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KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,186
8/6/13 10:39 A

I wonder if there is a mis communication about what "snacks' means. as in the doctor is saying "no junk food snacks"

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
8/6/13 9:08 A

WOW! 959 calories? No wonder you are tired.

A diabetic needs proper nutrition because good nutrition keeps your blood sugar level.

959 calories is not enough for anyone, the minimum should be 1200. How about grabbing some raw veggies as they are good for diabetics... Fiber and water are a diabetics best friends. Baby carrots have a positive effect on blood sugar, so does cauliflower, celery, green peppers, broccoli.... maybe with a nice low calorie dip.

I, personally, would get a second opinion on not eating snacks as snacking is usually important and since waiting more than 3 hours to eat makes your blood glucose drop, and so do your energy levels. The quickest ways to introduce more glucose to the body is a snack that is low carb with some natural, kiwi, pear, peach, plum or any kind of berries...(berries have the least impact on blood sugar)...Snacks also reduce your risk of heart attack by keeping your heart's work load during digestion to a minim.

Every diabetic is different but I would certainly get another opinion about snacks, but I do agree that you need to have 3 good quality meals.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 8/6/2013 (09:10)
8/4/13 2:22 P

Thanks for making your tracker public.
I see that you have only tracked yesterday and today.
Yesterday you only had 959 calories. Is this typical? Are you normally skipping meals??


8/4/13 12:23 P


Edited by: AMMEWELLS1 at: 8/4/2013 (12:26)
8/3/13 3:40 P

Go to your Sparkpage.
Click EDIT Sparkpage.
Then check the box to make your nutrition tracker public.
Let me know when you get this completed.


8/3/13 3:07 P

how do you make your meal tracker public?

8/3/13 2:23 P

thanks all, I went to an diabetes expo today and talked to an educator.
I have not been having enough caloric intake and she says the several small meals a day is no longer the way to go. Three good meals a day. So I guess I do need to schedule some class time and see what is new.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
8/3/13 10:38 A

People with diabetes should exercise with caution....

When you work out hard enough to sweat & raise your heartbeat, your blood sugar may spike up, then drop...and that could be why you tire and have to stop...

I don't know what kind of exercise you do but intense or endurance type exercise can make your blood sugar drop for at least 24 hours afterward.

Eating a snack before you begin may help. Check your blood sugar before, during, and after you exercise. You should test your blood sugar often and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration as dehydration can also fatigue you. Heat... humidity, these hot days ...not good for a diabetic either....I hope you are exercising in air-conditioning and not the heat.

Balance your pre-workout meal with a protein and a carbohydrate..0% Fage Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, Eggs or egg whites on rye toast.....Eat oatmeal before a work out with slivered almonds or walnuts...also

Carbs after a workout ..Researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that what you eat following a workout may trigger different metabolic responses... bouts of exercise all improved insulin sensitivity, but it was especially enhanced when the session included the low-carb meal....Protein helps some protein 1/2 hour after exercise...have an apple after exercise... it can also boost energy just like eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados

If you really want to treat your body right you should try to drink small gulps of water frequently, particularly while exercising. also A workout will affect your blood pressure...if you at a gym they should have a BP machine...check your BP!

Don't overdo it! If you feel sick, tired (very tired and exhausted) and weak your body is telling you that it's stop and then maybe later incorporate a walk into your day...

I lost 98lbs just walking and moving every 20 minutes on a low carb, low sodium, low sugar diet.

8/3/13 9:25 A

Not having the energy to make it through your workout, is probably due to the carbohydrate amount your are consuming, the distribution of those carbohydrates, or your total calorie intake.

Make your nutrition tracker public, and I may be able to give more helpful tips. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.

This SP article on "What to eat before you workout" will also give some suggestions. See the link below.

I also encourage you to talk to your diabetes educator. It is time for a check up and to evaluate your eating plan and carbohydrate intake and distribution for better energy control.

SP Registered Dietitian

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,275)
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8/2/13 4:36 P

Many diabetics that I've worked have tended to have a poor blood sugar response to oat products. I would try a slow digesting snack such as a can of tuna, chicken wing, hard-boiled egg, organic turkey jerky, greek yogurt (alone or in a green smoothie), etc.

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
8/1/13 11:45 P

It also depends on the length and intensity of your workout. If you're getting hungry during an hour-long walk, chances are you're just not eating enough in general. If you're going on marathon runs, you might want to bring a small handful of food along with your to refuel along the way.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/1/13 9:29 P

What is your overall calorie intake, and how long are you working out/how much are you burning? When energy is low, there's a couple of things that can cause that; overtraining, not eating enough, illness.

8/1/13 7:25 P

I workout in afternoons after work and have one scoop of protein powder.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,186
8/1/13 7:15 P

how many grams of protein are you getting and how long/intense are you working out.

I find if I work out intensely I need to have a snack or two during the long workouts. I do need a fairly how amount of protein for breakfast if I'm going to be working out

8/1/13 6:48 P

I am diabetic and I run out of steam while exercising. I drink oatmeal and protein powder mixed with water before I work out yet it does not seem to hold long. Is thete something I should add or is there something better I should eat.

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