Hi, Remi here…
I just got my Type II diagnosis 2 weeks ago. I’ve been sort of flying blind and doing what I can to learn more about this. I’m a recovering alcoholic who got sober in 1999 and had a few relapses but have been sober nearly 8 years (not all continuously 2+ years this time). One thing I have learned from recovery is that you cannot change everything overnight, it’s a process and forward progress is what’s most important. I drank to change the way I felt and I also eat to excess to change the way I feel.
I’m 44 …..and I’m a big guy 6’2 weigh 350lbs (fat) use to play sports. I have been sedentary for quite a while now. My legs and feet have been huge for many months and Dr. has instructed me to walk a little farther each day no matter what…just to do it. Despite my size I have a zero heart problems, no problems with cholesterol, and great blood pressure according to the Dr. Aside from being a great big fat guy (not the dr’s words) I’m in remarkably good health…so says the physician. Have settled into the morning insulin and pills twice a day. I’ve been lurking for a few days so I understand what others may have to do daily….I starting to appreciate that fact.
I see the dietician in 1 week and hope they have a workable plan for me. This portion thing just does not look right from yours truly at the table closest to the buffet. Food has always been a ritual of sorts in my family and I took that to the nth degree. I can name every tex/mex, burger, pizza, and bbq joint in every city I’ve lived in. This is not going to be an easy task for me. Suffice it to say I eat like I drank booze….until it was ALL gone.
I‘ve already been bargaining with myself since the dietician is a week away and been sneaking a regular 20oz soda daily, a full sub sandwich a few days ago, payday candybar here and there, etc. I love all foods and things like triscuit or wheat thins and cheese….the only problem is I’ll sit and work and munch away an entire box of wheat thins while working …then go home and eat dinner healthy or otherwise. I have always loved yoghurt and eat the dannon fruit on the bottom stuff with a handful of plain M&M’s in it (just kidding) I put natural granola with almonds in it for breakfast.
I have always loved veggies, salads, nuts, oats, granola, dark breads, turkey, actually lots of what I perceive to be really decent foods…..but in really decent quantities.
A question……I know the 2 litre Regular Pepsi days are over, I like ice tea with equal and have discovered Arizona Diet Green Tea w/Ginseng (No Calories with Splenda) I like this a quite lot … could someone tell me if it’s an acceptable “Free” drink.
This diabetic food pyramid portion thing just does not look good at first blush I must tell you. Any input will be greatly appreciated. I’ll apologize in advance to those who might feel I have a cavalier or reckless attitude toward this……it’s how I cope.
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