Post # 1
Hi bees! I just found out a little over a week ago that I am type 1 diabetic and I guess I am just looking for some support/advice and meal planning tips.
I was in the hospital for 2 days and received information from a nutritionist and will be referred to one once I see my family doctor for a follow up, but I’m just looking for general information from other type 1 diabetics regarding what they love to eat and some meal ideas. I’m only one week in and already getting tired of what I’ve been eating lately… and also having trouble staying full.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 4
Not me but my husband is! I just saw your post on the running thread; we are also runners and he has even done an Ironman since being diagnosed so if you want any advice feel free to PM me! It’s certainly not a death sentence like it may seem and exercise will really help. Educate yourself as much as possible and stay active and healthy!
Post # 5
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Im a type 1 you should get a diabetic recepie book. Super helpful when i run out of ideas (something i can get my non diabetic kids to eat too) also will depend on your nutritionist says is right for you, some ppl will have 4-5 carb exchanges per meal some say its all about serving size not the food. if you need any support feel free to pm me i know how tough it is when your first diagnosed.
Post # 6
@FutureMrsLodge: I have been a type 1 diabetic for 32 years. I eat what everyone else eats but I just avoid fast food and foods high in sugar. But my endocronologist and dietician says that a little bit every now and then doesn’t hurt.
The most important thing is to have good control of your blood sugars. This is the key to minimising the chance of complications such as retinopathy. Foods which are low GI are the best for controlling sugars and making you feel full for longer. Things like switching from white bread to soy and linseed bread. Google a list of Low GI foods for the country you live in and this will be helpful to see what choices you have.
The other thing that really improved my BSL was switching to a vegetarian diet full of legumes and vegetables. This meant that I was making meals from scratch rather than using prepackaged mixes/sauces.
Post # 7
I’m not, but my Fiance is! 🙂 He’s very responsible, and very healthy. He doesn’t let it rule his life too much, he has to test his blood sugar frequently, but he pretty much eats whatever he wants. We’re not the most creative cooks, but dinner frquently means frozen veggies, a good amount of meat, and a moderate amount of a carb like pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice. He likes low-carb, protein-based snacks, like oeanuts or tuna salad. I’m sorry you have to deal with being diabetic, it’s a huge pain in the ass, but it’ll be okay!
Post # 8
@RunnerBride13: I love hearing of others who stay active with diabetes. I know it is key in staying healthy, but I think it is also a little frightening too. I do have one question about running & diabetes maybe you could help me with: I get frustrated when my sugar is too low for me to go for a run. I usually try to go soon after having dinner, but lately now that my sugars are under pretty tight control, I’m not comfortable heading out for a run with a sugar below 100 (it isn’t suggested, either). Any tips on what to eat to bring it up for a workout?
@Briar_Jupiterglimmer: Thank you for the tip! I have had my eyes open for a good diabetic recipe book, and I have found quite a few blogs that have been very helpful as well. The diet change has been the hardest part so far, but I am finally feeling somewhat adjusted to my new lifestyle. I appreciate you offering for me to reach out and I will definitely do that if I have any questions!
@j_jaye: I will do my research on the low GI foods. I’m learning new things every day! I haven’t had my first endocrinologist appointment yet, but I am sure I will learn a lot from her as well… I’m looking forward to it and have a list of questions already! Thank you for the info!
@ladyamalthea: Pain in the ass is an understatement, haha! I am sure you understand. His “diet” sounds a lot like mine… I have just been loading up on veggies, meat, and a small amount of carbs. It was a big change for me, but now I feel pretty used to it. I decided early on not to let this run my life… I think that is the best attitude to have!
Post # 9
I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and on an insulin pump, I can pretty much eat what I want (as long as I take the insulin to cover my carbs). With that being said, I’ve had the best blood sugar numbers (easiest to regulate) when I was following a meal plan that includes higher amounts of protein and carbs that are lower in glycemic index (sweet potatoes, brown rice, Ezekiel bread) and green veggies (spinach, brocolli).
Example meal plan:
Protein Shake, 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with 1tbsp of natural peanut butter
4 oz of chicken breast, 1 cup of brocolli, and 1/2 cup sweet potatoes
4 oz lean ground beef, 1 cup of spinach/spring mix, and 1/2 cup of brown rice
Rice cakes with natural PB, greek yogurt
This also helped me lose 5 lbs before the wedding!
