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4,703 3/13/13 9:45 P
You might want to check out some of Spark People's "low carb" teams. There are lots of people on those teams who maintain a low carb lifestyle who would have lots of suggestions for you.
As a Type 2 diabletic, I used to eat "low carb," but now that I have the disease under excellent control, I eat "low to moderate carb." I suggest you build your meals around a lean protein (meat or fish) ... and then add a low carb vegetable or two. Fruits are not as healthy for you as they used to be because they contain lots of sugars that will shoot your blood glucose up. So don't eat much fruit.
I also suggest you browse your local bood store for a book or two on low carb living. That's what I did when I started, and it helped me to look through their recipes. Even more helpful was the lists of foods and their carb (or glycemic index) amounts. For example, learn which vegetables are the lowest in carbs ... and which are not so low. I eat a lot of brocolli, green beans, etc. .... salads with lettuce, onions, peppers, tomato, cheese, and some sort of meat for protein.
Fitness Minutes: (25,649)
3/13/13 2:36 P
Thank you, Missruth for the info on adding a link. I see it there, plain as day,and I never gave it a thought.
3/8/13 7:54 A
I agree that your dietician could give you more help with meal planning, including but not limited to sample meal plans.
There is a special section on Spark for Diabetes, you can find it here:
(For a pp who tried to add a link: when you go to reply to a message, above the box that opens for you to type the message, it says "spell check", "add a link", and "add an emoticon". If you click "add a link" it opens a new little window where you can type the web address; include the whole www. etc. then click add the link when done. : ))
When what you're holding in your hand doesn't match the nutritional information in the Spark database, you can add your own entry to the Tracker, so it will accurately reflect the carbs etc. Especially when you have diabetes or another health condition where what you're tracking is super important-- don't hesitate to do your own entries. It seems tedious, but since a lot of the time we eat the same things-- once you've got what you usually eat in there, it goes lot faster.
Fitness Minutes: (25,649)
3/8/13 1:10 A
If you click on the Articles & Videos tab at the top of the page, there is a link to the Diabetes Program. They have a lot of info there including info on carbs. Sorry, I was not able to copy and paste a link.
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25,806 3/8/13 1:08 A
Perhaps your Dietitian/Nutritionist could give you a few examples of what is considered suitable for you? I would be inclined to make contact with her (assuming she is a 'she') and explain your situation. She should have some hand-outs to help you.
Rather than buying dressings, why not make your own? A squeeze of lemon juice and a couple drops of Olive Oil or Rice Bran oil with a tbsp of water and mixed thoroughly is a great dressing. Putting some lemon juice into about a tablespoon of avocado and blitzing that would give about 1.5g carbs. The Avocado is a healthy fat.
Tuna with a sprinkle of Lemon Pepper is nice - look for a good quality bread that has higher protein/lower fat, carbs and sodium. You will need to pay particular attention to the Nutrition Label because all breads are NOT created equal - even comparing wholegrain with other wholegrain . Some a fail the requirements miserably, but others may be quite suitable. Thin slices should be o.k. and making a sandwich out of that and with some cottage cheese and lettuce/tomato should bring you in under the carbs that she wants you to have. A hard boiled egg for a snack can help to keep your sugar levels balanced during the day.
BUT. I really think that you would be best to talk with your Dietitian. Also, are you a member on an active Diabetes Team? If not, you would find a lot of suggestions by joining one!
Oranges are quite high in fruit sugars, raising your carbs per mouthful.
The wishbone dressing seems to be member entries, not the site database. They are all 7g of carbs per 2tbsp, not 2g. Perhaps you have a slightly different version or something? Or misread fat for carbs or something (it has 2g fat)? If you find that no entry has the same nutritional information as your bottle, you should make and use your own entry. That way you'll know it's accurate.
You're right that an orange and a pepper with some dressing is not a meal!
I don't like tuna, so I honestly don't know if this goes together well, but for example, how about:
120g tuna, half a cup of green bell pepper, a couple of handfuls of spinach, with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and a cup of non-fat milk.
This is 316 calories and 22g of carbs.
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3/7/13 11:06 P
Ok so my nutritionist/dietician from the diabetes clinic told me to "ignore calories" and eat between 15-30 carbs per meal...I am wondering if anyone else does this and what do you eat for meals? I am a little stuck coming up with meal combos...it seems everything I pick out to eat that I think is healthy is either over 30 carbs or way under calories.
Example an orange, a green pepper and 2 tbsp of wishbone peppercorn ranch dressing is according to the site 135 calories and already 32 carbs and only 175 calories. You really need more food than that for a meal. How to fix it so you add on 100 or 150 more calories and not any carbs? Also this site is bugging me with the wishbone dressing. My bottle says 2 tbsp = 2g carbs so I think the carbs would then be 4 tbsp = 4g carbs but the site calculates it as 10 carbs for some reason so really it is way off on carbs.
I have not eaten this stuff yet. I am trying to pre-plan meals but boy is it hard to get proper carbs while still "ignoring" calories but people it is not healthy to eat 300 to 600 calories a day?!?
Help with diabetes meal plans/combinations of foods you eat to get this carb amount please. I like things with tuna, eggs, some produce is okay, I like a lot of produce but am on limited budget, and I like healthy life bread.
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