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    If one of the sweets your husband likes is ice cream, smoothies made with frozen bananas and some other fruit or frozen bananas and a tablespoon of peanut butter are really good. You could add a little sugar (or sugar substitute) and gradually cut back as his taste buds adjust to less sugar. (I used to gooble up ice cream in the summer, but haven't had ice cream in over a year since I started making the smoothies.)

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    we love tilapia and eat it often. we just bake it on top of some onions and sprinkle it w/ frsh lemon and pepper and lots of frsh crshd garlic. then have it w/ a side of roasted asparagus and some brown rice.

    if you have a trader joes near you - they have a frozen fish called turbot that comes spice and you just bake it. very good and fast and healthy!

    what about tuna and white bean salad for lunch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalwarrior2 View Post
    I hope he gets serious because sticking yourself SUCKS 4x a day.
    Yes, yes it does

    My suggestions for the diabetes:
    * cut out all juice period
    * cut out all alcohol: beer, wine, spirits
    * limit fruits and crank the veggies
    * avoid any diet foods: 'low sugar, low carb' marketed stuff and eat 'whole' if you can, better if you can cook from scratch
    * measure out proper portions and stick to them (he'll be grumpy and hungry at first but get used to it)
    * try to learn carb counting as well
    * portion control the starches and switch to whole grain (not whole wheat) versions. A lot of 'whole wheat' bread only has a tiny percentage of 'whole wheat' in it and the rest is processed white flour. If its affordable, then its a mix - if its pricey then its the real deal. (mix = $2 or less/loaf, better options up to $5/loaf)
    * eat 6 smaller meals/day vs 3 square meals with snacks- keeps his blood glucose levels more stable, less spikes
    * eat lean cuts of meat - can be any but its best if lean and if its the correct portion size/serving
    * always eat a carb/starch with a protein to slow down its absorption...eating a carb alone will cause your blood glucose to spike then drop making him feel worse.

    The goal with blood glucose control - is to keep it level and avoid any spikes or dips.

    Eating a bowl of plain oatmeal for breakfast every day alone can help you drop the cholesterol number as well as walking 30 mins daily. (even better for blood glucose levels if you walk 30 mins 1/2 hour after you finish your meal too)

    This may sound silly and extreme but if he's not willing to cooperate by willingly eat better and exercise - perhaps introduce him to someone in the hospital that has lost a limb or has gone blind due to poor sugar control. Seeing how it can affect someone - and potentially him if its not controlled now - could put a fire under his butt. Having volunteered with seniors - I heard a lot of not only how much the meds/supplies cost as well as the physical and emotional effects its taken from them. Its very sad. Every senior I've met with diabetes that waited too long before doing anything about it, has regretted it and missed out on other opportunities in their life from that one poor choice. Spewing info at him is one thing, seeing the long term effects is a whole other ballgame.

    I hope this helps - its whats helped me drop my #'s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libby View Post

    This may sound silly and extreme but if he's not willing to cooperate by willingly eat better and exercise -
    Thanks for all the tips. He has suspected for some time that he may be 'pre diabetic' but hearing it from a Doctor has made it real for him and he is willingly trying to make changes, where before there was less motivation. He doesn't actually have Diabetes YET, but he's been told that if he does not get his BS under control RIGHT NOW he WILL get it.

    He is in the cranky and grumpy stage, having given up white sugar this week. I am trying to figure out low sugar things he can have that will soothe his sugar addiction.

    RaineyDaye, thanks for the reminder on the smoothies. I did that last summer, made with yogurt and we both liked them. It's time to start making those again.
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    CH - the carb counting thing helped me BIG time with learning what had sugars and what didn't and how much. Being diabetic doesn't mean 'not' having certain foods but rather making choices and sticking with them - be it choosing the right foods and getting to eat a ton or choosing to eat junk and only a taste of it and not having room for anything else to help fill the gap.

    Example: which fills you more? 1/2c grape juice or 1c of grapes? Try to avoid the empty calories and fill him with fibre. Gives the fuller feeling and reduces cholesterol and BP too. Fibre is pretty good for every ailment it seems, same with exercise which can be a pain lol.

    Milk & tomato sauce were killers for me - We used to eat a lot of spaghetti and pizza - never figured tomato sauce to be a carb.

    Is there a diabetes clinic that offers nutrition counseling that you both can attend together? Helps him understands the limits and you so you can prep the food properly. Took my dad a year to catch on and stop being in denial but now his sugars are perfect and he knows what spikes him.

