Need A Little Nutrition Education Here Please

By Warrior007 Latest Reply 2010-11-08 20:28:42 -0600
Started 2010-10-29 16:28:35 -0500

Hello Everyone!! I am new to this site. I was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (10/12/2010). Not happy about it but life goes on. Life is beautiful!!!! Anyway, my question to anyone here is: Is it safe to eat 3 egg whites everyday for breakfast with 1 slice of wheat toast? I love, love, love eggs. I have observed that most recipes for diabetics ask for Egg Beaters. Egg Beaters are a bit pricey at my local market.

78 replies

berthava17 2010-11-03 12:22:16 -0500 Report

egg whits is fine. matter of fact there are good for you .there are full of protain which helps the boby to mantaine .

whitetigress 2010-11-03 09:03:44 -0500 Report

Eating three egg whites is not the same as eating 3 eggs everyday. The white part is the protein … which is important. The part that everyone is worried about is the yolk … that is where the fat is. There is only one problem: they are healthy fats: linoleic acid and alphalinoleic acid: both tyoes of fat that our bodies need. To not eat the yolk at all is to miss out on important nutrients. I would eat one yolk 3 times a week with the egg whites.

grgranny7 2010-11-03 23:04:14 -0500 Report

your absolutley right. you need to eat the whole egg. protien and fat go together. when you take in this protien and fat make sure you write down the amounts and don't , well try not to go over your allotted amount.

sloane 2010-11-03 08:31:51 -0500 Report

Egg whites are fine, just make sure you are checking with your health care team and keeping up with your blood work. Stay healthy!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-01 13:41:17 -0500 Report

My Eye Doctor told me that eggs are very beneficial in your eye health. This was several yeas ago before being diagnosed with diabetes.

bgmullins 2010-11-01 10:05:40 -0500 Report

The ADA advises no more than 3 eggs a week. It's a bummer I know because I love eggs. It has been a trend that people with diabetes will usually get the equally wonderful problem call high cholesterol. I did and eggs are not that good for me but then again, the intake should be monitored by everyone.


juddee 2010-11-03 09:22:46 -0500 Report

do you have to count the eggs used in recipies, such as lasagna? as the egg count per day/week?

kdroberts 2010-11-03 09:29:11 -0500 Report

If you are counting eggs and you are eating them you would have to count them, probably a guess and maybe a fractional number, but still counted. I've never put eggs in lasagna (don't even know how that would work) so I don't know how you would count that particular example.

juddee 2010-11-03 10:26:34 -0500 Report

I mix 2 whole eggs with ricotta, parmesean, provelone, asiago & mozzerello cheeses, along with black pepper & fresh basil & fresh parsely to be used as a layer after placing the lasagna pasta down over the tomato sauce, then layering 'til out of ingredients, I already miss this dish!

kdroberts 2010-11-03 11:32:30 -0500 Report

Other than the pasta that's a pretty good diabetic dish. I think it could easily be eaten by a diabetic, especially if you are careful about the amount of pasta that you actually eat.

CaliKo 2010-11-03 11:41:22 -0500 Report

Wow, that sounds like an excellent lasagna! I think you could substitute egg whites or egg beaters in a recipe like that (mind if I swipe it? I usually just use Mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano for that layer, but yours sounds better. Also, have you tried Dreamfields pasta? Its a much lower carb product and tastes much like other packaged pastas. I used to make my own pasta, but I don't know how to get the carbs as low as Dreamfields does.

kdroberts 2010-11-03 11:53:00 -0500 Report

Dreamfields isn't low carb but they claim that the rise in blood sugar is that of 5g carb. The serving size is usually around 40g or so. It's basically a science experiment in a box that "tricks" your body into thinking the starch in the pasta isn't really there so it doesn't get digested like it would. It's highly dependent on cooking technique though and doesn't work for everyone.

