Diabetic Diet

Pat Roth
By Pat Roth Latest Reply 2011-10-23 18:59:18 -0500
Started 2010-04-16 21:06:00 -0500

Another club meeting today, one Wed. and the GIRLS laugh at me as I watch what I eat, skip the obviously too sweet cakes etc. I have found thru trial and error that I can eat a few crackers and dip, and get by—-my BS was only 145 after I got home.

I have FINALLY gotten it thru my head to just do what I KNOW is right, eat what I think is good for me and let the others laugh at me for quietly refusing their cakes. I KNOW better and I am the one to pay the price. One woman had been bragging about her husband a few years ago, was borderline, had a serious health upset last fall, BS was 500, they went along with the Dr at the time, but since they got home, these intelligent people (?) are now ignoring the sweets again. She took her husband home a large piece of the German Choc cake served, I brought my share home to my hubby who is NOT diabetic, not even close and I don't bake much anyway, so he was OK>

Why is it that some people confuse overly WORRYING, just trust in GOD and you will be fine——with common sense? They keep trying to tell me that because my AIC hasn't been over 7 that I am not even a diabetic! Funny, my Dr sure thinks that I am and is monitoring me closely and I am proud to show him that by watching my diet and exercising more, I can now eat SOME things that I once dared not!

It is hard to stand alone! How do some of you guys handle friends and family who insist that it will not hurt to eat—-whatever—-even in trying to educate them, it falls on deaf ears!

I would hate to someday have to say, "You should have listened when you were warned. I am sorry that you lost your leg!"

Pat Roth


24 replies

Jeanae
Jeanae 2011-10-23 14:15:50 -0500 Report

You stay strong! And pat your self on the back! I used to go out to eat with a group of women. Now they don't invite me because they go to places that has nothing on the menu that is good for me. At first I really felt left out but now I know that I need to do what is good for my health. I need to stay healthy and keep my diabetes under control so that I can watch my children and grandchildren grow up. Plus I have some supportive friends that make sure when we get together it is diabetes friendly as two of my friends have elderly parents that are really struggling with their diabetes. Proud of you Pat.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-23 12:35:38 -0500 Report

It's hard when people around us don't understand. We just have to stay strong and be true to ourselves. Let the scoff, you know you are doing what needs to be done so you don't have bigger problems later. I let people say stuff, now that i'm on track, i will stay here, i don't want to lose any digits or limbs! That piece of cake, not worth my big toe!!! I have great faith, and walk with Jesus, but i know that my decisions are mine, God gives us free will and we need to make the correct descisons to walk the right path. He does not do it for us! Stay strong and true to yourself and you will be ok! God Bless you. Mickey

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2010-11-03 22:44:36 -0500 Report

I am fortunate enough to have a very understanding family although they dont all know all of the ramifications of the disease they know its all about carbs and sweats. Some get it more than others but it is up to us as individuals to take care of ourselves so that we around for our loved ones. Its not up to anyone else so I say pfffttt to those that get offended because I am not eating their sugar, just tell them that theres more for them LOL =) At least that is what I tell my family, less for me more for you.

Stick with it, do what you feel is right for you and smile alot. I can easily now pass up a tablefull of sweet foods and grab protein to snack on. If I do get the itch (only twice since Ive been diagnosed) I make sure I drink a lot of water afterwards and take a walk. I never eat a whole piece of anything, even if I have a bite I do that. I just dont want to get sick like others in my family have been with this disease. I want to stick around for awhile to torment them :P~

Thanks for your post its nice to know others are out there like me

*Hugs* Cheryl

joni55
joni55 2010-04-23 10:02:35 -0500 Report

It is hard sometimes. I have found some people are offended if you don't eat something. I hate offending someone. But, I also know that what is important to me is what I need to pay attention. In the end, guess who will have the last laugh.

As far as trusting God, that is important but I know God does not want us to act foolishly. Doctors are here for a purpose. God will use them in your life. One of the apostles was a doctor, after all.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-23 20:45:10 -0500 Report

I am FINALLY feeling strong enough inside, to stand up for myself in the diabetic area of eating, but do break over ONCE IN AWHILE___Just have better control that I did before coming onto this site. Good habits take time to form. Pat R

Miminv
Miminv 2010-04-23 22:57:18 -0500 Report

Hang in there you are human. We have all been right were you are at one time or another. Breath, relax your sholders and say I am strong and stuff happens once in a while and go back about your day with your head held high. Because you are strong and you do know what you need to do.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-24 07:54:09 -0500 Report

Thank you so much, we ALL need encouragement at times—-no matter our ages or the severity of our problems! Hugs, Pat R

shorty31
shorty31 2010-04-19 05:36:06 -0500 Report

you know Pat i agree with you on Sunday i wanted something sweet so i got a sweet roll you know the one with all that icing and the rasins. i ate that thing and with in a hour i felt sick to my stomach, if i eat greasy food it hurts so it bake or broil for me. now i just have to give up soda's. my friend told me to try crystal light.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-19 11:07:40 -0500 Report

