By yayaof1 Latest Reply 2012-05-16 04:41:03 -0500
Started 2012-05-05 19:50:13 -0500

Well I have been diagnosed since 1987, never really taken it seriously. When I got pregnant at the age of 18 I weighed 150 pounds, by the time I was 7 months along I weighed 210 and didn't lose an ounce when she was born. I had problems with my sugar levels while pregnant and was diagnosed shortly after my daughter was born. I am 44 now and weigh in at 258 pounds. I suffer from Bi-polar disorder along with the diabetes. My meds effect my sugar levels a lot so I have problems all the way around. I used food to comfort my depression and did not realize how much damage it was doing to me. Funny how a simple necessity can be so harmful. I am starting to lose weight. My A1-C was down to 6.5 but due to stress it is back up to 7.6. I am not of the type of diet I need to be on, my doctor does not discuss this with me. I am just starting to really pay attention to these things. You see I have a precious little grand daughter who has asked me to play with her everyday from now on. Can any one suggest a good diet? I do not do green vegetables real well. Maybe a good vitamin?

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-08 05:49:53 -0500 Report

Hello. Yayaof, i count carbs throughout my day. I try never to eat over 20-30 g per meal. I keep fruit at 1/2 portions and don't eat bananas or oranges. The berry family seems to work best for me. I don't eat anything white, pasta, flour, rice, etc. I include quionoa and chia seeds in my diet! I usually have some type of protein with all my meals and snacks even a handful of walnuts or almonds with1/2 apple. My treats include sugar gree puddings,jello, or ice cream sandwiches all in moderation. I eat a lot of veggies, since fresh produce is sometimes not as fresh where I live I sometimes have to open up the cans. I try to be creative with this will stir fry some green beans with chopped scallions along with some cooked quiona. I don't eat peas or corn since they raise my BGs. You have the right place here on DC, Carol along with others will help you! Good Luck!

yayaof1 2012-05-08 16:46:21 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advice. I am not very good at counting carbs. trying to figure it out as I go.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-05-07 20:22:33 -0500 Report

Dear yayaof: I too suffer from clinical depression and take medication for it. I was diagnosed in 1990. I am religous about my depression medications as well as my diabetes medication. I'm a brittle diabetic to top it off. That's not welcomed or wanted but I deal with what I've been dealt. I too have a wieght problem and lost a good amount of weight on the Mediterranean Diet but grew tired of it and have gone on Weight Watchers Diet on line. It's wonderful and am loosing steadily. Give it a try, if I can be of further help, let me know. Sounds like we have allot in common. Hugs…Valentine Lady

yayaof1 2012-05-07 22:08:50 -0500 Report

It is hard for me to stick to any sort of diet plan like weight watcher's. I am such a picky eater. But I will look into it. Thank you.

jayabee52 2012-05-07 23:18:53 -0500 Report

Just because you didn't like something in the past doesn't mean that you won't like it in the future. Something like tastes changes, and one can learn to like stuff also.

yayaof1 2012-05-08 16:51:14 -0500 Report

I agree, I am learning to eat things I have never eaten before. about the only thing I have tasted lately that I will never eat again is Brussel sprouts. Ms.Kenzie and I both tried them the other night for the first time and both of us gagged.LOL.. I will never put her through that again.. But I have agreed with her if she will try new things I will too..

Caroltoo 2012-05-06 15:35:34 -0500 Report

There are lots of things you can begin doing to ease both your depression and your diabetes. I think my word of caution would be to decide what you want as an outcome (weight loss, improved mental health, or both) and then to take small steps towards that goal. With a depressive background, you will need to be careful to not set yourself up for failure by making your program too ambitious to start with.

Sometimes with depression you can become a compulsive and mindless snacker. To prepare for times when I am feeling this way, I prepare snacks that are OK and keep them readily available in the refrigerator. My choices are: baby carrots, sliced cooked beets, low fat string cheese (mozzarella, not cheddar), thinly sliced turkey (real, not from a deli package), thinly sliced roast beef, iced tea with lemons, salad greens I've prepared (I will eat it if it's already torn up, I won't stop to fix it), fruit (thinly slice a 1/2 fruit at a time), celery sticks, small plastic snack bags of raw almonds or walnuts. So, when I can't stop the snacking, I still eat things that are on my menu plan (it's a lifestyle not a weight loss diet).

Alternative: take a 20 minute walk and you will be past the urgent drive to snack and will feel more calm and relaxed. This also takes you away from the refrigerator, so makes it easier not to snack for that time that is needed for your hormone levels to balance again. Walking 20-60 minutes most days will also give you more control over your BG levels, increase your weight loss, and give you more energy for your granddaughter. It would also be a healthy thing to teach her to do with you. Great patterning to encourage her future health.

As for good food choices for diabetes: try to eat simple, easy to fix meals made from fresh natural foods. Avoid processed foods, canned foods, and select hormone free meat and organically grown vegetables and fruit when you can. The hormones in food and in our drinking water can cause disruptions in our bodies hormones and contribute to weight gain, water retention, and depression.

A typical day's meals for me would be something like this:
Breakfast: scrambled egg w/1T cheese, 1/4 cup strawberries/blackberries, and coffee with Vanilla Whey powder (protein) as a creamer;
Lunch: stir-fry of my favorite vegetables with a chicken tender, iced tea with lemon juice (from an actual lemon and including as much pulp as you can for fiber);
Dinner: small patty of range fed bison, stir-fried zucchini with tomatoes, and a glass of water with lemon juice.

