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Okay To Have A Cheat Day With Pre - Diabetes?

Okay To Have A Cheat Day With Pre - Diabetes?

Okay to have a cheat day with Pre - Diabetes? A week ago my doctor told me I may have pre diabetes but that its nothing to really worry about since I was in the low range of it(she did not fully explain.) She also said i should focus on lowering my carb intake. Since then I have been making sure that i never get more than 30 grams of sugar per day and also... show more A week ago my doctor told me I may have pre diabetes but that its nothing to really worry about since I was in the low range of it(she did not fully explain.) She also said i should focus on lowering my carb intake. Since then I have been making sure that i never get more than 30 grams of sugar per day and also never get more than 80% of my daily value of carbs. I have been sticking to more complex carbs and vegetables and only eat 1 serving of fruit a day. So I'm wondering is it okay to have a little cheat day every 2 weeks with this? Or does that put me at risk of going into full blown diabetes? Update: Also to be clear I have eaten a healthy diet since 2011. I assume that my portion sizes were too large which is why i had higher blood sugar than normal. I also wanted to get another blood test since I have never heard of any warning signs of my blood sugar being too high until now and I take blood tests often. I... show more Also to be clear I have eaten a healthy diet since 2011. I assume that my portion sizes were too large which is why i had higher blood sugar than normal. I also wanted to get another blood test since I have never heard of any warning signs of my blood sugar being too high until now and I take blood tests often. I had a break day 12 hours before the blood test that told me I have Pre-diabetes which made me decide I should probably get a second opinion. Continue reading >>

Cheat Days | Diabetic Connect

Cheat Days | Diabetic Connect

I do on occasion, but to be honest, for me, its a slippery slope if I start doing it. So I try to be more careful and if I have something I am craving, I try to put it off for a day or so, to see if I can get past the craving. I agree we are only human and just cause we have diabetes doesn't mean we're dead we can cheat every now and then I believe I have more of cheat moments. I go ahead and let loose sometimes on certain things that I love. But I try to be good for the rest of the day to kind of compensate. I am not going to lie though, some days especially the rough days are complete pig out days. Then all I can do is do better the next day. No one is perfect right? Often if I really want something I'll go for it. I learned long ago if I try to talk myself out of it, I will eat something else, then go ahead and eat what I really wanted in the first place. I have also discovered that often the old food that used to be so wonderful, just doesn't taste as good as it used to to me as my sense of taste has changed. Also, like Joyce suggested. just a taste may be enough. I sometimes use the 1 to 3 bite method. First bite always tastes the best, 2nd not as good, and 3rd I may just skip altogether. I do. Once I got under control with metformin, my doctor gave me a diabetic day off. On that day, I can have whatever I want. I still don't over do it by eating a pack of cookies but I have real ice cream, a real piece of cake or pie. Sunday is my day. However, I change the day for all the major holidays. I do fine and only had a major spike once. I think it was the real caramel apple pie, ice cream and Christmas Cookies that did it. I did not care at all. I just drank my water with a spoon of apple cider vinegar and waited for it to drop. You are tempted to give in because you a Continue reading >>

Does Anyone Have A Carb Or Cheat Day

Does Anyone Have A Carb Or Cheat Day

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Discussion in ' Prediabetes ' started by trueblue , Aug 16, 2014 . Just curious if anyone gives themselves a "Cheat Day" where you have something you know isn't good. According to a lot of articles in Mens Fitness / Health mag its easier to stick to a stricter diet / exercise routine if you give yourself little rewards and have something to look forward to. If you try to give up everything you like for ever you would never stick to it long term. I will admit that I do and it does give me even more motivation to get back to the gym / diet etc the following day. For me it might be having a few beers at the football or sitting down on a Sat night to watch a movie with a big bag of Doritos and dip,,, Just wondering if having the occasional evil is actually counter productive or can you still have the odd treats whilst making sure I still am doing everything I can to prevent Type 2 in the future. I didn't do it to begin with but now I have lost 2 stone, back in a 32" waist and running miles and doing well in the gym I am refusing to think this odd cheat meal can be making that much a difference,, so does anyone else do it??? Once a week - homemade meat and potato pie (steak, kidney, diced potatoes, bisto, thin shortcrust pastry top) I began by testing until I had a sensible portion, leaving out the pastry. I am now adding back some pastry a bit at a time and getting good results. Initially, when I looked at my spike graph, I knew instantly which ones were Wednesdays! Now they are normal. I wouldn't call that a cheat Bluetit. I would call that eating to your meter, and flexing as your control allows. On a similar basis, I would say I don't bother with cheat Continue reading >>

