Weight GAIN is my problem

By Turtle Latest Reply 2010-02-08 02:09:32 -0600
Started 2010-02-07 07:49:01 -0600

I have gained about 60 pounds since I moved to assisted living. I generally do not go back for seconds in the dining room but I think it is the snacks I have in my room and the inability to do much exercise because of my knees.

My weight is the worst it has ever been. Part of it too, is some of my meds.


8 replies

Elrond 2010-02-08 02:09:32 -0600 Report

Turtle, I have always been very fond of cheese & crackers too. After a while, I found that I could leave out the crackers and just eat the cheese. Nearly all the carbs are in the crackers so you can get a great snack without hurting your BS. I also frequently eat fully cooked beef sausage along with the cheese. Both the cheese & sausage are very low in carbs.

ptsparkle 2010-02-07 16:50:40 -0600 Report

It makes it hard when the meals are not diabetic friendly. Just keep putting suggestions and pressure on the staff to add some healthy meals on their menus.

salmanda 2010-02-07 16:12:36 -0600 Report

It seems to me that your assisted living place should be either modifying what they offer and/or offer a diabetic menu. There must be others who live there with diabetes as well. I know around here that the assisted living facilities are very expensive. My feelings about that are…since people pay so much to live there, they should be catering to your needs!!

Turtle 2010-02-07 10:56:28 -0600 Report

Harlen - I do not eat "fast food". I have crackers and cheese and diet drinks in my room. I used to stick better to a diabetic diet because I could buy accordingly ie: non fat milk whereas here they use 2 %. Lots of gravey just not a good diabetic menu here.

Anne56 2010-02-07 11:50:00 -0600 Report

"A good diabetic menu" is a heart healthy diet. Your work may be cut out for you! Perhaps you can join others to do some advocacy for healthy foods. Everyone would benefit.

donna13 2010-02-07 12:22:42 -0600 Report

My sister lives in a retirement community in TX. She has her own apartment with a full equipped kitchen but takes one meal a day in the dining room. She too complains that the menu is not diabetic friendly, mostly the vegetables are corn, potatoes and peas, the main courses made in the Southern way, too much fat. The diabetics try to convince the people in charge, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. She is probably luckier than you as she prepares most of her own meals. She also very often eats only half the meal, and takes the rest home to have at another meal, thus cutting in half the carbs and fats.

spiritwalker 2010-02-07 14:56:06 -0600 Report

I hear what you are saying. Most residences and nursing
homes tend toward high carb foods. I have heard this
from many people. A friend was told after hip replacement
surgery that she shouldn't worry about her diabetes they would just give her more insulin to cover the meals. They
don't get tight control.

Harlen 2010-02-07 10:11:58 -0600 Report

I dont think I need to tell you what you need to do.
Cut the size of your meals switch to better snaks.Fast food is bad food
best wishes and hugs