diet question while diabetic?

Question by Lucky: diet question while diabetic?
i havent seen a nutritionist yet so they can probably answer these question better for me.

when i go grocery shopping and im reading labels. im confused as to what is good and bad. what is too much sugar in a product? if something like orange juice says 22 grams of sugar is that bad? plus my doctor said to stay away from carbs and fried foods. what is a good amount of carbs in a product? are sweetners ok? im a coffee drinker and im use to loading my coffee with sugar which i know is not good to begin with. are things with sweetners ok?

the doctor put me on medication and im waiting for my next appointment. it looks as if its type 2. no insulin yet. but everytime i eat i have a funny reaction to foods. i get lightheaded or shakey. other times i feel really nautious and get headaches. i want to make sure im eating properly to make that go away.

are there any restaurants that have menu items for people on diets or such? what should i eat if im stuck at mc donalds?

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Answer by owain s
Okay, I have been a Type 2 diabetic for several years becuse of a strong family link. Getting used to the shopping once you know you have to make a lifestyle change is a little daunting. .

My advice is not to panic, but you must take it seriously. You will need to make a number of changes too:

1. Juices are a big NO. They are monstroulsy high in sugar, and have little of the nutitional benefit of whole fruit.

2. Regular moderate exercise is one of the most effective ways of monitoring blood sugar. Walking is the single best exercise with which to start, and work your wway up to a fast pace. 40-45 mins at LEAST every second day.

3. Change your diet, consulting the dietician as soon as you can. This is absolutely vital.
You will need to monitor fat and carbohydtare intake, and the tyes of carbohydrates you eat, how much and when during the dat you eat them. Do not fall into the idea of a low/no carb diet: your body will not cope well. That can cause the shakes and so on that you have had. These are due to your blood sugar being uncontrolled: it fluctuates wildly when this happens.. Never miss meals. You cannot ever do that again(assuming you ever did of course)!!

-Lots of fresh vegetables, especially green leafy and orange, like carrots/pumpkin. No fatty sauces or gravies, and lean meat, 125g (4 oz) servings 3-4 times a week.
Complex carbohydrate vegetables, such as potato and kumara have a bad rap, but it is more due to the way we cook and serve them. Eat recommended servings.

-Eat whole grains, and a broad mix:
Processed grains, flours and fruits are big time no-no’s except in small quantities as treats.

-Sweeteners are okay, but some brands are better than others. Try not to use sweeteners derived from sugar. Splenda is one to avoid for this reason..

-You need to know what Glycemic Index means. , It is a measure of how fast your body breaks down carbohydrates into the glucose your body uses for energy. Generally a GI of lower than 50 in considered ‘low, and over than is considered ‘high’, and there is no mid-range.

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES have lower GI’s and thus provide sustained energy. Good cereals are low GI.

It is large amounts of the simple sugars you need to look out for: corn syrup, fruit juices, confectionary, cakes and biscuits (cookies). Fructose, Maltose, Sucrose and so on are all simple carbohydtares, and are to be minimised from your diet.

Fast food, McD’s are NO, NO, NO, NO! Very rare treats when your sugar level is back under control. Carry barley sugar for when you get shaky, it will give you a small sugar boost when your sugar levels are low. Try not to get caught with that as your only option. This is a responsibility: you simply must avoid these foods. Too much fat and sugar.

-There are low-GI cookbooks, foods and beverages available (anything artificially sweetened like diet lemonade and Coke Zero is okay)

-Light comsumption of alcohol all that is recommended, and no heavy drinking on weekends

4. Monitor your blood sugar twice a day. Get taught how to do it

5. Eat whole, fresh fruit. Canned is NO GOOD and dried is high GI (Glycemic Index). Not too much tropical fruit though as these are often high GI

7. Pasta is okay in sensible amounts, but no high fat sauces!

8. Basmati or wholemeal rice only. There is a low GI Australian developed rice called Doongara, but it in probably not available overseas.

Check out websties like
There are American sites too.

It is an Aussie site, but you wil find links to other sites, and the information is pretty universal and cutting edge. Food information is there too, and there are many diabetic cookery books.

As you have perceived, your changes are in the nature of a lifestyle change, so exercise and diet, as well as monitoring, are all needed.

All those recommendations you will get for eye checks, dieticians and to see a doctor about this: great advice, go with it!

You have to be serious about this because, diabetes can lead to loss of eye-sight, heart disease, stroke, coma, amputations, and early death if not checked now.

You have recognised the problems in your current lifestyle, and you really do need to fix them.

You are better than his disease!

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  1. says:

    Hi, I had the same sort of problems that you are experiencing when I was first diagnosed. You will eventually level yourself out. Your body is used to being in a HIGH condition is so far as BG is concerned.

    When you read labels, the first thing you need to notice is the serving size and then the amount of carbs per serving. Your Dr. or CDE will help you to decide how many carbs you should be eating per day. I like to eat about 40 to 50 carbs per meal and I am not overweight. All of this information can seam like it’s overwhelming but it is actually quite easy. Something you can get used to.

    Attitude about diet has changed over the years. I think that it’s more important to know how your body reacts to a certain food and deal with that knowledge before you eat. It’s nice to really eat a balanced diet but we all know that it’s almost impossible to do 100% of the time.

    I wish I could advise you on med’s and how they react but since I am a T1 my experience has always been with insulin. Good luck and keep a smile on your face.

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