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    I've been ignoring my diabetes for years, and my doctor told me if I don't take care of it in the next 3 months I'm going on insulin, which I REALLY don't want to do. The problem is that type II diabetics have bad habit (ALL OF US) until that ah-ha moment when it just clicks that we have to do something. I've gotten really serious about controlling my diabetes, and it means one to two meals out per month, actual cooking instead of grabbing something easy, and exercise. Exercise is a must.

    I'm reading a wonderful book my mother-in-law sent me called "Tell me what to Eat if I Have Diabetes". It suggests that we eat the bulk of our meals as vegetables and fruits (although I avoid fruit except for lemons and limes because it hurts my BS). The second largest part of the meal should whole grains, and the smallest part should be lean meat (fish, skinless chicken, very lean beef.) There is lean pork, but I haven't found any that wasn't salty. For fish, there is very-low sodium tuna. I can barely taste the difference. Also, check to see what is fished locally, and you can sometimes get it cheaply. Tilapia and catfish are really cheap in the south, so I eat a lot of that.

    I use garlic powder and cayenne pepper as a salt substitute, but any strong flavored spice will do. Lower-sodium soy sauce (in moderation) is good, but it still has a good amount of sodium.

    I'm not an outdoors person, so I put an exercise bike in front of the monitor and watch movies while exercising. Swimming is a great exercise.

    Also, refined sugar has to go, completely. It's hard at first, because it's addictive, but "cutting down" usually means making excuses for why "a little today won't hurt."

    Also, I check my blood sugar before and about 2 hours after I add a new food to my diet to see how it affects my BS. I found out I can't have potatoes or white rice, but whole wheat bread and brown rice doesn't hurt me. It's different for every diabetic.

    Bread really should say %100 whole wheat. Check the ingredients for bleached or refined flour. That's bad.

    Also, I've been eating more veggetarian meals, which felt unfullfilling at first, but now I'm liking them more than heavy, meaty meals. I really hated vegetables, too, but the cravings for meat and cheese and salt only lasted a couple weeks. Now when I see bacon or steaks I actually feel a bit grossed out. Your body adjusts to what you put in it, good or bad.

    I also replace some of the protein in my diet with protein from plant sources. NOT those meat substitutes. Those are basically salt and chemicals. Quinoa is great for BS, and it's a complete protein. Rice and beans are a complete protein (not white rice).

    Replacing snacks with sugar-free foods can be more damaging than healthy if you do it wrong. Many sugar-free candies have as much carbs as regular candy. Assume manufacturers are trying to trick you, because they take advantage of fads. Always read the ingredients and nutrition info. The only sugar-free food I've found that works for me is sugar-free jello. It curbs my cravings for fruit and sugar. Also, by the time I've waited 4 hours for it, the cravings are usually gone anyway. Think of this as an addiction.

    In general, the closer your food is to the form it grew in or died in, the better. Sausage, commercially marinated meats, and pretty much anything packaged has a ton of salt.

    That being said, you can be supportive, but it's his decision finally. My husband fussed at me for years about my diet, which I love him for, but it took that decision time of my own to actually make a difference. I think the idea to remove any tempting foods from the house is great, and if you can modify your diet to match what he needs also it will help. If he feels deprived because everyone else gets "real food" while he eats healthy, he's probably going to be more likely to eat that "real food". Making healthy food the "real food" in our house has probably helped us the most, although my husband does come home occasionally with McDonalds on the breath.

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    I agree with Spirit Deer and Buffy871 to cut way back/delete the sugars, starches, whites. This will also help cut down on joint pain as this stuff turns to acid in your body. I'm allowing myself one processed white a day, if I want. Sometimes I binge and have two. But, as long as I keep to one starch a day, my BP and joint pain stays down. I have high LDL cholesterol, too. Red meat is the main culprit to raise LDL cholesterol. I love steaks, burgers, roasts with gravy, etc. This is really a challenge for me. Also, 50 grams (say, about 1/2 cup) of animal products a day is the most one should have. This includes milk, butter, eggs, etc. This is killing me, but I'm doing it. Animal protein includes anything or any product made with something that has a face or a mother. I can't eat pork because it brings out the arthritis in my back. No biggie, but I love ham. Miserable! I'm eating tons of dishes made with as many veggies and beans as I can. I can eat as much as I want without worries. I feel better for doing it, but it is a MAJOR challenge. I am more afraid of the side effects of drugs than I am of high BP and cholesterol. Right now, I take no drugs. The only side effect I am having is a nice slow weight loss.

