Food Stamp diet... TYPE 2 Diabetic

By RissaRhea Latest Reply 2013-10-12 14:30:37 -0500
Started 2013-04-29 11:50:08 -0500

Hello everyone… My name is Marisa.. I'm 36 a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 1— I have been dealing with my diabetes since I was 13…

I just recently joined Weight Mngmt. and have already cut alot of everything from my awful eating habits && binges I was doin but I AM STILL STRUGGLING.. I am on public assistance and use alot on fresh veggies && fruits.. my kids whine sometimes cause alot of what I buy is mostly all sugar-free except well meats && such.

I look at alot of the diabetic recipes available to me but find that ALOT of them call for seasonings or items that I just don't buy cause I don't constantly use them… I'm push'n 350 lbs right now.. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life.

I have an ulcer that I have been tryng to heal going on 2 yrs now and almost lost my eye sight due to diabetes— I am on a very limited daily activities regimen cause of my weight playing a BIG FACTOR for my feet && this ulcer.

I am looking to find FRIENDS- whom I can keep conversations with that have same difficulties as I do with daily life— I need a friendly backbone to lean on— someone who can help me get through this

I would LOVE to go on DAILY WALKS or even go to THE GYM— I just can't && don't know when I can.. I just had my PICC line removed && in Hyperbaric treatments so alot of time is really limited since 5 hours from Mon- to Friday is at treatment.. UGH— Please I just need a little shove or a boost of confidence from someone…


16 replies

tracyMCS 2013-10-12 14:30:37 -0500 Report

Hi , i Hope your doing well today and i understand about the recipes and seasonings…what i do if it calls for something that i dont normally use just leave it out ..sometimes you can subsitiue something different for it I am enjoying cooking again and what i hear from chefs is to experiment with the spices you do have and can use on different items and in different recipes. i enjoy lots of fruits and veggies but they are expensive but i have found frozen to work as well if i have extra money then yeah i will splurge on fresh..i understand the finances and weight , im unemployed and didnt qualify for snap benefits when i applied so what little i can afford to buy i do i have also found that onions, celery, green peppers and carrots freeze really good so when they are on sale i will buy those and chop them in differnt sizes and freeze ..I hope things are going well for you

Anonymous 2013-07-28 21:22:50 -0500 Report

hi I'm happy to hear you are doing good:) I would love to be able to eat lots of fruits and veggies but they cost to much so I have to go for cheap ways just thought I would share

denipink 2013-06-22 15:26:49 -0500 Report

Hi RR, you are very good at being very open and honest about your situation. Some people would rather be all alone than post their weight and finances in an open forum.

Like you, i am very open and honest. I come here for support and i don't see any point in fudging the details. No one will be able to help me if i don't tell it like it is.

I am type 2 for the past 2 years or so and i am only now taking my bs every meal and before bed. Prior to this my bs was usually in the high 20's and sometimes in the low 30's. I am in Canada so we measure differently than you do in the U.S.

I have spent the past 3 months researching nutrition online while i am working very hard at getting my Diabetes under better control. I am a large lady, too, and so prefer the comfort and solitude of my own home while i am working through these very serious health issues. I am healing now because i am committed to wellness and this challenge needs my undivided attention.

I have finally settled on eating a mostly Vegan diet. I eat just whole foods and i am saving $ because i don't eat meat, fish, dairy or processed foods. My entire diet is made up from 4 simple food groups: fruit, veggies, beans and whole grains. Also a little bit of nuts and seeds. Since eating this way i feel much, much better. I have started walking again and i don't push myself to go very far. I started out just walking around the house until i felt strong enough to venture outside where i walk just in my neighborhood. I don't walk every day, yet, but i will, soon. I am just going at my own pace and that is good enough for me, for now.

I have just started on two new insulins so i am still tweaking to find the right dosage. So far, today, so good. I come here to read and post and i am finding this connection to be one of my best assets. It really, really helps me.

