Best low carb diet easy to follow

By Farmersgranddaughter57 Latest Reply 2014-07-09 08:50:28 -0500
Started 2014-06-27 16:21:36 -0500

Hi, everyone,
I am new to the site. At age 56 I have been Type 2 diabetic for 16 years and on insulin for 7 years. I have not paid attention to control of my sugars or taking care of myself all this time. Now I feel I need to make a change. One of the things is to go on the low carb diet. My doctor says I can go on any one of those that would reduce the carbs. Which low carb eating plans and diets have you had the best luck with? I need something not too complicated and easy to follow that will help me short and long term. Thanks for any advice.

25 replies

Rose67 2014-07-09 08:50:28 -0500 Report

Go to American Diabetes Assocation and look up the GI food and food index. It will help you choose the right and good carbs. The lower the G I the better.

jodyrew 2014-07-02 04:28:36 -0500 Report

The first step to lifestyle change is acknowledgement and the desire to change. Knowing simple ways to cut off carbs will be a great way to start your lifestyle change. However, in the long run, you might want to consider following a diet perhaps? I'm on Paleo and I feel great! been with it for several years now. Hope you can find the perfect diet that fits for you! :)

eugeneb3 2014-07-01 11:13:51 -0500 Report

I'm prediabetic and I have started using and I find it being a fantastic website they recommend the menu they give you substitutes for those menus and to give you four reports at the end of the day of how you doing how many carbs fats and all the vitamins and everything nutritional report so give it a try and I think that you'll like it a lot especially since you can get menus but substitute for foods that you have already in the house.

Nick1962 2014-06-28 15:13:20 -0500 Report

For me simple means simple foods and preparation. Things I don’t need to crack a cookbook for and the fewer ingredients the better. I eat a salad with protein daily for dinner M-F when I’m less active (desk work), breakfast is a piece of fruit, lunch some celery and nuts or a trail mix of sorts, with a light snack of unsalted nuts in between. Just enough food to keep my feeling fed and my mind sharp. Weekends I’m more active and I’ll eat more, but it’s pretty much just protein and vegetables – eggs for breakfast, a pork chop and some sautéed cabbage for dinner, or even just a grilled burger with some slaw and bean salad. All stuff we know by heart except the rice, potatoes and pasta.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-27 21:38:10 -0500 Report

If you have not paid attention to you diabetes in the past 16 years, you have done the less complicated thing. Now you want easy and less complicated. There is no such thing as easy and less complicated.

You have to ask your doctor how many carbs per meal you can have, ask to see a registered dietitian and attend a diabetes education class.

You have to learn to count carbs and be aware fo how many carbs are in everything you eat. You are going to have to add exercise to your daily plan.

You are also going to have to find a meal plan that works for you. Diets and meal plans are not the same for everyone. I don't use a diet. I have a meal plan that works great for me and only me because mine was designed specifically to accommodate food allergies.

You had easy and uncomplicated for 16 years. Now it is time for you to work on being diabetic. As I always say. Diabetes isn't a game you play. If you treat it as a game it will win and you will end up with more problems. Everyone here can give you advice but non of us can fix your problem. That is something only you can do. You are the one who has to be responsible for what you eat, how much you eat, exercising, testing properly and taking your medication. Goof luck to you.

Chevy Vega
Chevy Vega 2014-06-28 19:23:43 -0500 Report

I second what Joyce wrote. I played, now I pay. I played with the disease, and I lost. I'm living correctly now.

Complicated? Not really. I just count the carbs. Easy? Yes. Executing the plan? That might be the hard part.

I ate a "diabetic" lunch today, while the other six people at the table had two types of yummy fried food.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-28 22:46:10 -0500 Report

I eat fried foods. When you criticize what your friends eat, that can cause you to become resentful. I do not care what my friends eat. Your focus has to be only on what you eat. Fried food is bad for you if that is the only type of food you eat. As a T2, I eat anything I want to eat in moderation. I don't eat it every day.

The good thing is you changed your lifestyle. You said it best if you play you pay. Good luçk. Keep up the great job you are doing.

Farmersgranddaughter57 2014-06-28 19:53:42 -0500 Report

I appreciate your comments, and want to live correctly as well. There have been other challenges I have faced, so I need to take that same determination and go forward from here. It is all I can do at this point. I can just see you at that lunch table doing the right thing for yourself. Good for you. I hope I can have the same strength now every day. Thanks.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-28 23:20:30 -0500 Report

If you want to live healthy from this point forward, you will find the strength. You want strength and determination. Get it. Stop saying "I need" and stop treating this as a game.

