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5/8/09 11:02 A

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Portion control is my biggest challenge - I need to measure and weigh my food again!



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5/7/09 9:24 P

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Getting all my water in is my biggest challenge....

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5/4/09 8:58 P

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Right now my biggest challenge is eating. I am stressed. Not too bad but I am. And when I stress I guess I want to eat, chew, crunch, anything. I am trying to find things I can eat, but you get tired of celery (and I really like celery a lot). Gum only works for a while, I have been sipping a lot of diet soda. I usually drink water or ice tea. I don't know that there are any ideas out there that I haven't already thought of. I'm just venting I guess. School is almost out for summer and I am not taking any summer classes this year. Hopefully that will help. emoticon

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4/10/09 12:32 P

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For some reason I can have corn products and I'm fine.
I love taco but eat them every blue moon.
Now I'm trying to figure out what to fix for Easter, any ideas?
I know I'm having ham and have some great recipes for it.
Potato salad is a big deal in my family but I'm going to fix cauliflower instead of the potato.

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4/10/09 12:21 A

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That's too bad. Brown rice isn't the greatest on my bs but cornmeal or corn products are horrible on mine. I really have to limit them to days I have good readings and then limit them. Bad thing is I live in Texas, Tex-Mex capital and cornmeal and corn prioducts are everywhere. I am still looking for the right thing to eat with salsa because that is actually very healthy. I tried cucumbers and didn't like them together. I'll try celery next. I think that might work. I also use the low carb wheat tortillas in place of corn tortillas in recipes or for wraps.

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4/8/09 1:54 P

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Yes I have tried brown rice and it makes my bs rise.

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4/7/09 10:53 P

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Lemgirl, have you tried brown rice or does that raise your blood suger too much as well. You and I seem to have similar experiences with foods that skyrocket our bs.

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4/7/09 6:44 P

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I can't have white flour so I use soy or almond flour.
Splenda instead of sugar
And for rice I make cauliflower rice, I actually have the recipe....lol

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4/7/09 6:42 P

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Hello Julie, before your next doctor visit I would write down everything you eat and discuss your food journal with your doctor.
Watch your carbs.
There are good and bad carbs.
I get the majority of carbs from fruits and veggies.
The best way to know what foods make your bs soar is to get a meter and test before and after your meal.
Every diabetic is different, what works for me may not work for you.
White flour, rice and pasta make my bs soar.
I avoid them at all costs.
If I crave pasta I use Dreamfields.
But that's every blue moon.
Hope this helps a little.

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4/5/09 9:38 A

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Last week my biggest challenge were my numbers. Some due to my eating too many carbs I think. The other I don't know. That is the one frustrating thing about diabetes. So many things can influence your BS. WHen your ill, stress, ARGHHH! I wish this were esier but I am trying to deal with this. I am on a mission to find foods that work better for me in my meal plans. At least I can control that. Anyone have problems with foods you have to give up or limit and how you handled that? What did you use to substitute?

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3/30/09 3:32 P

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Hi Julie,
I was told when I went to the Dr. to use the diabetic exchange. I haven't really done that because I haven't had time to learn it. There are other methods with which to watch what you eat. I know you are not diabetic (and hopefully won;t ever be) but ask your Dr. what you should watch and if it would be helpful to eat as if you were. Read my post on Meal Plans. That should give you and idea. Also, I just recently started using the nutrition tracker and I must say it is easy to use and I like it a lot. you can even put in your favorite Lean Cuisines. etc. and the numners are there. If you need help with this, let me know. It sure has opened my eyes as to how much fat, salt, etc. are really in the foods we eat. Also when eating carbs, eat more of the complex carbs. THat is where most of your fiber will come in and fiber is good for everyone. It helps to keep your blood sugar from rising rapidly compared to simple carbs (processed food and snacks). I'll post more later. I need to run to my appointment.
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3/30/09 3:12 P

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I have not been given a monitor to check my blood yet, just the diagnosis of an elevated glucose level - so my biggest challenge is where do I start? what do I do now? I guess I need to make an appointment with my dr. and discuss things with her. I had a health dynamix physical thru my ins. co and this is where this prediabetes is coming from - my dr. told me that if I didn't change my ways, I could become diabetic (family history) so maybe she is where I should start. I do want to go to the grocery store and pick up fruits and vegies and try to increase my intake of those. Advice?



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3/29/09 2:27 A

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Well, I have had a challenging week. Went back to my classes since spring break was over. Somehow it seemed harder for me this week. Not just school, but everything. I had one of those weeks where I wanted to rebel with my diet. Not a good idea. My BS readings were not that horrible but that is a dangerous mindset to have. I know diabetes is a serious disease and you have to maintain control in order to stay healthy and feel well. Maybe my readings were not so badm but I haven't felt real well all week. COuldn't wait for the weekend and am so tired now all I want to do is sleep. Tomorrow (or actually later today) I am going to start making a meal plan. I think that would help me a lot. One issue I have had is when I am hungry I can't think of anything that I can have. I need to plan better, I need to eat better and I need to shop better. Hioe your week is going well. Shooting for a better week next week.

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3/20/09 7:47 P

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Hi,
Just thought I would start a topic about what you feel your biggest challenge is as far as your diabetes goes. What are you struggling with? I have trouble with snacking at times. Sometimes I have it under control and other times it's all I can do to keep the urges at bay. I saw a comment on a board earlier where the person ate six small meals a day which were actually three small meals and three small snacks. I like that idea and think it may help me personally. So I will explore that more and let you know what I find out.

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