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-01 14:48:42 -0500 Report

The cholesterol in eggs is in the yolk. I would never advise anyone to eat 3 WHOLE eggs a day but whites are not a problem

kdroberts 2010-11-01 13:41:26 -0500 Report

There's a lot of evidence that suggests cholesterol from food plays an extremely small part of a persons cholesterol level and that the main issue with high cholesterol is the body producing too much.

Here's a short article about it but you can also find many, many studies on cholesterol, diets and heart disease.

OMG-T2 2010-11-01 15:00:51 -0500 Report

I agree with you kdroberts, not yet having read the article, I eat the heck out of eggs, and have always done so. I will say that I eat around 9 eggs a week, easily…I do NOT have a problem with high cholesterol or bad triglycerides. Now, some may say that I am merely tempting fate or that it's only a matter of time before my egg consumption takes its toll. That may be, but I'm 47 years old and cholesterol problems from egg-eating doesn't seem to be an issue! Thank goodness, I'd hate to have yet another! LOL!

CaliKo 2010-11-01 13:57:54 -0500 Report

I agree with that. I use egg beaters if I'm making a veggie omelette (more because of calories), but use real eggs much of the rest of the time. It doesn't seem to have an impact on my cholesterol.

klfrcmom 2010-11-01 07:22:33 -0500 Report

Check with your doctor on diabetes courses that are offered nearby… they have really *TONS* of information available and it may only be a single co-pay away.

Warrior007 2010-11-01 12:21:17 -0500 Report

Problem is I am not insured. Don't have health insurance. I did ask the doctor for some courses but he pretended he didn't hear me. Unfortunately, uninsured people don't get the same treatment or benefits insured people have, which is a huge bummer!! It's not the end of the world, I know. I am just educating myself with the info provided on this site and others available as well. Thank you for your advice. I appreciate it.

oldbiddy531 2010-11-06 12:06:07 -0500 Report

there was at one time an american internet course for advising on chronic illness, in England a local dietician developed a version of it and i was invited on the course and also my surgery ran free diabetic advisory courses to show how things reacted basically it was based on the glycemis index which foods took longer to digest and so keep your sugar levels more controlled - my gp bsically told me to follow a good healthy diet not to eat special diabetic foods, beware of sweeteners they can affect your nerve endings. I am grateful for the NHS we have here I get free meds and care, private medical care is also available but I use the internet to keep up to date and sometimes go into the surgery and ask him about the things I have read ie that if using metformin it can affect your B12 levels.
Believe it or not I thought an egg beater was just something to make omelettes!!

Stene 2010-11-04 16:51:18 -0500 Report

I've been type II for ten years. Have never been to a seminar or education class. Like you I have educated myself and I will say this… Weight Watchers is 99% good for diabetics or even a diabetic cookbook is good. Just eating smart is the key, and we all know what is good and bad foods! .

Stene 2010-11-05 19:22:33 -0500 Report

Received your email tonight. I am ready to send you a reply but noticed it's addressed to alliance insurance?? I am new to this site so don't know if my reply will get to you.

juddee 2010-11-03 09:34:21 -0500 Report

do you need any gloucose meters or lancets, Warrior007? My insurance is great! I have 3 meters, but only know how to use 1 of them, 1 meter is talking, but I can't figure how to use it, I'm 62 yrs old & was diagnosed in August of this year, but 36 yrs ago I had Gestational Diabetes. I saw my husband pass with Pancreatic Cancer & need to lose 100 pounds, but the weight just won't come off with diet, exercise & Metformin…I'm pretty stressed! I thought I would be able to turn this around & be Non-diabetic soon, but as I reaD THESE BLOGS, THAT'S JUST not POSSIBLE, IS IT?

Warrior007 2010-11-03 23:16:51 -0500 Report

Hello Juddee!!!! Don't give up girl!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING is impossible. Never stop trying honey ok? Just remember… Failure is success turned inside out!!!! Keep trying. I know you will succeed. Have faith and hope and don't forget that God is with you always and you are never alone. Well, as far as I know, for the moment, is when you lose weight you will lower your BG and you will feel better. I am not quite sure if you will be cured. I don't think or believe there is a cure yet. Researchers are working on it. I have faith someday soon there will be a cure. I have a lot of FAITH and HOPE!!! Let's not give up Juddee ok? I don't know you at all but know that you can count me in as your friend. I am here for you anytime. Ok?

