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    Diabetic Dancers?

    I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic, and I'm curious to see if there are any other diabetic Bhuzzers. I'd love to swap recipes/meal plans and talk about what works to keep your blood sugar in check. Obviously everyone is different, and I'm working under the advice of my doctors, but it's good to hear what works for others. :)

    I'm also especially interested in how you handle workshops. Many hours of sweat and physical activity plus a wonky eating schedule plus lack of availability of healthy food options seems like a recipe for disaster. I've always packed in my own food for workshops to reduce cost and have some healthier options, but now the foods I used to rely on for workshops won't necessarily work for me. What's your workshop plan?


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    As for recipes, check out Sparkpeople.com. They have a nutritional breakdown of all their recipes. I think they have a Diabetic section. I know they have low fat ,low sugar, and low salt categories........ Hope this helps!


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    I've been a Type 1 diabetic for almost 20 years now, using an insulin pump for 10. I started eating raw food about six years ago (I was vegan already before that), and it reduced my daily insulin intake from 50-60 units to 17-30 units. Now I don't worry so much about what kind of "diabetes-friendly" foods are around; rather, I'm always looking for good raw snacks. As long as I have some juice with me, I don't really have any problems with workshops - except for the fact that a pump is annoying to wear with workout clothes.

    My weekend gigs are where problems sometimes arise... I usually do several in a row on a Friday or Saturday night, and having to disconnect and reconnect my pump, and often stay disconnected for longer than I'd planned, can spike my blood sugar. On the other hand, I like to keep it "high-normal" on those nights so that it doesn't get low while I'm performing. It's a balancing act, but I always have my glucometer and extra insulin with a syringe, plus something sugary for the lows.
    I'd certainly be happy to share recipes, though my "program" is pretty unconventional, since I've been adjusting my own rules for decades now and haven't followed a typical diet for a long time. One bit of advice I can give is to find a good breakfast plan that doesn't spike your blood sugar at all, because you're NOT going to feel like attending a workshop after spending hours dealing with wacky sugars! So avoid the breads and juices and stick to proteins.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    I am not diabetic but come from a family of diabetics--my grandfather and dad were type 1. Four of my five siblings are diabetic--two insulin dependent and the other two are type 2 poorly controlled with medication and diet. I've been diagnosed with insulin resistent metobolic syndrome. In othe words--prediabetes. Because my genes are against me I am taking Metformin and following a diabetes prevention program through my HMO.

    The Metformin has helped with weight loss and lowering my blood sugar but it is a balancing act trying to keep it from going too low. I eat small meals/large snacks every 3 hours. If I go much past that I start getting shaky and sick to my stomach. So I keep protein shakes in my car and in my desk at work and always have yogurt, fruit, and veggies to snack on in the fridge at home and at work to try to prevent getting to that point. If I do get to the place that I am too nauseated to eat a hard candy followed by some protein helps.

    For workshops I bring a small cooler bag with stuff like cans of V8, banana, peanuts, a Zone bar or protein shake so that I can refuel during water breaks.

    There are so many good resources out there. Don't you work at Emory? I bet they have some diabetes management programs available that would be great.

    Take care and I hope to see you agains happy and healthy soon.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    I am a pre-diabetic. Taking Glucophage at the moment. I have been on 1300 diet. I also use my calorie counter to to make sure I do not go over. They do have very nice recipes there as well. I also have a book of diabetic recipes if you are interested.

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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Type 2 here. I am with bellyfina in that I don't necessarily categorize things in "Diabetic" and "Non-diabetic" food groups. I do look at things such as carbs, sugars, protiens and understand the balance which I need to stay healthy. (At the moment I have been carrying a little extra weight. My balance is different than when I wasn't. Also different when I am more active -vs- sedentary.)

    Raw foods are good. Cut carbs where you can although not all of them. You do need a few to remain healthy in the long run. Be sure to drink plenty of water, cut down on any added sugars (I still use real sugar in my coffee. It's my one consistent sin. I am not worried about it.) I also try to not eat a lot of processed food. Or at least food which wasn't processed by me!

