new to Type 2

By littlemamac64 Latest Reply 2011-09-26 18:45:15 -0500
Started 2011-09-26 13:40:39 -0500

My boyfriend was Diagnosed 6months ago with type 2. I do all that I can to help him while he is home, you see he is an over the road Truck Driver, so I know he doesn't eat right on the road…I worry so much about him. He will let me know when he's not feeling well, especially due to really bad head aches…I tell him to drink plenty of water, try and flush out the I helping or harming him more… Please Help

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-09-26 18:45:15 -0500 Report

My time in the passenger seat of a semi were before I was diagnosed with diabetes. But I understand how hard getting good food can be. In some areas of the country the truck stops were far from any grocery stores. We used igloo and kool tron coolers that plug in for alot of our supplies. The shoe box cookers and aluminum cooking pans kept us supplied with hot meals. Most of our meals we cooked we timed by the miles. Have made complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with two shoe box stoves and a hot pot.
I made alot of tuna salad while bumbing down the road. There are many more choices available in the stores that are shelf stable then 14 years ago when we were looking for our meals. I will often stop and say "wish that had been here then" to my husband.
Some areas of the country we would be able to get into a few fast food places that had healthier items. We took advantage of some Boston Markets for their chicken meal deals. Sure was nice when we suddenly were stranded for a night in Fulton NY to have a nice hot from the shoe box cooker meal on a cold Autumn evening. It was the leftovers from a Philly Boston Market we happened upon the day before.
When we could hit a grocery store we would buy frozen vegies, they would keep about three days in the electric coolers and were a nice change from canned vegies.Also, we would be able to get some fresh beef to cook in the shoe box. It worked like a slow cooker.
We used to buy nuts depending n the region we were in. We would get peanuts around Suffox, VA and Beckley, GA. It was really nice when we scored a free assay box of peanuts.Then there were pecans from the south at roadside stands. In Iowa and Wisconsin we could find great amish cheese.
Hard boiled eggs came out great from the electric shoe boxe cookers. I think they took about 90 minutes to cook.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-26 15:27:37 -0500 Report

Hi. First, he absolutely needs to get and keep his sugars under control or he can lose his job. I presume he is over 18, so he, not you has to take responsibility for his eating habits. Eating healthy over the road is not easy to do. He can eat his meat, but should stay away from sandwiches. If you want to know why, go to McD's and look at the food values on a quarter pounder with cheese. The other problem with sandwiches, such as subs, is most of the meat is super processed.
What he will need to train himself to do is to limit his meals to 2-3 carb serving each, or 30-45 grams of carbs. Example: Pour a bowl of cereal, the size he would eat. Now measure it. Say it is 1 1/2 cups. Now look on the box. Serving size is 1/2 cup. So he is eating 3 servings of this cereal. Now look to see how many grams of carbohydrates are in a serving, say 45. Since 15 grams equals 1 carb serving, he is consuming 3 carb serving for each serving of cereal or 9 carb servings for this meal. Which is okay as long as he doesn't eat any more carbs for the whole day. The first thing I did was eliminate soda, fruit juices, and sadly, sweet tea, from my intake. I mostly drink water now.
The bad headaches are one of the signs I get when my sugar is really high. He needs to test and observe what sends it up. For me, some of the culprits are pizza, corn, potatoes, & bread. Hope this helps, Jim