps. Dinner tonight was a tiny baked potato, roast beef, and brussel sprouts. Bedtime snack is the one I'm having issues with, trying to find the right balance to get my morning sugars right. I've been trying a Boost drink and some strawberries, or an Extend Bar and blueberries.

The nutritionist wants me to eat 45 carbs for breakfast, 15 for snack, 45 for lunch, 15 for snack, 45 for dinner, and 15-30 before bed. I'm also doing Weight Watchers, so it's a challenge to count points and carbs, but I've lost 10 pounds this month without being hungry. I start my diabetes education classes this week.

GabbyPA 2010-08-30 20:08:08 -0500 Report

You will love your class I hope. I had an excellent one that was 9 weeks long and I learned so much! Kudos on the weight loss too. You are doing great.

seventyonedragonflies 2010-08-29 15:26:25 -0500 Report

i am still learning, so this isn't a to do list… i am not even sure its all ok.
for breakfast, i sometimes have a scrambled egg sandwich, (open)
snack is a few carrots. or broccoli , naked or with good for me dressing,
dinner is a half of a chicken breast, crumbled in a salad.
snack is a yogurt (low everything) , i freeze them so its more like ice cream, you just have to wait a few minutes before digging in.

also i have found that jenny-o fake bacon is zero carbs! so i microwave a couple of pieces for a snack sometimes.
chicken in a can has no carbs, so sometimes i put it on a rice cake.
lettuce tuna wraps are good. make a sandwich, and instead of using bread, use lettuce instead!
i found some bread that seems to be better than most. its natures made, 14g! i hope i have helped a little bit.

GabbyPA 2010-08-29 07:43:56 -0500 Report

First of all, let me congratulate you on a great A1c. That is wonderful so you must be doing something very right.

What I typically do is a veggie saute or salad for breakfast with some protein in it. I try to keep my breakfast carbs down because it sets me up for a better day.

Lunch is usually a salad of some sort with protein and some carbs. Either some crackers or maybe a sandwich. I use whole grain breads and try to skip the really processed meats. Tomato and cucumber sandwiches are my recent kick.

Dinner is usually the family meal, so I cook a varity of things. I try to always eat a big serving of salad before my "meal" so that I make sure I am getting that in. Then I usually have my protein and cabs. Like last night we had hamburgers. I use the skinny buns to keep carbs low because I wanted to have some watermelon.

I had gotten rather sloppy with my carbs, so I am going back to what worked really well for me and that is very few carbs. My body just doesn't do well with getting so much. So I am trying to keep it to about 100 g per day.

DFW 2010-08-29 09:53:39 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby…veggie sauté or salad for breakfast with protein is something I have never considered. I'll give it a try!

Could you expand on your salad ingredients, and do you ever use packaged salads?


GabbyPA 2010-08-30 20:15:49 -0500 Report

I don't used packaged salads, but if you really hate making them it is not a bad idea. What I do is get a huge Tupperware container and fill it with Romaine lettuce, Baby spinach, a half a bunch of parsley, 3-4 green onions, thinly sliced carrots, sliced radishes and seeded cucumbers chopped up. I don't add tomatoes to it in the tub, but if I want some tomato I add it in my bowl. That way it stays fresh. Oh! and a trick to keep the lettuce from turning brown is to add some red cabbage to the tub. I found that out by mistake, but it helps a lot. You can also add mushrooms, peppers and other goodies. I like to add alfalfa sprouts too, and when I sprout my own beans, I add those as well.

What is nice is that now I have a salad ready for my meals as well as salad for dinner with the family or any one who just wants one during the day. It will last about 2 days and then I refill it again. I try to keep it on hand at all times. It is easier for me to make a good choice if the choice is already there for me.

I have about 2 cups of the tossed salad, 1/4 c no fat cottage cheese and about one serving of the protein of my choice along with my dressing.

