Quick and easy munch-ables to control Diabetes

I have had to take a speed course in Diabetes to make sure what I eat won't make me ill. Even under instruction and care of my doctor, most of the legwork is up to me to see what my body needs.

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  • Cardboard has very little sugar or carbs. It's the perfect food providing a little fiber and won't spike sugar levels. Unfortunately, there is the taste issue — and that whole "swallowing" thing.

  • As a newly diagnosed type one diabetic, I was thrown into a world of cardboard and baked zucchini for dinner. It lasted two weeks. Then I moved to the phase where I had one bite of everything because there was just no way I was going to find anything to eat that fit all the criteria. That didn't work, either.

  • With more than a little research and productivity, I came up with a list of things I can snack on that won't kill me or leave me sneaking food and eating it in my basement office or the rec room. (Who left a cracker box on the floor? Dang those grandkids!)

  • Eggs

  • Yum. They say the white part is the best for us, but I love the yolk. I hard boil them and throw them into a baggie to go to work with me.

  • Cottage cheese

  • is a hit or miss for me. I am still trying out brands that work for me. Adding some pears or drained pineapple helps to make it not taste like..., well, cottage cheese.

  • Packaged meats

  • have very few carbs, and that is what I am trying to eliminate of late. Add a celery stick and string cheese and paint me pretty.

  • String cheese —

  • the part skim kind — is my new reason for living. Chew slowly and enjoy.

  • grapes

  • A handful of grapes works well. Not much more than a handful, though.

  • Rice cakes

  • Just the thought makes me roll my eyes. Find a brand or a flavoring that works for you — and there are many. Keep an eye on the carbs. Add apple pieces and a slice of cheese. Did I already mention to chew slowly? Chew slowly.

  • Carrots

  • They come in smallish-sized packages, and I keep them at my desk. With all that crunch, I can almost convince myself I am actually eating something. I have found that a small bit of dressing helps the carrot go down, but keep the amount small — just enough to remember what you are not eating and why.

  • Nuts

  • Everyone says to eat unsalted nuts. But holy Hanna! Talk about tasting like a two by four. I am getting used to no salt, but slowly. I started off by getting my favorite brand of nuts and putting a handful in a dish rag and burnishing the excess salt off. I got used to that quickly, and I am making the transition. I'll let you know.

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  • apple or a pear

  • An apple or a pear or a small helping of fruit works. Oranges are better. Leave the fruit juices alone. The sugar in them is killer.

  • Salads

  • with some chicken or tuna work for me. Add cheese, some pecans or almonds and a little of my favorite dressing, and that will get me through.

  • For me, the biggest change, now that I am a type one diabetic, is I can't sit down and eat the entire cake or the box of chicken-flavored death crackers. And while moderation can be fine for many, it hasn't really worked for me.

  • My challenge is to be proactively a little less than moderate. I have to drink more water or skim milk and eat like a man of 40-ish and not a dude of 20.

  • Listening to my doctor, watching my blood sugar, taking the medications when needed, and eating responsibly will be the life of me.

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Davison Cheney attended a university to became proficient in music and theater, preparing him to be unemployed and to over-react. Check out his blog davisoncheneymegadad.blogspot.com

Website: http://davisoncheneymegadad.blogspot.com

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