Carbs, carbs, carbs

By Susanpwd2 Latest Reply 2010-12-18 08:59:10 -0600
Started 2010-12-12 12:38:42 -0600

I am PWD 2 diabetes and I don’t know how much carbohydrates I can have? Is it per meal or per day to count?

75 replies

Kowgirl 2010-12-16 14:31:06 -0600 Report

Every one is different when it comes to carbs. I have found that some carbs are actually good for you and they don't cause a spike in your blood sugar. I still eat the same foods but in a smaller portion and more often. 3 small meals a day and 3 to 4 snacks may seem like a lot but it works for me. I have 3 blogs that has a lot of low-carb recipes along with some great tips on how to keep your blood sugar low or around normal. There is also a link for a free $1 off coupons on Dreamfield Pasta, only 5 g carbs per serving. I also have one that has "Just Desserts" for diabetics. You don't have to give up the foods you like just learn how to adapt them so you can still enjoy eating them. I can have 30 to 45g per meal and 15 to 20g per snack. I have also learned that drinking a lot of water also helps when I eat more than I should. Keep a log of what you eat, what causes your blood sugar to go up and test, test, test until you find what works best for you. You can find some recioes and tips here
You can find some great tasting desserts here
I hope these can help you with your diet.
Wishing you the best

sloane 2010-12-15 09:33:21 -0600 Report

Generally the daily carb intake is just divided into 2 or 3 to get the right balance at each meal. A dietician can help with this as well

Eversinging1 2010-12-14 20:17:35 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed my nurse said have 30-45 g of carbs for breakfast…15 g for snack; 30-45 g for lunch…15 g for snack; 45-60 for dinner, and 15 g per snack.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-15 10:07:36 -0600 Report

The nurse where I am at didn't say this but to tell me to go to American Diabetes Assoc ( ) website to get good reliable information.

The information you provided makes more sense.

tomecom 2010-12-17 10:46:05 -0600 Report

Susanpwd2: It is not only carb count, but carb type that matters. Low glycemic index foods do not cause blood sugar spike, while high glycemic index foods will. Carb counting helps prevent raising the blood sugars too much, or too quickly.

If you need a copy of a glycemic index table, you can email me at small and I will forward a copy to you. You can also find a table in the Diabetes Primer, which can be downloaded free from It also explains what all of this means and how to use it to plan meals. Just type the name (Diabetes Primer) in the search box at the top of the web page, then download it. It is easy and safe.

plng_btty 2010-12-14 11:52:50 -0600 Report

You can have 15grams of carbs per cearal, per snacks only, per meal just portion out your meals and you will be fine.

EmiliaK 2010-12-14 08:52:58 -0600 Report

Hi Susan,

You can get a list of the glycemic index foods under the section "Helpful lists" in my blog,

If you feel it may help you, you can also download an article on how to read food labels in the Archive section of my blog.

Congratulations on staying away from packaged foods.

Best lack to you.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 10:03:22 -0600 Report

Thank you, I just took a peek at the site and looks like I have a lot of reading to do that will be helpful.

EmiliaK 2010-12-14 10:22:49 -0600 Report

I do hope my site can be of help to you, Susan.

If you sign up for the newsletter, you will also receive every week tips on how to combine foods. This in itself can be a great help for good digestion and to eliminate toxins from the body, since every time we combine foods the wrong way we end up being bloated due to the gas that forms in our intestine.

Have a great day.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 11:59:23 -0600 Report

I get so bloated and often feels uncomfortable and I know I didn't eat much but feels like I kept eating and didn't stop. Often wondered about this?

EmiliaK 2010-12-14 12:26:59 -0600 Report

Most of the times it has to do with how you combine foods in your meals. Give it a try.Combining foods the right way will only help you feel much better.

