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    Question: Hello Roberta! First of all, Thank you for the spring cleaning tips--especially about the mattresses and pillows. I am way overdo in replacing those items, way overdo!

    Roberta I know that fiber is very important to a healthy eating lifestyle. Since changing this particular lifestyle, to the best of my ability to this point, I've noticed that I am visiting the bathroom more often than I would like. I believe I've identified the culprit, but I like that culprit very much. Should I add more protein to my diet? Should I reduce the leafy veggies? They seem to cause more frequent visits to the bathroom as well. I like protein, so should there be more addition of that quality? I've entered the trial and error arena of this glucose control process, which definitely includes my exercise program - such as it is, but I need help in the dietary area. As always I definitely appreciate any and all of your assistance in this strict balancing / control of glucose.

    Another quick question please - should I consider any of these appetite suppressors, otc, prescriptions, to control my appetite? Even when I endeavor to eat correctly during the day, these tremendous cravings do give me a problem! Any ideas please? Thanks again Roberta for aiding me in this quest - as stated before, it is greatly appreciated!

    Answer: I am thrilled that you are continuing on your path to better diabetes control! You are correct about the fiber and your trips to the bathroom. Most Americans eat about 11-12 grams of fiber a day and we should be eating 25-30 grams. You need to make this change gradually or you will encounter a minor stomach problem. Start slowly with the increased amounts of fiber and work it up gradually. You should already be getting enough protein since most Americans usually eat too much protein. The usual recommended servings of protein (when you have diabetes and are trying to lose weight) are- approximately 1-3 ounces for breakfast, 2-4 ounces for lunch and about4-6 ounces for dinner. You should also include one ounce for a bedtime snack. These amounts really depend on your specific size , present weight and activity level as well as your kidney function. You should request information from a local registered dietitian as well as your health care provider for exact protein amounts. Protein has little effect on your blood sugars and you can generally increase it if you are still hungry. Please do not rely on appetite suppressors for appetite control but continue to use your exercise and good food judgment. Tame your cravings with sweet summer peaches, plums or nectarines. Stone fruits are extremely satisfying, very healthy and delicious in the spring and summer. Try “100 calorie snack bags” if you must have a sweet treat since it is in a portion size. Keep remembering it is the size not the food choice that does most of the damage to your blood sugar. Always talk to your health care provider before taking any weight loss products or adding new foods to your diet.

    Good luck,
    Nurse Robbie

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    Food with Fiber

    Nurse Robbie,

    What other foods with fiber are good to eat?