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Cali Jules
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   Posted 6/15/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok. Still not getting my numbers under control. My husband does most of the cooking. Took over a lot of those responsibilities when my fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis got really bad. I have looked at some diabetes cook books but most of the recipes seem too complicated for just the two of us. (He won't be bothered and I don't need leftovers of so much food)

I would LOVE to see what a typical day looks like for people on here. I am a visual person and am just getting a major block when it comes to food choices.

Anyone willing to type out what they eat for b/l/d and snacks or however you do it?

It's only been a few months for me since my numbers haven't been controlled with meds (that I knew about cuz I was not testing very often) so being on top of my food choices is still a challenge. In the past my Ulcerative colitis was so bad that my concern around food has always been choosing things that didn't cause me to spend the day in the "loo". And of course the best foods for my UC were carbs as fruits and veg tended to tear me up. Lovely combo.

So.... please help me "visualize" some good food plans and hopefully I can start getting my head around some options that I know I can eat and also be within range.


Ok...fibro fog day so that all came out like a bunch of gobbly gook.... hope people know what I mean.

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Ulcerative colitis - Remission May 29, 2007, FM, AS, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS, sober since 6/92, PTSD, Chronic Urticaria, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, GERD and a partridge in a pair tree.

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/19/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jules,

Well I'm new to this and certainly no expert, but I try to eat a low carb diet. Basically, chicken (grilled or baked) with veggies, and a small amount of carbs. I eat red meat sometimes (although I know I shouldn't..), but try to have more chicken. As far as veggies go, i mainly eat broccoli, squash (summer), mushrooms, etc. NO corn or peas. If you don't have time to bother with fresh, you can buy frozen veggies, and I've even bought the pre-packaged stir fry mixes in the fresh veggie aisle. Someone on here had recommended buying Dreamfields pasta, and it has worked for me, as far as not spiking my sugar. I usually eat a salad with dinner with low carb and low fat dressing. If I'm in a hurry and have to grab a sandwich, I use no or low sugar bread with the lowest carbs I can find, with low fat turkey and some lettuce (NO chips...lol). I still eat eggs, but eggbeaters are a better choice (I've mixed it half and half before to help with the taste). I hope that this has helped a bit. (((Hugs))) and hope you're feeling better!

Bear
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gelchick
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   Posted 6/19/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Bear

I read your post and am wondering why you think that red meat is a no-no? As a diabetic, you can eat most anything as long as it doesn't effect your blood sugar. I eat green peas all the time- they are little powerhouses of nutrition and full of fiber- I count the carbs and cover it with protein so my sugar level doesn't rise. Real eggs are a great source of lutein (for your eyes) and many are enriched with heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Egg whites are as close as you can come to a perfect protein.

Jules,

I hesitate to tell you what I eat during the day- only because I have tested it many times and tweaked things so that my bg level remains stable. You need to test the foods you want to eat to see what, if any, effect they have on you. I know that I can eat many things that make others here shoot through the roof. I am a vegetarian which complicates the matter too- but I'll give you an idea and you can take from it what you will.

I eat as much fresh, unprocessed, and unadulterated food as possible. I try to eat locally grown, organic, in season food.  I grow most of my own greens from spring (cold frame) through early fall.

For breakfast I eat: Greek style low carb yogurt; berries; and 1/8 cup long-cooking oats+1/2 cup water. I add a tsp of fresh ground nut butter to the oatmeal (a trick I learned from Jeannie -now I'm hooked on it)- some days I make omelets filled with cheese, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, grilled onions and roasted garlic, maybe with some veggie sausage or bacon.

For lunch I eat: a large salad made with dark leafy greens, cucumbers; 2 egg whites, 1 oz of cheese; grape tomatoes; roasted red peppers; 2 oz of tofu; green peas; avocado; scallions, radishes, mushrooms, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage ( I make a big bowl of the greens and dry fixings- and grab some for my bowl)- I use walnut oil and apple cider vinegar to dress it.

For dinner I eat: grilled, roasted, stir-fried or steamed veggies (non-starchy) and 2 portions of a vegetarian protein - this can take the form of lentil soup, vegetable 'beef' soup; lasagna; chili etc (regular dinner food) I either use konjac shirataki or Dreamfields pasta for the 'starchy' part.

I snack on raw nuts.

