Diabites Diet

By getfit Latest Reply 2011-03-20 19:15:42 -0500
Started 2011-03-07 05:49:23 -0600

I was told just recently that I have diabities and can not find a diet lay out.Like how many fruits a day, how many onces of meat , veges, ect.

13 replies

Type1Lou 2011-03-20 19:15:42 -0500 Report

Although there is no one right diet for all of us, I found that by seriously reducing my carbs, I have better BG control. Although I don't fully follow Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution", his book was my inspiration to try to eliminate as many carbs as possible. It has worked for him and does work for me. Referral to a dietician would also be helpful. They can supply you with guidelines and tools to plan healthy diabetic meals. Looking at the labels on foods can also help you determine if they are heavy on the carbs. Surprisingly, many of the low-fat or no-fat versions of a food have more carbs than the regular version…something you should get in the habit of checking. There are lots of resources available out there and this site in particular has tons of good info. Good luck to you!

swarthcutter1 2011-03-08 15:36:14 -0600 Report

I also was recently diagnosed. Your Dr. should have given you some basic guidelines that he/she wants you to follow. Consider seeing an endocrinologist (read: specialist with hormonal disorders - especially diabetes!). You probably need a referral from your family Dr. My own endocrinologist was the one who diagnosed me - not my family Dr. She gave me a sheet of guidelines that says: breakfast: 1 8 oz skim milk, 1 fruit, 1 protein - etc and great ideas for healthy snacks. You can also get a referral for a consult with a registered dietitian in your community. I think this is my own next step. You can REALLY learn a lot from searching the web. You can access a computer at a local library if you don't have your own. Hopefully your "care team" can give you some better resources!

cograndma 2011-03-19 09:25:52 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, a friend and I used some of the recipes in the South Beach Diet. They are really good. The only thing they tell you is if you are going to follow the diet, SKIP step #1 because the carbs are sometimes too low for a diabetic. I just read the book and used the recipes I liked. I really like the cauloflower mashed potatoes and turkey meatloaf, among others.. Adding some of their recipes keeps your meal selections from getting boring.

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 23:36:18 -0600 Report

There are some basic guidelines that can get you started. Check out the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org and ask them to send you an exchange book. You will out grow it quickly, but it will give you a foundation and a guide.

You will also want to attend some classes on diabetes management. Here are some that I attended and shared with the community. They can give you some basic ideas.

Now that I looked all of those up...I think I need a refresher course myself.

jayabee52 2011-03-08 12:42:58 -0600 Report

thanks for sharing those!

GabbyPA 2011-03-08 21:45:06 -0600 Report

I loved the classes so much. The instructors were great and it took 9 weeks to complete. It was not a quick one it was very through. They were put on through our local university and TCOYD group.

cograndma 2011-03-19 09:28:38 -0500 Report

I went to one like that when I was diagnosed. I was for 10 weeks and we even took time to go for a walk afterwards. I really learned a lot. I was also told that the ADA diet is old fashioned and out dated, because they originally said that you could have no sugars at all and for most of us that is not true, but to do all things in moderation.

GabbyPA 2011-03-20 17:45:23 -0500 Report

Yes, the ADA has a great place in starting out as a diabetic, but that information is VERY outdated for the most part. Though the website it better than some of the old literature that the doctor's offices have hanging around. I almost laughed when I read the hand out my doctor gave me. I wrote all kinds of corrections in it and was tempted to hand it back to him...but I didn't.

jayabee52 2011-03-07 14:38:28 -0600 Report

I agree with those (alanbossman & strawberrymango) who've posted below. I see from your profile "getfit" you were just Dx'd with Diabetes ("DM"). Obviously you want answers, and for that, you're in the right place. But to avoid mental and emotional overload, may I suggest you take "baby steps" in learning about your DM and in doing what you have learned. Please feel free to read around in the site, and pick up whatever you can. Learn about the Glycemic index and let that be a general guide in how to eat, but it's not the last word for you. Not every person with Diabetes ("PWD") reacts the same way to the same foods, drinks, or even medications.

You should learn to eat as a PWD by letting your glucometer be your guide.
To do that, you need to take your blood glucose numbers ("BG#s") before you eat something. That will be your baseline reading. Then eat something you want to test (it is recommended that you eat only 1 food, not a mix of different foods) determine what is considered a "serving" of a particular food (there are websites which can aid you in this like: http://nutritiondata.self.com/), Then 2 hours after you eat it, take your BG#s again. If a food raises your BG#s 50 pts or more, you should then decide if you should test again using a smaller portion, or avoid that food altogether.

Since you're embarking on a voyage of self-discovery (what works & doesn't work for your body) I would recommend recording your tests & results in your own notebook, so you have the information readily available when you need it.

When you finish testing all the individual foods then you might test food combinations, like soups ECT.

Be aware that you might become discouraged about how your treatment for DM is going. Please call on the good people of DC for encouragement and support. We're quite like a family here, and we care! (You'll see a lot of that here.)

And since your question is about Diet, there is a whole section of recipes (left margin of the page ), most are DM-friendly (but some are more DM-friendly than others).

I pray you'll find what you need here and that you don't be a stranger! (Besides, I've already gotten the "stranger" thing covered, as my kids didn't talk to me for the first 5 years of their lives - their mother told them not to talk to strangers —— and I'm stranger than most! LoL!)

I pray you can live a long, healthy and complication-free life, even though you have this condition of DM.

Blessings be upon you and yours


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Incmeister 2011-03-07 14:45:01 -0600 Report

Great advice! I am still in my first months (actually 1 month today) and taken it slow and steady or I would have gone crazy! Thanks James!!

cograndma 2011-03-19 09:31:22 -0500 Report

I went on Amazon and picked up a paperback book of glycemic index. It really helped me. You can get used books, and if I remember correctly it was only about $6 including postage. It makes a great reference.

alanbossman 2011-03-07 07:32:42 -0600 Report

There really is not a diabetes diet, you just have to eat healthy and portion size meals meat is about 4 to 5 oz. more vegs than meat fruit can be 1/2 cup to 1 cup and lots more of fish and chicken and turkey. 100% whole wheat bread no white rice, no white bread, no white potates. hope this helps

cograndma 2011-03-19 09:32:19 -0500 Report

make sure that your bread doesn't have enriched flour…it can spike sugars, even if the bread is whole wheat.. sounds bizarre, but it is true