Where do you begin?

You mean to overall intack for the day? 1500? 1800? 2000? So If I were to go overboard to let’s say 2200 but most of it was on veggies would that have a negative side effect, or does it depend also on which veggies?

Is there anything I can have an “endless” supply of…and you better not say WATER! ;p

One thing you can do between now and when you see a dietitian is keep a log of what you eat and when. Note when you get up, when you go to and return from work, when you exercise, etc etc. The notes will tremendously help the dietitian to help you develop a meal plan. Don’t throw anything out, yet!

Just because you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean you can only eat certain things. It means you have to eat in moderation, in portions. Even cake is fine if you are doing everything else right! Just have it every Sunday or whatever.

Measure everything. Get a food scale. Learn what a serving of cheese looks like. Understand how many carbs and calories are in that serving. I found that some things, the servings are huge. In other, they are pitifully small.

I’ve only been dx’d with pre-diabetes for just over a month and this site (and reading and researching and asking questions and…) have really helped me.

Oh, one more thing. Make sure the dietitian you see is an actual registered dietitian and not a “nutritionist”. While the nutritionist may be good, she/he is not educated nor certified. I was shocked to learn that here. It was something my dietitian and I talked about, too.

Ummm I would say leafy greens, and colorful veggies… You can try to spike with those, but it’s really, really hard… I eat a ton of them, and they never affect me in any way. Raw or steamed. I have a lot of protein during my day, too… string cheese, and nuts, and Omega 3 fats. While they have some calories, they don’t spike, and you can enjoy in decent portions. They help me make up calorie wise for the missing carbs.

That’s no problem I can do even more of that! My favorite thing is steamed broccoli with a drizzle of garlic flavored olive oil, lightly sprinkled with italian seasoning, with a very smal pat of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” Mediterranean flavor–yummers!!!

Thank you Paula, I did not know that. Okay, I will. :slight_smile:

Hello Sweet!

Welcome to tudiabetes – an awesome site where you will get support and education from both “old” (or maybe I should say long-time members) and new members. I was diagnosed October 24, 2009, so I know exactly where you are coming from. Since my diagnosis, I’ve done everything – recording your bg#s is a good way to start, once you get your meter. And counting carbs — when you are looking at the nutritional labels, you want to look at the Total Carbohydrates. This will tell you how many grams of carbs you are eating (the grams of sugar is already calculated into the Total Carbohydrate). – you should start a log on every meal and snack you eat in a day, as well. This is beneficial when you see your doctor or dietician.

I agree with everyone’s responses — portions and moderate sizes is what you want to stick to. I too can only have 60g per meal and a total of 30g for a snack (and I can only have 2 snacks a day). I didn’t need to buy a food scale as I learned a way to “cheat.” For example, a fist or the size of a tennis ball equals 1 cup; or the palm of your hand equals 3 oz. and so forth. I will have to warn you about Olive Oil – while this is healthier, it is pure fat… and this can effect your glucose reading.

A really great website to go to when “eye-balling” your portion sizes is


Oh, and when you go out to eat with your family, see if you can speak with the restaurant manager. They are very well informed in regards to portion sizes to accommodate your dietery needs – I do this at times when I am not familiar with the restaurant (plus it keeps restaurants on their toes when it comes to healthier choices for their menus).

I hope these tips help you and please don’t be a stranger!! =)

Good luck!

I thought I would get my 2 cents in about eating. Whenever I go out to eat,I take 1/2 of the food home with me. Most restaurant’s portions will give me 1or 2 more dinners. You can ask for a take-out box when your food arrives and put 1/2 in the box so you are not tempted to eat more than 1/2 of it.
A scale is definitely a good idea to have until you are able to recognize the correct amount to eat.

I do the same thing. Take half (or more) of it home for the next day.

Welcome to the flipside. I see you like high intensity workouts so one other thing to watch out in the mix of what should I eat and what should I not eat is what is going to keep my bgs in check during a workout. You need to test during workouts because I have noticed that high intensity workout have unpredictable results on bgs, or at least they do for me and it could happen to you also. Other type 2’s can chime in on high intensity workouts.

