Struggling with habit changes.

Kidd Kaneo
By Kidd Kaneo Latest Reply 2011-03-22 01:00:14 -0500
Started 2011-03-16 10:46:55 -0500

I was just diagnosed on Feb. 10th with type 2. I ran a couple of errands and had an appointment for Chemo treatment at 2:00 PM. I drove myself to the appointment, they watched me stagger down the hallway and said I was extremely lethargic. They called for an ambulance and hauled me into the hospital that Thurs. afternoon. I was out of it and slept until Sunday when I finally realized where I was and what was going on. I was very lucky I did not kill myself or worse someone else while I was driving around doing my errands.
• Since my Gastric Bypass in 1997 I have not been able to eat sugar. (If I do I get the same symptoms as being drunk.) The hardest things for me now are:
• I was a Certified Executive Chef and spent 25 years in the food business. I LOVE FOOD.
• I am a “Carbo Junkie”. 1st bread, 2nd rice, then pasta.
• I have only eaten 2 meals a day my entire life. (not that I didn’t snack or just grab something all day long). So eating at regular times is something I’m struggling with.
• Lastly, I grew up starting as a child (57 yrs ago) eating a bedtime snack. Having a VERY hard time breaking that one.
I’m open to any and all suggestions.
Thank you.

7 replies

pixsidust 2011-03-22 01:00:14 -0500 Report

Here is an invitation to explore. You seem like a guy who can embrace a challenge. Get a diabetic cookbook or two. There are some great recipes!
I am confidant you will learn to modify your recipes to create tasty dishes. Go for as much flavor as possible. Use some veggies as replacement for the pasta and bread. As long as everything is very flavor filled I do not mind the loss of the carb

WendyFR 2011-03-21 23:08:51 -0500 Report

We have several things in common. I love food and I love carbs. You can still have those, just limit yourself. I actually took all the "white" carbs out of my diet, due to high blood sugars. But whatever works for your body, you should do. It is difficult at first to change your lifestyle, but it is necessary. Well, it was necessary for me to do it. It's a part of a diabetics life. I never use to eat a bedtime snack, but now I do, so I don't hit a low at 2:00 in the morning. Everyone is different and everyone's body reacts diferently. You may want to meet with a nutritionist to see what is the best meal plan for you and how to fit in your "favorite" foods into your meal plan. Change is not necessary bad.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-03-17 16:49:05 -0500 Report

I'm a bit of a foodie too but instead of letting that hinder me I have let diabetes become my new foodie muse. Life is not about what I have to give up now life is about finding new things I -can- have. The things that are bad for my body are being replaced by new things. Old favorite recipes are replaced with new favorites, which actually works well for me because I get tired of eating the same old things after a while.

When I go shopping I've always tried to buy one new thing to try now I buy two or three new things. Diabetes brought back my passion for food actually.

I've also found that my morning numbers are better by at least ten points if I have a healthy snack not long before bed. Maybe you'll get lucky and be the same. Not all habits have to be changed some only need improved.

jayabee52 2011-03-17 18:44:11 -0500 Report

I think that many if not most of us here on DC tend to be a bit of foodies too. Witness the "best bad foods" discussion going on now, and discussions like it back since DC was founded. OH do we love food! Maybe TOO much!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-17 05:46:54 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. As you adjust and learn how Diabetes affects you it will become easier. What foods do to each person can vary. Rice and most pasta is not kind to my blood sugar. I can eat a little bread. Maybe you can have fun experimenting with alternative grains like quinoa. The quinoa flour is too pricey for me right now. But I would like to try baking with it. I used to play around in the kitchen where I worked at an assisted living home. I would try my hand at making more carb freindly desserts for the residents who had diabetes. I was not diagnosed at that time. But the experience gave me a slight advantage this last year when I learned I have diabetes.
With so many people having this disease perhaps you can continue with your Chef experience with an emphasis on special diets. There are so many medical conditions that require diet modifications. While I have been job hunting this year I see many places that need Executive Chefs in retirement and assisted living residences.
Or perhaps you could develop receipes to share with others.There are a few DC members who are or have been chefs. They have shared many good recipes wth the rest of us.
Many people find they need a bedtime snack to help keep their blood glucose under control overnight. Perhaps you won't need to give up this habit, just modify it.

realsis77 2011-03-16 14:16:18 -0500 Report

Hi! Wow what a close call! I'm glad your better now. You know what helps me? Diabetic cook book! I got several online at ebay and I got them for only about three dollars each! They have wonderful ideas on delicious diabetic friendly recipies and deserts too! You mentiioned you like to eat , well these are the books for you!! They have a number of delicious diabetic recipies everyone can enjoy and the food dosent taste "diabetic" if you know what I mean. So if you love good food and deserts then grab a few used cookbooks online! I bought several and have many delicious choices to choose from! Its fun too cooking new different foods along with yummy diabetic deserts that don't taste diabetic! It gives you many different choices and the food doesn't get boreing! They have many cookbook titles to choose from ! Check it out! They come fast in the mail and you will be cooking before you know it! That's what I did and its great to have so many options now! Good luck and best wishes!

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