Welcome. I am a Type II Diabetic. It used to be you couldn't eat certain foods. Nowadays it is everything but in moderation. If you know you and your husband are going to a social and will be having a dessert, tailor your other meals that day so you don't overdo the carbs. If you are going out to dinner at a restaurant, look up their menu and nutritional information on the internet before going and plan ahead of time what you will have. To not be tempted by the illustrated menu, bring a list of what you planned and order from your list.
Are you logging your husband's intake under the Nutrition Tracker? If not, you might want to consider doing so and signing up for the Nutrition Tracker for Diabetics. The tracking pages will come up with room for 3 meals and 2 snacks and will have suggested levels of nutrients a Diabetic needs to monitor for each meal/snack - calories, carbs, protein, and fat - and the quantity it assigns is calculated based on the information you will be asked to fill in about your husband so that it is the right number of cals, for eg. for a man of his age and size who is a diabetic. You can add other nutrients to be tracked if you want. If you don't have one of your snacks the tracking system will let you know how much of each nutrient is left that you can still consume and you can add them to your dinner or whatever. Another great thing about the nutrition tracker is that you can look up foods from the thousands of foods in the database and you will have the nutrients for your food already calculated and before you - members can add foods as well so you have to be careful when you choose what you are looking for - you want to be sure that whoever added the food is tracking the same nutrients as you are or you won't have all the information you need. You can only hope that their addition is accurate - I try to stick with those put in by SparkPeople (those added by others are marked by an asterisk if I remember correctly) as they have been researched by Dieticians. I will often go thru the motions of putting my own information in even if others have done so, because there are usually differences in nutrient contents in foods between the States and Canada and I don't want to have to re-calculate every time. As you go along, you develop a favourites list and can group foods so that you can pull information from there rather than scrolling thru tons of information. At the end of the tracking for the day, the tracker will tell you how you did for the day and also for the past week as far as meeting your goals for each nutrient.
There are lots of articles on food and nutrition and such under the top menu and if you check the Start Tracker, there will be a daily article, exercise, recipe and such. An important one to read is one on portions. A diabetic should divide their plate in 3 with 2 equal parts and the 3 equal to parts 1 and 2. One part should be protein (about the size of your palm, another part should be your starch, and the largest 3rd part should be your vegetable(s). There are tons of items on the internet on portion control. An orange isn't always an orange for eg. A diabetic should have one that is about 15 carbs which is a relatively small orange. A large orange could be 25 carbs and you are actually eating almost 2 fruits. it is really deceiving if having juice. A glass of orange juice can be as much as 8 fruits - way more than a Diabetic can have in a day - everything in moderation. Without moderation, a Diabetic suffers from sugar highs and lows, both with a whole set of problems of their own - hunger, thirst, dizziness, confusion, the shakes, etc.
If you have any specific questions I might be able to help with, send me a note. If I don't know the answer I'll try to steer you where you can find one.
I live in Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association has an excellent website and has site offices in most major centres. I volunteered at the one in my City and they have supermarket tours, bring in speakers for sessions, have books to buy and/or borrow, and tons of pamphlets and booklets, etc. The woman who runs that office told me over and over, follow the Canada Food Guide. If you live in the States, they too have a Diabetic Assoc. that probably has a website and there is a government food guide that you can get a copy of.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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Welcome. I'm just pre-diabetic so far, so I'm just getting into it. Since you've been to a dietician you probably know more than I do. I do visit another online support group for type-2 diabetes which has lively discussions on a lot of different topics. If you want to take a look at it, it's:
I do not have diabetes, but my 82 year old husband has diabetes 2 and has no idea how to eat correctly. I am the one who tries to prepare the right foods and keep the carb heavy foods out of the kitchen as much as I can. Since I am not a dietician, we have been to one and that helped to get us started. This is why I have not taken any challenges or kept fitness minutes. I am looking for guidance in the foods to eat and need to know how to see that he is happy to eat healthy. He does eat more fruit, salads and vegetables now. But has trouble with choices at Coffee hours at church, for example. I hate to keep saying "not that". Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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