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Learning To Eat Better

Learning To Eat Better

What are some good recipes out there? What’s safe to eat as a snack? I need to reinvest in myself at 65. I’ve always been a picky eater when it comes to what’s healthy, but I need a change. I like food to taste good. I do wish there were diabetic support groups in my area.

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I try to practise carbohydrate control eg knowing what food portions represents
1 serving of carbs.

Speak to your Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator to decide how many servings of carbs are recommended for you per day.
Divide this up in breakfast lunch dinner and snacks, say 3 snacks and 3 meals. for the day. I used to do this and it worked very well for me.
12 servings of carbs in my case:for the day.
3 servings of carbs for breakfast lunch can dinner.
That equals 9
for 3 meals.
That leaves 3 servings of carbs left for the dayi eat 1 serving for a snack mid morning
1 serving of carbs mid afternoon
And then 1 serving at bedtime.
15 grams of carbohydrates = 1 serving of carbs.
We need to read our food labels so that we can get comfortable thinking and eating like this.

Lilly has a food guide which I have found to be very helpful. Please note that I have no connection to Lilly or any other pharmaceutical company. It gives food portions for many many foods commonly eaten in many countries.
I plan on using this guide once again

Also useful information for us who happen to take insulin is knowing what our
Insulin sensitivity is and also,
What our insulin to carb ratio is.
These figures will help to bring us in control if we are having difficulties keeping our blood sugar in the normal range.

posted 13 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thank you for the suggestion

posted 13 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

If you are looking for ideas, what, how much etc then you may want to take a look on the Atkin's website - www.atkins.com

On the first drop down "how it works" you can click on the "atkins 100" and have a read and look at their charts.

Atkins is not specific to diabetes but rather they advocate for weight loss through low carb eating. The Atkins 100 (diet) is so called because it designs a 100 carb a day diet, where you select foods from their various charts and "plug them in" to their program guide.

100 carb a day diet is "ideal" for excellent blood sugar control.

I used this as the basis of my diet and it has worked well for me for coming on 6 years now. While my diet is slightly more liberal (allow a maximum of 130 carbs a day), having someone figure broad groups of what I should be eating then providing lists of the portion sizes that would achieve that made any customization to suit "my tastes and preferences" super easy.

The (program) is free - it's a great resource if you are looking for "somewhere to start" - so worth taking a few minutes to check it out and see if it might work for you.

posted 13 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I like Hilo snacks from amazon. They only have 5 carbs per bag.

posted 13 days ago
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