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Eating At Restaurants With Diabetes

Eating At Restaurants With Diabetes

How to keep your blood sugar in check when dining out. By the dLife Editors Going out to eat is fraught with challenges for people who need to watch their blood sugar. There’s the giant portion size issue, the unknown ingredients, and the “special-occasion effect.” That’s the way we tell ourselves it’s ok to make unhealthy choices on special occasions. Our idea of what constitutes a special occasion is pretty subjective. Here are some tips on making d-friendly choices in restaurants, by type of cuisine. What to Order at Italian Restaurants Italian restaurants can be full of high-carbohydrate foods like bread, pasta, pizza, risotto, and gnocci. Many of these combine refined carbs with processed meats like sausage and pepperoni, and batters or breading (think eggplant Parmesan or fried mozzarella). Things you can do: Ask your server to skip the bread basket for your table. If you’re going to splurge and have pasta, ask for it as a side dish and don’t eat more than the size of your fist. That’s one cup of pasta, or about 45 grams of carbohydrate. Order unbreaded chicken or veal baked with sauces like piccata, marsala, puttanesca, francese, or cacciatore. Other good choices include: Caesar salad with grilled or baked fish, escarole and beans, and minestrone soup. What to Order at Mexican Restaurants Mexican food can be full of carbohydrates with large portions of rice, beans, and tortillas. Things you can do: At the very least, limit portion sizes. Ask to have half your plate wrapped to go before you even start eating. Skip the rice; ask for black beans or salad in its place. If you love chips and salsa, take a handful and then ask for the basket to be removed from the table. Order soft chicken or fish tacos and eat the fillings with a fork, skipping the tor Continue reading >>

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes As A Food Lover

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes As A Food Lover

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes as a Food Lover Whether food is your comfort, your hobby, or your profession, gestational diabetes is tough. Here's what you can eat. [Photograph: Shutterstock ] In the first few months of my pregnancy, friends often asked me how I was dealing with life without wine, beer, and cocktails; without buttery pieces of toro at my beloved neighborhood sushi bar; without the various other foods most people avoid when they're carrying a baby. Early on, none of those things mattered much to me; I was too sick to crave much more than mac and cheese. Coffee and wine started to taste oddly bitter and flat to me, but it didn't seem that awful to wait 40 weeks to get back to enjoying them. My local bar always managed to serve me some creative alcohol-free concoction. (Pineapple juice and savory Cel-ray? Highly recommended.) I took advantage of California's citrus season, buying pounds of floral Oro Blanco grapefruits and tangerines for making fresh juice. Fruit never tasted better: I sent my husband on wild goose chases for out-of-season mangoes, and celebrated the early arrival of local strawberries by eating a pint every day. And I had ice cream: pints of salted caramel at home, cones of Bi-Rite's insanely rich buffalo-milk soft serve during walks around the park. In challenging moments in those first few months, Max reminded me that "at least it's an excuse to eat all the ice cream you could desire." (I never did convince him to ship me some homemade pints of this crazy chocolate number from New York.) But in mid-March I found myself undergoing a hazing ritual pretty much all pregnant women experience: you show up at the hospital with an empty stomach, get your blood drawn, and then chug a bottle of extra-strong Continue reading >>

Chinese Takeaway | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Chinese Takeaway | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community My kids want to treat mum to her favourite Takeaway on mothers day (Despite my offer to help them cook her a nice leg of lamb :cry: ) Any suggestions for what from at typical Chinese takeaway menu might be a bit more suitable for me other than my usual chicken chow mein and egg fried rice ???? Mat the honest answer is no as far as I would say. If her favourite was Indian then its a completely different matter as a lot of Indian food is completely fine. I tried making a low carb safe Chinese but only once. It was a complete disaster. The problem is many of the dishes are cooked in sweet sauces and apart from plain beansprouts things get pretty high carb very quickly. Even water chestnuts are 30g / 100g and 30g is about six bits at most. Chow mein has noodles which some people find they are quite tolerant to but not many. Curry sauce instead of sweet and sour is still a killer. Eat the chicken or the prawns out of S&S balls and leave the batter - what's the point you want to enjoy what you eat. So if you go you're going to take a hit. If you can walk rather than drive try drinking some gin or vodka before going as that may help you not spike! Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes #67