EmiliaK 2010-12-14 21:31:16 -0600 Report

What type of dressing do you use in your salads? I have the same problem if I use anything that has vinegar, so I eat my salads plain. Then I don't have a problem with bloating.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-14 23:09:26 -0600 Report

I make my own salad dressings. I have an allergy to soy & most dressings have soybean oil. I make ranch using 1cup light sour cream & 1cup fat free milk & 1 pack of ranch dressing mix. I make russian using 1/2cup light sour cream, 1/2 of Hellman's mayo made with canola oil, (was praising God when they came out with that) 1cup of fat free milk, & ketchup to taste.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-15 10:11:56 -0600 Report

Been told to stay away from those creamy salad dressing. Not really good for you. I use anything Vinaigrette now. Salad is a filling for sure and makes you full and stay full for hours.

Topper4 2010-12-14 08:37:11 -0600 Report

I'm newly diagnosed too. My nutritionist and my endocronologist agreed on 45 carbs for breakfast and 60 each for lunch and dinner (for women). I'm puzzled by the post that says 15 per meal. That's not what I'm finding when I speak to others.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 10:02:53 -0600 Report

I agree with you Topper. That is too low.

CaliKo 2010-12-14 12:08:08 -0600 Report

It depends on the individual, how much insulin one is producing, how well one's body is using it, whether drugs are use in addition to diet and how much exercise. Bottom line is you just have to test and keep your glucose levels in your target ranges. Usually the health care person will give you a meal plan with some number of carb grams to start out with, and then see how you are doing with your chart of readings and / or with an A1C in maybe 3 months. Then adjust your number of carbs if necessary. The number of carb grams one can have in a day will likely change through the years.

conibetz2002 2010-12-13 21:18:20 -0600 Report

I just finished going to a diabetes management program and they say that for each meal you are allowed 15 carbs for women with a day total of 45. It's really hard to stay on this diet, at least it is for me.

EmiliaK 2010-12-13 17:40:00 -0600 Report

Hi Susan,

You got an excellent answer from Kirla. In addition, you have figured out that you need to pay attention to food that comes in packages. Learning how to read food labels will help you a lot when you are in the mood for some processed foods.

In addition, you can have good results in controlling your blood sugar using foods that have a low glycemic index. Kirla does.

Trying to count carbs can drive you insane. I always recommend my clients to go for the low glycemic foods and they have excellent results, not only with glucose control, but also with cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 19:34:09 -0600 Report

Oh I don't buy things in packages. It is no good period. I have no idea which foods have low glycemic index.

tomecom 2010-12-14 08:03:13 -0600 Report

Susanpwd2: email me at small and I will forward a copy of a glycemic index food table. I also have a spreadsheet that helps you easily track how many carbs you eat each day. I also have an extensive meal planner with recipes for low glycemic index.
Or, you can download a copy of the Diabetes Primer from which has a large glycemic index table in it. It is free. When the site opens type the name of the program into the search box at the top. then download it. It is a powerful diabetes information program that is designed for newly diagnosed diabetics, but is a good resource for all diabetics.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-13 15:10:56 -0600 Report

I was in the same boat as you were. My Dr. said NO carbs and I was so frustrated because I know you need some carbs and quite frankly I love them. 15 grams is total to 1 serving. I have read and talked to others and basically things affect us all differently. What I decided to do is balance what I eat carbs, fat, protien. I belong to a free diet website that calculates everything including fiber and sets a balanced amount according to calories consumed. I'm not sure if I can use their name but it is a big help. I have approx 60-120 grams of carbs per day. Some things send me up really high like egg noodles (167) but, french fries don't do me too bad (137). I don't eat them daily and I don't eat a full serving but I eat enough to be happy. Barley doesn't have much effect and I use it now instead of white or brown rice. I had a piece (small) of chocolate cake at our party the other night and I was still in the 130's 2 hours after. How you cook pasta does make a difference. Al dente took me to 146 but cooked too long 174. Fried shrimp with a salad that had homemade ranch dressing on it sent me up to 179. I was so afraid of eating to many carbs at first and I just wanted a magic number to go by each day. I couldn't find that anywhere and my Dr. did not follow through on sending me to a nutritionist so I faced my fear and am determining what and how much I can have by myself. It is much easier to deal with instead of thinking I can never have any carbs again. I believe portion control is vital. If 1 serving of something has 40 grams of carbs then you have 2-1/2 servings there. Good luck in finding your havable foods.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 15:59:02 -0600 Report

