How to eat fruits?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

mip
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 5/14/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I am looking for a way to include moderate fruits in my diet. Two questions:
 
1. What type of fruit to eat? The purpose is not to spike the blood sugar too much.
 
2. Whet to eat them?
 
Thanks!
 
Mip

LanieG
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5397
   Posted 5/14/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all, make sure you test before and after you eat the fruit you choose.  This way you'll know how that fruit affects you.  Choose a fruit that's not as high on the glycemic index.  Watermelon and bananas are pretty high, I think.  I do better with raspberries and blackberries if I eat fruit.  When to eat then?  If they're between meals, check your blood sugar and if it's not too high, try the fruit and then test an hour and then 2 hours after to see their effects.  You have to do some experimenting.  For example, since fats and protein help lengthen the effect of food, you could try some cheese (like cheddar) or peanut butter (or any nut butter) with some apple slices.  I can't eat an entire apple at one time or my blood sugar will spike, so I settle for about 3 slices with either the cheese or PB.  The bottom is that you test and figure out what works best for you. 

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


mip
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 5/14/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie.

I did eat half of an extra large banana yesterday before dinner. Before eating, my number was 92.
45 minutes after eating, mine went up to 148.

I guess banana is not so good. Or I need it with cheese and peanut butter.

I will resume my exercise next week and will keep you posted on the impact.

Mip

Phishbowl
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 547
   Posted 5/14/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
To keep BGLs more even when eating fruit:
- don't eat the fruit by itself (most are too high in sugar and cause spikes; high carb)
- eat fruit with protein and/or fat. Most fruit & veg's valuable vitamins & minerals are FAT SOLUBLE (meaning they get transported into the system when eaten with fat). Apple/pear with PB or cheese, berries with yogurt, melon with proscutto/ham (sp?)
- eat the whole fruit, never juice. The fibre in fruit is most important (Most citrus fruits oxidate the second they they're cut; losing their nutritional value so, eat an orange in segments :-)
- learn what a portion (for you) is of any given fruit. Often a portion is half and apple, pear, peach or a piece of banana the size of your thumb, or 3-5 strawberries or 1/4 cup blue, black or raspberries.

While almost all are high in sugar, fruit can be eaten as part of daily meals and I think should be. Some are better than others on the glycemic index but, keep in mind what other properties they may have to offer and balance it out. Berries are extremely high in antioxidants, bananas are fantastic for potassium and fat, citrus is OK for vit-C (mangoes are better), and kiwi is great for calcium.

Watch the grapes though, they have a way of sneaking up on you when you're not looking :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


mip
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 5/14/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the comments/suggestions.

As I mentioned before, I am petite size. Weigh less than 95 pounds. A lot of times, I have to remind the doctor/pharmacist about my weight since I know that the standard for adult here is way over 95 pounds.

What I usually do is to cut 1/4 of the recommended portion for adult for most things, including food.

I am also hesitated to take the glucose tolerance test due to my weight. I can not imagine the impact of 75g glucose on me vs on a 150-pound person would be the same.

Mip

SmurfyShadow
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 2386
   Posted 5/14/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Bananas and juice only eat when you are low. I'm sure there are other fruits as wlel to only eat when low. Grew up in a diabetic house (and I decided to join them lol). Momma always said when we get low to drink a glass of juice or eat a banana. She also said, if you find your brother or your dad not waking up, call 911 and find me and get the honey or syrup and rub it in their mouths on their gums to.
 
Smurfy Shadow/Desirèe 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D, Pro-Air, Pepcid, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl
Undergoing Radiation Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) on Radiation Days


LanieG
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5397
   Posted 5/14/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Mip, you make an interesting point about food amount and dosage concerns regarding weight. I don't know how the standard OGTT dosage of glucose would affect your own test.  Perhaps that's something you would have to ask the lab technicians.  As far as food, your own testing is the best way to handle that, so whether you can eat 1/4 banana, a couple of bites or none at all depends on how you test out.  It's really good that you're aware of this.  :-)

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Jeannie143
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 5/15/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I found a great website that gives nutritional values of various fruits and helps you with your choices. The Fruit Pages

It shows how some fruits are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, B's and how others are just like candy. (Pears are absolutely useless mad but I love 'em!) Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


gallyndur
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 5/29/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as fruits go, rhubarb is pretty low carb. I make rhubarb sauce with splenda and love to eat it as a dessert! The only downside is that rhubarb is seasonal. I'm stocking my freezer (15 1-lb. bags of rhubabarb at the moment) to extend the season.

ceebee
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 401
   Posted 5/29/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
mip, there is no problem with the glucose testing and weight. I have 5 year old relatives with diabetes(type 1) and they get tested with no problem. I don't know if they adjust the dosage of glucose given but you can just tell them your concerns and they will explain to you. Good luck:)

mip
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 6/1/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Everyone:

Here is what I read regarding weight and OGTT test.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose_tolerance_test

Mip

 

 

 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, December 05, 2016 7:45 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,940 posts in 301,071 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151225 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Milenita.
319 Guest(s), 14 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
cupcakespinkgal, Milenita, tickcheckguy, Serenity Now, Siqnik, jujub, Huddie, w0hll, pmm73, k07, trumpet123, Bik31, straydog, racquetball74


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer