Pining for Pasta and Potatoes

starch foods
I will be very honest with you, the first couple of weeks after modifying my diet, were absolutely horrible. In order to save money while waiting for the inheritance, I have been eating a very poor diet. My diet primarily consisted of lot of starch and processed foods which tend to be cheaper than healthier foods. The amount of starch I was eating will probably was about 60 to 70% of my diet. Examples include one of my favorites called smashed potatoes, and pasta dishes.

Smashed potatoes is where you boil the potatoes with the skins on, then smash them up kinda like mashed potatoes, but keep the skins on. Then you add grated cheese, spices, and either butter and sour cream or salad dressing. I usually used non fat Ranch dressing. I would eat a plate with nothing but smashed potatoes with the cheese for protein. Pasta dishes usually were some form of white pasta with cheese and maybe some meat, but no veggies added. Or a frozen pasta dish. I also relied a lot on the meal style soups.

The problem with this diet is I was not getting enough high-quality protein, or enough non starchy vegetables. A low-carb diet that benefits diabetics needs to consider the of a large portion of non starchy vegetables, good sources of protein, and a small amount of fruits with emphasis on berries, and very few starchy grains and starchy vegetables. Practically overnight, I radically switched up the contents of my day-to-day eating. Now I eat about 60 or 70% non-starchy vegetables by volume, and I limit my grains and potatoes to know more then one to two servings a day.

My main grain is my breakfast oatmeal which is much higher in fiber and lower and starchy carbohydrates then most breakfast cereals. I add 2 ounces of unsweetened applesauce and a large amount of cinnamon to spice it up. I also include ace vintage egg scramble and a bit of bacon to complete the breakfast. Almost every day, I eat a large home made salad bowl of fiber and nutrients. Overall I eat 6 to 8 vegetable serving every day, 1 to 2 fruits, 1 to 2 servings of grains and potatoes, and 3 to 4 servings of protein, and try to make sure I have at least one serving of protein with every serving of grain.

Even a potato is a vegetable, for the purpose of diabetes, it is best to be considered as a grain. In general, if a vegetable is starchy enough that you can make a bread out of it, a regular bread not a quick bread like zucchini bread, then consider it a grain. So potato bread is quite common and therefore it qualifies as a grain for the purposes of the diabetic diet, so does corn.

Not only was I going through emotional withdrawal from cutting so much starch out of my diet, I was also dealing with physical symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, lack of balance more so than usual, and a general feeling of low blood sugar even though my blood sugar was not that low. This is very, common when you cut back on foods such as pasta potatoes bread etc. I basically felt sick and like I was going to pass out at any time. I highly recommend if you want to modify your diet because you have been diagnosed with diabetes, that you make sure you have a glucometer and the equipment necessary to regularly test your blood sugar.

Otherwise you may find yourself reaching for sugar and starch because you feel like you are about passed out even though your blood sugar may be normal or even high. The other reason for getting the glucometer early on and doing regular testing is that you can find out which specific foods make your blood sugar go up high in which winds seem to tolerate fairly well. Each diabetic is still an individual, and though there are general guidelines that can help you with making the changes you need to in your diet, it is very important to know which specific foods are ones you really have to avoid.

Some people find they cannot tolerate oatmeal, others can tolerate oatmeal but not potatoes, and so on. By testing yourself one to two hours after you start eating, you can find out what fits and what combination of foods work best for your specific case of diabetes.

I will be adding a page of links for you to find more information about diabetes, and where you can find support groups online. If you wanted in person support group the best place to start is with your primary care physician, your local hospital, and your local mental health facility.

If you have any pointers or comments feel free to post them below.


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