i am newly diagnosed what can and cant i eat

By sexytee04 Latest Reply 2010-10-31 14:38:37 -0500
Started 2010-10-28 22:51:42 -0500

i would like to know from people who have the same illness as me what i can and what i cant eat

8 replies

Brenda_B 2010-10-31 14:38:37 -0500 Report

Hi… you will love this site… i'm here everyday learning new stuff.
My advice is TEST… TEST… TEST. you need to know how your body reacts to the food you are eating. I got and "UP & UP" glucose testing machine and strips at Target (thanks to advice here from Gabby) Test strips are so much cheaper it is hard to believe. I can test all day with giving up my cable TV…LOL

idamtnboy 2010-10-30 20:54:32 -0500 Report

I suggest you do two things in trying to figure out the answer that works for you. Get a copy of "Sugar Busters" book. It gives you a pretty good idea about how food, blood sugar, and insulin relate to each other. But, you don't have to buy into everything the authors say. I don't. But it does provide a fair amount of food for thought. Also, get some books and do internet searches about glycemic index. It'll give you a good idea about how rapidly foods convert to blood sugar. Based on that you can make informed diet decisions for yourself.

Unfortunately, your question has no simple answer. It's akin to asking what color is prettiest? You also may end up spending months determining the answer as you find out how various foods interact with your body and impact your blood sugar level. No two bodies handle any one food the same.

But, between the two areas of study above, you will find general answers to guide you, things like fats don't raise blood sugar, oatmeal raises it more slowly than potatos do, refined carbos convert faster than fiberous ones, etc.

RAYT721 2010-10-29 21:53:48 -0500 Report

Since my diagnosis I have learned a lot about food and really can't think of anything that I can't eat as long as I use moderation (ie portion control). Many of the old recipes that I used to make have had to have some "tweaks" in order to help keep my glucose lowered. I now snack on low fat yogurts and cheeses, substitute brown rice for white rice, and pay closer attention to the nutritional labels on recipes and products. I try to lower my carb counts and have added more water and more exercise to my daily routines. I am also insistent on eating less food but more often. So far so good… my a1c, cholesterol, and other blood test panels have shown results. It's really your meter that's going to answer the question you have because what works for one person won't work for others. I find that planning ahead is one of the keys. With a weekly menu plan (matching with sale fliers and coupons) I can reduce my costs, have variety, and always have available snacks. I find that if I focus on what I should and can have takes away the frustration of what I can't or shouldn't have. It comes in time. Take baby steps in your process and you'll be more apt to see results and have more motivation to win the race. Ready? Set? GO!!!!

GabbyPA 2010-10-29 16:05:14 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community. I am sure you will find all kinds of great information here. This is such a broad question so I am going to give you some discussions and videos to read and look at. They should help you establish a foundation and from there we can add to more specific questions.


There is a lot in there and some great tips from other members. Everyone is different and your meter will be your best friend as you are trying to figure things out. Test often. Before and after your meals so you can see what foods and portions are doing to your levels. That will tell you more than any book or video.

Guardianstone 2010-10-29 08:04:50 -0500 Report

By using small portions (not starving) and common sense you should be able to eat most of the same things as before. use your glucose meter before eating have a small meal and test again after 2 hours. keep track of what causes your numbers to jump.
What type are you? T1 or T2?
Insulin or not?
High or low numbers?
Welcone to our family.
Guardian stone

Charla Hageman
Charla Hageman 2010-10-29 06:46:40 -0500 Report

Hi I am a Type 2 Diabetic. I this year had to learn how to eat properly. When I was in the hospital this year I learned what foods I could eat. I also got put on a diet where I could have four carbs each meal. Here are some things that I eat: 1slice of wheat or white bread is 1 Carb , 8 oz glass of milk is 1Carb Ffor breakfast I eat cereal ( 1c. ) is 1 Carb. 1/2 banana is 1 Carb. You can have a pat of butter on your toast. I can eat all the vegetables I want. I eat pretty much anything I want but for some of the things that I eat I have to make adjustments somewhere else. I got out of the hospital after a month and three days on August 21st and my blood sugars have been controlled since. I am also on insulin 4 units of Humalog for breakfast and Dinner and 6 units of Humalog for supper and at suppertime I take 40 units of Lantus. For me the combination of eating right and taking my insulin I have lost 29 pounds so far. Remember its all portion control. But like one person said on here some foods that work for me may not work for other people. As time goes on I learned the things that I can eat that does not effect my blood sugars too much. Do not be discouraged seeing a diabetic dietician may help you as well. Once you get it, eating properly it will get easier. Good luck.

xc 2010-10-29 06:46:24 -0500 Report

Basically you can eat whatever you want as long as you cover yourself, exercise 30min to an hr, and in moderation (measure out your food), but i am a pretty healthy eater and drink alot of tea, water, crystal light, and stuff that doesn't have chemicals in it. and i eat alot of protein (fish, peanut butter w/ celery, whole grain, veges, cheese, oatmeal, alot of sruff from whole foods!!!! but i am a college xc and track runner and potentially a marathon runner so I have 3 meals and 2 little snacks in between.

jayabee52 2010-10-29 04:18:58 -0500 Report

Howdy Tee
That can be highly individual as what works for one person may not work for another. For instance some people can eat Oatmeal for bfst and it doesn't raise their BG#s very much. Another person's BG will spike eating Oatmeal.

Have you seen a CDE or RD? They can point you in the right direction and tell you how many carbs you my have in a meal and in a snack.

But as a person with diabetes ("PWD") who is newly diagnosed you will need to test your BG#s before you eat and then 2hrs after so you can know how a certain food will affect your BG. New food, gotta test!


Blessings to you and yours


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