Adjusting well

MissPuff
By MissPuff Latest Reply 2011-06-02 21:12:35 -0500
Started 2011-05-27 11:41:11 -0500

I found out a month ago that I have type 2 diabetes. I was surprised to say the least, because for the last 27 years I have been repeatedly diagnosed as hypoglycemic. In the past year, my blood sugar started swinging and then it finally stayed high.

Before I was diagnosed, I started making changes in my diet. Like, I used to eat huge bowls of popcorn from a popper, no butter, just salt, every day. Then I cut the size in half, then fewer days, then none at all. Also, I used to drink those large double-cup size cups with lots of creamer, 3-4 evey morning. I cut those down to one a day, then one a week, then cut the creamer to less than half in the one cup. So I had already made a lot of changes before I found out I was diabetic. So making a few more changes wasn't that difficult - cutting down the sizes of meat & rice/pasta. I love potatoes, but they always put me to sleep, so I rarely ate them.

Anyway, before I met the diabetes team, I downloaded a diabetic food schedule & followed it. It took a week to get me in for my test kit, another week to meet the dietitian & they said I had already made the needed changes, and a week after that I met with my doctor again. My blood sugar was still bouncing around a little bit, so she put me on some medicine. But the good thing is, in one month I lost 20 pounds!!!!! I can't begin to say how thrilled I am about that! (I gained 100 pounds. I don't know if I will be able to lose all of it, but I'm trying. I gained 60 pounds in one month from a medication 5 1/2 years ago, never able to lose an ounce of it. The other 40 came on more recently from steroids, but my doctor is refusing to give any more, so maybe I can lose it now as well. Doesn't medicine stink?!)

But I am happy that I've been able to adapt to my new life style rather easily. My husband also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 days ago & while he has been following the diet at dinner with no problem (other than he doesn't like the small size of meat), he is having a harder time with it at work. He is a painter which involves strenuous work. He is used to a candy bar & soda morning & afternoon for a break & often fast food for lunch. I've spent quite a bit of time teaching him about carbs & fats & sugars, etc. He has to have breaks, but they need to be healthy, so that is something he will have to discuss with the dietitian. He will be able to do, but I think it will be more of a struggle for him. I also think his blood sugar must have been much worse than mine because he was started on medicine before he even started doing his daily testing.

But, I just wanted to say I just found out, that I'm adjusting well, and that I'm making good progress. I hope everyone else does as well too.

Shelia


23 replies

Topper4
Topper4 2011-06-01 12:46:49 -0500 Report

Hi "skb99"- I agree, it sounds like you are on the right track and moving forward. Your husband will benefit from your experiences. I can't help but believe, in the very near future, the fact that you are now "in this together" - you will be of great support to each other. It's difficult being the 1 person in a family of 4 that's trying desperately to control carbs, sugars and portion size. My husband is pretty supportive - it's my 2 adult kids (20 & 24) that baulk at some of the changes I've made w/ the food I prepare. I'm at the point (especially because of their ages) where I say, "This is what I made. If you don't want it, feel free to fix yourself something else." I'm not trying to be mean… it just is, what it is. If I don't take care of myself, I can't begin to take care of anyone else, you know? Well - I started out trying to encourage you and then I went off on a rant of my own, sorry. Back to you - good job & keep up the good work. You ARE on the right track. My best to you - God bless.

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-05-29 03:43:49 -0500 Report

It sounds like you have things well in hand. I'm sure your husband will come around with your fine guidance. Keep up the good work!

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-29 14:54:53 -0500 Report

Thanks AuntieM. My husband has been working hard this week since he found out. He gave up the soda & candy bars cold turkey & replaced them with a handful of mixed nuts, but that left him tired & I explained that nuts are a fat, whereas he needs a carb & meat, like crackers & cheese, so he is going to add that to his morning & afternoon snack.

Anybody have a suggestion to replace Gatorade? He must have it in the summer & he is allergic to the artificial sweetners.

Shelia

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-05-29 22:41:45 -0500 Report

You know there are now some punches made with the Stevia sweetener. In fact, I believe someone was discussing it yesterday or the day before. I will think on and get back to you.

