Totally Lost

By debimzadi Latest Reply 2014-02-05 20:01:06 -0600
Started 2014-02-03 15:54:39 -0600

I'm so confused about what to eat. I'm ready to eat nothing at all. I was diagnosed T2 in December and I've read everything I can get my hands on. sometimes I think I know less now than I did then.

I have my first appointment with a nutritionist tomorrow. What should I expect!

9 replies

Glucerna 2014-02-04 16:15:31 -0600 Report

It's great that you've been reading about diabetes and now are meeting with a nutritionist. This is a perfect opportunity to ask her all of your questions. Write down your questions and bring them with you so you make sure to cover everything. Also bring your blood sugar records and it's really helpful to write down what a usual day of eating looks like for you. Let us know what you learn. ~Lynn @Glucerna

debimzadi 2014-02-04 16:56:49 -0600 Report

The visit went well. The nutritionist was very knowledgeable. I'm a statistics person by nature and had pages of numbers and questions. She is a member of the team handling my case and printed out a score card with all my test results.

I have 3 months to get my numbers in line with life style changes and have settled on the DASH diet for now.

Thanks everyone for all of your support. It makes a tremendous difference.

Nick1962 2014-02-04 09:54:49 -0600 Report

I certainly understand that feeling. I was lucky enough to find a healthy eating class that spelled out pretty specifically what I should and shouldn’t be eating. It wasn’t a diabetic specific class, but it did the trick none the less. Hopefully your nutritionist will be as helpful.

Your frustration is actually to your advantage now. You say you’re at the point of not eating anything, so maybe now’s a good chance to just start from scratch like I ended up doing.

A lot of folks when diagnosed pull their hair out trying to “modify” their favorite foods/meals to fit a new diabetic model which kind of keeps them in a certain comfort zone. I took the leap and said, “hey maybe I can be comfortable somewhere else”.

After everything I read, it was pretty clear there was a “base” of foods I could use. Topping the list is fresh, non-processed proteins (meats, fish), fresh fruits and vegetables (some better than others), beans and dairy in lesser amounts. At the very bottom of my list were breads, rice pastas, and potatoes.

Now, if you can be happy with a meal of turkey, vegetables and gravy, you’re pretty much good to go. A couple nights a month I do a “pub night” of some grilled chicken legs/wings and raw veggies with blue cheese dip. Grilled up a bulk pack of chicken legs this weekend – less than $9 and enough to feed me and the missus all week with a side salad. Combinations are endless with a little imagination.

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