DFW 2010-08-30 21:32:51 -0500 Report

Jackpot!…this is something I have needed to know about… thanks Gabby!!!

I typically have to force myself to make a salad because of the "Assembly Required" aspect. This how I'll get past that, I'll make up the "Tub-O-Salad" now what a great idea…I'm sure everyone here already knew to do this. I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box but I'm a quick study!

Actually I'm one of those people who operates best with a diagram, illustration, or a picture. I had a boss once who had a white-board in his office and he drew sketch's of what our projects involved. We always knew what to accomplish and what was expected of us for a project.

This guy would draw a picture at the drop of a hat…ordering lunch? Hold on he has to go to the white-board and illustrate what to get him for lunch. It was very effective.

Thanks Gabby!

DFW 2010-08-29 00:01:00 -0500 Report

Great! it really helps to hear new meal ideas from real people.

What does your favorite Breakfast? or Lunch? or Dinner? consist of.

Keep'em coming… Thanks a Million

RAYT721 2010-08-29 00:37:20 -0500 Report

Well "Diabetic" simply means friendly to diabetics and is not of itself a menu plan. You will find out what works and doesn't work for you. For the most part we are talking about low carb, low fat, low cholesterol, higher protein (unless there are kidney issues) and a general "healthy" menu. It's okay to count carbs and calories and fat and everything else but far more important to get proper nutrition, exercise, water, and the right things. Your body and meter will tell you what's right and wrong, Don't expect to be perfect but expect to be pleased and punished. Experience is the best teacher and preacher.

DFW 2010-08-29 01:19:59 -0500 Report

Ray, I'll edit that to correct the term "Diabetic" thank you.

I like what you said about nutrition, exercise and water…and letting "My Body and Meter" be my guide. I've finally been zeroing in on things that work using that approach…latest A1c is down to 5.5 this week… I've finally got some good results!

That being said Ray, I would love to hear a few specific examples of your favorite meals…lunch or dinner (real food). I understand this is a very subjective question, but I am quite interested to know what you personally like to eat. The Atkins and Fiber One bars sound good. Anything else specific you could share?

I checked out your "Snack Attack" thread and got some great snack ideas there!



RAYT721 2010-09-12 16:18:19 -0500 Report

Tonight we are having cornish hen with a little (i mean little) mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. We were going to have a Spinach-Mango salad but the mango is not yet ripe. We make alot of fish (prefer basa or tilapia) baked with a hint of cajun spice. We enjoy trying out new recipes that we find online especially those with lower carb counts. We limit the amount of pasta, rice and potatoes that we eat but we also watch our portion sizes. I eat frequently even if it's a handful of nuts or low fat cheese or other options from the "Snack Attack" discussion.

RAYT721 2010-09-14 16:56:19 -0500 Report

tonight is cajun jambalaya made with shrimp, sausage, chicken and we used brown rice instead of white. We make a vat of it and it freezes well. Great thing for those "on the go" nights like tonight where we are going to exercise at the Y. Wife is gonna swim and I'll probably walk over to Arby's. (Don't tell anyone)

Beerlilly 2010-08-28 22:54:25 -0500 Report

Well everyday differs with me; I like options with my food. For Example:
Breakfast: 1 cup of cereal or 1 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl or 1 cup of Mixed fruit
Snack: Sugar free Jello cup or Rice cakes or peanuts
Lunch: Turkey sandwich with carrots and a diet coke or half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and apple sauce
Dinner: Pork tenderloin, veggies, water and a pop-over (bread) or Spinish shell pasta with pasta sauce, roasted veggies, and a diet coke with lime

Though it depends on how busy I am, I might skip snacks. Like when I'm working, the time flies because I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Well I hope that this helps you.


DFW 2010-08-28 23:38:00 -0500 Report

What type of cereal do you eat?…skim milk? fat free milk?

Turkey Sandwich…what type of bread do you like to eat? what goes on the sandwich?

