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Wed Apr 13 17:11:14 UTC 2011

What should I eat for breakfast, I love plain cheerios & whole milk, I have not had any starches since 4/1/11
Asked By: sisterla  

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Diagnosed 4/1/11 BG 267, BP 120/80, LDL 136, AC1 12.0 Weight 196lbs, age 49. Meds: Janumet 50/500mg 2x's a day, Zorcor, I want to become a vegan but still eat fish. Do I need to eat starches?
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2011-04-20 13:43:35.0

Breakfast is a hot topic for people with diabetes. Talk about it with other members by clicking on the "Meet Others" tab.

Some people say they have to give up cereal all together because it spikes their blood sugar. Everyone is different so you just have to test to see how your cereal affects your BG.

As for starches, you are right that most starches will spike your BG. It's a great idea to replace starchy foods like pasta, potatoes, corn, and peas with dark green leafy vegetables and other low-carb, nutrient rich foods. Good luck to you!

Answered By: Lynn Prowitt
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2011-10-15 09:56:34.0

I have 2 slices of whole wheat toast,8 oz of skim milk, 4 oz of real fruit juice, and some kind of protein: meat, egg, peanut butter or a slice of cheese. I recommend you see a dietician and see what she says. Mine helped me see that I needed to eat some carbs for energy. My fasting blood sugar is 6.3
Answered By: caroeker

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2011-10-04 20:07:53.0

I have 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 slice of whole wheat toast with butter, that I made with Xylitol instead of sugar, one hard boiled egg and 8 ounces of milk and 3 or 4 strawberries. I was diagnosed in February 2010 with a fasting BG of 432 and A1C of 13.2. Now fast forward to October 2011 and my fasting BG is 82 and my A1C is between 5.3 and 5.8. I am off all medication except metformin at 500 mg once a day. I lost 40 pounds in the first 4 months and have kept it off. I eat fruit for every meal. I try to keep away from a lot of starches. I use stevia to sweeten my oatmeal and it is wonderful.
Answered By: geniel1

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2011-10-04 17:40:33.0

Every morning for breakfast I have pancakes made with Almond Meal. I buy my almond meal already made at Trader Joe's but if you don't have a Trader Joes or can't find almond meal for sale - its SUPER easy to make (its just almonds ground up until its the consistency of four). Here is my recipe: 1.5 cup almond meal 2t baking powder 1/2 t salt 1T sugar/honey/sugar substitute (whichever you choose) 3T olive oil 3/4 cup almond milk (you may use more/less of this depending on how thin/thick you like your pancakes) 2 large eggs Combine dry ingredients first then add the rest. Mix it up and put it on your griddle. If I know I'm going to be a little extra active after breakfast I will add some blueberries. Yum!! And of course, you can't pour syrup all over them so I use Whipped Cream on top and a dash of cinnamon (or you could use sugar free jelly). So yummy and my number is always in check afterwards.
Answered By: merriett

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2011-10-04 16:03:31.0

My regular breakfast is a cup of Puffed Kamut cereal (Arrowhead Mills - 13 g carbs) with half and half (lower carbs than whole milk) and 1/4 cup of berries.
Answered By: cjbenz

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2011-10-04 13:38:11.0

I've been a Type 1 since 1973 and I count carbs and base my Novolog insulin injection amount on an insulin to carb ratio. I stay away from carbs as much as possible and for breakfast I generally have two eggs, two pieces of toast (28 carbs) and margarine. My ratio is currently 15 carbs per unit of Novolog, but the ratio does vary because of illness (more insulin required), exercise (less insulin) and antibiotics (Z-pack, Clindamycin) which significantly reduce my ratio down to about 4 - 6 carbs per unit. The decrease starts several days after I begin taking the medication and continues for about 4 days after I'm done with the meds. The return to the 15 unit ratio is very quick (over about 3 days) and I have to be alert for extreme low blood sugars as I adjust the insulin dose accordingly.
Answered By: johnko704

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2011-10-04 12:04:47.0

Alas, I have been flagged. I stand 100% by my earlier post.
Answered By: kenhampshire

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2011-05-04 07:02:32.0

"kenhampshire" is on the mark with his comments...i don't know why anyone would FLAG his comments! it is TRUE that HIGH insulin levels cause FAT storage! it is a vicous cycle in us type 2's...i once had a so-called-certified-dietician give me a diet while pregnant that had me eating GRAHAM CRACKERS! i told her NO WAY!!! i would eat god-given fruit or veggies but no stinking processed crap graham crackers. my OB was going to "fire" me as a patient for not following her orders. i told him where he could go also! you need to gain all the knowledge that you can and be a step ahead of the game or you will be a loser. a loser of your sight, your kidneys, your toes, feet or more!
Answered By: lmnohos

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2011-04-26 11:13:55.0

You shouldn't eliminate carbs entirely, just limit them. I've been fortunate enough to survive with life supporting insulin for over 60 years, and since going on the pump over a decade ago, I've really come to understand the relationship between carbs and high blood sugars. I estimate the carbs at each meal (it's not an exact science) and dose accordingly, but unfortunately, lately, the fast acting insulin (Novalog, Humalog) haven't been working to rapidly. My doctor recently gave me the Symlin Pen to use just before a meal with more than 30 carbs, which isn't often, but I can do it if I want and keep my BS in a normal range and using half the regular dose of insulin. Have to keep close tabs though because there is a chance of low BS. It works for Type 2 also and has a side effect of reducing your appetite so it's worth checking out with your doctor, BUT make sure you use a diabetic specialist, not your General Practitioner/gate keeper. You still want to keep your carbs low because they put on weight, but on occasion, it can give you a little more variety.
Answered By: billhammond

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2011-04-26 09:59:54.0

Many type 2's believe the "whole grain" nonsense and are eating oatmeal and other whole grain cereals for breakfast. Many then add insult to injury by including "healthy" fruit. Stop listening to the experts and start looking at your glucometer. Most T2's cannot eat anything made of grain w/o their BG skyrocketing. As Dr. Phil says, "How's that been workin' for 'ya?" If you switch to a ham and cheese omelet for breakfast you will see your BG plummet. In fact, you may not be able to continue your Janumet with this diet--the Janumet may cause you great harm with hypoglycemia. I will also add that cutting meats (protein/fat) out of your diet is very questionable for any T2. A vegetarian diet by definition increases carbohydrates in the diet--exactly what your body cannot handle. I wonder what you've been told that would convince you to eat more of the one macronutrient that is destroying your body? Also, dietary carbohydrates drive blood glucose. Blood glucose drives insulin higher. Insulin is called the "fat storage hormone." Stop this terrible vicious circle and your weight management efforts will be greatly rewarded. Your body cannot lose weight because your high insulin levels are telling it to gain. Cut the carbs and watch the miracles begin... Good luck.
Answered By: kenhampshire

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