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3 years ago  ::  Nov 11, 2011 - 3:50PM #9
LeadSinger
Posts: 924
type2

There is a little book out there called Calorie King (website of the same name) that gives calorie, fat & carohydrate counts for almost any food that you can name INCLUDING restaurant food.  I noted your post that you were going to Olive Garden.  I'm not sure what their deal is, but they are among the worst (not counting any Chinese) for high carb counts.  Their bread sticks are an absolute no-no (as are everyone else's for that matter).  My best advice is to eat exactly 1/2 of the entree and take the other half home for another meal.  My best guess is that you will still get a nasty post-prandial meter reading though.  Go find another Italian restaurant where you can get a whole wheat pasta or do that at home.

3 years ago  ::  Nov 11, 2011 - 2:05PM #8
alan_s
Posts: 2,897
type2

Nov 8, 2011 -- 5:02PM, nwiguy wrote:

Hello All,
  My Doc said my A1C is way too high and diagnosed me as pre-diabectic. Now, he has said that (of course) I need to change my diet. I've always consummed veggies and white meat and an occational greasy pizza and very little fruit. What is left to eat? My lovely Russian wife states that we need to conssume more grains and whole wheat products. I can't argue with her but these recipes are so inoxious! Can some of you wonderful coulinnary artists give me a hand?



G'day and welcome.


I read all the replies and advice so far.


Whatever dietary advice you end up following, whatever it's source, you now have a marvellous tool for assessing whether it is the right advice for YOU.


Begin here (click on it): Test, Review, Adjust

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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3 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2011 - 1:35PM #7
Talvie Lightsinger
Posts: 800
type2

Nov 8, 2011 -- 5:02PM, nwiguy wrote:

Hello All,
  My Doc said my A1C is way too high and diagnosed me as pre-diabectic. Now, he has said that (of course) I need to change my diet. I've always consummed veggies and white meat and an occational greasy pizza and very little fruit. What is left to eat? My lovely Russian wife states that we need to conssume more grains and whole wheat products. I can't argue with her but these recipes are so inoxious! Can some of you wonderful coulinnary artists give me a hand?





Welcome, and you are definitely not alone!


What was your A1c number?  "Too high" can mean different things to different people, and if you didn't get a copy of your labs, you might want to ask for them.  They belong to you, and most doctors are pretty obliging about giving them to their patients.


While whole grains are generally healthy for non-diabetics, they an be problematic for diabetics.  Carbs in general need to be controlled -- not eliminated, but reduced somewhat, depending on your individual tolerance to them.  Worst thing for me, personally, is a sandwich of any kind, because no matter what kind of bread it is -- and I only eat whole grain breads when I eat them -- the total number of carbohydrates in two slices is almost always more than I can personally handle.  There are some good soups out there, even commercially produced, that work well for me.  Vegetable soups with pasta are great, and soups with some kind of meat, but no pasta are even satisfying. ;-) 


The key is testing after meals to see how different foods affect you.  To do effective testing, you will to find out when your peak reading is after meals.  My peak is usually at the 45 minute to 1 hour mark, but different people will have different peak reading times.  Get yourself an inexpensive meter, and find one that has the least expensive strips, because that's where the cost is, and start testing.  Then, when someone suggests foods to you -- like a loving wife -- you'll be able to say "I'd love that dear, but my meter says I should cut back a little on that." ;-)   

Talvie
3 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2011 - 1:09PM #6
Thomas
Posts: 225
type2

Nov 9, 2011 -- 9:59AM, nwiguy wrote:


Hi Guys!


  Thank you so much for your replies! I don't feel too isolated now. It's nice to know that you're out there.


  Great advice about the exercise. My job entails me to roam about seven miles a day (checked with a pedometer) over a large Motel complexe to take care of little things that go wrong and help my wonderful ladies in housekeeping. I found out that 8 ladies are type 2 , one is pre and 2 are type 1. I have noticed, in the break room ,that they eat constantly but tiny portions and no coffee just tea. Darn, I'm dying for a Costco jumbo Canadian Dog with all the trimmings!