I start a new College program at the end of the month. It is a certificate program in (of all things) diet, nutrition and health sciences. I am so looking forward to this program because this type of study really interests me and i would love to be a Health Coach some day.

In the meantime, i work very hard at being healthy. I spend hours a day researching looking for resources to post to my various groups. I belong to some 6 different health related groups where i am vary active. This contributes to my mental health tremendously!

My dear i certainly relate to you and understand what you must be going through. I hope you have a good support system because i am sure knowing that people care makes a big difference when we must face so many trials. When people care and share we learn and when we learn we are able to make better choices. We learn about options that we might not otherwise know about when we are keeping to ourselves.

I would like to be your friend and i will make the request. If i can help you in any way i would be more than happy to do so. You are not alone and this group has so very much to offer. Good for you for making your needs known. I
sure hope that lots of people here will have lots to offer you! If lots of people here don't come to you, Post your little heart out and ask for the attention you need. Also, if you get a chance, friend Dr. Gary. Sure is nice to have a Dr. on this site and on your friend's list. Heaven knows we all can use some good Doctoring now and then. Dr. Gary treats diabetics in his practice, too.

Hope you have a good weekend and eat lots of fruits and veggies. BTW — i read time and again that frozen veggies are the cheapest unless fresh is seasonal and on sale. Also frozen veggies have the same good nutrient content that fresh does.

Gonna go friend you now.

Denise :)

Chopstix 2013-05-03 06:55:58 -0500 Report

Congrats ladies!! I found out I was Type 2 one day while taking a Department of Transportation(DOT) Physical(truck driver). My BS was almost as much as my weight at the time. That was in 2005. I started web researching and finding books to help deal with it. I started walking at least 30 minutes every day and changed my diet to more fruits and vegetables. Flaxseed oil helped with the first 20 pounds, then leveled off. It seemed I would lose weight in spurts-lose awhile, stop. A year after reaching the weight goal my doctor wanted, I had a heart attack. Go figure!. I am at home now recovering from bypass(3) surgery. Have been told I may never drive a truck again since the doctor has put me on insulin. DOT says you cannot drive while taking insulin. :( Yes, there goes the livelyhood! Had already applied for disability before the surgery. Take care all…

newbie51 2013-05-02 22:41:21 -0500 Report

I know exactly what you are going through. I am also struggling with my weight and also with getting my blood sugars under control. I am also on public assistance and a limited income. I would love to be friends with you. I think we can encourage each other and support one another through this time in our lives. Newbie51

vegasgranny 2013-07-28 19:15:47 -0500 Report

I know how hard it is to buy fresh veggies & lean meat on food stamps. If there is a Food-4-Less ora store like that near you can get more for less. I have learned to stick with chicken & fish. You can buy regular chicken & remove the skin at home. I no longer fry anything. I have 7 grandkids and they have learned to really like what I cook. Even my sugar free cakes. KEEP Trying!! Don't give up.

GabbyPA 2013-05-01 13:42:47 -0500 Report

I was at the weight you speak of before I was diagnosed. I had been even more in the past, but had managed to take a little off. However, once I was diagnosed, I was so focused on my numbers that I didn't even realize that the change in my eating was allowing me to loose weight. I have lost almost 80 pounds just by doing what you are doing, buying the right kinds of foods.

I know it's hard on assistance to buy healthy choices. Poor food choices are cheaper, but they also ruin your health. Hearing the kids complain is rough, but to be honest, what you eat is what they should be eating too. Specially if they are craving the sweets and the junk (and what kid doesn't?) So be a great mom and feed them well. Feed them right and you will eat right too.

The thing that really helped me was not to focus on my weight, but on my glucose numbers. Once my glucose numbers started to improve, the other things I needed to work on started to improve as well. It's hard after so many years of doing it, but you are able to do it. So many of us have been there.

