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premade diabetic meal plans?
can anyone give me some ideas here?
Mon. Sep 24, 2:10pm
Jenny Craig's meal plan fits the formula. The program director will contact your dr. to determine what calorie level you need to be at, & also how many grams of carbs. Meals are prepackaged & come frozen & dry storage. You suppliment the plan with veggies, dairy & fruit from the grocery store. I worked for JC for a couple of years (but do not anymore). I had many diabetic clients how were able to greatly reduce their need for medications. It may be worth checking out.
Monday, September 24, 2007, 3:07 PM
Thats insane 3:07! Why on earth would the OP spend tons of money on JC meals and then have to go out and buy veggies, etc to go along with her meals? She might as well cook herself.
I am a diabetic and have seen lots of dietitians and most of them come up with a basic meal plan:
breakfast - should have no more then 30 gm carbs and should be balanced, a protein, carb and veggie but no fruit or juice
lunch - 45 carbs and again balanced
dinner - is also 45 carbs and balanced
2 snacks at 15 carbs
If you do choose to have fruit choose to have something low on the glycemic index scale.
eat whole grains, lean proteins and lots of veggies. Limit the potatoes, and starchy veggies like beans, tators, corn and peas. Watch your sugar and use alternative sweeteners. You can check out the American Diabetes Assoc. and the website will give you tons of info on what you can and shouldn't eat. They will also give you recipes.
Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:45 PM
Oh, pone more thing. Keep in mind most premade meals are loaded with crap, sodium, and hidden stuffs. If you want to try some frozen pre-made meals look for organic and read the ingredients and CHECK the labels for carbs and sugar.
Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:48 PM
Thanks for your huge insult 7:45. I was just trying to throw out an option for the O.P. The JC plan has helped alot of people who may not understand the basics of nutrition, begin to get a handle on it. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to learn about counting carb. grams and make the necessary lifestyle changes all at once. It can be a step in the right direction.
Gosh, 7:45, you made it sound like I suggested some horrible, crazy unhealthy plan. Nevermind the FACT, that I worked directly with doctors & changed the lives of many diabetic people using Jenny Craig's basic program.
Like I said I don't work for JC anymore, but my undergrad is in Human Nutrition & my grad. work is in Women's Health & Nutrition. Some people find it worth it to pay for frozen meals (fyi, the JC program is low sodium & trans fat free) for a period of time to learn portion control. While, eating premade foods is not IDEAL forever, it can be a helpful tool to learning a new relationship with food.
Monday, September 24, 2007, 9:58 PM
9:58 I would think you being a grad of Women's Health & Nutrition would suggest the OP go see a dietitian, after all if the OP was diagnosed with type 2 her doc would write her a script for her to take the diabetes classes about nutrition which in turn would map out a meal plan for her as well as give her much needed info about how she should be eating. No Endo I've ever seen would ever suggest buying pre-packaged meals. First they are expensive and loaded with all kinds of things diabetics should be watching. I don't think 7:45 was trying to insult you I think they were giving pretty solid advice.
Monday, September 24, 2007, 11:50 PM
I think that "That's insane!" could be taken as an insult. If you read the OP's question, he/she is asking for a PREMADE, diabetic approved meal plan. So, I made a suggestion. I know from working with doctor's & diabetics & JC's plan, that it is approved for people with diabetes & has helped many, many people learn how to change their whole lifestyle. Just going to the store & buying up a whole bunch of frozen meals is MUCH different than following a specific program w/the help of a doctor.
I did not say that the previous poster's advice wasn't sound but it IS NOT exactly answering the OP's question. Asking about a premade food plan is alot different than asking how/where to learn how to cook as a diabetic. The OP may have a specific reason for wanting to know what premade plans could help supplement a diabetic's healthy lifestyle.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 12:26 PM
We are starting to cover Type 2 diabetes, and we would observe that the single most important thing that one needs to do when they have type 2 is to lose weight. There is no "best way" to lose weight- whatever is right for you.
Meal plans can be a great way to get started losing weight. It is not the ideal diet, but tailored offerings like NutriSystem can make it easy to get started. Again, the most important thing is weight loss.
Dr. Furhrman's Eat To Live and Eat For Health are ideal longer term diet plans for Type 2 diabetics. The research is starting to show that diets high in plant compounds help to reverse the symptoms and you can basically eliminate type 2 diabetes if you eat a diet very high in vegetables and legumes.
The interesting thing is that most doctors seem to have given up on weight loss as a real treatment of type 2 diabetes. But weight loss is a huge part of the solution and as we know on PEERtrainer it is very possible.
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