By JoJoCooks Latest Reply 2008-06-25 05:34:57 -0500
Started 2008-06-23 06:08:56 -0500

Hi everyone…I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and have been taking the steps to control my sugar and increase my exercise. The only thing that worries me is that I seem to be overly "freaked out" about carbs and diet. I am very strict on myself. Any suggestions on how to not "freak out" about carbs and eating. I just want to make sure that I am eating right and still getting all the food groups that I need.

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LeighG 2008-06-23 06:21:19 -0500 Report

hello hun nice to meet you.
when i first found out i had it my docter sent me to a class that really helped me see more of how i should eat and what kinda carbs and more.they gave me loads of info books and stuff to read all about it.and she answered all the ? we all helped me docter also took alot of time to help me understand good carbs from bad and all the food groups needed.protin carbs diary good snacks.fruits and maybe you could look into going to a class to learn more.i must say i still did freak the first few months but as i learned and got down how to eat it got easy.

JoJoCooks 2008-06-23 06:48:19 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh! I actually will be seeing a dietician this week so that should help. I am glad to know that I am not the only one that had freaked out. Also, thanks for your recipe ideas..I can't wait to try them out…YUM!!! I also appreciate your support…I am here too if you need a friend.


LeighG 2008-06-23 09:05:00 -0500 Report

your very welcome hun hugssss.your welcome i found the recipes on have alot of good stuff.its like you freak cause you just wanna do everything right yea know.but after you learn it will stop.everyone laughs at me at my work(work in a supermarket deli) because they see me reading labels all the time.i tell them reading the labels is saving my life.making me a better person.
thanks for being there for me.its good to have people to talk with who know what your going through.

jupton1 2008-06-23 12:25:14 -0500 Report

Dont get afraid,at first this diabetes can scare the heck out of a person.Learn all You can,take small steps.Wish You the best..John

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Donna Mellow 2008-06-23 15:15:13 -0500 Report

I remember all the crazy stuff going through my mind when I was first diagnosed. Keep asking questions. Read packages before you buy them. I look for low or no sugar, low carb, high fiber. It still takes me a while at the food store, but it doesn't take me as long as it used to. Take it one day at a time.

morris.js 2008-06-23 23:45:13 -0500 Report

I've been type 2 for over 13 years, and I'm still learning…LOL Don't try to change your life all at once, just make small changes. As those changes get easier, add some more. I was not strong enough to give up everything I liked all at once, so I paid more attention to portion sizes. Now, I eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, and that seems to be the key for me.
Some ways to guess portion sizes; 1 1/2 ounce cheese = 3 dominoes, 3 ounces meat = a deck of cards, one medium potato = computer mouse, and 1/2 cup veggies = lightbulb.
Hope this helps.

JoJoCooks 2008-06-25 04:02:41 -0500 Report

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your words of wisdom. I saw my dietician today for the first time and she helped ALOT!! She also said I was being too hard on myself with food and gave me some great ideas. It will take longer at the grocery store, but I'll be alive longer because of it. I want to recommend a great book to everyone its called "Who Moved My Cheese" its a great inspirational short story about how to adjust to change. If we all learn how to "move with and accept our cheese" life becomes MUCH easier. It really is a FANTASTIC book. Thanks again everyone for your support…it's great to have friends that share your struggle…I look forward to getting to know more about you and the disease that aflicts us all. PS…I'm signing up to do the diabetes walk this fall in NYC…if anyone in NY wants to do it with me…let me know.

Be WELL and LOVE yourself!


Dancehawk 2008-06-25 04:48:40 -0500 Report

I love the title who moved my cheese,

it is what I said this last week when we were getting groceries, you'll spend a hour or so longer at the store, reading labels checking numbers and you get a routine you know where the jar of sauce is, or the cheeses you can have, and wamm they move stuff around so you feel lost.
Thank goodness my hubbys such a strong suporter cause he started reading labels again and said hey this has… hehehe which brought me back from feeling sad to ohhh we can have that! hehehe!
do not beat yourself up too much hun, it is a lifes learning and together we are doing it.
Yeah we all get freaked out and theres so much information being shoved at us when we first hear the words we tend to block some of it out.
Then you pull your head out of the sand and start fighting.
And you start telling your self hey I can do this!
Thanks to a few folks here that do meals from scratch I am learning not to use the jars but to do from fresh.
tough to do when in a hurry, but you can freeze the extra and take out when needed.
and your not alone!

JoJoCooks 2008-06-25 05:34:57 -0500 Report

Thanks Dance, my hubby is also super supportive and together it is getting easier. I actually like reading the labels…kind of surprising the some of the stuff that is in the food we eat. I also am LOVING the food suggestions on here…hope to have some of my own. There is a great magazine called Diabetic Living that has some FANTASTIC food suggestions in it…I am really looking forward to trying them all out. Thanks for the support its great to have you all as friends :)