Pre-diabetic Questionnaire!

Pre-diabetic Questionnaire!

Since this sub-forum is nearly dead:D, I'd like to come up with some questions for 1. Prediabetics and 2. those that were diagnosed as Prediabetic and later progressed to T2 or another form of diabetes. Hopefully, forum newbies and veterans alike will drop by and share their experiences. 2. For how long have you been prediabetic? How did you react to the news? What was your FBS at the time? 3. Are you still Prediabetic or have you developed T2 etc. since then? 3. What lifestyle changes have you undergone since your diagnosis? Please address the following, and add more or less info. as you see fit: - If so, how often did you do it when you started off? Do you still check daily 6 months or so since diagnosis, assuming you're leading a healthier lifestyle than before? - How often do you check 3-4 months since diagnosis? 4. Ever had a OGTT? Do you consider it important in ruling a Pre/Diabetic diagnosis for borderline high (near <125) FBS cases? 5. Do you ever have something sweet for dessert/snack, let's say once or twice a month or so? 6. Do you allow yourself to have a cheat meal once in two weeks/ a mini cheat meal once a week? How does this affect your BS, if you're still Prediabetic? 7. In what ways, if any, do you think your lifestyle differs from that of full blown T2 diabetics? 8. What advice would you give to newly diagnosed Prediabetics? 10. Any prediabetic pregnant ladies here? If so, please share how you're managing your prediabetes and pregnancy. And congratulations, btw! 11. Any additional info. you'd like to add. Diabetics are also free to share tips and advice, of course. Disclaimer: I personally believe that prediabetes lies on the spectrum of diabetes (excuse my non technical language), and a diagnosis of prediabetes should be taken as a diabetes diagnos Continue reading >>

Low Carb Diet Cheat Day Or Meals Is It Ok?

Low Carb Diet Cheat Day Or Meals Is It Ok?

Should you allow yourself a low carb diet cheat day or meal? It seems pretty innocent. But, will the cheat set you back on your goals? It might be tempting to cheat once in awhile. But should you really allow yourself a low carb diet cheat day or meal? Is it okay to have a low carb diet cheat day? For the obese, diabetic, pre-diabetic, hyperglycemic, or insulin sensitive The answer to the question: can I have a low carb diet cheat day? An emphatic, unambiguous NO!. Would it be ok to give an alcoholic a cheat day? Just a tiny shot-glass-worth of beer would be fine, right? Of course not. And would it be ok to give a long-time pack-a-day cigarette smoker a cheat day? Lets say Sundays are ok to have two cigarettes. Two cigarettes are better than 20 a day. Thats only two cigarettes per week compared to 140 per week. Whats the harm, right? Of course alcoholics and smokers shouldnt be allowed cheat days. And neither should those with a chronic disease like diabetes (or those that are on the path to type II diabetes). Sugar addiction should be treated like a serious disease much like alcoholism or drug abuse. Being addicted to sugar and high-carb foods is not merely a poor lifestyle choice for some people. There are psychological and physiological factors that may be responsible for the sugar addiction. Can a formerly prediabetic person who went low-carb have a cheat day? If theyve managed to reduce fasting blood glucose to under 100 mg/dl why not have a low carb diet cheat day? Well, why would they want to? Why risk having your blood sugar levels rise if you previously had danced with the diabetes devil, nearly becoming diabetic. Its a scientific fact that sugar raises insulin levels. If your body had been at one time, or still is, insulin resistant, its best to not have a lo Continue reading >>

