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Lockon
08-07-2015, 12:30 PM
I was recently (Tuesday) diagnosed with diabetes. I still have to schedule an appointment with a dietician, but I was wondering if I can still eat BBQ? I guess I will have to cut out the 3-2-1 method for ribs with honey and brown sugar? I sure hope I don't have to give up the que. Feeling disappointed :cry:

MisterChrister
08-07-2015, 12:37 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and hope everything goes well with your dietician and future management. You'll certainly need to drastically reduce your sugar/carb intake, but giving up Q is nothing you'll need to worry about! Many people use salt/pepper/onion/garlic/other spices and omit sugars from their rubs and sauces, you'll just need to adjust your style a bit. A good friend of mine has managed his type 2 so well, he's been weaned off of the diabetes meds as well. Don't lose hope,prayers heading your way!

bradgreer
08-07-2015, 12:38 PM
First of all, I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis.
As long as you don't splurge in sugary que everyday you should be fine.
You could also try "dry" ribs.
Exercise will help a lot also in maintaining good A1C levels.

Good luck.

TedW
08-07-2015, 12:45 PM
Very supportive replies, guys. Thoughtful

Lockon- that's no fun to hear. Sorry for your burden.

While BBQ has sugar, it also has fat and protein -a lot. This makes BBQ a naturally low glycemic response food. Because of the presence of the fat and protein, the sugar is introduced into your bloodstream much more slowly. Your pancreas doesn't suddenly go into a panic to create enormous quantities of insulin in response

rickv14623
08-07-2015, 12:48 PM
Sorry about the news. Welcome to the world of type 2, (april, 2015). Watch the carbs, get moving, shed some pounds. Meat ain't carbs. If you check many sauces the carbs rate is not that bad as long as you are not doing shots of it! The internet is filled with bad info that will tell you of all kinds of amazing things to control your BG. WebMD and Diabetes.org should be your sources. Mayo clinic has info also.

If you want to chat more feel free to pm me. It's a lifestyle change. Fasting BG was over 300 now average for last >110 readings is 120 and dropping. You can do this.

biggiefries19
08-07-2015, 12:48 PM
Diabetic and a nurse here and eat BBQ all the time. Just have to watch what has sugar and what doesn't. Plus it doesn't mean that you can't have BBQ that has some sugar in it. It's a trade off. So instead of eating ribs and french fries or potato salad, eat ribs and some kind of veggie. You can work it.

TedW
08-07-2015, 01:02 PM
My wife is a certified dietician dealing with diabetics daily. It pays to understand the issue yourself. It was only last month wasn't it, where they told us our dietary cholesterol efforts have been wasted for the last 20 years

LYU370
08-07-2015, 01:02 PM
A diabetic diet is basically a low carb diet. I try to cut my carbs somewhere else. Less pasta, less rice, less bread. The amount of sugars in BBQ sauces, beans etc. I don't worry about too much. Just not as much mac n cheese anymore... Sigh....

DetTigersFan
08-07-2015, 01:13 PM
The brown sugar, honey and butter wraps are overrated anyhow :shock:

dadsr4
08-07-2015, 01:25 PM
My wife has to control her salt and sugar intake. BBQ without them is delicious. In fact, I don't even like sweet or salty food anymore. If you buy good meat, you don't meed to hide the flavor. For example, full spares or St. Louis cut spares are full of flavor and need little besides herbs and spices to taste great. The most sugar I ever use on a full slab of spares is 1/2 tablespoon.

Lockon
08-07-2015, 01:27 PM
Wow..thank you all for the overwhelming responses and support!! Good to know I can still have brisket and ribs.

Tom

K80Shooter
08-07-2015, 01:27 PM
Last August I was also diagnosed with diabetes, since then I have lost a little over 100 pounds. My A1C was good the last time it was checked, I'll have it checked again this month.

As for BBQ I still eat it all the time but cook it without all the sugary rubs and actually like it better dry. The main thing you need to learn is portion control and exercise. I have also stopped all breads unless it's 100% whole wheat and stopped all sugar intake. Veggies on the grill are good as is steamed veggies. To start with I thought I was going to starve, now it's not so bad.

Good luck with the diabetes, it is a lifestyle change that is doable.

DjPorkchop
08-07-2015, 02:12 PM
I was recently diagnosed as well. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

I see a dietician as well. we are watching carbs relatively close and cutting out most sugar from my diet which includes brown sugar, honey etc. I talked to her about me grilling and smoking foods and she was all for it minus the bbq sauce. She said she would rather me eat grilled or smoked versus pan fried.

So now when I do ribs or butts I only add sauce to 1 rack of ribs for the wife and boys and leave another rack nekkid. The butts I do not add sauce to either. I make it sauce on the side.

Smokin J's PIts
08-07-2015, 02:17 PM
I recently went thru the same scare. I decided that I was going to change everything and remove or replace salts, sugars and lead a healthier life. After a couple of visits with my dietitian, we determined that it may not be that good for me to eat BBQ as much as I do, so I did cut back a little, but drastically cut back on the starches, and breads that go along with BBQ, notice I didn’t say I cut them out just reduced them. I am on a regiment that requires me for at the time being to monitor my blood sugar every 4 hours, and what I have found is that by reducing the breads and starches, I can still pig out on BBQ and there is a very minor change in my blood sugar. One thing you want to stay away from is commercially made BBQ sauce, if you have to have sauce make it yourself so you can control what goes into it, and things like honey and agave nectar are easier on your glycemic index, and don’t cause as high of a spike.
Good luck and wish you the best, but be comfortable knowing its not the end of BBQ as you know it

TedW
08-07-2015, 02:26 PM
[SIZE=3][FONT=Calibri]... I can still pig out on BBQ and there is a very minor change in my blood sugar. One thing you want to stay away from is commercially made BBQ sauce, if you have to have sauce make it yourself so you can control what goes into it, and things like honey and agave nectar are easier on your glycemic index, and donít cause as high of a spike.