Pamela Edwards
Pamela Edwards 2010-11-08 20:28:42 -0600 Report

Wow Warrior007! What great advice you've given Juddee! May God bless you for being the person you are…so inspirational. Hope Juddee knows how blessed she is for finding you. I'm new to this site and scared as ever! Recently diagnosed a week ago! The little girl in me is kicking and screaming NO..NO..NO! Im still getting use to the idea of this diabetes thing! Determined to beat it! I've changed my diet IMMEDIATELY! Doing quite well so far. Lost 6 pounds, too. My prayer is that my strength doesn't fail me…even with much prayer! Thanks for listening. I guess I just needed to vent. May God continue to bless you.

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-01 12:33:30 -0500 Report

Warrior, there is a great resource online at the Joslin diabetes center. There are even online classes that are free. The main page is it is where I learned most of my diabetes knowledgel. If you have any questions, feel free to holler!

mrscmsj 2010-10-31 11:49:01 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed about a year ago. My savior has been sugar free candy. I also eat nature's own bread. Basically, I just eat in moderation. It works pretty well. Also, if I know that I am having a high carb meal, I plan the other two meals accordingly. My family is not diabetic, so I have to be extra aware.

Redswife 2010-11-03 10:05:30 -0500 Report

I am diet controled diabetic, but I now cook all diabetic meals for my whole family even though they are not diabetic. I cook different diabetic recipies and my kids love all the diversity in the meals. They never know what will be on the table for the next meal. There friends come to eat at our house and have taken these recipies home for their mothers to make. To me being diabetic means that my kids will learn to eat the foods that we all should have been eating from the start and maybe I wouldn't have become diabetic and over weight in the first place.

Tootsie Roll
Tootsie Roll 2010-11-01 13:03:25 -0500 Report

I was just thinking the other day that I should try sugar free candy to help me control my sugar cravings. Do you buy the hard candies or chocolates?

jayabee52 2010-11-01 19:28:54 -0500 Report

Tootsie Roll
Be careful because either SF hard candies or SF Chocolates contain sugar alcohols which "excessive consumption may have a laxitive effect" according to the warnings. If you eat only 1 or 2 every now and again you might be OK. I didn't stop with only 1 or 2 and I got the laxitive effect BIG TIMF! And it took me a while to figure out it was my over consumption of SF candy ehich caused it. So now I don't eat SF products with sugar alcohols in them. I keep my pamts cleaner that way,

Lady_Phoenix 2010-10-30 20:43:37 -0500 Report

Egg beaters are generally egg whites with color that have been homogenized. So the short answer is yes 3 whites per day is fine. As for bread I buy Natures own double fiber wheat or anything made by Healthy Life. But everyone's' body reacts to different foods in a unique way. Try the toast and see what your body thinks.

Warrior007 2010-10-30 22:52:50 -0500 Report

Cool. Nature's Own I can get at the local Hostess Outlet store. They are I believe 3 loaves for $2.99! I just freeze the 2 loaves. They last a long time. When I run out of bread I just get another loaf out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. Thank you Lady Phoenix!

jayabee52 2010-10-30 21:00:22 -0500 Report

Warrior, Try the toast with the bread with the extra fiber and take a BG reading after 2 hrs to see how it affects your BG. (assumes you had your first morning's fasting BG.) That's the only way you can know whether it's good for you to continue with it.

realsis77 2010-10-30 10:48:08 -0500 Report

Everyone reacts differently but bread as in toast could be bad. I know I'm really sensitive to what I eat and was having a real tough time but finally got it figured out I think bread is usually not a good idea.

bgmullins 2010-11-01 10:09:23 -0500 Report

The new whole wheat flat bread is like 22 carbs and add some cream cheese to it and that takes care of some carbs and fats. And it is delicious. You can get the flavored cream cheese. I love the honey nut. Check your ADA guide.

shotze2 2010-10-30 21:38:28 -0500 Report

I totally agree. I am cutting out all breads, rice, potatoes, and pasta. Its going to be very hard b/c I LOVE Italian food. I hate this disease, I changed to this diet 2 weeks ago and I gained weight. I did eat a little carbs though like cereal and maybe I have to much fat in my diet b/c protien has lots of fat. So what am I supposed to do? Starve mysellf to lose the 70 pounds I gained!!!!!