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-29 23:35:46 -0500 Report

I've heard of Stevia - it's supposed to be almost like sugar. I'm not sure if it is something my husband would be allergic to or not. He is so highly allergic to artficial sweetners - he gets it in his mouth w/o knowing it's artificial & his mouth starts swelling. I'm still open to any suggestions & appreciate you looking into this for me. Thanks, Auntie.

Shelia

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-05-28 12:53:26 -0500 Report

I just found out I have type 2 diebetes on May 13. The things you are saying will help me some. I have only gone to a dietician so far & that was very informative. Like you I had already been practicing changing alot of my eating habits because I had gained so much weight. I still can't lose it no matter what I do. I am not taking any meds yet but I hope that changes alot when I get started on whatever my plan will be. I am miserable right now & looking forward to getting my health on track.

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-29 15:17:37 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa Rose.
It is good that you are putting changes into practice now. Whether you go on medication for your diabetes will depend on whether you can control your blood sugar levels by diet alone or not. How long have you been testing your blood sugar levels? Not all doctors are the same, but our doctor checks our levels 2 weeks after we have seen the dietitian, then decides whether medicine needs to be added to the treatment.

May I ask, did you gain your weight by poor habits or by medications? Sometimes weight gain by medications be extremely hard to lose. Earlier, I had gained a large amount of weight from medication, but once I was off of it, the weight dropped quickly. The second medication added 60 pounds, I couldn't lose it for anything - diet, pills, exercise, etc. Then 3 months of steroids and some poor eating habits added another 40. I'm hoping to lose all of it. I understand how miserable you are, but keep eating properly, eating the diabetic diet & hopefully the weight will come off.

Let me know how things go & what your doctor decides about adding medicine.

Shelia

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-05-28 10:11:40 -0500 Report

glad you are adjusting well. hope your husband can too. I did not have a huge problem with the food after diagnosis, because like you, I had made quite a few major changes in the years before, like I had switched from 2% to skim milk, and was used to wheat bread, lots of water, and I had cut down on soft drinks and still craved some bad stuff everyday though. Keep it up, and before you know it, you will do better and better!

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-29 15:31:32 -0500 Report

Hi Tabby. I'm glad it hasn't been too hard to adjust. I'm not a bread eater, have never drunk soda, am lactose intolerant, etc. My big things were reducing portion sizes of rice & pasta, which wasn't too hard when I increased fresh vegetables. And I've always drank sveral liters of ice water. Two things I had to cut out were popcorn & coffee creamer. I used to have HUGE bowls of popcorn every day & now I don't even want it. And I used to have HUGE cups of coffee with lots of creamer every day, but now I have one a week with 1/4 what I used to have. So I don't feel bad about it at all. And my husband is adjusting very well too, even at work. He's stopped the candy bars & soda's & replaced them with better things. So we are doing pretty well.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Shelia

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-05-30 08:31:33 -0500 Report

It's hard not to eat as much pasta as I want, and I loved white rice, but I have found a brand of brown rice (Uncle Ben's brown and wild rice) that I really like, so I don't miss white rice now. I will always miss orange juice. I drink just a little of the no extra sugar added kinds but only a little. So I learned to eat more oranges, which is best for anyone. I always loved fresh veggies in spring and summer, especially and fruit. When I found a brand of whole wheat pasta we all like, I was so happy!! For many months after I was diagnosed, I kept trying different kinds, and then I found Barilla. Now I don't have to go without it. I had a sweet tooth big time, and that was the hardest of all, not being able to eat so many things, but I found substitutes for some of them that I like just as well. Still learning, still always looking for diabetic friendly recipes, especially for desserts.

Topper4
Topper4 2011-06-01 12:35:34 -0500 Report

Hi Tabby- I stumbled onto a yummy raspberry fruit dip recipe. It's just low fat cream cheese spread - 8oz (I'm going to try whipped next time), sugar-free seedless raspberry preserves (3 T) and a little marshmallow fluff (1/4 cup). It is really good. It was great w/ strawberries, canteloupe, grapes, etc. I'll try to remember to look up the nutritional facts for you and post them tomorrow. This would be a nice cool, refreshing summertime dessert - just exercise portion control. It's all about finding what works for you, right? Seems that you are on the right track. My best to you - God bless.

