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10/2/13 11:52 P

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There are a couple of little tricks that may help him along the way.....

Try to avoid the dreaded whites. That is white sugar, white flour, white rice and white potatoes.

Drink lots of water. When he is hungry and wanted to snack, have him drink some water instead. Often times, the urge to snack is a sign of dehydration. Wait for 20 to 30 minutes and if the urge has not gone away, drink another glass of water.

Measure out the snacks for the day. If he eats all the nuts before lunch, that's too bad, he has to wait until the next day for more. On the other had, if he picks just one nut at a time, that small amount can last him all day.....

Veggies. I'm sorry to say but the veggies he likes are in the danger zone..... Peas and carrots are loaded with extra sugars. Corn is not actually a veggie, it is a grain, but again, it is very high in carbohydrates.

Fruits. Bananas are very high in sugar. Apples should be closely monitored. Grapes are not so bad of the 3, but if he can get used to eating berries such as strawberries, blueberries (loaded with good anti-oxidants) raspberries, and so forth, he can each much more of those than he can of apples or bananas.

He should not drink any fruit juices. Juices have had most, if not all, of the fibre removed so the sugars from the juice are almost like putting it straight into the blood stream....

Do you have a blood glucose monitor? If not, can you get one. He should measure his glucose levels before he starts eating, and then again 2 hours after the first bite. This will give him an idea of what foods spike his sugars and what he can safely eat..... If you can't afford a monitor of your choice, there are lots of generic brands available. I heard the Wal-Mart has some that are quite reasonable. Some you may have to pay more for the monitor, but the strips are cheaper. In Canada, we can often get the monitors for free if we buy the strips. Check out what is available in your area, and what your insurance covers.

Have you been to see a Diabetic Nutritionist yet? Make sure that the person is experienced in Diabetes Nutrition...... Not all of them are...... so it is important to fine one who is, and also to go back with the journals he should keep so she can also see what foods to limit and what he can enjoy.....

Instead of you doing all the weighing and measuring, teach him how to do it. Also, show him some comparables so he can see how much other foods (like tomatoes, celery, cucumber, maybe even cauliflower or broccoli or asparagus) he can have for the same amount of calories...... Eventually he may actually think about trying the other veggies because he wants to eat more food.

How many of you in the family? Would it be possible for everyone to take one or 2 days a week to walk slower with him. Just that bit of movement will get him started..... but he can think of it as one on one time with his son or daughter, and a date with you.....The rest of the week, everyone can walk, run, swim, or whatever at their own speeds.

If he doesn't mind going to a gym, there is another good place to start...... they have all kinds of machines and Nautalus equipment that can get him going..... Or go to a pool. It may take awhile to find some kind of activity he likes to do, but usually with friends and family to support and do it with him, he may come to like and even enjoy the time he spends with everyone.

Don't deny him the occasional treat. If it is someone's birthday, let him have a small piece of cake. If he feels he can never again enjoy a treat, he may just give up....... Just keep the portions small. And not a treat everyday. He should learn to plan for his treats so they can be worked into his meal plan.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. We cannot give you medical advice, but we can certainly give you the benefits of our combined experiences........

Wishing you much success.......


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10/2/13 11:38 P

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still go for that walk let the speeders walk as fast as they want..if you walk every single day with NO EXCUSES he will be walking faster in no time for sure!! maybe not speed walking but walking faster...and it's good to do it no matter how you move that he is willing to stroll now doesn't mean that in a month or so he won't be walking faster
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Thank you, I will go to the library tomorrow to look for that book.

I do ask him to walk with me but he said he only likes to mosey along and the rest of the family like to speed walk, I think he feels that he would be holding us back.

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check out at the library and read diabetes for dummies and they have a multitude of books with recipes..also here on spark they have the same and it's a team just for siabetics
learn to weigh and measure everything..portion control is a neccessity and will make it easier
move go for walks together but move if you do these things right now it is possible you can stave off diabetes altogether and wouldn't that be fine?? also know there will be times when it doesn't happen as people get notions and go all out one notion every once in a while does not ruin what you are doing start right back up next meal
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the lady mary

TODAY IS LIFE THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL

there is no cause when there is no effect km

i can do that, but not on a tuesday
for that is my day of thrust in the opposite direction -
off the starboard bow
over the hurdles,
and down the shute.

last is just the slowest winner. c.hunter boyd

people often say that motivation doesn't last. well neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. zig ziglar

if i stitch fast enough do


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EMMAMOONFLOWER's Photo EMMAMOONFLOWER Posts: 30
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Hi, I need help! My husband is prediabetic and he wants me to figure out what he can eat within the confines of what he likes, he does not want to learn to like healthier choices. I'm thankful he at least gave up the sweets.

Does anyone have any recipe ideas for me?

His diet mainly consists of meat and potatoes, bread, cereal and milk.
He does not like most vegetables, he will only eat peas, carrots and corn.
He does like some fruit, bananas, apples and grapes.
He does not like yogurt but will eat some nuts.
I have recently converted him to sweet potatoes and multi-grain bread.

Any ideas you can give me would be deeply appreciated, Thank you!

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