Gestational Diabetes #67

I've just been diagnosed with GD. I had it first time round, just diet control, skipped 2 pregnancies and here we are again. Pretty sure it's relating to my weight but I was checked early on in pregnancy and sugar levels were fine. I was just wondering which bread everyone is using. I was using white, got diagnosed (only this wk) so I got helga's wholemeal as it was on sale but it still seems to leave my levels quite high, not over just up there in comparison to everything else I eat. Can anyone tell me a really good low gi bread please. Having read the last thread on GD it's definitely made me adjust my attitude, and knowing I can get support from the lovely women here is very reassuring. I was diagnosed at 28 weeks, currently 31 weeks and just finished my first 2 weeks testing and keeping a food diary, in prep for dietician visit on Monday. My situation is slightly different from many of the women I've read so far, I had zero risk factors, am usually labelled as 'underweight' in BMI (am perfectly healthy though), and haven't put on extra weight aside from baby bump throughout my pregnancy. As you can imagine, a massive shock, there's been many tears shed and some very down moments. Guess my pancreas is just a bit slack and struggling to keep up. Haven't had to change my diet all that much, have had to increase my activity though. Find my levels change day to day even though I might be eating the exact same things, so it all depends on the amount of activity I do. Luckily I do have low fasting levels consistently - hope it stays that way. Trying to get over the negatives and focus back on having a wonderful birth experience and healthy baby. How is everyone else coping with keeping positive? It's hard when you get a high reading to keep upbeat for the rest of the day. Continue reading >>

Eating Out With Gestational Diabetes

Eating Out With Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes (GDM) can sometimes make you feel like you’re missing out. Missing out on a casual snack, a rich and creamy meal, that extra soda or that piece of cake you’ve been coveting. And GDM comes about at a time in your pregnancy when you’re probably tired and want to indulge a little. Annoyingly GDM is there, shaking its head at you, ordering you to put down the hot chips and put your hands where it can see them. By now, after looking through GestationalDiabetesRecipes.com, hopefully you’ll have noticed that there is in fact a whole lot of delicious food you can eat despite how you felt after your initial diagnosis. And yes, cooking with GDM does take planning and some re-thinking your approach to food, but once you understand the basics you’ll feel empowered and hungry! So managing your meals in the ‘safety’ of you own kitchen is all well and good, but what happens when you want to eat out or order in? Here are some helpful tips for approaching these kinds of meals. Article written by Lisa Taylor (GestationalDiabetesRecipes.com founder) and Natasha Leader (Accredited Practising Dietitian & Credentialled Diabetes Educator and GestationalDiabetesRecipes.com In-Kitchen Dietitian) “Surely it’s okay just this once…” It’s tricky to say just how often eating out should be done. It depends on the quality of what you’re eating and your overall health. When you’re pregnant there is more to think about from a food safety perspective, which can reduce your options and can in turn push you towards not so healthy options – unless you plan carefully. Food prepared outside the home is more likely to be higher in sodium (salt) and unhealthy fats compared to what you might make at home and this has implications for general health in the long t Continue reading >>

Can Diabetics Eat Lo Mein?

Can Diabetics Eat Lo Mein?

Lo mein is a Chinese noodle dish that often contains sauce, vegetables and a source of protein, such as chicken or tofu. If you have diabetes, the high carbohydrate content of this dish may make you hesitate to order it from Chinese restaurants, but it can occasionally fit into a healthy diet. Eat it in moderation and with healthy modifications to minimize the impact on your blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar levels that can result when your body doesn't metabolize carbohydrates properly. Consuming a moderate amount, such as 45 to 60 grams, of carbohydrates at each meal can help you control your blood sugar levels, according to the American Diabetes Association. One cup of vegetable lo mein contains 27 grams of carbohydrates, so assuming they eat no more than 2 cups in one sitting, diabetics can eat lo mein. But restaurant portions are often much larger than this. Diabetics should refrain from having large portions of steamed or fried rice at the same meal, since a cup of rice contains 44 grams of carbohydrates. Calories in Lo Mein Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight aids in blood sugar control. Consuming more calories than you expend causes weight gain, and a typical restaurant serving of lo mein contains 897 calories. Lo mein can fit more easily into a diet for controlling your weight and lowering blood sugar if you serve yourself a smaller portion. A cup of lo mein contains 165 calories. If eating a single serving of lo mein leaves you feeling hungry, order an extra serving of steamed nonstarchy vegetables, which are low in carbs and calories. Fiber and Protein Dietary fiber can help lower blood sugar levels, and lo mein is healthier if you make it with whole-grain noodles or thin whole-wheat spaghetti instead of refined chow mein Continue reading >>

