Help! Feels very overwhelmed.

By soonersgrl Latest Reply 2011-04-02 10:46:28 -0500
Started 2011-03-29 21:45:42 -0500

I was recently diagnosed with Type 2. I have been trying to watch what i eat and when i eat. However, its so hard to firgure out what is good to eat and what is not. How the portion sizes should be and trying to firgure out the label and what it really means. Its just so overwhelming that i just give up and not really eat which causes my blood sugar to go to low. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions that can help me.


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usfan51473 2011-03-31 01:17:50 -0500 Report

There is a web site called It has a lot of usefull recipies. Remember watch your carb intake. Sweets are not good but carbs are evil. It can be difficult at time. I love pasta and potatoes. Both are full of carbs. I've learned it is better to eat both in small portions than to try to cut yourself off totally. When going out to resturants aviod the fries and select veggies instead. Even most of your fast food places now days have a healthier option than fries. Remember to always bring something with you that can boost your sugar if needed. Best choices are orange juice or glucose tabs (can be picked up at any pharmacy). And the most important thing I can tell you is do not tell yourself you can't have ____ (fill in blank)You can have it if you adjust your diet that day.

realsis77 2011-03-30 12:50:15 -0500 Report

Hi. What really helped me a lot are is looking up the glycemic index that site tells you all foods that are good and LOW and the foods that are bad and high! I believe you can even type in foods and it will tell you the values! Its great. Remember carbs are not our friends! Lower the carbs the better! What else REALLY helped me was getting some diabetic cook books! They have wonderful reciepes in them and are yummy! You can get the cookbooks cheap off amazon and you can even get used ones! Also ebay. I bought mine off both sites for only a few dollars each and trust me, it was sooo worth it! They even have diabetic deserts in them that are so good you would not know they are diabetic! This really helped me a lot because it gave me great diabetic friendly reciepes. That the whole family will enjoy! Also go online and print out some recipies for diabetics. I love the cookbooks because they give me a real variety of foods. I bought several of them and they are a God send! I've been a diabetic now for eight months and the cookbooks have been a major help! Another thing that has been a great help to me are books on "the newly diagonsed diabetic" I bought several books on that to help me learn about the disease and my medication (insulin) and the mental aspect of accepting being a diabetic! I learned soooo much. As I see it knowledge is power and that's power over our disease! I bought all those books from amazon. They have a lot of great titles to choose from and they will REALLY help you understand what to eat and why, what each medication does, how to handle being a diabetic, what is happening to our body, what happens to our body if we don't eat right and they are very encouraging! I can't urge you enough to at least get one book made espically for the newly diagnosed diabetic! I bought a few different titles and read them all! I now have a good understanding of things and. I accept the fact that I use insulin daily and know why I must be faithful with my treatment plan! These are some suggestions that will really help you out. They have really helped me! I now have a positive attitude about my diabetes. Also come regularly to this site and you will get wonderful support from wonderful people and they will really help you in any way they can. This is a great community and I think you will be happy here. I want to welcome you to our diabetic family! Please keep us posted on how your doing! I look foward to hearing from you. I hope I've helped in some way. Take care and God bless!

GabbyPA 2011-03-30 10:12:21 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community. There is a ton of great information here that can help you out and many of the members will be able to help you through. You are in a good place by being here.

My first advice is to take it one small step at a time. Focus on one or two things and set goals that are attainable. Don't try to drop your sugar 100 points, but settle for 10. Do try to loose 20 pounds, but work on 5. Don't exercise 45 minutes daily, but start with 10 minutes every other day. What I am saying is to get started and reach those smaller goals. They will inspire you to make bigger or more goals as you grow in your knowledge.

Do what works for you. Not everyone is the same and when your doctor or someone else says "you should do this because you are a diabetic" then take a moment to evaluate it and ask the "why" questions. What works for me may not work for you. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box.

alanbossman 2011-03-30 07:45:42 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family, somethings to stay away from is anything white like rice,bread,potatoes,and things that use white flour. Portion size is 1/4 of your plate for your food. Meats are chicken,fish and turkey all should be 4 to 6 0z. size.Also you can eat either 3meals a day or 6 smaller meals a day.Hope this helps.