New here but not new to diabetics

By snowdove3 Latest Reply 2010-07-03 13:03:15 -0500
Started 2010-07-03 05:53:07 -0500

Hi, I found out in 2006 I had diabetics. In 2005 I had prediabetics but wasn't told. Makes me mad but I can't do anything about it. Now , I am trying to control my diabetics with diet and one pill a day.
I find it frustrating sometimes having to cook at times. I love to cook and I find I have to cook something different for me. Like I know I can eat some things better than others but white flour , white bread no way. So I make things for my husband with that because he doesn't care for wheat flour. Upsetting but hey what do you do.
I have been sticking pretty well to my diet and have had my A1c in control but sometimes I just want something I shouldn't have and then sometimes I over do it. That is what I am dealing with right now and I think it is due to stress in my life but situations I can't control but I need to help my mom with. I don't mean to go on and on.
I just find sometimes I can't deal with her caregiver. My sister and I live away from her.
Sadly. So guess I just needed to talk about a few things.
I am pretty much happy with everything but some side effects of diabetics like terrible leg cramps at night. I am on meds but sometimes they don't work well.
Thanks for listening. I hope I can be of help to someone as well. God bless you.

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Kirla 2010-07-03 13:03:15 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed Feb 2009 with an A1C of 14.1. I stopped eating bread (All kinds) pasta and potatoes and started eating lots of low carb vegetables. My numbers dropped fast. My next A1C in June of 2009 was 5.9. My last four tests have all been under 6. My lowest 5.4. I write how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

Shortly after being diagnosed I bought like 25 pounds of TVP. I ate TVP oatmeal for a few months and started looking around other recipes to use it for. I could only find recipes using it as a meat substitute. I decided to grind it in a coffee grinder and use it like flour and baked a spice cake. It came out pretty good. The spice cake turned into carrot cake and now I make chocolate cake with it. For over a year now, I eat a small piece of cake at lunch almost everyday.

Last Thanksgiving I wanted to make pumpkin pie and decided to use soy flour for the crust instead of regular flour. I used splenda for the sugar in the pumpkin pudding. I just replace both the regular and brown sugar with the Granulated Splenda and the pie came out real good. My family all liked my pumpkin pie better than my sister who used regular flour and real sugar.

When I ran out of soy flour and Wal-Mart stopped selling it in my area, I had to order it online. I found a place that sold soy flour for $1.00 a pound. Only thing was I had to buy 50 lbs of it. Well after making a dozen pies I still had 49 pounds of it left. A few months ago I decided to make waffles and pancakes with it. I haven’t had pancakes or waffles in a long time. I put a little sugar free maple syrup or sugar free jam on them and they taste great. I even eat the waffles plan. I just toast them and eat them. None of this spikes my blood sugar.

A few months ago I joined fast track for weight loss and they used a protein powder to make ice cream with. I use a protein powder too and decided to put my ice cream machine to work. They also had a video I watched and that’s were I learned about Probiotics. I now have Greek yogurt ice cream every night.

A few weeks ago I found my pasta machine my mom bought me like 15 years ago and make some soy noodles. Even though I make cakes, pancakes and waffles I still got like 48 pounds of the soy flour left. So I decided to make soy noodles. The first batch wasn’t too good. I tried them with just a little butter and salt and they were hard to eat. A couple of weeks ago I found a sugar free pasta sauce at save a lot. It had only 6 grams of carbs per serving and 4 net carbs. I tried it on my soy noodles and they came out pretty good. The last batch I made, I added a ¼ cup of whole-wheat flour and they were a little better. I need to make some again soon and am going to try making them with ½ cup wheat flour this time. I still need to experiment with the noodles. But so far it looks promising as long as I use the pasta sauce on them there not to bad.

About 7 weeks taking Meds for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, I started to get the cramps in the back of my legs. It got so bad I could hardly sit down. The info that came with the meds said for severe muscle cramps go to the emergency room. Well I decided to stop taking the meds instead. I bought a blood pressure and cholesterol-testing machine and started to monitor all my levels. My blood sugar continued to get better every day. My blood pressure has stayed at about 110/70 and my cholesterol has stayed below 200. I haven’t had to take the meds since April 20th 2009.

Well it looks like I’m writing a book again. That’s one reason I decided to write the blog to keep my posts short. It doesn’t always work. I just try and give people something to think about.

Good luck

RAYT721 2010-07-03 06:57:58 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I certainly don't have answers because I share the concerns/frustrations most especially the cooking/eating issues. My wife is a bariatric patient so her portion control is way less than mine. I find that certain things make it from her plate to mine when she's full so I end more and her desire to almost cut out carbs doesn't work for me because I sorta need to lift my head off my desk at work every now and then. I've gone from a meat and potatoes man to a meat and veggies man for the most part. Many recipes don't work for us because so many make 6-8 servings with a lot of things that cannot be stored long, frozen and can only be eaten so many days before getting tired of even the most luscious recipes. Similarly the grocery stores make it difficult to buy ingredients for single or double serving recipes. My recommendation to you would be keeping a list of mutual foods and recipes that you and hubby both enjoy. It may take time to assemble such a list but compromise is often better than argument. The alternative is double the food cost, double the waste, and triple the stress.

On the note of caretakers that is a difficult situation to be in with your Mom being the ultimate decision maker on that. I don't really have much advice or options. Only YOU know what's best in that regards.

With regards to the leg cramps, your doctor is probably a better resource than I would be. In addition to meds, there may be some exercise or tests that can be prescribed to help.

With all of that said, welcome to our board. There are so many topics brought up here than perhaps someone can better offer suggestions to you. We are so looking forward to getting to know you, your issues and your solutions because there is much to learn from others and sometimes to learn from ourselves.

Oh, and have a happy and safe 4th weekend!!!

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