Dining Out With Gestational Diabetes

Dining Out With Gestational Diabetes

Everyday Health Diabetes Gestational Diabetes Sticking with your diet plan in restaurants doesn't have to be difficult. Learn how to order healthy foods when you go out to eat. Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs for the first time when you become pregnant. As in other kinds of diabetes, gestational diabetes leads to too much sugar in your blood.. If you have gestational diabetes, you will need to control your blood sugar with exercise, a gestational diabetes diet , and sometimes with medication. But just because you have gestational diabetes doesn't mean you can't go out to eat. You just need to follow the same rules as you would at home and make healthy choices. "We generally recommend a diet for a woman with gestational diabetes that gets about 50 percent of calories from carbohydrates," says Kelly O'Connor, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "Good sources of carbohydrates are whole-grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits, low-fat dairy products, potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice. We try to have the women consume as close to the same amount of carbohydrates each day as possible," says O'Connor. One thing to keep in mind if you do go out to eat is timing. "We recommend women with gestational diabetes eat every two to three hours , which translates into three meals a day and two to three snacks a day. Putting a moderate amount of carbohydrate into your body every few hours keeps blood sugar stable throughout the day," advises O'Connor. You can avoid problems by making reservations that coincide with your regular meal times. Try to go to restaurants at less busy times so you don't get stuck waiting too long for a table. Some Tips for Dining Out With Ges Continue reading >>

Diabetic Food Choices At Chinese Restaurants

Diabetic Food Choices At Chinese Restaurants

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse reports that about 23.6 million Americans have diabetes. If you have diabetes, your body has difficulty processing carbohydrates from your diet, and your blood sugar levels are high. Many typical menu items at Chinese restaurants are unhealthy for individuals with diabetes, but some choices can be part of a healthy diet to control blood sugar levels. Study the menu and order nutritious items that can fit into your carbohydrate-controlled, healthy diet. Video of the Day Limit your consumption of high-carbohydrate Chinese restaurant foods such as fried rice, steamed rice, chow mein, lo mein and other noodle dishes. The American Diabetes Association suggests that most individuals with diabetes should include 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal to help prevent surges in blood sugar levels. A cup of rice or noodles has 44 to 50 grams of carbohydrates. Vegetables, chicken, fish and tofu are low-carbohydrate options. Increase Fiber Consumption Order high-fiber menu items to help control your blood sugar levels. Individuals with diabetes who consume more high-fiber foods, such as whole grains, fruits, legumes and vegetables tend to have better blood sugar control, according to a study published in the January-February 2011 edition of the journal “Endocrine Practice." Ask for extra vegetables in each dish, order brown instead of white rice and eat orange slices instead of sweets to increase your fiber intake. You are at risk for developing heart disease if you have diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. A healthy diet can help you lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your heart disease risk. Fried foods, such as egg rolls, fried rice, General Tsao’s chicken and fried noodle dishes, are Continue reading >>

Chinese Takeaway | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Chinese Takeaway | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community hi, its my wifes 40th birthday and she wants a Chinese meal, I never cheat with anything close to chinese but cannot avoid this, can anyone give me any ideas as to what I should order to limit the damage? I don't like fish.... many thanks if you can Chinese is a difficult one. You're gonna go high Andy so it's just gonna have to be damage limitation. I've checked on the Carbs & Cals app and there's no GOOD food I can find. The lowest are ribs or spring rolls, the highest was rice and sweet and sour things. I have just checked the Collins gem carb counter and it says; chinese greens, beansprouts, mange tout, soy sauce. From that I would prob go with something like chicken and mushroom, as I don't remember that sauce being too sweet. And maybe some kind of chop suey which I believe is bean sprouts. I'd prob indulge in a few duck pancakes cos I love em!! :lol: just maybe go easy on the plum sauce! Not sure though as I too have avoided chinese since I started testing. Go for chop suey, its just beansprouts with meat and some sauce, but no noodles in (unlike chow mein) Or chicken/meat with mushrooms/veggies, keep the rice or chips at absolute minimum and you should be fine. Happy Birthday Mrs Andy12345 :clap: :clap: I would've thought chicken satay would be lowish carb? Actually I was planning to make some for a dinner I have to host......hmmm.... good time to look into it. What about sqlt and pepper spare ribs and egg fu yung which is basically a turned over omlette witb meat in it . Duck is also good without the pancakes of course. I never have any problems finding low carb dishes at my local Chinese. They offer salads, meat and veg dishes in oyster sauc Continue reading >>

