Diabetic Life

By moonfirewolf Latest Reply 2012-02-10 11:43:30 -0600
Started 2012-01-31 19:34:32 -0600

When I first found out, 8 years ago that I was diabetic, I thought my life was over. I even contemplated suicide because I didn't want to be handicapped. Throughout these years I have learned that I am not handicapped but I just needed to change my lifestyle. I have been on a diabetic diet all of this time and have lost a total of 60 pounds and my diabetes is completely under contriol. I have been much better for this because I learned that you can't just eat what you want or starve yourself to lose weight. You have to do it gradually. The first 3 years I didn't lose any weight at all. The next 3 I fluctuated, but the last 2 I started seeing a difference in myself and the important part is… so did everybody else! I kept being asked if I had lost weight and it felt really good that someone else saw it too. I can always tell when my sugar is up because the room starts to spin and I stumble around as if drunk. I then start checking what I have eaten and remember not to eat it again. I not only feel better, my clothes are too large for me and I will need to get new ones. Isn't that great news?!

30 replies

Cheya 2012-02-04 18:24:05 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed w/type2 recently. I still can't wrap my mind around it. I think of suicide on a daily basis. Food is/was my best friend. How do you let that go?

Nikkigriff 2012-02-09 12:44:00 -0600 Report

As I have posted in other places here I was just diaganosed Dec 27, 2011. I have to tell you food was my life, Im Italian and can eat loads of pasta everyday. I looked at it like this. I can either make the changes or die early. I know it's harsh but it how I made myself come to the decision to make the lifestyle changes I needed. I have a 13 year old son I will be here when he graduates high school, gets married, has children and so on. I made that promise to myself that I will do all that I can to live my life to the fullest no matter what, and if giving up food to be healthy then thats what I will do. I had 2 people in my family die of this disease, one of them being 3 months older than I am, it will be a year of her passing ond the 25th of this month. I won't be like that, I have to beat this, and not let it beat me. My life means to much to me.

GabbyPA 2012-02-10 11:43:30 -0600 Report

We will be pulling for you and cheer you on. If you need any help along the way, we are here.

moonfirewolf 2012-02-06 08:49:14 -0600 Report

It is difficult at first but once you stop being afraid of the disease, you will take control of it instead of it having control of you. I went through the same thing as you are now.

lisalisa40 2012-02-05 22:39:45 -0600 Report

im was diaganosed 2 yrs ago and its still a struggle for me. im overwhelmed with all the carbs and fats and fibers what not to eat when to eat what to eat how much to eat its a struggle every day joing Diabetes connect and having a support team and talking to people just like me has really help it gives you and out let to release and vent with people who actually understand and i dont know if you christian or not but i also found a book called "THE BIBLE CURE FOR DIABETES" and if helped me alot with recipes and biblical remedies and ways to pray my way to better health. putting my body and my pancreas in GODS hands! dont give up keep fighting and praying!!!

Young1s 2012-02-05 09:52:27 -0600 Report

Having diabetes doesn't mean giving up all of the foods you love. It just means learning new ways to prepare them, portion control and determining what foods will/will not spike your glucose levels. It's different for each of us so that's where testing foods by checking your levels comes in and why it is so important.

Nikkigriff 2012-02-09 12:48:32 -0600 Report

I agree with you here. I loved mac and cheese and I have found I can still eat it but I use whole grain noodles, and real cheese not processed … tastes the same to me and I am the only one that eats it in my house. Also I have made a lot of things in my slow cooker, but anything that calls for rice or pasta I just use whole grain rice and pasta … this has helped me a lot to change my lifestyle diet!

moonfirewolf 2012-02-05 08:16:28 -0600 Report

Food was my best frined also.I just changed a few things that I ate and I still had my best friend. I eat 6 small meals a day and feel as though I.m not missing a thing. In fact, the way I eat now is more beneficial and I don't feel hungry all of the time. I eat low carb and high protein, like Jayabee. I find recipes on allrecipes.com that gives all of the nutritional values of each recipe and that is how I watch my carbs when trying something new. Also, with diabetes being so prevalent in the US more restaurants are offering meals that cater to Diabetics. So i go out to eat at least once a month. I am a cheesecake fanatic and found a recipe for low carb cheesecake. I love it. Make the internet work in your favor and control your disease. I am on diet control only and have done very well. Good luck and believe me when I say…It's not the end of the world. It will get better, if you follow all of our advice. If you need anything, please ask and one of us will answer.