Stene 2010-11-04 17:01:23 -0500 Report

I have found that those foods I crave are the ones that are bad for me. Breads really spike my sugar level but pies don't. So I eat pie! Just kidding but this disease can initially make you very angry. Just settle down emotionally… It can take months and months to get the food details figured out. Deep breath in… Deep breath out! Keep yoiur sense of humor!! Blessings…

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-03 14:56:31 -0500 Report

Have you tried Dreamfields pasta? Takes like white pasta but they somehow shield the carbs so your body does not recognize or react to them. It is a LOT more expensive but worth it for those times I need my pasta fix!!

bgmullins 2010-11-01 10:15:16 -0500 Report

Cereal is bad for you. What protein has lots of fat? Starving is almost like eating junk food. The body thinks it is starving so it calls in the troops…fat and sugar!! Brown rice in moderation is great. Stick with the whole grain carbs and fruits. They are complex carbs. Sweet potatoes are great. I would toss out the pasta if it is a problem for you.


oldbiddy531 2010-11-06 12:14:19 -0500 Report

cereals tend to break down pretty fast and have lots of sugar - do you get shredded wheat there that breaks down slower. Brown pasta is better also - i was told just follow a healthy diet - i have treats but make sure i follow with'healthy' foods

Warrior007 2010-11-06 16:16:46 -0500 Report

I eat corn flakes or cheerios for breakfast. Is that ok? I don't eat the shredded wheat cereal because it has a lot of carbs and more sugar than the cereals I am currently eating. Am I wrong? I have yet a lot to learn about diabetes and how my body reacts certain times of the day. I don't even know how many carbs is normal. I am kinda confused and lost. So I just try to have less carbs and sugar and a little more protein. Is this ok?

jayabee52 2010-11-06 17:47:31 -0500 Report

Different PWDs react to the same food in different ways.

For instance, let's say you & I eat cornflakes. The only way we can know if it doesn't affect our BG#s a lot, or shoots them through the roof is with our glucometers. Before I take a bite of cornflakes I check my BG#s 2 hours after the first bite, I check it again. and Let's say for discussion's sake my BG#s raise 40 points. You do the same test and yours only raises 20 points. So in that case it is worse for me to eat cornflakes than for you. Now I can say that it might not be the best breakfast to eat cornflakes (and I do feel that as a general rule cornflakes are not a wonderful breakfast) butonly testing with your meter can tell you that for sure. Does that make sense?

regarding your final question, less carbs and sugar (which is more carbs) and more protein is, generally speaking, a good thing.

shotze2 2010-11-01 10:31:41 -0500 Report

Wow, thank you so much for replying to my post. I can't even have a half a bowl of cereal? Really? Protien has fat, red meat and regular eggs. I hate brown rice, but I'll give it another try I have some in my pantry. I thought diabetics aren't supposed to eat whole grains carbs and fruits. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet potatoes. Tossing out ravioli now.

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-01 14:47:38 -0500 Report

Whole grains , vegetables and raw fruits are what we need to eat. The simple carbs, such as white bread, white rice, cakes, pies etc are what cause sugars to spike!

