Are You Eating Smart, or Are You Eating Just To Eat ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-08-23 22:28:57 -0500
Started 2010-08-31 01:47:03 -0500

How are you eating?

Healthy eating is about more than the food on your plate—it is also about how you think about food.

Healthy eating habits can be learned and it is important to slow down and think about food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids.

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet—they are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

Fruits and vegetables should be part of every meal and your first choice for a snack—aim for a minimum of five portions each day. The antioxidants and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases.


28 replies

nzingha 2011-08-23 22:27:35 -0500 Report

i'm about to go to bed ..checked my reading and its 176.. 2 hrs after eating but i'm hungry… still.. do i ignore the hunger pangs and just go sleep ?

margokittycat 2011-08-23 18:52:54 -0500 Report

Thank you for posting this and for the link. Healthy eating is so important when you are diabetic and alot of people don't realize how easy it actually is to just grab a piece of fruit or even vegetables. I always but carrots and celery and snow peas or sugar snap peas and cut the carrots and celery up and put them in a bowl with the peas put water over them and stick them in the fridge and grab a togo bowl out of the cupboard and fill it up when I am on the go. In the summer time take a little cooler with me to keep them from getting hot in the car. I am a fruit and vegetable person so it works good for me but I know there are a lot of people who don't like one or the other or both.

flipmom 2011-08-23 18:27:11 -0500 Report

thank you for the link! its really hard sometimes when u are always on the go and fruits nowadays doesnt really taste as sweet and as good..

jladytiger1979 2011-08-23 10:26:30 -0500 Report

Very true!! I had 1/2 a hamburger and 10 fries the other day and was nauseous for 24 hours!! Once you get healthy it is HARD to eat anything else! Unfortunately, I have an obese husband that does not participate in my healthy lifestyle. He has a family history of diabetes (mother & older brother) but doesn't believe it can happen to him. I've talked to him and love him but I can't MAKE him do anything so I'm not going to get myself down. I just try not to let him sabotage me too much!

margokittycat 2011-08-23 18:55:25 -0500 Report

That is a good additude to have. If something happens and he goes to the doctor and the doctor say you have dibetes at least you know you tried and then maybe just maybe he will listen and realize you were telling him and trying to get him to clean up his habbits because you love him.

MewElla 2011-01-26 07:35:42 -0600 Report

Since I was diagnosed a year ago with type2 diabetes, I changed my diet around big time. Biggest portion of food is fruit and vegetables, always have beans as they make me feel full for a longer period of time. Fish is also on week's menu at least twice…I just feel so much better when I eat healthy and don't go off the deep end with hambergers.fries, junk food. Sure had to learn the hard way, but I totally "get it" now..

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-01-25 22:59:12 -0600 Report

My Blood Glucose was high (above 160) every morning. I doubled and tripled my effort to "eat right" I could get a 116 ay night. We have two D.C. offices in Middle TN which began with a thourough bood workup,saliva, and stool samples through a day. I was always tired after chemo and now this, I began a 3 week regime of no dairy, gluten, red meat, pork. I drink almond milk, eat chicken, fish fruits, vegetales; use grapeseed or flaxseed oil. No fast food or artifical. Just salt pepper. My legs stopped hurting in 1 week. Found anemic and low cortisol. Told ya I was tired and exercise did not and could not build stamina. I have 9 more weeks of direct instruction.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-23 10:27:34 -0500 Report

The food we eat is definitely causing us problems and we don't even know it! My fibromyalgia is mysteriously gone after turning my diet around!!!

thegizzard 2011-01-25 19:06:58 -0600 Report

I have kidney disease and am on a renal diet, which is not dissimilar to a diabetic one, although it does stress meat like chicken and turkey a little more. I have slowly learned that slowing down is very important because when you look at what you gobble, it gets scary. Not just what you're eating, but why. So far I have lost 23 pounds in 6 months, and it's staying off. One month, I lost thirteen pounds (but gained 3 pounds back during rehab for my knee replacement) by having a good balanced breakfast, and a slice of pizza with milk for lunch, and either yogurt or an egg at dinnertime. It worked! And my nutritionist said that I could have the pizza! I'm not doing that now for various reasons—I was losing weight too fast, for one. SO the weight does come off when you slow down and watch what you're eating. But I have trouble incorporating enough fruits and veggies. Suggestions?

EJMac 2011-01-25 22:38:59 -0600 Report

I found a very good vegi soup with a tiny amount of fat and LOTA of yummy vegetables. I LOVE GARLIC AND IT HA ALOT OF GARLIC IN-MOSTLY TO INDIVIDUAL TASTE. I;ll share if youare interested.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-01-25 23:03:56 -0600 Report

I will share too. Chop onion, green pepper in shallow water. Boil, Add frozen llima beans. Cook ten minutes. Add white bean, pinto bean, kidney bean, blackeye peas. Put in chicken (or vegetable) broth to cover. ( Don't put in tomatoes, they cause inflammation on the inside of some people) Season with a spoon of grapeseed or flax oil.Simmer at least 1 hour. Makes a thick, hearty, savory, soup. I found a little extra spice kick keeps me away from the salt shaker at the table.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-31 23:16:57 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Petals I feel like you when it comes to Michael (my husband). Only thing I tell him is one day he will believe. I know it's hard to see them just do what they do.
Thanks Mays I appreciate you looking out for all of us. Stay blessed all & remember you are loved & favored by Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

petals 2010-08-31 15:19:12 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays I keep telling my hubby that he needs to eat more vegies and fruits may be he will listen someday. And sometimes I have to tell myself that as well.

bettymachete 2010-08-31 11:41:21 -0500 Report

I absolutely agree with you Mays. It is also what frustrates me about others who say they simply can't afford to eat healthy. They are convinced that eating to fill is what needs to be done yet…they eat with the eyes only. They see a big plate of french fries vrs a 1/2 cup of steamed veggies… you ask them "what will fill you up?". They will more than likely pick the big plate of fries.

MAYS 2010-08-31 11:52:29 -0500 Report

That is so very true!

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-01-25 23:07:34 -0600 Report

True for me. I love carbs! Currently purging dairy, gluten, and red meat I can eat sweet potato. Grease pan with coconut oil (looks like a fruit jar of lard). Cut potato into slices, than fry sticks. Arrange in single layer. Drizzle with grapseed oil. Bake til you see brown tips and edges. Remove from pan and place on paper towel and salt ( or stevia ) them. A Good Carb!

Mrs Terrell Jacobs
Mrs Terrell Jacobs 2010-08-31 11:39:22 -0500 Report

I would appreciate any help you can give

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 10:25:32 -0500 Report

This is the attitude we all need as diabetics now. I was amazed at all the garbage I used to eat and I would not even want to consider the calorie intake I was on before I found out I was diabetic. Not that I am perfect by any means now, but it is much more in line with a healthy lifestyle.

What is also very cool is that you can feel full because your body is getting the nutrients it needs when you eat better. So I find I can eat less, feel full and be happy. What a great thing!!

MAYS 2010-08-31 11:54:13 -0500 Report

Yes, that is such a great feeling. so many people think that it can't be done, but eating smart will help you to lose weight and be healthy!

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 11:57:55 -0500 Report

I am about to embark on a new adventure, so I will be letting you all know how that goes. It is going to be a bit more extreme but I am looking forward to the results of it. I did something similar before, but it was on my own. Now I have a bit more support here at home and that should help a bit.

EJMac 2011-01-25 23:31:10 -0600 Report

I started really eating a good diabetic diet plan WITH some exercise every day. I can't believe I am still motivated after 3 full weeks. Actually I am feeling better than I have in a long time. I eat the vegi soup with lots of carrots, mushrooms, zucchinni, cabbage, celery. I ALSO EAT BROCOLLI & /CAULIFLOWER DAILY WITH A TINY BIT OF CHEESE ON IT. I hope this motivation stays. Blood sugar is excellent right now.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-23 10:30:58 -0500 Report

I love my daily exercise. And whats even better…I eat to fuel and don't eat to stuff myself. When I fuel my body properly I'm just not hungry!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-26 08:57:37 -0600 Report

That is great that your levels are doing well. 3 weeks is a magic point. It usually takes 21 days to develop a good habit, only 3 to break it. So you have reached that good habit forming...good for you!

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