Cheya 2012-02-05 14:25:51 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for your wisdom. I have heard many times in the past about eating to live & not living to eat. I now understand what that really feels like!!

moonfirewolf 2012-02-05 08:22:19 -0600 Report

Also, I eat a lot of Ricotta cheese instead of puddings. You can make a diabetic pudding with ricotta cheese, splenda (or sweetener of your choice) and cocoa (or whatever flavor you choose) Just get extracts like, almond, mint, vanilla, banana, etc. and add to the ricotta and you have pudding.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-08 20:51:49 -0600 Report

Another food to experiment with. I haven't tried ricotta for years. And I have been craving chocolate pudding. Plus no cooking almost instant gratification. I see a trip to the store in my near future.

GabbyPA 2012-02-05 13:39:15 -0600 Report

That sounds yummy. I mix things with cottage cheese, but I see how the ricotta could be a nice blend.

jayabee52 2012-02-04 19:03:23 -0600 Report

Howdy Cheya! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family but since you do, I am glad you are here and are participating!

I have lived with this beastly malfunction of my body for more than 16 years.

I was like you too in that I didn't want to wrap my mind around it for the longest time. I was in denial. I thought about suicide too (even before I was diagnosed with Diabetes — DM —), so suicidal thoughts are not strange to me.

But now I have pretty well tamed the beast, and I have done it by what I eat and don't eat. Rather than having food as my master, I now have food as my servant.

I manage my DM without the use of diabetes meds at all and keep my Blood glucose (BG) levels close to the normal range by eating a low carbohydrate and high protein meal plan. I have lost 50 lbs last year and have kept them off by following my plan. Should you be interested in what I do, please ask and I will be happy to send to you.

If you get your eating under control you might avoid or postpone greatly the chance of getting painful, debilitating and/or humiliating complications. There are a lot that I have thanks to my stubbornness in my earlier years with the disease. If you want a list of what I have, look at my profile page. MOST of the conditions I mention there are due in one way or another to Diabetes. (My ADHD isn't one of those).

I could tell you about a time when I was at my lowest and I was told that ending my life would have been justified, but I chose not to do that, and my life turned around within the space of a year and I gained back all the things which made my life so bleak and "sucky" which pulled at me to end my life. I didn't kill myself so as not to give my 3 sons a bad example when things turned bad for them (as things in life so often do, eventually). I don't know where you are at in your life cycle, but my first guess would be you are a young person. It would be a shame to cut short a life in its beginning stages.

Should you feel the need to talk to someone, please email me, or Caroltoo, or DrGary. But please do not act on your suicide ideations.

Praying for you and yours


GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:36:43 -0600 Report

Food can still be your best friend. You just have to choose different "friends" to hang out with. Food will do incredible things for you once you have the right ones on the plate.

Nick1962 2012-02-04 19:32:46 -0600 Report

Oh so right Gabby! I made some primitive friends this weekend - meat and vegetables on sticks on the grill. They were good friends while they lasted. All kidding aside Cheya, it does get so much easier in time. Hang out here and see!

buster 47
buster 47 2012-02-02 13:38:18 -0600 Report

That is really great. I have been a diabetic for several years and most of the time my sugar is under control. I have lost 80 lbs but still have several more to lose but I have reached a plattoo and cant seem to lose any more right now. but it is wonderful to see someone who is on top of it. YOU GO GIRL

Denisency213 2012-02-01 21:09:32 -0600 Report

As a new diabetic u give me hope thanks

moonfirewolf 2012-02-01 21:22:44 -0600 Report

I'm glad I can help in some way. Hang in there. Being a new diabetic is a scary thing. But you can live with it and be quite happy actually. If you have any questions or just need to talk to someone, I'm there for you.

Nick1962 2012-02-01 08:28:19 -0600 Report

Nice work! I know that feeling. I had a pair of jeans I only wore once because by the time I got around to them again they were too big! Funny thing is people who see you every day don’t notice until it’s a huge loss then they look and go “whoa! You’ve really lost”.
Again, nice job!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-01 05:13:43 -0600 Report

Nice job, this is wonderful, I know when I was first diagnosed I was really down, yet persistent in learning. Your weight loss is an inspiration to all, and especially your attitude! Nice words! Congrats!

jayabee52 2012-02-01 00:06:40 -0600 Report

That is great moonfire!

I have experienced much the same attitude with my kidney problems and being on dialysis.

It is so nice when things come together!

Blessings to you and yours


Wiannu 2012-01-31 22:42:29 -0600 Report

That is such good news, I am very happy for you :) Losing 60 lbs, especially over a period of time is a major life change. Doesn't it feel sooo good to know that your clothes are too big :D Shopping trip!

Young1s 2012-01-31 21:51:07 -0600 Report

Good for you!! You give me hope for my weight loss goals. That even if I don't see results right away, if I just hang in there I the hard work will pay off. Thank you for the inspiration.