Since my doctor's appointment four days ago my doctor (due to my horrible blood glucose numbers...in the 500's)basically put me on a diet of absolutely zero sugar and low carbs.
This has presented a predicament for me because now deciding what to eat is the worst part of my day.
For the past few days my numbers have dropped drastically (from when I was admitted); however, they are still HIGH (in the mornings they have been around 180 and after breakfast usually just under 300) and it's driving me insane. I'm basically starving myself lately...
In the mornings I will have a bowl of oatmeal (with a few raisins), glass of water, and perhaps a scrambled egg.
I don't know how to snack. Lunch maybe whole wheat bread with sugar free jelly. Again no snacks. And for dinner I did the whole diabetic plate thing (half veggies, one quarter poultry, and one quarter healthy carbs).
I am going back to the doctor Monday to see a nutritionist but I really need advice. I am so hungry.
I have cook books but unfortunately I have NONE of the ingredients in my house.
Drop the oatmeal for breakfast. I have a burrito in the morning. Use Egg beaters or two eggs and cut up turkey sausage with chedder cheese. I wrap in a low carb whole wheat tortilla. It is very good and filling. I had the same problem of 390+ during the holiday. Now I am seeing numbers closer to 130.
Dump the oatmeal. Dump the bread. Dump potatoes, pasta, rice, and anything with flour or sugar. That still leaves you lots of totally great stuff to eat. It might take your tastebuds a while to kick the carb habit, but when you see your blood sugar start to drop it will make you smile. My favorite snack is hard boiled eggs, Adams peanut butter (no sugar) on celery, and cheese. Once you get your blood sugar under control, you'll have a better idea which specific things your body will handle and which it will not. I think what I enjoy most is cooking is simple now, just steamed veggies and a piece of meat. I love to go out for breakfast, this week I had scrambled eggs and a small steak, no potatoes, no bread. The waitress (who is very carb savvy) had the cook put some grilled mushrooms and onions on the steak. When she brought my food, everyone who was eating pancakes sniffed my savory meal and wished they were eating that instead of ant bait. It's not easy getting away from the stuff that causes you trouble, but do not despair, you will succeed!
When I was first diagnosed I found it most helpful to eat really simply. That way I could figure out what I BG reacted to. I wasn't asking is it the thing or the sauce.
I'd say when deciding what to eat there are three things to keep in mind: .
1. Start with your protein (eggs, tofu, chicken, beef, fish, Greek yogurt) and keep it simple. Grill it, bake it or boil it. DON'T bread it or drowned it in a sauce. It can be inexpensive protein like eggs or tuna in a can.
2. Then figure out your vegetable. Again keep it simple. Grill it or steam it. DON'T bread it or drowned it in sauce or salad dressing. If you can't get good, fresh veggies go with frozen. They keep well and generally they don't have stuff added (like sugars).
3. Minimize the carbs. This included pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, fruit, corn and peas. A lot of people don't think about the last two as carbs.
Good luck with the changes. Know that it can be done. You've got a lot of folks here who are with you in this battle.
After reading all this advice, I'm getting hungry type2Tommy. ha. Don't forget, humor is the best medicine...let us know how it goes at the doc's...