How do you know which foods are "good"?

By Mommycaj Latest Reply 2011-02-16 22:15:18 -0600
Started 2011-02-16 09:46:18 -0600

Is a banana a "good witch or a bad witch"? and how do I know the difference?

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jayabee52 2011-02-16 22:15:18 -0600 Report

Howdy Christine

Even with what Lynette (realsis) said (with which I agree) the only way you can really tell what is good to eat FOR YOU is to test, test, test (which is researching yourself and what foods work for YOU - we all react differently to different foods).

The best way to do that is to take a baseline Blood Glucose reading ("BG") eat 1 "serving" of a particular food (since you said bananna) and write down your baseline reading. Then 2 hrs (some say 1 hr & then 2 hrs) after eating the bananna, take your BG reading again. If the bananna raises your BG#s more than 50 points (some say 40 pts) then you should avoid the food, or at least not have a full serving. (again, test the lowered serving.) I would recommend testing each food individually as eating a combined food may not give you an accurate reading. You might want to put the results in a notebook so you can refer to it later.

By that process you can tell what foods work for you and what you should avoid. THAT'S how you tell the difference.

Blessings to you and yours.

James Baker

realsis77 2011-02-16 11:53:53 -0600 Report

Hi again. When I first started out I asked this same question. I was told if its white don't eat it and to really watch my carbs! I got some diabetic cookbooks and that also really helped me. They have delicous meals that are easy to make the whole family can enjoy! I know I sound like I'm pushing books but this is what really saved me! Once I got the hang of it through reading and cook books it came easy. Research is the key! Knowing to keep the carbs low! I remember when I went to the grocery store for the first time after being diagnosed, I cryed I felt so lost! I felt like I couldn't eat anything. The cookbooks and diabetic books really helped me with that! Its a big change and that's what's so hard to do.I can't stress enough how much the books helped me! I even got some books off ebay on diabetic cooking and they were all very very cheap! You can get them anywhere but why pay full price when you can get them for two or three dollars! I'm sharing what helped me and I hope in some way I've helped you. You can also go online and get diabetic recipes for free! They give a great idea on how you should be cooking. And eating. Its best to do the research and learn and I promise you will feel impowered. There are many more choices out there than you can imagine! Don't be discouraged! It gets better I promise! You can do it and you will feel a lot better too! When I changed my eating and got on my insulin I felt like a new person! I felt sooo much better! If you ever need to talk I'll be here for you ok? Hang in there and God bless you!

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