I like to bike for an hour or more and sometimes I get to spinning as fast as i can and have noticed drops in bgs even down to low levels. I live by the rule of 15 which is 15 grams of carbs and check every fifteen minutes. So along with figuring out what to eat is figuring out how food impacts bg’s during excercise. So like other have said test often if you plan to work out for an hour or more at a time.

take care and welcome

yes there are ‘free’ foods but brocolli isn’t one of 'em sorry http://www.carbohydrate-counter.org/veg/search.php?cat=Broccoli&fg=1100

some free foods:
Bouillon, broth, consomme
Club soda
Coffee, unsweetened or with sugar substitute
Diet soda, sugar-free
Drink mixes, sugar-free
Flavored water, carbohydrate-free
Tea, unsweetened or with sugar substitute
Tonic water, sugar-free
Water: plain, carbonated, mineral
Lemon juice
Cooking spray
Cooking wine
Flavored extracts: almond, peppermint, vanilla
Hot pepper sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Gelatin, sugar-free or unflavored
Salad greens

try tracking the Total Carbohydrates per meal so you can see how your sugar is affected by your meal. even veggies which aren’t sugary have carbohydrates

Thanks for the link. I use ALL these things already so it’s good to know I don’t have to get rid of any of them, especially my clud soda! I love club soda, it’s the only thing I drink when I go out for a meal. :slight_smile:

Hi Rissa,

Thank you for the warm welcome. Right now, I’m just getting all my ducks in a row, and and prioritize what I need to tackle first. My biggest worry is the eating , of course and making sure I’m getting what I need on a daily basis without freaking out of having a panic attack. I’ll be calling my diabetic specialist today to see if tey have my appointment with the hospital set up so I can get educated sooner than later.

See, that’s what I mean, you’re the first person I hear saying Olive Oil can affect my glucose reading. Sigh.

I will also bookmark the link you gave me. Thank you soo much!!

It’s not olive oil itself… At all… It’s eating a LOT of carbohydrates, and pouring ANY fat on them. (Not just Olive oil)… Fats, combined with HIGH carbohydrate intake, slows down digestion. I am sorry that this has confused you. Fat, in healthy amounts, on salad… is perfectly fine. Do not let this worry you.

Thanks wil! :slight_smile: Yes, I love my high intensity workouts with lots of variations. Really??! So shouldn’t I just overload a bit before I start my workouts and then my blood glucose will drop? I’ve noticed everyone us “bg” and I’m still using the full words–hehehe

So you recommend I check every 15 minutes? Can I check if I feel different from when I started or should I set times first? I’ll be doing my fitness test on Monday, so I hope I hear back from you y then.


It’s probably best to test your blood sugar before you exercise, or to even exercise about 75 minutes after you’ve had a meal. If you find your blood sugar is lower than 100 at the time you started exercising, it is probably best that you have a 15 gram of carbohydrate snack, or maybe even 30, depending on the intensity of the exercise. You don’t need to, necessarily, test every 15 minutes… but if you are in the middle of your workout, and you feel any symptoms of low blood sugar (woozy, headache, confused and can’t focus, moodiness, feel cold and clammy, or even too sweaty and clammy, or a sudden change in body temperature), stop immediately, and test your blood sugar, and have a snack, especially if you are anywhere below 70). You should always keep hydrated, as well, during workouts. Sometimes, not being hydrated enough can cause higher blood sugars, instead of lower. With time, you will know what works best for you, as far as exercise and maintaining good numbers goes.

Really?! Okay. That sounds do-able. There have been times I’ve felt like that over the years when I’ve been exercising but never thought anything of it. I just thought I was exercising too hard or something. But I guess I was. :wink:

Being under hydrated can raise your level as well? Why? I’m not consuming anything so why should it go up?

Okay. Basically stick with the good fats and don’t consume too much–got it!

Reading the responses I guess there is really nothing left to say but “YOU ARE NEVER ALONE”. If may seem hard at first but I suggest you look at the what I love about Diabetes post to find some really uplifting points. Yes you have it but your life is not over. Try focusing on the good points and do not hesititate to ask question anyone on here would be glad to give you advice. Hang in there.