LIQUID DIETS

calayx
By calayx Latest Reply 2014-10-01 08:37:16 -0500
Started 2014-09-18 02:03:12 -0500

Hi all,
I really really need to lose weight.
What is your thinking about being on a liquid diet while being on Lantus and insulin ?
I haven't discussed it with any of my diabetic doctors or nurses. I want to do it but I'm afraid they would tell me no.
Thanks,
Calayx


9 replies

jNaZr
jNaZr 2014-09-22 11:35:18 -0500 Report

Protein powder and smoothies are great. If you are thinking about one of those fad diets as a diabetic, make sure that your doctor knows about it and know your emergency copay so you can be prepared.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-09-21 15:29:59 -0500 Report

This is a great discussion to have with your physician and/or diabetes educator. It's helpful to think about why a liquid diet appeals to you and how you could incorporate a liquid diet into a long-term, healthy eating pattern that helps manage diabetes as well as weight. Let us know what you discover. ~Lynn @Glucerna

AlexInAtlanta
AlexInAtlanta 2014-09-21 13:08:37 -0500 Report

Hello Calayx,
If you're really determined to start a liquid diet, then I would suggest going about it slowly. Start with a shake in the morning for a few weeks and gauge how you feel, how much more/less insulin you need, weight loss etc.

I started drinking home made smoothies for breakfast and have been amazed at how well my sugars are the rest of the day. I say home made smoothies because the ones you get at smoothie shops are chock full of juice and added sugar that will spike your blood sugar and make your life hell trying to control the resulting roller coaster of highs and lows.

I like to add fenugreek seed powder to mine. It's an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to help control blood sugar levels.

If you need to lose weight, talk to your doc about the best way for your body. Everyone is different. Liquid diets may work for some people, others not so much. Just listen to the doc and listen to what your body is telling you.

I hope that helps,
Alex

ReaderReader12
ReaderReader12 2014-09-18 14:19:00 -0500 Report

I am with Type1Lou and watching the carb intake. I am losing weight I never thought I could just cutting back on my carb intake. I find it much easier than I ever thought it could be and I am feeling much better than ever. I do not eat fast food nor do I miss it at all. Same with bread, pasta and rice. I read labels all the time and I am making friends with veggies. Way back I tried liquid and just was not a good fit. Plus we are trying some really great recipes from right here at this site. Really good food.

calayx
calayx 2014-09-19 03:02:32 -0500 Report

Thank you for your support and response. I really appreciate you taking your time to support me. I value your opinion.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-09-18 09:44:01 -0500 Report

Hi Calyx! Rather than going on a liquid diet, I would advise you to reduce the carbohydrates in your diet. Determine how many carbs you have been eating and gradually reduce them until you achieve your goal. Reducing the carbs should take off the excess weight. Once you reach where you want to be, you'll know bout how many carbs you can consume per day to stay at that weight level. I've found that 120 grams of carb per day is the right level for me. I am 5'3" tall, 65 years old and weigh around 120 lbs. (= or - 3) Become an avid nutritional label reader both for serving size and total carbohydrate content. Count the carbs in everything that you eat. There are good carb guides out there, either as printed texts (Calorie King) or as apps.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-09-18 07:02:21 -0500 Report

They might tell you "no" for good reasons. There are advantages to fasts and doing things short term, but long term liquid diets are not generally balanced. Trust me, I've tried a few. They leave me craving and then when I mess up, I mess up really badly. I have done juicing, but only for a few days at a time and you have to make sure you are juicing more veggies than fruits.

Your body and meter will tell you if they work for you. But I would at least speak with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there are no interactions with any of your medications.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-09-18 03:27:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Calayx
The problem with diets is that they are so temporary. Liquid diets are no different than any other fad diet.

What is better is a lifestyle change. Eating a new way from your mac and cheese days. I had done that myself about 3 years ago when I accidentally droped my insulin vial and was unable to get a replacement for a couple days.

I decided to modify what I ate and try to keep my BG (blood glucose) low. It worked! I was amazed! I then decided to try an experiment with eating very carefully and I was able to keep my BG in the normal range without my twice daily injections of NPH insulin. I have continued this meal plan for 3 years. During the first 5 mo of the meal plan I lost 65 lbs and have kept it off. At the urgng of others, I have written up a discussion as to what I ate to stop my insulin injections. If you'd like and request it, I will share the link with you.

You're right the Drs and nurses would tell you no. And so am I!

Wanting only God's best for you

James

Next Discussion: Diabetes data reading »