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Old 07-10-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
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Diabetics/Weight Watchers/Health Issues

We are diabetics. My husband has no weight issues, but I do. Last year we bought our a/s - sempi2. Have only taken 4 trips to date, but I try to keep our diet in line with how we eat at home. Do find it difficult however when camping since it is easier to have the Brats, chips, and other junk foods.
Anyone else out there that has some suggestions that will help? try to remember to pack some good snacks in the truck as we travel, but forget them sometimes.
Light bulb!!! put truck snacks on the checklist.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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Hi, we try to eat healthy foods at home and do it pretty well. When traveling with our trailer, we pack lots of good fruits and vegetables. My wife pre-cooks things for dinners, I cook breakfast, and we make our lunches as we go. In other words, we buy or eat out, as little as possible. [hopefully, not at all] I think we eat better while traveling because of the space we have to deal with. Since I never have them at home, I like to bring one bag of marshmellows in the trailer. I try to weigh the same when I get home as when we left and usually do.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:36 AM   #3
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Thank you for your input. I try to make weekly menus when home, but when we get out without a meal plan I tend to not do too well.
Another lightblub moment---plan, plan, plan for meals as we travel
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:44 AM   #4
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I like to meal plan before a trip. Sometimes we like to just get someplace and stock up when we get there, but I find it works better with a plan, else we're always missing some important ingredient and camp is always far away from the store!

I think we eat less while camping because we are so busy doing other stuff all day!
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:03 AM   #5
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Actually as I think about our trips, we have done better while camping because all we have is what we packed. Rather than run to the store for something we did not need,.but thought we did need.
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:30 AM   #6
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Watching the weight is a good start. Taking it to the next healthy level, you now need to meet with a quality diabetic nutritionist. A healthy DM diet has the right proportions of complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein.
Be sure and add in daily exercise. Vigorous walks are easy at most campgrounds.

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Old 07-11-2009, 06:33 AM   #7
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Same problem here, I've got to watch the diet and get daily exersize. I find it very easy to stay with the diet with our own galley. I also do a lot of travel for work and it's a lot harder when you have to eat every meal out. We have two dogs that need thier daily walk so that helps with the exersize part.
I've had to control my blood sugar for about three years now. I don't even think about what I can and can't eat any more. It's just habit now. The biggest problem is getting the food. A healthy diet is mostly quality, fresh foods. Almost everything that is pre-made is loaded with salt, sugar or both. This makes for some problems when camping. You either have to pre-cook meals and hope the refidgerator doesn't stop working or you have to locate a grocery and make a food run every two days.
A big part of the problem is our own expectations. Camping means camping foods. Brats, fried bacon, grilled meats, chips and all those other things we associate with camping. Finishing off the day with a nice fresh salad may be healthy but it's sure not like camping out.
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you could try a dehydrator (e.g. nesco makes one that is sold at walmart i think)

so, what you do is cook a meal ahead of time at home, then put it in the dehydrator. you layer the food on trays and it takes about 8 hours to dry. Then when you get to camp, all you have to do is soak it with the right amount of water (it takes practice - you can always add more) and heat it and there you go, dinner's ready with little effort.

the stuff that works best in the dehydrator is low fat. So, you could cook up extra lean ground beef, or extra lean ground turkey, you can dehydrate spagetti sauce or any sauce. I dehydrate chili, vegetables (chop em small) and i make my own fruit roll ups (e.g. strawberry banana).

this takes a lot of planning ahead (a meal is about 8 hours to dehydrate) but i think it's fun. also a good way to travel light. if you are interested i can point you to a site with more recipes.
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If you don't have a diabetic cookbook, there are large selections at the big bookstores, which would perhaps help. I bought for a relative a really nice diabetic cookbook of 30-minute meals. We are not diabetic, but don't want to be, and try to keep 99% of our meals prepared in our own little kitchen----we always eat healthier that way. We always start every trip with a freezer full of meal-sized meats and leftovers we have prepared and frozen at home. We like to buy things like chicken, pork, etc., in quantity when they are on sale, then freeze them using a seal-a-meal. They take much less space in the freezer this way, and the leftovers then have no freezer container to keep and take up space. You are right, planning is really the key. Happy travels.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:31 AM   #11
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I'm a type II. Keep my A1C below 7 by exercise and diet. Unless we're boondocking we purchase fresh on the way. Snacking in the truck involves raw carrots, celery, and/or fruits. DW does breakfast, I do the rest. Fresh caught fish or crawdads offer protein and a glass of wine warms the heart. Frozen meats can last a week or more in the freezer if you have one. If you don't, they do well in the new 5 or 6 day coolers.
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you could try a dehydrator (e.g. nesco makes one that is sold at walmart i think)

so, what you do is cook a meal ahead of time at home, then put it in the dehydrator. you layer the food on trays and it takes about 8 hours to dry. Then when you get to camp, all you have to do is soak it with the right amount of water (it takes practice - you can always add more) and heat it and there you go, dinner's ready with little effort.

the stuff that works best in the dehydrator is low fat. So, you could cook up extra lean ground beef, or extra lean ground turkey, you can dehydrate spagetti sauce or any sauce. I dehydrate chili, vegetables (chop em small) and i make my own fruit roll ups (e.g. strawberry banana).

this takes a lot of planning ahead (a meal is about 8 hours to dehydrate) but i think it's fun. also a good way to travel light. if you are interested i can point you to a site with more recipes.
Ihave a dehydrator, but never thought about meals.Use it mostly for fruit and some vegggies. I would be interested in the site you referred to. Thanks, Susan
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Hi,

Terry and I are both diabetic. I cook the same things out camping as I do at home. Fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and light snacks, just like at home. We do a lot of grilling and try to eat better both at home and camping. We do not eat out a lot as restaurant food will pack the weight on.

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Me too!

I'm on Byetta and that, over the last several years, has made me more tolerant to occasional "sinful" foods.

I try to stay under 30 effective carbs for meals in the trailer and mainly try to choose low-carb entrees and very low-carb sides with my meals out.

I have a small thermos bottle to keep my Byetta cool during days away from the trailer. One ice cube wrapped in a napkin lasts all day.
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