Just finding out....

By MES71 Latest Reply 2012-02-20 22:56:48 -0600
Started 2012-02-16 14:31:11 -0600

I just found out the I have type 2 and it is a scary thing. I have always been a heavy set person and ate what every I wanted. Now it seems that everyone is telling me that I have to change my life into a 180. Is this really what I need to do now? After finding out, I have changed a few of my habits. I used to drink soda/pop all the time. Now, I have cut it down to at least one can a day. I have also cut down on my sugar snacks…a lot. My husband has them but I try to tell him not to over do it or you will become like me. I have cut down the snacks I take to work to eat with my lunches. Most of them come in packs of 2. Now I break them down and eat only one a day. Of course in doing this, I have lost some weight too.

I know I still have to go and see my doctor and a "dietician" and that I am going to hate!

I wasn't raised on salads, vegetables & rise. I was brought up on meat, potato & pasta with heavy sauces.

It is very hard to give up stuff and try to eat healthy when you don't have the money to eat healthy. Plus, trying to eat at the right times of the day is really hard when you have two people working at different times of the day.

I know that I am venting here like a lot of people do. We find ourselves cooking foods at home that taste great but, are not healthy. We go out once a week to fast food so that we don't buy the store when we shop for food to cook at home. I can't afford to buy the "healthier" eat and go lunches in the frozen food area of the store either.

If anyone can give some advice or tips for someone who is just starting out, that would be great!

24 replies

Linda2 2012-02-20 22:56:48 -0600 Report

Exercise is a great help in controlling weight and controlling you A1Cs. Check with your local hospital for a Cardiac Exercise program. A doctor need to refer you but the programs are very affordable , great support, most include a dietician for helpful hints. Also our hospital group provides classes in diabetic diet control and recipes.

snuggles071 2012-02-18 13:23:01 -0600 Report

i was newly diagnosed in june i was scared to death,i have always eaten what i wanted too,my dr told me start slowly never eat over 60 carbs a meal to start,well i never really knew what carbs were,so i started measuring and looking at all the packages,and now im on a low carb diet,diet pepsi is what i drink,as time goes on you will see,it gets easier good luck and this is a great site alot of caring people here thats for sure;0

annesmith 2012-02-17 23:04:47 -0600 Report

When I go to McDonald's , I let myself have a cheesburger, but I might order a big salad with it…I honestly believe ( always have) that the body actually needs a certain amount of fat. Just by adding broccoli ( which many restaurants serve) and spinach to my high fat diet—I admit it, I can't imagine not eating fries , etc, but just by adding that to what I eat, I have no doubt I have at least raised my iron count up a little..it was hovering lower than it used to. Even adding an orange a day or an apple a day the body appreciates…sincerely, ANNE

Harlen 2012-02-17 10:59:25 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
Boy do I know what your talking of ben there done that .
First it will take time a lot of time for me it was two years till I was able to get it all set in place .I look back on it and go wow .
They sed I had to cut all the carbs and fat from what I eat as a chef I know that all foods has some carbs and or fat lol lol lol
Read a lot of the post here and you will get a lot of info from the ones that live with D every day we are glad to help
Best wishes

TsalagiLenape 2012-02-17 07:55:14 -0600 Report

MES71 Dont sweat the small stuff. First off you have started to reduce what you are doing. There are other things you can eventually replace while still on a budget. Like instead of a Big Mac have one of the chicken wraps. Just an idea. Point is take it slow and steady. This will help overall. Replace your regular pastas with whole wheat pasta for instance. Then see about making home made sauces which means you control what goes in it. I.E. some spaghetti sauces actually have regular sugar in them. Ugh! Sometimes I find some healthy stuff on sale which then I buy as much as I can. Just one quick question? ok? How many meals do you eat daily? Otherwise keep working at it for I know you can do it! Hugs

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-17 06:58:03 -0600 Report

Welcome, congratulations on taking the first step towards wanting to be healthy. The first would be to give up your sodas and replace with another drink. I like crystal light, all flavors to change it up. I stay away from starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta, all WHITE foods are a no no for me. I only eat whole wheat/grain foods and limit my portions to 1/2 cup with only one serving per meal. I eat lots of veggies. I treat myself with sugar free candies to one at a time, and am very conscious of carbs in anything I eat! You will be amazed how these foods will last because your intake are usually smaller portions. Good luck!

