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Old 10-12-2011, 18:41   #1
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Do anyone out there find themselves feeling lightheaded after lunch at work? I get my lunch from the machine. I find myself lightheaded after lunch. I ma scared to go to the bathroom and check my levels at work because someone may see me and know I am diabetic. I guess instead of trying to find a quick fix for lunch I may need to bring my lunch. What do you think?

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What is it that you eat from the machine? Best guess is that its pretty darn carby, and certainly highly-processed, so bringing your lunch sounds on the face of it like a healthier and thriftier option.

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More protein, more veg, low-carb.

Are you not modifying your diet at all, even knowing you are diabetic?

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Im so new to this diabetes thing as for modifiying it myself. Maybe I need to buy me one of those books to help me plan my meals. I have diabetes all around me but I never paid attention to how I am suppose to monitor myself. I would here my mom say O I can't eat that it will raise my glucose but I never thought I would have to say those words. I get like sandwiches out of the machine and Gatorades instead of sodas.

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I heard someone say something about the South Beach Diet. Have yall heard anything about it. May try that.

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Taking a lunch that doesn't include bread would be good. Is there a microwave at work where you could heat up a bit of your last night's dinner? Or take the makings of a sandwich (meat, cheese, avocado) and have it on lettuce leaves? Wdmama posted a pic in the dinner thread last night showing what that looks like. http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...inner-108.html

You could also take a chicken, egg, or tuna salad to use in a lettuce wrap. Or if you cook at all, the Optimist Cracker http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...-crackers.html is astoundingly great and very easy to make. All other crackers are loaded with carbs, and the Optimist Cracker is in a class by itself!

Gatorade is loaded with sugar. Best choice would be unsweetened tea or water. Another choice would be a diet beverage.

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Im so new to this diabetes thing as for modifiying it myself. Maybe I need to buy me one of those books to help me plan my meals. I have diabetes all around me but I never paid attention to how I am suppose to monitor myself. I would here my mom say O I can't eat that it will raise my glucose but I never thought I would have to say those words. I get like sandwiches out of the machine and Gatorades instead of sodas.
First, gatorade has AS MUCH SUGAR as soda, as was mentioned in the post just before mine. It also comes in a serving size larger than most sodas, so most people drink MORE SUGAR with gatorade, than with a coke... Don't drink it, please. If you must drink at lunch, have water or diet soda (if you know diet soda doesn't spike you.) Another alternative is a small glass of whole (not skim) milk, depending on your reactions to milk.

Sandwiches from the machines will most surely be made of less-expensive breads using refined flours and either sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, or both. These should be avoided.

It would be best to make your own lunch and bring it with you, absolutely.

Regarding the books.... Watch out, most diabetic cookbooks are using guidelines that will keep your sugars elevated, amazingly enough. Almost all of them strive to get an ADA (American Diabetes Association) seal of approval (in order to both 'look credible' and increase sales) and the ADA is primarily funded by drug companies who have a vested interested in keeping your sugars elevated...

Your best bet is to eat low-carb as much as possible - get the majority of your carbs from healthy veggies (avoid potatoes, corn and parsnips) and a little fruit (eat only types of fruit and quantities that maintain a healthy blood glucose) and get the rest of your calories from proteins and healthy fats. Oh, and saturated fat IS healthy... what you want to avoid is trans-fat... which is anything that says "hydrogenated" on the label...

Basically what it boils down to is using your meter to determine what you can (and cannot) eat... We call it "eating to your meter" and it works. =)

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I ma scared to go to the bathroom and check my levels at work because someone may see me and know I am diabetic
I put my glucometer in my pocket and go in to cubicle in the washroom and check, it takes a few seconds. I do the test 1-2 times daily in the office, shouldn't stop you

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I get like sandwiches out of the machine and Gatorades instead of sodas.
I would say bad idea. Try to eliminate the breads, pasta for some time. Infact think that anything made out of wheat, rice, oat (grains) is not a good choice. Gatorade has nearly as much sugar as a regular cola...

Another recommendation is try to get food from home. I've started that here in my office in India. 3 out of 5days I get food from home. One day I have a subway salad and one day we go out for a team lunch.

I've also seen in the US in the food ready made section at Walmart and Shoprite there are some precooked low carb meals. Try those. You can just warm them and eat. - just ideas



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First of all if you think you are low, you have to test. You can do it indiscreetly and it is no one elses business. Are you on any meds, yet. Second sometimes when we eat a lot of processed carbs ( sugar and flour) we spike very quickly and then our bgs crash very quickly making you feel low. Sometimes you are low , sometimes you are not. Sometimes the speed of the crash is enough to give you that shakey feeling. SouthBeach is a low carb diet. There are lots of low carb diets out there. I don't do any specifically buy make my own up. I just have elimated a few classes of food from my diet. I don't eat bread, cereal, pasta, crackers made from flour, rice or most fruits. Besides that I eat everything. If you have to eat bread, you can either make your own with almond flour or you can buy some low carb bread at the store. I use lettuce leaves for my sandwiches or just roll up deli meat and cheese and eat it plain. Other good ideas for lunch are egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, celery stuffed with peanut butter or cream cheese, cold grilled chicken, any type of salads with some protein added or even leftovers from dinner.

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You all have had some great ideas. I love salads so this should be great for me. We do have microwaves at work so I can warm anything I bring. I am on the med Metformin 500 mg twice a day.

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