By Trikky74 Latest Reply 2014-07-18 22:53:04 -0500
Started 2014-07-13 22:15:45 -0500

Ever since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I have been living in a constant state of shame and denial. I was active in my youth and played college basketball but I went through a trying period in my late twenties and I ballooned up to over 300 pounds. I have gotten my weight down to around 260 but my goal is 200 and the whole diet thing is killing me!

I take 10mcg of beyetta every morning but if I am being honest I still don't eat right. If someone could recommend a good diabetes recipe book I would really appreciate it.


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Lookpolish11 2014-07-18 22:53:04 -0500 Report

At my house we make sweets with Splenda.
I have a super sweet tooth. But,I have found that it makes it easier. Also the doctor told me to watch my carbs. So I eat a lot of veggies and lean meats.but for snacking and chocolate I love the sugar free candy.

Glucerna 2014-07-14 18:49:10 -0500 Report

I give you a lot of credit for taking charge of your health. If weight was the only cause of type 2 diabetes, every overweight person would be diabetic. While food choices, weight and activity level can be contributing factors to type 2 diabetes, there is also a genetic component. The important thing is that you're now making lifestyle changes to improve your health and are looking for more information and support. You're making an excellent start! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 09:13:03 -0500 Report

Please to do not be ashamed that you are diabetic.You are a member of an exclusive club that not everyone gets to join. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of people around the world have it. However, being in denial will cause you problems in the end. The longer you are in denial the less likely you will be motivated to take care of yourself.

Before you dive into a recipe book, contact your doctor and find out how many carbs per day you can have. Like Type1Lou I can have 120g. of carbs per day. You don't want to start using recipes that may have more carbs than you are allowed to have. Some recipes are not always diabetic friendly even if they claim to be.

Also talk to a registered dietitian who can help you with a meal plan that will also include snacks. Lou is correct you have to be "carbohydrate-aware". You have to know how many carbs are in everything that passes your lips. I learned a lot from people on this site who have been diabetic longer than me. Type1Lou and Jayabee are just a few.

Go to You Tube and look at videos that teach you how to read food labels and count carbs. There are tons of them and with the videos, you can pause them to take notes and repeat them as often as possible until you get it.

Find an exercise regimen that you can stick with. As you progress you can add more to it. Write down all of the questions you want to ask your doctor and take them with you to get answers. If you feel overwhelmed take a break from it. Go do something you enjoy. Always remember that diabetes is not the same for everyone, what works for one person may not work for you at all. Find what works for you. This is done through trial and error. I have diabetes, it does not have me. I control my diabetes, it does not control me.

Type1Lou 2014-07-14 08:33:38 -0500 Report

I would counsel you to become "carbohydrate-aware". That means knowing how many carbs are in everything that passes your lips. Carbs are the primary factor in weight and diabetes control. Read the food labels for serving size and total carbohydrate content per serving. Determine how many carbs per day you are currently consuming. This is a good starting off spot. If you need to lose weight, cut back on your daily carbs. Do it gradually because low-carb is never an easy route to follow. The rewards will be lost weight, better BG's and probably feeling better too. The amount of carbs you need is determined by your gender, age, height, weight, activity level and metabolism. No one level is right for everybody. Mine is 120 grams of total carb per day. It allows me to maintain my 120 lb weight. I'm a 65 year old, 5'3" moderately active female. My last A1c was 6.8.

Chris Combs
Chris Combs 2014-07-14 06:49:50 -0500 Report

boy do I know how you feel…going from eating whatever I wanted, to now having to actually THINK before I eat, it sucks. Still learning all this though. I'm taking baby steps…no more fast food, no sugary sodas, no icecreams, candy, cake, you get the picture. I've added more healthy stuff, I do a lot of salads (add hard boiled egg, shredded cheese, cooked chicken to it, and ranch dressing is lower in carbs) I keep each meal to 45 g of carbs or below, and drink a TON OF WATER! like a bottle an hour. I've also heard that setting a day each month to "pig out" is ok, and something to look forward to. I havent done that yet, as I'm trying to get my numbers down first.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-14 08:15:12 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed, i went made a total change in 24 hours. Baby steps only takes longer to make the change. In the mean time your numbers are not going to get better. They will be all over the place. Forget the baby steps and dive in feet first.

I actually don't eat salads. I eat food. For the first year and a half I stuck to the meal plan that was developed for me. I got my numbers down. It takes determination to do that.

When my diabetes got under control my doctor gave me a diabetes free day. I can eat what ever I want. I still didn't go overboard. I think people think being diabetic means you have to give up everything you enjoyed prior to being diabetic. This is not true. As a t2 for many of us, we can still enjoy things in moderation. I now eat what ever I want to eat as long as it is portion controlled and my numbers are good. If I want cake, ice cream, cookies or a candy bar, I test first. If my blood sugar is under 100 I will eat a scoop of ice cream, some cookies or a candy bar.

If you have not done so, see a registered dietitian and ask your doctor how many carbs per meal you can have. The dietitian will help you build a meal plan that you can use.

My meal plan changes as needed. My friend and neighbor is a registered dietitian who tweeks it when I get bored and as my A1C changes. I don't have problems and maintain my blood sugar between 90 and 120-125. I never have highs. I can have 120g of carbs per day. I rarely get to 120.

jayabee52 2014-07-13 23:30:27 -0500 Report

Howdy Trikky
Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do I''m glad you're here.

I have developed a meal plan which I continue to follow ever since 02/2011 where I lost 65 lbs over 5 mos, was able to discontinue a small dose of insulin twice a day, and normalize (80 -130 mg/dl) blood glucose (BG) levels and have an A1c of 5.5. i did it by following a high protein low carb meal plan. The main part of it was to avoid most if not all "simple carbs" like breads and products made of grains.

Should you be interested in something like that, I'd share it with you upon your request.

God's best to you and yours

diabeticdummy 2014-07-13 22:21:29 -0500 Report

look under recipes tab on this site or diabetic living online or are the ones i like they have good meals on them

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