New diabetic

Miss Patches
By Miss Patches Latest Reply 2010-10-18 20:41:58 -0500
Started 2010-10-18 11:33:44 -0500

Before I was dig. with diabetes I could not eat well eating only eating one meal per day sometimes one an half meals. Now its the same been very stressed going through a divorce and having to move with my mother, I've lost 20 pounds in the last two months. I'm worried because I've been told by other people that I'm suppose to eat at least five small meals. Please help me with your adivce.

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RAYT721 2010-10-18 20:41:58 -0500 Report

You are better off eating more frequently with lesser amounts of foods. It will help to regulate your blood sugar levels by averaging out sane ratios of protein, fat, carbs, vitamins, etc. My advice is to get the number of calories you need to maintain your weight (or to drop a few pounds if you need to) but do not never, ever skip breakfast. That is truly the most important meal for many reasons and the one which you will have a better chance of working off with exercise throughout the day. I try to eat every 2-3 hours but I am not talking about buffet visits. I may have an 80 calorie low fat yogurt and/or low-carb Atkins bar in the morning around 7:00. I may have some nuts or low fat cheese sticks or some baked potato chips around 9:30 am. My lunch is around noon and I usually bring leftovers from home for the next day at work. We have a fridge and microwave. Now I will snack again around 2:30 or so… again it's not a side of beef or a foot long sandwich that is the size of my car. I can get away with some lean lunch meat and low-fat cheese or some fruit (fruit salad?) or some kind of healthier snack that will help with the craving for food without stuffing myself. Dinner is around 5:00 when I get home and we've been on a low carb cooking spree lately trying new recipes from various books and magazines. Our dinner tonight was an amazing slow cooker enchilada dish. WOW. The other night was a spicy peanut chicken and tomorrow we're having baked tilapia with an asparagus dish. We have cut back drastically on rice, bread, pastas, potatoes, etc. This is not to say "cut out" but "cut back." If you vow to never ever eat things you want or need, you'll lose your mind before you lose weight so be true to yourself… self control and portion controls are the keys. I will eat again around 7:30 pm … sane choices. (See my article "Snack Attack" for some sane snack choices. I will be updating the list soon with more ideas). Don't skip meals. You're not doing your body any good. I've dropped 23 pounds and excited. Congratulations on your weight loss. Now, turn the energy into genuine concern for your mind, body and soul. Welcome to Diabetic Connect. If there's anything that I can do or say, please let me know. We are truly a community / family here and I am glad you've found us!!!

Harlen 2010-10-18 11:47:47 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
It is best to have more small meals the one big meal as well as having snaks
When your body thinks there is lots of food you it passes a lot of the food as not needed .When you only eat a little or one meal a day your boddy thinks food is hard to come by and kicks into starvation mode and hangs onto every thing for as long as it can.I have lost more lbs by eatting right the I ever did on a diet
I hope this helps
Best wishes