The Yogurt Trick...

Yogurt Cups... - Yogurt Cups...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
November 23, 2008 7:52am CST
As some ppl know, I’m diabetic and I control it with how I eat. I have been diabetic for 13 years and have not had to go on medication as of yet (knock on wood). The way I control it is to eat something every 3 hours. I don’t need much, just enough to keep my sugar stable. My only problem is that I tend to eat more than I actually need. Well, I’ve solved the problem. Over the years, I’ve eaten yogurt. It comes in little cups with lids (just like in the pic included). I’ve saved those cups and have about 20-30 of them. They are 6oz. Cups, which is what one-cup in my measuring cup is. I’ve made up several yogurt cups with meals or desserts and keep them in the fridge. Every 3 hours I grab one. I can pick between a meal or a dessert. It not only fills me up, it also keeps me from eating more than I should. They are easy to clean, I can take them with me if I go somewhere and as for marking them. I have some that have regular lids that I use for the meal ones and some that have the lids for the light yogurt, which I use for the desserts. The light yogurt lids are white and the regular lids are colored. It’s been working really well for me. When I make us dinner I just take the leftovers and put them in the cups and into the fridge. Right now I have 2 with Mac and cheese (my treat for the week) and 2 with chicken and rice. I also have 2 Jell-O ones and 2 applesauce ones. I’m making chicken soup this week and I’ll be putting some of that in them as well. You can heat in them but you want to be careful not to leave it in the microwave too long. I’d probably dump it in a bowl to nuke if you want it really hot. Have you ever tried this? What do you think of it? Got any fun ideas to put in the cups? Nothing too sweet either…I did cheesecake the other day but made them half cups instead of full cups so it wouldn’t hurt my sugar to have one. [b]~~IN SEARCH OF PEACE WITHIN~~ **AGAINST THE STORMS, I WILL STAND STRONG** [/b]
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@luvandpower (2049)
• United States
23 Nov 08
well i was about to put down cheesecake myself before i noticed you said that. (isn't cheesecake just so yummy? hehe). try like banana or like a low sugar metropolitan. ( you could make your own it is cheap and is very good:)). you could try getting some marshmallows with the hot cocoa and freeze it. that makes it good after you form it into like a yogurt item.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I love cheesecake but often have too much and then I'm sick again. The yogurt cups seem to help alot with that. Your mention of banana's makes me think about banana pudding which would also work well. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
23 Nov 08
My fiance is type 1 diabetic and takes 2 lantus shots a day and 3 insulin shots a day. I wish he could have some kind of plan like this that worked for him instead of all the shots. All his supplies and meds are so expensive. All we've dons so far is switch to Splenda instaed of sugar and watch carbs and sugars in everything else we eat. He tried eating the correct serving sizes but then he gets too hungry. He's not over weight but he's a big guy (tall and muscular). I think what you're doing is a great idea. I'm going to tell him about it and see if it helps him.
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@GardenGerty (113508)
• United States
23 Nov 08
With him being a big guy, perhaps he could do something similar, but eat one every two hours. Lots of protein and fiber should help. Yes, all the meds are expensive and are not ideal for health. I hope you guys find things that will benefit him.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
24 Nov 08
Good suggestion, I'll pass it on. Thanks.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
That sounds like my stepdad. He's on alot of shots too. I'm terrified of the shots so I do what I have to in order to control it. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
• United States
4 Sep 09
Wow! What a GREAT Idea!! I am still considering myself as a "new" diabetic. My doctor wont tell me anything. it is very annoying. I dont do well with Yogurt but this is a GREAT Idea. I also dont take my diabetes seriously.. I have hopes of it being gone as soon as my thyroid is removed... but in the mean time, I might give this a go! 2 questions (hopefully you will come back & answer it LOL) 1. Can you put the cups/lids in the dishwasher? 2. Can you FREEZE in them? I was thinking it would be great to make up meals then freeze the cups.. then you just have to cook (for yourself) once a week or so kwim? ooo... also. do you fill the cup up all the way or....... ? Thanks in advance!! I cant wait to get some Yogurt now!! oh & PS.. Sunflower seeds actually LOWER your BS & has all sorts of healthy thingys for you!! Just found that out today since I cant seem to quit eating them lol. & now I dont have to!! YEAH ME :-) (I dont use salt that much period any more so the salt content is not an issue for me)
@Hatley (164260)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Sep 09
oh I love sunflower seeds but alas Ihave diverticulitis'and the specialist said no seeds of any kind. so now i dont eat any of the things I always loved like nuts,and sunflower seeds, and 'that is a bit of a bummer. but as I did eat some blackberries and they sent me to the hospital with uncontrolled rectal bleeding I know I must refrain. that little episode took four blood transfusions to get me over it, and made me so weak while I was in the hospital I could barely walk. so now I do obey the specialist and am healthy again.