Thank you for responding

Beerlilly 2010-08-29 16:39:22 -0500 Report

The type of cereal I like is Cheerios; the honey nut or the plain. As for the turkey sandwich, I like to eat it on whole wheat bread and nothing on it but lettuce. Its strange I know but it brings out the natural flavors of the bread and the turkey if eaten plain.

Breezey 2010-08-29 17:14:09 -0500 Report

I love Mesquite turkey that you get in the deli dept..i asked the clerk to tell me the caloric and carb and fat content for just tastes better then reg. turkey…unless i roast one..then i like THAT kind of turkey…if you can find turkey ham at your supermarket deli, that is good too..and low cal…
i put a TBL of REAL Miracle Whip on my sandwich…its better then the lite or no fat, so i will eat it…also lots of lettuce…the real mayo and miracle whip are of course counted in my calories, carbs and fat numbers…i make up for that by eating lighter or earing more raw veggies for snacks…sometimes you gotta have the real thing! no soda for or otherwise…not good for you with all those chemicals and fake stuff in them..

monkeymama 2010-08-28 18:18:43 -0500 Report

I can tell you some of the choices I have for each meal to help give you an idea what I might eat:
*Breakfast: 2 eggs, Propel, and 1 slice whole grain Healthy Life Wheat Toast
6oz. Light Yoplait Yogurt and Propel
2 Sweet Potato Waffles (no syrup) and Propel
Special K Cereal Bar and Propel
Omellete and Propel
3/4 c. Special K Plus Protein Cereal,1/4 Smart Balance Skim, Propel
* Lunches: Luna Bar and Water
Salad and Water
Turkey or Tuna Salad sandwich and Water
* Dinners: Vegetarian Chili and Diet Soda
Roasted Chicken Breast, Seasoned Potatoes, and Diet Soda
Whole Grain Wheat roll-up, Coleslaw, and Diet Soda
Roasted Pork Chops or Pork Loin, Whole Grain Side, Veg,Diet Soda
* Snacks: Veggies and Dip (or just veggies), Whole Grain crackers, SF Pudding or
Jello, Sunflower seeds, 1/2 cop ice cream, Cheese and meat nibbles…

I don't always have my snacks either. With me being on my one medication for something else, it REALLY takes my appetite away and curbs my munchie issues. I actually have to push my meals now. These are just some of my options for eating. I also have integrated my healthy eating ways into my families diet as well. It has been doing wonders for ALL of us. I like to go online or use my diabetic cookbooks to help me find wholesome and healthy meals. We all have our good days and our bad. We sometimes will fall but it is a matter of getting back up, get in the grove, grow & learn, and move forward. I hope this has helped you out a little.

DFW 2010-08-28 23:32:11 -0500 Report

Nice…what, if anything do you put in your tuna salad and coleslaw?

Vegetarian Chili sounds terrific


RAYT721 2010-08-28 15:56:33 -0500 Report

Everyone's tastes and bodies are so different that what works for one won't work for another but I can tell you the types of menus that I am drawn to. My usual morning starts with either an Atkins or Fiber One bar and/or Light and Fit Yogurt. I want low carb, low fat, and nutritious (calcium, protein, etc) foods to start my day. I often have mid-morning snacks (see my discussion called Snack Attack here on DC using the search keyword). My lunches are simple and are usually leftovers from the night before's dinners or salads, that kind of thing. I again go for mid-afternoon snacks (snack attack discussion) staying around 100 calories. My dinner offers far more variety because I will usually find new recipes online, offline, from friends, etc where I pay attention to fats, proteins, carbs and calories and strict portion control. I often tweak my favorite recipes to have better ingredients than before my diagnosis. I will do another snack in the evenings. It may sound like I eat alot but what I do is eat often with smaller portions. Others may disagree with me and that's okay. We have to do what works for us in terms of mind, body and soul. I have lost 23 pounds my way.

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