Managing Gestational Diabetes

Managing Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy when your body cannot cope with the extra demand for insulin production resulting in high blood glucose levels. Gestational diabetes is managed by monitoring blood glucose levels, adopting a healthy eating plan and performing regular physical activity. Effective management of gestational diabetes will reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and the birth of your baby. Your healthcare team including your doctor, specialist, dietician and Credential Diabetes Educator, can help you with blood glucose monitoring, healthy eating and physical activity. There are three basic components in effectively managing gestational diabetes: monitoring blood glucose levels adopting a healthy eating pattern physical activity. Gestational diabetes can often initially be managed with healthy eating and regular physical activity. However, for some women with gestational diabetes, insulin injections will be necessary for the rest of the pregnancy. Approximately 10 – 20% of women will need insulin; however, once the baby is born insulin is no longer needed. This is safe for both you and your baby. After the baby is born, gestational diabetes usually disappears. A special blood glucose test (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test) (OGTT) is performed six weeks after delivery to ensure that blood glucose levels have returned to normal. However, women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life and should be tested for diabetes at least every 2 – 3 years. If gestational diabetes is not well looked after (blood glucose levels remain high) it may result in problems such as a large baby, miscarriage and stillbirth. A large baby can create the risk of injury at delivery, caesarean delivery, Continue reading >>

Diabetic Guide To Chinese Food

Diabetic Guide To Chinese Food

How can you stay healthy and still enjoy Chinese food? You can do it by planning ahead, choosing wisely and watching how much you eat. Choose traditional food dishes that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and low in fat. Great choices are beans, peas, tofu, bean sprouts and dark green vegetables such as Chinese broccoli, choy sum, watercress, Chinese chives, Chinese yard-long beans and amaranth also known as Chinese spinach. Other Chinese vegetables that are rich in iron are Chinese mushroom, seaweed and black fungus. Go for the mung beans (green gram beans), yellow bean and black bean dishes for soup or desserts with artificial sweetener. Sweet potatoes are also high in fiber and very nutritious which can be boiled or made into dessert with taro and tapioca using artificial sweetener. Whole wheat and rye bread and cornbread are good sources of fiber and are good for everyone. Watch out for dishes loaded with lard such as moon cakes. Also watch out foods that are loaded with fat and cholesterol such as Chinese sausages that are made with pork loin or pork or duck liver and roasted pigs or pork or ducks. Lastly, watch out for foods that are high in salt such as salty duck eggs and salty fish. For some people who like dim sum, choose steamed dumplings instead of fried dumplings and should limit to 5-6 servings for brunch. Choose fresh vegetables that are steamed or stir-fried with light vegetable oil or simmer into soup. Vegetables and grains should fill up most of your plate, but leave room for some lean meat, poultry or fish. Be sure to choose stir-fired chicken with dark green vegetables and remove the skin instead of the fried variety. For something different, try steamed fish with garlic and scallion in light vegetable oil and salt. What's for dessert? It's h Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. I am seeing more and more of this during pregnancy these days and it is definitely on the increase, most probably due to our high carbohydrate diet and lack of proteins. Diabetes is a very common condition where there is too much glucose in the blood. Insulin (continuously produced in the pancreas) is the hormone responsible for lowering blood glucose levels. Insulin transports glucose from the blood stream into cells of the body for energy. Due to our poor diets these days, we are now putting ourselves at more risk of gestational diabetes and also type 2 diabetes, which can occur one you have had gestational diabetes. In pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones that help the baby grow and develop. These hormones also decrease the action of the mothers insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Because of this insulin resistance, the need for insulin in pregnancy is two or three times higher than normal. Insulin resistance can also be hereditary and if there is a family history of diabetes you have high chance of having insulin resistance by default. Women with PCOS and those doing assisted reproduction (IVF, IUI, ICSI etc) also have higher risk of developing Gestational Diabetes. Consequently, during pregnancy, the mothers body needs to produce higher amounts of insulin to keep her blood glucose levels within the normal range. If her body is unable to produce more insulin to meet her needs, gestational diabetes develops. After the baby is born, the mothers blood glucose levels usually return to normal Unfortunately many women think they can eat whatever they like during pregnancy and this also puts a greater load on insulin and insulin sensitivity, leading them to be at more risk of gestational diabetes. Continue reading >>