2 Big Reasons Why Cheat Meals Are Worse Than Darth Vader

2 Big Reasons Why Cheat Meals Are Worse Than Darth Vader

2 Big Reasons Why Cheat Meals Are Worse Than Darth Vader Ill take two giant pretzels, oooh and that macaroni and cheese too.Aaand Illtaketwoslices of the deep dish pizza, a dozen pigs in a blanket, a chicken parm sub, and a tall Sam Adams. Dont worry, its my cheat day! I get asked all the time about my eating habits ESPECIALLY when Im out with friends or at a Nerd Fitness meetup. They wonder if Im going to pick the chicken and broccoli with iced water, and are often curious when I stray outside of the expectednorm. In their minds, its probably like watching a Jedi stray from the Light and cannonball into the Dark Side. Speaking of Star Warshow about that Force Awakens trailer ? Holy crap. Anyways, some would look at me, the leader of Nerd Fitness,and ask what my reasoning is behind my meal choices. Whats that? Ive strayed from the Paleo Diet and decided to eat a bacon cheeseburger with fries? I can see their minds trying to compute: How can you eat that garbage and thenturn around and tell people how to be healthy? Isnt that hypocritical? Others who know I run a fitness site might say something like, Oh, is this your cheat day? or Are you having a cheat meal? What theyre really asking is Let me guess, youve eatenreally well all week and then reward yourselfwith an unhealthy day of eating whatever youwantaka a cheat day. So I tell them: Itwasnt a cheat meal. In fact, I never use the term cheat meal or cheat day. I think we should all stop using this term! Just like the Dark Side can appear to solveall of your problems (Cast lightning from fingers? Do a force choke? I look better in black any way), cheat meals can seem like a harmless way to stay on target. However, the Dark Side has its own powerful agenda, subtly working its evil behind the scenes to take over your bra Continue reading >>

From Pre-diabetes To No Diabetes In Sight. This Guy Rocked It! + Overnight Steel Cut Oats

From Pre-diabetes To No Diabetes In Sight. This Guy Rocked It! + Overnight Steel Cut Oats

I’ve received many an email from people telling me what a bastard I am to mention weight loss as a benefit of eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. I’m always happy to get these emails because I like hearing different viewpoints. From what I’ve gathered, there are a couple of directions that people generally take on the losing weight train. There are the people who stand up for Big is Beautiful and any mention of weight loss stems from a collective societal dictation based on unrealistic and contrived views on beauty and acceptance. (Say that three times fast) Then we have people who for whatever reason are pro weight loss. Maybe for people trying to sell stuff it’s an easy market to tap; maybe some people are hung up on supermodels, and maybe some people just feel better after they lose a few pounds. It’s different for everyone, and everyone’s view should be accepted, regardless of your take. But here’s the thing. There’s not a fine line, there’s a line the size of the Grand fucking Canyon between losing weight when one is already healthy, and losing weight to save one’s life or to add a great deal of quality to that life. The conversation about losing weight for actual health reasons transcends any conversation about whether or not the topic of weight loss puts a damper on people’s confidence and self acceptance in society. For some people, there’s no angle or agenda, losing weight for them means going from pre-diabetes to no diabetes, having high blood pressure to normal blood pressure and having high cholesterol to perfect cholesterol. So for me, mentioning weight loss as a benefit of eating a plant based diet isn’t just important; it’s really fucking important. There are people who have turned their entire world around by dropping extra Continue reading >>

