Still Trying To Coop With Type 2 Diabetes.

By winterbaby84 Latest Reply 2015-02-27 17:39:04 -0600
Started 2015-02-25 18:56:58 -0600

I am 30 years old and still having a hard time working out with my diabetes. I still think that I don't have them and I know that I do. I have been diagnosed with them for 5 years now and I am still having a hard time believing it. I don't know very many people at my age that have diabetes like I do. It's hard because I like to have someone to talk to about the whole thing. Another I am in the same boat as most people are on trying to afford the right types of foods to eat, keeping track of my BG.
I am still not good with the whole thing. I really need some HELP!!! I love eating the same food as I always have before I got my Diabetes. Anyone have some good advice on eating right and with the foods that you love,

4 replies

BrownSweetness 2015-02-27 17:39:04 -0600 Report

Yes, there is life after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes! I am in a diabetic study and became a diabetic in the study! I had lost the 7% of my my body weight as suggested and I was doing good with my diet. Until about six months ago! All of a sudden my Blood sugar was out of control and my weight started to creep up. I told my doctor and she changed my medicine and put me on insulin. I had stopped working out because of swelling of my left knee do to doing aerobic exercise. As far as my eating habits I've added more fiber and whole grains less processed foods! I still eat white potatoes but with the skins. I try not to deprive myself of anything. I learned how to eat in moderation! Smaller portions of carbohydrates and larger portions of meat and vegetables! Reading labels when I go shopping, switching to low fat milk, cheeses and less frying of foods, less salt and better for you fats and it started to cook more for myself! So I would know what was in what I was eating! Stopped drinking my calories ate more whole fruits and not juices and I drink lots of water! I hope this helps!

GabbyPA 2015-02-26 14:50:52 -0600 Report

What I did was find new foods to love. Many of the foods that I used to enjoy are really not good for anyone to eat, much less me. So I have replaced some of my favorites with others that I like just as well.

Here are some examples:
Mashed potatoes are now mashed or roasted cauliflower
Pasta is now shredded veggeis like zucchini or spaghetti squash
Fruit juice is now whole fruit
Potato chips are now sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Sandwiches have become meat roll ups or salads
Noodle soups have become vegetable soups or bean soups
Loaded ice creams have become 1/2 cup of vanilla topped with nuts
Crackers have become Parmesan crisps or gluten free crisps
Milk is now homemade almond milk
Milk Chocolate is now 70% cocoa squares

There are more, but what I did was find a substitute food to help me overcome the cravings of the foods I grew up on. Sure, I still have a treat of my old favorites once in a while, but I cannot afford to indulge that anymore.

jayabee52 2015-02-26 13:12:02 -0600 Report

Howdy winterbaby
You might be surprised if you asked around at how many people around you have diabetes but don't talk about it much.

As far as the right foods to eat, I find that it is best to go back to basics. To not do the overprocessed "fake" foods (also less expensive). I eat the basics, meat, fish, eggs, I eat basic non starchy veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, and cabbage, I also eat fruits like the berry fruits as they are generally lower in carbs.

I avoid the eating of grains, potatoes, starchy veggies like peas and root crops like carrots, turnips and beets as generally speaking they raise one's BG (blood glucose).levels quite high. Fruits like bananas and dried fruits are also high in carbs as well.

I have been able to manage to keep my BG in the 80 to 130 mg/dl range without the.use of diabetes meds, achieve an A1c of 5.5%, lost 65 lbs over 5 mo time, and kept it off for 3 + yrs. I have developed a meal plan I have followed for 3 + yrs and had posted it on DC a while ago. I offer my meal plan to anyone who asks for it.

Praying better health for us all

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-26 12:55:48 -0600 Report

How much do you value your life and health? If you could put a price tag on being alive and healthy how much would it cost? The reason I ask is because no matter how high of a price you put on your price tag will more than likely be the cost you pay for medical care you will need to be healthy in the long run.

You don't have to believe you have diabetes if you choose to. You can also continue to eat all the things you don't want to give up. At the end of the day, diabetes is not going to stop damaging your body. People die from diabetes because they choose to not take care of themselves.

Managing diabetes is only hard if you choose to make it hard. I don't choose to make anything harder than it has to be. Every person has to make choices in life. Some choices are easy and others are much harder. You don't believe that you have diabetes because it is what you choose to do. However, who is going to suffer the most for being a non believer? I think you know the answer.

The choice is yours to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss ways you can get on track, get a referral to a registered dietitian to help you with a meal plan. I do not give my meal plan to anyone because it was designed specifically for me because of my many food allergies.

You know you can't continuing to eat all the foods you know you should not be eating yet you say you don't want to give them up. Everyone has to make sacrifices. If it means giving up things I eat to stay healthy I will do it. I gave up a lot when I was diagnosed. I have sense gradually added them back with moderation. I love mashed potatoes I have not had any since Christmas and don't know when I will have them again.

Until you get to your doctor for the restart of your health plan, start giving up breads, rice, foods high in carbs and start reducing them. You and only you have choices to make. Make today the first day of the rest of your life and move forward. You will find that even as a diabetic you can have a happy, healthy life. Good luck to you.

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