Newly diagnosed and totally confused :(

By phoenix777 Latest Reply 2012-01-16 12:15:28 -0600
Started 2011-12-06 08:32:55 -0600

Hello :) I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes - no meds yet - but probably soon to start Metformin :( I am totally confused about food - does anyone know a site that has good info on what u can and can't eat ? I have seen a dietician and a diabetes educater - but I think I must be thick as two short planks as I still have no idea what I'm doing - any help would be appreciated - my one brain cell is on overload at the moment poor thing ;)

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Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-07 20:08:12 -0600 Report

Welcome new friend! Sorry you have to have D, but you are not alone. And you are not the only one that had to start new with D,we all had to start at the beginning also! It will be ok!

First know that you will not learn all there is to know and have it fixed in a week. It takes time, energy, knowledge and persistance. But it can be done!
One thing you might want to do (if you are already doing these, or were already told, I apologize), start a food journal. This has helped me SO much. I keep track of what I eat, when I eat it and what my blood sugars are. I do a fasting bs when I get up and I test 2 hours after I start eating.
I'm sure they told you to cut out the "white" foods…bread, rice and potatoes. Those are simple carbs, your body does not have to work to break anything down, it converts right to sugar in your blood, so you know that's not good! Some people cannot have bread, but for me, I can eat a Whole Grain bread, a favorite is Nutty Oat bread. You will just have to see what works for you. If you want pasta, go with a whole wheat or grain pasta and see if it works for you. Make sure you eat enough veggies and fruit's are good for you, but you have to be REALLY careful because of the natural sugars. Some might spike you too much and others might not bother you. Again, trail and error. I found tuna fish is my friend! I use a all white albacore, just a little lite miracle whip and cut up celery. Does not spike me and has lots of protein. Proteins are your friend! Nuts, eggs, tuna, chicken, etc are good. As always everything needs to be in moderation.
I know this is alot, but these are just some things for you to think about and "chew" over!! I know, bad pun!!
I hope I have not overwhelmed you. And I'm sure that I have missed some good pointers, but there are a lot of people here who care and want you to succeed, so you will get lots of help!! Please don't hesitate to post any questions you have. We want to help you.
God Bless you and Good Luck!
p.s. Drink lots of water! That helps alot too!! :)

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timber wolf 89 2011-12-06 20:46:11 -0600 Report

Well Phoenix I found out I was type 2 in july but you are at the best place for knowledge and the people here are out-standing and so friendly and are more then happy to help if they can. welcome to the site ..

reneeramaekers 2011-12-06 20:27:59 -0600 Report

Hang in there you will be surprised at what sank in. This is the best place to start !!!! So many wonderful people with so much knowledge !!!! Someone always knows what to do where to look or how to do it !!!! Don't worry no question is too stupid !!! You are among friend.
Good luck my friend

SCLWKR 2011-12-06 13:13:23 -0600 Report

Hello Phoenix! Welcome to this site. It is a wonderful source of support, information and education. While there are many resources for diabetes information and education, my suggestion to you is to make another appointment with your diabetes nutritionist to develop a personalized health plan specific to your medical needs. Don't feel badly about not understanding diabetes and what changes you'll need to make. This is all new to you and there is a bit of shock and denial (perhaps) in the early stages of learning you have the disease. This is completely normal and actually expected. It is vitally important that you not guess about what interventions you need. Nutrition is so very important to your health and to the successful long term management of diabetes. By meeting again with the dietician, together you can identify your individual nutritional needs and develop meal plans and eating strategies that will support your treatment goals. With this foundation you will THEN be able to seek out other resources to gain additional information to support YOUR dietary plan. Without the initial foundation, you are simply guessing at what action you need to take to take contol of your diabetes. I encourage you to continue reaching out to your DC Pals, your health care team and the resources available both online and elsewhere. Please keep me posted about your progress. I care and I support you 100%. Please make that appointment with the dietician, and as is my motto: "Keep on Keeping on!" ((Hugs)) Sherrie

Nick1962 2011-12-06 09:33:41 -0600 Report

Hello! It looks like the official greeters here had a late night last night and are sleeping in. Let me be the first to say welcome and sorry you qualify for the club.
There really is no “one stop shop” when it comes to diets. Or more accurately “effective” diets. Each of us is different. As a general rule of thumb though, you will need to start reading labels and start cutting carbs and sugars (a Low Glycemic Index diet). How drastically depends on how much you use them already. This is going to be an educational process individual to you like it has been for all of us, and it won’t happen overnight.
Before we discuss the variables you’ll need to consider, I’d like to mention the new mindset you’ll need to follow your new diet and lifestyle. The word “diet” is often thought of as a verb – something you do – and it is almost always thought of as temporary. Just something to do until you get better or lose weight. It has to be used as a noun now – a thing. Kind of like “the polar bear’s diet consists mainly of ice seals”. For each of us it ends up being “the Phoenix’s diet consists mainly of……” You need to discover what will fill in that blank effectively.
My personal plan (and I’m not in any way saying it will work for you) is the 777 plan (wow, phoenix777, what a coincidence). No single food should contain more than 7 carbs, 7 sugars, and should be at least 7 proteins. Others do their carb count by total per meal or day. I wanted to control my “D” with diet, and I needed to lose a good amount of weight. I am very strict with myself, but I do cheat also. If I am going to grab a few extra carbs, it will be on a day where I will burn them off. I lost 90 lbs. and I am well controlled.
So, some things to consider when building your plan: Do you also need to lose weight? How much exercise do you/will you get? Do you have any food restrictions? What are your BG and a1c numbers like? Age, daily routine, family, and budget also come into play, and of course discipline. In any case, look around the site here and ASK QUESTIONS like you just did. Lots of them in fact. With this intelligent and friendly group here, it won’t take long to get you on the right path.
Best to you! Help is on the way!

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