Couchtater: I'm newly diagnosed as pre-diabetic - what to eat?

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LanieG
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Couchtater wrote: "Hey, everyone. I'm new here. I was told two weeks ago that I was pre-diabetic. I'm a 41 year old female from Georgia. I'm 100 pounds overweight skull   plus I have several other health problems.
GERD, Hypothyroidism, Asthma, allergies, sleep apnea
I'm working on having my GERD fixed which will help my asthma, allergies, maybe my sleep apnea and help me lose some weight.
 
But what I want is some pearls of wisdom on what to eat and what not to eat. It seems everything I onced loved is now a big no-no.
I don't want to add another medication to my already long list, so I want to nip this in the bud.
 
HELP!!!!!! shocked
 
Joy"

Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/23/2009 8:12:47 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Diabetes Forum, Joy.  I hope you can find all your answers here.  I think the extra weight you're carrying around has a big effect on GERD, apnea and the diabetes.  Do you have a blood glucose monitor?  I hope so because you need to be testing your blood sugar everyday.  We have talked a lot about diet here and how many of us have been able to control our blood sugar by diet and exercise.  Please spend some times going back over our older threads that talk about food/diet and exercise.  Read Chris' post "For Newbies" and "Why Does Our Blood Sugar Rise - Some things to Consider".  You need to know that consistant high blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyesight, nerve endings among other things over time.  You say you don't want to add another medication and you're ready to take on this challenge.  I know you can do this providing you stick to it.  Half-heated attempts won't cut it.  Chris (TVEditor) and I are two of many people who have been successful controlling our blood sugar and staying off diabetes meds.  Wanna know how?  Read those old posts and then ask all your questions!!  I promise we'll answer. yeah

Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/23/2009 8:12:03 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 7/24/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have a monitor. I check every morning and before supper and sometimes if I feel different.

Joy

TVEditor
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya couchtater,
 
If you Google 'low carb diet', you'll find a whole bunch of ideas on what to eat and other resources like forums dedicated to the low-carb lifestyle.  A lot of this information is geared mainly toward weight-loss so you should consult with your doctor before trying anything radical, especially if you are taking medications.
 
Personally, I like the low-carb forums because the people there don't spend a lot of time whining about what they can't eat and instead focus on what they can.  That's the approach that worked for me.  I used to love a BBQ'd steak and a baked potato - just 1 potato ??? ... ok, ok ... maybe 2 or 3  smilewinkgrin     When I found out I could still eat the steak (protein & fat), it wasn't that hard to find a replacement for the potato.
 
Some good foods are bacon, butter, eggs, beef, nuts, chicken, cottage cheese, fruit, veggies ... you'll have to do your own research and make your own list.  Some fruits & veggies are high in sugar (corn for instance) so you'll need to do some homework on this too.  In general, nothing white except cauliflower, eggs, cottage cheese and cat fur.
 
I was kidding about the cat fur turn   It seems to be in everything at our house.
 
Also, eat smaller quantities of everything and more often (snacks).
 
 
 
 
 

Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July/'08
~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head
~ My doctor thinks HE is responsible (Don't tell him! He's happy ;)

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


couchtater
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   Posted 7/24/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
TV, how many cats do you have? I have three.  devil   devil devil I feel like cat hair is everywhere, too.
Thanks for the ideas. idea
 
Joy yeah  
 
 
 
PS. By the way, nothing white means I can't chew on my pillow when I get a sugar craving either, huh? smilewinkgrin
 
 

LanieG
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   Posted 7/24/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Joy, the best way to tackle this project titled "How I Will Control My Blood Sugar" is to keep a daily log.  I believe most monitors come with a little booklet to record your blood sugar.  Because I'm so picky, I made my own on Word and printed out sheets (front and back).  I made places to record fasting upon awakening, readings before meals, after meals and between meals and before bed.  I made lines to write what I ate and also to make notations about what exercise I did.  It became very clear what food affected my blood sugar, even though I followed a low glycemic food list in the beginning.  Eventually I just went low carb and cut out everything made with flour, everything that had sugar, potatoes, rice, pasta (well, that's made with flour...), most fruit and milk.  I do eat some yogurt, as well as cream cheese and sour cream.  I was never a fan of cottage cheese.  And you do have to be careful of the carbs in milk products except heavy cream, which has none.  My point is that I realized I could take control of my health because I could control what I put in my mouth.  Diabetes may be different from other diseases or conditions in that we know for a fact that one element makes it worse: carbohydrates.  If I can do this, anyone can, honest! 

yeah    And, if you really want to chew on your white pillow, you have permission!  But, really, carb cravings do disappear after you stop eating them.  Another benefit of going low-carb besides blood sugar control is that you will lose weight.

Cats have no carbs.  wink    Our Kitty (yes, her real name) likes to watch me on the exercise bike as she keeps me company! tongue


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


couchtater
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   Posted 7/25/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Where can I find the low glycemic food list? I keep finding myself buying candy and goodies, then letting them sit there for days, because at the time I had a sugar crave. Right now my breakfast is diabetic cereal or whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Sometimes I have a egg sandwich or turkey bacon sandwich on whole wheat. I don't know what to eat at lunch, but dinner is usually a small piece of meat (palm size), veggies (yeck), and unsweet tea.

Joy

LanieG
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   Posted 7/25/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
If you're still getting high blood sugar readings, it's because of the bread.  When I was prescribed the blood sugar monitor, I switched to a "diabetic" cereal called Eat Well, Be Well (or something like that, can't remember) and my pp readings were too high.  It was because of the cereal.  This was a smack in the head moment as I realized I cannot eat any grains without having high blood sugar.  If I continued like that, I'd be on meds.  You can Google 'glycemic index' and find a lot of sites that have lists.  It boils down to: no potatoes, no rice, no pasta, no cereal, no corn, no bread.  You can eat: green vegetables, leafy vegetables, summer squashes, mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, celery, green beans .... butter, cream, cream cheese, cheese,,, meats, fish, fowl, bacon (check for carbs),,, and you can drink wine with your meals.  :-)   Please spend some time and read back over the past topics in which we talk about food and recipes.
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 

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