By Sheetz Latest Reply 2011-05-04 14:39:12 -0500
Started 2010-10-13 23:41:43 -0500

Your search — My husband just found out that is A1C is out of whack. So I went on liine to find out what that meant. So now I am preparing all his meals. I find my self at a loss of what to fix for dinner. He eats oatmeal for breakfast, frit and salad for lunch or turkey sandwich and so far fish or chicken for dinner. I am tired of preparing chicken and fish. What else can I serve him?

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Zolar1 2011-05-04 14:39:12 -0500 Report

Well, until he gets his A1C levels into the *safe* range, he will have to be bored 29 out of 30 days a month.

This is what I did in the beginning. Vigilantly ate extremely low carb high protein/fat diet for 29 days, then on the 30th day, I rewarded myself with ONE cinnamon roll or ONE something bad to eat.

Once my weight came down and my A1C improved, I began to add higher carb foods slowly.

Google Dr Bernstein. His diet works VERY well.

Foods without much fat do not help blood sugar control very much.
Fat slows down carb absorption. Animal fat is best.

Just remember, you can eat all the red fatty beef your heart desires, IF you eat a very low or no carb diet. Just remember to take that vitamin pill.

Note: fiber is a bit overrated. If you eat a nearly all meat (AKA beef) diet, it doesn't take long for your colon to become empty and you save a LOT of toilet paper (LOL).

I did the above and my lipids, weight, blood pressure were all better than that of an olympic athlete in 9 months. A1C was nearly perfect! (from 6.8 down to 5.3).
I got my blood pressure so low that the doctor almost went into a panic (80/48).
All that by just diet and exercise.

Pretty much stay away from all grains, oats included, breads, fruits that have a high glycemic index.

From personal experience, I found that the food pyramid and nearly all the diabetic information out there is wrong.

Eat a paleo diet (hunter-gatherer, mostly meat), not a neo diet (farming products, mostly grains).

Here's what you are doing wrong with your above meal plan -

You are not incorporating ANY fat and extremely little protein with each meal.

Try this -

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 ounces of cooked sausage, 1/2 grapefruit.

Lunch: 1/4 cup of nuts and a medium apple

Dinner: 2 quarter pound fatty hamburgers with cheese. Mustard is free, but skip the bread and everything else.

Try this for about a week. Boring, yes, but watch his blood sugars drop like a rock compared to that oatmeal.

Protein and fat kill hunger, carbs and salads do not.

Think this: Chinese food = starving after 2 hours.
Steak dinner = stuffed belly for several hours.

Oh, hamburger is actually steak ground up (ground chuck usually).

Use this formula for eating:

for every 1g of carbs, eat 2g of fat, and 3g of protein.

Your biggest meal of the day should be when you wake up for the day.

And by all means take a walk about 1/2 hour after eating for about an hour.

Once his A1C normalizes, you can easily have a far greater variety of meals.

It's tough in the beginning. But it can be done.

RAYT721 2010-10-16 00:03:28 -0500 Report

As you get into the habit of reading food labels and recipes for calories, carbs, protein, fats, etc., you will find an array of healthy and tasty food options but it won't come overnight. My wife and I continue to try out new recipes… some we like, some we don't but it's helping to build a better menu plan from which to have varieties of things besides the "same old, same old." There are a number of diabetic friendly cookbooks (check your library) and websites. During just this past week we tried three new recipes: asparagus frittata; garlic fish with Caesar Salad; and another recipe (obviously not memorable because I can't tell you what it was). We had pasta one night (low carb Dreamfield) with sauce and we had Jambalaya (brown rice) another night. We experiment with all kinds of things and you can as well. In the week ahead, we are trying a new Beef Stroganoff recipe and Stuffed Peppers. Just remember to practice portion controls and eating less food more often is a decent word of advice.

Sheetz 2010-10-15 00:35:30 -0500 Report

Thank you Elrond, Gabby and Chrissy. I will check out the site. I have been serving fish and chicken because I realize that they are geared toward a healthier diet. I serve steak about 3.5 / 4 oz. Sometime a 1/2 baked potato. A lot of fresh veggies. Its working fairly well. Just want more variety

Elrond 2010-10-14 05:10:38 -0500 Report

You might want to check out the recipes on this site. If you're cooking for one or two people, most of the recipes are geared for six or eight but with a little ingenuity, you can reduce a lot of them. Or if you don't mind leftovers, make a large recipe and reheat. There are many sites on the internet featuring recipes geared for diabetic diets. One of my favorites is but there are several. In the recipes here, look at Sausage and Pepper Medley, a recipe I contributed some time ago. It serves six but I consider it delicious and will satisfy nearly any appetite for 18 grams of carb per serving. It's rather simple to prepare and keeps well. My Chinese Pepper Steak is another of my favorites but if you choose to serve it with rice as directed, you add a considerable carb load. It's very good even without the rice though. There is another recipe for a rice substitute using finely shredded cauliflower but I haven't tried that yet. It might be worth a try, especially if you're fond of cauliflower. But in general, the recipe section ihere is a treasure trove of exciting menu ideas. Be sure to browse through it.

GabbyPA 2010-10-14 13:20:47 -0500 Report

I did the cauliflower trick and it works great. I mix it with the rice in about a 50/50 ratio. My non-diabetic family likes it, and I can eat it too. Makes a great substitute for many things.

Yes, Elrond is right. There are many recipes here. Is there a reason you are sticking to fish and poultry exclusively? Is there another dietary need you are meeting with that? If not, don't be afraid of pork, beef or game meats. I love rabbit. It's mild and lean. What I have done in the past is choose a whole week of meals from the site. Print them out and shop for them. It gives me something exciting to do that is different and then if I like the items, I keep them in a note book, if I didn't care for them I just toss them or modify them for a second try. There are a lot of great ones here.

Chrissy6341 2010-10-14 03:54:24 -0500 Report

Sounds like me. I am getting tired of the same old things. I did take out 2 cook books from my library and just copied some recipes that sound good. Haven't tried them yet. But everyday it's the same thing, turkey,chicken,fish, there is only so much of that one can eat.

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