(Closed) Pre Diabeties meal planning….

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I also have pre-diabetes. My doctor told me to follow the South Beach Diet.  I eat no carbs, no sugars, and low fat foods.  Good luck. It’s tough…takes a few weeks getting used to, but you can do it. Toughest is the sugar/carb detoxing and label reading during shopping. 

ETA:  Roll over to Whole Wheat or Whole Grains (bread, pasta)…stay away from anything made with white flour.  Like white breads, pastas….etc. 

 

I’ve been pre-diabetic for since 2006.
 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I have T2. I believe that there’s not much of a distinction between pre-diabetes and diabetes and that you should start taking it seriously now (which you are and that is wonderful).

The first thing you should do is get a meter. One of my biggest pet peeves is nutritionists who give diabetics/pre-diabetics a diet plan without having them test their blood sugar. What you should do is ask for an rx for a meter and strips. If you can’t get an rx, Walmart’s relion brand is pretty cheap. Test before meals and 1 and 2 hrs after to see how the food you’re eating affects your blood sugar. You generally want to stay under 140mg/dl to avoid complications.

If you are cutting down carbs, you may have to make up the calories with fat. Fat is not the enemy! Also, most of us (even with normal metabolisms) are most insulin resistant in the morning but may be able to handle more carbs at lunch or dinner.

The key is to not blindly follow a diet plan, but to get to know how your own body reacts to meals. Testing with the meter really opens your eyes.

When I was newly diagnosed I found a website called blood sugar 101 really helpful. It explains exactly what is going on and how to get your numbers in control. I highly recommend googling it and checking it out. It should be required reading for those newly diagnosed.

I have spent the last two or so years learning as much as I can about this disease and I’ve found some great online diabetes communites that are very supportive and educational. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What you want to do is spread out your carbs evenly throughout the day. You may want to look into how to do the exchange system, it’s fairly easy. You might get 3-4 carb choices per meal (ie: 1 slice of bread = 1 carb choice, 1 apple = 1 carb choice, etc). Following this steady plan should keep your blood sugar levels steady and prevent major spikes. I also advice that you have a one-on-one with a dietitian near you (I am an Rehearsal Dinner but a personal meeting is always much better than an online forum especially since you will want individualized care).

Also remember, there is a major difference is refined carbohydrates and whole grain carbohydrates, cakes and cookie type desserts vs fruit for dessert. Fiber in whole grains and fruit slows the absorption of the sugar in those items compared to the refined “white” carbs and sweets.

Best of luck and good for you for tackling this before it gets worse!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Check out paleo/primal recipes. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

@PinkAndPearls2013:  These are all good guidelines, but do CDEs/nutritionists ask their clients to also use a meter to help determine which foods work best?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cafelatte:  Yes definitely, during appointments we like to look back at meter results and try to determine trends and the such.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

@PinkAndPearls2013:  Good to know. I’ve never seen one because I’m well-controlled (A1c 5.5) and figured out what foods work based on my meter.

I found that low-carb/high-fat works best for my numbers, but I know some nutritionists/CDE are very against that type of eating plan. What are your thoughts?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cafelatte:  If it works for you and the rest of your bloodwork is okay then I think you are on the right track. You are right in that everyone’s bodies are different – there is no one-size-fits-all plan which I why I always suggest individualized care. I’ll just add that I hope you are focusing on the heart healthy fats like the omega 3’s in salmon and tuna (or walnuts, flax, and chia seeds if you don’t eat fish!)

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

@PinkAndPearls2013:I don’t eat fish, but have heard great things about chia seeds, just haven’t tried them yet. I also hear great things about coconut oil. My cholesterol and trigs are normal so I haven’t been as concerned about my omegas, but I might look into supplements. I’m alright with walnuts, but my boyfriend is allergic so I enjoy them occasionally when I’m out of the house!

 

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