Really confused about what I should eat?

By MsZuly Latest Reply 2014-06-28 16:44:30 -0500
Started 2014-05-22 20:24:09 -0500

Hey, I just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have no idea on what is healthy for me and what is not. I'm just really confused.

11 replies

MsZuly 2014-06-28 16:41:17 -0500 Report

Sorry I haven't replied the very first time that I wrote about not knowing what I was allowed to eat. Well since then I have been eating a lot more vegetables than I ever did in my lifetime. Turns out I love vegetables. I tried to watch everything I ate but I guess it was hard to just drop everything that I used to eat. I had a hard time so I honestly didn't eat too well. I improved but I admit I could have done a lot better. Maybe I haven't came around to believing I really do have Diabetes. I don't know I guess it's hard to believe. I'm pretty ashamed of myself for having it at such a young age. I'm barely 23. Well I was given 500 mg of metformin. One at breakfast and one at dinner. At first I was not doing so well. I had a lot of the nasty side effects but around 2 weeks ago I got used to them. I hadan apt. yesterday and the Dr upped my dose to 1000 mg one at breakfast and one at dinner. I forgot to mention I also have to take vitamin D pills. Also yesterday he added I believe Lisinopril for having high blood pressure and also Januvia for the Diabetes. He said hopefully that will help me from not having to take insulin. So this means 5 pills a day for me… Very depressing. I feel like such a failure. First time I did the blood test my fasting blood sugar was 298 which I believe is very high. Yesterday my blood work showed 228… I guess it's some kind of improvement. Not good enough though…

Sylvia cook
Sylvia cook 2014-05-25 01:47:34 -0500 Report

I myself don't have it my dad does. It runs in my family so I'd like to learn as much as I can for him and possibly myself.

jayabee52 2014-05-25 22:44:37 -0500 Report

That's great Sylvia to be looking out for your Dad. Please read all the posts below to find out what everyone else is saying about this topic.

jigsaw 2014-05-24 10:57:45 -0500 Report

Some excellent advice from members here! I agree with all that recommended that you see a registered dietician. Generically speaking, it's a good idea to stick with various whole food groups. Vegetables. lean meats, poultry, fish, low glycemic fruits such as in the berry family, and legumes. Eliminate or cut down on processed foods, such as breads, cakes, and most junk foods. Be familiar with complex carbs ( they breakdown more slowly ) and simple carbs ( they breakdown quickly and are likely to spike your blood sugar). Portion control is one of the best ways to control your weight, and blood glucose. Small quantities of foods are less likely to overload your system with carbohydrates and cause high blood sugar. A good variety of healthy foods helps to assure good nutrition. Balanced meals with protein, heathy fats, and carbs and in the correct portion size, is the way to go. A good dietician can give you the necessary specifics!

BB42 2014-05-24 09:02:27 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club! Make an appointment with a registered dietician, one who specializes in working with diabetes patients, Check the recipes on this web site, check out the app and the book Calorie King. Great information. You undergo a change from normal diet but it is a lot easier to learn and enjoy than you might think. We are also here for support and encouragement

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-23 13:48:26 -0500 Report

For a newly diagnosed T2, have your doctor refer you to a Registered Dietitian and a diabetes education class.

Diabetes can be different for each person. Ask your doctor how many carbs per meal you can have. That can vary for each person. If you need to lose weight ask how many calories you can have and make sure you have your cholesterol checked.

It can be confusing at first but it gets easier once you learn how to read food labels and how to use portion control and about diabetes. Until you see the dietitian, eat low carb foods, fresh veggies, nuts, and meat and fish.

Eliminate white foods such as rice, potatoes, pasta and bread. Drink plenty of water and exercise. Start a food journal. List the food, the amount you ate such as serving size and your blood glucose reading. Take that with you when you see the dietitian. She can help you with your meal planning and foods you can eat. By the way if you want a piece of fried chicken now and then, that is not going to kill you

To learn what foods will cause your blood sugar to spike, eat a serving size and test 2 hours later. You have to learn what foods will work for you and what won't. Not everyone can eat the same foods. I have food allergies so my meal plan was created specifically for me and my allergies.

Thankfully, as a T2 in very good control, I can eat what ever I want depending on what my numbers are prior to eating it. If my blood glucose is 90 I can have a real cookie or two or a very small piece of cake or pie. If it is higher I won't eat it.

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artqween 2014-05-23 02:52:58 -0500 Report

Hey MsZuly, lean meats, do u like grilled fish, turkey,
any foods that isn't
fried is recommended
possibly. Small portion your sweet treats?? Always know ur blood sugar level plez? And ur blood pressure numbers?
Lots of salads with fat free oil type dressings the creams possibly contain sour cream not recommend for us.. believe it or not according to the news..
Also know ur cholesterol number? And get a mammogram ASAP plez like I did. The screening will detect spots u won't feel.. like lumps.. :(

jayabee52 2014-05-23 02:30:17 -0500 Report

Howdy MsZuly
It is certainly confusing when first Dx'd.

I was too when first being Dx'd in 1995. I thought I needed to eat light, and I interpreted that to mean eat stuff like rice crisp cakes and popcorn cakes. After my 2nd visit with the Dr I was shown the error ot that thinking. I was supposed to avoid carbohydrates as much as I could.

Your first source of information should be your Dr and your Registered Dietician (RD) or your Clinical Diabetes Educator (CDE). But this may be too early for you and getting with your RD or CDE may take a bit.

So this website could serve and help you. Take a look above and note the blue band and the link "Understanding Diabetes". Click on the Type 2 information and see if anything there interests you. You could also go here ~ and perhaps here ~

You can of course do what you just did by asking the discussion board and see what they do.

I myself am on a high protein and low carbohydrate meal plan. I am of course more than happy to share that plan with you upon your request.

BTW, I may have gotten ahead of myself. I am wondering if your Dr has instructed you regarding how to test your Blood Glucose (BG) and if you have been instructed you to take a pill like Metformin or not.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker