By sarjenka47 Latest Reply 2010-05-20 10:24:17 -0500
Started 2010-05-19 10:39:24 -0500

Hi. i am new to this community. I was diagnosed in 2000 with diiabetes. I have since developed bad eye sight and I have fatty tissue in my liver. I am a vet and go to the va for medical attention. They told me to go on a diet. That was all. so I dont know were to find a diet that would suit me which would be fat free chlosterol free suger free. what does that leave. Help

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RAYT721 2010-05-19 17:23:09 -0500 Report

Greetings and Welcome the community!!! I'm a newbie as well and can understand the very brief diagnosis phone because that's what I got… "ramp up the exercise, no more natural sugar, lose some weight… and I'll see you in 3 months." So it's almost 3 months now and I've gotten so much information, education, motivation, and inspiration from many of the members here. Your question about the diet is a common one and I wholeheartedly agree with those recommending a visit to a dietician because that's their specialty. My advice is to take baby steps in changing your eating habits. You need not go from the McCalorie menu to living like a bunny rabbit overnight. I believe in swapping high this for low that, keeping a food journal, and eating to live instead of living to eat. There are so many recipes out there that will lower the calories, lower the fat, raise the protein, etc. Don't say diet… think menu plan. It's like to me a budget is a spending plan. Anytime you want a recipe that you can't find, drop me a line. I have access to so many cookbooks, websites, and even a CD with over a million recipes on it. I'll hook you up! :) That's the cool thing about this site is the networking. Tip: don't think about what you can't have… think about what you CAN have. It'll make a big difference. Stay in touch… message me anytime… and again, welcome to diabetic connect!!!

monkeymama 2010-05-19 10:56:35 -0500 Report

Hello there and welcome to our community. I was diagnosed in 2004 with diabetes type 2. I have a non-cancerous tumor on my liver and just discovered the very early stages of fatty liver (non-alcohol related). Are you aware you can go outside of the VA doctors? My moms husband (not my dad) is a vet and has some doctors outside of the VA. See if there is a way to see a educator & dietician for your diabetes. You still need to intake carbs for energy. They currently have me on a 1200 calorie, 120g carbs total per day, low fat, and low cholesterol diet. I am doing a spin off of the Special K diet. Drink lots of water. If you are a coffee person who likes sugar, try a sugar substitute like Splenda or something other in that lines. Watch your portion sizing. Which would be this: half of your plate should be veggies (low carb'd), a quarter of you plate should be a starch, and the other quarter of your plate should be a protein food. Calorie King does offer a little help on their site about diabetes and foods. There are other sites that could give you a little guidance with the dietary needs too (just can't remember them on top of my head-sorry). I hope this helps you out a little bit though. Please do not allow the VA to railroad you though. You do have choices in your life. :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-19 13:51:48 -0500 Report

Great ideas! Yes, a dietitian is going to be your best bet. They can get you all lined up with what you need, what you like and what you have to be careful with. When you have so many "free" things you are trying to get into your diet...reach for a veggie! The more processed you will find that if they take one thing out, they are adding another to take it's place. So reach for whole foods like fresh veggies and fruits. Unprocessed lean meats if you can and just be careful with the dairy.

sarjenka47 2010-05-20 10:24:17 -0500 Report

I do try to stick with fresh fruit and veggies and unprocessed lean meat. I have been noticing that they do switch this for that. it drives me crazy. That only adds to the confussion.

sarjenka47 2010-05-20 10:15:46 -0500 Report

I am aware that I can go outside the va. The problem is that I dont have the money to pay for it. The va wont cover it because I can get the dietision through them free. The dietision there confuses me more than anything. She doesn't give me a full answer to any of my questions.