Please don't take this the wrong way. I am not trying to offend you but you really need to grow up with this disease. If you treat it as a challenge, you are stacking the deck against you. Diabetes is only a challenge if you choose to make it one. Diabetes isn't about living correctly, it is about living healthy with a disease.

I made a sign and put it on my mirror that said, Just for today I am going to_________. You fill in the blank. It could be test 2 hours after each meal, eat properly etc… start a food journal write down everything you 3 at for each meal include snacks. Write the amount of carbs and test results. Get a dry erase board small enough For your Fridge and write you menu with snacks for the day.

DO NOT worry about what everyone else is doing. Find what works for you. Over time you will develop a routine and it will be easier than you think. I was happy when my doctor gave me a free day. You will do great if you focus on being healthy and happy. Like :Chevy said if you play with diabetes it will make you pay.

Go on You Tube and look at videos on carb counting and label reading. That helped me a lot. Good luck to you I want you to succeed.

Type1Lou 2014-06-27 18:11:02 -0500 Report

My advice would be to become "Carb Aware"…that means counting the carbs of everything you eat. A good first step would be to determine how many carbs you are currently eating per day…then start to cut back on them. Diabetes is such an individual disease that no one approach works for us all. I started cutting back on my carbs after reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution." I am a 64 year old moderately active female with Type 1 (diagnosed at age 27). I am 5"3" and weigh 122 lbs. My last A1c was 6.8 and I'm expecting the next one in August to be lower. I limit myself to no more than 120 total grams of carb per day (30 grams at breakfast and 45 grams each for lunch and dinner) That's what works for me. I eat a lot of salads, lean meats, fish, cheese, fresh, lower carb veggies and fruit…and all-natural peanut butter. Read all the food labels and get yourself a good nutritional info food guide. "Calorie King" is often recommended. Low carb is not easy but the results make the effort worthwhile.

haoleboy 2014-06-27 17:20:16 -0500 Report

Did your doctor give you an idea of a carbohydrate target or maybe refer you to a nutritionist or dietitian?
No offence but … there is no easy to diabetes … actually you did "easy" for the past 16 years … by your own admission.
I do not believe that there is a one size fits all diet for diabetes. Wish there were but we all react to foods differently. Once you have a daily and/or per meal allowance of carbs AND target Blood Glucose Levels for fasting and after meals (postprandial) it really comes down to counting carbs and keeping under the per meal maximums. Testing 1 and/or 2 hours after eating to see how the foods you've eaten are affecting your blood glucose levels and adjusting accordingly to meet your targets.
Not easy, and not fun … but the alternatives are blindness … amputations … kidney failure … heart disease … death are no walk in the park. In my opinion certainly worth every ounce of effort you have … but then … that's just me.
I truly hope you take this in the spirit intended … one of love and support.


Farmersgranddaughter57 2014-06-27 17:27:51 -0500 Report

Thanks very much for the reply. Sometimes a person needs to hear the tough truth. I do not have a target yet, but expect the doctor to tell me at my appointment in a few days. Of course it won't be effortless, but the less complicated the better. I will have to get the targets then, like you said, "count". Thanks for your interest.

GabbyPA 2014-06-27 17:00:27 -0500 Report

I have to go simple too. Just skip the grains and get fiber from veggies and beans. That helps keep is simple for me. I try to eat salads at lest twice a day as my meal and make sure to get protein and fat in every meal. I have limited my grains a lot, and am trying to eliminate them, but that is for personal reasons. You may just want to cut out the processed carbs and stick with real food like beans, fruits and veggies to get your carbs.

The best thing would be to sit with a nutritionist and tell them your goals. They can work with you to develop a plan if you need a little more structure.

Farmersgranddaughter57 2014-06-27 17:32:34 -0500 Report

Thanks! What you mentioned here sounds like a good start. Those kind of tips are what I mean by "simple", both for me and for my husband who cooks all our meals. We appreciate your input and will start here.

jayabee52 2014-06-27 23:49:22 -0500 Report

Here is what I used 3 yrs ago to manage my Type 2 diabetes without the use of any diabetes medications. Please check out ~ Please do me the kindness of when you read it you take the time to comment on that discussion.

James Baker

Next Discussion: Surgery Update/Thanks »