New & need tips

By Munday Latest Reply 2013-08-14 21:43:45 -0500
Started 2013-08-09 00:14:16 -0500

Hi. I'm new to the community here. I'm glad I found this though! It looks like it will be my best tool to have for me. I was diagnosed T2 in December of 2012. I have been struggling at weight loss. And I do lack energy sometimes too. My question is - what is the best diet a T2 diabetic can do? I'm tired of all of the gimmicks that don't work and or ends up being dangerous. I take 2000mg of Metformin each day. I am a work in progress trying to learn as much as I can. Tia.

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-14 21:43:45 -0500 Report

Hey Munday,

I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. Great to see you here. As a relatively newly-diagnosed diabetic, getting educated, and getting support, are important aspects of your self care. I love "work in progress." That's what we all are.

I hope you are being patient with yourself. One day at a time.


Getright65 2013-08-14 13:48:29 -0500 Report

I unstand well,I was going to gym also,I just started walking in neb.I think some nut,s or oor some fruit.just in case.

MOGOJO 2013-08-13 08:27:48 -0500 Report

When you find the appropriate diet let me know. I get confused. You try to correct your sugar, offsets another problem. Enjoy good luck.

Maintanenceman1 2013-08-13 06:30:40 -0500 Report

I'm borderline T2. I control mine with diet & exercise. I take 20 mg of a blood pressure med for protein control in connection with Iga nephropathy. My borderline T2 was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, but suspected since the mid 80's as middle school student

coyotejohn 2013-08-10 14:35:04 -0500 Report

I read the little nutrition panel on EVERYTHING. I eat the lowest numbers I find as much as possible. I'm T2 since June of 2012 and take 500mg metformin and 5mg Lisonipril daily. I try to get into my gym twice or more weekly and so far, that's what has been working for me. Good Luck and drink lots of water!

Munday 2013-08-10 21:00:02 -0500 Report

WOW! I take 2000mg of metformin each day. And I take Lisonipril too. I don't remember that dosage. Sometimes lately I am wondering if I take to much metforming though because I have been struggling with low blood sugar lately. I get so sick lately trying to eat good. I guess it will all just take time, and I need to proceed slowly.

GabbyPA 2013-08-10 09:58:03 -0500 Report

The big trick really is to find what works for you. What you are willing to exchange for better glucose control and better overall health.

Eat whole foods. That is my best advice. When you can eat foods that look like what they are you get the best bang for your buck. What I mean is if it's a tomato, keep it as a tomato and avoid the sauces, dips, spreads and so on that are tomato based. If you like fruit, keep it whole and eat an apple instead of apple sauce or juice.

Everyone has mentioned the import of counting carbohydrates and that is a key. Of course you don't want to eat whole foods that are loaded with carbohydrates only. You do need a balance. The diet that Nick mentioned is a great place to start. It is eating meat, fruit, vegetables and greens. Some of each in every meal. It clears out the grains that often give us fits in our glucose control. You can find fiber in other places such as beans and in your veggies and fruits.

Munday 2013-08-10 10:19:22 -0500 Report

I am going to try and follow through with better choices. I am a very picky eater so sometimes that gets hard. But I am going to try things so I can make sure I am under control.

Sherelle112 2013-08-09 22:35:42 -0500 Report

My classes were 200 and insurance covered some. Granola bars aren't bad. 15 carbs, 6 sugars, 90 calories. In class she said we could have 45 carbs per meal and your snacks are included in that. So if u eat a granola bar then you get 30 carbs for your meal. You will learn to be creative!!! Like I've learned that I don't have to have a side… I can just eat meat and a veggie or a salad. Before diabetes I'd have meat, side, veggies & bread… In my mind that was a complete meal. I had to change my whole mindset!!!

GabbyPA 2013-08-10 10:00:03 -0500 Report

Mind set, you hit it on the head. We were taught the food pyramid, and boy does it mess us up. You have to forget how you were raised and reteach yourself what a healthy meal looks like, If I see a lot of green on my plate, I know I'm going in the right direction.

snuggles11 2013-08-11 23:28:53 -0500 Report

That's not true about the classes being $500
My doctor wrote me a prescription and I went to the local hospital and it didn't cost me one cents

Munday 2013-08-11 23:44:36 -0500 Report

My insurance is not the greatest. It does not cover much. So most things end up coming out of our pocket. When I get back home I am going to check it out again though. I really want to take a class. I need to learn more and soon.

Scarlet03 2013-08-09 06:30:12 -0500 Report

Welcome Tia…
Ive been type2 for 13 years, and been struggling for a long time. Even before I had diabetes. I just switched to insulin in the last couple of years, but it was a necessary change for me…

Like Sherelle said there is no specific diet…READING LABELS is a good thing and a good habit to start with. Every diabetic is different, sometimes its best to work something out that fits your lifestyle. But use a specific diet as a GUIDELINE. Thats where going to a diabetic class comes in, they will give you the tools on proper eating and carb counting.

