By JoeD617 Latest Reply 2018-07-15 11:51:42 -0500
Started 2016-01-18 18:27:34 -0600

my name is Joe I am new here. I am a type 2 diabetic and use insulin. My question is this. The recipes here that I have read use a lot of sugar. I thought we were suppose to stay away from sugar as well as carbs? I've had 2 back surgeries a heart attack (4 stents) and diabetic neuropathy. As far as going to the gym that's not going to happen. I use to run track up until the back surgeries and was pretty fit. Now I am gaining weight and have to lose 40lbs. I have to rely mostly on my diet and a little walking. any suggestions? I also have trouble standing long periods.

16 replies

GabbyPA 2016-01-20 19:40:27 -0600 Report

I have always been disappointed in "diabetic" recipes on any site. So I have learned to find a recipe that sounds good and find ways to make it work for me. Here, anyone can post recipes and while we do encourage them to be "diabetic friendly" that can be different for each person. For me, keeping with about 22g of carbs a day, I have to choose very carefully, but I also choose things I can cook for my family to keep them sane. LOL

I use substitutes and as you learn what foods your body tolerates and doesn't, you will find your go to substitutes as well. My go to's right now are cauliflower for any starchy veggie, almond or flax meal for flour, some coconut flour, and sugar substitutes are stevia based or xylitol. Leafy greens can fill many voids and sauteed cabbage slices can make great noodles. Eggs, eggs, eggs are my go to for on the go or snacks as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

JoeD617 2016-01-21 07:51:59 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
Thank you for responding, you have lots of good ideas. I just found it strange that the recipes wern't so diabetic friendly. I do use almond and coconut flour, I don't like flax seed at all :)
Thanks again :)

Type1Lou 2016-01-19 08:20:08 -0600 Report

Diabetes is not a one-size-fits-all disease and some may be able to tolerate more CARBS (not just sugars) than others, and others may need less. CARB AWARENESS and control is the key for my diabetes control. I know I have to limit myself to no more than 115 total carb grams per day. It's the number that works for me. Accurate nutritional values, for me, are more important than the amount of carbs per recipe. I can decide, by looking at the serving size and carbs per serving whether I should be eating it or not.

JoeD617 2016-01-19 09:55:43 -0600 Report

Hi Lou,
I am a chef. I/We my wife and I never eat processed food. When I started reading the serving size I was floored. We now read labels and are very cautious of what we eat. I still have to figure out my carb level though. I have given up on sugars. Being Italian and being raised on pasta and bread may not have been such a good idea after all. I did some research on Diabetics in Italy, I was surprised at how many there were. All this advice is good and I don't feel alone and actually have people who are in the same boat. Unlike you Lou, I have type 2 diabetis and found out in 2011 after my heart attack, I also have sleep apnea and heart disease. However the good news is that I am off of all my heart meds per my Cardioligist :) I just have to get the diabetis under control and hope this is the place to make friends and also exchange information and ideas :) Thank you Lou :)

Type1Lou 2016-01-19 16:52:15 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC Joe. It's a great site with wonderful support and information. Many Type 2's here have been able to manage their diabetes through diet and exercise and will share their approaches with you. One tool that I find indispensable is my digital nutrition scale. After inputting a food code (a code booklet comes with the scale), you weigh the food and it gives you the nutritional values for the item you weighed, including carbohydrates. I use it most often for apples which vary greatly in size. My lunch most days is an apple, cut into 12 slices and slathered with all-natural peanut butter. I guess I'm lucky because I was never a big pasta fan although my husband loves his spaghetti. When I make spaghetti sauce, he gets it over pasta while I spoon my sauce over french style green beans…after all, isn't most of the flavor in the sauce? That way, my plate has much fewer carbs. Almond flour can be used as a substitute for wheat flour in some baked products…(I learned about that by reading Suzy Cohen's book "Diabetes Without Drugs"…more geared towards those with Type 2.) As a chef, you will undoubtedly develop your own substitutions and coping mechanisms to reduce the carbs. Wishing you well!

JoeD617 2016-01-19 18:19:23 -0600 Report

Thank you Lou, Tonight I made lasagna however I replace the noodles with 1/8 sliced zucchini strips :) this cut out a lot of the carbs! I still use my old recipe :) I'm going to try next spaghetti squash, cut in half first and roasted, use a fork to fluff it up when done, add some sauce and maybe some baked chicken breast .. :) Thank you for responding

old biker
old biker 2016-01-19 07:02:23 -0600 Report

Hi Joe welcome to DC !! First let me say I can relate to what you are going through I have a number of health issues besides diabetes that at one time made exercise a not happening. I also packed on a bunch a weight when I was put on insulin.
Losing weight while on insulin and being inactive is a tough nut to crack but it can be done. There are other members on here who have done and I am sure the will offer you some excellent advise.
Five years ago when I had very limited mobility I pickup a recumbent exercise bike.. Which is basically a chair with pedals it made a world of difference and made losing weight much easier. I have seen them at walmart for around 125.00
Good luck on your journey

JoeD617 2016-01-19 08:01:16 -0600 Report

Hey Old Biker dude! Great idea! We did go on vacation and stayed at a hotel my granddaughter wanted to go swimming so we went. I was in the pool with her for 2 hours (she is 6) I didn't stand still at all. When I got out of the pool the next day I felt muscles I forgot I had :) My wife is looking for a gym with a pool so we both can go. I think I'm going to try your idea the excersize bike. Thanks for responding :)

old biker
old biker 2016-01-19 09:21:10 -0600 Report

Glad I could help..Keep in mind that if you are looking for a gym to join that has a pool there is a good chance they have some exercise equipment that is especially designed for people who have mobility problems like yourself

JoeD617 2016-01-19 10:00:10 -0600 Report

I was in construction for 38 years after the 2 surgeries I was in rough shape, my wife dragged me out to walk and pushed me hard. I now walk well no more cane. When I get tired, like going shopping is when I feel it most .. good thing they have shopping carts :)
Be well Biker dude :) you are never too old :)

old biker
old biker 2016-01-19 10:18:13 -0600 Report

We have a lot in common. I'm a retired construction worker,turning 70 this year. 5 years ago tests showed I had PAD in both legs and needed a cane to walk 30 yards. 5 years later no cane and i walk 2 miles each day. I lost 40lbs and go to the gym 3x a week you are right..You are never to old

JoeD617 2016-01-19 10:56:18 -0600 Report

I just turned 61 … I tell my wife that I an her arm candy .. lol .. funny we almost have the same background :)

WASHED OUT 2016-01-18 21:41:41 -0600 Report

I know some of us also have addressed that same fact. We were told that those will have to be reevaluated as diabetic recipes. I have not seen them change as of yet. I guess you should know them for what they contain and stay away from those who are not friendly to our condition.