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By thabrat30 Latest Reply 2010-07-28 11:42:42 -0500
Started 2010-07-27 12:21:43 -0500

Hi! I am new to this. I was given this websit as a form of support. I have hypoglycemia and the doctor wants me on a diabetic diet. My mother has diabetes as do all of my grandparents. The doctor is trying to prolong the inevitable with changing my diet. I am sort of struggling with this as I now feel like I can't have much to eat. I have been told to go to the store with a notebook and write down the things that I CAN have, but haven't been able to do it. Everytime I walk into the grocery, I see the things that I can't have.
Thanks in advance for any and all help.

12 replies

thabrat30 2010-07-28 11:17:52 -0500 Report

Thank you to all of you for your words of support and welcome! I really appreciate the help. I am trying to come back everyday (if not several times a day) just to see what is new!
My doctor wanted me to see a nutritionist. The problem is that my insurance wont pay for any of the cost for this. I have spent many hours in prayer about it. I have a wonderful boyfriend that is here to back me 100%. I also have 1 child of my own and 2 that are my boyfriends that I claim as mine. They are all making the change with me. I hear that doing it that way makes it easier.

Mama Dee, Thank you for reminding me to praise God through all things. Sometimes you just need to hear it! You may be as straight forward as you want with me! I need that. :-)

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-28 11:40:41 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Remember what old folks say you better watch what you ask for. Be blessed my new friend for you are sure nuff favored in the name of Jesus. By the way w/everyone changing their eating habits together will be good & easy.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

sc1boy 2010-07-27 17:11:29 -0500 Report

welcome and it is hard to do but if u take time and effort u can eat just about anything that u want to just eat it in smaller portions and take it slow

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-28 11:42:42 -0500 Report

Happy day Sir,
You are correct this is what I try to explain to people. Not ot look @ the eating change as a challenge but as bettering your life so that you can feel better as your life goes on.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

RAYT721 2010-07-27 15:14:02 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect where you not only connect with other diabetics but you can actually connect with friends. I just love this little community and I am a newly diagnosed diabetic and new to this site. With that said, I can tell you that each of us have our own little stories of what we can and cannot have. It's your mind, body, soul and dietitian (if you choose to have one) and your glucose meter that will actually help you with your own little shopping list. What works for me may or may not work for you.

The key to weight control and glucose (from my experience) has to do with carbs. Now you should not try to go on a carb-free diet but limit them. Portion control will help with that. Carbs fuel the body so some carbs are actually needed for energy. There are many library books, online sources and diabetic friends that can help put you in touch with recipes. With that you'll have your little shopping notebook in no time. In addition to carbs, pay attention to other food label bars (protein, sodium, cholesterol, fats, etc) and learn to read and understand those labels. Also learn as much as you can about food ingredients. Choose the fewer ingredients especially when preservatives and colorings are involved. The more natural the food, the better for you. (ie fresh fruit is better for you than juices and they contain fiber).

A lot of what I have learned about diabetes has been from this website (and others and reading and questioning) so you're in the right place. Without knowing your tastes it's hard for me to suggest where to begin on your journey and with your notebook but I can certainly tell you my story and what I like and don't like. Feel free to add me as a friend if you ever want to "chat" about food, feelings, frustrations or anything on your mind.

You don't have to live on salads because you're diabetic. You should find a happier and healthier mind, body and soul with the right diet, exercise and medication plan (if so needed).

Keep your eyes on the prize… longer life!

bettymachete 2010-07-27 14:39:29 -0500 Report

Oh I remember shopping for the first time after hearing the news, it took me an additional hour. It was a nightmare. It does get easier, just keep in mind that even though something says it's "diet" or "lite" doesn't mean it's a healthy alternative, same with the "sugar-free". Instead look at lables, note the carbs and sugar, sugar alcohol. I stopped buying pre packaged meals or those all in one kits. Find some recipes you like and prepare your food at home that way you know exactly what is going into it. This is a great place to begin your journey. There is a lot of information here along with wonderful people! Welcome!

GabbyPA 2010-07-27 18:00:07 -0500 Report

I am right there with you Betty! When I was first diagnosed, I was reading everything. And comparing...that is worse. Well, really it's better, but it took forever. Once you start getting the things you enjoy and narrowing down the ones that just taste crummy, your list will become what you can have. It really does get better and you will be an old pro before you know it.

Harlen 2010-07-27 14:13:43 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Glad to have you here there are lots of good frends here
Best wishes

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-27 13:00:07 -0500 Report

Happy day newbee welcome,
I have not been @ this site long but God has lead you to the correct place. There is nothing but love & compasion here. Remember that God is w/you in all of your situations He is not looking @ the situation He is looking @ how you react to your situation. Remember that you are blessed & highly favored w/Gods grace & mercy. You will be ok w/o adopt remember that you are doing this for you so that you will be able to enjoy life & your family.

Do you have any other medical things going on ? I am not a diabetic which when you read about me you will see it's my husband. But I do have high blood pressure so we eat the same things. Seasoning that is low in sodium fish poultry & lean meats. Lots of veggies water virgin jucies (no artificial things going on). Plus I have migraines (my triggers are chocolate & dairy products) so how do you think I feel. I love me some milk & cheese. So I had to change alot but praise God for deliveranc.

Now it's not that you can't have alot of foods it's just that you have to do everything in moderation. Which everyone should eat like this rather have medical problems are not. Once you start this (& it will be hard) you will be glad that you did & proud that you were obedient (which being obedient is a praise to God). Now you may say you don't want to hear all this from me. I am a straight forward person (which most women can't handle) that's ok w/me. For I am wonderfully & beautifully made in the name of Jesus.

I will be standing on the wall for you concerning this soon to be fantastic change in your life. When you feel you can't handle it just keep your face in the Master face & you will reign victorious. Be blessed & stay prayed up.

Working 4 Jesus & Loving it.

gregsteele 2010-07-27 12:39:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC you have found the best support you will find anywhere the people here have a genuine interest in helping and supporting you again welcome love to all GREG