the hard part is knowing what NOT to eat

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-07-30 05:05:34 -0500
Started 2010-07-29 08:08:32 -0500

There is so much to learn on what I can eat and I can't eat I'm feeling overwhelmed. I shot up to 400 yesterday after a meal of one small pancake and two sausages. I though "well just one little pancake won't hurt" and hurt it did! My gosh! I really need a dietician but I wasn't given the option and I can't afford one personally. Does anyone know if medicare will cover a dietician?its so difficult to go about this blindly. I am letting my meter tell me what I can and can not eat but I'm getting so overwhelmed at what I CAN'T eat! I guess I just need a bit of encouragement from you guys. I'm feeling a bit down. It looks like I will have to be quite restrictive on my meals. Its so hard because I've ate a certain way for 41 years now all of a sudden I need to learn to eat differently. I'm sure you all can relate to that! I do want to say I'm grateful for each and everyone of you in this group! I really don't know what I would do without you! Its wonderful to know you all understand what I'm going through as a new be to this disease! Any advice or encouragement is greatly appreciated. Realsis77

14 replies

thabrat30 2010-07-30 05:05:34 -0500 Report

My Grandmother told me to call the local hospital and see if there are any free classes there. They have them in Florida. I am checking into the hospitals around me about it.

RAYT721 2010-07-29 21:00:37 -0500 Report

I don't know if medicare will cover a dietitian but it shouldn't be too hard to find that out… call, click or visit the medicare office. You may also want to check out various social service organizations for health clinics, workshops, or other sources for free or low-cost sliding fee scale services. Here in Cleveland we have a "411" information line by United Way Agencies. See if that's in your area also. If they still print yellow pages see if you can get ahold of the one of the Flintstones and borrow it and check out "social service agencies" and just smile and dial. Call your doctor and ask for referrals with regards to your income/coverage. You may have to make more than one phone call but it could be worth it. What area are you in???

tabby9146 2010-07-29 20:53:01 -0500 Report

I can have those wheat pancakes. I use the Bisquick Heart Healthy kind. I also use sugar free syrup. I try not to eat but two small ones even at that. Some people can get away with some foods that others can't. Like they said, just test, test, test, and find out. It is hard to say what not to eat. In diabetes class, the only thing they told us not to have any of, ever…was regular soda. I was shocked. I thought it would be a long list. But I stay awy from donuts, pastries, certain things, I won';t even have a small amount of. However, I will eat things like a regular cookie once in a while, regular b'day cake at a party, a small slice, moderation , moderation, is what my doctor said. That has worked for me. good luck.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-29 15:15:17 -0500 Report

Happy day realsis77,

You are going to be ok God got you & you know everyone here has you also. HUGS & PRAYS everyday, be encouraged for all you have to do is stay focus get prayed up & know that when you are obidient to what you should do concerning your body & your diabeties then you are giving God praise. I will be on the wall in the name of Jesus 4 you. Be blessed & know that you are highly favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

Harlen 2010-07-29 09:32:18 -0500 Report

How to eat the EZ way
1.If it looks goog DONT EAT IT !
2. If it tast good DONT EAT IT !
3.If it is wite DONT EAT IT !
4. If it is EZ to make DONT EAT IT !
lol lol lol lol lol
I realy to feel for you ,I whent thrue it too .I am a Chef as well and I love to eat.When I was DX the Doc sed dont eat any carbs or fat I looked at him and asked whats left ???????? and then I asked him what food do you sugest that have no carbs and or no fat ????? He just looked at me but sed nothin els…
And as you now now know one pancake will send you way high.
I carb count and thats the only way I know how to get and keep my blood sugars in line I got so good at it as a T2 I was able to go on the pump weee
Best wishes

realsis77 2010-07-29 11:58:22 -0500 Report

Oh bless your heart! A chief! Wow! Ya know I totally understand about trying to get advice from the doctors! Mine said well…You've developed diabetes…um your too young for this! " Nice advice huh? Um ok now what?? Then he gave me meds and did my AC1 that's it! No pamphlets for reading, no NOTHING!! So there I go blindly! Its crazy the lack of information most doctors give us! Thank you for shareing your story! Were all in the same boat here! I love this support group you guys are great! :)

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-29 15:10:04 -0500 Report

Now that's a praise report favored in the name of Jesus, because you were obidient. Continue the good work to God be the glory for the things He has done is doing & will do.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

Thomas508 2010-07-29 09:09:49 -0500 Report

You are doing the right thing by testing and letting your meter tell you what you should eat. Try to think of it this way, when you find something you can eat and your meter agrees then say you are finding out what you CAN eat rather than what you can not. We all have hard times we all see foods we used to eat and know we can't now and sometimes we all go ahead and eat, the trick is not to beat yourself up over it just move on and watch what you eat closer until you get it back down. I have shot really high before after eating something I know I shouldn't and I would go around the block a couple times to bring my BG numbers down, exercise really works to bring the numbers down and after seeing what it did to my numbers it made it easier to say no the next time. A lot of people loved their dietician but I was really disappointed with mine and I learned so much more by testing than I ever would from her, actually if I followed her advice I would stay above 200 all the time! I'm not saying all dieticians would be that way I'm just saying that your meter is the best tool you will ever find keep using it and you will find good foods you CAN eat.
Good Luck!

realsis77 2010-07-29 12:22:56 -0500 Report

Thank you for the advice ! I will contue to look at my meter as my friend and not my enemy! My Blood sugar is back down to a good number my fasting number this morning was 130. So todays a new day! :)

MAYS 2010-07-29 08:53:16 -0500 Report

Being diabetic is a continuous learning process.
All we are doing is reprogramming ourselves in the areas of foods, consumption, portions, nutritional values, etc., learning all of this will not happen overnight, there are learning curves, some more serious than others.

Don't worry about what not to eat (yes you can still have pancakes), rather concern yourself moreso about what you can eat which is everything, some a little more than others !

You must learn to read food nutrition labels:

Understand carbohydrates, counting them and portion control:

This may interest you also:

Take your time, mistakes are a part of life, learning and growing.
You're doing fine !


realsis77 2010-07-29 12:27:24 -0500 Report

Thank you mays! You always have such great links to very informative web sites! Todays a new day and a clean slate! I'm strugling with the reprograming as I'm sure we all are! Thank you for being here for me!

Next Discussion: Boy, is it HOT!!! »