By sue5050 Latest Reply 2011-04-26 20:14:51 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 11:25:34 -0500

i have a learning disability that makes it impossible for me to organise this health problem and i am about ready to fling my arms up and forget it and go back to being me. There is so much out there on what you can or cant eat, and frankly i am already overwelemed. Its only been a month! Everytime I think I can eat something someone says NO YOU CANT EAT THAT! Then portian controll. Oh and the sugarfree candy well I didnt read the back of the bag and after about half of it had the worse gas in human history, my dogs wouldnt come near me for two days! So what can I eat for gods sake. Also I am poor and on food stamps how do I get the stuff I am suposed to eat when there just is not enough money for it. I am not complaining I appreciate my food stamps, bielieve me but I have been going mostly hungry for two weeks now cause food thats good for you costs so darn much. Any suggestions?

7 replies

sam1376 2011-04-26 20:14:51 -0500 Report

You can adjust yourself to cheap food such as chicken, tuna, salad, fish. Not hard to manage as you think, just be positive about it

Harlen 2011-04-26 19:11:11 -0500 Report

Hello Sue
Ya its a lot to know
It gose like this the biggest thing carbs keep them to as low as you can .
That meaqns keep rice, spuds,bread and pasta as low as you can not having any is best but I cant do that I got to have a little .
One other thing that helps a lot is the book The Caalorie King it has all the carbs in all the foods you eat .
I rite it all down what I eat what my BS is before I eat and 2 hr after I eat I would sey the two work very well together
best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-04-26 15:51:31 -0500 Report

One thing that will save you a bunch of money is to get rid of all the sugar free and diabetic foods. Those cost a LOT more and they don't really do much for you. If you shop the perimeter of the store and stick to whole grain breads, veggies, lots of veggies, just a bit of lean meat and dairy that is low fat. Avoid the snack foods if you can. A bag of apples is better for you than a bag of chips. A couple heads of lettuce is a better choice than a box of mac and cheese. It is kind of swapping. It will take time to find what you like and will eat and what fits into your goals for better glucose numbers.

Here are some discussions on shopping on a budget.

Flustrated 2011-04-26 13:08:11 -0500 Report

I think diabetes is flustrating, but I'm to chicken to give up. Had a long time friend with diabetes and heart problems, he said the heck with it and it wasn't long after heart attack. You know the rest. I keep trying.

marc55 2011-04-26 13:01:35 -0500 Report

After 54 years type 1 diabetic, I am still finding it hard to deal with this disease but I have and I am still all intact. It will never be easy but many people are able to manage their diabetes and still have a real good full life. As in the previous post, and with all things, everything in moderation is an important thing to add as your motto. As for a low carb snack I like cream cheese on celery as there are almost no carbs in that, choose low fat cream cheese if you are weight conscious. Remember that the better you manage your condition the fewer diabetic complications you will experience in later life. Good luck, YOU can win!

blessedbeing 2011-04-26 12:02:59 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry to read that you're having problems. I was just diagnosed this past March. I don't claim to know everything about this disease but I do know that we have to watch our intake of carbohydrates. That is what raises blood sugar.

You can look up the number of carbs in any food by finding a free carb counter online. Or if you sign up at the Atkins diet website they'll send you a free carb counter booklet. I'm not saying that you have to follow that plan but it's one way of getting a free carb counter. Mostly it's sugar and flour that have the largest amount of carbs. Like pasta, bread, etc. Some fruit are higher in carbs. Berries are usually the lower ones. Protein and good fats will help you feel more satisfied. Eggs are good and cheese, peanut butter, lean meats, are low in carbs and relatively cheap.

All things in moderation. And exercise works wonders. I've learned that from experience.

You CAN do this! Diabetes doesn't have to win. We can be in charge of this with a lifestyle change and some determination.

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