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Type 2 Diet for low income

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by iblemings, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. iblemings

    iblemings Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi,

    I am type 2 and have been for a while, I usually work overseas, where my diet is basically whatever is served up, now I am back in the UK and on avery low income.

    Can anyone give me some suggestions or point me in the right direction as to a suitable diet which is affordable?

    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum :) I will tag @daisy1 who post a great welcome post for newbies, lots of us here control our T2 diabetes with a reduced or low carb diet, can you give us a bit more info on what type of things you eat, any medication your on for diabetes and your latest results so we can tailor advicecto you. In the mean time have a read round the site, feel free to ask any questions we are a friendly bunch.

    Have a look at this thread below for ideas on a budget

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/low-carb-on-a-tight-budget.98749/#post-111614
     
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  3. Traceymac23

    Traceymac23 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Cooking from scratch is nearly always cheaper and healthier than ready meals/takeaways.

    Try batch cooking......a massive pot of veggie(or meat) curry, Bolognese sauce or soup divided into portions and then freeze or chill for later use.
     
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  4. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Welcome to the forum @iblemings Most veg is fairly cheap, especially if bought from markets. Eggs are good and can be used in different ways. There are cheap cuts of meat - pork belly is great.
     
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  5. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @iblemings
    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it both interesting and helpful.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 147,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
  6. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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  7. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Packs of chicken thighs - one Kg for about £2 in lidl - cooking bacon - I get mine in Tesco, also cheap, cut up with scissors it is easy to cook with a stir fry once you get the chunks about the right size. Fatty mince is a lot cheaper than the lean one, packs of frozen veges can be cheaper - even if you don't have a freezer, taking a couple of packs home and cooking them at once still gives you the saving.
     
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  8. MeiChanski

    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    you could try meal planning and freezing extras and investing in wholesale bulk for certain foods. I know wholesale fresh veggies and fruits are a lot larger in terms of size compared to the supermarket. However I love Aldi or Lidl for most things and always shop for offers. Theres an app called Comparasaurus which compares your item and price to several supermakets to see who has the better deal in terms of weight/price.

    I think morrisons and lidl do the wonky veg boxes for like £1.50 for 5kg.
     
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  9. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    When you cut out take-a-ways, ready meals, sweets, biscuits, cakes, sausage rolls, shop bought pies and the other junk foods, you automatically save money that can be spent on home cooked nutritious low carb meals.
     
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  10. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A slow cooker is a great investment too, you can pick one up from supermarkets for between £10-£15, Inexpensive cuts of meat turn into the most tender, melt in the mouth meals, and they're good for curries, stews, low carb chilli, "pasta" sauces (for eating with courgetti obviously) cook in bulk, portion and freeze or leave running on the warm function for days......
     
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  11. Flora123

    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Remember to check out the reduced section in a supermarket. Every branch is different and worth asking the staff when is the best time to shop. Then freeze or cook and freeze.
     
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  12. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    its possible to do vegetarian low carbing too. Full fat milk, cheese and lots and lots of lovely eggs are cheaper than meat proteins. Milk has some carbs in, so remember to count them.
     
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  13. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Fasting often works out to be quite cheap too...
     
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  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    There are cheap cuts of meat available, plenty of cheap veggies if you look around, eggs are cheap as is bacon.

    Look for marked down food in supermarkets as well.
     
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  15. Traceymac23

    Traceymac23 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    or 'Casualty Corner' as I call it.....all the stuff with damaged although not compromised packaging
     
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    Ronnie_dog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  17. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    This appeared in a moneysaving expert email a long time ago, so could have changed by now, but it's probably not a bad starter for ten, in tracking down the reductions:

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  18. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Weekend and farmers markets are good places to buy cheaper produce as well.
     
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  19. ejaz_hussain

    ejaz_hussain · Member

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    I need a diet chart for meals
     
  20. ejaz_hussain

    ejaz_hussain · Member

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    Very short intercourse
     
  21. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    @ejaz_hussain - If you have a look around the ofrum, there are many, many threads on diet. One man's ideal diet sheet is another many dietary torture.
     
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