Great post. Measuring every four hours gives you great data

rickv14623
08-07-2015, 02:39 PM
A diabetic diet is basically a low carb diet. I try to cut my carbs somewhere else. Less pasta, less rice, less bread. The amount of sugars in BBQ sauces, beans etc. I don't worry about too much. Just not as much mac n cheese anymore... Sigh....

You had to remind me about the mac n cheese lol

krex1010
08-07-2015, 02:45 PM
Meats are not really an issue when it comes to diabetes, just cut out carby/starchy stuff, cut out sugary drinks....but BBQ should be fine, maybe don't smother it in sweet sauces and go with an NC style suace, which I prefer anyway. At a typical BBQ the meat is probably the healthiest food, it's the sides that are the killers.

Bludawg
08-07-2015, 04:45 PM
Complex Carbs are your enemy not sugar. Simple carbs are metabolized differently and in moderation will not spike your BS. You can sub agave for honey it has a lower glycemic value than sugars because it is a simple carbohydrate. The effects of carbs on blood sugar hence your A1C can be reduced with a higher fiber intake.

Meatguyver
08-07-2015, 07:04 PM
Hang in there all is not lost! Follow your diet and things will be good. My ma' has diabetes and I cook 'Cue for her when she visits, with no impact on her bs level. Heres a salad recipe I use all the time with all kinds of stuff like briskies, pulled pork, and chicken.

Dressing:
2 tbsp good olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp dried italian herbs: oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, and marjoram
Dash of sea salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Salad:
50/50 mix, spring mix, or romaine hearts
1/2 fresh chopped tomato
1/4 red onion finely chopped
1/4 cup fat free feta cheese

1. Mix the dressin ingredients and add tomatos and onions. Let sit in bowl for at least 10 min.
2. Toss salad with dressing and top with feta cheese and choice of animal.
3. If using romaine hearts, split leaves and place them whole on a large casserole dish. Spoon the dressing into the center and top with feta, animal, and avocado, then eat the leaves like a taco!

Wife throws nuts and all kinds of stuff on hers too. Enjoy and stay happy!

captndan
08-08-2015, 12:57 PM
Don't panic. That's what most newly diagnosed diabetics do. I've had diabetics for years. Not a big problem. Yeah you'll have to change some old bad habits which should have been changed years ago. Basic sound nutrition is the key. All things in moderation.

FireChief
08-08-2015, 06:46 PM
Hey there. I'll chime in as I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago. Depressing at first, but blessing in disguise for me. Gave me good reason to change some very nasty habits. Never did that well with carbs to begin with (and thank God I don't have a sweet tooth), so I just cut most of that out and replaced with veggies. If you like to Q and pound back the brew while you do that, you need to either drop the habit (the brew I mean) or cut back considerably depending on your usual consumption. I'm not preaching, I was there (and lead to other health issues but that's for another post) and cutting out the brew helped right away.

Couple people have mentioned getting moving....if you're not active any little exercise is HUGE in bringing your numbers down. I'm talking even a brisk 20 minute walk first thing in the morning (or whenever you can fit it in) will do wonders. Highest number I ever hit was about 320. Now my fasting glucose averages in the low 90's and my last A1C was 5.2 and I'm off the glucophage for several months now. You'll get there, just make it a focal point in your life to move in a healthier direction.

One last thing....I've been given info from nutritionists and even doctors that high fat foods (like some BBQ meats ) will contribute to diabetes. I think that's nonsense, but of course eating leaner meats is generally better for you in the long run. The side dishes to BBQ are what will hurt you the most.

Sorry so long, just trying to give you my story. I'm glad I made the changes when I did, now I have even more serious health issues I have to deal with so I'm glad i at least have this under control. Good luck to you, you can and will beat this !

btcg
08-08-2015, 07:19 PM
I was recently (Tuesday) diagnosed with diabetes. I still have to schedule an appointment with a dietician, but I was wondering if I can still eat BBQ? I guess I will have to cut out the 3-2-1 method for ribs with honey and brown sugar? I sure hope I don't have to give up the que. Feeling disappointed :cry:

Meat = protein

Use non-carb rubs.

Get this book:

http://www.diabetes-book.com/about/

btcg
08-08-2015, 07:30 PM
Complex Carbs are your enemy not sugar. Simple carbs are metabolized differently and in moderation will not spike your BS. You can sub agave for honey it has a lower glycemic value than sugars because it is a simple carbohydrate. The effects of carbs on blood sugar hence your A1C can be reduced with a higher fiber intake.

Sugars = carbs.

Harbormaster
08-08-2015, 09:34 PM
Found out I was Type II in November. A1c was 10.1.
As of June 21 it was 6.4.
As the others have said, cut way back on the carbs and replace with veggies and fresh fruits.
I haven't cut back on my meat consumption at all.

Lockon
08-09-2015, 11:03 AM
Thanks everyone. My A1c is 12.1. Never felt bad and never knew until I had some blood drawn for a life insurance policy.

Mrfish
08-09-2015, 11:18 AM
I am in the same boat for the last few months and learning how to deal with this as well. Great post and there are a few in the archives here. Also going through the nutrition education along with a diabetic coach.

I use http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/ to track my food that gives a breakdown of carbs and just about anything else you want to know. It also has a myplate D version where you can track your glucose level. Pretty cool site for free.

Another good resource for me has been http://www.everydayhealth.com/. You can sign up for a daily email that is living with diabetes that gives some great tips everyday that is a short read.