    Make your own food! (You probably already do.) That way you know what's in it, too.

    Hugs to you and your family. I'm there and doing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalwarrior2 View Post
    Yeah just got diagnosed w/ BS. No juice as it metabolizes too fast. Green beans are great for blood sugar. Lots of veg.salads.
    Chicken and fish. some fruits. No sugar,very little rice or pasta. Dreamfield makes a pasta for diabetes friendly eating.
    If he's over weight he has to lose. He has to excercise. And you don't get over it. Telling him he killed his pancreas w/ sugar is a start.
    I wish him well. I hope he gets serious because sticking yourself SUCKS 4x a day.
    I also hope he gets serious, my sister is a bad diabetic, on insulin (needle/pump) plus she pricks herself. I took her too the VA hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and her insulin pump kept beeping it, because her blood sugar was continuously dropping. We ate and finally it started climbing after in 1 hour it went from 200 down while we were eating lunch 45 ( in the 15 minutes of eating lunch it went from 70 down to 45). that is scary.

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    DH had a check-up this week. His 'bad' cholesterol is way down, but his 'good' isn't high enough. His blood sugar levels were good. He has dropped real sugar and sweets, and butter but hasn't dropped any weight. I keep telling him he needs more whole grains and exercise. He won't eat whole grain breads that I bake or buy. So things are moving the right direction, but we still have some obstacles to overcome...
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    this thread is also helping me. thank you all. i found out that i have diabetes two months ago. so am still learning. i still don't get it all. sometimes i think i ate pretty good for my bs and it is high, sometimes i cheat and have what i shouldn't and it is lower....oh evay.....i will get it eventually......but like i said this thread made a lot of sense to me. thanks

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    Try making some granola with oatmeal and some dried fruit. I have made it with olive oil and honey.

    With the fresh baked bread try toasting it and putting some honey on top. He may look at the fresh bread differently.

    Over the summer I started taking a tablespoon of honey every time I craved chocolate. It really did seam to work since the whole chocolate cravings are gone.

    Try roasting veggies in the oven. They end up tasting sweeter. You can also make a smoothie and then freeze it. Then you have your own freshly made frozen fruit.

    I also like to eat dried fruit such as raisins, dates with peanut butter, figs.

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    He likes veggies and fruit smoothies. That's not a problem. Gotta watch the fruit though, as it has sugars.

    He's not supposed to be having honey (it's just sugar in a different form) or dried fruit/raisins (also high in sugar.)

    He does like his granola cereal, but it's probably sweeter than he should be having.
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    I have insulin resistance and have similar issues. Avoid all white flour, sugars, and starches. I do best when I try to focus on proteins and fruits/vegis with a very small amount of whole grain. For most people it is difficult to completely eliminate sugar. I have found that once I do it for a while it is easier- you don't crave it. But once you do have some again you have to start all over with eliminating it. I have a few muffin recipes that I use that have fruit in them instead of sugar (there is one with crushed pineapple, carrots and apples). You can use Agave nectar instead of sugar- they sell it at Costco and even many grocery stores. It is a bit pricey, but it has a lower glyceamic index making it better for your blood sugar level. Elminate the fruit juice and even watch the fruits. I eat things like an apple sliced up with peanut butter- so I have some protein with the apple since it is "sugary". Or I'll have some berries in some plain Greek yougurt which is super high in protein. Good luck- it isn't easy.

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    Nuts are a good snack for lowering blood sugar. I took up fishing as a hobby. After the initial investment it's free except for bait. Barley and quinoa is good for blood sugar control. Quinoa tastes like brown rice with a nutty undertone.

    This sounds odd, but you can find Nopales in the Mexican section of the grocery store. It's cactus, cut and bottled. I buy the type with peppers and onions in it. It's great for blood sugar control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
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    He does like his granola cereal, but it's probably sweeter than he should be having.
    Don't know but just a thought...........check the label on the granola.

    My sister was told to not eat granola and the 'granola bars' were definitely off limits as they are really bad for high cholesterol.

    What are his "ratios"...........which the Dr's seldom talk about with chol.

    Yeah, like another poster, I noticed the juice thing too.........that is a no-no.......spikes the blood sugar. (according to Oz)
    His website also has some good ideas for getting off it............

    http://www.doctoroz.com/search?q1=diabetes

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