Panic-diagnosis of a terrible eater

By trytry2011 Latest Reply 2012-10-15 11:03:43 -0500
Started 2012-09-25 07:00:44 -0500

I have very recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I am 60 and the worst eater in the world! To tell me to change my ways is equivalent to asking a dog never again to bark.

I eat frozen pizzas, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst etc/ Nothing healthy. I don't eat any veggies except sauerkraut and corn.

If I should go on a liquid diet, what could I drink?

I had no idea what people with diabetes face until now.

I also show the numbers of stage 2 renal disease.

My glucose has been in the 180 range. I see my doctor again this Friday. My boyfriend who is a conscientios diabetic has enlightened me to all the should of the game, but my likes and dislikes and so strong that I cannot alter my diet.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

19 replies

Libra1969 2012-10-15 11:03:43 -0500 Report

I wont' eqt brussel sprouts either, but why are you starving yourself? If you are that hungry that it is causeing you to become emotional for heaven sake eat something. Give your stomach something small to satisfy the hunger pains. Starving yourself is not going to do you any good at all. Hang in there we are all in this for the long run.

watson4042 2012-09-29 23:09:17 -0500 Report

welcome to the family. i am a terrible eater also. if it's junk and i can put butter on it i love it. bread, butter, pizza, candy, chips…oh and don't forget the warm chocolate pudding! i love all of these and many more and giving them up is next to impossible. so i try moderation :( ugh and limiting my portions :( ugh again. i have no will power. so i try a goodie, wait 2 hours and see how it affects my sugars and go from there. trail and error is the way to learn. for example: my roommate loves rice but it drives her sugar up dramatically. i can eat with out a problem. she can eat cereal; but i shouldn't. so keep a journal for awhile to see what certain items you eat affects your sugar. best of luck and remember it's one day at a time. :)

Lizardfan 2012-09-27 18:10:41 -0500 Report

You have so many good responses here! One thing I might add is that I bet all of us felt the same panic that you are describing when we were diagnosed too.Each of us is different, mine was starting meds, that really terrified me! The point is you can do this, you must do it to live a long and healthy life. Make smart choices, learn from you mistakes, and read everything you can get your hands on about diabetes and it's complications. An educated person is a well person most of the time since those people know the outcomes if we don't take care of ourselves. Last but not least, come here for support. We understand your issues when others that aren't on this journey don't and we care.

NittanyFuzz 2012-09-27 11:15:47 -0500 Report

YOU can change your eating habits. You already have a boyfriend who is "enlightening" you. And besides, if you knew you were ingesting poison, would you? Of course not…so look at the alternative if you choose not to make the comittment to give yourself a better quality of life. Only YOU can make the changes needed in your lifestyle. We can offer you lots of support and words of encouragement, but I believe that you took the first step by coming to DC and making the post…if you need to, take small steps - you are on the right track. I applaud your efforts - keep the faith! You didn't get in this situation overnight - so the results will come…just keep on the right path. Praying for you!

Ms. DAT 2012-09-26 16:35:24 -0500 Report

Hi welcome! It is going to take a one day at a time choice to get control of your diabetes food cravings, change of attitude and mind towards your health. You can alter your diet by slowly making healthier exchanges daily with your meals. Example if you are going to eat a hamburger-try a turkey burger gourmet style like some cut up onion, bell peppers,garlic, powder, fresh or crushed and a dash of seasoning or just add extra lettuce and tomatoes to add some kind of veges. If you eat pizza then add a salad on the side. Uh bratwurst have a lot of cholesterol in it so you may have to consider the light. Make the hot dog into a gourmet dog even though they are high in sodium and cholesterol.
Maybe you are not able to go cold turkey stop but add fresh fruit such as strawberry's peaches, nectarines, etc and that cana help satisfy the sugar cravings.
Since you are having signs of renal disease please cut the carbonated drinks of any kind and purchase all no sugar added juice so that your kidneys can recover and excrete the toxic build-up and keep blood sugar under control as best possible. Matter of fact you may want to limit the amount of fluids that you intake on a daily basis and avoid over use of protein. > Kidney disease education > Overview > Stages of kidney disease

Check it out to see if it can help you!