Lady_Phoenix 2010-11-01 14:47:25 -0500 Report

Whole grains and raw fruits are what we need to eat. The simple carbs, such as white bread, white rice, cakes, pies etc are what cause sugars to spike!

shotze2 2010-11-01 16:26:01 -0500 Report

Okay, will do. I never really eat white bread and rice anyway. However, I love my pies and cakes. This is all so new to me and Diabetes sucks!!!

shotze2 2010-11-01 15:00:30 -0500 Report

thank u lady! I am going to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to shop today!!! I've never been there b/c I thought those stores were too expensive. I don' tcare my health comes first. Plus a Costco is opening up 15 min from my house 11/17.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-01 20:37:47 -0500 Report

I use Sprouts as my main source for bulk nuts and produce. Whole Foods has fewer bulk nuts. There are several Sunflower Markets near me that have good produce and nuts. Smart Co. has a pretty good selection also.

CaliKo 2010-11-01 11:29:33 -0500 Report

Some can have cereal, some can't. And it depends on the cereal. You just have to look at carbs, and then test and find out. I have 1 cup regular cheerios with 1 percent milk sometimes for breakfast if I don't have time to make oatmeal, then exercise. I don't have any problems with BG with this routine.

shotze2 2010-11-01 12:48:19 -0500 Report

Thank u so much for your reply. I just joined this site a few days ago. I love Cheerios and oatmeal. What is BG??

OMG-T2 2010-11-01 15:43:58 -0500 Report

BG is short for "Blood Glucose" and the term BS is essentially the same, meaning "Blood Sugar".

Shotze2, you are just going to have to experiment like the rest of us do…there is no one way to deal with this disease, and therefore, no one way to eat. I know of diabetics here who can eat quick oats with no effect on their BG levels, and others who practically spike when they pass an IHOP; it is what it is. Personally, I detest oatmeal, but feel that there's a benefit to eating it, however, as even longer-cooking rolled oats cause a moderate spike in my BG level, I eat the stuff rarely, and have got some steel-cut oats to try instead as I have heard that the steel-cut variety can go easier on some diabetics. It remains to be seen.

Thankfully, I have friends who aren't diabetic and they will definitely take all of my "failed experiments" away when I find they don't suffice my purposes.

I can't eat Cheerios without BG problems, but I can eat Special K Strawberry cereal (in extreme moderation), and not have problems. I can eat virtually all the fruit I want and again, no ill effect on my BG levels, but the weirdest stuff affects me adversely. I guess in this sense, and this sense only, I find my disease kind of amusing…just trying to sort out the best ways to feed myself optimally.

I find that if I ultimately eat as close to the earth as possible, I am better off…I try to cut down on meats, though I still consume lots of eggs, I eat lots of veggies and fruits and whole grains. Lately, adding barley to large crock pot fulls of soup is a bulk-ifying addition to my diet that fills me up, is a whole grain very close to wheat (without the damage to my BG levels) and is pretty healthful in general. I usually add 1/2 cup of dry barley to my soups (about a gallon net), and it's fabulous…there's a toothsome aspect to the cooked barley that is very satisfying. If I hadn't experimented, I might never have known that something so simple as the use of barley would have enhanced my diet.

Since I did so well with the barley, I have since purchased millet, buckwheat and other whole grains to experiment with…and I really hope to be able to use these grains to good effect, but will dump them like a bad habit if I have trouble with my BG levels. But the experimentation is really fun!

Stene 2010-11-04 17:08:07 -0500 Report

Good info on the barley in your soups. I'll try this.. Thanks! I'm trying to master the art of making my own bread product(s) using whole wheat, bulgur, etc.. What is milet exactly?

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2010-11-02 22:57:55 -0500 Report

barley, millet, whole rye, lentils, groats, quinoa are some of the good alternatives to pasta, potatoes, grits and bread. Always think how much the food has been processed. The less processing, the more work the body has to do to break it down. This is where glycemic index values of foods can help with decisions. This is a measure of how quickly carbs are broken down, absorbed and raise blood glucose. The values are guides. Use BG testing to be sure you don't get a faster, higher blood glucose with what ever you just ate than the glycemic index suggests.

There are other issues with the glycemic index which can be frustrating. Agave nectar is low glycemic but that is because it has a high fructose to glucose ratio and the fructose can make insulin resistance worse. My approach to this stuff is using some things with moderation can diminish the bad effects and provide an alternative for occasional use. I use the agave nectar to add maple syrup flavoring for the occasional french toast. I never cared much for cakes and donuts but the amount of fruit in my diet was way too high. It is still hard to stay away from.