    Exercise, meditate, get plenty of sleep. Those will help alot. And every once in a while, allow yourself to have a piece of cake! It'll be fine.

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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    for those who got diabetes at an older age...what were your symptoms? i'm worried i might get it soon. my dad got it around my age, and i feel like i'm at high risk for it. i'm going to go get tested next week and see.
    i know you are thirsty a lot, urinate frequently...but what else?
    thanks


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by tahiradancer View Post
    Type 2 here. I am with bellyfina in that I don't necessarily categorize things in "Diabetic" and "Non-diabetic" food groups. I do look at things such as carbs, sugars, protiens and understand the balance which I need to stay healthy. (At the moment I have been carrying a little extra weight. My balance is different than when I wasn't. Also different when I am more active -vs- sedentary.)

    Raw foods are good. Cut carbs where you can although not all of them. You do need a few to remain healthy in the long run. Be sure to drink plenty of water, cut down on any added sugars (I still use real sugar in my coffee. It's my one consistent sin. I am not worried about it.) I also try to not eat a lot of processed food. Or at least food which wasn't processed by me!

    Exercise, meditate, get plenty of sleep. Those will help alot. And every once in a while, allow yourself to have a piece of cake! It'll be fine.

    {{{HUGS}}}
    Hi Tahira,

    Totally agree. Foods are not really classified diabetic or not, really it is just about the amount you eat. As long as it is balanced and contains little of everything you will be fine. I think it is about balance. Cake once in a while should not hurt either
    :-)

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    Last edited by angelina; 12-26-2010 at 02:15 PM.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaabichic View Post
    for those who got diabetes at an older age...what were your symptoms? i'm worried i might get it soon. my dad got it around my age, and i feel like i'm at high risk for it. i'm going to go get tested next week and see.
    i know you are thirsty a lot, urinate frequently...but what else?
    thanks
    I hope all goes well for you!

    Dear OP I hope you get to feeling better too!
    I'm not diabetic, but it's probably a matter of time for me; since my Dad had it.

    I'm hypoglycemic, so I still try to make dietary choices, as if I am already Diabetic.
    I recently found a book that has some nice sounding recipes, I think it's called 'The low sugar diet'.
    I've noticed that most of the recipes stick to basic foods like fruits and vegetables.
    I've loaned it to my sister at the moment.
    Are there any recipes in particular that you are looking for?
    Soups, snacks, main course?
    (I remember it had interesting berry soup recipe with a touch of wine in it.)

    I do my best to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup!
    I know they have a comercial where they claim 'sugar is sugar', regular sugar doesn't make me sick and 'crash', like HFCS does!
    (((Hugs)))
    Last edited by gothique; 12-27-2010 at 02:53 AM.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by GenevieveOfAtlanta View Post
    I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic, and I'm curious to see if there are any other diabetic Bhuzzers. I'd love to swap recipes/meal plans and talk about what works to keep your blood sugar in check. Obviously everyone is different, and I'm working under the advice of my doctors, but it's good to hear what works for others. :)

    I'm also especially interested in how you handle workshops. Many hours of sweat and physical activity plus a wonky eating schedule plus lack of availability of healthy food options seems like a recipe for disaster. I've always packed in my own food for workshops to reduce cost and have some healthier options, but now the foods I used to rely on for workshops won't necessarily work for me. What's your workshop plan?
    My grandmother was type 1 diabetic and my grandfather type 2. Not sure which type you are.

    What does keep bloodsugar levels stable are to eat a balanced meal of protein, low gi carbs and fiberous vegetables ( perferably raw ) plus some essential fatty acids like avocado or flaxseed oil.

    It also helps to spread your daily intake of food over 6 meals, roughly eating every 2 or 3 hours. This helps avoid huge fluctuations in the blood sugar level.