I treat myself with Lindt 70% dark chocolate squares or parfaits made with real whipped cream and the low carb yogurt as a base.

hope this helps you- sandy


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


tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/19/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandy,

I guess I should have clarified that I also have problems with my cholesterol, and doc would "prefer" I watch that sort of food, but I still eat red meat and eggs, I just feel guilty when I do... lol! I'm glad to hear the good news about peas... I love them! My son-in-law has diabetes and was told to stay away from peas, so I've just been choosing other veggies, but I'll buy some now that I know! Thanks for the info :-)

Bear
"It's a jungle out there....." 
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
"Turn this car around... I'm goin' back..."
Tom Petty
 
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4sons
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   Posted 6/19/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bear ...

I think with all diabetics and food plans YMMV (your mileage may vary!). As Sandy said, she is able to eat things some others of us can't. She has done an amazing amount of study regarding her own body, its needs for fats/carbs/proteins and how they successfully link for her. I'll join you in your hope that peas work for you!!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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


gelchick
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   Posted 6/20/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Well said Ruth! Thank you.
 
Bear,
 
The key is to test all the different foods that you eat. It is true that green peas do have more carbs than lettuce. Green peas aren't even vegetables- they're legumes - like lentils, peanuts, and most starchy beans.  You have to manage the carbs like you would for other foods.
 
What I was trying to say is that if you want to eat something, the way to find out is to eat some and see what it does to your BG levels. 
I always test the food as I plan to eat it- for example. I tested the green peas in my salad. I already knew (from previous testing) that salad does not cause my bg to rise more than 5 points- so I added the peas (1/3 cup), ate the salad and tested premeal, 1.5, 2.0. 2.5 and 3.0 hours- I saw a 12 pt rise at 1.5 hours and then I dropped down to my premeal number by 2 hours. I concluded that peas in my salad are just fine.  I am unlikely to eat plain peas all by themselves- so I see no point in testing them that way.
 
Books (and folks like me) are full of advice- but only you can determine what is best for you. Jeannie recently asked us to try out her very successful remedy for dawn phenomenon. (Banana and peanut butter thread)- it works like magic for her and tastes great too! It made my AM number rise. My own remedy of a glass of lo carb chocolate milk with a spoonful of protein powder works great for me- but it will fail for others.
 
Don't be afraid to try out your favorites based on what you read. I went half the winter (I was Dxd in late July) whining about how I missed eating Greek pasta salad, lentil soup, barley vegetable soup, chili, and lasagna- my husband got so tired of hearing it that one day he just looked at me and asked how I could possibly know that for sure when I hadn't even tried to eat them. Then he needled me even further by giving me the "Geez- you're a trained scientist- you know that collecting data and analyzing it is the ONLY way to know some things for sure" speech.
 
I started to test, test, and test some more- and today I eat all of those favorites (thank the good Lord for Dreamfields pasta or the lasagna and pasta salad might be out) and more. I found the Insulin-Resistance system of linking protein and carbs - it works great for me but not others here. I am incorporating parts of Dr. Bernsteins (low carb) approach now too-
 
You'll find your own path , I'm sure of it- just don't be afraid to try new things-life is too short to suffer!
sandy
 
 

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


Cali Jules
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   Posted 6/20/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
GelChick et all,

Thanks so much for the examples. I realize as with anything in life what works for others may not work for me. I just happen to be one of those people who can be extremely creative when it comes to some areas of my life but fixing my hair or coming up with meals now that I am diabetic just seems to cause me to draw a blank. (I say now that I am diabetic because I had poor eating habits prior and often skipped eating until dinner or ate sporadically and just "grabbed" something). I want to make changes that are tasty as I am still a foody when I do eat! hahahah but offer variety and motivation for life long change and benefits.

"Seeing" what others are doing gives me some ideas for things to put together for myself. That based with the real life results people on here share about certain foods provides me with tips and potential things to look out for or try.
Ulcerative colitis - Remission May 29, 2007, FM, AS, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS, sober since 6/92, PTSD, Chronic Urticaria, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, GERD and a partridge in a pair tree.

My labels may give you insight, but they don't define me. JAFA

http://www.myspace.com/juliapulia
http://internalblue.blogspot.com/


4sons
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Total Posts : 406
   Posted 6/20/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jules -

This is totally off topic. Just read your myspace and blogspot. Interesting. Interesting. I'm a reunited adoptee as well ...

What a wild ride, huh?

Ok. Now back to our regularly scheduled diabetes. LOL.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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

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