trying to eat better....

By ANTHONY31169 Latest Reply 2012-05-15 14:08:44 -0500
Started 2012-05-13 00:29:01 -0500

I just found this website today… dont know much how to use it… any suggestions… from a fellow Type 1 diabetic

9 replies

nanaellen 2012-05-15 14:08:44 -0500 Report

Hi Anthony! Just HAD to post to you, I'm raising my grandson and his name is Anthony too!! I'm Type 2 and it seems you've met SOME of the great people here already!! All I can add for now is STAY HERE!! It's the BEST thing that's happened for ME!! :) Any support you need…any questions you have…any information you need…ALL RIGHT HERE!! Good luck my friend! Ellen

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forsakes alive 2012-05-15 10:11:33 -0500 Report

from what has been shared here by other people,I have found alot of useful information . Dude,after seeing the photo of you here, I know your twin"look-a-like".

cindygal1 2012-05-14 13:29:03 -0500 Report

I would use this site as much as possible. You will learn a lot on here, everyone on here has diabetic, you can learn from everyone on here. I am usually always on here except the lst days of week, and then I am home by 12:30pm. Need to talk that is what we are on here for. Welcome to our little group.

Jan8 2012-05-14 10:56:49 -0500 Report

Hi Anthony , Welcome to my greatest comfort website I have learned so very much from the people here. You can take a look at product reviews, Type 1 discussions. iIwould suggest going on this everyday. The only time I am not on is if I am ILL. That's been alot lately but I getting back in and if you are having a problem just start a discussion. I think we may learn from you also so step right in

Nick1962 2012-05-13 19:01:24 -0500 Report

Hey Anthony!
I'm a T2, so i know we both have different diet challenges. For me I had to lose a bunch of weight or risk possibly becoming a T1. Like Gabby, i purged the house of garbage food (both the wife and I went on the same diet), but went a bit further in cutting my carbs drastically. I had to change my view of food from a comfort event, or a learned behavior (you must eat cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, etc., etc.) to more of a "what does my body need" behavior. I'll tell you this much, there was a huge difference between the two!
Now I kind of look at my diet as fueling a jumbo jet - take into account what I'm doing for the day, and add just enough fuel to get me there. Too much fuel just adds excess weight, and the engine has to labor under the increased load.
I try to eat something every few hours to keep my levels consistent and it's been working.
Hang around a while and ask questions, and I'm sure you'll find something that works for you.
Oh, and I forgot - welcome to the party!

GabbyPA 2012-05-13 11:42:04 -0500 Report

Good grief...I got so caught up in telling you about the site, I forgot your original question. Trying to eat better is a broad statement, but it is one that can lead to good things.

I know when I was first diagnosed, i purged the pantry of all the boxed meals and things like that. I try to eat less processed foods as much as I can. I have a garden, so I get to enjoy fresh veggies through the summer. That helps a lot.
Sugar free foods are not in my pantry, as I also try to avoid those chemicals in my foods.

The trick for me, was to find a few things that I really liked and eat them a lot. Then add healthy stuff to my selection as I went. I still eat some of the not so great stuff, but not nearly like I used to. Some things I was able to quit 100% because it doesn't play nice with my levels.

I also eat seasonally. Meaning that I eat the fruits and veggies that are in season. Stock up on them for later if I need to. That way I can keep a good variety in my diet and I don't get bored and jump back on the junk food wagon.

GabbyPA 2012-05-13 11:35:35 -0500 Report

Hey Anthony, welcome.

The best thing I can say is just jump in, get your feet wet and have some fun. There are tons of great features of the site.
I like the videos a lot. Good information there on all kinds of topics. Just use our search box in the upper right corner of the pages to type in what you are looking for.
Diabetes Mine (a sister site) is very focused on Type 1 (though not exclusively) and Amy is a great writer. Her blogs are full of humor and wit.
Of course, you found the discussions. Here, almost anything goes. So enjoy!
If you are looking for products to use, we have a product review section that rates a lot of items we use. Add your two cents so people can know what works and what doesn't.
If you are looking for a little organization to your daily treatment, our 21 Days Guide is great. It is a PDF that you can down load and fill in each day. It takes 3 weeks to develop a habit, so here is 21 days of getting on track if you need it.

Most everything works the same and if you check out our other Connect sites (upper right in the dark bar) they are all laid out the same.

Explore, have fun, make friends, and learn. If you have suggestions, feel free to let us know as well. We are always looking for ways to make the site more usable for everyone.

jayabee52 2012-05-13 06:21:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Anthony! WELCOME to Diabeticconnect!

I have been here on DC for over 3 years now. During that time there was a large change over in the website software and many smaller changes since. Just play with the site a bit, and you may catch on. Should you have a specific question about a particular aspect you may wish to ask that question, and I am certain the friendly and helpful people will be willing to help you. I'd be willing to do so, but I am in the middle of a trip and I don't know when next I will be able to get back online.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

JSJB 2012-05-13 03:53:30 -0500 Report

I've been on this site for 6 months now and there are things I do not know how to use. All I do is read the discussions, reply to them, ask questions or post a discussion. I received great information and have improved my condition by following the adivce of the friends I have made on this site. Good luck and read, read, read, to get knowledge on your condition it really works.

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