    Also helps if you have most of your carbs during the day when you are active and less carbs/no starchy carbs and more protein and vegetables at night when you are not so active.

    But in general, keep a low gi diet that is balanced with protein/ carbs/ vegetables/ healthy fats because your body needs all that to help it function. Avoid sugar as this will play havoc on your blood sugar levels. And if you do get tempted with something sweet, match it with protein and the combination will sort of lower the gi.
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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Oh wow, this thread took off again recently without me noticing.

    I am doing much, much, MUCH better these days and even managed to lower my A1C down to near-normal levels within just a month of diagnosis. I'm one of those rare Type 1s diagnosed as an adult. I had some wonky issues as a kid where they diagnosed me and then UNdiagnosed me a few months later, so I'm kind of a weird case.

    Tahira, I DEFINITELY notice a big difference when I'm able to keep active vs. when I am not. With holiday travel and activities plus a nasty cold circulating through the family, December was a little rough. Getting back into the swing of things now, though.

    I've cut out all white flour and a lot of whole wheat flour, too. I'm experimenting with alternatives like almond and coconut flours, which has really opened up a lot of options. It's also amazing what you can make with good ol' veggies--cauliflower is a great sub for potatoes or rice, and I even found a recipe for a cauli pizza crust. Of course, any time I put anything in my mouth, it has to include protein. I can tell that my tastes have changed since changing my diet--I really don't crave most of the things I gave up, and when I have an occasional bite I usually feel like it wasn't that good to begin with.

    All in all, things are going really well for me. Since getting out of the hospital I've done two workshops. No problems at all with the first (single day), and only some slight issues with the second multi-day workshop, I think mostly due to a combination of less control over food (meals were included) and the fact that I was coming down with a bug.

    Somebody asked about symptoms. Because mine built slowly over time, I really didn't notice. But looking back, I definitely had something to drink in my hands AT ALL TIMES. I also just didn't feel good. Toward the end, my muscles hurt all the time for no good reason. But if you're concerned at all, please talk to your doc. If you want a little more "evidence" in hand before you go to the doc, pick up a cheapy blood glucose meter (Target's store brand is like $15). Test your fasting blood glucose first thing in the a.m. before you put anything in your mouth. It should be less than 100. If you check it at a random time during the day, it should be less than 150. I highly recommend doing this on occasion for anyone with a family history. PLEASE look out for yourselves--I don't want anyone to go through what I went through.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by GenevieveOfAtlanta View Post
    cauliflower is a great sub for potatoes or rice
    Good to hear you are doing better.

    I just remembered, apparently "sweet potatoes" are lower in GI.

    Brown rice is also lower in GI than white rice but from my understanding it has a very short shelf life. I know people who switched to Basmasti rice, but it is significantly more expensive.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by HubicRuzz View Post
    Good to hear you are doing better.

    I just remembered, apparently "sweet potatoes" are lower in GI.

    Brown rice is also lower in GI than white rice but from my understanding it has a very short shelf life. I know people who switched to Basmasti rice, but it is significantly more expensive.
    OMG Where I live with have loads and loads of basmati rice, but sometimes our cook makes those oily byrianis that I know I have to pass up. I ended up making my own. In any case I start my morning with whole grain bread and low fat turkey breast. Since doing lighter meals I feel much better. I also workout regularly.

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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    I am so glad you are doing better!

    You inspired me to ask my older sister (she's diabetic) to check my glucose levels, when she was down here in October.

    I think it was at 100 (might've been slightly lower).
    She said I don't have to worry, but keep watch of what I eat.


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    Re: Diabetic Dancers?

    Quote Originally Posted by gothique View Post
    I am so glad you are doing better!

    You inspired me to ask my older sister (she's diabetic) to check my glucose levels, when she was down here in October.

    I think it was at 100 (might've been slightly lower).
    She said I don't have to worry, but keep watch of what I eat.
    Gothique, it sounds like you're doing well! Definitely keep an eye on what you eat--as we all should! The typical American diet is so bad for our bodies.


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