Shorty, there are so many things that I USED to eat, but now give me indigestion, that has nothing (I GUESS) to do with diabetis. Lately I have been absolutely STARVED! Was at our daughter's home, she served brownies and ice cream, and I ATE IT! I think, partly, as she had baked them, is short on self-esteem, so wanted to be able to brag on her, honestly—BUT that got me started, ate more things when I got home, BS went to 190—-my hubby was glowering at me about eating anything—-I then felt resentment as he can eat anything——seems to love to point out that I either don't need to eat it because of my fat belly, or the BS—-to me it is controlling and decided I would eat what I wanted to for a change. Emotions do enter into all of our eating habits—sigh—-so just took my Glipizide and went to bed. hah—-better NOT do that too many times- tho—-haha—PR

Miminv
Miminv 2010-04-18 03:28:26 -0500 Report

I am glad you were able to do what you needed for yourself Pat.
I come from a family of feeders. It starts with several dishes on the table for holidays and the question is that all you are going to eat. Or I will have to eat this all week it you don't. That was what my grandmother said to us at christmas and she is a elder type 2 , my uncle is type 2 and I am type 2. Go figure.
My mother who is not, stil doesn't get it after 15 years of me being type 2. A couple weeks ago was my B-day and you guessed it, I talked her out of yams and potatoes for her to make some green sugared jello thing and a extremly large sheet home made carrot cake with the sugared cream cheese frosting. It was just her and I, I looked at her and said that she was going to have alot of left overs. I didn't touch either carb and had a great B-day with a BS of 140 when I got home.
I will no longer feel guilty for saying noooooooo. I did that for too long and have nuropathy in my feet which I take two drugs just for the pain.

Just say no and go with what you need to do for yourself.

Congrats again to Pat for staying with her true knowlege.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-10-23 18:57:33 -0500 Report

good for you! I no longer feel guilty about saying no to things either. I come from a family, especially my in law's where they eat SO much high fat, high carb food, Southern cooking, like I used to cook, but fortunately cut out a lot of that years before my D diagnosis. Anyway. they still act like I should eat some of the bad stuff, and try to encourage me too!!! It's been nearly 3 years now, and it just bothers me, they seem offended almost, and I am the one offended, they completely IGNORE that I have diabetes. So I started bringing my own low carb, lower fat dishes to holiday meals, and sometimes I wll bring a veggie tray when asked to bring something to a social , or a fruit tray, etc…and then I know there will be some things I can eat, and of course, at holidays I always have, in moderation, some of the fattening foods, and sometimes a few bites of pie, or something like that.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-18 22:54:37 -0500 Report

Oh, thank you, Miminv!! Sorry, but you had me laughing out loud over the amount of food your mom came up with for the two of you to celebrate!! Makes me twice as proud of you that you too, said no! See, we are NOT alone in society! We just have to know where to look for true friends to support us!! YEaH!!

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-04-17 09:38:46 -0500 Report

Way to go Pat. They may joke, but you have them thinking.
You are giving them a powerful and positive view of a woman
controlling her diabetes and not being controlled by it.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-04-17 08:15:45 -0500 Report

You go Pat! It is so true that we often give in because we feel like we have to eat something to fit in. If you stop and think of that for a moment, it is a stupid way society has grabbed us. That is a dumb custom. But that also shows how far into an indulgent culture we have become.

We used to eat to survive. We used to eat pretty much anything because we needed the energy that bug or grub was going to give us. We used to eat much more raw foods and our bodies worked well for us. Now, we mistreat our bodies a lot more than we think.
We equate love and acceptance with food...boy are we a mess!

You are making the right choices, and in that you can find great comfort. I like that you don't make a big deal out of it, and that is the best way. Quietly...you make you point. Your friends laugh because they know they should be doing the same, but have not had a life threatening incident to make them wake up.
I do feel bad for your friend's husband though. With that kind of thinking, she is not helping him out at all.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-04-17 11:03:23 -0500 Report

We are a generation of Pleasers, most of us will do most anything to be liked—but others really don't, they sure don't respect us, I think. If I should blow up with a diabetic situation I bet that they would say, "Well, she KNEW better, she just didn't take care of herself! She deserved to——-whatever ! " IRonic, I think—-

I too feel for the husband, I am seeing more clearly the true colors of some of those around me, do not go against our own hearts. Hugs, and thanks for the SUPPORT that YOU FOLKS give me—it is hard to come by!! Pat Roth

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-04-17 05:53:47 -0500 Report

It IS hard to stand alone, especially in the face of people plying you with things you shouldn't let pass your lips! Your excellent A1C isn't proof you don't have diabetes - it's a testament to the fact that you're controlling it with the right behaviors. (But you know that already, right?)

I think anybody who has a disease - diabetes, cancer, you name it - probably suffers the same fools. Ignorant - or maybe uninformed is a better word. I've also found that people who love to eat things I shouldn't are sometimes doing it out of their OWN guilt - they know they shouldn't be eating it either, really, so they try to get you to join in.

Stay strong, sister - you're doin' it right. And down deep, your club members admire you for it. And so do we.

Pam

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