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THECLASSICKAT SparkPoints: (11,624)
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7/30/13 1:22 P

Thank you all. I am a type 1 diaebtic and for the most part when I check its either low or between 100-155 97% of the time

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,216
7/30/13 8:51 A

You did not say that you are type 1 diabetic, I looked at your Spark page.

How much and what kind of carbohydrates you eat matter. Carbs get digested very quickly
( pasta, bread, pizza, pretzels, bagels, anything with flour, etc.) & then convert to blood sugar. Maybe reduce the intake of starch and sugar from which the glucose is made and add some healthy fats as your system will not search for glucose and start to use its own stored fat.

I assume you are on insulin and you need to balance your carb intake to have good readings. Berries have the least impact on blood sugar, you might want to switch to low carb fruits such as berries, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, kiwi, apples. I avoid food fruit that has a high sugar content such as bananas, oranges and watermelon, pineapple, mango, grapes. I chose protein over starch such as pasta....protein is often very low in sugar and starch content. Also choosing chicken, turkey and fish, choosing low fat or fat free dairy products should be your first choice since being diabetic can puts you at a higher risk for developing heart disease later on in life and carbs will increase body weight not healthy fats such as avocado, black olives, olive oil, walnuts, almonds. 4 walnuts a day will help protect your heart.

Your body has work harder to break down complex carbs because the sugars take longer to digest. Examples of complex carbs include the fiber in spinach, watercress, buckwheat, barley, wild or brown rice, beans, and some fruits. Complex carbs may contain soluble or insoluble fiber such as oatmeal.

My snacks are focused on raw veggies with hummus or salsa...and also broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts,arugula, spinach & radicchio are non starchy vegetables won't raise your blood sugar levels. Try a salad with grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, sliced radishes.... and drizzle or spritz balsamic vinegar over your choices. Vinegar can help keep blood sugars levels steady

Because each diabetic is different... please consult your medical professional for guidance.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,235
7/30/13 8:51 A

the two biggest issues that i see in your tracker are protein portions and dairy. a lot of your dairy seems to be no fat. this would be fine if everything you else ate had a ton of fat in it. but since dairy is something you're already eating if you bump up to a 1 or a 2% instead of the no, that will help boost your calories and your protein. the second thing is protein portions. a serving of meat is 3-4oz. you seem to be aiming for 1-2oz. if you're eating half servings of everything, you aren't going to make it into your ranges. if peanut butter is the main protein for your meal, you need to be getting at least a Tablespoon, not a teaspoon.

7/30/13 7:03 A

Put your focus on eating quality foods. Try eating as many unprocessed whole foods as possible. Eat the rainbow of vegetables, healthy fats, meats and some fruit.

The funny thing is when you put the focus on those things the amount of food you consume tends to regulate itself. You just get so full of nourishing foods that it's really hard to overeat.

Also I noticed that some days your fat intake is really low. Please don't be afraid of fat. It is an essential nutrient. The only macronutrient that is not essential is carbohydrates. So if you are going to cut a calorie dense macronutrient cut a carb (breads, cookies, pasta) not a healthy fat.

Metabolic Effects of the Very-Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Misunderstood "Villains" of Human Metabolism

Pay special attention to the section titled, There is no Clear Requirement for Dietary Carbohydrates for Human Adults

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,100)
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7/30/13 12:38 A

Scared? No. Aware? Yes. Adequately balanced amounts of vegetables/fruits, protein, and healthy fat are the foundation for optimal nutrition. Glancing at your tracker, I encourage more veggies, protein, and healthy fat.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 7/30/2013 (00:51)
THECLASSICKAT SparkPoints: (11,624)
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7/29/13 11:01 P

Yes it does. I think I scared my self on eating too much and some what unhealthy.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/29/13 10:50 P


First, it's very important that you get at *least* 1200 calories per day, and that's an absolute minimum, assuming you're doing no exercise. It's almost impossible to meet your nutritional needs with so few calories.

As for whether it's a concern that you're near the top of your range for carbs, that depends on your other macronutrients (fat and protein). As long as you're in your ranges for those, it's okay that you're on the high end for carbs. With eating so few calories, though, it's unlikely that you're getting enough fat and protein if your carbs are high.

I took a quick look at your nutrition tracker, and it looks like you tend to be low in your fat intake, especially on the days when you're under 1200 calories. I'd say that if you work on getting your fat into range, that will also help you get into a healthy overall calorie range. Try a handful of nuts as a snack, or some regular (not reduced fat) cheese.

Hope that helps!

THECLASSICKAT SparkPoints: (11,624)
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7/29/13 10:36 P

I seem to never hit the 1200 mark but when I finally do mostly my carbs are filled up should this be a huge concern?

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