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Diabetic OH.............

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SylviaInCanada Report 4 Nov 2012 02:58

I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in June

I was given 3 months to see if I could bring the level down to "normal" level

I did it!!

I used the American and Canadian Diabetic Societies guidelines, modified to fit my special circumstance

I am lactose-intolerant ................... so had to modify the diet to make allowance for all the milk, cheese, yoghurt, etc that I cannot eat but that formed an important part of the meal plans.

I cut out all added sugar. We have never bought many prepared foods ............. but I make sure that any that we do buy either have no sugar or the lowest possible sugar

this goes for bread (I like a Multigrain bread), the mini pitas and bite-sized tortilla chips that I use for snacks.

The most important thing that we did is I went for the "plate method" of measuring what I eat.

It's simple ................... and OH, who does most of the cooking, does not have to either change his diet or change what he cooks. All I do is add 2 or 3 extra raw veggies to my plate .............. baby carrots, red, yellow and/or orange sweet peppers.

The plate method is ¼ meat or fish, ½ vegetables, and ¼ carbohydrate The carb is preferably pasta or rice, but I have ½ potato, because OH is not keen on either of the first 2, so I make it easy.

All this is based on a SALAD sized plate, not a dinner plate.

The amount of meat or fish is roughly equal to the size of a deck of cards.

I'm allowed 3 snacks a day, although I usually miss out the mid-morning snack.

I actually eat more over the span of a day than I did before!

My dessert is usually about 2 tbsp blueberries, a few strawberries and/or a few raspberries, topped with about 2 tbsp soy dessert.

All allowed on the diet ................ although they suggest topping the fruit with yoghurt.

I have lost about 20 lbs since June 15, am back within normal levels for blood glucose, and feel pretty fit. I'm currently losing weight at the rate of about 1 lb every 7-10 days, and the docs have advised that I stay with the diet as much as possible.

I'm not good at doing the exercise ................... arthritis and a bad back makes that difficult.



LadyScozz Report 4 Nov 2012 02:04

My OH has been told for the last ten years (at least) that he is "borderline". I know I'll have to keep an eye on my levels, as it seems to run in my family (females over 60!).

Lots of recipes on the internet.

Be careful with fruit. A dietician can give you lots of info.


PollyinBrum Report 3 Nov 2012 23:16

Many thanks all of you. It's early days yet he was only diagnosed a week ago so its all new to us.

Ronald I will try your recipe thank you.


ann Report 3 Nov 2012 22:33

I have just been told i have borderline diabetes.Was told to cut out pastry,sweet things etc.Dont eat these anyway.Dont have sugar in any form no cakes or biscuits either.Reason for this is my grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago aged 4.Think it must be in the genes as i had diabetes when i was pregnant and was told i would probably get it when i get older.Grandson has watch potatoes and pasta


Ron2 Report 3 Nov 2012 21:54


NB: I have used this mixture WITHOUT the raisins in lieu of a sponge mix and topped a pie dish of apples with it then cooked for about 20 mins @ 190C. Might try the mix without raisin as basis for a trifle using sugar free jelly but, wot about sugar free custard?

These quite nice.. They ‘travel’ OK so usually a couple in car on a day out unless I prefer Brack. The Muffins freeze OK as well.

You need Muffin Tins to make these – ordinary bun tins useless. I use Muffin Liners as well.


3oz sunflower margarine or other low fat spread.

One (1) small egg.

4 fl ozs skimmed milk

5oz PLAIN wholemeal flour.

One and a half teaspoons of baking powder.

One teaspoon ground cinnamon. Note:I like a bit extra. Sometimes I use mixed spice in lieu cinnamon.

A pinch of salt.

3 oz of raisins.


1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5.

2. Grease Muffin tins (or use liners).

3. Put the margarine (or spread), the egg and milk into a mixing bowl and beat well.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into the bowl. Fold in, then beat well.
Fold in the raisins.

5. Divide the mixture twixt the tins and bake for 20 minutes, or, until the muffins are well risen
and firm to the touch.