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-30 14:11:03 -0500 Report

Hi Tabby. We have just a little white rice left & will use it before we use start the brown rice. We actually prefer the brown rice, but the economy as it is, we had to get the cheaper stuff. But it will work out.

I've never been a juice drinker myself. My husband drinks orange juice in the morning, less than a cup. to take his medicine. I keep telling him he will have to cut it back, but he doesn't believe me. His blood sugar is fine, in fact, yesterday before lunch it dropped to 78, which was too low. I think it was because he had all carbs & no meat/protein. But we love fresh fruit & veggies too. I just remember the fruit is a carb & the veggies we eat are freebies.

I love pasta, too. It's hard not to eat more than I should. We have thought about trying the Barilla wheat pasta. I have epilepsy & unfortunately it has done a lot of damage to my memory, so much of what the dietitian told me about what to look for, I don't remember. But my husband will be going in to see her in a few days, so he should be able to help me read labels to find the right things. I can't remember how to figure turning sugars, or is it fats?, in carbs.

I don't have trouble with sweets. Once in a very great while, I'll get a craving for a sweet, but I guess that isn't bad. Anyway, between the two of us, we will keep it straight.

If you can find a good dessert dish that doesn't call for artificial sweetners, let me know.

Shelia

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-27 14:08:10 -0500 Report

Way to go ,you have done well
It is hard to do all the right things sometimes you just got to be bad lol
I eat as much lean meat as I wish No poratos,just a little rice and very little bread
and a little pasta lots of some veg .
I dont eat as much as I did before D and I do eat a lot better health wise.
Best wishes
Harlen

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-27 14:41:13 -0500 Report

Hi Harlen
Thanks. It's always nice to receive encouragement. Sounds like you are doing better, too. Keep it up!

I agree, sometimes you just got to be bad. A couple of nights before I saw my doctor for a review of my sugar levels, I had eaten some frozen custard (still have half of it in my freezer) & my sugar went to 208. That's when she put me on medicine. But I've stayed below 120 since then.

We have lean pork loin or chicken & I strip every bit of whatever little fat is left on them. The we have rice or a small amount of pasta, & lots of veggies. I'm not a bread eater, but I eat a bagel a couple times a week.

My dietitian put me on a diet of breakfast: 3 carb, 1 meat, 1 fat; lunch: 3 carb, 2 meat, 1 fat; dinner: 3 carb, 3 meat, 1 fat. Sometimes I don't eat any carbs for lunch, just veggies & I know that isn't good because it won't keep my sugar level, so a little later I will eat some crckers.

I have to mix up the vegetables & not have too many green veggies. Actually, I'm slowly increasing the amount of green vegetables we have for dinners. My husband has an immune disorder, APS - anti-phospholipid syndrome, where his immune system attacks his blood cells & deforms them, causing them to clot. Suddenly changing the amount of green vegetables he eats will increase blood clots & cause heart attack, stroke, pumonary embolism or aneurysm (which he just had last month).

Take care.

Shelia

Harlen
Harlen 2011-05-27 15:14:57 -0500 Report

Dont take all the fat it needs some just to be good lol
As a Chef I love to cook the down side is that I love to eat too lol
Best wishes
Harlen

MissPuff
MissPuff 2011-05-27 16:11:39 -0500 Report

I suppose it does, Harlen. Just a very little bit.:) I do like my butter though. The dietitian aked why I wasnt using the "healthy" stuff & I told her we don't like. We tried 1 tub of it & went back to the real deal, but I did cut back on how much I use.

I love to cook to (a home cook like cookie roma), but alas, I don't have the ability to stand at the stove or counter top longer than a couple of minutes, so it's start something, get of my feet (my back really), go check, sit down again & by the time I check it again it's done. Nothing fancy for me anymore.

Take care.

Shelia

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-05-28 10:14:12 -0500 Report

I love Smart Balance and when I began using it daily, like on toast and in recipes, the last time I had my cholesterol checked after that, it was much improved.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-27 15:39:57 -0500 Report

Really! I'm just a home cook but a very good cook if I say so myself (which I apparently do). I never have a problem with portion control . In fact I actually eat more since being diagnosed. But I enjoy cooking and eating as well.