newly diagnosed and nervous

cupcake queen
By cupcake queen Latest Reply 2013-12-03 19:54:14 -0600
Started 2013-11-27 13:39:23 -0600

ok, i just got diagnosed type 2 on the 18 of nov. they have me on a med, checking my blood once a day, and just watching my carbs until i see the dietitian on dec2.
so does this mean i can eat normally since Thanksgiving is tomorrow? or should i stay away from certain things?
just a side note- i am a baker on the side, and i do make awesome incredible desserts and cupcakes that my family will expect. there are now 2 diabetics ( including myself) at dinner.

9 replies

Madilayn 2013-12-03 19:04:24 -0600 Report

I'm glad I'm not the only newly diagnosed person who is nervous. I was diagnosed around the same time as you Cupcake Queen and have spent 2 weeks in hospital. I have to admit to being terrified! I've also got an infected toe which I am supposed to keep off as much as possible which is making doing exercise hard.

mspiggy81 2013-12-03 19:54:14 -0600 Report

Pick up some light dumbbell weights and do arm curls while sitting & watching tv. If you don't have weights a big can of soup or juice will suffice. You can do leg lifts while sitting in a chair or laying on the bed, even sitting and folding laundry will help. Anything that gets the blood flowing even just a little. I have a very bad back so true exercise is out of the question for me as well. "head, shoulders, knees and toes" can be done while sitting in a chair and trust me after 10-15 minutes you start to feel it.

shcolton85 2013-11-28 07:24:12 -0600 Report

I've learned that it is best to stay away from carbs and just eat lots of protein and veggies. It helps also to do exercises 30 minutes in the morning, another 30 in the evenings. And plenty of walks in between. Happy thanksgiving everyone.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-27 19:00:09 -0600 Report

HI Cupcake welcome to the DC family. My doctor told me to test once a day but I tested after each meal. It helped me learn what foods did to my blood sugar.

Depending on what your readings are should determine what you eat. Eat lots of protein and veggies. Stay away from the Green Bean casserole that is loaded with carbs. I use a tablespoon for carbs such as mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole. I use a fork for mac and cheese I stick it in and what sticks to the fork goes on my plate. No bread and I drink crystal light or diet iced tea. If I want dessert, I take a walk and test at least 2 hours after I eat. Depending on what my numbers are, I will have a small slice of pie or cake and a slice of turkey. I have found in doing this I have no problems.

If you want to have one of your cupcakes, minus the frosting take a walk first. I think you will be fine if you eat in moderation and stay away from high carb foods.

Nick1962 2013-11-27 15:32:34 -0600 Report

Welcome to the group! Take a little breath and try not to be nervous – a little education is usually all you’ll need to get things under control (and off the meds too). Most often it just means being a little more aware of what your hand is putting in your mouth. Like others have mentioned, testing as often as you can afford will better show you what foods play best with your unique metabolism.

jayabee52 2013-11-27 14:53:13 -0600 Report

Howdy Cupcake Queen

I note that you are only checking your BG 1x/day If you really want to know how foods & drinks affect your BG you may want to consider testing a minimum of 3x/day. I had written a way of finding out which foods/drinks "play nice" with your metabolism. You may find it here ~

I know that doesn't help you much re: the thanksgiving meal tomorrow. Briefly I would minimize my carb intake and eat more meat (protein). That should minimize any BG spikes from the meal

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

mspiggy81 2013-11-27 14:02:50 -0600 Report

I wouldn't say pig out on everything, but as long as your pre-meal BG is low a few small treats in moderation should be okay. Think of the food pyramid when you make your plate with high protein meat and low carb veggies being the biggest portion, swap out the dinner roll for that piece of pie you only get once a year. Don't let that green bean casserole fool you either, Cream of Mushroom soup is surprisingly high in carbs, if possible make it with cream of celery soup, it tastes just as good with less carbs. Instead of using the serving spoon ask for a table spoon to serve yourself with to keep your portion sizes small. Don't go straight for dessert after dinner, give yourself 3 hours for your dinner sugars to come down first.

For many people most things are about moderation, however you will find there are going to be somethings that even a small spoonful sends you over the top. It will take time to figure out how different foods react to you.

If you can afford to, test more often than once per day. Log which food items you eat and your before and after readings. After a while you will start to notice which foods cause higher spikes than others and learn what you can and cannot tolerate and in what amounts. For instance, I can eat 10 spoonfuls of peanut butter a day, but not all at once. I can have a small scoop of light ice cream, but the chocolate chess pie tomorrow is completely off limits. Each person is different and will react differently to certain foods, The dietitian will give you a great starting point for your meal plan, but you will have to tweak and adjust it according to your specific BG responses.

cupcake queen
cupcake queen 2013-11-27 13:40:32 -0600 Report

i forgot to tell you that i am swimming as my exercise as well - been doing that since June.

Glucerna 2013-11-27 15:46:58 -0600 Report

I really like the suggestions to think a bit about the types and amounts of food that you want to eat on Thanksgiving. Choose smaller portions of foods that are higher in carbohydrate such as potatoes, rolls/bread, stuffing, winter squash and sweets. Enjoy larger portions of turkey and vegetables like green beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli. Food is an important part of holidays, but not the only part of the celebration. Since there are now two in your family with Type 2, perhaps you can start some new, non-food holiday traditions like a walk after the meal or a friendly game of touch football. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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