5. Cool on a wire rack.


Approx’ 30 minutes

NOTE: These muffins keep OK but after a day or so I like to warm them gently in the microwave. They’re also nice as a pudding with a bit of custard.

Dont 4get theres still sugar in these muffins due use of raisins but tis a natural sugar and therefore slow relase.


Ron2 Report 3 Nov 2012 21:50

Its a tuff life! I'm Type 2 since 2002. I lasted 10 years on a 'diet and exercise' regime but then had top start taking med. IF he wants to lead a normal a life as possible it's quite simple, he has to diet and preferably, exercise. Exercise is very good for lowering blood sugars (and blood pressure) good for putting oxygen into the body - cancers dont like oxygen.

Pastry, milky drinks, crisps, cakes, sweets, biscuits et al are on the banned list tho can have the occasional treat. Some makes of bread are high in sugar - even some wholemeal which is the recommended bread for diabetics. Breakfast cereals can be very high in sugar content - I use Weetabix and Full skimmed milk - no sugar added. Do be aware some fats can produce sugar! I treat myself to fried bread twice a year only. Spuds should be avoided as well. PatinCyprus is wrong to make pies for a diabetic regardless of not using sugar.

I make crumbles with SR Wholemeal flour, scottish oats, low fat spread NO sugar but a little Splenda, season with either mixed spice or cinnamon. I do not add sugar nor sweetener to wotever fruit I use - even rhubarb.

Will put a recipe in next post of mine

I've had cancer but regard diabetes as being just as bad. Had heart attack as well. Diabetes goes for kidneys, circulation, eyes, can give heart attacks, strokes, depression et al - t'aint nice. He should never walk around barefoot - any damage to feet can result in amputation.

Having said all this I am still active, weekly gym session, days out and some walking. Can still do the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey tho have to stop couple of times due knee probs - I'm nigh on 72.

If he's on FB I can recommend a Diabetes Group - which is 'Invitation' only but which started many years ago on the old Connections site - sister site to FRU. We give each other support.

Hope this info of use. Ron


Elizabeth2469049 Report 3 Nov 2012 18:16

If he joins Diabetes UK and gets their Balance magazine there are plenty of suggestions for suitable meals including puddings,

There is a good yoghurt from Irish Yoghurts, called Diet Yoghurt which unlike any other except the natural yoghurts is the only one I've found with no added sugar. They are fruit yoghurts so of course not sugar free but easier to keep control with. But I often can't find it.

Carol 430181

Carol 430181 Report 3 Nov 2012 17:52

It is ok to have puddings now and again, but as I was told just have a very small portion. I hate any of the substitute sugars so would rather go without.

More important is to go on a low carb diet, I have stopped eating bread, potatoes and pasta, and found it really helps to keep low blood sugars.

Carol :-)


PollyinBrum Report 3 Nov 2012 16:55

Thank you everyone............


Iris Report 3 Nov 2012 11:11

try the diabetes uk website, they have a lot of hints and tips on there. iris (who is also diabetic)


Sharron Report 3 Nov 2012 11:07

If you use Splenda and pay £2 something for the box,you can buy the same amount of the same stuff for 99p in Aldi.

It makes a pefectly acceptable cake.crumble.pie or biscuit but I have never tried making jam or sauce with it.


JoyBoroAngel Report 3 Nov 2012 11:04

try cooking with sweetners not sugar
you really do get used to it

good luck to him



PatinCyprus Report 3 Nov 2012 10:59

For a diabetic friend I have made both apple and rhubarb pies. I cooked the fruit first for a few minutes and sweetened with a well known sweetner.



PollyinBrum Report 3 Nov 2012 10:55

Help please. My OH has recently been diagnosed with borderline diabetes he is a real foodie. Does anyone have any recipes to share.......... he is especially fond of his puddings. In the first week of the new diet he has lost 3.1/2 lbs, but he is not a happy chappy.

Thank you :-S