Newly diagnosed

By lucyjane1993 Latest Reply 2013-09-18 01:11:35 -0500
Started 2013-09-11 19:35:43 -0500

I'm newly diagnosed to type 1 diabetes and struggling to work out what foods I can't and can have and it's realy frustrating and getting me down any help only diagnosed 3 days ago x

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cizzy21 2013-09-18 01:11:35 -0500 Report

I'm also type 1, and have been dealing with the frustrations and heartaches of diabetes since 1994. I also have depression, so I take antidepressants and anxiety prescriptions. I just try to remind myself that I can't change the fact I have diabetes and I'm doing the best I can. But I still hate diabetes!!! Just know you are not alone, OK?

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-13 19:21:18 -0500 Report

Also, Special K protein shakes are good for breakfast on the go. They're 20 carbs. I love yogurt for breakfast.
Also, the fresher your foods the better they are for you. Fresh fruit versus canned and so on. An orange has about 15 carbs, so choose the fruit over the juice. You'll get the sweet flavor and it will fill you up!
The mySugr app is awesome! Get it! Check your sugar often and write down if something raises your sugar more or less than you thought. You'll learn how to balance it all. I've found that tomato juice doesn't raise my sugar, even though a can of Campbell's has 15 carbs… Thin crust pizza is your new choice, and ribs are great too!
When you just can't take it: 1 Oreo is about 10 carbs. Hershey pot of gold minis are about 7… Have a sweet with a meal and count the carbs. Not always- but sometimes a sugar free fudgecicle is necessary for your sanity.

Jettgal 2013-09-12 15:33:59 -0500 Report

Download the mySugr app, it's great and a fun way to manage your diabetes. Work hard to limit your carbs and keep your blood sugars within range. Have the least amt of carbs for breakfast. That is when you are most sensitive to them. I limit myself to 15 carbs. I usually eat an egg & a piece of whole wheat toast. Dannon Greek Yogurts are great. They're 9 carbs and a ton of protein. Balance protein with your crabs too… The protein (and fat) help slow how you absorb the carbs so you don't spike your blood sugar.

Sorry about your diagnosis, I'm sure you're overwhelmed. Give it time and everything will be fine. :-)

Type1Lou 2013-09-12 09:18:29 -0500 Report

Reducing the amount of carbohydrates is the key for me. Carbs are what make your blood sugar rise. Read the nutrition labels of the foods you buy for serving size and number of carbs per serving. Religiously track the number of carbs that you eat daily now. If your BG numbers are higher than you want them to be, reduce the number of carbs that you are eating. You should see better results by lowering your carb intake and probably some weight loss as well which might also increase your insulin sensitivity. A turning point for me was reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". A Type 1 himself, he propose a reduced carb diet for diabetes long before the mainstream medical community recognized this approach. With the right choices and a good medical team, diabetes is one of the more manageable chronic conditions. You can master it.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-12 04:37:22 -0500 Report

Get the book and start jotting down foods you like. Keep them balanced, don't choose all fruit for instance. Take some time and pre-plan some meals and snacks with foods you like. Then go TK the grocery and buy those foods. You'll already have meals in mind. Make a list and stick it to the fridge.
If you can- get those tempting bad foods out of sight.
I'm newly diagnosed with two young boys- the house if full of temptation. Ill help you.

Leslieluv21 2013-09-11 23:06:13 -0500 Report

Hi Lucy! My deepest empathy goes out to you. I know how you feel. I felt the same way a month ago when I got diagnosed. I was constantly sad, down and I was so worried about my blood sugars that I didn't even want to eat anything. I have found a lot of good that I CAN eat as opposed to what I can't. At first this seems extremely difficult as everything has carbs in it, well almost everything. I have started to eat a lot of lean turkey. Ground turkey, turkey patties, turkey sandwich meat and a little bit f turkey bacon. I eat cheese with sandwich meat rolled up. Grilled or broiled chicken, thin slices of beef. Pretty much any protein. I eat A LOT of vegetables. It doesn't always have to be the same kind, sometimes I mix it up. I also eat black beans and chop it up with tomato, bell peppers, onions and cilantro. I have mixed nuts, Dannon light Greek yogurt, Light cottage cheese with pepper and tomatoes, celery with ranch or peanut butter. You can have a little but of carbs but that all depends on what your doctor told you and if you're even supposed to be watching carbs. I've tried to cut out all rice and most breads but when I really want bread I choose whole grain. I limit myself to 40 carbs each meal and have found that to be helpful. Start reading the labels on your food and keep a log of all the food you eat in a day so that you can see the variations in your blood sugar and know what could've caused it. Hang in there I know it's tough but you can do it!! We are all here to support you and help you! Take care of yourself and exercise :) ::hugs::

Harlen 2013-09-11 19:45:24 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep it's a lot to get down some times it feels like its too much but you will get it.
One thing that helped me A Lot is a book called the calorie king it has all the carbs for all the foods you would eat even eating out.
If you have Q please just ask.