Several basics to keep in mind. Fat is insulin neutral. Doesn't do anything to raise or lower blood sugar so it doesn't trigger insulin, glucagon or glycogen secretion. The KIND of fat is important. If you are staying away from saturated fats and keeping the TOTAL down, cholesterol content can be far less important than doctors and dieticians tend to rate it. The key here is to remember that the problem with cholesterol and plaque formation is DUE TO HIGH BLOOD SUGAR levels. Keeping the BS down keeps the plaque from forming with the combination of cholesterol and glucose. Fats add satiety value to meals, at our taste buds and in our brain centers. Other fats: we don't call them essential fatty acids for nothing. These are the ones, unlike cholesterol, that the body cannot make and must have in the diet to promote MANY aspects of healthy cell function. Use foods that have them and consider a supplement if the fish and vegies are out of your budget.

Protein is your friend in many ways. Enough protein in a meal or snack will keep your BG from spiking as much and your hunger from coming back as soon. LEAN meats (if you are not a vegan) provide iron, B vitamins and other essential nutrients with out too many poor fat sources. There are some darn good turkey forms of sausage, ham, pastrami, pepperoni and even bacon (cook it enough to get it crisp). I worry a lot more about the germs, hormones, metals and antibiotics in meat than the fat.

There are many dairy products in the free or 1% level that can be excellent sources of protein, plus calcium. 1/2 cup of cottage cheese has 14 grams of protein. (Try it with carrots instead of fruit) Most dairy has 6 - 8 grams per serving. Greek yoghurt (faje) has 20 grams per cup and comes fat free. It tastes like sour cream until you add fruit, sweetner, etc. But it can be great for salad dressings and other sour cream recipe uses.

Protein powders can be a way to add protein satiety without fat or carb calories. It can be the cheapest serving of protein available. I make my oatmeal (whole or steel cut) with whey protein. Stir the protein into the water while it is still cold to keep from lumping. You can cut the amount of oats and decrease the carbs, add oat bran if you want to keep the fiber high. I add maple syrup flavoring, cinnamon, a few raisins or currents and a hint of sweetner.

When counting carb calories, always check for grams of fiber. Deduct the fiber grams per serving from the total of carbs - it isn't turned into carbs or takes more calories to break down than it produces. Did you know a serving of pumpkin (1/2 cup) has more fiber than a dose of metamucil and 4 g of carb? Plus all those vitamins, trace minerals, etc.

Food generally is a learned appreciation. Just because it doesn't taste like your favorites, try it every so often and see if it grows on you. Being hungry is a good time to eat something you are learning to like. I cannot count the number of people who after a few years on a diet find that when they try an old favorite, it doesn't taste as good as they remember.

And do experiment with herbs and spices. Bay leaf, tarragon, curry, clove, mustard. There are many ways to perk up that plate of food.

Bon Appetite.

juddee 2010-11-03 09:54:26 -0500 Report

VERY INFORMATIVE TO ME! ty. i ALSO HAVE DIVERTICULIS & have to add more fiber to my diet, as well as lose weight, keep BG in check.. I'm dyslexic, so this is a laugh a minute, cry a minute. There are not enough fiber grams for the day, but too many carbs for the day, I have re-stocked the kitchen pantry 3 times since August & STILL haven't got my BG in check, I have decided to NOT eat any WHITE foods, my eyes are so bleary & I haven't much of an appetite, but I cannot NOT eat, I used to fast 1 time a week for years to give the digestive tract a rest, but I guess it didn't work, or I wouldn't be in the mess I'm in now…

Ginny in CO
Ginny in CO 2010-11-03 13:06:25 -0500 Report


What a combination! I have a dyslexic child. But diverticulitis is a whole different component. I would try doing some of the things I used to recommend for chronically constipated patients. Play with the pumpkin and do keep in mind this is not going to be pie but see if you can develop a taste for it. Be sure you are using the plain pumpkin, not something for pies with sugar already in it. Add yoghurt, squeezed orange with pulp and some zest from the skin, pumpkin pie spices, and anything else that keeps the carb content down but adds to nutrients. Protein powder - vanilla flavor might be fine. I've never tried the almond milk listed below, it would probably be very good. Even plain water to thin it a little.