Anonymous 2013-05-01 09:12:36 -0500 Report

I know how you feel, Ive had diabetes for over 10 years, and weight has been an issue with me too.I use to be 400 at my highest..I still need to lose a 100…so Im in the same boat…Im also on food stamps…and had back surgery 9 years ago so limited walking…

I just started insulin last year..and struggling with what I eat too but taking one step at a time…cause i got a BIG SWEET TOOTH…

When I do walk, if its for 10 mins around my home…thats all i can do…I take my dog with me…I put on some really good music…and if I can rock out to one song…that's good enough for me…

The buying of food with stamps, Im finally figuring out that frozen veggies are inexpensive, and buying a whole chicken goes a long way…cause of allergies Im limited…spices i just use alot of the same…

tantaopa 2013-08-14 02:33:00 -0500 Report

I know how you feel, not only am I a diabetic, i also have a bad hip (from being hit by a car in the supermarket parking lot, I was walking and he backed into me) that was 6 years ago. I also have a under active thyroid. Makes losing weight very hard. Anyway I started out by walking around my house for five minutes at a time, then I finally made it to a half hour, now I can walk to my mail box a half mile away and back again.My hip hurts like hell, but in a weird way I fell better. So keep up the good work.

Anna K
Anna K 2013-04-30 22:13:52 -0500 Report

have you tried juicing veggies/fruit? Even if you only replace breakfast, it boost metabolism. It really works, I was 307 at my worst. About 4 yrs ago, I lost 80lbs then gained 35+ lbs. So, 7 weeks ago I decided to start blending fruits/veggies w diet green tea. Sometimes I add 2tbsp of Greek non-fat yogurt or tofu for protein. I usually just do it for breakfast, occasionally lunch but I eat a lite lunch and a lite supper, eat a few almonds or peanut butter on 1/2 a piece of pita bread or anything low calorie. Anyway my point was, I've lost 37lbs in 7 weeks!!!!!

Anna K
Anna K 2013-04-30 22:17:03 -0500 Report

oh, today I weigh 231lbs! My goal is 160lbs. I don't wanna be model thin. Just healthier. I'm only 5'2 so I should actually weigh 115-120lbs but I would look emaciated lol so I'm not going to that extreme! :D

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-30 17:15:27 -0500 Report

Rissa I was in Wal-Mart looking for something in the camping department. I found a container of spices for about 4 bucks. It is round and colorful and each spice is a separate container. This is a good way to buy spices without spending a lot of money.

sassyirish mom
sassyirish mom 2013-04-30 13:29:35 -0500 Report

Hi Marissa
I was recently diagnosed with type 1 in sept.. I'm 36 myself a mom of two very active daughters. I also know where u ate coming from with the herbs and spieces.. I do alot for fresh raw veggies n fruits . My daughters and I try to walk everyday after they get home from school or doing some other kind of activity
I also make it a habit to go to the gym daily or every two days

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-29 18:13:27 -0500 Report

Hi Rissa, I am type 2 and also on public assistance in the SNAP program. I use a lot of fresh veggies and meats and rarely do I buy frozen foods. I do buy hot dogs and baked beans during the summer. With some of the storms we have I keep those handy for the grill should we lose power.

I understand your what you are saying about the recipes. I don't buy seasonings that I am sure I am not going to use. I buy fresh herbs at the farmers market far cheaper than the grocery store. I am very fond of sage and have that growing in my yard in a pot. I dry it and use it often on poultry. You can also grow your own.

I too have struggled with my weight all my life but I am not about to have surgery. I can lose weight on my own and have done so since being diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. I make a point of walking everyday. Today was the first day I missed this month. I spent Saturday in the yard planting flowers in pots and helping my sister with her starter plants she puts in the community garden. Yesterday morning I was busy vending at the Farmers Market. I needed a break today.

When you are able to get out and about start walking. It is great for clearing the mind. I stop and talk to neighbors and keep an eye out in the community. If you don't like walking alone, find friends and neighbors who would like to have company while walking and start a walking group. Good luck to you.

Harlen 2013-04-29 14:18:58 -0500 Report

I feel you
Every day is a work out just keeping me from doing what I know that's bad for