I need to talk

By Demi1976 Latest Reply 2010-12-08 18:54:23 -0600
Started 2010-12-08 10:48:11 -0600

Hello I am very new to this site and I am having issues putting together the proper meal plans I need to eat right and stay healthy. I love soul food and I want to know how to prepare it the correct way for my lifestyle . I am an addict of chocolate and pasta HELP!!

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RAYT721 2010-12-08 18:54:23 -0600 Report

If you put your soul into your cooking, you'll find all of your meals can be soul food. Sometimes you can use your favorite recipes and just tweak them a little with healthier ingredients… brown rice instead of white, true grain breads instead of white, low fat this, low sodium that, and whatever works for you. Look into Dreamfields pasta as an alternative to regular flour based but remember that if you use portion control, carb control, weight control and SELF control, you don't have to give up eating what you love. When you discover a plan that will let you eat to live instead of live to eat, you're gonna find a whole new you inside and out. Welcome to our community! If you think of things you can or should eat instead of what you can't or shouldn't eat you'll find that attitude is one of the keys to success. Need to talk? Drop me a line … anytime!!!

GabbyPA 2010-12-08 12:54:10 -0600 Report

Being diabetic doesn't mean that you give up all you love. You just have to find a way to adjust it to fit your new lifestyle. Soul foods are often fried so you can oven fry things with much less oil and if you choose your coating with care, you can reduce the carbs in it. It will take some experimenting. Soul food is also a lot of cooked greens and those are GREAT for you you. Maybe use a little less butter and maybe only one hock in the stock, but you can enjoy those as much as you like.

If addiction is the issue, then take it one step at a time to wean yourself off the things that you crave. You will find that once you remove it from your diet, if you make it through the rough part of wanting it...eventually you will find you don't crave it so much. I love chocolate and what I have done is started doing is eating 85% cocoa. FAR less carbs in it, and the taste is so intense, one small square usually will be enough for me. It takes a little getting used to, but once you start eating it, sweet chocolate is not as good.

Pasta...the bane our our existence!! LOL. Use a brand called Dreamfields and see if that helps. It has a patented formula to reduce the digestible carbs in the pasta and helps prevent spikes. I also use quinoia instead or mixed with rice. It is very fluffy and takes on any flavor that you cook it with. So you can use it for sweet or savory foods.

Hang in there, take a look at some of our recipes in the Recipe section and see if there is anything there that sounds of interest. The most important thing is to keep a sense of adventure with your foods. You will find plenty of good foods that are good for you.

jayabee52 2010-12-08 12:38:17 -0600 Report

Howdy Demi, welcome to Diabetic connect!

You've come to the right place, IMO to get support and information about diabetes ("DM") and how to eat so that your Blood glucose numbers ("BG#s") stay closer to normal.

First off it would be helpful to know if you have discussed DM with your Dr, or with a Certified Diabetes Educator ("CDE") or a Registered Dietician ("RD")? Had any of those folks told you how to eat and how many carbs you are allowed per meal? Some prefer you eat 6 smaller meals per day, others prefer 3 meals with 2 snacks between them and 1 snack before bed.

If they prefer the 6 meal plan, then they should tell you how many carbs per meal you are allowed. If the 3 meals and 3 snacks plan they will tell you how many carbs per meal, and how many carbs per snack. Get a book like Calorie King which has carb values for each food. Note the portion sizes and stay within them.

DON'T STRESS if you don't get it "right" right away. You are learning to "walk" again. Take "baby steps" as Ray would say. The important thing is that you are wanting to control your DM and that you are making progerss. Even folks who have had DM for a long time can slip up, or a sickness throws their BG#s out of whack.

Good News! You CAN include pasta and chocolate in your meal plan, as long as it is within your carb limit. The bad news is you should not eat those foods like you used to.

Use your glucometer to find the foods which spike your BG#s. Take a reading before you eat. Eat something you want to test (staying within the portion sizes) and then 2 hrs after you take your 1st bite, test again. If your BG# rises more than 40 points, perhaps you should avoid eating it, or have only a half portion.

Blessings to you and yours