new to dealing with my diabetes

By lyndarichard Latest Reply 2010-07-31 13:36:07 -0500
Started 2010-07-31 00:11:17 -0500

Hi my name is Lynda and I was told I was Diabetic in 2008, I am now 42 . When I first found out about this I was so overwhelmed I had no clue what this was about. I ended up just ignoring it my doctor put me on metformin and I just assumed that took care of it. now a couple years later and a son who is 9 and who seems to be gaining weight . I went to my doctor and she tried to explain everything to me but still confused I am going to be attending this diiabetes class. When I was at the doctors I mentioned to my docter about my son and that not only am I diabetic so is his father and that he seems to be gaining weight , she told me she wants to see him so he has an appointment next week and she told me that he has a big chance he will be diabetic to . This scared me and made me realize I need to get this undercontrol because I don't want him finding out later and having to learn about like I did , so my intentions are to learn how to cook healthy for us. I have no clue how to do this I am the type of person who likes to use the microwave alot, I told my doctor that she didn't seem to happy about that she said that needs to stop but this is how I grew up. Anyway I am sure this sounds like I am just blabbing so i will end this , would love some advice suggestions.

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kdroberts 2010-07-31 13:36:07 -0500 Report

With 2 parents with type 2, children have a 50/50 chance of developing type 2 during their life regardless of diet and lifestyle. Having your son eat well and be healthy is an excellent way to give him the best chance of delaying diabetes if he is one of the unlucky 50%.

RAYT721 2010-07-31 12:36:35 -0500 Report

Greetings and Welcome to Diabetic Connect… I hope the tests on your son come out okay and I'm surely hoping that even with the risk factors, he avoids the condition. Now is a good time, however, for you to make the needed changes in your life and his life for a happier and healthier lifestyle. Oh, I know what you mean about the microwave especially when Banquet, Swansons and Michaelinas come to mind but if you read the labels you'll find so much more calories, fat, carbs and sodium/preservatives than you really need. Fear of cooking? Stick with me, kid. I'll teach you tricks! :)

It's great that you've found us and as long as you know that control is a journey and not a destination you'll be fine with whatever you want to do with your weight, glucose numbers, exercise, etc. You've just joined a group of genuine caring people each with his or her own story of successes and failures. But we are here to help, listen, give you help, ask you for help, and just mingle as friends.

If there's anything that I can do, come join my crazy world with a friend invite and keep me posted, ask questions, or tell me how I can help. I can put you in touch with some amazing recipes/websites if you're interested but remember to take things slowly. Your microwave is gonna get quite a workout with oatmeal, green tea and other healthier things when you have me in the kitchen with you! :)

Harlen 2010-07-31 10:23:22 -0500 Report

I know what you mean , as a Chef I had my way of how to cook and there is the better way to cook and cutting down the carbs.It takes time to get it down but if I can do it so can you .If you need some starters just let me know I have gotten good at fast and ez low carb dishes lol.
Best wishes

lyndarichard 2010-07-31 09:55:18 -0500 Report

Wow this site is making me feel hopeful , thanks everyone and I will check out all suggestions. I know my first goal is to switch to fat free and suger free things such as my creamers I love my coffee and need my creamers so I will be looking around this site for ideas.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-31 09:23:36 -0500 Report

Happy day,

Lynda welcome to the family we will be here for you. All of us here is dealing w/several medical problems but most are diabetics. My husband Michael is the diabetic in our home. I have high blood pressure & a few other things going on. No you do not sound like you are blabbing you had to let us know what was/is going on. I will be standing on the wall for you in the name of Jesus, & your family. One day @ a time one step @ a time, the fact that you know that you have to do better & get it right not just for you but your son. This will be a turning point for you & your husband, praise God for obedience to the signs & the facts. Be blessed & know that you all are favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 08:08:06 -0500 Report

Hi Lynda and welcome to your new family. We all have diabetes too! So we can help you out.

You are on the right track to want to cook healthy for the whole family. That is a great start, even if your son and husband end up not having diabetes (it is not a fat person disease) you will make the whole family healthier by getting out of the microwave and onto the stove. I know it will be intimidating at first and time consuming to learn the new skill. But it will pay off in the end, as cooking at home from scratch is always a better option to processed foods or eating out.

Check out the Recipe section in the site and you will find a lot of good recipes that are pretty easy to make. Experimenting will be the key to your success, so don't be afraid of making a meal that kind of flops. That is when you all laugh, and go out for the evening. =0)

If you stick with recipes that have just a few ingredients in them to start with, it won't feel so overwhelming. You can still use the nuke-mobile (microwave) to do things like steam veggies, "bake" your potatoes, and even cook some bacon, but try to avoid the meals in a box. I know they are easy, but there is a cost. As Americans, we are suffering that cost daily.

Hang in there, you will do great. Don't try too many things at once. Add one new habit at a time, work on it for a while and then add another. Before you know it, you will be adding recipes to the site and giving us cooking lessons.

Elrond 2010-07-31 00:56:13 -0500 Report

Hi Lynda and welcome to our extended family. You came to the right place. I know being diagnosed with diabetes is overwhelming but it's terribly important for you to get it under control. Try to obtain a glucose meter and start testing your blood sugar. I'm afraid you'll need to make some changes in your lifestyle also. There are many, many simple meals you can prepare that will be much healthier for both you and your son. Trust me; I'm a diabetic gourmet chef. Of course, to me, quiche Lorraine is simple but there are many tasty low carb foods you can prepare quickly and easily. In the mean time, look around our site and feel free to ask about anything you don't understand. There is no such thing as a stupid question here. None of us started out knowing everything and many of us, myself included, had to learn a lot of this the hard way. We're here to help others avoid the mistakes we made. Get comfy and there's even a room where you can get a cyber hug. I know I can always use a few.. Once again, welcome. :)

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