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Diabetes and Grocery Shopping

September 12th, 2007 at 06:30 pm

Once I found out I had diabetes my shopping thrift went out the window. Now that I have calmed down somewhat I have to think about how to pair down the diet without sacrificing nutritional needs.

I have eliminated sugar from my diet. Guess what? Sugar is cheap. Splenda and Stevia are expensive.

I have eliminated many carbohydrates from my diet. Guess what? Those were my stock up items.

Goal - to again develop a pantry system that saves healthy foods and complex carbohydrates.

Goal - to have a Cook Ahead day, where I cook meals that can be frozen as lunch or dinners.

Goal - start a small garden - I need salad stuff, and fresh salad seems very important in this new life style.

4 Responses to “Diabetes and Grocery Shopping”

  1. fern Says:

    Eating healthy is hard enough without the complications of diabetes.

    Have you gotten a glycemic index conversion chart yet? You can find and print one off the web. It rates all foods and how quickly their glucose converts to sugar. So foods like pure sugar, breads and pasta would have high gylcemic ratings. Carrots and beets, too, i understand, while whole wheat products andmany fruits/veggies would have low values.

  2. miz pat Says:

    I'm aware of the glycemic index and I've learned to my consternation that carrots run riot with my blood sugar.

    Also, fruits like apples, peaches, etc. are hard on my sugar, but I can eat berries as dessert.

    Popcorn, unfortunately, is listed as worse than table sugar for impacting blood sugar.

    I now use brown rice, instead of white rice, and eat smaller portions of potatoes or no potatoes at all.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    We eat much as you do and have found that the best budget savers in the grocery department, is buying the cheap chicken hindquarters and the cheap turkey legs and eggs. I fill in with other proteins but those two are my staples. The cheaper pork roasts are okay in price as well, if you can find ones that haven't been injected to "enhance" flavor. Enhance meaning shooting it up with MSG and sugar. If they have a really good sale on salmon I'll buy one or two whole fish and they will fillet or steak them for free and then I freeze them for future use. I am currently saving up surplus money to buy a half a beef and then I will be able to have fairly inexpensive beef options as well.

    As for veggies, we have some good farm stands that I use along with the sales at the store, and I do grow my own greens and such. One fairly good and cheap low glycemic vegetable is the lowly cabbage. Full of good vitamins and minerals, too. And broccoli and cauliflower are in season now, and cheap, too. I don't really like cauliflower but if I cook it along with the broccoli it picks up the flavor and then its pretty good.

  4. miz pat Says:

    Wow, thanks. I know I wait for boneless skinless chicken to go on sale, as well as steak and then stock up on those items. I have used cabbage in salads, but hadn't thought of it as a vegetable and I love broccoli, so this is very useful for me.

    My husband has congestive heart failure, so i look for skinless chicken and lower fat options - steaks I prep by trimming the fat and then barbecuing.

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