Help please

infernos queen
By infernos queen Latest Reply 2011-03-13 08:41:06 -0500
Started 2011-03-12 07:39:36 -0600

I have had diabetes for about 10yrs and struggling i am only 33 yrs old I am having a hard time with my diet and find food and low card snacks and stuff and to buy the diabetic protien shakes are so expensive if it was just me I could afford it but I can't justify spending that much a month of my family's food budget a month I am now on an insulin called victoza once a day that seems to be helping it's not that I eat unhealthy it's I have a hard time eating the small mini meals and snacks I'm used to eating like once or twice a day I'm on the go alot trying to figure all this out I am wanting to get serious about this I will include my email address small I com from a family of diabetics I lost a uncle at a young age I want to live to see my daughter grow up and my oteher children and step granchildren I have

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WendyFR 2011-03-13 08:41:06 -0500 Report

I'm unable just to maintain normal blood sugars by only food. I have to include daily exercise. Everyone is different, so you may have to see what works with for you. But for me changing the way I eat and what I eat and exercise changed by blood sugar levels.

Healthy foods are more expensive then bad foods. It's more expensive to buy fresh fruit and vegetable then buying fatty foods. I see it this way, I rather be healthy and pay for the foods now, then pay for a hospital stay. I have immediate family and friends with diabetes as well, but always had good role models. I think I was the worst off of all of them. I made the change for me, because If I didn't the Docs put me on more medication and I was spending more on medication and my health was not good.

There are ways to have protein shakes, you don't have to go out and buy the diabetic stuff. Those are pretty expensive. You can make them yourself with fresh fruit and whey (protein powder).

For me it is a lot of planning and for me spending a little more on healthy food did justify my means, because I want a healthy life. Remeber being healthy is not only a Diabetic thing, so the whole family can be involve as far as eating healthy.

good luck.

Kirla 2011-03-12 12:55:46 -0600 Report

This is what I did and it helped me. Good luck.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

realsis77 2011-03-12 10:05:01 -0600 Report

Hi. What really helped me get on track with my eating are diabetic cook books! I found quite a few online very cheap from ebay and amazon! They have wonderful reciepies and even have delicous deserts! The books really help because they have great meal ideas and help me eat right! After reading a few good cookbooks it also gives a good idea on what to eat and how to prepare the meals! I remember when I was first diagonsed and went to the grocery store , I felt like crying because I felt I couldn't eat anything! The cookbooks really helped change that idea for me! Give it a try. Also your family will enjoy the reciepies too! I think you will be pleasently suprised at all the delicious meal options they have! This really helped me eat corectly ! Give it a try!

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