My doctor says to eliminate 5 major foods alltogether

By jennny Latest Reply 2010-05-15 13:09:17 -0500
Started 2010-05-12 15:47:11 -0500

Jenny here, what would you do if your doctor told you that you can never eat bread,sugar,potatoes,rice and pasta ever again?

12 replies

Jerry_Abrams 2010-05-15 13:09:17 -0500 Report

Jenny, I would find a new doctor. For my diabetes, I don't even see my regular doctor anymore. I got a referral to an endocrinologist. They specialize in diseases of the blood, therefore they are the best type of doctor for someone with diabetes. My endocrinologist explained to me that I can eat almost anything that I want, besides sugar of course. Just in moderation. I keep a close eye on everything that I eat, and yes I eat pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice, and if there is something that makes it spike I know to minimize the portion the next time. I did make a change in my rice though, from white rice to brown and wild rices. This helps some too. I would check with your doctor though about getting a referral to an endocrinologist, they are a lot better for you and more well informed than a general practice doctor. Hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-13 23:43:08 -0500 Report

Check BS, then eat ONE thing and 2 hours later, check again. We are all so different, this is the one true way for me to help guide me to and from, the dinner table. Good Luck!! Pat R

Deb-G 2010-05-13 21:03:25 -0500 Report

My doctor had told me to kiss cereals (except hot oatmeal), and pasta, goodbye…Probably from seeing in my food record that I liked those items and they were causing me issues…so now they are gone, haven't had cereal in many years and dont miss it a bit…Pasta not as easy, but I limit it extremely…the rest I dont eat a ton of so they weren't my issue…but maybe they are trying to pin-point right off the bat what your triggers are…If you do eat these items they should be extremely limited anyway…so its kind of like giving them up :) Hang in there…you wont miss um as much after a while and then limiting them will be fine…

GabbyPA 2010-05-13 15:30:36 -0500 Report

I have been following several of your posts and it seems that there just may be some confusion or over simplifying of things that you are understanding?
I know when you first hear all the things you can't do, it is frightening and we all get a numb feeling. Everything becomes a red light, but it doesn't have to be.
Sometimes our doctors just don't know any better either and they are running on old information.

In direct response to your question. I would ask him "Why?"
Make him explain why he is giving you that direction. Write it down also. That is something I learned the hard way. I would think I would remember all the things he told me, but as soon as I got out of the office....nothing! LOL. So take a note book with that question in it, and ask him about it. Never just settle for an answer, get one that makes sense to you, or you won't know how to apply it.

kdroberts 2010-05-13 11:34:44 -0500 Report

For me I don't know but it isn't a bad way of eating for a diabetic since those are the things that raise blood sugar a lot and are usually eaten in the largest amounts. I would question the logic of hitting a newly diagnosed person with that much restriction since diabetes is a big change and cutting all of that out all of a sudden is a recipe for disaster for most people. Some people can do that but most need to limit and eliminate things over a period of time.

dr8m1t4 2010-05-13 00:44:55 -0500 Report

I wonder if this stringent action isn't to emphasize the seriousness of your condition. Sometimes doctors don't beat around the bush, but tell a patient directly what they need to do to save their lives. Of course, there are good and bad ways to communicate this.
Ultimately it's up to you to follow "doctor's orders" and how well you do it. It is unreasonable to say no to all bread, sugar, potatoes, rice and pasta. I know, because that's what I was told. I basically ignored this, although I did try to cut back. No good. Finally my doctor told me that she was beginning to think that I would need a serious intervention - a stomach band. That scared me a bit. Then I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2. I read and read all I could. I learned that being overweight, inactive, having high blood pressure and cholesterol, and having sleep apnea are precursors to diabetes. Once diabetes is diagnosed, it can lead to further complications if not managed well - kidney and heart problems, possible loss of eyesight and sensation in feet, even bad skin conditions. When I learned this, I wanted to change, and began working on it. It has taken a couple of months to get all the pieces together to give a pretty good picture of the overall scene. I have lost 36 pounds in 12 weeks, and have about twice that much to go. I owned up to my diabetes, and am doing all I can to manage it.

Elrond 2010-05-12 21:45:47 -0500 Report

It sounds as if your doctor is oversimplifying the matter. Not all breads are created equal. The same applies to several other foods. You need to consult with a specialist such as an endocrinologist, diabetic nutritionist, or certified diabetes educator. Any of those folks can steer you towards a healthy, varied diet. The last time I was in the hospital, they didn't have anything but real sugar for my coffee; I survived.

SkipT 2010-05-12 21:10:02 -0500 Report

Actually this is the very eating program I have been on for the last 4 years. It allowed me to lose over 65lbs and keep it off and got me off both of my initial meds (actos and metformin). I now maintain through diet and exercise only. Really don't miss ANY of those foods.

Harlen 2010-05-12 19:57:59 -0500 Report

Get a new Doc lol
I have cut those foods way down I just can never cut them out altogether.
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-05-12 19:18:24 -0500 Report

I think I would find another doctor. While I agree with reducing (even drastically) the foods you mentioned the doctor should be able to intelligently talk to you about substitutes you can make ie whole grain, tortillas, quinoa, sweetener substitutes, etc. It's hardly motivational to tell you what you shouldn't have without being able to give you a little boost of help. The choice of words "ever again" also sounds a bit demotivating. Maybe I am wrong in my opinion(s) because I am neither a doctor nor do I play one on tv but I would start by cutting down before I cut out anything.

spiritwalker 2010-05-12 16:31:32 -0500 Report

I would think your Dr. just put you on a low carb, diabetic
diet. Do our bg run vary high? The best way to lower carb
intake is to eliminate all the foods you mentioned in your post.