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What Can I Eat?

If you’re like me, when you first got your diagnosis of diabetes, you were terrified to eat.

Suddenly, food was the enemy. Everything that went in your mouth had the potential to cause you to have your feet amputated and go blind. Sounds a bit extreme now, but at the time, that’s what went through my mind every time I picked up a fork.

Many people will try to tell you what you can and can’t eat as a diabetic. Most will be well-meaning. Most won’t have a clue. Including, apparently, the American Diabetes Association. The ADA is still recommending a low-fat diet high in complex carbohydrates.

I’ve yet to meet, or hear of, a Type 2 diabetic that could maintain good control on that type of diet.

Rather than compounding the problem by telling you what you should or should not eat, I’d recommend a simpler method: eat by your meter.

 

Eating By Your Meter

It’s simple really. At diagnosis, the most important thing in your life is (or should be) getting your blood sugar under control. Everyone reacts differently to food. What spikes glucose levels through the roof for one person might only cause a mild rise in another.

The only way to know for sure it to test. Test your blood sugar before every meal. Take it again 2 hours after eating. Try to keep your meals simple to begin with, the less types of things you eat at a meal, the easier it is to pinpoint which item had the greatest impact on your blood sugar.

From there, it’s a process of elimination. If something spikes your blood sugar to unacceptable levels, take it off the menu. At the very least, try it again, but eat less of it.

It means a lot of testing. A lot. But it’s the only way to truly know for sure whether a particular food item is OK for you to eat.

Without getting into a big philosophical debate of low vs high carb, you’ll probably find that a diet lower in carbs is easier for you to maintain control on than one high in carbs. Personally, I can’t eat bread, pasta or potatoes. Whole grain, multi-grain – doesn’t matter.

I generally eat eggs or cottage cheese for breakfast. A chicken salad or chicken breast with veggies for lunch and lean meat and veggies for dinner. It ends up being fairly low carb, but when was the last time you saw a “study” that said that lean meat and veggies were bad for you? If you take out all the hyperbole from the various diet advocates, the bottom line is that they pretty much all would be on board for a lean meat and veggies diet as being healthy.

I’m not a vegatarian. I’d imagine it would be quite a bit tougher to be a vegatarian and a Type 2. Not impossible, just harder.

Bottom line: eat by your meter and develop your diet based on yourbody’s reactions to food. The meter doesn’t lie.

Personally, I use the Life Scan One Touch Ultra 2 glucometer. Results are fast, accurate and the strips are easy to find. You can purchase one from Amazon below, or it may be covered by your medical insurance.

You can also order extra strips from for this meter from Amazon, which is handy if your doctor won’t write you a prescription for more than a couple of tests a day. I’ll order an extra box once a quarter or so just so I have extra on hand. ONE TOUCH Ultra Fast Draw Test Strips-100CT by Lifescan

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