15+ Best And Worst Foods For Your Prediabetes Diet Plan

15+ Best And Worst Foods For Your Prediabetes Diet Plan

Worst breakfast: bagels, breakfast cereals, or bacon Highly refined grains like bagels made from white flour and cereals are bad breakfast choices because they lack the fiber that blunts your blood sugar response. (Besides, some cereals are packed with sugar; you have to look at the nutrition label carefully.) You can still eat these on occasion, but you should aim to limit these in your diet, says Jill Weisenberger, RD, author of Diabetes Weight Loss Week By Week. Bacon also shouldn't be an "everyday food," she says. "People think, 'oh, it doesn't have carbs,' but there are so many things about it that are not a good idea for prediabetics," she says. For one, it's linked to colon cancer, something people with type 2 diabetes are already at an increased risk of. Best breakfast: eggs and avocado Eggs are one food that Weisenberger likes to recommend to clients, mainly because there are so many ways to cook them. Besides being fast and easy to prepare, they're also a good source of protein for people with prediabetes. And while you may be nervous about the cholesterol, research shows that in the context of a healthy diet, eating eggs doesn't have a negative effect on your heart health. Avocado also tops this list because it's rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, heart healthy fats that have been shown to improve fasting blood glucose levels. Worst lunch: a deli sandwich Veering away from processed meats, including deli meat, is a good idea. In one 2010 Harvard review of the research, people who ate about 2 ounces of processed meats per day had 19 percent higher odds of type 2 diabetes, and 42 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease. (Unprocessed meats didn't up likelihood of either disease, the researchers discovered.) Sodium and nitrates in processed meats may impa Continue reading >>

Prediabetes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Prediabetes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Prediabetes affects approximately 60 million people in the United States alone. Left untreated, the condition can lead to diabetes and serious long-term health problems. Prediabetes can be stopped and even reversed through changes in diet and exercise. Get healthy by figuring out whether you’re at risk for prediabetes; knowing what blood glucose levels identify prediabetes and diabetes; having other medical tests done to monitor your health; and improving your eating habits. Getting Screened for Prediabetes The American Diabetes Association recommends that physicians screen their patients for prediabetes starting at age 45. As long as a screening is normal, you should repeat it at three-year intervals. Screening is especially important for people who answer yes to these questions: Do you have a relative with type 2 diabetes or heart disease? Are you overweight or obese? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have a sedentary lifestyle? Do you have high levels of triglycerides and/or low levels of HDL cholesterol, both being types of fats measured in a blood test? Do you belong to a higher-risk ethnic group such as African American, Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander? Do you have “apple-shaped” rather than “pear-shaped” weight distribution? This means your excess weight is around your stomach rather than your hips. For women who have had children, did you develop diabetes during the pregnancy or have a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds at birth? For women, is there a history of polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that may include lack of periods, infertility, and increased hair on the body? Blood Test Results That Identify Prediabetes Prediabetes is a silent condition: You likely will not experience any symptoms from it. But allowing prediabete Continue reading >>

Prediabetes Diet : Guidelines

Prediabetes Diet : Guidelines

In order to eat the best prediabetes diet for you to stop diabetes, there are some basic guidelines you need to know. There are three basic food groups: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar and need to be approached with caution by the pre-diabetic. By definition, people with prediabetes metabolic syndrome have a metabolism that does not tolerate carbohydrate foods. If you want to stop prediabetes and prevent diabetes, it is usually best to proceed with a lower carbohydrate prediabetes diet. It is essential to have all three food groups in your diet to have good nutrition. You should strive to incorporate some of all three groups in each meal with carbs coming primarily from vegetables. The amount and type of carbohydrates one should eat is a source of controversy and active research. Most of your carbohydrate calories should come from vegetables. This is an important key to weight management, and especially important for those with pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. Nutrientology does not support the old USDA food pyramid. The current food plate is a step in the right direction, but it needs work. Follow the Nutrientology blog for further information and discussion on this topic. Healthy carbohydrates. During digestion, sugars (simple carbohydrates) and starches (complex carbohydrates) break down into blood glucose. Focus on the healthiest carbohydrates, such as vegetables, nuts, other smaller seeds, and fruits. Many advocate whole grains, legumes (beans and lentils) and low-fat dairy products, however there is some controversy over these products. Not all grains and legumes are the same, and the preparation of theses foods can affect their nutritional value. Dairy also tends to be controversial. For example, low-fat dairy removes f Continue reading >>

