Diagonsed with type 2 last month

By sarahinmi Latest Reply 2011-06-27 08:09:52 -0500
Started 2011-06-24 10:35:09 -0500

Hi I am Sarah, I am 37 and have just found out that I have diabetes. I suspected it would happen family history and I was gestational with my last two pregnancy's.
Since being diagnosed I have made several diet changes and have lost around 15 lbs.
The hard part is I have two young children ages 3 and 4. While all of us have been eating a bit better I can't see not letting the them enjoy some treats. I just have a problem staying away from the stuff myself.
I am scared, I have really no support system and no groups that are close enough to me to be able to attend any support meetings.
My mother (may she rest in peace) was diabetic as well and she passed away at the age of 49 due to heart issues. I do not want to face the same things that she did. I have many other health issues as well as suffering from depression,anxiety disorders, herniated discs,degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and bi-polar. I feel as if I have the weight of the wold on my shoulders and that with all the issues I have I will just continue to fall apart.
I want to make good choices for my whole family, i just have not figured out how to juggle all the changes that need to be made. It was always so easy to go grocery shopping, now I am at a loss as to what to eat and what not to let alone planning meals that the whole family will eat. I hope to find support among others who have been there and can give advice and understands how frustrating it can be.

6 replies

CaliKo 2011-06-27 08:09:52 -0500 Report

I agree with Graylin, Harlen and James. You are not depriving your children if you don't have the sugary treats around, you are giving them better eating habits for life. I never forced my son to eat anything, but I just kept putting good choices in front of him at every meal, and when he got hungry, he ate. Now he has the best palate ever at 14. Better than mine.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-27 07:59:50 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. It is confusing at first to figure out what to buy and eat. It took me awhile to learn to carefully read nutrition lables for the carb and protein counts. Sometimes a food I thought wouldn't affect my BG would suprise me two hours later. Same with what different fruits, vegies, and grains would do to my BG. Since everybody seems to have different foods that are good and not to good for them testing is very important. My 7 year old niece has always chosen cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, broccoli and carrots over other foods. My sister has to hide the apples so other family members can have some. Sinceyour kids re young you can guide their food tastes a little easier than if they were older.I've been watching my 18 month old great nephew as he tastes new foods. Many don't meet with an instant approval.

Harlen 2011-06-24 14:40:37 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome Jaekyn is nine now and will brake my arm if I dont make her a salad just like mine lol
I pick the things I dont like to eat lol lol I dont like gum but my little one loves it so we good lol lol
Freesh veg makes a great snak if they give you a hard time over it sit down with them and show them how good it is mmmmmm
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-06-24 12:35:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Sarah! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
Congrats on losing the 15 lbs!

Yes, it is difficult to not let your children enjoy some treats. But perhaps those treats can be healthier treats rather than sugar laden bombs. This is the age you can train them to deal with life later on!

Rather than cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, you might want to try to give them something sweet but with some nutrition in it, like grapes. Stick them in the freezer to make a mini popcycle. Or you might try peanut butter spread in the hollow of celery sticks with raisins in it (we called it "bugs on a log") My boys loved those, and you could probably join them eating those. Just a couple of ideas. There are a lot more which could benefit. Now is when kids get a taste for the sweet stuff, and if they don't get used to having it, they'll probably not crave it so much later in life.

Of course when my boys were growing up I wasn't a person with diabetes, so that wasn't an issue.

For your eating plan you might want to let your glucometer be your guide to what foods/drinks are good for you and what spikes you. Not everyone is the same. What spikes my BG#s may not affect yours that much. So use your meter to tell you what is good for YOU to consume.

To test that you take your BG reading before you consume the item to get a "baseline" reading. Then you consume a suggested serving of the food or drink. You then wait 2 hrs after consuming it and take another BG reading ("postprandial"). If the serving raises your BG# more than 50 points, then you can choose to retest at another time with a smaller portion size. If it is a lot more than 50 points, you probably should avoid it alltogether.

To find serving sizes, look on the nutrition facts label on the package, or google Nutrition information and use one of the sites which gives you the information on various fruits and vegetables.

It also might be useful to you to get a 3 ring binder and paper for it, and record those tests so you can go back and check in case your mind gets fuzzy on a result.

As a person with diabetes, you don't have to eat special food, just you have to be aware of the carbohydrates and what they do to your body. The meal plan for a PWD is perhaps healthier than normal, so if you can get them to eat what you eat, it would be better for them.

Praying God's richest blessings be to you and yours


nanaellen 2011-06-24 11:08:52 -0500 Report

I know just what you mean!! I'm raising my Grandson and he NEEDS the fattening stuff!! I have a "snack container" that I put aside with all the goodies I can't have and snack time he goes to "his" bucket and I have some pistachio's or some other snack. Eggs are a good snack too. Maybe hard boiled for you and deviled eggs for the kids? He loves the granola bars too just be careful of the carbs in some of them! And just try to think of it as your teaching your little ones to eat better so they can STAY healthy!! Fresh fruit is great for kids! Try freezing some grapes for the kids they taste just like freeze pops!! And as Jolene said there are alot of great recipes on this site too! The best thing you can do is LEARN and THIS is the best place to do it!! Welcome! Ellen :)

JoleneAL 2011-06-24 10:39:42 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC! I'm sure someone with small kids can help you with your question and they should be along shortly!!! I don't have children or a husband that likes sweets, so that is not a problem for me.

But, PWD have to have will power hands down. Check out the recipe section here and at any low-carb recipe website. I'm sure you can find something you and the kiddos can have!