New to the DC Community....Looking for healthy ways to maintain my BG and A1C Levels

By shnell25 Latest Reply 2012-02-29 14:07:54 -0600
Started 2012-02-21 11:18:46 -0600

I am fairly new to the community. I have been a member I guess since September, but this is the first time I have opted to post about myself. I have decided that now is the time for me to hold myself accountable for my health. At 37 I just don't feel I should be dealing with issues regarding my glucose levels when it's preventable. The knowledge is out here and it's my responsibility to myself to research it and access it. That's my goal. But first I know I need to review my lifestyle and learn to read the signs that my body gives when my glucose levels have been affected by the foods I'm eating. So starting today I am keeping a food journal. I'm going to keep track of everything I eat or drink and I'm going to review this at the end of this week. I want to know how many healthy and nutrient rich foods I'm consuming vs how many processed and other non healthy foods and/or drinks I am consuming.

I've also realized for me to start eating the proper meals, I'm going to have to plan my meals weekly. I have a huge notebook of recipes that are diabetic friendly as well as vegetarian friendly that I can and will begin to prepare for myself and my son.

I look forward to learning from everyone in the community and I hope I will be able to motivate you as you motivate me.

Along with my new healthy lifestyle, I plan to incorporate more exercise into my life. I need to lose approximately 50 lbs and I KNOW I can do this. I would like to share this weightloss experience with you all because I know if I do this, I'll be able to be more accountable to myself.

I am starting this lifestyle change because I want to be the best and healthiest me that I can be.

37 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-23 12:06:00 -0600 Report

shnell, welcome to DC. You seem to be on the right track. I am not one to sit down and plan out a weeks meal. What ever meat I pull out of the freezer works. I just add veggies with it and keep going.

I use to keep a food journal the first few months I was diagnosed which played a major roll in getting blood glucose levels under control. I weighed everything until I got use to it and then I just eyeball it. The one thing I do is cook and freeze veggies, and all soups in two or four servings. This way I have leftovers for lunch.

With the way you have everything organized, you will do well. Good luck to you.

digitaldoorbell 2012-02-23 11:27:12 -0600 Report

I really like what you wrote and actually wanted to think about it for a while prior to responding to you. All of your suggestions are good as are the responses that you have received. I think what I waned to say, and what will be reiterated by others, is this condition is extremely personal. The best of suggestions, recipes and care react differently to each of us.

I am extremely careful with what I eat and control BG with diet and exercise alone. I was watching a very popular M.D. Show (I'm sure you know who he is and I like his books and show). Guest "experts" were on and provided recipes and I tried one or two because they had a low glycemic index (which I used to think was important and now use it only as a benchmark), limited calories and the appearance of a manageable amount of carbs. Long story short, my BG spiked and I can't and won't visit those food combinations. I do have to say that BG of 130 or so is a big spike for me and I physically feel when I am over 100ish, presumably because I've gotten used to the "90's.

So what does all of this have to do with you? You have created a road map (or a GPS) for healthy living and healthy monitoring of your food. It sounds like a manageable approach. I also like that you will "incorporate more exercise." I want to remind everyone, very modest amounts make large differences. I have posted on this site that I have reduced BG 20 to 30 points by walking for only 15 minutes. You don't have to be an olympic athlete. We just need to move. Park at the farthest parking space (your car won't get damage by your fellow shoppers), "take the long way home" whenever you walk someplace. Think small but keep moving.

Best of luck to you.

shnell25 2012-02-23 16:21:43 -0600 Report

Thanks digital!! You are so right about the small amounts of excercise makes a huge difference. That is what I started out doing before and the results were very positive. I have started parking on the lower level of the parking deck so that I have to walk up this hill to my office (and that is a good trek) and I also take the stairs more than the elevator.

I'm going to purchase a treadmill so that I can walk or run on it for an hour each day. I want to do that because that is my stress reliever and I know that when I do that it will only benefit me and that's what I need to not fee sluggish and it is only going to help me to see the results that both I and my doctor want to see.

Thank you for your encouraging words and for sharing your experience with using the recipes from the popular M.D.'s show. It gives me more to think about and consider.

I look forward to sharing my successess and disappointments with everyone!!

Shnell (pronounced Chanel like the parfume)

jayabee52 2012-02-23 17:06:14 -0600 Report

Oh, I thought it MIGHT be the German word for "Quickly", "Immediately" or "hurry up"

jayabee52 2012-02-23 17:18:00 -0600 Report

I wonder from which language (if any) is that word? I am an amateur linguist (among other interests)

shnell25 2012-02-24 09:24:32 -0600 Report

I don't know; all I know is that's what my mother wanted to name me. My aunt and mom were pregnant together and my cousin came first; hers was Shanetta and my mom knew mine would be Shnell, but she didn't want it to be spelled so closely like my cousin that she didn't ad an "a".

