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Diabetes Diet and Nutrition A healthy, well balanced, nutritious diet which factors in Diabetes can be crucial for the long term management of Diabetes. Use this section to discuss your diet, what you would like to try, swap recipes and more.


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Old 12-12-2012, 15:15   #1
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How can I go by the exchange list when the nutrition labels for my foods aren't even in the same ball park?

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Don't eat anything with a label is my motto. I think the only thing I eat with a label is peanut butter. I do make a lot of desserts and bread like things from items with labels.

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what about cereal..I eat Special K

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what about cereal..I eat Special K
Don't eat it, try eggs fried in butter with some cheese. Other wise just add up the carbs on the label and keep track in that manner.

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Avoid all breakfast cereals. They're made from grains and grains of all kind really mess with, as in spike, BG levels.

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Wow thank you. I thought it was healthy.

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We who are diabetic have found that most of the foods being promoted as 'healthy' are dangerous to us. All grains and most fruits raise blood sugar levels and that is absolutely NOT healthy for diabetics. There's mounting evidence that grains aren't too healthy for non-diabetics either, as we see increasing numbers of gluten issues in the general populace.

The best policy is test, test, test. If your meter says okay, then go ahead & eat it! What is your target range of blood sugar levels?




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~~ Hi Amy ~~
I welcomed you in another thread. I just want to say that we don't bother with exchange lists. We just count carbs, and that makes life so much easier.

I don't know where your BG levels are at right now, but if they are pretty high, it is usually recommended to reduce your carbs gradually, but with the goal in mind of going very low carb after your body has time to adjust to lowered BG's.

I dropped from 402 to under 200 rather quickly, and then stayed at that level for about 3 weeks, as I was experiencing "false hypos", which happens when your BG drops to a level a lot lower than what your body is used to. I was experiencing light-headedness. It wasn't bad or debilitating.

I hope you are using a meter and monitoring your blood sugars. That is truly the only way to know how certain foods affect you. I have found that wheat products and potatoes raise my BG the most, so I don't eat wheat at all, and only a very small potato about once a week.

Be sure to eat plenty of good quality protein, fish and seafood, and good healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, butter, nuts and avocados, and the fat that occurs naturally on your meat and fish. Hard cheeses and heavy cream are okay, too (they have less lactose than skim milk and soft cheeses). Also eat healthy leafy green vegetables, salads, bell peppers, spinach and so on. You can make your own salad dressings. I have found only one sugar free dressing at WalMart, it was Maple Grove Sugar Free Raspberry Vinagrette. Very yummy.

Don't be afraid to eat the healthy fats. They will not harm you at all. Including some with each meal will help you feel satisfied and reduce your cravings for the foods you can't have. I find now after three months I no longer crave the bread and sweet rolls I loved prior to my DX. Now I find myself craving my LC Pancakes made with almond flour -- a healthy craving LOL

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On a low-carb diet how many carbs or what percentage would you recommend on a 1400 calorie diet?

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First, why so few calories?

Second, I eat less than 40g per day and eat what my body tells me to eat. So anywhere between 2000 and 3500 calories.

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