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6/29/09 9:17 P

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Maybe this is only new to me, but I accidentally discovered freezing the individual yogurts that usually store in the frig. I had gotten some yogurt at the store the other day and it was so hot here I thought it might be best to chill it fast in the freezer and then put in frig after about 30 minutes. Only I forgot. So I had frozen Yoplait light yogurt and it was great. It's a nice summer snack as well as having a lot of flavors to choose from. Just thought I would pass this along. Wonder if you can put that in a cone? :^D


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5/7/09 9:27 P

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I love snacking on raw veggies with ranch dip.
I also like popcorn...
Has anyone tried juicing their veggies, my favorite is carrot-apple-broccoli....yum!

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5/3/09 11:18 A

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One thing I like to eat for a snack if I have a few extra calories to spare that day is a Nature Valley roasted Nut Crunch. Comes in Almond or Peanut. It is a crunchy nut bar (almost 100% nuts and seeds). It is 190 calories, 13g. carbs, 2 gr. fiber, 6gr. sugar, and 6 gr. of protein. The almond has almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds. I do not eat these every day, just when I specifically work them into my nutrition allowances.


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4/13/09 8:51 P

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All great ideas! Thank you. I think I'll be eating yogurt the next few nights since I just bought some. I like the other ones too. I don't know what it is but sometimes when I need to eat, I have to watch things so much that at times I just feel like not bothering. I do eat something, but it's almost like it's a chore sometimes just to figure out what I can and cannot eat, or what I can substitute for what. I'll get it figured out eventually.


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For many of us, a bedtime snack is a necessity~ and not just because of night time 'crashes' but to avoid a morning high (aka 'dawn phenomenon).

The most common suggestions are low-carb protein snacks. The yogurt is actually a pretty good choice, as it has a little fat, a little protein and a few carbs...

Here are a few other ideas:

Half cup cottage cheese, half a peach
Tuna salad on celery sticks
Four crackers with low-fat cheese
Small apple with a handful of nuts
Small salad with cheese or nuts
1 whole wheat or rye toast with peanut butter

I usually have a hot cup of hot chocolate, I use cocoa with Splenda and pour in the hot milk.
Hope this helps....


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I have heard that you need to have a snack before bedtime to help with your morning FBS. Most have suggested some sort of carb (about 10-15 gms.) with a little protein. I am looking for suggestions. What type of bedtime snack do you eat?


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3/22/09 2:43 P

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Hi Becky,
Yes I keep track of the carbs. That's #1 when I look at anything. Fats second but I'm really most conserned about the carb units. It's not that hard to follow. For me, I'm looking at 40 to 50 carbs per meal give or take 5. I could probably go more...like 60 without getting into higher BS numbers but I haven't pushed it yet to see what it does. If your having trouble keeping the BS in check and your keeping within that range for carbs...you may need a modifacation in your meds. Remember...meals about 4 hours apart and ven longer than 6 hours. Eat a snack with about 15 to 20 carbs before going to bed. If your sugar is low...add carbs. If it's high reduce the carbs a little and see if that works. The idea is to keep the evened out though the day. So far so good for me. I haven't been hitting my favorite carb load though...beer. I have one, twice a week. I'll try two at one sitting next week to see what that does.

As far as testing I have to do it, 8 times a day for the next week because they want a baseline to see how I'm doing. My numbers are in a good range. I wasn't that bad yet when I found out. My numbers were 6.7 / 11.6 for the glucose tolerance test. I take 500mg metforin for the time being and I've been able to keep my numbers in the Normal range. My highest reading this week was 7.1 (after meal) and my lowest reading was 4.2. I haven't checked the average yet but will do that when I get enough of them loaded up. After that I may just go twice a day and shift the timings through the week...depends on what I'm doing...or eating. I'm just seeing how this all works for the time being and trying to see what foods get me in trouble and how much.
My test strips are covered with our extended insurance so thats one thing to concider. I know yours probably are not and they do get expensive. So if you can't do 8 times a day for a week...then work out a schedule with one day being the before and after breakfast, the next being before and after lunch, the next day, before and after dinner, and the next being before and after snack... just to give you an idea where you go off the rails. I have to say, I'm motivated. I HATE being sick and worry about not being able to do the things I like to do...OK... I like to eat...but now I watch the junk. I love chocolate and I like sucking on Jolly Ranchers. You know what? I can still have them but I need to watch when and how much. I also haven't missed it that much as I seem to be full most of the time with trying to eat the things I'm suppose to be eating. I really stack up on veggies...and I'm learning to really enjoy them. To be honest...this has only been a reality for me for a couple of weeks...so I'm sure I'll have OFF days but I KNOW that it means a price, so that keeps me from falling off the wagon.

Yes I've seen Northern Lights. In the city here, it takes a really bright and spectacular show to, see them because of all the city lights but out in the bush, especially camping up north a couple hundred miles they can be spectacular and I see them maybe two or three times a year. They aren't as bright as if your in the Arctic but it's neat just the same.
If one has warning that there was a solar flare (or solar storm) that's the time to go out at night and look for them. The problem around here in the Great Lakes Region is the cloud cover. We get a lot of that.

We do have malls here with mall walking clubs...and that's a possibility. I'm so outdoor oriented though and I worked in a mall for several years so its not my favorite place to hang out but If I have to, I will.

