Hey Ruth, trying to figure this out logically, it does seem to me that if you ate smaller meals every few hours, you would get your calories and not raise your blood sugar. Eating smaller meals would not demand your body to deal with a lot of food at one time, so your blood sugar should not spike. Yet, eating more frequently would also give you more calories depending on what you eat. You could still follow the diet you're doing from Dr. B but spread out the food and add the snacks, too. Since you've been keeping your blood sugars in control and you don't want to lose weight, you could also cut back on the exercise if it's been strenuous. I hope this can help. :)
Jeannie, I hope you're not suggesting that a reading of 180 pp is healthy, exercising or not. And certainly not on a frequent basis. When I suggested that Ruth eat smaller meals more frequently, it would mean for her to eat more than the total amount of food that she's getting now in one day, so she would take in more calories at the end of the day. If her meals of "good" food were smaller, she wouldn't have spikes.
If you're intent on eating the Bernstein way and limiting yourself to 6/12/12 as he recommends, you have to eat more protein and fat. That means regular cheese, bigger portions of meat etc. Dreamfields pasta has plenty of calories but few net carbs (5), so you might be able to add something like that. And there's always real heavy cream for your soups, desserts, coffee....
FWIW - I just finished the Atkins low carb diabetes plan book and they allow up to 60 net carbs a day. The rest of the plan is virtually identical to Bernstein except that they step you through learning how to tailor your carb intake to your body rather than an across the board carb prescription. You might want to give it a read through-
I'm at 55 (net) right now and I can still go higher- my numbers are stable and in the normal range (80's-low 90's)- as long as I combine the carb with a protein (the link and balance plan that I follow) and fat, I am finding I can eat oatmeal, barley and beans without a spike-nice and allows me a greater range of eats on a daily basis.
Ok. I figured 180 was too high. So, which part of his class did the doctor graduate in? :)
Ruth thanks for the nice compliment about my numbers- I really eat well now. A lot of good tasty food. When I was first diagnosed, I was afraid to eat just about everything and when I did find something I could eat, I would eat it for weeks at a time (think veggie-barley soup every night for 5 weeks for dinner - my poor husband). I got fed up and tired of the whole business. I was following the diet that the diabetes dietitian gave me to the letter, my numbers were way higher than they should be and not coming down, and I was craving carbs like a fiend.
I wound up at Borders one day while my husband was having his car maintainence visit and I pulled every diabetes eating plan book that they had off the shelf, bought a large coffee and started to scan. I eliminated every one that I didn't think I could follow as a vegetarian. I bought that Insulin-Resistance, Rosedale, and Schwartzbein (sp?). I already had South Beach and the Zone at home. I tried them all for 1 week in rotation - Insulin-Resistance won for me.
I have been drifting towards low carb for about 6 months now- but I find Bernstein too restrictive for my vegetarian ways, and I am happy with my numbers at the moment. I think the Atkins + link and balance combo is going to be my master plan going forward.
My long winded point (sorry for so many words, really ) is that long term, you have to live life with your diabetes- but you have to have a way to live your life with diabetes. You won't find it though unless you step out and try some new things. I have been so much happier since I resumed living - going to restaurants, the state fair, parties, weddings, concerts.
The only place that I couldn't find something suitable to eat so far was at Panera bread- but I had a packet of OhYeah bars with me- so I 'ate' 2 side salads, my Oh Yeah bars (candy bars for lunch-yum!) and that wonderful hazlenut coffee that they sell (with full fat whip cream- boy did I get the look when I ordered 2 bitty salads with a side of whipping cream).
I know you'll find the best way for you, Ruth.
Post Edited (gelchick) : 7/20/2007 10:05:57 AM (GMT-6)