Quantity means everything!

Juno's Mom
By Juno's Mom Latest Reply 2012-06-27 15:40:58 -0500
Started 2012-06-27 08:08:23 -0500

I know this article may not be of interest to everyone in the community, but someone who is still exploring their choices and options with T2 may find something useful in here. Let's be honest - it's reallllly hard for the average person to give up everything they've eaten and loved their whole life. After 12 years of living with diabetes, I'm FINALLY learning that I don't have to deprive myself of my favorite foods… (something my doc never informed me of). After many highs and lows, I've discovered that experts know what they are talking about with their advice to eat smaller meals 6 times a day. When I eat less, my body has time to absorb and process those carbs before adding more. My blood sugar at bedtime doesn't scare me when I follow that one simple rule! If I do eat a heavy meal, it is always in the mornings, when I have time to work off the effects (of the additional carbs and fats) during my daily activities. I try to keep lunch light and simple when at work, 'cause too many carbs just make me want to curl up and take a nap. I don't keep sweets in my home (dangerously close), but neither do I deny myself when a strong craving hits. Much better physically and emotionally to eat one piece of cake or candy bar once a week or so than to deny myself and end up binging out later on. Or, if you have the kind of willpower that I DON'T have, eat one third or one half and leave the rest for the next day. Having diabetes isn't the end of living, especially with all the new aids there are out there. I was 10 years in denial and thought I could eat anything and everything I wanted. I CAN, but only with the guidance of God first, friends and professionals second. (And sites like Diabetic Connect!)

Just as ending note: I'm not saying you should eat sweets and fatty foods all day long and expect the medicines to cover you. You have to be willing to help yourself, first and foremost. Learn to love veggies, but always leave an allowance for small treats to boost you emotionally (if needed). Each individual is unique in their dietary needs. For the longest time, I thought that there was no hope for me. But then I realized that I (my eating habits) was the root of most of my diabetes related problems. Hopefully I woke up in time to control any future damage. :o)

6 replies

MewElla 2012-06-27 13:33:59 -0500 Report

Once in a while I will have a small treat, but usually it just not taste as good as I remember it to be. Think my taste buds have changed…but that is a good thing!

Nick1962 2012-06-27 10:14:35 -0500 Report

Couldn't agree more! I truly appreciate those "treats" and am very picky about the ones I have now.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-27 09:40:31 -0500 Report

Good for you, You sound like you have a plan that works for you..Me personally I have a problem with the word never and can't..I would hate to think how boring life would be with out an occasional treat now and them

jayabee52 2012-06-27 09:10:52 -0500 Report

good for you Juno's mom!

Only I would invert the order of ranking after God. (God is always #1 in my book).

I would listen to folks here on DC over my friends and family as most of my friends and family do not have Diabetes and cannot possibly know what it is like to live in my shoes. The same with my Drs. They may have book learning about diabetes, but IMO book learning can only take them so far, and I believe living with the experience beats book learning most of the time.

Juno's Mom
Juno's Mom 2012-06-27 09:25:22 -0500 Report

Thank you jayabee52! I agree with your order of support, as well. However, my friends and co-workers have been my strongest supporters… they don't criticize or judge if they see me eating something questionable. They trust that I know how to act like an adult (easier said than done). But I've gained a lot of information through DC - in fact, my doc agreed to switch a couple of meds that we discussed because of discussions that I have followed on this site. The meds are working out, by the way!! One day at a time…

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