Use whatever serving size (1/2 to 1 cup) that allows you a good balance of fiber, carbs and protein. It is a good between meal snack/mini meal for me. I've even used a small amount of psyllium to play with the consistency.

"Power Jello" from back in the power lunch, etc days :) Get some Knox unflavored gelatin. Add whatever natural flavoring you want to the water. Note, there are a lot of concentrated fruit juices at natural food stores and on line at vitamin companies that also sell natural foods. Lemon, lime, cranberry, pomegranate, tart cherry, elderberry and some others. You could use herb tea or even unsweetened Kool Aid for variety without carbs. The trick is putting enough psyllium in with the dry gelatin to provide a dose for every serving you are making. When you go to add the hot water, be prepared with a whisk to stir fast so the psyllium (generic Metamucil, available in large containers at natural food stores, Costco, large chain pharmacies and even grocery stores) doesn't make clumps. This makes food fight jello - not wimpy stuff. You could add nuts, fruit, possibly egg white protein, or eat it with cottage cheese or fage yoghurt to add protein and variety.

I made both of these in amounts that allowed 1-2 servings a day for a week. Then I could pick what I felt like on a given day and take a serving of that from the container. I also would put some in plastic containers to grab for work on busy weeks.

On the fasting, I wouldn't necessarily blame it for having your current problems. There are plenty of professionals who think it does help. Certainly many millenia of humans who went through varying periods of no food had to affect our genes. There is one maverick doctor out there that has been treating diabetics for decades and insists that his weight loss program of morning fast plus exercise works like nothing else. You don't break the nightly fast until lunch time. Due to ADD, I often get up on days off and don't eat for hours. I always thought it was bad for me and now I lump it into the 'we are all different, sometimes you have to try something to see if it helps you specifically' attitude.

shotze2 2010-11-01 16:17:53 -0500 Report

Wow. you are so smart and knowledgable. Thanks for taking the time to write such a long email! Such good advice. I like lots of foods, but I'm not sure I like the part about buying foods just to experiment. I've been unemployed for 18 months, no health insurance, but I applied to ICHIP, which doesn't cover meds for 6 months! I did very well for myself financially, but right now I'm on a budget.

But your recipes and advice were so good and I totally appreciate it.

CaliKo 2010-11-01 15:53:50 -0500 Report

Oh, I made some excellent vegetable soup this past weekend, but it seems to be missing something. I have some barley, I think I'll try adding it. Thanks for the tip!

Warrior007 2010-10-30 14:10:17 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for your info. I appreciate it.

realsis77 2010-10-30 14:23:53 -0500 Report

No problem. The hardest part is figuring out what to eat! It was really hard for me. Someone had given me this advice and it holds true if its white don't eat it. That's rice potatoes noodles white bread tortallias ect. That helped me. Its really difficult I know I remember going to the grocery store wanting to cry! Hang in there you'll get it it takes time!

Brenda_B 2010-10-31 14:29:07 -0500 Report

And cottage cheese? I love cottage cheese and tomatoes! I had a hard time accepting milk is a carb… but cottage cheese is white and low GI

Warrior007 2010-11-01 00:24:44 -0500 Report

Hello Eversinging1. You are right!! I drink Almond Breeze milk, the unsweeted version in vanilla flaor. It is yummy!

Warrior007 2010-10-31 20:25:38 -0500 Report

Cottage Cheese and Tomatoes? I have never tried it. I will try it this coming week. Thanks for that tip. Now you are talking about Low fat cottage cheese, right?

Harlen 2010-10-29 19:34:18 -0500 Report

I love my eggs and eat them every day and things look good on all my test .
How are your #'s running ?
Best wishes