Nothing on this list takes more than 20 minutes to fix and all are healthy for me. I do avoid white flour, sugar, potatoes, rice, pasta because they spike my BGs. I use vinegar, aloe vera juice, and lemon juice where ever I can add them to my meals because they are natural ways of controlling BG levels.

As for vitamins, I take a raw, organic multivitamin for the base and supplement it with a B1 (Benfotiamine), B6, B12 compound, B3 (Niacin), D3, Turmeric, Artichoke, and an adrenal support (ADR) formula. I also use Alpha Lipoic Acid (600 mg 2X/day) and 5000 mcg of Biotin as these help control BGs and help prevent diabetic neuropathy.

yayaof1 2012-05-07 11:22:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for your suggestions, I will look into all of this. Right now I am not eating hardly anything. Nothing taste right. I am trying to get more active. My depression seems to be taking over right now. My husband makes me get out of bed and do things with him and the baby, I am greatful for this. He tries to make me eat and I do but not like I should. He doesn't understand the way I should eat. We are learning together. Again thank you for your input.

Caroltoo 2012-05-07 14:38:09 -0500 Report

As I've worked professionally with clients, I've had some so depressed when they came in the office that I have literally gotten up and done a session while we walked in a nearby park. Physical action of almost ANY kind will help you begin to move out of depression.

Some days it feels like you have to say: ok, right foot, take a step, now left foot, do the same. You so don't want to do it, that it almost takes programming that sounds that mechanical to get started. Of course, once you do that thought process a couple of times, you realize how silly it sounds, start laughing at it, and walk with more energy. It really starts an upward cycle!

Hope you will decide to try it. We're in May and you have some beautiful days ahead. Take the grandchild in a stroller and go enjoy the days together! Let me know what you try and how it works for you! Good luck.

My husband spent lots of years being depressed; I do know it can be a really big challenge, but I suspect you are up to meeting and beating it!!!!!

yayaof1 2012-05-07 17:08:14 -0500 Report

I am trying very hard. Today seems to be proving difficult. I just can't seem to function. I get up do a little around the house and go back to bed. Very nauseous. Ms.Kenzie(my grand daughter) keeps checking on me. But I can't seem to get it right today. Lot of family stress going on. My bg is 189. not too high. But very ill feeling.

Caroltoo 2012-05-07 18:18:58 -0500 Report

I'm sorry. When mine is over 140, I feel sick, so can identify. Mine is usually in the normal range, so it doesn't take much for me to feel it.

I think you mentioned taking Metformin. Some folks on the site have mentioned that it made them nauseaous. If this is typical, maybe a chat with your doc about another choice of medications might be a good thought. Dietcherry mentioned that it made her not want to eat, so that could be a part of your lack of appetite also.

yayaof1 2012-05-07 22:07:02 -0500 Report

I recently found a lump in my stomach, and it seems to get larger after I eat. The doctor says for me to lose weight and he will check it out. He can feel it and it moves when pressed. He is not worried, but it worries me. I think that is what is making me ill. Might be just the thought of it. I do not know. Just more stress.

Caroltoo 2012-05-07 23:25:05 -0500 Report

That is scary and when you feel full because of the lump, it would be harder to eat. I had a hardness right below my sternum for a while. Went to an "old fashioned" chiropractor who included brief abdominal massage in his treatment and 3 treatments later my hardness was gone.

Turns out it was a muscle that had tightened and twisted my stomach somewhat in the process, so I too was feeling full and eating was uncomfortable. So … may be lots of relatively beneign causes that we don't know about. Worrying will just make it worse, if it is tension related.

yayaof1 2012-05-08 16:53:48 -0500 Report

Yes, I think it is stress related. I have felt better today physically, but not too much emotionally. haven't eaten too much. Bg down. Stress level down, Gonna get better.. got to.. Ms.Kenzie needs me..

Harlen 2012-05-05 20:41:49 -0500 Report

Hello and welcom
for me it is counting carbs ,it realy works .
What are you taking for D ?
Do you work out at all ?
Do you walk ?
There is so much you can do .
It was the hardest thing for me to quit eating when I was bord or for comfort
What I did was after 5pm carrots where the only thing I was able to have I hate carrots lol lol
Best wishes

yayaof1 2012-05-07 11:24:22 -0500 Report

I am just learning about counting carbs, I am on Metformin for my diabetes. No I do not work out like I should. I walk a little with my grand baby and play horse shoes with the guys. I am actually beginning to love carrots. Thanks.

Harlen 2012-05-07 19:51:35 -0500 Report

One of the big things is to get out and do things to keep moving
Dont skimp on the scale it realy works
Best of luck

Caroltoo 2012-05-07 14:44:19 -0500 Report

They are good, aren't they? I avoided them for years after my mom tried to insist they were a good snack food when I wanted a snickers (they still don't compare, but I do buy the reasoning now)! When first diagnosed, I ate a lot of celery, carrots, lean protein, and salads. Brought my BGs down rapidly and, in the process, I learned to really enjoy carrots. Still struggle with salads, so moved on to other veggies I like better.