Aunt Nanners,
Could you find out what site this is and if anyone can join. Having approx. 60-120 isn't a whole lot of carbs because you need them as well. So basically your saying you need some protein to go along with your carbs to balance things out and hopefully your sugar level won't be high. However; I do not each person is different.

tomecom 2010-12-14 08:14:02 -0600 Report

The program sounds very much like the one I am using. I downloaded the Desperation Diet from It is a diet program that was developed for diabetics and people that struggle with weight loss.

I cannot eat more than 45 grams of carbs per day without gaining weight. The problem I have is that it is difficult to get enough fiber, get a complete 100% coverage of the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals and still keep the carb count down to below 45 grams per day. The program has a spreadsheet that adds up all of the carbs, calories, fiber and primary vitamins and minerals for what you eat each day. It is very helpful. I have used it to learn which foods I react to the most. The program is based on low glycemic index foods and has a table that helps plan meals.

The program explains how carbs are converted into glucose, and how the body converts it and stores it as fat. It is very helpful to understand how that works.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-13 19:18:32 -0600 Report it's wonderful and they have lots of information on nutrition too. It's free to everyone. You can customize what you want to track. According to them on 1200-1500 calories (I'm losing weight) I should have 163-263 carbs per day but I am trying to keep them lower because I'm still hearing the echo of my DR. saying NO CARBS. Eating a balance diet has helped me lose weight and keep my GL down pretty good I think. I do try to stick to whole grain things and portion control is vital I think. You do know about net carbs right, subtracting the fiber from the carb count. If you go to sparkpeople look me up dianadamp is the user name. These websites have been the most valuable tool I have found since I started this battle. The Dr. just hands out medication but the folks here have the information and support we need to conquer this thing.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 19:29:51 -0600 Report

This is what I hate about Dr. throw pills at you and let you figure out how to deal with your health. Sadly, it took my community Dr to tell me I might have had diabetes for some time now and not know it. My other Dr. before I lost my insurance didn't do squat for me. I also think he misdiagnosed my husband when we could have learned about his cancer earlier. That's another topic. Thanks for the website.

tomecom 2010-12-14 08:18:08 -0600 Report

The medical profession has become too much of a commercialized structure. We are lucky if we see our doctor for more than 10 minuets every three months.
On the other hand, I can see how it is difficult for doctors as well. They have absolutely no control over what we do to our bodies after we leave their office. They have no choice but to prescribe for the worse case scenario.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-13 20:22:14 -0600 Report

I'm there with you. Really my Dr. had her nurse call and tell me she was putting me on metformin. A month later she granted me an opportunity to enter into her presence. She told me I was fat and wanted to know if I wanted medication for depression. I was upset, scare and lost. She told me I acted like she told me I had a terminal illness. Well she basically told me I was going to lose my limbs, have to go on dialysis and go blind. And I felt like it was all my fault. At that time she was going to give me a flu and pneumonia shot and set me up with a nutritionist. She left the room, I waited for the shots for 15 minutes, they never came and I just left. That was billed 385.00 to my insurance. Anyway I realized then I was on my own with this diabetes stuff. That why I'm here and what a blessing this site is and so is sparkpeople. This site got my supplies at about 90% cheaper than I was paying. And you can get a copy of the glycemic index chart at sparkpeople or a link on the ADA website. I don't know how to ask about your husband.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 08:24:42 -0600 Report

I hope your doing better now Aunt Nanners? My husband died last year. He only lived 7 months after being diagnosed. I didn't want to know his how much time he had left or I surely would have been in the nut house. I am there now. LOL! I am on anti-depressants.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-14 08:56:04 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry and I wish there was something more I could say. Thank you I am doing much better. I had to decide if I was going to control diabetes or let it control me. My Dr. may know what the complications are and she knows her meds but I don't think she knows how to live with it. Yes it's easy to say no carbs cause that will cover you not knowing what to do. That would be the general fix all I guess. Have you had a chance to check out spark people yet? Are you trying to lose weight on top of controlling your GL?

