Self Introduction.

Refined Ruffian
By Refined Ruffian Latest Reply 2015-01-17 19:38:52 -0600
Started 2015-01-16 11:24:38 -0600

Good morning.

My name is Sean and I was diagnosed with diabetes last Tuesday. I am certain I went through the multiple stages of grief several times in several hours. I am rather hung up on the anger stage right now. But I am working on it.

I had a full week before my sit down with my doctor so naturally I researched the internet (because the internet knows everything). I am feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, and underwhelmed by the specificity of it. I am not afraid of this learning curve, just a little overwhelmed by it at the moment.

I plan to manage my diabetes with a sound combination of clean eating and strength training (liberally coated with bouts of cardio). I will take my medication as long as necessary but hope to improve my health to the point I no longer require it.

I am joining here in hopes of learning from people activately and successfully dealing with their diabetes right now.

Thank you.

9 replies

sweetslover 2015-01-17 19:38:52 -0600 Report

This is a great place to find answers to your questions. Just ask. I have found that the members here do not make fun of even what I think are silly questions. Remember that diabetes control differs from one person to another, but there are a lot of good common sense ideas that everyone needs to follow. It sounds like you already have a plan.

Pegsy 2015-01-17 14:48:45 -0600 Report

Hi Sean. It sounds like you are off to a good start on your plan. I too prefer to eat clean. I eat lots of fresh meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. Unlike some, I do eat a little bit of bread and popcorn but not much. I do my best to avoid all things in a package. I do cardio just about every day and strength training 3 - 4 times per week. Getting enough sleep and keeping stress levels low is also very important. I'm so glad I joined this forum. I have learned a lot from these good people. I hope you will too.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-17 00:03:37 -0600 Report

Hi Sean, welcome to DC, one of (not the only) best places on the net ! You'll find lots of great and varied opinions here. I certainly understand the stages of grief when it comes to the diagnosis. I got stuck in denial for 4 1/2 years LOL. But, if you have a plan, that's more than 1/2 the battle. Clean eating and a good exercise plan will be the best way to go, in my opinion. I've managed to lose quite a bit of weight with low carb, clean eating, and adding activity to my daily life, and get my BG and A1c into a very good range. I wish you the best of health. Heidi

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-16 14:46:33 -0600 Report

Hi Sean…Glad you have a plan…too many people go into denial…I have a friend that didn't acknowledge his diagnosis for years and didn't change his lifestyle…so again very happy…don't stay stay in the anger too long…it is counter productive..and you will soon learn, like I did that it can be quickly replaced by joy and pride..just by taking control of your lifestyle…hugs…

haoleboy 2015-01-16 14:35:26 -0600 Report

Sounds like a plan and a half Sean.
Very similar to my management plan … absolute minimum processed foods, <50 carbs a day, plenty of protein and fats. I also do intermittent 16:8 fasting with 1 24 hour fast per week. Walk daily 1 -2 miles and lift weights 2 times a day.
I also applaud your great attitude (half the battle, IMO).
Welcome to the club.


jayabee52 2015-01-16 11:58:55 -0600 Report

Howdy Sean
May I suggest not only "clean" eating (whatever that means) but also adopting a low carbohydrate, high protein meal plan. That will, I believe, shorten the time you will require diabetes medicatication.

God's best to you


Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-16 12:10:02 -0600 Report

Clean eating is the idea of eating foods in their most natural state; avoiding processed and refined foods. By avoiding processed foods, eating clean is naturally a low carbohydrate diet. The clean eating movement has been around for a while, with cook books and magazines and what all. But the theory is sound and intuitive. Stop eating junk out of boxes and bags…

jayabee52 2015-01-16 12:39:45 -0600 Report

Sean, I have heard of folks who claimed to eat "clean" but they had no idea of what it meant. I pretty much eat that way to control my diabetes. .

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