Prediabetic/T2 and a 2nd year college student. I'm really working on making my eating habits better than they are so my bg levels are a little happier. I do eat pretty well (local, organic, and balanced), but sometimes it's hard late at night or when I'm in a hurry.

I've been reading through these boards and other diabetes websites, but I feel like I need to narrow it down a little or adjust it for my lifestyle. Basically, I understand low carb is good (how many?) and veggies are best. Low protein is ideal and sugar is a NO NO. Otherwise I'm kind of lost. I eat greek yogurt lots and keep juice in the fridge for lows (also life savers in my purse.) I know I eat too many carbs...they're just so easy.

Wow...all that to say, please help!

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I couldn't even begin to tell you carbs in fast food. I haven't had taco bell/taco johns or any other fast food since I started bodybuilding 5+ years ago.

They put fillers in their meat, but legally they can say its beef because a certain percentage of it is beef...what are the fillers, cant say and dont want to know...

Low calorie, low sodium, low fat and low carb....Never heard of low protein, I always heard protein helps is low in carbs and helps you with weight management...I love to snack and when I was in college it was really hard because I was use to eating pizza or noodles as real meals, not to mention cheetos (my veggies)...lol...I suggest cutting up some apples or other fruit/ carrots/ celery/ almonds/ trial mix and keeping it in ziplock baggies to go. I always made sure I had a bowl of tuna salad made in my fridge, when I need a lil snack I would grab some wheat crackers and tuna or cheese. Eating oatmeal in the mornings, they have weight control kind that is not so bad. I find that wheat carbs are nicer than white so switch if you havent already. As for how many carbs you should eat, I can not answer that I eat lower than is recommended. If there is anything that I am not sure whats the nutritional facts are I simply look them up, like the other week I wanted to now how much protein are in egg whites so I googled it.

You dont have to cut sugar out of your diet....Anything can be eaten with moderation...And remember exercising/ being active is as important as watching what you eat.

Since you have a fridge for juice, I wonder if you could add some cheese and some cut veggies (keep some ranch dressing in there too). That way when you are in a hurry, you can just open a bag and have your veggies, and some chesse and or yogurt. Those are excellent foods and the carbs are not bad. No one can tell you what the right carb count is for you...you have to figure that out yourself. As for protein, I do limit mine because it does cause my bg to rise hours later. I do not now that low protein is best for everyone though, and wonder where you got that nugget "Low protein is ideal".

Whoops! I think I meant to say "lean protein." (I may have written this right before dinner time. Silly words come out then.)

Anyway, thank you for all the advice about snacks and carbs! It sounds like everyone's carb intake is different, but somewhere between 100-50 a day? I'm starting with just watching and being more aware. I've never personally had to watch carb intake before, so I think awareness is good! (Plus I've always been a high carb person, just because I could balanced with healthier options.)

I do eat at our dining hall for lunch and dinner most nights. I eat lots of hummus and whatever the main protein meal is that night with a salad at both dinner and lunch. I try to stay away from all the pastas and desserts, but I do still eat it all in moderation. Thankfully my parents taught me balanced eating habits earlier on, so I'm just adjusting some more.

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