Young1s 2012-02-24 20:43:38 -0600 Report

Interesting. I imagine you've been explaining it's pronunciation for years.
FYI: The German word James and I were thinking of is spelled schnell.

shnell25 2012-02-27 09:18:53 -0600 Report

My son and I had a conversation about how closely my name is spelled to the German word Schnell this weekend. Whenever I pronounce my name people always ask where it came from and I tell them it's not as glamorous as you'd think, but it's always fun to tell the story of how my name came to be. My sister and I often joke that not only do we have interesting names, but the stories behind our names are even more interesting.

shnell25 2012-02-29 14:07:54 -0600 Report

LOL; well for me my mom was watching the price is right and she saw a camera on their by a Japanese company and she loved it so she named me after the camera (just changed the spelling) and Shnell (well you know the story behind that); my poor sister, well she was believed to be a boy throughout the entire pregnancy (even I was excited to have a baby brother) well during her labor her doctor and a nurse said the heartbeat was too fast to be a boy and sure enough out came a girl. My dad and mom had not even thought of a girl's name for her; she was going to be a junior. Imagine their surprise when there was no junior; anyway because they hadn't thought of a girl's name, my parents picked up the telephone book and started looking through it for her name. People always think we're lying when we share the history of our names-but alas it is all very true!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-23 11:59:50 -0600 Report

Diet I know what show you are talking about. I was wondering about those recipes and am glad you found out the problem with them. I find that a lot of "experts" are clueless which is why I pay no attention to most of them. The "healthy" recipes really are not all that healthy.

This morning I was looking at a recipe that was vegetarian and supposedly healthy and low carb. You took a cup each of peas, red, green, and yellow peppers, corn, zucchini, onions, celery and carrots. This was sauteed in olive oil, salt, pepper and two tablespoons of butter. To complete this you added 4 cups of rice and Cuban Salsa. The meal served 4 which gave each person one cup of rice. Had this person not been on the morning news, I would have asked how is this a low carb meal with a cup of rice served to each person? Sure a non diabetic could eat this but chefs are going to have to stop claiming foods they prepare as healthy and low carb and good for anyone to eat when in fact it isn't.

I wish someone would have a show that focuses entirely on diabetes with chefs who are diabetic and actually eat the meals they prepare.

jayabee52 2012-02-23 12:10:14 -0600 Report

Joyce, The rice and also the peas, corn, and the carrots would concern me. I suspect they were more focusing on the "Vegetarian" aspect than the "diabetes friendly" aspect

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-23 13:11:46 -0600 Report

Surely not for me like James said peas, corn, and carrots altogether! For me these are a no-no already!

Nick1962 2012-02-23 13:43:50 -0600 Report

Ditto here. Sounds like they were making a vegan Paella. At least in the original dish some protein would have been added like chicken, chorizo sausage or shrimp. I'd be sick for two days off one serving of that.

shnell25 2012-02-23 16:25:05 -0600 Report

I haven't had to take corn out of my diet completely, but I do have it on certain days. I sometimes have peas and carrots together, but not that often. I like to snack on carrots and I do often. I'm going to be monitoring my BG like I said to see which foods tend to spike the levels so that I can avoid those or have them very sparingly.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-22 14:11:57 -0600 Report

Welcome, and you will get some good info here. Also, look at the videos, recipes, etc that are offered on the lefthand side of the page, they are great.

shnell25 2012-02-23 08:56:42 -0600 Report

I have looked at the recipes and videos; you're right, they are very helpful and I'm going prepare some of the dishes that I've reviewed for my family next week. I can't wait to share with everyone, how much I enjoyed them and how those items affected my BG and how I will adjust them in my future meals.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-22 07:02:16 -0600 Report

Sounds like you're on the right track, I am insulin dependent have tried to get off it, no dice. I do however take little or none fast acting insulin due to my low carb high protein diet! What I eat depends on my BG readings. I tend to eat carbs as I need them usually no more than 20 at a time. Best wishes!

shnell25 2012-02-22 09:12:16 -0600 Report

Set Apart, I know now, that the foods I am going to eat will be determined by how my body reacts to them. If my BG stays in a range where it is only 50-60 points higher than at my pre-meal state then I'll consider adjusting it or whether I feel it should not be a part of my meal plan at all.

I want to thank James for sharing his meal plan with me. I am so excited to start this plan. I'm going shopping this weekend.

I prefer going to the farmer's market to purchase fresh fruit and produce but ours is seasonal and the season won't begin until late March or mid April. We have some organic and great health food stores that I'm going to start purchasing my foods from and we have Publix and they always have such fresh selections.

I know that bananas shouldn't be a main staple in my diet and I try to eat those sparingly because my mom's BG spiked once after surgery because they gave her an IV that had high levels of potassium and that sent her almost into a coma. The hospital called her regular doctor in and the doctor walked in and immediately knew what it was. She had them remove that IV immediately and only God knows what she did, but whatever it was, it brought her levels back down to where they should be and she turned what could have been a tragic surgery into a blessed situation. I said all that to say/ask, aside from bananas what other items that are great sources of potassium should I avoid?

jayabee52 2012-02-22 13:39:44 -0600 Report

Howdy again YaShekia the problem with banannas for People wiith Diabetes (PWDs) is not its high potassium content but the high CARBOHYDRATE content.

