Questions about Type 2 and telling your family

By TLo7788 Latest Reply 2017-11-04 12:56:33 -0500
Started 2017-10-20 17:19:07 -0500

Hello Everyone,

I was diagnosed Oct 2nd with type2 with a blood sugar of 425. It does run in my family but i never knew what it really meant to be a diabetic. I just saw my mom inject herself with insulin and ate like normal. I fortunately do not have insulin and I am on Metformin 500g (2x day) and Tradjenta (1x a day). Since diagnosis, I have been searching the internet and researching keto/paleo/intermittent fasting since that is what I have found to be helpful to many people in this community. I wanted to find out from others who also have incorporated the keto/paleo/intermittent fasting, where to get recipes? Were there major side affects to switching to the above way of eating? Did anyone get negative feedback from family members about doing this and how they dealt with that? I kind of don't want to tell my family because they are very judgmental (except my dad) and want to tell me how to do things without knowing what it's like being a diabetic. Any feedback would be appreciated.

8 replies

MrsCDogg 2017-10-31 11:29:37 -0500 Report

Go to YouTube and look for Highfalutin' Low Carb and Cooking Keto With Kristi. They both have really good recipes. Both have lost a significant amount of weight on they diets too.

cmr55 2017-10-26 11:42:25 -0500 Report

I did not have problems my husband came with me to the diabetic Educator. He was very supportive and still is. He learned to cook at 38 years of marriage. finding low carb meals. Next month we celebrate our 45 anniversary. The only time we eat out is when traveling. On face book is a keto instant pot community. I just joined it have great recipes and support. My new passion is cooking with the instant pot. Healthy meals. I do LCHF/Keto/paleo/ Fasting. I was on 8 shots of insulin for 3 1/2 years. I have now been off for 46 months. Just do your research and finds what works for you. Family members mean well but each person is different. What works for me to keep BS under control might not work for you. I have had people say to me so and so eats this or that and they are diabetic. At the same time those were the ones on insulin with complications. Good Luck you can do this.

TLo7788 2017-11-01 13:32:34 -0500 Report

I completely forgot about Facebook! I looked on Pintrest and Instagram and I have found a couple good groups on Paleo that I recently joined. Thank you very much!

GabbyPA 2017-10-24 09:38:58 -0500 Report

I love Keto, Paleo and intermittent fasting. Those things have done more for me than any medication. I have purchased a couple of cook books online from Amazon that have given me my basis. But if you limit your carbs to being from veggies and organic or grass fed meats when possible, you are on your way. There are tons of discussions on it here if you have not looked it up yet. Banting is South Africa's version of Keto here and I actually prefer it over Keto but finding what works for you individually is important. It is really all about cooking real foods. Not much comes out of a box anymore at home unless it's a single ingredient. No more canned soups or sauces. I do use canned veggies or beans in a pinch, but that's pretty much it.

I fast at least 10-12 hours a day, I used to do more 24 hour fasts, and I should get back into it, but I have not been disciplined to do it. But that really has helped with my early morning readings and keeps them from being so high.

My family has always been pretty supportive of my way of eating, as long as I allow them some deviations. I did finally put my foot down a couple of years ago and said this is how I am going to cook, and everyone was on board because the food tasted great. That was a big help. I know not all are that way, but I also have slowly over the years purged things out of the house that no one misses anymore like pasta and rice. There is never bread or white potatoes around anymore either. I do allow tortillas in now, but that is it. No crackers, chips and so on. It helps all of us feel better, not only me. So do it a little at a time and eventually everyone will be on board. And if they can't do it, then they get to eat outside of the house if they want the junk food.

As for the judgemental part, you can't always fix that. Educate them when you can, but people who are ignorant are just that way. They seek a way to feel better about themselves, so they make you feel bad. It should not be that way. Illness is illness and no one should judge anyone, specially on something as complicated at diabetes. So as you do things to improve your health and you eat better and feel better, you will be running circles around those who judge and then you can just take great stratification in that. And when they get to you, just come here with people who understand and vent all you want.

TLo7788 2017-11-01 13:31:42 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response. Very helpful! I have cut out all tortilla, pasta, bread, rice, etc. and it has been helpful. I have also started Paleo and Intermittent fasting which is helping me a lot. Only one month diagnosed and with my change in eating, I have already lost about 10lbs and I feel better. My numbers are getting better but still playing around with what foods make my sugars rise. Part of my family is Mexican so they can get all up in each persons business but I am learning to just let me live my life my way.

GabbyPA 2017-11-04 12:56:33 -0500 Report

Awesome! It sounds like you are on a good road. I love the experimenting, so have at it and share what you discover along the way.

pallavi.ruchika 2017-10-27 05:49:53 -0500 Report

Gabby, your posts are very informative, as always.I personally follow Keto diet as it suits my body. I tried various medications in the past, but I believe my body was more harmed than helped from those medication. I practice Yoga in addition to the Keto Diet as health is 70% diet and 30% physical exercise. Thanks for sharing this post.

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