Help need help, period!

Zena McFarland
By Zena McFarland Latest Reply 2010-07-21 14:14:49 -0500
Started 2010-05-21 21:02:46 -0500

im very chunky, but i want 2 so much 2 lose; but, dont no how 2 calorie count. how can i start eating small amounts, from eating huge amounts? what foods are good 2 eat, from the bad?

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Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 14:14:49 -0500 Report

Also whatever you do you have to remember to eat & eat in moderation. Yes you can do it, no matter wher you go bring your plate w/you by family friends even a resturant if you feel you cannot trust yourself. Now as far as the restaurant all you half to do is ask your server to bring half the food to you & box up the other half. Out of site out of mind, this can be held for your lunch the next day. if this meal was your lunch then the other half can be for dinner. Are share it w/someone you know that will appreciate it. I will be standing on the wall for you concerning your goal in the name of Jesus. It can be done it will be done talk to Jesus let Him know the desires of your heart ask Him to only let you hear from Him & He will direct your footsteps.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 14:08:13 -0500 Report

Haapy day Ms. Zena,
You cn do this buy one of those plates that have 3 compartmnets (like you would see @ a picnic) make it a color you like. You may say why the color you like because you will use it more 1 because it is only for you & two it's will make oyu feel better in the long run. Let me tell you why, w/this plate you can limit your in take of food only put in the amount that will fit into each are. Now some folks may say that does not work they are probally the ones that never tried it.

Mama Dee

dr8m1t4 2010-05-23 01:54:15 -0500 Report

Hi Zena! At first it seems scary when you set out on a weight loss program. Someone already mentioned the plate method for portion control. Another suggestion along with that is to use smaller plates, perhaps even smaller eating utensils. You may be used to seeing a plate loaded with food, and if you put smaller amounts on the same large plates, you may have a difficult time understanding that you can be satisfied with less food. So, try smaller plates; They will still look like they are loaded. The power of suggestion can be very strong.
I found that one of the most accessible books I have read is called Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, by Warshaw and Webb, published by American Diabetes Association. Perhaps you can find it at a local library to see if it offers any help for your situation; I'd guess it will.
As much as anything, it's a matter of mind over stomach. Set your mind to your new lifestyle and embrace it willingly and it becomes much easier than you may have imagined.
Hang in there. Losing weight doesn't happen overnight. In fact a weight loss goal of 2 - 3 pounds per week is ideal. If you lose slowly and steadily, you are less likely to put the pounds back on. I lost (officially) 35 pounds in 12 weeks, and my doctor was more excited about the slow and steady weight loss than the total amount of weight lost. You can do it too - if really you want to.

GabbyPA 2010-05-22 19:40:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community Zena,
There are some great videos here that can help you with carb counting. What I found when I was first working on this, I focused only on counting my carbs. When I was doing that, I was eliminating a LOT of the excess foods I was eating and making more healthy choices because I wanted to eat a big salad instead of a small sandwich. I would like to eat a whole apple instead of a single cookie. Things like that will start changing without you even knowing it.

The other thing is to do it a little at a time. If you just jump in and start to starve yourself out of food, you will get frustrated and want to give up. With diabetes, unfortunately, you can't just give up and walk away. You want to be eager to deal with it every day and see the results.

Make the only numbers you watch for a while your glucose numbers. Forget about the scale at first. I did this and before I even realized it, I had lost 50 pounds. Once I started focusing on my weight, I got all messed up and went back to focusing only on my carbs.

I got together with a nutritionist and she set me up with a calorie goal for each meal. That helps a lot.

Just take it one step at a time. Choose one thing to focus on and go from there. Before you know it, you will be on a roll, and doing great.

petals 2010-05-22 11:52:38 -0500 Report

Hi Zena! I use the book The Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide alot, it also has calories,chol.,sodium,fiber,and protein counts of all the food as well. You can do this!! You go girl!!

RAYT721 2010-05-21 21:53:50 -0500 Report

My first suggestion would be to get to your local library to pick up a few kinds of nutritional guide books. You'll find a number of different ones but you can't miss them… they are quite thick. Your librarian can help. These guides will usually list calories, carbs, fat, protein, etc. Some will have sodium and other contents. They are fairly easy to use. Another idea is to do your calculations online. I recently posted a website review of a site called D Plate (D= diabetes) with a link to livestrong. Check it out under discussions.

