what tool or method can i use for sugar?

By mrs.bug Latest Reply 2011-01-20 19:51:26 -0600
Started 2011-01-06 17:26:43 -0600

I'm new to the community and I hope someone can give me a tool, method or any advice for when I go shopping? It's time consuming reading labels to check which foods have less sugar or no sugar. Before my diabetes I could go grocery shopping without reading labels and now it takes me longer to check for sugar grams, fat contains,which food is right for me, no salt, fat free, it's giving me a headache reading labels. There's got to be a better and simple way.

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squog master
squog master 2011-01-11 22:42:31 -0600 Report

This doesn't help with the initial shopping, but my cousin ( her son has type 1) clips the nutritional labels & tapes them to the inside of her cupboards.

jayabee52 2011-01-11 23:46:49 -0600 Report

That sounds like a wonderful tip' I may do that when I get cupboards of my own or paste them in a notebook

squog master
squog master 2011-01-12 04:53:57 -0600 Report

I think she did it for 2 reasons. 1. so not to have to read labels over and over again. & 2. so as her son got older (was diagnosed at age 5, is now 17) he could start counted his carbs also.

jayabee52 2011-01-12 13:16:37 -0600 Report

cupboards of my own are coming sooner than later. I just got a phone call telling me I've been approved for a low income senior apartment. Signing the lease tomorrow. WOO HOO!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-18 09:20:11 -0600 Report

After getting back into my place after the fire, I was going to put the labels on the cupboard doors. But I decided with my height I would need a step stool to read some of them. I started a book. But I also modified some of the info to the closest # of full carb servings. Like if the cracker box list 5 crackers at 20g of carbs, then 4 crackers would be 16g. closest to 1 serving of carbs. When do you move in?

jayabee52 2011-01-18 09:30:01 -0600 Report

I move in this coming Friday or Sat. Depends on when I can get help moving in.

Fire? I'm so sorry. I pray no one was hurt!

I think I may well use a 3 ring binder to post the labels as I'm not very tall either..

jayabee52 2011-01-20 19:41:48 -0600 Report

I get the power turned on tomorrow. Maybe move on in Friday eve or Sat . and get the gas turned on on monday? May be living there on Tues.

I had a favorite cousin come to LV for a couple of days, so I played tour guide. and that delayed things.

So much had changed in my nearly 3 years in CA, and I forgot a lot too. I'll have to bone up on LV again so that when we get visitors again (not if, when) I'll be able to do better. I hopefully will have my stamina back too. Gotta excercise more! (I know, BABY STEPS!)

squog master
squog master 2011-01-18 12:48:34 -0600 Report

Fire was it March 2007. My condo was totaled. God was with us all no one was hurt. I live in a very small condo complex. 2 buildings 12 units each. It started in dry pine needles on my patio from a cigarette butt. It was ruled an accident but I don't smoke & the guy above had an awful habit of flicking his off the deck. Most people were home. I was where I usually was on a beautiful Spring am, on the baseball field with my little t-ball team. I stick with the 6 yr olds since they're still shorter than me. I was displaced for 19 months. When we finally got back in, the owner upstairs rented his condo out. I promptly asked the tenants if they smoked. I told them I had a Supersoaker ready & my new motto was "You smoke, I soak." And anyone smoking on that deck would get it. They assured me they did NOT smoke. LOL.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-20 17:58:30 -0600 Report

The stupidest thing is that others have not learned from it. People in 5 of our units were displaced from it for 19 months. But during the whole time we kept getting notices from the management company encouraging people to put out their cigarettes inside with water or in an ash tray instead of outside. A tree & some siding caught fire in front of the other building because people are too lazy & inconsiderate to put their butts out properly. But I have my supersoaker ready because I'm not going through that again!

jayabee52 2011-01-12 13:42:47 -0600 Report

thank you very much. I'm sure my son & his new (oct 2010) bride will appreciate getting their privacy back too!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-07 17:51:51 -0600 Report

Echoing CaliKo and Gabby. Shopping was very hard the first few months, last Feb and March. Once you memorize how much is a serving of your favorite foods is shopping will become much easier. Thankfully the stores do offer no salt versions of a lot of the veggies, broths, etc. Making meals from scratch gives a better result than pre-made foods and you can control the salt and fat content.

mrs.bug 2011-01-12 14:36:09 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the info. I know my weakness is sugar, cookies,pie,cakes,candies,etc. and I watch 4 grandkids till their parents are off from work.So you know how that is when they are here.Sugar frenzy and there I am indulging along side them. So now I redajust to fruits and a small amount of candy such as Dots, Twizzlers, and Peppermint. From time to time my husband and I like FAST FOODS and that's another problem. I go inside and have to read the menu, some carry salads and grill chicken sandwiches, but I'm learning. Now here's another question. I buy T.V DINNERS for when I don't like cooking that day,which one is right? weight watchers,banquet,smart ones, etc.

GabbyPA 2011-01-08 22:01:03 -0600 Report

So true. I will purchase a whole chicken at least once a month so I can make my own no sodium broth from the carcass. I also make shrimp stock from the shells of shrimp when I peel them to make dinner. I will even make veggie stock from the ends of things I use in salads if I need it. That way I have those stocks frozen in baggies and ready to use for soups or brazing.

You can make your own hummus and keep the price to a can of beans without the preservatives and the cost.

Keeping control of the things that are in our foods starts with eating simple foods and learning to make a few things yourself. That saves money and frustration.

GabbyPA 2011-01-06 21:58:17 -0600 Report

CaliKo is right. Keep to more things without labels like veggies, meats, fruit, and so on. Go to your local farmer's market and that makes it really easy.

What I did was take time to make one shopping trip where I would do all my comparing. It took me almost 2 hours, but what I did was purchase the best choice for what I needed and then I knew from there, that is what my options were. On my next list, that gets put on by name and I don't have to guess. Then I just had to read labels for new things I needed. It does get easier and you learn what to look for. I read the nutritional info, but I also read the ingredients and make sure you double check the serving size. I really try to avoid processed foods when I can and that makes it easiest to shop.

In the beginning it just takes time. As you get used to it things will go smoother. However, I find I have to revisit the labels from time to time to make sure I have not found a better choice.

CaliKo 2011-01-06 17:36:52 -0600 Report

I think the quickest, easiest answer it to shop the perimeter of the store, opting for fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, eggs, cheeses, nuts. Make your breads whole grains. Choose brown rice, beans, low-fat yogurt. You can probably put together some good meals from these items. This is very general, a lot depends on your personal circumstance. Hope it helps a bit. Good luck.

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