Yay Red!!!!!!!!! I totally understand. I have traded my 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal each morning (which I loved) for smaller, more stylish clothes. With that came an increase in self worth! I'm easy to please and clothes will do the trick just as easily as donuts! Shoes, earrings, whatever. Also good books, art, music and more cerebral stuff. It also tickles my sole when friend say, well you CAN'T be diabetic -- you've always been slim!View Thread
Thanks Debbie. I'm doing fine with the pacemaker that keeps my heartbeat above 60 beats a minute. It was not mandatory but does help a lot in allowing me to exercise and do normal activities without getting tired or lightheaded. My multiple lower abdominal fixups went fine and I am gradually getting more exercise. I never was in pain so that helped a lot. My fasting sugars went up a bit with not so much activity, but the A1c probably stayed the same because I wasn't eating as much. I had a blood test this morning (required by Medicare to fill a statin prescription), so I'll know in a few days.
Mostly we are trying to maximize the nutrient value of all our calories! Tonight we had braised pork chops with red cabbage and sliced baby eggplant. Earlier we had salad and Brussels sprouts and sliced turkey. We try to eat 5-7 1/2 cup servings of non starchy/colorful veggies with minimum grains. I try to have 4 oz. of low sodium V-8 each day for the potassium. I know that you are really limited in your food choices. Could you have a "soup" of red lentils, shredded carrots and chicken broth (blended)? or is that too much fiber?View Thread
It amazes me to discover that many people don't realize that diabetes is a disease in which our bodies do not process carbohydrates normally. Oatmeal of any kind, in fact grains of any kind are heavy carbohydrate foods. Steel cut oatmeal may digest more slowly than rolled oats but it is still loaded with carbs. The Complete Book of Food Counts lists steel cut oats (1/4 dry) as having 29 grams of carbs. That makes up into about 1 cup cooked. The book lists 1 brand of rolled oats as having 25 grams of carbohydrates for 1 cup cooked.
The number of grams of carbs per meal that my body can tolerate without my blood sugar going up a lot is 15 total grams for the whole meal. I usually stick to veggies, not a lot of fruits and almost no grains for that reason.View Thread
Dear Debs -- What a mountain of challenges you are dealing with! You are always so supportive of all us us with minor problems and I am sending many prayers your way also. I do have the Magic Bullet also and it does help blend unlikely mixtures together into something palatable. I use "Designer Whey" Protein powder in cream soups, sauces, and shakes to add protein. It has 19 g protein per scoop, only 2g carbs, and only .5g fiber. Natural has little or no taste. It does come in flavors and chocolate also. It is the brand recommended by Dr. Bernstein, in his advanced information on diabetes.View Thread
SO sorry about your nephew, Bruno. It surely isn't fair, but as your post beautifully spells out, not much about the medical system and our care for our bodies falls under the heading of "fair". It just "is", and some of it is luck (good or bad); and some things can be prevented and some can't; and there are good doctors and bad; and there are proactive patients and reactive -- and a lot of the time non-active. It would help humanity a lot if prevention could be taught early and honestly instead of the glut of easy cures and damaging meds; and food industries which advertise dishonestly the unhealthy choices; and industries which pollute the planet.View Thread
I [posted my solution to blood sugar drops with exercise before, and one poster cautioned others. So..I will say not to do this if you don't understand how this works. I test just before leaving for water aerobics, a mile walk, or an hour of heavy raking,etc. If my blood usage is near my fasting number, I take in enough carbs to raise it 30 point on the meter. Because I have found from testing before and after a 1 mile brisk walk, that I always lose 30 points! This to me seems easy and NOT dangerous. I also carry glucose tabs (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.) (4 grams sugar) in my pocket at all times. 5 grams will raise by blood sugar 10 points. Again, TEST for yourself. If my sugars are fairly normal, but not high before water aerobics, I eat 1/3 of a Builders 20 gm protein bar, which also contains 29 carbs. By the time I am finished with the class, my blood sugar is the same as when I started. If you are "fueling forward" just before exercise, eat mostly a fast acting carb because it will be burned up in the next hour. If you add a lot of proteins and fats, the sugars may not reach your blood stream and BRAIN for 1 -2 hours. Also, I do eat some protein (one hard boiled egg, or 1 oz. string cheese) within 15 minutes AFTER exercise to start replacing the muscles I used up.View Thread
Good grief! 8 typos. Sugar Brain? interesting - not interest; my - not by; have - not has; down - not done; sure - not such; higher - not high; than - not that Anyway, I have carefully chosen low glycemic foods today and my post prandial readings have been good.View Thread
This is the most interest and helpful topic!! Even though I have managed for 4 years with my eating plan (not diet, lol) and exercise, I have found that after having a pacemaker implanted in Feb. and a multiple item abdominal fix-up in July, that my caloric needs plus by body's handling of sugars has changed. I can no longer eat even 100 grams of carbs a day because I am not yet totally up to my previous exercise level. I am back to testing after meals and writing done exactly what and how much I eat. I also make such I finish before 7 PM and take my 1 mile walk after that to use up the dinner carbs with exercise. My morning sugars are at least 10 points high that earlier this year, yet my A1c remains the same because I am also eating less during the day. I hope all this irons out as I continue to make changes.View Thread
I also have the problem of not being able to do strenuous exercise in the morning. Diane Kress, in "The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook" recommend "fueling forward" for heavy exercise when one is on a very controlled carbohydrate program. (Think less than 100 grams a day). This really works for me. If my numbers before exercise are down around 95- 105, I will "Fuel forward" the next 1/2 hour of heavy exercise with 15 grams of a fast acting sugar. That will be completely used up by the time my exercise is done, and doesn't change the protocol for the rest of the day. If a person uses up all the sugar the brain needs to function on heavy exercise in a short period of time, your body signal your liver to "dump" a bunch of sugar into your system to protect the brain. That amount will be way more that the 15 grams you would have eaten, Nutrijoy can give your a scholarly explanation! Glucose tabs from Walmart are great. 4 carbs each.View Thread
--In a hurry to grab dinner tonight, but came up with something very quick, easy, filling and FEW carbs. I quickly sautéed about 6 ounces of lean ground turkey, grated 2 medium yellow summer squashes (about 2-3 cups), about 2 T onion, added 1 can of garbanzo beans, about 2 cups of left over (seasoned) broth from baked ribs (fat all skimmed off), seasoned additionally with basil and black pepper and left to simmer on the stove about 15 minutes. Sort of a white chili. The only "heavy carbs" were in the beans, but we try to have a small helping of some kind of beans daily. Soup was very low cal also, so Hubby added a beer for extra calories. We also try to eat some berries and nuts daily.View Thread