Need advice on how to get started on diet changes

By Noninvasivesugarmonitoring Latest Reply 2018-08-11 13:48:21 -0500
Started 2018-07-23 11:32:44 -0500

Good Morning, I am focussing on changing my diet (which I hate that word). I need to start eating healthier. What advice do you suggest in implementing this with a family? Do I make separate meals? Do I have everyone make the changes with me? I have a husband who will eat about anything, 3 children - my 15 yo will eat healthly, but my boys 4 and 5 are another story. Help :)

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Chopstix 2018-08-11 13:48:21 -0500 Report

Most of what my wife and I eat is cooked any way but fried. Most of the vegetables we eat are grown in her garden. We also use herbs and spices more compared to salt. We steam, broil, bake, grill a lot more than frying. Stir-frying is alright. I cooked last weekend and the foods lasted most of the week and I even froze some. You can also experiment with different spices and herb combinations instead of cooking the same thing the same way all the time. I have found that I like eating steamed cauliflower with black pepper and turmeric. Stir-frying a mix of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower with a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg is also good.

GabbyPA 2018-07-27 20:54:10 -0500 Report

I use "way of eating" instead of diet.
If you can get the whole family on board it is win for everyone. Eating as one who is taking care of diabetes is a really healthy diet (ooops way of eating) It will benefit everyone and make your life easier.
I had support, but not an all out agreement that they wanted to join me. So I keep their junk food out of the kitchen pantry. I slowly found substitutes that I could eat and they didn't mind, so that slowly took over. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes a lot of trial and error. Once you get past the initial "i can't have what?" with the kids (you are the adult) then it gets better. It's hard at first, but if you focus on what you CAN have instead of what you can't then everyone will do better.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-07-23 22:44:44 -0500 Report

Hi! It's great to meet you. This is an excellent question. I am a therapist, not a physician or dietician. But I do often talk to my diabetic clients about this issue. It has been my experience that the diabetic diet is a healthy diet, that's the way I try to eat, too. So I am wondering if you might want to check out our recipes and come up with some interesting dishes that your whole family might enjoy. You might get everybody involved in supporting you while also eating a healthier diet. I understand that kids are not so excited about healthy food. But who knows, you might get them to try some healthier foods. Just an idea. Glad to hear your husband and oldest son are open to eating healthy. It's always nice to have your family supporting your in managing your diabetes. I hope you will keep us posted on how you're doing.