what to eat

sandy bones
By sandy bones Latest Reply 2010-11-20 19:42:27 -0600
Started 2010-11-18 10:49:30 -0600

Hi everyone this is my first time posting to this site. My problem is knowing what to eat. I am not a big fan of breakfast food and I don't care for fish so i am really at a lost as to what to eat how much and how often.

8 replies

Armourer 2010-11-20 19:42:27 -0600 Report

I concur about getting an educator in diabetes and learning to adjust your diet. I really insulin resistance. It takes alot of insulin for me. Portion control is so important. When in the hospital a year ago I was surprised that the kitchen put food on my tray I wouldn't normally eat, and from this I learned about the right portion control. Make sure you eat more protein then carbs. Eat good carbs. I can't have carbs at all, cause even a slice of wheat bread, or wheat pasta, or brown rice, spikes my BG big time! Even fruit. But I know a diabetic who can eat white rice like crazy, but brown rice he can't. Go figure! I'm a big supporter of carb-protein counting. Diabetes is different for each person. Good luck in finding what works for you! And keep to a routine, this I hate!

RAYT721 2010-11-18 15:34:32 -0600 Report

First of all, welcome to the website!!! I think if you ask ten people the question, you will get ten different answers because what to eat, how often, and how much is pretty much as individual as you are. Also add your own tastebuds (likes and dislikes) into the mix and you'll find it's YOU and your meter that will offer the best advice.

I eat probably more frequently than others but I eat smaller portions. I count but I don't obsess over calories, carbs, etc. I have been dropping weight and glucose readings so what works for me is great… for me. It may or may not work for you.

I always encourage people to keep meter readings and favorite recipes and ingredients ongoing. My wife and I keep recipes that are "keepers" so we can add them as we find new and good recipes for meals, snacks, etc. You don't have to eat pancakes and sausage for breakfast if you don't like pancakes and sausage just because it's called "breakfast." Eat what you do like but make sure to eat something to kick start your metabolism. You can have just about anything in your fridge or cabinets so long as you like it. I personally eat low fat yogurt and/or breakfast protein bars. I've dropped 24 pounds with a few switches to my normal routine and diet. I have added more water and more frequent eating with lesser quantity.

The answer to your question will largely depend on eating enough but not too much. The more carbs you eat, the more carbs you crave but you still need some carbs and there are carbs in a lot of foods including fruits and vegetables. They are not to be avoided but I would choose healthier carb options over unhealthier (breads, pasta, potatoes). This doesn't mean that I eliminate them… I reduce them. I may choose a sandwich with one slice of bread instead of two. I may have a few spoonfuls of potatoes rather than half of a plate full.

Time is what will best answer your question. As you answer these questions we would love to know your progress and your tips so please keep us posted. This is an awesome website with some genuine down to earth caring people. It's great to have you on board on the board!!! Thanks for joining us!

Harlen 2010-11-18 12:40:05 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
It is hard to get it all down there is so much to know
First off you need to rite every thing down god I cant tell you how much that helped me what I ate how much what me BS was before I ate and what it was 2 hr after. I use a book cald The Calorie King it has all the info on carbs,fat,and calories.It has Restraurant's in it too
and yes I use a scale too and it helps a lot.
What to eat thats difrent for each of us I can eat bread but rice sends me way up and forget spuds they are like strate sugar to my body lol
Even bread I can only have somuch.
I hope this helps
best wishes

CaliKo 2010-11-18 11:51:51 -0600 Report

Knowledge is key. My doctor referred me into diabetes education classes with a certified diabetes educator. That's a great start if you can find a class in your area. Otherwise I'd suggest an appointment with a dietician to help you create a meal plan individualized for you. The dietician will determine a good calorie range for what weight you want to be, and then divide that information into carb grams, fat grams and protein. Then you distribute that evenly throughout the day, using something like a Calorie King Booklet that can translate your foods into those grams. You don't have to eat breakfast foods, but you should eat breakfast. This week for "breakfast" I've been putting 1/3 cup 7-bean mixture (cooked the beans last weekend) on a bed of spinach and zapping it for 30 seconds. Others have talked about having salad and veggies for breakfast. I need some good carbs because I eat, exercise and then go to work. Just depends on your routine. I eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks, and never go more than 3 hours without eating (except at night). This could very well be different for those on medications. I am diet and exercise controlled so far.
Realsis77 is right, there's lots of good literature (and cookbooks) out there, and the nice thing about the magazines for me is that it reminds me of things I've learned and forgotten (I have such a bad memory) and also the updates and new study reports.
Good luck, it gets easier.

realsis77 2010-11-18 11:10:15 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to the dc family! I'm also a new diabetic its been three months for me. I inject two different kinds of insulin to control my blood sugar. Eating takes a lot of getting used to. The advice given to me was watch your carbs! Carbs will raise your blood sugar and fast! Learn how to count carbs and if its high in carbs don't eat it! Also someone told me if its white don't eat it usually white foods are high in carbs like potatoes white bread noodles ect. I remember going to the grocery store after being diagnosed wanting to cry! You know what helped me a lot? Diabetic cookbooks! There's great recipies in diabetic cookbooks and there delicious! You can get diabetic recipe online or get the cookbooks cheap on ebay or amazon.com! That's what I did and it helps sooo much! They also have great desert diabetic cookbooks out there! I've already got quite a collection now. The recipes are so good the whole family enjoys them! Like I said the books are very inexpesive. I got most for two or three dollars! I like to buy used books there in great condition and cheap! Also some diabetic supply company's offer free cookbooks to diabetics wether you use there company or not! I found them easily on ebay and amazon. I can't stress enough how much this helped me as a new diabetic! Also get some books on diabetes, some magazines, learn as much as possiable! I did this and it helps soooo much! I hope I've helped you in some way with my advice. These are thing I've personally done to help me understand my meals and my disease! Good luck to you!

geairn 2010-11-20 10:05:00 -0600 Report

I was injecting for 6 years and got on to the pump 11 years ago..you have to keep yourself up to date on everythin, when it comes to this Disease…have your Dr set you up with a educator and make sure your Dr specialist in diabetes…not a GP..good luck 8)