Melly Mel46
By Melly Mel46 Latest Reply 2010-06-16 11:52:01 -0500
Started 2010-06-14 09:13:43 -0500

I have been diagnosed with type 2, but haven't received the information that I need to know what I should or should not eat. I have been to a nutritionist, but all she said was you can have this many calories and this many carbohydrates. I need the information as to what can be eaten with what and how it is best prepared. Can I eat out or not.

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ironman57 2010-06-16 11:52:01 -0500 Report

say i am a newby to how r u and yes i am type2 also you need book go to b&n they have some good books on type2

RAYT721 2010-06-14 19:39:31 -0500 Report

The more posts that I read from new members, the more I realize that my experience of "you're diabetic… have a nice day" is the extent of the diagnosis we've received. I wasn't told about meters, nutrition, or anything. Luckily with the internet at my fingertips I was able to find this amazing resource. With the help of members here, I've learned a little about a lot… food, exercise, reading labels, books, gadgets and so much more. This place is awesome!!!

With that said, everyone has his or her own story and similarly what works and doesn't work. You can eat out. You basically can eat the same things as before your diagnosis but with a few tweaks. You are going to need to watch carbs (sugar and starch) but there are no mystical formulas out there with the perfect diet that works for everyone. There are a number of online and offline nutritional guidebooks that can help you pick your favorite foods and the calories, fats, carbs, protein, sodium, etc.

There are lower carb alternative to a lot of the products you enjoy. Your body, tastes and your meter will need time to find them. Don't give up hope! So many people are frustrated by the advice to eat only salads or never to look at a cupcake again. It may be safe advice but it's certainly not sane advice. Variety is the spice of life.

I am still experimenting with low cal/carb breads and ice creams and even snacks. I recently found out that my body doesn't like bagels. That's horrible news because my mouth and tummy likes them. I can drink a beer or two but gone are the days when I could or would down a six pack. So, you see you're not done living… you are done living as a non-diabetic. But there's good news… the new diet you'll be on will be healthier.

There are many of us here that can help you on your quest to life as a diabetic. We'll listen, give advice, offer resources, give virtual hugs and help in any way we can. Remember you are not alone.


Thomas508 2010-06-14 15:44:54 -0500 Report

Do you have a meter? Everyone's body is a little different, some people can handle more carbs than others. You need to test before a meal and 2 hours after to see what it did to your blood sugar level if it did not cause a big spike in the readings then you know your body can handle it, if it caused high numbers you know you do not need to eat that. This is the best way to know what to eat and what not to, a Dr. or nutritionist can tell you to eat so much of this and that but the truth is the numbers they give you are only averages, you have to find out what works for you. If I had listened to my nutritionist with out testing I would be in a diabetic coma! My body can not process the amounts of carbs that she said I should eat. Let your meter be your guide and test, test, test.

MAYS 2010-06-14 09:23:33 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Yes you can eat out, but remember this, everything is up to you !
You have to be aware of what goes into you and the effect that it will have on your blood glucose level.

You must be in control of all aspects of managing your diabetes, the number crunching, keeping up to date and constant education (sometimes thru trial and error).

It can be both painful and frustrating at times, but in the long run, it's worth it !


Melly Mel46
Melly Mel46 2010-06-14 09:40:47 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. Do you have your own personal diet or did you start with a nutritionist?

MAYS 2010-06-14 10:10:12 -0500 Report

Actually no, I don't believe in special diets, it's all about what you are trying to achieve or accomplish and what is available to you nutritionally (in my opinion).

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