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By dawnalbert Latest Reply 2010-06-25 21:46:54 -0500
Started 2010-06-25 08:15:18 -0500

Hi, I just joined the group and I'm hoping ti learn some new tricks for getting my diabetes back under control. I have done well in the past but due to some "new" stresses I have slipped in the past couple of years. Also I gained some weight after quiting smoking. I am working to lose the weight but am finding it difficult. I knew diabetes would affect everything in my life but I thought I could handle it all, but sometimes I feel so over whelmed. I used to love grocery shopping and cooking but now, not so much. I often wish life could go back to how it was before I was diagnosed.

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petals 2010-06-25 21:46:54 -0500 Report

Hi amd welcome to DC!! I used to love to bake alot, not so much any more, because I love to eat the breads,cakes ,cookies, and pies that I made!! I still love to cook though, I love to try new recipes. I love to shop too! It will take time but you will love to shop and cook again, I promise. Hang in there, it will get better. Take care.

RAYT721 2010-06-25 19:15:18 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site! I don't know if there are any one size fits all tricks or tips that any of us can give that will work perfectly for you because each of us is different on what works and what doesn't. You will find that balance but it may take some time. Be patient with yourself. Every successful journey begins with a single footstep. I went through the period of not wanting to shop, cook or eat because I was afraid of what it would do for me. I thought I was going to go blind and numb by reading not only the nutritional labels on food packages but the ingredients lists that were made for supersonic eyesight. Now I am challenged to find healthier (and tastier) recipes and food products and I've found that diabetes isn't the end of my life but rather the beginning. I've lost 23 pounds since January and I've ramped up on my exercise routines a little more with each day. I thought the initial five minutes on the treadmill was going to kill me and I am now doing 35 minutes plus other exercise. Success is about moderation and baby steps and the attitude of what you CAN do rather than the what you CAN'T do. You're in the right place for support. We understand. We understand the stress you've gone through and will continue to go through. We understand the frustrations with our weight, our glucose levels, and even the frustrations sometimes of family and friends that may seem to have interests at heart but who we secretly want to choke to death. :) Proper diabetes control is a three level thing… diet, exercise and medication (if you're on it). You don't just need a doctor but a team of professionals and non professionals to help you and that's were alot of us come in. Some of us will make you laugh and some of us will make you cry but we're all here for you and many of us (like I) genuinely CARE. So please sit yourself down and get to know us and let us get to know you. If you need me for any reason, add the ugly face above to your friends list and let me know what I can do to help. Again, Welcome!!!

petals 2010-06-25 10:51:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!! Glad that you are here. I totally understand, a couple months back stress reared it's ugly head and I gained some weight too. I am a stress eater, but I have found ways to stop that, thanks to the people on this site. I now take a walk, get on here and talk to my friends, or any activity will do the trick. Good luck.

Harlen 2010-06-25 10:16:02 -0500 Report

Boy do I know how you feel lol
Hello and welcome
Stress will get you every time Me too.
I am a retired chef and I still love to cook [a lot ]
the down side is I love to eat as well lol.
Well all that means is small portions lol
Hang inthere it takes time to break up of the habbets that we get into lol
For me I keep a tight rain on the carbs my lim in 45 grams a day but thats just me we all are difrent
Best wishes

bettymachete 2010-06-25 09:50:51 -0500 Report

Hi Dawn welcome to DC! I completely understand the frustrations with cooking and shopping. It takes me 20 additional minutes in the grocery store now. Don't allow it to keep you down though. I find my enthusiam comes back when there is something new to try or a new way to prepare something. I had plans, big plans, before I was diagnosed. As soon as my children leave home to go off into the world I was planning to go back to school to study culinary art. When I heard I was diabetic I felt this smashing crush to my dreams of ever being a chef. I now feel it doesn't have to be this way. Diabetes offers me a challenge at inventing new ways to prepare things and finding alternatives. It's really allowing me to be creative and introduce a healthier menu to my family. And since it is something my children will have to be mindful of I do it out of concern for them. My Father has it my Aunt has it my cousins have it. If I can keep them from writing the same check, maybe they can avoid it. I am glad you're here. :) Hope to hear more from you.


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