Cheat Meals

Cheat Meals

I have been hearing a lot lately about "cheat meals" for diabetics. Of course the biggest advocate is Paula Deen, saying every Sunday she allows herself to eat anything she wants. On another forum in their blog section there was a post by a diabetic physical trainer who advises her clients to use cheap meals as often as they need them. One of the comments was written by Dianne Kress who wrote the Metabolism and Diabetes Miracle. She also says in Phase 2 she allows cheat meals. What do you guys think. Maybe it is because I am only on oral meds but when I cheat which is not very often my bgs pay for it big time. One cheat meal may keep my bgs 20-40 points higher for 3 days to a full week. How can this be good for diabetic control or good management. Am I missing something? I would much prefer finding recipes that keep me satisfied rather than going back to the old carb heavy comfort foods, I once ate. This is something I tried in the beginning, but it soon became all too apparent that it isn't worth it. When I had to spend the next 3 or 4 days working my levels back down where they belonged, I had to reconsider whether I really enjoyed the cheat meal all that much. I think this is a psychological issue based on the mindset that we be rewarded when we've been "good". Once we make up our minds that there are other rewards than food, we're halfway to the finish line. Or - maybe let low/stable blood sugar be our reward! When I was on vacation I did do cheat meals, but it was hit or miss with my bgs. After about a week, I knew I had to eat so I did eat some bread, potatoes and even dessert. But my bgs crept up and stayed high. It didn't take too long for that darn DP to return in the morning. I definitely think it was from stored glycogen from higher carb meals. Now, when I s Continue reading >>

Diabetes Cheat Day - War On Diabetes

Diabetes Cheat Day - War On Diabetes

One of the most searched terms seems to be Diabetes Cheat Day. I know there are a lot of folks who say you need a cheat day. A day, or a meal, during which you can eat anything you wantand then go back to a restrictive diet. Okay, I kind of understand that approach. But, if Diabetes does not take a day off, why should you? I have to tell you that has been my attitude for years and that has only been reinforced during the last couple of days. I can hear you now, What? No Diabetes Cheat Day? What will I ever do? First, remember that I control my diabetes through diet and exercise only. No meds. I wasnt always able to control it this way; I needed meds when I started my War On Diabetes, but was taken off of them by my doctor when I was taking less than the proven effective dosage. And, for those of you who dont know, I started with an A1c of 13.0. Okay, thats the background. Thats a pizza from Blaze Pizza and half of one of their Caesar Salads. Now, I had three pieces of pizza plus the salad. Approximate calories were about 680 according to the Blaze Pizza Nutrition Guide . Thats 160 calories and 15 carbs per slice. I had three slices for 480 calories and about 45 carbs. The half of the salad represented 200 calories and about 8 carbs. Total was 680 calories and 53 carbs. Did I starve myself? No. Was I hungry when I finished? No. But, I had pizza and salad! Yummy! Yes, that is one of the famous In N Out Hamburgers. That was my dinner. Just a hamburger. No french fries. No cheese. Just their basic hamburger and it was great! Calories you ask? 390 of them and 39 carbs. Beverage at both meals was unsweetened iced tea so nothing there. Pizza. Hamburger. My glucose two hours after I started to eat the hamburger was 80 [4.4]. 80! Not too bad. I did take about 12,000 steps yeste Continue reading >>