Jeanae 2012-02-17 03:22:39 -0600 Report

I know what you mean about always being a heavy set person. When I was growing up with teeny, tiny petite sisters and a mom I was known as the fat, jolly one. When I found out I was Type 2 I changed everything drastically. Now it is a total shock to me that I have lost so much weight and that while I am still much larger than my sisters (they are size zeros) I am down to a size 10. I can wear an 8 now but not very comfortable around the waist yet but I am getting there. For me this is a HUGE accomplishment. I feel so much better and healthy! Just follow your dr. and dietician's advice and the sage advice from people here and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Set small goals for yourself and then when you meet them you will feel fantastic and it will give you the comfidence to meet the next goal. Good luck. It will be hard at first and then it gets easier.

Young1s 2012-02-16 23:35:52 -0600 Report

Hello MES71. Congratulations on making this step towards getting better control of your diabetes. I think sometimes speaking it out loud (or typing it) can psych your mind up for what it is you need to do.

You've been given some great advice so I would only echo that you test your glucose levels regularly and speak with a doctor as soon as possible. As well as, utilize all of the sections on site. Might I suggest you check out a discussion I started a while back. You may find it helpful. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

I know it all seems overwhelming right now but you will learn what to do, it just takes time. We're a very supportive community and will be here whenever you have questions, are looking for information, want some advice, or just want to vent. And remember, one step, one thing, one day at a time.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-16 23:10:20 -0600 Report

When I started comparing my former favorite snacks to fresh fruits and vegies it came as a pleasant surprise that often a serving of a sugary prepackaged snack cost a little more than a serving of fresh fruit or vegies. When hubby buys a candy bar it can even cost a bit more than my apple. Having a craving for crunchy things I switched from chips to baby carrots, cucumbers, apples, or bell peppers. This last week huge red bell peppers where 3 for $1.00.
Another pleasant surprise is for me, pasta, rice and potaotes seemed to have been less satisfying. I eat less and feel fuller without those foods. Plus seem to stay full longer.

George1947 2012-02-16 21:13:54 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed, my blood glucose level was 670 and my A1c was over 20… I had to change my entire life… My last A1c was 6.9… it just requires lots of hard work…

hac62 2012-02-18 13:46:46 -0600 Report

when I got sick last april I was diagnosed glucose 804 I felt as if I was dying now almost a year later I have lowered my A1C to 4.0 and my insulin was cute in half I'm type 2 a long way to go to lose more weight but now I'm eating healthier

jayabee52 2012-02-18 17:31:54 -0600 Report

How did you manage a 4.0 A1c? It may be instructive for many of us. Had you experienced lows during that time your A1c was that low?

hac62 2012-02-19 10:15:46 -0600 Report

only 2 times I went low had to increase carbs a little I eat mostly chicken fish veggies salad no high carb cereals,pasta, or rice I dink green teas no soda not even diet I used to be a soda fiend I limit beef I love turkey!

annesmith 2012-02-17 23:07:47 -0600 Report

No offense to you at all, but OH, my God…an A1c of over 20. The highest I have ever had is 16. How did you get it down to 6.9? Are you a type 1 or a type 2? Sincerely, ANNE

George1947 2012-02-18 01:06:14 -0600 Report

I'm a type 2 and diet, meds, and insulin… I eat lot's of salad, veggies, and meat… It's just lots of work to keep my numbers down.

digitaldoorbell 2012-02-17 23:42:53 -0600 Report

You've received great suggestions. The only one that I can add is that even a modest amount of exercise makes an amazing difference. There are lengthy explanations for this and they're all interesting to read and to know. But try this. Test your BG then take small walk, or stretch or in the ideal do both. Limit it to only 15 or 20 minutes and test again. I did this just yesterday and thee was over a 20-point drop in 15 minutes. Admittedly, this by itself will not get you to where you need to be but it's an experiment and confirmation that you can positively effect your own body.

Add some of the suggestions posted here and the likelihood of managing and improving your health is assured.

All the best.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-16 19:40:48 -0600 Report

MES71, It is easier than you think it will be. I had to do a complete change overnight when I was diagnosed. You should stop sodas, they are very high in sugar. I started drinking Crystal Light. Took some getting used to but it is better than I thought it would be.

Potatoes and Pasta are high in carbs and that is what you don't need. I eat pasta but only a tablespoon depending on what it is. Green veggies can replace pastas, potatoes and rice. I don't fry anything at home any more, I bake, grill or broil all of my meats and love them.

