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    Diabetic meals

    Do you have good meal ideas for the newly diabetic? I'm kind of lost with this.





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    i deal with a diabetic mother, maybe my experience with her can help. She has been diabetic for 33 years and is in - relatively - decent health for her age and condition. She generally eats Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice etc. frozen meals, keeping an eye out for calories and sugar content. You want to avoid spikes in blood sugar so don't splurge or binge.
    But, take heart, you can still reasonably enjoy your favorites and don't have to be a monk now. And don't do some crash diet thing that will throw you body chemistry out of whack.
    Steady is what you want, always eat, do you blood sugar and take insulin if needed on a regular schedule.

    there's plenty about diabetic meals online.

    One of the things my mother does that have helped her a lot is doing her blood sugar and insulin religiously every day. Her endocrinologist says the people who don't, generally don't fare as well.

    If possible, please exercise. Start as small as you need to and slowly work up. Mom doesn't, at all, if she did she'd probably be in great shape!

    Best wishes, you can overcome and live just fine! It's really no huge deal if you work it right. Be in good shape and you won't have to deal with neuropathy, macular degeneration, etc. that my mother is dealing with now. She's 88, lives independently and does mostly her own stuff, which is better than many 88-yr. olds who are not diabetic!

    Be of good cheer it's not a death sentence or really any huge thing.

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    Stay away as much as possible from high carbohydrate foods like white bread, pasta, potatoes and rice. The carbs get converted very quickly to sugar and that spikes your blood sugar. Corn and beets are high in carbs also so stick to green vegetables.

    Watch out for processed foods because a lot of them contain high fructose corn syrup so check the ingredients before you buy it.

    Fish like salmon, tuna, tilapia, and even shellfish are fine.

    Lean beef, pork, and skinless chick breast.

    Bake or broil these, don't fry them. If you cook anything with oil, use olive oil.

    Eggs are now recommended but stay away from the bacon, sausage and home fries.

    As Bond said there are recommendations and recipes online.


    One of my chicken breast recipes:

    Put chicken breasts in an oven safe pan

    Drizzle olive oil over them. The olive oil will keep them moist.

    I use a simple Italian like seasoning mix. Garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and thyme.

    Back the chicken breasts at 350 degrees until they register 165 degrees or higher internally (That's usually around an hour)

    Hope this helps some.

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    can only add this

    the Mediterranean diet with certain restrictions (no heavy carbs, etc)
    is one of the best

    (FYI - pretty much as Jen talked about)

    just don't do any crash diets, and make sure you take your meds

    and be cautious about diet sugary supplemented foods,
    stuvia is probably one of the better ones, but they all mimic sugar
    in your system, making it almost as bad as the sugar drinks etc

    actually, stop drinking diet soda, etc completely, not good for you


    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diet/mediterranean-diet.html


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    Thank you some wonderful ideas

    I was never a big eater my downfall was the "drinks" I drink mostly water now since caffeine is not on my "can" list and only have to go to the kitchen to get it. Jenny's chicken idea is something I was looking for since I only ever bought skinless to begin with. It's weird that I have to eat more food now then before but after a couple flirts with 70 blood sugar levels (I've kept an average level around 110's) I have no choice, this 3 meals a day plus possible snacks is alien to me
    Also I found eating a oven roasted chicken with a salad is great but I have to include carbs because "insulin" is a fickle bastard, I'm learning to balance this crap as well as I can and to cut out sodium seems almost more important. I was told no take out,canned,fried and I forget the rest is on my "not" list which is something I think I knew anyways but still it's all a learning experience.





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    oops, forgot one simple tip that really helps

    portion size

    good nutrious food is one thing, but huge amounts are just as bad for you as bad food is

    USE A MUCH SMALLER PLATE

    that way you won't over-eat

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    couple more that would help

    One

    Drink a large glass of water BEFORE you eat, that'll fill up your stomach
    and you won't be as hungry and feel the need to eat, etc

    Two

    make sure you chew your food, usually at least 10 times, that
    way your taste buds will enjoy it more

    Three

    as you will be eating less, if you don't get enough fiber from the
    veggies, etc, take a fiber supplement so you continue to be "regular",
    you need to get those toxins out (same dealie with drink enough water)

    psyllium fiber if you can get it plain, it's the same as Metamucil but
    not as clear as it








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    PS

    not being nosey, but it sounds like you're taking a quick-acting insulin,
    where you need to check your sugars much more to make sure your
    sugars don't go too low

    this as versus those like Lantus, in a pen and slow acting, taking it
    once or twice a day

    if it's the quick one, the one folks usually mean when they say insulin,
    make sure you check your baseline first thing in the morning before
    you eat anything, and then usually soon after you eat

    PS PS

    if your sugars get too low, you'll notice that pretty soon, you'll feel
    light-headed, feverish, your heart might race

    so keep a sugar candy near by, or drink some orange juice, those
    are quick sugar level pickups

    PS PS PS

    Sorry to say, NO Fruit Juices, those are nothing but sugar bombs

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildwest08 View Post
    PS

    not being nosey, but it sounds like you're taking a quick-acting insulin
    I have quick and long.





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