great food (that we might not know about) for diabetics

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LanieG
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Read about these products that won't wreak havoc with blood sugar (in most cases!  Everyone's different, so test!)  Sometimes these great ideas end up within other threads and might be overlooked.


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LanieG
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
gelchick said...

"Here are some of my 'tricks'- I always travel with a stash of Atkins Advantage shakes. If they are warm- I duck into a quick stop or 7-11 and purchase a glass of water- (the cup and lid and ice). It costs me between 10 and 15 cents- but I just throw the shake onto the ice. Sometimes I throw and extra packet of protein (whey protein- sugar free) into it as well - I also have Atkins AdVantage bars and OhYeah bars (the kit kat type) in my emergency kit. I go to Mickie D's and buy the Caesar salad without the chicken- eat that and drink a shake (quick meal, filling and on track).

I also purchase Cabot 50% Vermont Cheddar in individually-wrapped packages at Sam's club. When I can find them, I buy Black Diamond cheddar, Gouda, and Jarlesburg Swiss, Laughing Cow, String cheese, and the like as individuals- and tote them along in my bag.

I used to carry nuts in tiny tuppwerware containers (1 oz), but I started to feel like a squirrel and found myself eating way too many of those little containers in a day- so I confine myself to 1 oz portions of freshly ground almond butter and a bag of baby carrots every once in awhile. I find one of those is plenty- where I could probably eat 6 oz of mixed nuts and still want more.

I always carry Poland Spring water in sport size bottles by the case when I'm driving- and South Beach has these new packets that add protein to your water- I think they call them get-you-through (something along those lines- I'm out of them or I'd give you the exact name). I recently had to do a show- alone- 12-14 hour sessions, and those literally saved my blood sugar- I drank the bottles at regular intervals, even while I was conducting workshops- and I felt great.

Most Subways will now make your sub into a salad- you get the same stuff, just no bread. Some of them carry veggie burgers- so I get one of those + the veggie sub salad- quite tasty and filling.

I go to chinese places with a mongolian bar-b-que and ask for tofu, pick my plate of veggies and have them cook it in low salt soy sauce + oil

At chipotle or other mexican places - I get the Burritos in a salad bowl- no rice, black beans, veggies, quacamole, cheese and sour cream-

At Ruby tuesday- I eat the Salad bar, or veggie burger, no roll, mashed cauliflower instead of fries

At IHOP ( Denny's, Perkins) - I get an omelet with cheese, mushrooms, green peppers- and a salad no potatoes, no pancakes

I can find good stuff to eat anywhere except for Panera- heck, I even ate at the cheesecake factory - Eggwhite omelet with avocado and a side salad- it was so filling I didn't even want to eat a bite of cheesecake.

Diner type places will always give you a side salad with your meal- one lady recently brought me fresh fruit (berries) and a salad because I told her no homefires and no pancakes or muffins- she gave me the 'nod' and brought out the good stuff- my traveling companion was so jealous- haha. I never said a word about being a diabetic- maybe she saw my medical alert bracelet- it was funny."

Post Edited (LanieG) : 3/5/2008 9:06:11 AM (GMT-7)


LanieG
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
gelchick said...
 
"Have you tried the miracle noodles? not the tofu shirataki, but the miracle noodle made from konjac? No carbs, no calories-just fiber. I have been using the orzo (rice) shape in my soups- fabulous! They come in a ton of different shapes-
 
Also black soybeans- per 1/2 cup, those babies have just 1 net carb (7 grams of fiber +1 gram of sugar!) and protein (11 grams)- they taste great ( I am not kidding) - I get them at Whole Foods- they come in a can (Eden Organic brand)-with no sodium added (30 mg per portion)- but they do have potassium.  I ate 1/2 a can with some of the orzo and my sugar did not budge at 60, 90, 120, or 180 minutes! They are my new best friend! You should try them- it could be an opportunity to have some variety. And the beans are full of nutrients-magnesium, zinc, iron and the b vitamins. My co-op just ordered them dry for me- I'm getting a 25 # bag- that's how much I love them - even more than lentils ( and lentils are 1 of my food groups-lentils and greek yogurt!)"
 


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gelchick
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
lol Lanie- you tricked me!
 