A salad can be a couple leafs of romaine lettuce with tuna or chicken salad or other veggies with grilled chicken of beef with a low cal sugar free dressing or you can make your own.

You say you are heavy set. Losing weight is a must. Not only will you feel better but it is important when you are diabetic. Go to diabetic live or www.dlife.com and sign up for their newsletter you get wonderful recipes, articles on what to or not to eat and how to make meal plans.

Also make an appointment with a dietitian/nutritionist and get help with meal plans and nutrition. Ask your doctor how many carbs you can have per meal. I am allowed 60grams (I never eat that many per meal) I break them down and have 15 for a snack. I am now to the point that I can have a real cookie or half of a real candy bar once in a while.

I have a sweet tooth so I buy sugar free cookies and read the label. For some I can have 3 to five cookies. I also eat high fiber foods which will allow you to feel full longer.

jigsaw 2012-02-16 19:00:35 -0600 Report

It just might be alot easier and more affordable then you think! There is an amazing amount of info concerning healthy foods on DC. Check out the article section, and the discussion section. Go to the Ask The Expert section, and get advice from doctors, dieticians and diabetic educators. Integrate this with all the good info and experience from DC members and it's a win win combination. Get educated about proper diet, and don't take this comment personally. I've had diabetes for 17 years, and I'm still learning about proper diet, and managing it. You can live a long and healthy life in spite of your diabetes!

Irish1951 2012-02-16 17:11:21 -0600 Report

I know the "scary" part of finding out. Don't worry the people here will be there for you when you need them. I have been reeding for several weeks and finallly decided to participate. I have found the information on this site very helpful and encouraging.

If you have questions - ask. Some one here will try to give you the answers that can help you. Information is critical. Read some of the blogs and the info on this site as a start. You have made the start just by seeking out the community here.

loisanne53 2012-02-16 20:39:13 -0600 Report

Glad you are participating…I have let myself slide lately (from this site) and am trying to make a resolution to be more involved too. I like your remark that information is critical! Amen!

Nick1962 2012-02-16 15:31:59 -0600 Report

Like Gabby says - one step at a time, and you've already taken step #1. Don't need to change a full 180, just some tweaks in the right direction. We'll help you figure it out so make sure you ask questions.

GabbyPA 2012-02-16 15:09:47 -0600 Report

Take it one step at a time. If you are trying to do too many things all at once you tend to get overwhelmed and give up. You don't want to do that.

So what I did when I first found out was purge my pantry. I donated my sugar full and sugar free foods. Got rid of a lot of the junk foods. If they are out of the house it is easier for me.

After that I chose one thing to focus on. That was reducing my BG numbers. I tested before and after eating and that taught me a lot about what I could eat and what was going to give me trouble. I don't eat the same time everyday either because I may have a class or a meeting with a client or something like that. But when I eat, I try to keep an eye on my trouble spots. Yours will be different from mine and that is what that testing will tell you.

Keep a journal of what you eat, when and how much. Then also put in there your test numbers so that you see what is going on inside your body. That will start to give you the confidence to deal with the fear of what to do.

As for shopping, I know what you mean. It is harder to eat healthy and it gets more expensive every day. BUT, once you start to eat a healthier diet, you will find that less food will fill you up because your body is getting good nutrients instead of crappy empty calories.

Here is what I suggest. Shop around the perimeter of the store and buy your veggies and fruits, nuts and dairy first. Find your meats and make some meal plans in your head or on paper. Then if you venture down the other aisles. Take time to ready every label of every item you pick up. Many of them will go back on the shelf. It is creepy when you start reading those. For now, just focus on the carbs and serving size. As you grow in confidence, you will start looking at other things.

Your doctor and your dietitian are your friends and they are there to help you. Let them. It is hard at first, but it is worth it in the end.

annesmith 2012-02-17 23:12:55 -0600 Report

I am having really good success with eating spinach and broccoli…I have noticed I can walk faster and run faster and I feel lighter…I don't think the 50lbs I set a goal to lose is coming off very fast at all, but I feel better about myself. I have a lot more strength throughout the day…no miracles here, but at least they are positives..ha, I still eat cheesburgers…not every day, but yeah, I admit it, every other day…I know it's bad, but I grew up on that stuff. However, I also grew up on a lot of fruit and baked chicken..ha…ANNE