Oh BTW…Ive had a granola bar or 2. I make sure it doesn't go over 25 grams of carbs though. But Im also on insulin, so my scale of eating is a little different.

Its always good to keep active, drink plenty of water. Also, in the last couple of years. Im not able to eat at fast food like I use to. My body just cringes. Ive started to eat more vegetables and more proteins.

Ive kept a 100 pounds off for the last year. Ive still got alot to go. The one thing is I can DONT GIVE UP…

Its going to take practice and not over night of course. After a while, it will become an automatic habit and you'll know right away just by looking.

GOOD LUCK!! Dont be afraid to ask a question about diabetes. We are all in this fight together…

Sherelle112 2013-08-10 04:41:23 -0500 Report

Carbs & sugars are what I look at the most!!! When I first started I counted calories but once u give up fast food & junk food it's really not hard. Carbs is the biiiig one for me!!! That's what I focus on the most, then sugars.
For b'fast I do fruit… usually strawberries & blue berries bc I read that berries are the best fruits for diabetics. I don't eat bananas much bc they have lots of sugar, especially if they're too ripe. At like 10am I have a handful of almonds or a granola bar. Then at lunch I might have a salad or a turkey sandwich with fruit and a little gold fish or chicken or fish with veggies… or if I'm in a rush I always buy the little tuna on the run things with the tuna u make yourself with crackers bc it's only 20 carbs. For dinner I allow myself a little more freedom. If I want potatoes or rice I have it… Just a little. I use to do fast food 5 times a week so just imagine lol. I eat a lot of taco salads. Ground beef, low fat cheddar sprinkled on, tomatoes, lettuce, fat free sour cream (just a little) & crunch some tortillas up on top!!!!! And if I'm super hungry add black beans.
I know this is a lot, but I'm telling you all this bc I wanted to give up when I was diagnosed 4 months ago. I would cry after grocery shopping bc I felt like I couldn't eat anything… If get irritated when ppl ate certain things around me, but I feel sooooo good now. Not just bc my numbers are under control or bc I've lost 40 lbs, but bc this is the hardest thing I've ever dealt with and even though it SUCKS it was the only thing thats EVER made me lose weight & keep it off.
If I crave a cheese burger n fries… I have it!!! I put a burger on my George foreman grill with cheese but I don't have a bun!!!!! I bake my fries or cut up a small potato and bake it. If i want I've cream I had to buy the no added sugar or carb smart. That way if I HAVE to have something "sweet" I have an option. But if I'm going to treat myself I don't have to rice or potato with dinner. Just meat and veggies.
Sry this is long, but seriously if u need to talk or support message me!!! I'll give u my #!! :)

Sherelle112 2013-08-09 03:07:54 -0500 Report

Welcome to the group!!! Im sry u have Disbetes, but glad u found ur way here!! There's no "diabetic diet" that I know of!! Everyone's body is different! When I first got my meter I would try different things & wait 2 hrs then check to see how it affect my levels. I stay under 45 carbs per meal & eat a clean breakfast! By clean I mean like fruit & nuts! I eat brown rice & potatoes rarely, but really watch my portions bc they mk my BGs go HIGH!! I also looove granola bars! They've been my best friend! I love chocolate & thought I had to give it up, but I find healthier alternatives!! Drink looooots of water! If u have a smart phone I used the app "lose it" when I was diagnosed 4 months ago! 39 lbs down & a1c of 5.8! U can do it!!!!!!! Google, ADA, and several books have been helpful also. Learn as much as u can!! Also if u haven't done diabetes education classes I strongly recommend them!! Good luck to u hun!!

Munday 2013-08-09 04:42:14 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your reply. Granola bars are ok for us? I am trying to read labels, but I am struggling with that. I will have to check out "lose it" again. It has been a long time since I have used that app. I love my smartphone. There are so many helpful apps etc. I went to a diabetes expo thinking there would be more classes and info. I would love to take classes but someone told me they were $500! I wish we had easier and more affordable choices in everything for diabetes! :)

Scarlet03 2013-08-10 06:17:22 -0500 Report

If you have insurance they should be a small co pay…ask your doctor or medical provider…mine was free but I'm on disability .

Sherelle112 2013-08-09 19:23:41 -0500 Report

My classes were 200 and insurance covered some. Granola bars aren't bad. 15 carbs, 6 sugars, 90 calories. In class she said we could have 45 carbs per meal and your snacks are included in that. So if u eat a granola bar then you get 30 carbs for your meal. You will learn to be creative!!! Like I've learned that I don't have to have a side… I can just eat meat and a veggie or a salad. Before diabetes I'd have meat, side, veggies & bread… In my mind that was a complete meal. I had to change my whole mindset!!!

Munday 2013-08-12 11:15:47 -0500 Report

YES! That is how I use to think as well. I love just having a salad for dinner. I love the different textures and flavores. I could eat salad all day if I could. :)