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By MsKelly50 Latest Reply 2015-01-03 11:00:18 -0600
Started 2011-09-03 08:34:29 -0500

Hello, my name is Kelly and I too am new to this website. 10 yrs ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as many yrs. of having low blood sugar. I to this day am not a good eater and have spent a majority of the past 10 yrs in SERIOUS denial. How does one go from rarely eating breakfast and or lunch to doing so, and what are my meal plan options when I have a family of 5? Thanks for any input!

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andy1979 2015-01-03 11:00:18 -0600 Report

hiya kelly as someone who rarely had breakfast until i was diognosed in aug 2014 i now treat my breakfast as my time of morning were i am to have five mins of eating a small breakfast of musli or porridge and time to think. As for meal plan options i add more flavour to foods with herbs and spices and add colour to my food by eating the veg i like, occasionally on the the principle of little and often. stews and veg stirfrys with lean meat such as chicken or turkey. i wish you well . but please as experience has taught me start to think of you as there is only one of you to go around. denial is such a harmful weapon against yourself , you need the weapon i use when i feel crappy and that is optimism and self affirmations .

Abby888 2011-09-09 18:00:29 -0500 Report

I was in denial myself since diagnosed with "pre-diabetes" in 2006. Now I have full blown type 2 diabetes AND was still in denial until I developed diabetic neuropathy in my feet and was hospitalized with pancreatitis (from having blood sugars in the 400-500 range). Now I carb count and my numbers are much better. I'm only 35 y/o and have a long number of years ahead of me. I was sick of feeling tired and crappy every day. And my family is very willing to eat the same foods that I do (i just eat less than they do). Fruits and vegetables are a must. And seeing a diabetic educator helped me with the carb counting. I also keep a journal. Good luck to you :)

disbelief 2011-09-05 20:00:50 -0500 Report

hi I am new to this webite I have type 2 and i am takening a pill once a day
I am cheating sometimes I eat donuts or cookies or a piece of pie and yes a coke
sometimes two cokes my sugar is around 180 in the mornings and 213 in the afternoon.
chips salty. serious denial. hard to give up these items. for low carbs.
just started the pill this year. I sometimes do good for 3 weeks. Then look out sweets come in and I can,t control the eating habit.

Pixie01 2011-09-05 21:18:04 -0500 Report

Hi. I too just joined the community. I have had T2 for at least 15 years (I can't remember how long for sure…I have dementia) and still have very poor control. I am on insulin 5 times a day—3 short term insulin shots a day and 2 long term a day. I have a terrible time passing sweet treats by, even though I try to use only things made with Splenda. I don't have any trouble with giving up regular soda—now I can't stand it; I have finally gotten used to diet soda and find it yummy. My glucose level has been running in the high 200s and low 300s! I think its because I have been under a lot of stress and in a great deal of unmanaged chronic pain lately. I hope to get it under control soon, as I'm sure it's doing a lot of damage to the rest of my body. I hope you don't have the trouble I have controlling your diet and managing your diabetes better than I do. I HAVE PLENTY OF WILL POWER, I JUST DON'T HAVE ANY WON'T POWER!

robertoj 2011-09-05 19:43:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC community. There are many answers to your question I hope you find what you need. The first thing I did was to do a thorough self examination. Why did not take good care of myself, what was I afraid of who was I affecting with my behavior and what is likely to happen later. I learned about diabetes, saw a certified diabetes educator (a good one) and did what I could to change my behavior, I started by reading labels, reducing my carb intake and started using small plates and bowls. I started using low carb recipes, making my regular meals diabetes friendly and cut out as much sugar as possible. It takes time and I like to consider changing how I eat rather than going on a diet. Good luck and God bless.

margokittycat 2011-09-05 18:41:06 -0500 Report

I Kelly and welcome to the DC. I have been diabetic for more than 30 years and when I hit 17 I hated eating breakfast and lunch was the same. I continued that for a long long time and when my doctor said I could not do that anymore, it sucked. I went to starting out slow, a couple strips of bacon for breakfast, a string cheese for lunch. Several years ago though a company came out wit Glucerna bars, shakes and cereals that are mad efor diabetics. I eat a snack bar or shake for breakfast and a meal bar or shake for lunch. As far as your other meals go it is hard because you don't want to deprive your family because you can't eat something. I make the things my family likes, but watch how much of it I eat. Some times when we do grilled meat there is always a potatoe or pasta, I eat the meat and then what evere vegetable or vegetables we are doing that night. I always have a saladd made in the fridge and I love salad so I sacrifiesbut my family does not have to.

jayabee52 2011-09-03 17:07:33 -0500 Report

Howdy Kelly WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I am glad to know you are out of denial.

Re: your question about eating, you take baby steps toward your goal. Start out with eating a little bit of breakfast, probably a protein like an egg or two. When you have that breakfast habit firmly in hand, then move on to lunch. Again I would avoid carblhydrate laden foods like potatoes or breads or pastas. Eat chicken breasts and other protein laden foods.

A family of 5 may not be a problem depending on whether they are picky eaters or not. You can feed them, and you regular food. Just avoid boxed foods or pre-made stuff. You can feed them very healthy food without a lot of the additives in the processed foods.

