I eat for comfort. Without my favorite cereal & ice cream sandwiches, there is no comfort. I know myself to well. Im afraid I will rationalize that one wont kill me. I want to take this seriously!
fallinstarzz50 if u like cereal mix half presweetened w/ half unsweetened thereby cutting ur sugar intake in 1/2 as far as ice cream sandwiches have 1/2 and wrap the the other for another day don't eat every day maybe once a week (like a Fri or Sat. give urself something to look forward to).increase ur water intake . u can eat basically what ever u want just if its hi in carbs (sugar) cut portion in 1/2 always eat in moderation nothing makes u go overboard like depriving urself of something u like. for.dinner tonight I had a meatloaf sandwich 1/2 cup raw carrots , 1/4 cup cottage cheese , a tangerine and 16oz. 1/2 water 1/2 sparkling water two hours later my sugar was 113 say for instance u want speghetti u have 1/4 cup with 1 cup raw broccoli and a piece of fruit and 16oz. water, pasta is absorbed fast and broccoli, carrots, green beans ,tomatoes, cauliflower, ne non starchy veggie is absorbed slowly mixing both in same meal keeps sugar levels lower because the non starchy veggie slows down the fast absorption of the starchy food and sugar doesn't rise as hi.(1 cup raw veggie, 1/2 cooked =15 grams of carbs) starch turns to sugar as soon as u ingest it, starchy food like white potatos,pasta, white bread raises ur sugar quickly. always watch ur portions good luck and God bless
@A DiabetesTeam Member When I was diagnosed, I went to a diabetes nutritionist. She gave me a carb budget and said I could eat what I wanted as long as I stayed within my budget. I went over the things I liked to eat and adjusted them to meet the carb budget. Instead of a full plate of pasta, the pasta is a side to grilled chicken and veggies.
My nutritionist also introduced me to the plate method of portioning food. Here is a link to a short description of the plate method and a few recipes:
All of the recopies meet my carb budget of 60 carbs per meal. They also fall in the range that the Diabetes Association of America recommends as a good starting point for carbs. You may require more or less depending on many factors that should be talked about with your Dr, or nutritionist.
I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14.7, went on Janumet for a year and am now off the meds. a1c hovers around 5.5 to 5.7.
You might read book about the glycemic index. It helps you know which foods effect your blood sugar. Then you can pick out food that you like. By the way riced cauliflower makes pretty good mashed potato substitute.
Thank you for the recent comments. I have bad insurance so a dietian isn't going to work. I think my mistake is I'm eating only two meals a day and not measuring anything I guess I need to learn how to weigh my food and learn what portion I'm suppose to be having. I'm still eating bread once a day on my turkey sandwich. Its whole wheat but maybe it doesn't matter. I'm a newly diagnosed so I'm learning by my mistakes and by u all here. Thank you Maris your comment was very informative for myself.I also thank all who responded. Means a lot to me that there's people out there who care for others..GOD BLESS YOU ALL, Lana
I'm fairly new to the world of diabetes, too. When first diagnosed, I had a wound that wouldn't heal, so my goal was to get my a1c down fast. I did that by eliminating carbs and eating a lot of vegetables in their place. I ate them mostly raw, in the form of salads and grilled meat, at first. I was playing it super safe. I've learned a thing or two about cooking stuff that I actually enjoy since then. Now I saute or oven grill nearly every kind of vegetable and they're delicious. Last night I coated zucchini in olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt and roasted it. Next I covered it with Alfredo sauce and baked it for a bit longer. It was quite comforting. Of course, I have to limit portions of foods with cheese because I don't want to preserve my pancreas and in the process destroy my heart, but I can still have my favorite pasta dishes if I substitute pasta with vegetables.
I've learned I can eat small portions of nearly everything, but I must be honest with myself about what a small portion is. Things taste much sweeter to me now, so I don't even want as much. One of my favorite snacks now is a small bowl of bran cereal with carbmaster milk and cinnamon sprinkled on top. I've started using cinnamon in coffee for a bit of a sweet comfort, too. Cinnamon is supposed to be good for diabetes, though I've learned that the preground stuff you buy at the super market is too old to have any medicinal value. I take a cinnamon supplement. I don't know if it helps but it hasn't hurt.
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