I was all excited to read about some new grub! nono   haha sandy
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LanieG
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry!  We just couldn't let a good post get lost!  Maybe this will encourage other posts, too.
No, I didn't mean to trick you!  :P  haha
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gelchick
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Lanie

If you try the black soybeans, let me know how they work out for your bg level. I've had such good success with them and edamame recently- and they are a great source of protein for me too. I thought they were too pricey for me by the can (because I am eating them in increasing amounts - so I'm hoping the dry ones will be the same - keeping up with my greek yogurt fix wipes out the luxury item portion of my shopping list- :-)

 
sandy



I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


LanieG
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I will.  I love Cuban black bean soup.  It's healthy but the amount of beans drove my bg too high.  I used to eat it with white rice, then alone but it was still too high.  Thanks.

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gelchick
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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie
 
Get those shirataki orzo from Miracle Noodle- you'll have your black bean and rice soup back- new and improved! sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


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   Posted 3/6/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
gelchick, you have some great food tips here:) Where do you buy the Miracle Noodles? I am going to try to get to Whole Foods this weekend and am going to Sams tonight. Also Woodmans is 45 miles from me but I will get there this month sometime. I can't stop dreaming of the black beans and noodles:):):) LOL

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   Posted 3/6/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
ceebee
 
You can get the canned black soybeans at whole foods- and at netrition.com- I ordered my dry ones through a co-op- so that won't help you.
 
You can get the tofu shirataki ( 4 net carbs/serving) at whole foods, walmart, krogers- but the konjac shirataki ( all fiber- 0 carbs) - I have only been able to get them through the miracle noodle site - www.miraclenoodle.com-
 
It is so good to be able to make some of my favorite recipes like black bean chili, and black bean soup without having to protein-balance the added carbs. I also get to eat a decent sized portion too.
 
sandy
 
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
gelchick:)

My son and his wife are vegan and have eaten the black soybeans from Whole Foods and say they are quite tasty. They said they are in a gel in the can and they wash and drain them, do you do that or eat the gel? Mixing them with the Miracle Noodles sounds sooooo good. I was Sams tonight and couldn't find the Cabot Vermont cheddar in the single wrapped package but they do have it in the block cheese. I have lost 6 pounds this week and am desperate for something I can eat. I am on antibiotics for an infection and still can keep my bg in the low 90's after eating but really have to eat almost no carbs. I am planning a trip to Whole Foods on Saturday...I can see myself opening the can and eating them in the car!LOL Thanks for all the help:)

Lanie:)

I tried a glass of wine tonight and I am feeling no pain:) I don't really drink much and this takes most of my pain away better than pain pills. My bg dropped 34 points in 20 minutes and I still needed to take the Lantus, I am checking to see if I drop too much. Is this a normal drop? Thanks:)

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   Posted 3/7/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ceebee, wow, quite a drop.  One glass of wine did that?   Since I don't take meds, I can't tell you if this is normal but I do know that since alcohol will do this, you need to be careful not to go too low.  Let's wait for others to tell you what's what. 

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ceebee
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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie:)

Nope, wine is not for me. I dropped really low and had to eat and eat to stay at a regular bg. I even ate fruit and candy and couldn't get it up. Was up all night trying to regulate it. I just kept dropping and dropping. Really scary. This is why I am scared to try new foods very often. Some meat, cheese, eggs whites and salads are it with the Greek yogurt. My bg can rise and fall really fast, maybe because of the pred. I am back at my normal 80 to 90 bg now today. Maybe the wine acts like the meds and mixing does not always agree. Hope the endo can help. Thanks:)

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   Posted 3/8/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ceebee
 
I always rinse canned beans- a lot of them have that gel-like stuff- I think it results from the canning process. I won't eat it. I got my dry beans and am cooking them now with bay leaf and veggie broth - they smell great!
 
I can't do anything else today- we're having a blizzard and all of the roads are closed- they ticket you if you go out-lol My husband is playing with the snow blower I got him for Christmas and won't let me near it.
 
Good luck with them- it sounds like you could use some more variety!
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I ordered some shirataki noodles for the miraclenoodle website and have been very pleased with them! Best part is that my husband, who lives for all things pasta, loves them! My husband also discovered that the Japanese grocery store near his work carries shirataki noodles (not the same brand as the miraclenoodle ones but still made completely of yam fiber) for less than the website plus no S&H. So I recommend looking for them at local Japanese/Asian groceries.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Gally, thanks for that tip! We have lots of Asian groceries in our town.
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shellseekr52
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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told that wine will intially drop your blood sugar, but then raise it. Not sure how much truth is in that, since my fasting levels are no different whether I;ve had wine the night before or not.
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