Praying God's richest blessings shower upon you and yours


Turtle 2011-09-03 16:48:15 -0500 Report

Hi Kelly, I just saw your post. Welcome to the site. I hope you get lots of support and make many friends. I have both low blood sugar and high blood sugar. I eat 6-8 small meals or snacks a day. I am a grazer any way and always have been. After being diagnosed several years ago, I immediately quit eating the things I was told to and tried to focus on what I can have. Have you gone to a nutritionist yet? They can answer your question right to the last meal of the day for you. You do not have to eat what your family eats and I know that is hard. You can sit with them at meal time and eat what you can. Sometimes eating with someone helps a lot. I live alone and so eat alone. But I remember the Lord and my dog are with me :)

Gemm 2011-09-03 10:13:25 -0500 Report

Welcome Kelly

I haven't had diabetes as long as you have but I am well acquainted with hypoglycemia. I was diagnosed with that when I was pregnant with my younger daughter in 1983. I was only diagnosed diabetic last year - Spring on 2010. I also never used to eat breakfast, and know that was something I had worked at because I found out that my sugar didn't drop as much or as often if I didn't eat in the mornings. Occasionally I would eat early (anything before at least 5 hrs after I got up was early no matter what time I got up). I had been known to not eat but one meal a day often even though I had a family to feed. I did find that I would 'nibble' a bit while I was fixing meals for the family but not actually eat meals other than dinner/supper though that was not as much a part of my diet as no breakfast. I'm not sure when I actually started eating lunch regularly but it has been some years back.

This last year has really been a struggle to learn to eat breakfast again and I did have many episodes again of low sugars in doing so. Now that I've gotten used to having breakfast again - most of the time - I don't have as many drops but sometimes still get one within the 1st hour or 2 after eating. What I did was watch what time I was eating and then every couple of weeks force myself to eat about an hour earlier until I was eating most days within 1 - 1 1/2 hrs after getting up - rarely sooner than 1 hr. Even is I have to get up and go somewhere (last weekend we were going to Nashville for 1 night) I will make something to eat in the car on the way rather than eat right when I get up.

It has been hard to do and there were times when I would actually feel physically ill from eating earlier than I was accustomed to eating. I had to stick with it and start small - 1/2 serving of something - usually whole grained cereal, low fat milk (we used to use % but now use 1%) and maybe a bit of fruit or berries, depending on what we might have (1/2 - 1/3 what would be considered a serving). I had to go in small steps and consciously increase the amount I ate as well as consciously eating earlier every 2 - 3 weeks. Now if I don't eat within 1 1/2 hrs at the outside (most of the time) I can feel my sugar dropping, so it's important to catch that window between 1 hr and 1 1/2 hrs.

As for meal plan options with a family - any meal plan that is good of us is also good for the family. We had to really change our meal plans around some 8 - 9 years ago when my hypoglycemia went into what the doctor called a 'critical stage' and I now realize is what is called insulin resistance. Any time I would eat anything that had sugar in it (any glucose actually) I had a small spike in my blood sugar and a huge drop within 1/2 - 1 hr, sometimes sooner. What I had to do was take all added sugar out of my diet 'right now' no weaning off. I am also allergic to both saccharin and aspartame so finding a substitute was difficult. Fortunately the doctor knew about Splenda so I was able to switch to that for most uses. My family hasn't really noticed the difference in most things. We also had to start eating some different things that we usually did as simple carbs were also a problem for me. We were already eating whole wheat breads but I had been wanting to switch from white pastas to whole grains but the family had bucked me on it though I had been able to switch to brown rice without notice ;) Once it became a matter of my health and I sat down and explained it to them the family gave in and allowed me to start using the whole grain pastas. To their surprise they actually like them better that white ones as the flavor is a lot more robust.

As ston3xc said there are many sites out there to help besides ours. Just goggle diabetic food and then start looking through them. Good luck and again - welcome and HUGS to ya

MsKelly50 2011-09-03 13:22:05 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for your response. I'm new to this site and haven't really searched it all but will this evening as my house winds down! Thank you for the well wishes and HUGS to you as well!

grandmaducky 2011-09-03 09:25:40 -0500 Report

Hi welcome to our family i dont eat breakfast until 8:30 i get up at 5 i eat lunch at 1:15 i do sometimes have a string cheese at 10:30 you can find low carb recipes on this site and other low carb sites. You can adapt your familys favortie recipes to low carbs ones and if you need help ask and will try to give you stuff you can use instead of high carb stuff :)

ston3xc 2011-09-03 08:44:42 -0500 Report

I was always a breakfast eater so I have no advice on how to get started on that, I'm sure you'll get some soon. A cookbook on diabetic cooking will be your best options on cooking for your family and check out recipes on this site for other ideas. It's a slight life change not a major upheavel. Eating better will make you feel better. Good luck!!!

MsKelly50 2011-09-03 13:19:59 -0500 Report

Thank you! I haven't spent a lot of time on the site yet, but with all the responses I have gotten I will be sure to do so. We are (somewhat) transitioning to turkey burger meat as opposed to all red meat, and I try hard not to serve to many starches at 1 meal or I find altenative for myself as to not deprive my family. I want to eat healthier and want for my family to do so as well. Again thanks for your advice and support!