DeanaG 2012-09-26 12:14:22 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
It can be done!! I was a junk food junkie just a year ago when I was diagnosed. My diabetes educator told our class everything in moderation.
Portion control is very important. I have changed my diet and have eliminated sugar, sodas (both regular and diet) and have restricted my carb intake. All of my numbers have improved, especially my A1C, it has went from 12.7 to 5.6.
You can do it and remember you are not alone in this battle. ;-)

hillside lady
hillside lady 2012-09-26 12:23:10 -0500 Report

what do you drink deanag if no sugar or diet

DeanaG 2012-09-26 12:25:47 -0500 Report

Water and unsweetened iced tea. Of course I haven't given up my morning coffee. ;-)

awakening2health 2012-09-25 13:24:28 -0500 Report

woof woof… old dogs and new tricks… the thing is that healthy food is really quite delicious once you tune in a bit. I remember my junk food days with a bit of bewilderment. I was a dedicated cheese steak eater, french fries, you name it…oh yes and Coca Cola, but now all that seems like a strange dream.

Now, there is nothing better than an excellent salad, or a fresh piece of fruit (or a little square of dark chocolate). Coffee tastes way bettter without sweetener. I think that if one just opens up one's senses, the natural deliciuosness of whole foods will take.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-25 12:41:54 -0500 Report

Rule number one, don't panic. Rule number 2 lets all see what can be done to get you to become a healthy eater. This diagnosis is going to help you eat healthier meals. No one said you can't eat hot dogs however, processed foods are not good for diabetics and the salt content in them are not good for your kidneys or blood pressure.

Meet with a diabetic educator who will educate you about diabetes. Also meet with a dietitian to help you choose the right foods and help with planning meals. If your likes and dislikes are so strong that you cannot alter your diet, prepare for the worse. Diabetes can cause blindness, loss of limbs, can contribute to other illnesses down the road and you could lose your life. You have to ask yourself if you want to live and be happy or die because you "cannot alter your diet".

You may have to eliminate, pizza, hot dogs, bratwurst and corn for a period of time because pizza dough has sugar as do tomato sauce on the pizza. hot dogs and bratwurst contain salt. The rolls for the hamburgers and hot dogs also contain sugar so you have a double whammy. Corn is a starchy veggie so it will also convert to sugar.

Once your numbers are lower, you may be able to add a small slice of pizza or hot dogs and bratwurst now and then. Hamburgers made at home can be eaten. They do make Wheat hot dog and hamburger buns.

You have choices that only you can make. We all can help you but you have to want to help yourself. You can alter your diet, all of us have had to do that and many of us are in control and living healthier. I altered my diet cold turkey and never looked back.

granniesophie 2012-09-25 08:17:44 -0500 Report

OK, first-how about don't panic! Saurkraut isn't that bad for you! Except maybe for the salt and the kidney thing :)
You need to take things one step at a time. See if you can see a Diabetes educator and a nutrionist. They will work with you to make your diet changes easier. The best way, I'm thinking, is to tery one new healthy food at a time, not all of them all at once. Since your boyfriend is a PWD as well, and has told you everything, you do have an idea of what to expect, but remember, diabetes is not one size fits all, every body and how it reacts to foods is different. What it does to him, it may or may not do to you.
Go to the doctor on Friday with a prepared list of questions that you want to ask, and don't leave until they are all answered. And ask any questions you want of us here. We are more than willing to help and share.
Don't be afraid-we are all in this together. You can do it. The more you learn about yourself and how your body reacts, the better you will feel.

trytry2011 2012-10-04 16:42:52 -0500 Report

I have read your thoughtful reply many times. I very much appreciate the encouragement. I am allmost crying because I am fighting hunger. I will try my best, but even with the complications looming, I don;t think I will be eating brussel sprouts.

granniesophie 2012-10-04 17:23:54 -0500 Report

It's okay not to eat Brussels Sprouts! The world won't end if you don't-I promise! Personally, I love the things-but I apprear to be in the minority!! Just eat what you can, and try new things one at a time. You may find out that you truly like them and wonder what you have been missing all these years! (but not Brussels Sprouts :))