So, had some good news and bad news today. I had an appointment to see a nutritionist. I have been diabetic for SO long, that I have no idea what "portion control" is, or how much of anything I should be eating. As a child, I had a gram scale (bet not too many of you are old enough to know or remember what those are). We weighed most of my food, and I got so good at it, that I could tell by looking how much of something I should eat. As I got into my teen years, I became really rebellious about my diabetes, and ate all sorts of bad stuff. My lunch would often be 2 candy bars, and a can of Pepsi (and NOT Diet Pepsi). So the good news is, a nutritionist gave me a guide of foods, and about how much I should be eating, with about an 1800 calorie diet to follow and try to meal plan.
The bad news. Stress over a LOT of things has been taking it's toll on me. I can NOT get my blood sugars under control (especially in the last 2 weeks). It's always either scary high, or super low. So as I'm talking to the nutritionist, I start to feel funny, and tell her I need to test my blood sugar. It was 37. Just tested it a few minutes ago, and it was…well, I can't remember the exact number, but I think it was 257. So now they want me to monitor my blood sugars, exactly how much insulin I take (I still use a vial and needles, I'm old school), and record every single bit of food I put in my mouth, so they can try to get me under better control. This should be fun! Oh, plus I am extremely overweight, and started walking a few months ago. Even walking will make my blood sugar drop sometimes. It feels as though I can't get anything right, even though I'm honestly trying to do better!
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