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 10:00:36 -0600 Report

I did indeed sign up for the spark. I have lost 11 lbs since being diagnosed but I could loose some more. My goal is to be 125 - 130 lbs. I am petite and so 144 is too much on me. I know I can never be 95 -100 again. Those days are long gone. I need to learn to exercise more but have been too lazy to get in my car and drive into town to do some walking…burrrr cold. Hopefully when I move to FL that will change. I would love to get this exercise equipment that is a glider that I had long time ago and that helped me loose weight. It looks like a cross-country ski equipment. This way when the weather is nasty I can continue to use this. I am not looking for a treadmill but it would be nice but I don't have money for that. So with watching my carbs isn't enough.

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-14 10:17:16 -0600 Report

Don't count on Florida being warmer we are freezing, it's 34 now but was 22 this morning. I know people have much colder temeratures than this but cold is cold no matter how cold. Plus we don't have good warm winter gear here. I'm trying for 160..17 lbs to go. I'm not crazy about exercise either. I do like to walk and ride my bike but I am not consistant with either. I love to mow with a push power mower but no need for that right now. I lke to rake but not much need for that now either, that will come in February. Can't wait to meet you on sparkpeople. Dia you find me there?

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 12:02:53 -0600 Report

I added you to my sparks. Oh I hear FL is cold right now. So I should be use to it since I am in New England. LOL! Where are you in FL?

Aunt Nanners
Aunt Nanners 2010-12-14 12:19:41 -0600 Report

Dianadamp and I'm in Gainesville. What part are you moving to? Yeah this is probably milld for you. We have a Professor from Wisconsin that had a coat on and was remaking that he never thought he would be wearing a coat in 40 degree temerature but it was the coldest 40 degrees he ever experienced. What do you think of Sparks so far?

SmartGirl31 2010-12-13 13:35:01 -0600 Report

I search the web alot and if you go to it will give lots of info. My doctor said anyone with diabetes should have 15 grams of carbs with each meal.

tomecom 2010-12-14 08:20:38 -0600 Report

I had a nutritionist tell me that I should eat 70-75 grams per meal. If I age that many grams per meal, I would have to use bus parking. I can't eat more than 45 grams per day without gaining weight.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 13:51:06 -0600 Report

15 grams! That is so low when eating an entire meal. I think it is higher something like 40-45 grams per meal that I read somewhere.

jayabee52 2010-12-13 21:41:10 -0600 Report

I've read that the 15 g is for a snack. For meals I've heard 30 to 45 g. If you go the route of having 6 smaller meals (rather than 3 meals & 4 snacks) the range of 25-30 carbs per meal should work.

Really you need to make your glucometer your friend.

Eat in accordance to what your BG#s tell you. Test your BG# before you eat a food that you want to test (controlling the portions, of course) then 2 hrs after your FIRST bite of food test your BG# again and note how much it has raised your BG. Anything that raises your BG over 40 points, you should either stay away from, or reduce the portion size to where it doesn't raise it over 40 pts. You can try that food again with different portion sizes, to find what works for you.

It seems like it's a lot of work, and it is. But to keep your health and stay complication free, it's worth it.

blessings to you and yours


Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 08:27:29 -0600 Report

It is a lot of work Jay and sadly I don't get paid for it. LOL! I do eat smaller meals. I actually don't use a dinner plate and put everything on a dessert plate. Hows that for reducing portion size?