So, that's step #1… get familiar with the foods you like that fit your requirements (low cal, low carb, low fat, etc) and make lists of your favorite foods. Those are great for pre-packaged foods and raw foods but calculating a recipe is a bit more complex because of the various components of ingredients. That's why D Plate may be a good resource for you.

If you ask 10 people what good and bad foods are, you're going to get 10 different answers. Good foods are basically what you like and what doesn't affect your blood sugar. I like yogurt and yogurt likes me… but you may not like it. I hate beans… you may love them. The right menu plan (I hate the word diet) is about balance… carbs, protein, and fat. All have calories… some high, some low.

The key to weight loss is not about starving yourself. You must eat regularly but keep an eye on calories, fat, protein, etc. when you start to plan things out. I can turn you on to all kind of recipe sites (message me) that will help with the nutritional information but keep one important thing in mind… serving size!!! Food labels are an excellent resource for the counts that you're asking about but if a recipe says that the serving is for four people, you must multiply by 4 or only eat 1/4th of the package. (who said math wouldn't come in handy?)

You are safe with most fruits and veggies, lean meats (that is NOT KFC), beans and legumes, low fat dairy products, keep away from sugared coffee and soft drinks, drink lots of water for your body, make sure to eat breakfast, and focus on what you CAN eat and what you ENJOY. It's a numbers game!

If you have access to a dietitian, go for it! Oh, make sure to put exercise in the mix and that's not 100 push ups. Start light but start NOW.

Like rice? go with brown instead of white. Like pudding? try yogurt. Like chips? try Sun Chips. Like pasta? Try Dreamfield (low carb) brand. Like smoothies? Try a whey protein shake. Want a candy bar? Try the Atkins bars! Live a little and explore alot.

You can have your cake and eat it too… just make sure it's low in transfat and calories and sugar. There are plenty of amazing recipes that are good… find them! Keep a food journal and keep a positive attitude.

I want to hear of your progress so keep me posted. I don't have all of the answers. I do, however, want to welcome you to this board and into my circle of friends.

monkeymama 2010-05-21 21:50:38 -0500 Report

Hello there Zena! Yes, you should watch your calories but we also REALLY need to watch our carbohydrate counts. It is suggested we eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks. I use a smaller plate or a 3 way divided toddler plate. The rule of thumb with you plate is 1/2 of the plate should be veggies, 1/4 starch. and the last 1/4 protein. I use a good new kind of pasta called "Dreamfields". It has a low glycemic index and 5g of digestible carbs per serving. Cauliflower is a great mash potato substitute. Here is a web site that was posted by Skip T from our community.
I tried one of the recipes from there and it was delicious. The recipes there are all low car'd like you are looking for. To help you feel more fuller, try adding more protein and fiber to your diet. It will help you feel more fuller and not as hungry. Drinks lots of water too. I hope this helps you a little. Best of wishes to finding great eating. :)

Harlen 2010-05-21 21:45:18 -0500 Report

I use a book cald the calorie King it works for me it has all the carbs in almost all the foods we eat lol
I would never be on the pump without it
best wishes

monkeymama 2010-05-21 21:52:29 -0500 Report

I love this book. It is on my purse along with "Nutrition in the Fastlane" This is my other best loved food/carb book. :)

petals 2010-05-22 11:55:15 -0500 Report

Hello, where did the Nutrition in the fastlane? Sometimes I have to grab a take out meal and I always end up feeling bad about it.

monkeymama 2010-05-22 18:45:09 -0500 Report

go to Franklin Publishing is who makes the book. I was given a smaller version of the book through educator by Lilly. You can get the Calorie King Book at any book store and your local Walmart. Hope this helps you out. We should not have to be driven from eating out. We just need to learn how to eat when we do. I have to eat out sometimes because of college. It's rough at times but we can all do it. :)

MAYS 2010-05-21 21:36:28 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Control and Commitment are crucial to controlling both your weight and managing your diabetes, click on the link below and check out this very informative site pertaining to diabetes:

Also check out the videos in the video section on this site concerning carbohydrates and portion control.
You are always in control of your diabetes, take the first step right now !

You can do it !


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