  Thank you for the Plate  link. I will follow it when we go to the Olive Garden tomorrow. I may just get the soup and salad and skip the bread sticks but do I have to iquire about about the soup ingredients?



                                          Thanks, Gary




Soups can be very tricky and I would be afraid of those cooked outside the house.  I have only been to Olive Garden once but I would look for something simple like grilled meat with grilled veggies and a nice salad.  does Olive Garden have nutritional information on their dishes?  if so pay attention to that.  you can park your car a block or 2 away to get a little walk in before and after you eat.  I have only been there once but I remember I enjoyed the grilled veggies.


Tom


Type 2


 

3 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2011 - 9:59AM #5
nwiguy
Posts: 2
prediabetes

Hi Guys!


  Thank you so much for your replies! I don't feel too isolated now. It's nice to know that you're out there.


  Great advice about the exercise. My job entails me to roam about seven miles a day (checked with a pedometer) over a large Motel complexe to take care of little things that go wrong and help my wonderful ladies in housekeeping. I found out that 8 ladies are type 2 , one is pre and 2 are type 1. I have noticed, in the break room ,that they eat constantly but tiny portions and no coffee just tea. Darn, I'm dying for a Costco jumbo Canadian Dog with all the trimmings!


  Thank you for the Plate  link. I will follow it when we go to the Olive Garden tomorrow. I may just get the soup and salad and skip the bread sticks but do I have to iquire about about the soup ingredients?



                                          Thanks, Gary

3 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2011 - 9:14AM #4
Thomas
Posts: 225
type2

Hello Nwiguy,


Along with what Janis said I would like to add that if you have not already started this is a great time to become more active.
If you can start off by walking and build up to doing something more advanced like riding a stationary bike in a gym or at home.
If you need to lose weight exercise will make it easier.  Exercise is really very magical in how much it can help us live healthier and happier.
I do my best when I follow my dietitians advice and exericse.


Tom


Type 2


 


 

3 years ago  ::  Nov 08, 2011 - 9:45PM #3
janisroszler
Posts: 7,107

Hi nwiguy,


Welcome to the dLife family!  Portion control is the most important thing when planning your meals.  Whole grains and whole wheat products contain a lot of healthy fiber and nutrients, but you must watch your serving size of these items and other carbohydrate foods. If you eat too large a portion, these foods will raise your blood glucose level too high. A simple meal plan is the Plate Method.  It is really easy to follow and still allows you to eat out and enjoy most of the foods you love.  Here is a link to a column that explains how to use it:  www.dlife.com/diabetes-food-and-fitness/...


Janis

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3 years ago  ::  Nov 08, 2011 - 6:28PM #2
furball64801
Posts: 6,967

Hi and welcome to the world of diabetes,  why did I say that and not Pre D   it is because you have it just at a lower level.    Did the doc even give you a number or its just to high.   I can tell you as a 27 yr type 2  grains or wholegrains will do nothing but raise bs levels.   If its a carb it will raise bs or blood sugar levels.    Pizza is one of the worst things as a diabetic to eat but we do love it right.   Lots of protein and veggies make sure there green and not peas by the way.  If you do not have a mter you will never know what your readings are and in time high numbers will do damage,   I speak from experience to take heed this is for real.   You can have a full happy life if you get out and move and cut back on your carb consumption.

3 years ago  ::  Nov 08, 2011 - 5:02PM #1
nwiguy
Posts: 2
prediabetes
Hello All,
  My Doc said my A1C is way too high and diagnosed me as pre-diabectic. Now, he has said that (of course) I need to change my diet. I've always consummed veggies and white meat and an occational greasy pizza and very little fruit. What is left to eat? My lovely Russian wife states that we need to conssume more grains and whole wheat products. I can't argue with her but these recipes are so inoxious! Can some of you wonderful coulinnary artists give me a hand?
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