Are you someone with diabetes who loves to try new foods and experiences, but struggles with how to manage your blood sugar levels in unfamiliar situations?
Living with diabetes can sometimes make it difficult to enjoy new and exciting culinary experiences, but it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of preparation and awareness, you can manage your blood sugar levels while still indulging in delicious foods. In this blog post, we'll be exploring how to approach a popular New Orleans-style dish that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Let's take a look at the Jambalaya. For example, we've got fish, sausage, shrimp, and veggies, with rice as the main carbohydrate.
The good news?
The veggies are negligible in terms of their impact on blood sugar levels, and the veggies won't contribute any carbs to speak of.
The bad news?
There will likely be oil or butter used in the preparation of this dish, which can make it high in fat as well as carbs.
Eating out can be a challenge for anyone, but it can be especially tricky for those with diabetes.
A meal with multiple courses, like the ones served at Brazilian steakhouses, can be even more challenging to navigate. Follow this little guide for handling a multiple-course meal while maintaining the normal blood sugars all Type 1 Diabetic deserve and should strive for!
Keep Track of Carbs and Dose for Every Plate
One of the biggest mistakes people make when eating a multi-course meal is only dosing for the first plate. It's important to keep track of the carbs in each course and dose accordingly. Preferably, you should pre-bolus, but at the very least, make sure you're dosing for every plate. Neglecting to do so can lead to high blood sugar levels hours later, which can be frustrating and even dangerous.
If your blood sugar is over 180, your body will try to excrete the extra glucose through your urine, which can lead to dehydration. This is because your body needs...
Eating out is a popular pastime for many of us. It's a great way to socialize with friends and family, trying out new cuisines (like Mexican) and enjoy a night off from cooking.
However, for people with diabetes, eating out can be a challenge, especially, when you eat in a Mexican cuisine restaurant. From tacos and enchiladas to guacamole and salsa, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from. However, many of these dishes are high in carbohydrates and can cause blood sugar levels to spike. But don't worry – it's definitely possible to eat healthy and delicious meals when dining out.
So let’s say, these are the food that is on your plate while at the Mexican restaurant. You have the steak, rice, the enchiladas, plantain, guac, and refried beans.
That’s a LOT in one plate.
But let’s break down each of these foods so you can have great blood sugars when eating it, starting with the carbs .
The steak has minimal carbs, but there is a decent...
Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years for religious, cultural, and health reasons.
However, fasting for weight loss has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential health benefits. There are several different types of fasting programs but Intermittent fasting has become a buzzword in the world of health and fitness. Many people have adopted this eating pattern as a means of losing weight and achieving better health outcomes. However, for individuals living with diabetes, there are concerns about the safety of intermittent fasting.
So, what exactly is intermittent fasting, and why are many people so excited about it?
Intermittent fasting is a process where individuals restrict their eating to a specific time window and consume all their day's nutrition within a short timeframe. The most common pattern is 16 hours of fasting followed by eight hours of eating. Other examples include 20 hours of fasting followed by four hours of eating, or 14 hours of...
Diabetes is a condition that requires constant attention, and one of the most common questions is where to put insulin pump sites, and where to inject to get the best insulin absorption in the body, while also considering where to put a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).
While there isn’t a ‘best’ answer for everyone, here’s a few options for you to consider:
The abdomen is a common site for insulin injections that many people with diabetes choose. It is easy to access and often less painful than other sites due to protection by fat, greater surface area, and less muscle. However, it is essential to recognize that putting in an insulin pump site or a CGM can be different. While insulin pump sites have a cannula that can create scar tissue, a CGM will not leave scar tissue because there is no liquid going through it. The abdomen has more real estate than most people think. It is possible to alternate sides and work up and down, making six sites...
Living with diabetes is not an easy feat, and one of the most challenging aspects of it is dealing with low blood sugar. It can be frustrating and dangerous, especially when it strikes in the middle of the night.
Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia as when the concentration of sugar in the bloodstream falls below the amount that the body needs to optimally run. Typically, hypoglycemia is classified when blood sugar levels are under 70 mg/dL, and moderate to severe hypoglycemia can occur when levels are under 55 mg/dL. Symptoms of low blood sugar can include sweating, feeling starving like you’re gonna eat everything, shaky, confusion, and anxiety.
Many common snacks are regarded as junk food - however, in some situations, those snacks are the BEST for treating low blood sugars. Lets go through some foods that are good for keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
While some people may not like the taste of candy corn, its high sugar and corn...
If you’re a chocolate lover, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are also a fan of the brownie. But if you’re trying to manage your blood sugar levels, you’ve probably been wary of indulging.
As a person living with diabetes, it can be challenging to indulge in your favorite desserts without worrying about the impact on your blood sugar levels. However, there are ways to enjoy sweet treats like the triple-decker brownie without compromising your health.
The triple-decker brownie is a three-layered dessert that consists of a brownie, cookie dough, and a cookie. Sounds kind of crazy, right? Like something you wouldn't normally see a person with diabetes eating? Well, periodically, it is fine to indulge. Now, onto the fun: how to consider dosing for it and assessing the food.
Firstly, the bottom layer of the brownie, which is the largest layer, assuming a standard serving size, which can vary from 2-4 ounces, the bottom layer of the brownie may contain around...
Pancakes are a favorite when it comes to breakfast foods, and I know you are probably wondering, ‘can diabetics eat pancakes?’
Well, I have good news for you! Yes! You don’t have to give up your favorite breakfast just because you got diagnosed with diabetes. If you're living with diabetes, you know that managing your blood sugar can be a daily challenge. And if you love food, that challenge can feel even greater. But that doesn't mean you have to give up delicious food. In fact, with a little planning and knowledge, you can enjoy just about any food, even giant pancakes.
Here are some tips on how to eat your favorite pancake without sending your blood sugar through the roof.
1. Figure out the carb count.
After all, as someone with diabetes, you're probably already familiar with the importance of counting carbs and dosing insulin accordingly. For example, an enormous blueberry pancake is estimated to be equivalent to about four regular...
Are you ready for some delicious dim sum?
If you're living with diabetes, eating out can be a daunting task, but don't let that stop you from enjoying amazing food like this. With a few simple tips, you can confidently navigate a meal like dim sum and keep your blood sugars under control.
First and foremost, be mindful of the little plates.
With so many options, it's easy to lose track of what you've eaten and when. To avoid forgetting insulin, remember to dose every time you have a different course. This will help you stay on top of your blood sugars and avoid any unpleasant spikes.
Pay attention to the fat and protein in your food.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine, dishes that are high in fat and protein, like meat and seafood dishes, can be particularly flavorful and satisfying. It's also important to be mindful of the carbohydrate content of your meal, as carbohydrates can have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. When consuming a meal that contains...
There’s a LOT of things that suck when it comes to diabetes... and one of them is getting HIGH BLOOD SUGARS!
High blood sugar can make you feel terrible, zap your energy, and leave you feeling like you can't do anything. But there is a way to break through this feeling and learn how to not let it bother you anymore.
Let me share with you a technique that can change your life when it comes to dealing with high blood sugar.
When your blood sugar is high, it can feel like you're on a physical and emotional roller coaster, and it's not a fun ride. But there is a way to get off that roller coaster and start feeling better.
We call it the ARM technique, which stands for acknowledge, respond, move on.
Let’s break down each letter of the acronym.
First, ACKNOWLEDGE your blood sugar level. Don't panic or get upset if it's not where you want it to be. Just accept it for what it is and move on to the next step.
Next, RESPOND to your blood sugar level. Figure...