Watching what you eat

My Daughter is D, it’s almost a year since her dxd. she’s now on the pump…My question is, do you feel that bg is effected by the the types of foods you eat. I’m talking more about the type of ingredients, such as, corn fructose. I know some foods raise her #'s faster, but do you watch what types in ingredients are in foods?

I’m not sure about anyone else but when I see corn anything…I RUNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!
You do have to watch ingredients…there are a lot of hidden ones in foods

what would be some to watch for?

Hi Tara,
You definitely watch the foods and what is in them. You try your best to keep the carb intake low and not add any kind of sugars. Proteins and vegetables should make up most of what she eats with a few fruits thrown in there every so often, Cheses and cheese snacks are good for your daughterr, with nuts a close second there. Most definitely her blood glucose is affected by the foods she eats,

I try not to eat anything with fructose in the top 5 ingredients. I’m trying to be on a no flour, no sugars diet. I’m also trying some juicing anything to get my bg’s down.

You should speak to your dietician but basically you want to keep to foods with low glycemic index. I try to encourage my son to eat foods that won’t raise his sugar fast and if he wants a “snack” food I will give something like chips or an oatmeal cookie so it does not raise his sugar too fast like chocolate would. My son is a fussy eater but he has learned that things like Pop Tarts spike his sugar in the morning so we switched to things like toast or plain waffles with butter and a glass of milk. Basically anything with a simple sugar i.e. fructose, glucose, corn syrup, will spike sugar as well as foods that are already broken down like juice as oppose to whole fruit. However, our dietician told us let our son eat what he normally does and we have done that but my son has agreed to changes since he realizes he does not feel well when his sugar spikes (i.e. no more poptarts unless he is low and needs an extra quick carb snack. Hope this helps…

I don’t think anyone, a dietician included can tell you what to eat. (It would be nice if it were that simple!). In general many of us don’t do well with sugars and with foods like cereal, rice and pasta and many of us try to limit our portions of other carbs such as bread, potatoes, etc. But the best way to find out what does and doesn’t work for your daughter is to eat and test two hours later. If you find she consistently eats a certain food and is high two hours later that food may not work, or at least that serving amount of that food.

To answer your question specifically, yes, I’d say most of us have to watch what we eat and read ingredients. I’m assuming your daughter has an I:C ratio for her insulin bolus at meals. Reading ingredients is the only way to match carbs to insulin and correctly dose for what she is eating.

BG is definitely affected by the types of food I eat. I skip corn fructose and regular flour, but that being said, I’m a low carber, high vegetable, high protein eater. And I am a high energy person.
I DO eat pizza, 24 grams of carb - thin crust - once a month or so and I do multiple boluses for it afterwards.
But otherwise, no waffles, no rice, and I eat only low carb bread so I can enjoy sandwiches. I eat eggs, ultra thin ham slices. I take a strawberry when I am foraging, a spoonful of Ben and Jerry’s, and blueberries in small numbers.
I have found it easiest to make a list of my menus and stick with them. Then the insulin I use is also predictable.
When I go out I make it a practice to test at one & a half hours and give another bolus. Yes it’s early but always needed… I don’t know what other people & chefs put in the food. Believe me, until carb grams are given on menus, restaurants won’t get much of my money. Even their salads have sugar.