Diet questions/help

By Krystabela Latest Reply 2012-12-17 15:48:23 -0600
Started 2012-12-15 12:41:53 -0600

My mother had type 1 diabetes and many of the complications that came with it so when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago I was understandably intimidated or well honestly frightened about the whole thing (especially since I have a fear of needles). Luckily I am on oral meds (doctor just changed me to Glipizide). Over the recent months despite also being on Megace I've managed to drop 20 or 30 pounds but my sugars are still out of control and my doctor is concerned about the weight loss (even though I could stand to lose a lot more) because he thinks it is because my sugars are out of control.

My big problem is probably more common than I realize. I am a single woman with no kids or other family. So when it comes to cooking well… I generally don't do it because its just me. For me it's easier to get the prepared meals. Also I'm a carb addict I absolutely love my bagels and cream cheese, bread etc. Basically I need help with a diet idea/food plan. Everything I have found online says eggs for breakfast, salad, sandwich without bread and other ideas (I won't get into the eat tuna and rice idea)

I should mention that my problem is multi part…I am usually dashing out the door and don't have time to cook and I have a limited budget when it comes to shopping so buying fresh fruit and vegetables isn't always possible. Is this to complicated? Definitely to long. Anyway appreciate any help that can be offered.

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ShellyLargent 2012-12-17 15:36:27 -0600 Report

I am also not a diet person… There's a reason it's a 4-letter word, the first 3 being d-i-e (It sure feels like you want to while trying to stick to one!) And even though my blood sugars were somewhat under control (a1c's always being in the 6.6 to 7 range) I was starting to put on a lot of weight. Last year I started re-vamping my dietary needs and ramping up my excercising (I actually started doing it…) I found out what my resting calorie intake should be. This is the amount of calories you have to consume to stay at your current weight while also doing absolutely no activity. Mine turned out to be about 1700 calories a day to maintain my current weight. I worked with my doctor to find a safe calorie intake number that was below the 1700. After some arm twisting, I got him to agree with me on 1300 calories a day. I also started walking about 1 - 3 miles daily on my lunch breaks. But because I eat so few calories, I still lose weight if I don't exercise. I also have learned to not be so critical of myself if I have a few days where I go over my alotted 1300 calories and I only set a goal of the total weight I wanted to lose (50 lbs.), no date in mind as to by when I want the weight off. If it takes me 3 years to lose the 50 pounds, then it takes 3 years. But by doing it this way, I don't have the added pressure on myself of a looming deadline and if I have a setback, like I've had the last few months, then I don't feel guilty and I don't feel like I have to push myself any harder to make up for lost ground. I use an online (and iPhone app) site called My Fitness Pal to log all of my food intake and exercise. The site is great. It walks you through the whole process and helps design the right amount of calories and exercises you need to do to reach your goal.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-16 07:44:45 -0600 Report

I am not sure but I am thinking your prepared meals are probably more costly than it would be to prepare your own meals. I love Joyces ideas on freezing your food by diving them into portions. Veggies go a long way keep them cut up in small baggies ready to go. Fruit can be costly so choose it wisely, I can't eat oranges or bananas, usually eat small apples or stay in the berry family. Frozen fruits like at SAMs Club are pretty reasonable in price and come in bulk! I love berry shakes for breakfast, adding frozen berries measuring out my carbs and using whey protein powder, nice and filling and tastes like a strawberry shake! Diabetes takes a lot of maintenance and planning especially in the initial period, after a while you will learn what works and what doesn't, keeping a log would be a great thing for you to do, this way you can find out what foods will cause you to spike and learn to stay away from them! It takes a while, but you will also find out you won't crave carbs after a while. Good luck!

manapua72 2012-12-15 22:35:29 -0600 Report

If your sugars r outta control long enough your doctor will try to get u on insulin … I know u don't like needles but they really aren't so bad … Yet I'm happy with the pump no more shots … I hope u get those blood sugars under control !!!!!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-15 17:47:21 -0600 Report

Prepared meals are not good news. They are not healthy. I do not eat prepared meals. I understand the budget problem. During the summer months, I buy fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market. I cook them and freeze them. After the holiday, I make soups and chili and freeze them also.

If I were you, I would take a day or two and grocery shop. Get fresh meat and veggies. Portion out the meat into one or two pieces per freezer bag. You can buy ground beef and turkey and make patties out of them with your favorite seasonings and wrap them individually and take them out and cook as needed. Veggies that can be cooked and frozen can be placed in individual serving freezer bags. Whole chicken is cheaper than cut up but I don't take time to do that so I buy family packs wash and clean them and portion them out.

Once you do this, you can put your meals together for each day. Take the meat out of the freezer and put in the bottom of fridge and it should be thawed to be cooked the next evening. Veggies can go in microwave frozen once you take them out of the freezer bag. At the end of the day, you will find that not only are you saving money but you have a much healthier meal to eat.

jayabee52 2012-12-15 13:48:04 -0600 Report

Howdy Krystabella!

Unfortunately those prepared meals generally have a lot of salt and carbohydrates, and for better health you want to avoid both of those options.

I used to love my bagels & cream cheese and bread also, but until I got serious about controlling my Diabetes without the use of diabetes medications, I had middling success eating the way I did when I was married. (my 1st wife divorced me at 25 yrs, my 2nd wife died after being married for 2 yrs) My A1c hovered at 6.5 to 6.9.

I was on insulin at the time and wanted to discontinue it because I discovered quite by accident that I was producing enough insulin I could keep from going high IF I ate VERY carefully.

The upshot of this was a way of eating which was extremly lo carb and high in protein. I basically gave up breads or anything having to do with grains. No wheat, corn, rice, barley, rye.

Doing this I not only was able to discontinue my insulin but also lost weight and my A1c went down to 5.5!

Over a few weeks I formulated an eating plan which I now continue to use mearly 2 years after I formulated it. My eating plan was written up as a discussion in DC and may be found here ~

I pray you'll find it helpful.

I am on a fixed income, (soc security disability) and to cut down on waste and spoilage I buy frozen berries and frozen veggies.

As far as taking lunch to work, you could pre-prepare your lunch during your evening meal and take it in a brownbag and nuke it at lunch time. (of course you'd take the frozen berries out ahead of time, otherwise they'll turn to mush - not pleasant for my palate)

For a quick breakfast as you dash out the door in the AM would be to get a whey protein powder (not soy protein) and mix it in milk, and drink it on your way to work. (Soy has phyto estrogens in it and can throw off your hormonal balance - even for women).

OR you could go to sleep and get up a bit earlier and have a better breakfast of eggs and fruit. (usually a clementine orange).

I pray this reply has helped you see the possibilities. That you need not be locked in the way things are now for you. You could get off your diabetes meds or at least reduce them by changing your meal plan.

Blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

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