Now I better go hoof around the block and get that glass of water.

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3/22/09 12:05 A

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Hi Deb,
All of that was great info, because I am thinking I am getting too many carbs although I haven't really been counting. That's something I will start doing. You are lucky to have the free clinics in Canada. Maybe one day we will have that here too. It would be nice.
All I know is that my numbers are still too high and I need to work to change them. A few years back, I worked my way up to walking 2 miles a day. One mile in the morning and one in the evening. I was losing a pound a day just by doing that and sensible eating (no specific diet). Now my schedule is so hectic I will have to work on a schedule for working out and throwing in some walking around the neighborhood when possible.
You are definitely right about not saving the carbs. I saw on one website where they suggested just that. I didn't think about it at the time, but you really can't do that or your count will really sore out of control I would think.
Are you using the "count your carbs" method in meal planning? How many times do you check your BS and how are the numbers? I'm just wondering because I am still adjusting things myself. Nice to meet someone from Canada. That's one place I would like to visit someday. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights where you are? I would love to see that. One of the things I want to see someday.
One other thought, since winters in Canada are so harsh, are you where you can go to a mall or large store and just do laps in there? They have mall walking clubs here in the states. We have a Walmart close to us and I thought about doing laps there when they weren't so busy and when we have had bad weather. Just a though. Talk to you soon.
Becky


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3/21/09 10:23 P

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Interestingly, I always though going low carb was a good idea. I did that for over a year back when I was 50 (not diabetic) and lost a lot of weight. I thought that it would something good if you were diabetic. I'm finding out that that assumption is WRONG!

The recommendations given at the clinic is 40-65 carbs per meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with snacks filling the gap between meals and at bed time...or don't go more than 4-6 hours between eating carbs. They break carbs into units, 15 carbs per unit. You are suppose to have 3-4 units per meal. Snacks are 1-2 units. The whole idea is to keep an even amount going in, to keep the sugar in your blood more ever though out the day.
One thing you shouldn't do is save up your carb count for a big load at one meal. Example...eating fewer carbs for breakfast and lunch so you can blow the daily budget at one sitting for dinner at the all you can eat pancake house, or a six pack of Bud. So keep that in mind. Keep it evened out through the day. That bed time snack is really important and I'm sure it's not what you hear from the regular dieters out there. You need to hit the pillow with 1-2 carb units under your belt. I have a piece of Stoneground Whole grain toast with peanut butter and sometimes a few slices of banana on that. Crackers and a bit of cheese or half an apple work too.

With that...I'm certainly not going hungry and it's an effort for me to keep that many carbs in my daily eating plan and keep it sensible. I'm also needing to shed about 50-60lbs so it will be interesting to see how I'll accomplish that bit. That's where the fat count comes in.

When I get some time I'll look for some good info on the web and post it here. It's really not a diet like we think of diabetic diets. It's just sensible eating habits and testing with your meter.

In Canada, we get the diabetic clinics & education programs etc, for free. We have three, three hour sessions for newbies. There there is the nutritionists etc...(all free). There is a lot of good information on the web too.

So far, I really need to work on two things...and should probably make those my biggest goals at the present time. Drinking enough water, and increasing my exercise level. At the moment, if I can get in a 15 minute walk twice a day, I'm doing good. I'll work up the timings over the next couple of weeks. My hardest time for exercise is the winters as they are miserable here and long. I'll start worrying about that in November.

The are having a sale on big bags of Splenda at Costco. (in Canada at least) Tomorrow is the last day.

Time for that drink of water...

Deb



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3/21/09 2:24 A

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Welcome Matokuwapi! It's good to have you here! Those sound good. I like yogurt and it's a good way to sneak in some calcium. I'm in my jello and popsicle phase. Sugar-free of course. Some people do not like these, however they work for me when I have a sweet tooth. I like to add a dollup of fat free whip cream on my jello or SF pudding. I do not know how many carbs that is, but I'm thinking it isn't much because I don't add a lot. Does anyone know how mahy carbs are reccommended for the maximum daily total for diabetics? It was mentioned on the other board that SOuth Beach and Sugar Busters are good food plans to follow when diabetic. I'll see if I can't find a good snack and sweet to post from the cookbook sometime this weekend.


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3/20/09 8:57 P

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This is my first week into this and so far I haven't had too much trouble with the diabetes part of my diet plan. A couple of snacks I enjoy is a piece of stoneground Whole wheat toast...(counts as one unit or 15 carbs) a smear of peanut butter. ( buy the 100% peanuts stuff you have to stir) and I add a quarter of a banana to that (sliced)...I could even go half a banana. Then theres' yogart. If you like the sweet stuff, there are a couple of brands out there that has no added sugar (sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) and 0% fat. For a half cup it has 50 calories, 9 carbs. It doesn't taste bad either!

I try to shovel something in my mouth every four...and I eat a snack just before I turn in for the night. It the moment I count the carbs and watch the quanity carefully to keep my carb load withing my recommended range. Too little can be as bad as too much.

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Hi Team,
Ok this is where I really get into trouble. Finding healthy, tasty snacks will be key at least for me and I am betting for you too. This is where we share with others what works for you. Did you find a new grocary item that is diabetic friendly? DId someone give you a recipe that is satisfying and healthy? I have a feeling this will be a popular topic. ~ Becky


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