Need to understand foods.

By momhargrave Latest Reply 2010-10-29 17:52:10 -0500
Started 2010-10-25 08:23:41 -0500

At the end of my rope. I don't get it. I need to understand food choices and how to make them work with likes and dislikes and mostly on my budget. Here are the facts. (1) I hate cereal and only like rye bread or occasionaly italian. I have yet to find a wheat bread that has any flavor. Understand these are purchased items.( As for other breads, I make them from scratch and cant understand 1/2 cup of sugar divided into 36 rolls affects we worse than a candy bar.) I also can't stand chicken or turkey. I try to serve lean pork a couple of times a week. Fish would be great except it is expensive, and several of the kids want eat it. This also brings in fact 2. My weekly grocery budget is about $125 a week. Which means there are lots of rice , pasta and potato sides. I get of the constant arguements over my health and food. I no longer have a Dr. as we have move and I have no ins so pleade don't suggest I see my Dr.

16 replies

BIRDY 2010-10-29 14:46:48 -0500 Report

why don't you use bulgur instead of rice? Any rice recipe is much better with bulgur.

GabbyPA 2010-10-29 15:19:57 -0500 Report

Yum you are right there and you don't have to heat up the stove for it. Just pop it in some hot water and let it do it's thing. I love it in salads.

BIRDY 2010-10-29 15:35:50 -0500 Report

exactly and it is my main ingredient.I also make pilaf with bulgur by adding onions , bell peppers and tomatoes.Keeps full and healthy with a big salad.

GabbyPA 2010-10-29 15:40:18 -0500 Report

It still is a grain and still has carbs. There is more fiber in it as it's a more complete kernel and I like the nutty taste of it. I like to make pilaf with it as well and toss in some sauteed walnuts or almonds.

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Two painful feet 2010-10-27 17:58:54 -0500 Report

If you can't get egg betters you can break an egg and take out the yolk and beat the egg white. Cook just like you do an whole egg. You might want to put mrs dash on it for flavor.
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whitetigress 2010-10-27 15:58:50 -0500 Report

I don't like whole wheat bread either … it tastes like cardboard. Rye and pumpernickel, as Gabby suggested is fantastic for you and tastes better.

As a single person, I find freezing to be a great help as it causes food to last longer. Instead of having to eat something within the next few days, freezing extends the life of food.

The other thing I have found that tastes great is RED RICE. You can find it in the international isle and it contains fibre, omega 3 and 6 and it is low in carbs.

Instead of having potatoes, why not get a head of cauliflower, steam it, and mash that with no salt butter and herbs. Generally, fresh produce isn't expensive (and I'm on a budget) try different vegetables: squash or sweet potatoes … add cinnamon for additional taste. Variety is so important and most veggies are "free" for us. Margarine: becel olive oil …

Have you asked your kids what foods they like? Maybe you can do a no-sugar version of their foods.

What also makes some carbs dangerous is the way they are cooked. Steaming is always best as it keeps the nutrients in the food - even potatoes.

I know it can get frustrating having a family and trying to take care of yourself at the same time - especially around food.

I do have one secret for you, momhargrave, when you sit down to eat, the first food that should go into your mouth is the protien. Have a few bites of protien first and your body will not release as much insulin, lowering your spikes or creating no spike. Eat the carb toward the end of your meal or after you eat some protein first.

I hope this helps.

GabbyPA 2010-10-27 08:07:36 -0500 Report

Actually rye bread is very good for us, so eat that since you like it. Pumpernickel is also a good one as is sourdough bread.

The other thing to understand is that sugar is a carb, but so is the flour in your rolls. Those things combined make high carbs with little fat or protein. Why a candy bar (like a chocolate bar) can work for some people is that there is a lot of fat in it to slow down the spike.

As for fish, try tilapia. It is very mild, very cheap and cooks quick. I am not a huge fish fan, but I make sure I eat more of it now. Keep trying until you find a recipe the kids will eat.

