Feeling Discouraged..

dmax32
By dmax32 Latest Reply 2011-06-02 10:37:42 -0500
Started 2011-06-01 13:45:57 -0500

I have been back on medication to control my blood sugar since 5/03/11 currently taking Glyburide 5mg 2x a day Metformin 500mg 2x a day. I was unemployed and out of work unable to pay for my medication for almost two years. I was only diagnosed in 2008 and my sugars have never been in control.

Since my doctors appointment I have cut out most carbs at the suggestion and advise of my doctor who put me on the medication I am currently taking because they are each $4 at Walmart.

It has been hard to cut out carbs… But, for the most part except for low carb yogurt and soy milk and the carbs in veggies I have been successful. But, the carb cravings are strong. I don't know how much weight I have lost since I do not own a scale but I have lost about an inch in my waist. The days I eat more than 45g of carbs I feel depressed like I am failing at this new plan of action. I am not portioning out everything just tracking my carbs. I know this might not be the best plan but I am feeling hungry especially at night while watching TV when I would snack. My doctor didn't give me a diet plan just said no carbs ie: bread, pasta, rice, and starchy veggies.. I have a carb counting book and I try to have low carb options that are at least slow acting carbs. My discouragement is this I miss pizza, bagels and pasta. I have tried to substitute whole wheat pasta and portion it out to 1/2 a normal serving to keep the carbs down when I have to give in to the urges to eat carbs. Today I had 4 wheat thins just to quiet the carb craving and ate them with soy milk.

I don't go back to the doctor until Aug 3rd.. I can't afford any of the Atkins shakes and meal bars and from what I see they still have sugar which I am trying to eliminate all sugars. I need some encouragement and helpful solutions which is why I joined this community!

Thank You,

Dawn


21 replies

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-06-02 09:22:55 -0500 Report

Cutting carbs can be tough if you've been accustomed to eating them for years. I'm a full-blooded Italian and cutting out bread/pasta and some other favorites was tough.

Now you have to realize you don't need to eliminate ALL sugars…your body DOES need some carbs and sugars or else you go into "starvation mode" where it will actually hinder your weight loss and you won't feel your best.

So are you on 45g carbs daily, or is that per meal? My doc put me on 15-18 snacks 45 for meals which has worked well for me so far. I try to include more protein and healthy carbs (such as vegetables etc) that are slow digesting and lower sugar spikers.

I too miss bagels, pizza and other carb-heavy things. In the beginning I thought I'd be gung-ho and just eliminate as many carbs but I found my sugars getting way too low and I'd feel dizzy, upset stomach etc. I learned to balance it a bit and use snacks effectively such as yogurt, frozen yogurt, cheese, (SUCH a good snack), nuts. There's a ton that you can eat that tastes really good minus all the carbs.

You can still reward yourself once in awhile…have a thin-crust slice of pizza…or make a pizza out of a tortilla wrap etc. Once in awhile I still have a bagel for breakfast after about 10 months of not a one. My sugar may go a little higher than usual, but if it's a once in awhile thing that's not so bad as long as you're not consistently having high glucose levels and throwing your A1c out of whack. If I eat too many carbs I make myself take the stairs, or take the dog for a walk, park the car farther to get some cardio in and help counterract it.

Lastly you need to realize that you're not going to be successful 100% of the time. When you're not don't pick on yourself and get down, just get back into your swing of things and start over. You are what you MOSTLY eat, and your diabetes is affected by what you MOSTLY do so when there's an outlier once in awhile don't beat yourself up over it, just take steps to improve!

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-02 10:04:09 -0500 Report

For the first three months my doctor said to eat very low carbs so yes I am eating 45g of carbs a day… I just yesterday found a diet that will work. The17day diet is very low carb and plenty of food I am going to try it. I am over 200lbs and need to loose weight anyway. Since my doctor changed my medication and doesn't know how I will react to them yet and I am obese he said to trim down by limited carbs.

I have had whole wheat pasta and twice this month I had a slice of pizza with a salad. I am trying to limit the amount of times I crave the carbs by trying a high protein low carb diet where I Am eating plenty of food. It was a hard first month for sure.

Thank you for your input… I know I can't be 100% all the time.. I am trying to avoid sugars and high starchy foods.. I did find a 100 calorie multi grain english muffin that was one carb @ 18g. So I know there are days I will need to eat different things.. It has just been a struggle and so much information.

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-06-02 10:37:42 -0500 Report

Hang in there it's tough at first but if you scare yourself into being healthy it's not too bad :P

In the beginning I was hardcore about learning as much as I could about my disease and being as educated as possible. Keep it up and try to up your activity level, it really helps immensely to take off some of the weight and you can get off meds altogether!

