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Brandi Marie
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   Posted 12/10/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
At my last doctor visit, my doctor went over my test results and told me that my cholesterol is high and that I am pre-diabetic. He told me to watch what I eat and try and lose weight. I know diabetics should avoid processed sugar, pasta, white flour, etc. But it seems like sugar and cholesterol is everywhere, I noticed milk even has sugar. So if I am supposed to avoid sugar and foods with a lot of cholesterol, what can I eat besides fruit and veggie's? I checked www.diabetes.org but it did not elaborate on what foods to eat and what to avoid. I am going to call the doctor back tomorrow for more info, but I was just wondering if anyone had any input on this. I'd appreciate any info anyone can provide. Thanks in advance.

4sons
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   Posted 12/10/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ...

I'm certainly NO expert, but I am a diabetic! While I don't follow a strict food plan I DO try and avoid ANY sort of refined carb (cakes, cookies, candies, ice cream, etc. etc.) I know others may be able to eat one or two bites, but I'm a carb addict. I could eat an entire package of cookies if I let myself even have ONE! (No, I'm seriously not kidding.)

I do eat carbs (we all need them) but I work hard (now ....) at finding the good carbs. I do occasionally eat whole grain bread, but I'm more likely not. I don't eat rice, potatoes, or pasta ... but I do eat whole grain cereal every morning! Because I tend to get hypoglycemic symptoms easily I NEED to eat breakfast and need it to be filling. I alternate between Shredded Wheat, Cheerios, or oatmeal (all with a little Splenda and 1/4 tsp cinnnamon sprinkled on it). It's GOOD and I don't feel deprived.

Most of my carbs during the rest of the day do come from fruits and veggies ...

For snacks I eat nuts, low fat cottage cheese, and string cheese.

I learned the hard way ALWAYS to have food with me .... my body is very sensitive to my bs level and what might not seem low for some can be tough for me. I find "grazing" throughout the day makes me feel better than three meals.

Good luck! It's liveable ...
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Brandi Marie
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   Posted 12/10/2006 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing Weight Watcher Core plan. It is basically low-carb and non-processed foods. My carb addictions are fresh baked bread and pasta. I'm doing Weight Watcher's Core plan, which is basically low-carb and non-processed foods. So I guess I am doing okay. Thanks for the info.

Brandi

Brandi Marie
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   Posted 12/10/2006 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops! It duplicate my info on Weight Watchers, lol. Sorry about that.

gelchick
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   Posted 12/10/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a nice book called the Insulin Resistance Diet that is very easy to read and follow. The theory is that you link proteins and carbs. There is guidance about food choices too. Even though I am a type 2 diabetic with a PhD in biochemistry, I could not make sense of, or easily follow the Diabetes Association diet. I spent a lot of $$$ on a dietitian because my health insurance doesn't pay for nutritional guidance. I gained weight and my sugars stayed way too high. Since I began to use the Insulin-Resistance approach- I no longer agonize about my diet, my BG levels are consistently in the 80-100 range and don't rise above 125 or so even after a BIG meal. A good friend with pre-diabetes who is my support buddy was pleased to learn that her fasting and  A1c have dropped to a normal level, her lipid profile and her BP alos improved even though she did not lose weight! sandy yeah
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/10/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Gelchick is giving you perfect advice! Many researchers have begun to categorize carbs in the way we handle them vs. just how much energy they produce. The Zone diet is another way of keeping everything at a good level. Also, if you look at the physical food itself and figure out how much mechanical processing your body will need to do to access the carbs it will help you decide what to eat.

For example, if you eat an apple or drink a 1/4 cup of apple juice you may receive the same amount of calories but your blood sugar will not react the same to each. Because the fructose of the apple is stored inside each little plant cell your body has to physically and mechanically break into each cell to access that fructose. This takes place over time in your digestive tract. If you drink apple juice the fructose is there, BAM!, all at once for your intestines to process and dump into your blood stream. Understand?

This is why I like brown rice, bulgar wheat and barley in place of potatoes, pasta and white rice. Much more difficult for the digestive tract to access carbs, plus the fiber actually moves it along much faster and the body has less time to get to it for absorption.

Other mechanical digestive processes help keep blood glucose level as well. Fats slow the stomach emptying time and do not affect the blood sugar much at all. Monounsaturated fats are very good for you because they lower the LDL's (bad blood lipids) while raising the good blood lipids (HDL's) Great fats to add to your food plan include peanut butter or any nut butters, olive oil (excellent on sandwiches instead of mayo for me!), olives, avocado, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts (only one a day, please!) peanut oil and canola oil. I also supplement my diet with a morning 1000mg flax seed oil capsule and a fish oil capsule at bedtime. I take the fish oil at bedtime so if I burp fish it's in my sleep and doesn't bother me.

I use simple little short cuts to limit my foods. I buy small flour tortillas and use them often for a lunch wrap. One is just the right amount of carb and I can fill it with chicken breast and lots of spinach, a sprinkle of cheese and a drizzle of olive oil and have a feast. I sometimes use one for wrapping my scrambled egg in the morning if I'm running late. Wrap it in a paper towel and I'm ready to go.

I buy whole grain (not just whole wheat) bread or else I bake it myself in a bread machine. The chunkier the bread grains the longer the digestion process, the slower the blood glucose spike, the better it is for you. ... Did n't mean to write a book here, but if you look back over the previous posts you will find lots of food plan ideas that will help you figure out the correct path for you. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"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


Brandi Marie
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   Posted 12/10/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, now I have a better understanding of this. Thanks everyone for your responses.

Brandi

LanieG
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   Posted 12/10/2006 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Jeannie, are you saying that the flax seed oil and fish oil capsules that you take are for slowing down the digestion process so the blood glucose doesn't get so high? confused   Is that why some people recommend Metamucil?

Lanie


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Whoa... Nope. sorry for the confusion. I take flax seed oil and fish oil to help my LDL and HDL levels to be more healthy.

The metamucil is made up of psyllium fiber which mechanically prolongs the absorption time of carbohydrates and leads to a much lower post meal spike and a longer time of moderately raised blood sugar after a meal. Companies have been looking into adding it to cereal, breads and pastas to change the way the carbs involved are absorbed into the blood stream. Problem is that most peeps don't like what it does to the foods it is added to...

Psyllium fiber can be taken in water after an oops, like potato plus bread plus a small dessert. It won't stop the absorption of the carbs and will not prevent weight gain but it will assist in slowing down the absorption speed and lessen the overall blood glucose spike. It's not perfect but it can help a little.
~ Jeannie

"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

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