diet plan

By yumyum1948 Latest Reply 2013-02-09 18:56:44 -0600
Started 2013-02-08 14:39:23 -0600

My a1c is 8.0.So my doctor put me on this diet plan which I am having a hard time staying on.Fo Breakfast I can have 45 to 60 grams of carbohhydrates.Lunch is the same as Breakfast.Dinner is the same as Lunch.Evening snack is 35 to 45 grams of carbohdrates. I weigh 325 have High blood pressure and swollen legs.I go and see him in july.He wants to see a little change in my health.Is anyone else on a strict diet.

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Nick1962 2013-02-09 18:56:44 -0600 Report

Yes, I'm (still) on a fairly strict diet - about half the carbs your doctor has you on. I also restrict my sugars big time. Went from 285 lbs in 2008 to 176 lbs now. Had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, debilitating inflamation of the joints, constant stomach pain, constant sweating and was on 4 different meds. A1c was around 12. All gone now, and only on small maintenance doses for blood pressure and cholesterol. Last A1c was 5.2.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-08 19:59:47 -0600 Report

Hi YumYum my doctor gave me the same amount of carbs per mean. I had swollen feet but I don't have High Blood Pressure. I stuck with that until I got use to measuring and weighing my food. It was not easy and was terribly annoying for me.

My doctor prescribed Knee Lenghth T.E.D. Stockings(Thrombo-Embolic-Deterrent) which I had to wear every day but not to bed. This helped with the swelling and I have not had that problem since.

I lost 60lbs over 3 months. For a year I ate Chicken Salad for lunch 5 days a week ate sugar free Jello or Jello pudding, Cream Cheese and Crackers for Breakfast or Sausage and a boiled egg. Dinner was meat a carb and a veggie. I drank nothing but water or tea and coffee. I don't fry anything except an egg. I munched on raw carrots or spinach with a low cal salad dressing as a dipping sauce. What also helped was walking. I walk a lot and this gives me the exercise portion. I was losing weight so fast my doctor told me to slow down.

I went to a Town Hall meeting last week and saw my doctor at the meeting, he retired two years ago. He asked how I was doing and I pulled out my meter and log book for him to see and he was totally impressed.

Sticking to a diet is not easy. It takes hard work and perseverance. This is my health and I am going to do what it takes to stay as healthy as possible. You can do this if you really want to and make up your mind that you will do this. Good luck to you.

jayabee52 2013-02-08 15:18:58 -0600 Report

Howdy YumYum!

I have multiple disease processes going on with me. My big two are Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and renal (Kidney) failure.

I had discovered that for me, my pancreas was putting out sufficient insulin that if I ate VERY carefully I could manage my DM without any DM medications. I had developed a meal plan (don't like the word diet) which helped me with both my DM and my renal menu needs. You can read it here ~

I want you to know that it is worth it to stay on your meal plan. For me on my meal plan I got my A1c down to 5.5 , and lost 65 lbs. Of course I had the added incentive of discontinuing my diabetes meds (insulin).

My meal plan was very strict and I actually, once I got down those 65 lbs I had to add some calories (by way of fat) to keep from looking like a scarecrow.

I note you say you have HBP and swollen legs (lymphedema?) I trust you are keeping your salt intake down to the very minimum and are avoiding menu items which contain a lot of sodium. A good friend had lymphedema problems and sought out a lymphadema specialist who did a special massage for lymphedema and wrapped her legs to keep her skin from splitting open from the pressure. She had to wear those wrappings for about 4 months (re wrapping them every 3 days) but she got them down closer to "normal" for her.

We watched her salt intake and I made her some no sodium soup to cut down on her sodium intake. (she also had developed prediabetes at the time)


Lentyl 2013-02-08 15:07:18 -0600 Report

Hi - when I was first diagnosed I read everything that I could get my hand on. The book that helped me the most was written by Dr. Stanley Mirsky, who had worked with Dr. Eliot Joslin. The Joslin Institute recommends 45 gm. of carbohydrates (CHO) for each main meal and 15 CHO for each of 3 snacks. I followed that advice and brought my BG down from over 33 mmol/l. in 4 months. As well I lost 30 lbs. in the same time frame. I was never hungry, as such, and found tht the diet worked well for me. Dr. Mirsky's twin brother, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 19, followed the Joslin plan, lived for 50 years, and did not die from diabetes or diabetes complications. The book that Dr. Mirsky wroite is Diabetes Survival Guide, which I heartily recommend. You may want to consider reading the book. I wish you every success. I eat a low CHO diet and feel well with it.

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