4Patticake 2010-12-14 01:44:08 -0600 Report

James - thanks for the info about carbs - I love carbs!!! and I don't pay attentin to what I eat. I know I shouldn't eat them…but…I love them. I'm really now trying to watch what I eat. Also, thanks to you Aunt Nanners - your info was very good too. I get depressed real easy and for the last couple of years my numbers have been high and out of control. Merry Christmas to all


jayabee52 2010-12-14 02:33:47 -0600 Report

I noticed your wall Patti, BG#s 200-345? You do need to get your Bg#s under better control for the sake of your health. Perhaps you won't be so wound up because of the high sugars and then crashing. Are you under a Dr's care for your diabetes ("DM")? If so, what is your Dr's plan of care for you? Or are you in denial about your DM? It's so important to get your BG#s under better control or you will end up like me, with many PAINFUL and EMBARASSING complications! I was in denial for a while and I got where I am now by not taking care of my DM, and it ran wild. I can tell you all about it if you wish. ONLY YOU can control your DM. You can enlist the help of your Drs & medical team, but you are the one who has to apply it to yourself and actually do what they suggest.

If you do as suggested, and work hard at controlling your DM you could delay or avoid altogether some serious painful and crippling complications, and live a healthy and happier life.

God bless you and yours


4Patticake 2010-12-14 02:50:20 -0600 Report

I know all that - it's just getting myself back on the right road. I was a caregiver for my Down Symdrome sister for 12 years, but the last 4 years she had Alheimzer and it got rough. She passed away this past October. So I'm by myself and trying to get back on track.

God Bless you and yours and a Merry Christmas


Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 08:30:19 -0600 Report

So sorry for your loss. After my husband's death last year I made food my friend and ate whatever soothed me until I learned about my diabetes in which is scarring the daylights out of me.

Kirla 2010-12-12 19:58:37 -0600 Report

When diagnosed I downloaded all the info and PDF files from lots of sites and soon found it was all a waste of time. My blood sugar went from over 300 to normal numbers in just a few weeks and I didn’t count any carbs. I tried for a week or two and just couldn’t figure it out. What I did figure out was how to control my blood sugar by eating a certain way. I will post my story here. Good luck

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, milk 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. My last A1C was 5.2. All A1C’s after the first one have been less than 6.

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

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 13:18:47 -0600 Report

Wow, thanks for the information. Well, since being diagnosed I have lost 11 lbs and I have revamped my refrigerator so you won't find anything fattening and bad in there now. Okay there might be some from my son since he lives with me but he has been a good sport and eats what I eat now. I have learned to just shop in the meat and produce aisle as everything else is poison to our body. Sure I have some dairy like milk and cheese. Eating fruit can send my sugar through the roof. I feel like put me out in the pasture and shoot me. I know what I can't have or can but frankly I am tired of having a bowl of salad as my snack. I can eat some pineapple and there my sugar reaches in the 200s. I visualize everyone eating like a cake and wonder how high theirs just went up. I feel like my body only tolerates meat and veggies and very few fruits. Oh I do find pleasure eating certain nuts. Now if I want to be naughty I love my pretzels and popcorn. I am not a cake or cookie eater. I do like some crackers and look for the ones with less carbs and make things like a spinach dip or warm mushroom spread. Eggs you have to watch for cholesterol. I do at least but will eat once in a while and have egg whites and make a mean veggie omelette.

GabbyPA 2010-12-12 19:49:58 -0600 Report

Here are some great videos that will show you the basics of carb counting.

Here is a class that I took that outlined carb counting and it helped me a lot. I shared my noted here with the community.

It takes time to figure it all out. Don't let it make you crazy, just take it one meal at a time. You will get it with practice. And all of us here are able to support you.

I also got an "exchange" booklet from the ADA at They are free and are a great basic tool to get started.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 13:57:00 -0600 Report

Right there in that class on that page it states: This is exactly what I needed to know. When I had changed my eating habits long time ago I wouldn't allow myself no more than 23-30% of fat a day to loose weight. This shows your carb allowance.

Protein = 15-20% of total calories
Fat = 25-35% of total calories
Carbohydrates = 45-65% of total calories

GabbyPA 2010-12-14 18:04:25 -0600 Report

Glad I could help. It was a great class. If you can find one to take, sign up. They are a huge help.

kdroberts 2010-12-12 13:03:17 -0600 Report

The amount is per every time you eat and there isn't a magic number.You will have to test your blood sugar before and after meals to see how many work for you. If you get too big a rise in blood sugar then you ate too many that time. It is not a simple thing to do and takes time.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-12 19:06:41 -0600 Report

This whole diabetic thing is driving me crazy.