I have Kidney disease and potassium IS an issue with us Kidney patients. I believe that there may be other conditions where high potassium may be an issue also. So without knowing what condition she had I really could not speculate on that.

To answer your question, however, white potatoes are a great source of potassium. My late wife "Jem" needed potassium for her muscles to work well (she was a heart patient — plus was afflicted by a lot of other medical challenges) and she also was a PWD T2, and she did eat banannas when and potatoes when she felt she needed a boost in her potassium levels.

shnell25 2012-02-23 09:02:19 -0600 Report

Thanks James. You are so kind to share all of this information with us here on DC. I am learning so much from you. My mom, since that incident, hasn't really been fond of bananas. She'll eat them occasionally but not too often.

shnell25 2012-02-22 09:04:07 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I am so blessed to have found Diabetic Connect. The support that I've received since joining and becoming an active member is just so overwhelming and very appreciated.

I am so excited to start my new meal plan, thanks to James! It is exactly what I've been praying about and his encouragement has really helped to give me the boost I need to start the plan.

Thanks to you all, I am back on track for checking my fasting BG as well as my BG 2 hours after eating.

I look forward to sharing my successes and my concerns with you all.

Be blessed!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-22 11:24:36 -0600 Report

You are so right, it was James and his plan that made me realize how much I could control my D. Kudos to James, diet cherry, Carol, and others who have taught me so much! Louise

shnell25 2012-02-22 11:33:03 -0600 Report

I knew last year that I needed to take my diet and health more seriously, but I just kept putting it off. Since joing DC, I've learned so much and James. I give kudos to everyone I've connected with who have encouraged me. It is so wonderful to have freinds and family whom you can share your frustrations with and that's what I've found here.

Young1s 2012-02-21 21:30:10 -0600 Report

Congratulations! You're on the right track to a new, healthier way of life. This is not only great for you but you'll be teaching your son better eating and exercise habits as well. We're pulling for you and we're here when you need us.

Nick1962 2012-02-21 12:42:32 -0600 Report

Nice work Schnell! A positive attitude and getting your head in the game will certainly produce results. I know it can be done and I also know you'll do it too!

shnell25 2012-02-22 12:06:36 -0600 Report

Thank you Nick! I know I can do it too. I've already planned out my meals for next week and I'm going grocery shopping Saturday morning to purchase everything I'm going to need. I'm also going to stop by the pharmacy and pick up my order of test strips so that I'll have a supply on hand when I start checking my BG more frequently.

Nick1962 2012-02-22 13:56:42 -0600 Report

No, thank you! It's good to see someone go at this with a well thought out plan of attack. You're doing everything right so far and thank your son as well, he clearly provided an inspiration.

jayabee52 2012-02-21 11:43:20 -0600 Report

Howdy again Schnell!

I spoke to you on a previous posting to which you replied. I commend you for wanting to get a good grip on diabetes.

The notebook idea is good! I have developed (as I told you in the previous post) a way to test your unique metabolism's response to various foods. It is more methodical than simply eating a meal and testing afterwards.

I also had experemented with discontinuing my diabetes meds last year.
I managed to come up with an eating plan that is low carb and high protein which works well with me and my metabolism. I have maintained my Blood Glucose (BG) levels at or close to the "normal" range without relying on diabetes meds (mine had been insulin), my last A1c was 5.5, and I lost 65 lbs during the year. I plan to continue that plan with modifications (intended to help my kidneys rest and repair themselves). My plan is a bit extreme and your son may not like it because it is very restrictive, but should you wish to take a look at it, I'd be happy to send it at your request.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

shnell25 2012-02-21 12:02:46 -0600 Report

Hi James; thank you for responding and encouraging me with your story. This is what I want for myself. My son has adopted a vegetarian lifestyle and he's really strict on it. He eventually wants to remove milk products from his diet. I told him I'd support him if he's serious about it. Now for myself, I've got to become as determined as he is and restrict different foods from my diet so that I can see the results that you have seen. I would love to see your plan and see how I can adapt it to fit my lifestyle. I don't want to be dependent on medication (which my doctor knows) so I'm ready to do what I have to, to maintain a healthy diet and keep my BG and A1C levels at a healthy normal range.

alanbossman 2012-02-21 11:42:24 -0600 Report

Hi, and welcome to DC family I like how you said you need to hold yourself accountable for your health. Great job and yes you can lose the weight. Just keep us here informed on how you are doing

shnell25 2012-02-21 12:10:45 -0600 Report

Thank you! I do believe that I need accountability for the food/drink choices that I make. I need to see if I can maintain a healthy diet that won't make my glucose levels fluctuate too high. If I can do this then I will be able to talk with my doctor about lowering the frequency I have to take the medication and possibly not have to take any medication at all. I know that is a tall order, but if it is possible, I want that and I will continue to maintain the healthy choices I make.

I am excited about keeping the DC community informed of my progress and really excited to read your words of encouragement.