Today the doctor says my blood tests show that my sugar level is too high. I'm in the risk category for diabetes, over 50, overweight, mother had it, & I struggled with it during my pregnancies. The doctor was going to prescribe an Rx, then said let's see if you can get it to go down with diet & exercise. This is what I would prefer to do. During my first pregnancy I gained a lot of weight and so did my baby (11 lbs 4 oz!). During the other two I was under the care of a great midwife who kept me on a strict low-carb high-protein diet with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily and kept my weight, blood sugar, and the babies' weights down to a normal level. I can go back to the 30 min of aerobic exercise daily, it's a great time of year to begin this healthy habit. Here in South Florida the weather is ideal for walking/biking and I hope to have the habit firmly in place by the time summer clamps down. But I'd like a less restrictive diet to keep for the long run. I could do 9 months of really restrictive eating for a baby's sake, but would rather not have to be that strict forever. What do you do for yourself or someone you cook for to keep the blood sugar down? I like to eat wholesome balanced meals, whole grains, low fat/sugar/salt, natural & not artificial. I don't drink alcohol, sodas, coffee, and not many juices. I drink a cup of hot tea & a glass of OJ each morning and water for the rest of the day. I know I'll have to limit/restrict sweets, and cut down portions of bread, pasta & rice. What else should I do to help lower my blood sugar without having to take a prescription drug?