Low Carb???? whole grain? fruit? no fruit???

By donnadee Latest Reply 2009-10-19 07:43:32 -0500
Started 2009-10-10 13:16:32 -0500

Don't you hate those words. I'm so confused. Diabetes is a real kick in the pants. But not enough to make me do what I'm supposed to do. I keep reading until my head is spinning. I did low carb successfully for about 3 1/2 mos, lost 50lbs and put it back on when I abandoned the low carb lifestyle. I try going the whole grain route but find they still trigger cravings. On top of that, I'm exhausted, depressed and unmotivated. Worst is, I feel so guilty for feeling all those things as I know there are so many people out there with much worse problems than I. It's been yrs and yrs of this and I just don't want it to end like it did for my mom…dead at 49. EEK! I'm 49, overweight, HBP, diabetes, high chol… I'm just waiting for the bomb to go off.

Tags: weight loss

9 replies

kgb 2009-10-15 10:48:58 -0500 Report

I have tried many diets, and due to a lot of factors, I always have a weight problem. My husband and I found this 5 factor diet that is interesting, good to eat and helps keep my sugar down when I am not sick. It is High in fiber, low in carb, decent glycymic index and 5 meals a day. The snacks are delicious, as are most of the meals. In one word, FILLING. However, when a med turns your appetite satisfaction to off, nothing really works well. I am learning to balance goods carbs with their respective fiber values. For instance, beans-like chick peas can make a delicious spread for anything you can stick in and eat it with, yet they are so fibrous, that their carbs are really low. This diet taught me that. I joined their website for a few weeks to get the recipes dowmloaded. There os evem a cheat day, however we found, the longer we are on this, the less we feel compelled to cheat. He also has a book I think, I just preferred to get the menu plans and receipes quickly to start. I actually had lost weight before the cortisone started again. Oh well-I will do it again. Good luck-look in the mirror and see the wonderful person you are. That is the person you need to please.

donnadee 2009-10-18 12:55:58 -0500 Report

I will certainly look into 5factor, I think I've heard of it. Funny, I was just looking for a diabetic diet on line (yrs ago a nutritionist gave me a diet on paper and I just ate what was on it and it really helped) and I checked here and saw your reply and thought, why not take a look at the 5 factor. It's certainly worth a try. I wish you continued success (hubby too). Thank you.

Now if someone can tell my husband to stop bring cake into the house! LOL

kgb 2009-10-19 07:43:32 -0500 Report

Mine stopped when I showed him, approx how much it would cost both of us if my diabetes etc, got out of control. My job, my health, my life. It made a lot of sense to him. We still have sweets, but very sparely, yet enough his sweet tooth is satisfied.

Sarguillo 2009-10-12 13:37:11 -0500 Report

Hello, Please try lower carbs. I am not saying zero carbs. Just try to lower your carb intake. how are your blood sugar readings with eating more carbs? I tend to find that with lower carbs, I am eating more, band still maintaining my weight.
Good luck on what you choose to do.

Harlen 2009-10-10 18:35:50 -0500 Report

You are not alone we are all there with you
I lost my mom the same way
thats why I am so anel over it I dont wish to go thrue what she did and it was bad by the time she sed she will do whats right for her it was too late
I eat what I like and I cut down way down on just how much of it I eat
The big thing for me was if I dont bring it home its not there to eat
Bread is my bain I like it I love it I cant have it lol
And I still have one pice two times a week at the most.I do a lot of canning apples blueberrys I dont put suger in it and its so good and I can have a little of it and not send me BS off to never never land lol
I wish you luck and if you ever need somone to talk to when you feel this was I check this place every day and will get back to you
best wishes and a hug just for you

donnadee 2009-10-10 19:21:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen. You always have such considerate and useful replies. It really is nice to read your posts. I would love to eat some fruit. I was thinking maybe if I cut out the white foods (potato, bread, rice, pasta) maybe I can still have some fruit. I wish I knew how to can. With apple season here and my hubby wanting to go apple picking tomorrow it would come in handy. Maybe some homemade apple sauce.LOL ..Good to hear from you again. {{{hugs}}} to you too.

Antique-Dave 2009-10-12 07:21:59 -0500 Report

Canning isn't that hard, it takes some time though, I do the canning at our house and this year also did a lot more freezing of food. Its one way to control the salt and sugar content of the food we eat.

Eat to your meter, try some fruit and test see how well you do with it, thats the only way you are going to know for sure.

I eat fruit everyday, an apple and a banana usually, but I may make a smoothie with strawberries or blueberries in the afternoon. I'm still avoiding oranges, and some of the tropical fruits but most everything else is on my list.

BLC 2009-10-10 14:17:36 -0500 Report

I know exactly how you feel. You are not alone in this. I am really struggling with my weight. And finding the motivation to lose it is hard. I don't have any energy and rarely feel well, partly due to the diabetes, underactive thyroid, and just not making myself be active. I really do worry about dying and leaving my son at a such a young age. I also have a really stressful job. I am just stressed all the time and ready to give up sometimes as well. My sugars are crazy out of control. I know you are worried about your health. But sometimes it just takes baby steps. Do what you are able to do. And don't punish yourself when you can't. Don't feel guilty for saying you feel bad and know others feel worse. You feel bad too. And there is nothing wrong with letting people know how you feel. Just because there are others out there who may be worse off than you does not make your feelings any less valid. Don't feel bad for saying you feel bad. Take care of yourself and let me know how you are doing.

donnadee 2009-10-10 15:45:18 -0500 Report

BLC, Thank you so much. I'm sorry you are having some ot the same struggles. You look so young to be going through this. You would think are children would be motivation for us to take control. I have three sons (grown) and my first grandchild (grandson) who just turned a year old and I want to see many more birthdays. Unfortunately for me, no willpower trumps motivation. I've really got to get it together. You are young and this is the time to do it. Like you said "baby steps". The best to you and your little guy.

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