4Patticake 2010-12-14 02:52:46 -0600 Report

I agree with you Susan. I had my sugar under control at one time, but I've gone through a lot of bad times. My problem is I can't seem to get back on the band wagon.

Susanpwd2 2010-12-14 08:32:56 -0600 Report

You will, depression takes over. I am on anti-depression medication now but these past few weeks have been horrible. I am dying to eat some Christmas cookies. All this holiday stuff really is testy on me. I am not a cookie eater only at Christmas. I rather have a cookie for breakfast on Christmas morning.

Brenda_B 2010-12-12 19:16:33 -0600 Report

Oh yes LOL it makes us all crazy… welcome to the crazy, fun, website!

pat3 2010-12-13 02:08:45 -0600 Report

Well, I am glad I joined the fun crazy website! I am a newbie, AKA Pat 3. I am doing the BG testing 1X daily for the 1st time. I guess I am doing ok, but will know more when I take the info to my PA in about a week.

I thought the PA meant 60 per meal, but he was saying per day! I need a good book showing carb values.

Hugs, Pat 3

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 13:58:22 -0600 Report

I am new as well Pat. I am trying to educate myself here and learning that Diabetes is worse than Heart disease. You have to continuously monitor your body. Its nuts.

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 03:31:57 -0600 Report

welcome Pat… The people here are GREAT!!!

I have just starting to figure this stuff out. I am like Kirla. There is not magic number of carbs that are correct for me. It doesn't matter what someone told me… I have to stay away for High Glycolic Index food. Foods that turn to sugar quickly. I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong… My number keep creeping up and up… I learned I'm a bit different … LOL… EveryBODY is different… but I'm finding there are a lot of people who are like me…
—— IF I want to feel good and keep my blood sugar level so I don't do damage to my body. I have to REALLY limit my carbs at any one time (no way I can eat 60 a day) AND TOTALLY stay away from… bread, potatoes, rice,… ect

I highly suggest you test more than once a day… At least until you start learning how your body responds to different foods. Do before and after eating.
I was was just going along doing "good" stuff but my BG was still way out of wack.
And keep checking in at this site… everyday I learn something!

Susanpwd2 2010-12-13 14:02:53 -0600 Report

I have a rule when shopping don't buy anything in boxes or a can. Well most of it. It is all processed food…bad, bad, bad. There are some exceptions to can food and frozen veggies. Now, I was dying for some pasta the other night well my body asked for it and sugar was 280 I didn't eat alot and never have so I was angry at my reading.

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 14:39:06 -0600 Report

I think that is a very good "rule"… for EVERYONE diabetic or not! Start with fresh stuff!… There are some pastas that are WAY better than other. Gabby, on this site, has some great information… she can give you info/link. … Oh and check the sause… it might not be just the pasta/bread thing… could be the sause had too many carbs.
Someone on the site suggested Spaghetti Squash… I'm not a huge fan of cooked veggie but I LOVE that stuff… with or with out spaghetti sause.

**** I have learned so much from this web site… The information here can really make your life easier… and happier.

Think about learning as a game. Work on improving one little thing at time.
And do try the "dancing" around the room when BS reading are too high. Think about "sweating to the oldies" thing… Be crazy… have fun.. can't jump around a lot?… sway and wave your arms… it will make you smile/feel better… It is odd but it does lower you blood sugar.

Susan you will love this site!

jayabee52 2010-12-13 02:35:45 -0600 Report

I am going to need to get one too.

I've heard good recommendations for "The Calorie King" from Harlen & from Gabby (I believe). I think I will check it out.

Blessings to you and yours


pat3 2010-12-13 10:31:53 -0600 Report

I am still stumbling around the website trying to figure out what is what. I do thank all who have given me a warm welcome. I like it here already.

