New to Diabetes

By AmericanMadeTexan Latest Reply 2012-01-02 16:40:49 -0600
Started 2011-12-19 00:32:51 -0600

Just joined, new to Diabetes, just diagnosed on Dec 16, and I'm going to miss the southern foods, I look forward to the support, I know I will need it!

7 replies

Nick1962 2012-01-02 16:40:49 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome! Not to worry, I’m still my eating catfish, slaw and Brunswick stew. Just had to lay off the hush puppies and not wash it all down with a pitcher of Bud. You’ll do fine.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-19 19:01:21 -0600 Report

Hi Tex, welcome to Diabetic Connect. I am a Marylander and love my southern foods. I miss gravy the most but will make it when I want some.

You can still have your southern foods you just have to modify how you cook them. It isn't going to be easy at first. Once you get your BG"s to where you want them, you can experiment to see what effect it has on your BG's.

This will be your first holiday as a diabetic and you don't want to over do eating the Christmas Dinner. I use a teaspoon for starches and a serving spoon for non starchy veggies. If I eat dressing I skip the bread, corn, peas, or any other starchy veggie. I will eat a teaspoon of mashed potatoes and a half teaspoon of gravy. I find that I am full when I am finished eating.

Take your time, don't rush it and you will be fine.

Caroltoo 2011-12-19 15:52:44 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to diabetic connect. I'm one of the ones that Mickey is referring to when she says that there are "some of on site who like to cook". I do my meals from organic fruit, vegetables, oils, and meat. I'm also gluten intolerant (gives me a big pain in the belly within 12 hours), so also work around that.

I grew up on Southern Style also (born in Maryland to a mom from Virginia), and do enjoy eating well. There's lots we can share, but for now just be reassured: you don't have to give up good food, you just need to learn how to modify the recipes so they don't trigger your BGs. At first you may have to cut back more strictly to get the BGs down, but once you are where you want to be, you can experiment with a little more flexibility.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 15:30:54 -0600 Report

Welcome to our little community! This is a wonderful place to learn, give and get support or just vent if need be!
You don't need to give up everything you love, you just need to learn how to work around it. We have a lot of people on this site who like to cook(i don't!) who might be able to help ;you!
Just know that you have to have patience with yourself, this is not something that just comes to you over night! It takes time, patience and practice to learn what will work for you, and what won't.

So Good Luck and Welcome! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to shout out, we are all here to support eachother!
God Bless,

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-02 15:56:53 -0600 Report

Great post. I don't cook, but my husband is a chef so woohoo for me! Mom told me to learn to cook or marry someone who can, I took option 2:) It's the passing up on the food I shouldn't eat that is really hard.

jayabee52 2011-12-19 11:16:42 -0600 Report

Howdy "Tex!" WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our little "family" but am glad you chose us to come and hang out with.

Let us know what are your concerns and questions and we may be able to suggest some solutions or answers.

Christmas Blessings to you and yours


reneeramaekers 2011-12-19 10:44:50 -0600 Report

It gets easier as time goes by and this is a great place for support !!!! Everyone here understands and is so great !!! Good luck