@Hatley (164260)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Sep 09
witty I have sad news for you, once a diabetic always' a diabetic, you cannot get over it but you can sure' learn to live with it and live well. good luck with 'your thyroid surgery. God Bless.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I am glad to hear you have learned to control your diabetes and still eat whatever you want. I love cheesecake and pizza so it was a challenge for me to find ones I could eat without spiking my blood sugar.But now I enjoy pizza, cakes, cookies, pies, even fudge candy. I too am a type 2 diabetic and I eat about 6 times a day. I use 4 oz cups to measure my food and snacks. This is a great idea for diabetics as well as those who are trying to lose weight. It would be a healthier world if people would learn to eat more often but in smaller portions. I have a new recipe for pumpkin pie that diabetics can eat as well as other snacks and main dishes on my lens at Squidoo. If you would like to try some tasty recipes please visit http://squidoo.com/low_carb_recipes Have a safe and fun holiday
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Thanks for the link. I am making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and then I'm going to put some in my cups to control how much I have and not make myself sick. It's really been working out well. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@camomom (7536)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Thanks for posting the link Kowgirl, I got some good recipes for my fiance there. Thanks again.
@ElicBxn (61039)
• United States
23 Nov 08
What a clever idea! My mom controled her borderline diabeties by watching what she ate and eating small amounts between meals. She's have a good breakfast, a 10 a.m. snack, lunch, 3 p.m. snack, dinner, late evening snack. And, she lost weight doing it too!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have noticed that it's been keeping me from getting hungry and I'm not eating as much. My stepdad started on meds for his diabetes about 2-3 years ago and he is just about at the maximum dosage they can give him. I've had mine for 13 years and haven't went on any medication. I'm terrified of the shots so I'm determined to control it somehow. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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@ElicBxn (61039)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Well, mom's now 40 years out from her initial diagnosis and she still not on meds.
• China
24 Nov 08
Through this article ,we can see an diabetic person who control himself with how to eat . It's a cruel thing to have ourself left out our habit we formed in the past.But we should know , to do what you disliked and even you hate is the meaning of life.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I have to control it b/c otherwise I'm not far off from the shot stage and I am terrified of shots. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
those little portions would never fill me up I am afraid, but it is a wonderful idea what you are doing though. I too have diabetes and I am on all kinds of medication for it as well.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I thought the same thing at first so what I did was in the morning when Hubby had breakfast I had one meal cup and one dessert cup. The same thing in the evening when he has supper. The rest of the day I switched back and forth between the meal cups and dessert cups as needed. If I got too hungry in between I'd get a dessert cup...which they had applesauce or fruit jell-o in them. After a day or two, my body is used to them and in fact when I try to eat more than that, I get stuffed and bloated feeling. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@Humbug25 (12551)
23 Nov 08
Hi ya twoey68 Wow you sound really organised. I am sorry I have no suggestions for you as to what else you could put in your pots, you sound like you are doing just fine as you are!! My dad is also diabetic but he doesn't seem to watch what he eats, well not much, he just seems to have cut back and doesn't eat as much.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I didn't realize how bad my portions were until I started doing this. I also didn't realize how many servings come in a box or meal until I started doing this. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
23 Nov 08
That is so inventive and resourceful! Since you are diabetic, you probably want lower carb items. At first I was going to say scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon bits, but that isn't too fun. (Although right now, it sounds yummy because I haven't eaten!) The South Beach diet book has a desert made from ricotta cheese and sugar-free sweetner that you can flavor different ways (I remember a mocha and a lemon). I never tried it though. That would probably do well in the containers. Tuna salad on top of mixed greens (or would green salad be a bad choice in that small of a container)? Shredded chicken mixed with spaghetti sauce and topped with mozzarella possibly. Taco meat that is still quite moist mixed with rice (so it isn't too dry). Now I'm really getting hungry. :)
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Actually I just make up whatever we're having for dinner...that way I don't have to buy two sets of food. Some things Hubby eats I won't eat but most things I'll eat he does too. Your idea about the taco meat gave me an idea though...some cornchips in the bottom of a cup, some taco meat, a little cheese and then after it's heated a few diced tomatoes on top...instant taco salad. Scrambled eggs with bacon bits and cheese sounds good and one of my greatest things that I miss is french toast but even that could be made, cut up and cupped. My biggest problem is not only the sugar content...I can have things like french toast and cheesecake just not much of it...but portion control. One piece of french toast with a little syrup is ok but 2-3 pieces with lots of sugar...well the last time that happened I was almost catatonic. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@dragon54u (31646)
• United States
23 Nov 08
That's a terrific idea! Want to make a dollar for it? Go to daytipper dot com and submit that idea and if they use it, which they probably will, they'll paypal you a dollar! I think it's a limit of 200 words or something, though, so make it brief. I made about 5 dollars that way last month--every little bit helps!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Thanks for telling me about it...I'll look into it. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
23 Nov 08
how smart u are! you are so lucky that u hace been able to control your diabetes on your own. god for you!! keep up the good work.