Dining Out With Diabetes: Chinese Restaurants

Dining Out With Diabetes: Chinese Restaurants

Chinese food is one of the most popular dining options in North America – many people will admit to having at least one Chinese take out menu stashed in a kitchen drawer. However, as is the case with most ethnic cuisine, America’s version of Chinese food tends to differ from traditional preparations in ways that make it challenging to incorporate into a healthy diet. People with diabetes need to be especially careful, because certain entrees are high not only high in carbs, but also in fat and sodium. More than Just Oodles of Noodles The great thing about Chinese food is the tremendous variety that it offers. You can eat healthy foods if you look closely at the menu and know what to pick. Steamed rice, veggie dishes, and soups are just a few examples of lighter options for people with diabetes who are trying to watch their calories and carbs. Even certain beef entrees can be part of your meal plan. For example, a 3 oz serving of broccoli with beef and 1/2 a cup of steamed rice from Panda Express has about 300 calories and 20 grams of carbs, an acceptable amount for most diabetes meal plans. Veggies are a staple in Chinese dishes and are much lower in carbs than starchy sides like fried noodles. Be creative and try bok choy, sprouts, shitake mushrooms, or eggplant as side dishes with 3-4 ounces of meat or tofu. Diabetes Diners: Keep it fun If you really want to order a favorite dish, be smart: focus on the flavor and keep your portions small. Many of the most popular entrees, like sweet & sour pork and lemon chicken, are deep-fried and therefore have higher fat and calories. Other favorites, like fried rice and chow mein, are often high in carbs and fat. One way to eat healthy is to ask for the sauce on the side and enjoy a lighter version of your favorite dish. For Continue reading >>

Helping Asian Americans Avoid Gestational Diabetes

Helping Asian Americans Avoid Gestational Diabetes

Helping Asian Americans Avoid Gestational Diabetes Latha Palaniappan studies tailoring treatment for different Asian groups Occupation: Epidemiologist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif. ADA Research Funding: Clinical Translational Award Gestational diabetes, or diabetes that begins during pregnancy, affects almost 200,000 U.S. women each year. Its one of the most common complications of pregnancy. Yet because of its seemingly temporary naturethe condition may disappear within hours of giving birth as the bodys hormones settle down from the tumult of pregnancyit can get short shrift in the discussion about preventing and managing diabetes. Theres no doubt gestational diabetes, left uncontrolled, is bad for babies. It can lead to macrosomia, a scientific term for large body. Macrosomic babies are often over 10 pounds at birth. That can lead to various metabolic abnormalities, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease for moms and babies, says Latha Palaniappan, MD, an epidemiologist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California. Birthing a bigger baby can lead to shoulder dislocations for the newborns, as well as more stillbirths. Big babies are also health risks for moms. Macrosomia means more cesarean sections, more vaginal tears, and a greater risk of hemorrhaging. For moms, the metabolic effects of gestational diabetes can be long-lasting: By some estimates, fully half of women who experience gestational diabetes go on to develop type2 . The causes of gestational diabetes are still not clear. Pregnancy leads to hormonal changes that can increase glucose levels and prompt the body to store more fat. At the same time, insulin production increases, unless the pancreas is unable to meet insulin requirements, as in diabetes. And finally, some Continue reading >>

Healthy Eating Guidelines For Women With Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Eating Guidelines For Women With Gestational Diabetes

Introduction Gestational diabetes (GDM) can happen during pregnancy as hormone levels in your body change. These changes affect how your body manages glucose (sugar). GDM makes it harder for your body to control your blood glucose and increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and other health conditions later in life. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, managing your weight gain and being physically active can help control your blood glucose and give you and your baby the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. Ask your health care provider to refer you to a diabetes clinic in your community. The dietitian and rest of the health care team will help you to plan a healthy diet that works for you and to have a healthy pregnancy. The information in this handout can help you to get started. Steps You Can Take Eat regular, balanced meals and snacks. Enjoy three meals and three snacks spaced evenly throughout the day. Include at least three food groups in a meal and two food groups for a snack. Eat one of your snacks at bedtime. A balanced diet contains foods with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Carbohydrates raise your blood glucose levels. Read on to learn which carbohydrates are the healthiest choices for you. Carbohydrate is found in grain products, fruit and fruit juice, some vegetables, milk and alternatives, dried beans, peas and lentils, and foods such as cakes, cookies, squares, candy and sugary drinks. Choose fibre-rich sources of carbohydrates like whole grain breads and cereals, and dried beans, peas and lentils. Fibre slows carbohydrate absorption into your blood. Choose vegetables and fruit rather than juice. Choose low glycemic index (GI) foods more often. Low GI foods raise blood glucose at a slower rate than high GI foods. See Additional Resources Continue reading >>

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