eating healthy

By chrisboyd Latest Reply 2012-01-18 22:23:11 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 19:35:06 -0600

hi my name is Chris. If anyone has any suggestions on how to eat healthy but still enjoy good food, please let me know. I have type two diabetes and had two doctor's appointments yesterday and today. They both went really well except my blood pressure was high. I take lisinopril to control it. My wife eats healthy and has lost about 40 lbs. She tries to get me to eat healthy but I can only take so much salads. Both my heart doctor and pain management doctor wants me to lose weight. I know I can and just need some help…thanks

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TsalagiLenape 2012-01-17 20:42:29 -0600 Report

Let your doctor know this first before you do anything, that you are going to do a change of lifestyle for eating and etc. First you need to do a food diary for one week. Write down everything and all that goes into your mouth from gum and etc. If you dont know the serving size just guess as best as you can or measure. Once you have done this for one week, writing down the time of day, amount or serving size and etc, then look it over. See what you may be eating too much of. Not getting enough of and etc. The next week start by making positive healthier choices on what you do like. Take smaller helpings on the stuff you get excessive with. Chew slowly enjoy your food taste. It will help you adjust. Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Eat often between 2 or 3 hours a day. Have three meals and 3 snacks all within in a healthy choices. Here is one: Take a romaine leaf put some protein i.e. tuna with some lite dressing, teaspoon of cheese, fresh veggies like mushrooms and onions. Wrap it up and eat it like a sandwich. Just an idea. After you have incorporated healthy food choices in your first week. Do better by week 2 and start out slow and add more exercise. Make sure to warm up first. Do it five minute walks 3 times a day. Pretty soon you can make it ten minutes. Drink plenty of water preferably cold. Helps burn calories and keeps you hydrated. Check your blood sugars. Keep us posted. By the way, this is how I lost my initial sixty pounds prior to being a diabetic. Hope this helps as it was meant too.

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-01-17 20:03:41 -0600 Report

Hi Chris: Here are some tips that have worked for me:
:ask for a referral to a diabetes educator. they can teach you how to count the carbs and to plan meals and even how to include your favorite foods (in moderation)
:tackle one meal or challenge at a time. focus on that and when you feel ready, add another positive change
: start exercising if you don't already-even if it's just a 10 minute walk at first
Baby steps have worked for me. Good luck to you!

chrisboyd 2012-01-17 22:11:35 -0600 Report

thanks I have done the educator, just don't understand. I love walking but right now I 2 ruptured discs in back which is making it hard to walk. Thanks for the tips. One change I have made. No pop or kool-aid. Its been either water or crystal light and really no chocolate. I will do the baby steps and then move up.thanks again

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-01-18 22:23:11 -0600 Report

Yes, I gave up soda also and now actually prefer water or Crystal Light! Sorry to hear about your back problems-hope you get some relief soon.