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• Philippines
26 Nov 08
its an achievement because disciplining yourself on what to eat and not is a very difficult thing to do. but you're able to manage you diabetes. thanks for the information i will do this also for my husband.
@Nan110 (469)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I have high triglycerides and does this also work to lower cholesterol? If it does I might give it a try.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I would say it would depending on what you put in the cups. If you found some low cholesterol dishes and then fixed up the cups with the servings in them then you'd be eating low cholesterol foods and in smaller portions. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
4 Sep 09
Seems like you've come up with quite a system there. Must have been a bit of work getting it organized in the beginning. It's great that you reuse the yogurt containers!
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
26 Feb 09
That's an interesting idea. Might help for dieting too since part of my blowing a diet is not wanting to prepare something or being so hungry and by the time I make a meal, I end up overeating.
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• China
24 Nov 08
i am very glad to see that you can give yourself a useful cure.my father also has the diabetic dease,but he always eat sugar,for he likes it .i think i should help him to go out of his bad health,and i will learn from you to have some good way of having food.god bless my father.
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I only eat the low carb ones these days. But I do make my own special dessert and while I do not put them in yogurt cups, I will make batches in paper cups. I make my own sugar free jello with plain gelatin and add daVinci sugar free flavored syrups and then add in a touch of cream cheese an whip them. It is a cross between cheesecake and jello, but very filling.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I don't hqave any problema with my sugar, thank God, but my sister does.. She is a Mylotter also, so I hope she reads this one as she has a lot of problems with her sugar.. That is so smart to think of something like this, it sounds like it could help to solve a lot of the problems with your sugar going up and down so much.. I do admire your thinking while you were figuring this one out.. I will also remember it whould I ever have any problems with my sugar, you never know..
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Who is your sister...she is probably already on my friends list LOL It seems to be working out really well and is helping me to not only control my sugar levels but also eat less which will lead to weight loss...which also helps fight diabetes. You can also send a link to the discussion to your sister if you want her to see it...maybe it'll help her too. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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• United States
25 Nov 08
She is Judy43, but she doesn't do much on here, I wish she would do more but she is too busy most of the time, she can't do very much on here.. I will send her a link, it may help her to get her sugar under control, she does have a rough time with it.. Thanks
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think this is fantastic!What a simple, sensible idea. And that it has keep you off the meds is great. I think you should write an article on who this is working for you. G-d knows how many diabetes can follow your regimen and stabilize their sugar too.And resusing the containers is genius.They Are the perfect portion size. Brava! Keep up the great work. Be Well. Talk to you later.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Someone on page one gave me a link to a site to post it on. I'm going to do that...maybe it'll help someone else as well. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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• United States
28 Nov 08
Great. It is a simple solution that many can do.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I noticed that the cups and bowls for children at IKEA are only one cup each! They are microwave safe too and can be put in the dishwasher.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Yes, alot of the childrens dishes are one cup size...but the yogurt cups were sitting in my cupboard collecting dust LOL This way I get the right portion and reuse something. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
26 Nov 08
we use them too!
• United States
25 Nov 08
Hey, Twoey! You've just shown me how to deal with two problems that mean a great deal to me. I'm diabetic and very overweight. I think you knew I had a dislocated jaw, and the surgery, while successful, is far from healed. If it can't come through a straw, it's something I can't have. Before too long, though, I'll be able to eat again (I haven't had anything solid since July!) and I want to control it very carefully so I can get rid of all the excess weight that came with Ensure and Boost to try to maintain nutrition when I couldn't eat. Well, you have the ideal solution, and I thnk you. I plan to make all the stuff I cook into small portions using yogurt cups, and that will mean I can't go too far off my diet. I can eat every couple of hours, but keep it small. I know the weight will come off quite fast, and it'll stay off, because I'll be doing it right.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I have the same two problems and this has been helping me. I wish you luck with yours and hope your jaw gets better soon. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]