Hey Bonnie...I learned a lot from the diabetic nurse at the local hospital. (my doctor recommended that I take the course, but it was 1500 dollars! I couldn't swing that, so she just gave me the info...YEAH!)
Do you have a good carb counting handbook? I carry two in my purse....one for ordinary foods, and one that has restaurant foods. I have to read labels on a continual basis....nothing is ever put in the cart, without me reading the label first...hahahahaha!
I am able to manage my diabetes just fine now....my afternoon sugar count was 109...a nice healthy level...
One thing that I learned is that carbs are not OUT of the picture...you just need to eat healthy carbs...and the RIGHT portion! I have a few little handbooks that list how many carbs that are in particular foods...
Now, since I am trying to loose more weight, I am leaning a little more toward the way Bill eats....more protein...fewer carbs...etc.. I don't know if Bill has sugar or not....Do you Bill? The items he listed are great for diabetics.
Newer studies have found that for the diabetic, portion size is just as important as limiting the sugars...here is a guide to portion size.
Meat should be no larger than the palm of your hand.
Most vegetables are 1/2 cup portions (the starch ones tend to be smaller in portion)
Most Cheese should be the size and length of your finger
Fats are limited to tsp portions
Some foods fall both into protein and fats
For women, each meal should have no more than 45 carbs....men can have 65....
At first, this seemed hard to follow...but they also recommend a 15 carb snack between meals....this kept me from being hungry...when you eat a carb, you should also eat a protein as this slows down the digestion of the carbs....neat little trick to manage sugar.
You can still eat the starchy vegetables, rice etc., you just need to portion control them, and include them in your carb counting. You learn to eat more of the foods that have a lower carb count, because their portion size tends to be larger! hahahaha.
Breakfast (I had to rethink my breakfast! And now lean heavily on the proteins because it keeps me from getting hungry.
I do not eat boxed cereals NONE of them....once in a while I will eat some oatmeal...old fashioned, but it can only be 1/4 cup...so I have nuts and fruit on hand to supplement...
No cookies, cakes, candies etc....but I'm experimenting with baking with almond flour and flaxseed flour....I believe it was Musket user whom posted some recipes on here using flax seed flour. I experimented with his recipe and made some really tasty bread sticks....i like things small, so that i can use it as a snack. I now have a recipe for almond flour pie crust...can't wait to try this.
I actually eat healthy and tasty meals and the weight is falling off...yippee.....my doctor thinks i can stabilize this blood sugar and get off the metforman!
About broc, you can also dehydrate it...