10 Common Mistakes In Diabetes Management & How To Avoid Them

10 Common Mistakes In Diabetes Management & How To Avoid Them

It isn’t a surprise that Type 2 Diabetes is becoming an epidemic in the United States. More and more people every day are being diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. If you or someone you know has just joined the ranks, you should know about the 10 common mistakes in diabetes management & how to avoid them. It can be overwhelming just learning the basics. This article touches on some of the mistakes diabetics make and some solutions to help you gain control of your blood sugar! 1. Not Keeping Blood Sugar Logs One of the biggest common mistakes in diabetes management is not keeping blood sugar logs. Diabetes requires work on both doctor and patient. Your doctor needs to know a trend of blood sugars a few times a day in order to decide the best course of action. Solution: If you are showing signs of “pre-diabetes” or Type 2 Diabetes, have your doc write a prescription for a blood sugar monitor and test strips. Test twice daily and keep the numbers in a log book. This way your doctor can see trends. And don’t think you can “fudge” the numbers either. Your Hemoglobin A1C will tell your doctor an average of what your blood sugars were over the last 3 months. 2. Thinking Carbs are a “No-No” It is a long-time thought that carb intake should be greatly reduced because carbohydrates are converted to sugar by the body. This has led to diets that are too low in carbohydrates and beneficial nutrients are lost. There are “good carbs” out there and diabetics need to know which ones to eat more of and which ones to eat less of. It’s all about portion control and moderation. So, go ahead and have your cake and eat it too! Solution: Look into eating from the glycemic index (see this article for more info on the Glycemic Index). The index tells you about th Continue reading >>

Diabetes: You Can Have A Cheat Meal And Stay Healthy

Diabetes: You Can Have A Cheat Meal And Stay Healthy

Diabetes: You can have a cheat meal and stay healthy You're at a party and cake is served. As a diabetic, what do you do? The good news is you can have your cake and eat it, the trick is to follow a balanced diet. Dietitian Leanne Katzenellenbogen tells us how. There are about 415 million people living with diabetes worldwide and three million are South Africans. By 2030 that figure is likely to increase to more than 500 million globally. Fortunately there are ways to manage diabetes, and diet is one of them. Make sure your food tastes good, otherwise it becomes difficult to sustain, says Leanne Katzenellenbogen, a Johannesburg-based dietitian. Eating and food are such a big part of day-to-day life. She adds that an eating plan should not be boring; instead it should be about keeping as close to what you like as possible (obviously within the parameters of nutritional guidelines). See a dietitian who specialises in diabetes they can provide plenty of ideas, suggestions or recipes to make food and eating a pleasurable experience, rather than one loaded with guilt. You shouldnt need to turn your world upside down over your eating plan. Rather fit it into your life while considering the guidelines as well. There are many myths out there as far as all diets are concerned, says Katzenellenbogen. With the technology we have, there is so much information available at our fingertips. But its not all good information and it can become confusing. One of the biggest mistakes a diabetic can make is thinking that you only need to avoid sugar. Katzenellenbogen says you also need to consider the effect fat has on blood sugar. What many diabetics dont know is that many people do not respond well to fatty foods and in particular saturated or animal based fats for example, fatty lamb di Continue reading >>

Do You Have A Cheat Meal?

Do You Have A Cheat Meal?

As a personal trainer, wellness coach, and competitive powerlifter, Ive worked in the fitness world for about 6 years now, amongst bodybuilders, figure athletes, and fellow powerlifters. There is one thing Ive found that most successful athletes, bodybuilders, figure athletes, and powerlifters all have in common: they give themselves a cheat day. You can make it a cheat day, cheat meal, or cheat snack whatever. The point is: you are not expecting yourself to be perfect 7 days a week. The types of people I mentioned above are all about their clean-eating nutrition plans, managing their body-fat percentages, and being highly aware of their calorie intakes every day. But they make sure to include cheat meals in their week. They make sure they are not perfect. They create a plan for fitting sweets and treats into their healthy lifestyle. As a wellness and diabetes coach , one of the goals my clients come to me with most often is the desire to have a balanced and healthy relationship with food. Eating healthy, clean foods is only one part of this. The other part of their work in their coaching program is to fit cheat meals in their week, and give themselves permission and freedom to enjoy that food without guilt. Here are 2 reasons why including a cheat meal in your life around healthy eating is important: Its good for your mind! How many times have you set yourself up on a new diet by telling yourself, Im going to stop eating junk food. Period! Im going to eat perfectly! This is a plan that is bound to end up in failure, because you cannot be a perfect-eating-robot. If you happen to be one of the few people on the planet who is immune to cravings, a sweet tooth, or that intangible need for a slice of pizzathen you are pretty cool. But most of us are notsuperhuman, and we d Continue reading >>

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