James, I wrote down the name of the book, and will check into it. I went online to try to find a support group, and found one in the next county, but nothing where I live. So the online help is great.

Brenda B I imagine the PA will prescribe more tester strips for me when I go back the 21st. He wanted to get an idea what is going on and when. Mornings are hard. My SIL said I have to have a pulse before I can get enough blood for a meter to read! lol

I don't know how to respond to the friends, or what the point are, but give me time!

hugs to all.
Pat 3

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 14:51:22 -0600 Report

My doctor did NOT prescribe more testing. In fact she said I ONLY needed to test twice a day… WRONG. My morning reading are always about the same… always creeping up a bit… It took 10 years for my morning fasting reading to go from 115 - 136… but during the day my reading would be 200 - 350…several times a day… then quick fall back to under 100 sometimes a low as 60s, I didn't know what was rasing MY BS without testing before and after eating different things… everyBODY is different. I won't ever eat more than a bite of bread at any one time… It is not worth the raise in blood sugar… but I can eat a few crackers …( Again I don't know why… but I can) so I eat 4 or 5 cracker with my eggs for breakfast… LOL… it works… But I would not have known this without testing before and after eating different things.
Good luck and have fun!

pat3 2010-12-13 17:12:23 -0600 Report

My daughter got me a flatbread last night called "Flatout". I had never seen it before, but made a wrap for lunch using it. It is a Light Italian Herb product. Apporved by, whatever that is. 90 calories & 6 NET cars 0 sugar, etc. I did enjoy it with slices of tomato, lettuce, sweet hot mustard and baked chicken. Just tested after 2 hr fasting and I was 126, about where I usually run after lunch. It is morning and evening when I peak, but nowhere near what you guys have had to deal with.

All the women on my Moms side of the family are/were diabetic, & I had lhypoglycemia diagnosed over 50 years ago, so knew this was coming. I am just glad I kept it at bay as long as I did.

Have a great day.
Hugs,Pat 3

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 17:23:53 -0600 Report

Flatout…huh? I will have to look into that. 126 at 2 hrs is a great reading.
I love this site… I learn something everyday.

Everybody on my mom's side of the family is diabetic… including LOL the uncles who married into the family… just a bunch of sweeties I guess… and I was hypoglycemic when I was younger. Have a grandson now that we have to watch… he is NO fun at all when his tank is empty… I always have nuts in my purse for him… and me.

A question, Pat, are you more active mid-day?

pat3 2010-12-13 23:58:17 -0600 Report

My life is upside down now, but usually I am not very active after lunch. I would like to be, but even with the mid day snack I need, have little steam. Normally a morning person, but been a little on the depressed side for the last few months, and hate to get up.

Hugs, Pat

Anonymous 2010-12-14 00:34:18 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear you have been down… NOT a good thing. Is part of the problem trying to lean all this stuff at one time?… That will get better as you conquer more. I was so annoyed because I didn't know how to fix my crazy up and down BS reading. Losing weight did NOT help me. Now that know I have to test a lot… and eat things or avoid things depending on my reading I feel I have a new lease on life. I feel so empowered
I guess your activity activity doesn't account for lower mid-day reading… again EveryBODY is different.

pat3 2010-12-14 01:19:43 -0600 Report

Thanks for the encouragement. We all lead hectic lives already, and I am sure it will get easier. I don't want to ignore my health like many in my family did.
Hugs, Pat

CaliKo 2010-12-13 10:55:59 -0600 Report

I received a Calorie King booklet in my certified diabetes education class. The classes really helped with education, meal planning, carb counting, etc. You might want to ask your PA if there's something like that in your area. Many hospitals have CDE classes. My doctor had to enroll me for my insurance to pay most of the cost. Good Luck!

pat3 2010-12-13 14:40:26 -0600 Report

The nearest hospital that has a class is in the next county, but chances are I can get in that, if it a daytime class. Too much rain and fog for night driving for me anymore.

I see the PA on the 21st and will ask him. Thanks for the help.
Hugs, Pat 3