Another alternate to rice and pasta is quinoia. It cooks up like rice and takes on what ever flavors you give it. It is a little more than rice, but it is gluten free and much easier on our sugar levels. If you can't do that, something I do to help me out in rice or potato dishes is use cauliflower for about 1/2 of the recipe. That cuts the carbs considerably and it is hardly noticeable to the family.

LauraS 2010-10-26 13:58:10 -0500 Report

I'm in a very similar financial situation and understand how hard it is to not eat pasta or rice. I've switched to brown rice and whole wheat pasta. You can easily get these items at Walmart and they don't cost more than white rice and pasta. I think english muffins are okay, try the whole grain type, get some natural peanut butter and sugar free jelly, makes a great breakfast. Also, sweet potatoes (yams) are a lot better than white potatoes. I fall off the wagon a lot but making small changes does help in the long run.

whitetigress 2010-10-29 17:52:10 -0500 Report

One way to make great peanut butter is to buy raw peanuts (bulk place maybe) not roasted, no salt (my preference) and using a blender, some oil (tbs) and blend.

Also, I have found Catelli's "smart pasta" to be great as it has fiber and protein. :D

Kirla 2010-10-25 17:40:51 -0500 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck
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alanbossman 2010-10-25 10:12:33 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family, first off if you keep eating high carb meal you need to make them in smaller portion sizes, white breads, white rice, white pasta,and white potato are high in carbs. The bread you make from scratch it is not so much the sugar but the white flour that runs your numbers high. You can eat more green vegs and salads in your meals. You need to read the food labels on very thing you purchase. Check the carb amounts per serving. also check your BS before a meal and 1 to 2 hrs after the meal if the carbs are high than you need to not eat that again. Do you take meds for your diabetes or diet and excrise only.

momhargrave 2010-10-25 10:47:49 -0500 Report

I check BS at least 4 x a day. I try and avoid the potatoes, pasta and rice. I could live on fresh vegies if they were truly fresh, especially greens. Eat eat salad twice a day. I'm not particlely fond of corn or green beans but that is about all this bunch eats. Wheat flour is not easy to obtain in this little town and I can't afford to shop in the stores that are 30 miles away very often. I also need help in knowing how to make the change from white to wheat as my recipes seem thick and heavy if I make the same measure for both. So far the couple of brands I have tried or not bread flour. They are more like ap. Breakfast seems to be my challange right now as there seems to be nothing to eat. As I said I don't like cereal and I'm not allowed bacon ,sausage or eggs. Egg beaters are not available and since I don't eat poultry, I need help. Breakfast has always been a bagel or english muffin and coffee going out the door. And yes i take meds. metformin 1000mg twice a day. Thank god for walmart $4.00 drugs.

RockyMtnGal 2010-10-27 15:28:40 -0500 Report

Breakfast used to be hard for me too, especially when I was working. So I learned to think outside the box. There is no rule saying you have to eat breakfast foods for breakfast. A lot of times I would just grab a few celery sticks with peanut butter and a handful of whole wheat crackers. Or the night before I would prepare some extra lean ham slices spread with some light cream cheese and wrapped around a lettuce leaf or spinach leaves.

For baking, usually recipes use 1/2 and 1/2 ap white and wheat flour. If you go all wheat flour I find I need lots more liquid. I would also suggest upping your leavening or using a baking powder and soda combo and adding a little buttermilk with the liquid to help activate the leavening agents. For yeast breads maybe an additional rising too. It may take some experimenting.

Good luck! And like many have said take it one step at a time. It will all come together eventually.

alanbossman 2010-10-25 11:05:21 -0500 Report

Hi again you could try fruits for breakfast like strawberrys or blueberrys and any other berrys. most melons you can eat but in smaller portions. no cherrys they are high in sugar. since i guess your walmart is 30 miles away. If there is a mejier store around where you live your metformin is for free at mejier. hope this helps