Ok just read yesterdays post. The diabetic diet/menu that worked best for me. Was doing Richard Simmon's food mover, I have the info on my recipe blog below. His food mover is based on Diabetic Exchanges. The diabetic exchanges for my weight worked awesomely for me. I stuck strictly to it. I used JoAnna's recipes and the diabetic exchanges she lists for her recipes to plan my meals. It took me a long time, but finally I read that she sometimes would cut recipes serving size in half and then have half of one recipe and half of another to make up her exchanges to what she wanted too. Took me years to figure out I could do that too, for times I wanted more then one side dish or what have you! lol
A few other tips for diabetics-
Set down and think about a food schedule. What works best is to eat 6 times a day. Look at your exchanges given to you for a day and think about what would work best for you. What exchanges for what meals/snacks.
For instance for me, a fruit/dairy exchange worked best for snacks. Protein, veggie, starch, and fat exchanges for most meals. 1 Protein, 1 Starch, and some veggie (remember low carb veggies, you don't have to really watch that closely it would take a LOT to make your sugars or weight go up, because of the fiber content versus carb/calorie content they contain) for breakfast, for lunch I did 2 protein, 2 starch, 1 fat. etc.
Any way, what I am saying is have the same exchanges at the same meal each day. IE make breakfast every day the same exchanges as much as possible. IE if you decide that 1 fruit, 1 starch, 1 fat, 1 protein, is a good breakfast for you, keep it to those exchanges every day. Then figure out what works for you for lunch, what works for you for dinner, etc. And keep those exchanges the same each day for that meal. Plan your menus around those exchanges.
What this does is gets your body used to knowing at Breakfast, I am going to get X amount of carbs, x amount of protein, x amount of fat. All of those components come into play with diabetes, cause protein and fat also effect how fast or slow the carbs are digested and released into your blood stream, so keeping all of the exchanges not just the carby ones, the same really helps your body calorbrate and know what to expect and can help it know to release insulin at said time and approx how much.
Also try as hard as you can to sit down with a schedule and make a time sheet of eating every 2 to 4 hours, and stick to that schedule as well as possible. Again this will help your body know the time to expect said carbs/protein/fat and be ready to produce the insulin.
My only caution in all this, is you can get your body so in tune to this schedule and menu planning that if you change it, or get busy or what have you and don't eat at the time or amounts your body gets used to, if you skip the meal/snack or don't the amount of carbs it is used to at that time, then you can get really sick cause your body will produce the insulin at that time for that food and not have it, and your blood glucose can plummet, it's happened to me often after I got my body so used to it. So I have no choice but to stick close to the schedule and menu plan, or pay for it, with being very very ill with very very low blood glucose. But, I would rather have that then high blood glucose and the complications that come with that!
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