Good Advice For Everyone
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Here is some information from the Dieticians at the VA:

Eating Healthy for Diabetics
Eat 3 meals a day. Eat your meals at the same time each day and do not skip meals. Eat about the same amount of food each day.
Limit sugar and sweets. Eat less candy, desserts, pastries, and jelly. Limit intake of fruit juice and drink sugar free beverages such as diet soda, water, Crystal Light, and unsweetened tea. Use Equal, Sweet-n-Low or Splenda in place of sugar.
Lose weight if you are overweight. Most adults who have diabetes are overweight. Even a small amount of weight loss may help improve your blood sugar control. To help lose weight, reduce your portion sizes at meals.
Control your intake of carbohydrates. Carbohydrate is the main nutrient that affects your blood sugar levels. All the carbohydrate you eat is turned into sugar by your body. Your body uses carbohydrates as its main source of fuel. Therefore, it is important to control the amount of carbohydrate that you eat a day. Most people should eat about 60-75 grams of carbohydrate at each meal.
Common sources of carbohydrates:
• Fruit and fruit juice
• Bread, cereal, pasta, rice
• Starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, peas)
• Milk, yogurt, pudding
• Beans and lentils
• Desserts, candy, ice cream, doughnuts, and pastries
Be more active. Regular exercise is an important part of your diabetes care as exercise can help lower your blood sugar levels. If you are at risk for low blood sugars you should carry a sugar snack during your activity. The type and amount of exercise that is right for you should be discussed with your doctor.
Reduce your intake of high fat foods. Cutting back on your intake of high fat food can help reduce body weight and cholesterol levels. Reduce intake of fried food, bacon, sausage, luncheon meat, gravy, sour cream, cheese, egg yolks, and margarine/butter.
Increase your intake of non-starchy vegetables. Vegetables are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. Add vegetables to meals for variety and to help fill you up.
Eat more fiber. Fiber can help slow down the rise in blood sugar following a meal. To get more fiber in your diet, eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, choose whole grain bread/cereal and eat more beans or legumes.
Limit your intake of alcohol. Drink alcohol only with permission of your doctor. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach and drink only in moderation.
Know your blood sugar levels. You should check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. Blood sugar goals are different for everyone. Here are some standards.
• Before a meal: 90-140
• 2 hours after a meal: less than 190
• Bedtime: greater than 140
• Average blood sugars: 80-150
• Before activity: 150-250
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  Re: Good Advice For Everyone by bjcotton (Here is some informa...)
A question, Billy:

" Control your intake of carbohydrates,"Common sources of carbohydrates",Beans and lentils

" eat more beans or legumes "

On the one hand they seem to be saying eat more beans, on the other hand, they are saying be careful because they turn to sugar. Just wondering, as his nibs is diabetic, and he does love his beans and legumes!

"Eat 3 meals a day"

Geez, it's catch as catch can for him if it's busy in the kitchen.
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  Re: Re: Good Advice For Everyone by Lorraine (A question, Billy:[b...)
Great info Billy. THanks.

Lorraine, they do try and break it down to more simply carbs and complex carbs. Beans, whole grains and legumes and vegetables are complex. The fiber helps push it through the system with out too much absorbing into the body. Good for you.

The other thing my doctor has said, is that it is better for your blood sugar to eat 4 to 6 small meals( no more calories than you would eat in the standard 3!) than to eat three. Just graze your way through the day - but you really have to be careful with this plan not to eat too much and watch what you are eating!
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  Re: Re: Good Advice For Everyone by esgunn (Great info Billy. ...)
Right. That puzzled me for a while too Lorraine.
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