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
Post # 10
@FutureMrsLodge: You should eat one exchange (15grams of carbohydrates) before starting an hours worth of moderate exercise. This is extra on top of your normal diet. This way you have the extra to burn up. I also assume that you carry some kind of glucose with you when you run?
Post # 11
@aislebound: Those types of foods are what I have been sticking to since I was diagnosed and have been working really well for me. Glad to hear that I am doing this right so far! There is just so much information to take in that it can be overwhelming! Right now I am on the insulin pens, but my husband and I are wanting to start trying for a baby in about a year, so I’m sure the pump is something I will be on sooner than later. I have mixed feelings about it… I definitely need more education regarding that… and a CGM. SO MUCH TO LEARN!
@j_jaye: Yes, I definitely carry glucose. I haven’t had any problems on my long runs with my sugar… it is just the times when I am lower before I want to run and I get frustrated because all I want to do is go out the door and run, and I have other things to worry about now!
Post # 12
@FutureMrsLodge: WHen I know I have sport in the evening I tend to test before i leave work adn eat soemthing then so that by the time I get home or to the sports event my sugars are already ok to play. It is just about finding what works best for you and it can take time.
Just on pumps- they are not for everyone. I tried it out and as a really active but somewhat clumsy person they weren;t for me. I went back to pens. I was always bumping mine and since I swim nearly everyday it was all in all just a pain in the ass. Not to mention the expense.
Post # 13
@j_jaye: You are right, this all definitely takes time and I am not a patient person! 🙂 I’d rather have it all figured out so I can go on with my life… and this is not the case with diabetes! I’m just taking it a day at a time right now and being very careful until I learn my new body.
From what I’ve read, it seems like they strongly encourage someone who is planning on becoming pregnant to go on the pump. My guess is mainly since it is more regulated than the pens, but I feel like I would be happier on the pens for the long haul… even if that means going on the pump just for pregnancy. I just don’t like the idea of relying on the pump… I’d rather do it myself. But, then again, I’ve never been on it to say.
Post # 14
@FutureMrsLodge: Regarding the blood sugar while running, you are right that you should probably be around 100 or highe when you start out. Since you are on injections, the tricky part is that you can’t quickly raise your blood sugar aside from eating. The nice thing about the pump is that you can just unplug it or turn it down (my husband turns it to about 50% when he’s exercising) to combat going low. If you are going below 100 often, you are either over-bolusing or taking too much long-acting insulin. Definitely bring food with you whenever you are out running; probably a phone too in the beginning.
My husband eats a pretty normal diet; he avoids sweets but he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth anyway. He will have a donut a few times a year or a cookie at a party, but he doesn’t eat those things normally. We also don’t often have super carb-heavy meals like pasta or pizza, but if we do we try to make sure there is protein with it to slow absorption. He also will do a slow bolus for these types of foods because they tend to make him go high a few hours later.
Do you have a good endocrinologist? You should not have a general practitioner or family doctor manage your diabetes. My husband sees an endocrinologist every 3 months and gets his A1C tested and discusses any issues. A nutritionist and “diabetes educator” would be great as well. You definitely need to talk to a specialist regarding the pregnancy questions. If you have a pump, there is nothing more to “rely on.” You still have control over everything, it just gives you a small amount of insulin every few minutes instead of the long-acting that you take now, and you don’t have to inject every time you want to bolus. It is certainly not any less work and I don’t think there is any conclusive evidence that it is any more effective.
Post # 15
@RunnerBride13: I’m definitely not going “low” often, but lately since my sugars are more controlled, I’ve been more around the 100 range. For a normal blood sugar, this is great, but not when I want to go out for a run… especially my long runs. I’ve been bringing fruit snacks during my long runs which have been perfect, and of course my phone 🙂 I never do a long run without my husband being home… and I set up my run so I’m passing my house once or twice in case anything would happen.
I was just diagnosed three weeks ago, so I’ve seen my family doctor for a follow up since I was out of the hospital and they are currently getting me set up with an endocrinologist that I asked for… I did my research before my appointment for one that I thought would be a good fit for me. The endocrinologist I hope to be with has diabetes educators and nutritionists in her office, so I will have access to those as well.