Mallory 2011
By Mallory 2011 Latest Reply 2011-06-10 23:43:57 -0500
Started 2011-06-07 14:18:30 -0500

HI, Im a 27 yrold who have had type2 diabetes for a 1yr. Im on oral meds and insulin. Its very hard to cope with. And at times im very scared. Sometimes i dnt know what to do. I dnt know how to change my eating habits bc at times i dnt understand. Can any one help me to understand on how to change my eating habits?

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realsis77 2011-06-08 10:27:54 -0500 Report

Hi! What helped me was looking up the GLYCEMIC INDEX online and keeping my foods LOW on the index. The glycemic index will tell you the glycemic value of just about any food.also the site has a place where you can type in a food and it will tell you the value of the food on the index. The lower the better on the index. Also what helped me personally was diabetic cookbooks. They have many good delicious meal ideas and diabetic deserts! I got my cookbooks off ebay and amazon really cheap. I opted for the used books! Personally they have been a God send for me. I remember when I was first diagonsed going to the grocery store and wanting to cry because I didn't know what or how to eat. These tools really helped me learn the choices that were best for me. I suggest you give that a try. Always remember carbs are not our friends and we want to keep the carbs to a minimum! Read lables, learn foods off the glycemic index. I think this will help you. I know it helped me! Good luck and I hope I was of some help to you!

Sweet Potatoe
Sweet Potatoe 2011-06-07 16:24:00 -0500 Report

You can't do it over night nor in a week. It's a process and eating breakfast is the first step..excerising is the next. Start off walking for a short period of time then as you build up your strength walk longer at least 3-5 days a week. Trust me, being a T2 can be scary, but don't let it control you. You have to be positive, make a lifestyle change and determination will make you be in control. Wishing you the best!!!!

jayabee52 2011-06-07 14:54:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Mallory! WELCOME to DC!

Yes, diabetes ("DM") is a scary condition. Yet it needen't scare you so much that you throw up your hands and you quit trying to do something to control it (denial).

Well, I believe the best way to change your eating habits is very slowly. I seem now to have my Blood Glucose Numbers ("BG#s") under good control most of the time. Now I eat very few carbohydrates. I've been a Person with Diabetes ("PWD") since 1995 and my evolution in eating changes has been quite slow. I'm just now coming to the place where in my life with DM I can control it mainly by what I eat. Unfortunately not everyone can do this.

To understand and therefore change your eating habits, it would be good if you told us just what kinds of things you eat and drink now.

There are a lot of kind and smart people here who can help you tweak your meal plan (I don't like the word "diet") to help you get better control. I myself didn't understand nutrition and what makes a good DM meal plan all that well when first Dx'd as a PWD, so I made a LOT of mistakes.

I and many other people here would love to helo you Mallory.

Praying God's richest blessings upon you and yours!


Mallory 2011
Mallory 2011 2011-06-07 15:09:18 -0500 Report

Thanks James. I eat healthy some days and bad others. I have notice i dnt eat alot. My finance moms is always on my time bc i dnt eat breakfast. I never was a breakfast person. The good thing is i have been losing weight but Dr.'s tell me to make sure i eat bc it can low my blood sugar. The hardest thing for my is KOOL-AID im addicted to it. I know God will heal me all this is very new to me.

jayabee52 2011-06-07 15:54:08 -0500 Report

Well, Mallory, first of all be kind to yourself, and don't beat yourself up over past mistakes. And if you make a mistake in the future, still be kind to yourself. Changes to one's eating pattern is never easy or neat.

It would be best if you ate breakfast and then 4 or 5 smaller meals (or snacks) throughout the rest of the day.

I don't know what your weight is now, but I am guessing that losing weight is a good thing. It usually is.

Kool Aid eh? I used to do a lot of that too with SweetNLow instead of sugar. Now I can't because I have kidney disease and must stay away from products containing potassium and phosphorus. I read the ingredients in the Kool Aid, and it contained one of those 2 substances (can't remember which now) so had to stop it.

But substitute either SweetNLow or Stevia in the place of sugar in the Kool Aid, and you should be able to continue with it, unless you have some other condition which tells you to stop drinking it.

Do you know what a carbohydrate ("carb") is?

If you do, I recommend you cut back on your carbs.

Has any of your Drs told you how many carbs you should have per meal or snack? Or has anyone sent you to a registered dietitician ("RD") or a certified diabetes educator ("CDE")?

I don't want to tell you how many carbs you should have for a meal because the Dr, or the RD or CDE would be better qualified to tell you that. But generally speaking for a female a meal should be about 30 to 45 carbs.

There are books like "Calorie King" which tells the carb counts of every food, even fast foods, so you can better count your carbs.

Cut back on your carbs, and eat more in the way of GREEN vegetables and good lean proteins (for example chicken or turkey breast or lean beef). Those do get digested and eventually broken down into glucose, but it takes a long time and doesn't raise your BG all that much.

That's all from me for now