Copperchef
Copperchef 2011-06-02 08:38:09 -0500 Report

dmax32,
Try looking toward your city. Many cities provide health classes. I have gone to a few in my area that were absolutely free. YIPEE. You may find dietary classes for diabetes. I have also checked with my local hospitals. There I have found that they hold an occasional free clinic on diet and health for free. Poke around on the internet for free classes and clinics in your area. You may be able to find something that fits.
Stay in touch here also. There are many great resources right here. Remember, the only bad question is the one you don't ask.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-02 10:06:23 -0500 Report

I did not find any free classes in my area… Even the hospitals wanted insurance information and payment here in Phoenix I was very discouraged to say the least. I went to a diabetic nutritionist and all she did was give me stuff to read most of what I had already and cost me a higher co pay.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-01 20:53:49 -0500 Report

I only just started to get normal blood glucose readings the last couple of weeks I probably should have mentioned that.. It is just the carb cravings and feeling limited with what I can eat!

edvel54
edvel54 2011-06-01 19:33:32 -0500 Report

Check out the recipe section, there are many low carb recipes there.
Believe in yourself. You can make it happen.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-01 14:52:02 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I need more then 45 grams of carbs a day .You may ask your doc to up your meds a bit so you can have a little more ????
I only do carb counting and My #'s are good .
You may be trying to do something that you cant do ??? I know there is no way I would be able to do it.
Best wishes Dawn
Harken

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-01 20:48:14 -0500 Report

My numbers are normal right now! I test 1x a day between lunch and dinner and my weekly average is 85 my lowest was 65…

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-01 21:09:58 -0500 Report

I would right it all down ,what your blood sugar was and how much you ate what your blood was 2 Hr after.
the better info you have the better you can work with your D
Best wishes
Harlen

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-01 21:37:55 -0500 Report

I can't afford to test often my doctor said that was fine as long as I was checking at least once a day.. When I was first diagnosed in 2008 my A1C was above 10 and reading were over 600… I had them down in the high 100's then lost my job… With the medication and diet plan I am on now they were lower than before and have the last couple weeks reached normal reading and I had my first low of 65. this past few weeks was the first time I had to worry about how low my numbers dropped… But, I am not eating fruit, bread, rice, white flour pasta or starchy veggies. Which is what is so hard for me!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-01 21:49:30 -0500 Report

Its not ok !!!! Anything over 145 is doing harm to your boddy.
What typ of meater do you have ???

Defeating Diabetes
Defeating Diabetes 2011-06-01 22:45:17 -0500 Report

Walmart has a Reli brand meter and the strips aren't expensive. You can also go to rxhope.com to get help with medication u may need. Ask you doctor office, they may know of some programs that can help with your medications.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-01 21:52:57 -0500 Report

I am not that high in my numbers anymore… my weekly average right now is 85 testing once a day!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-01 22:06:28 -0500 Report

Without knowing what you BS is in the AM and or afte meals you realy dont know how your BS is doing.
Yhe real bown side is that if your running low all the time you will stop feeling the lows .A frend was doing the same thing that your doing one day he was going to work and woke up in the ER he had passed out from the low BS and hit a school bus thank god no kids where hurt but he lost a leg and a hand the sad thing was he had the strips and just didnt like doing the testing ,he got 16 months for recless driving .
I am not telling you what to do just letting you know what can go rong

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-01 22:17:23 -0500 Report

See I don't have the strips… My doctor asked if I had a meter and left it at that… I have a few strips that are almost gone… And they are almost expired since I have had them since 2008.. I can't afford the co pay to get a script for them either… My new doctor is a No Appointment MD the co pay is over $20 and they don't write scripts by phone request. I was going to do the best I can till I see him again for the next few months…

I don't let myself get to low the day I went down to 65 I didn't have time to eat… Today I was 86 but I also waited over 4 hours to eat because I was working.. I was 160 the other morning so I am between 80-160 currently. I am financially strapped trying not to loose my second car!

Tigereyze209
Tigereyze209 2011-06-01 22:33:54 -0500 Report

I wish I could be more specific, as I am pulling this from my memory, but according to other discussion threads I have read on here, there are organizations that can help folks get meters and strips for very low or no cost to those in financial need.
I am hoping that someone else with a better memory can fill you in on the details, but doing a topic search on test strips would be a good place to start looking.
Good luck, welcome to the board, and hope you keep the numbers in check. It already sounds like you are off to a very good start.

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