What have you given up since your diagnosis?

By jason123 Latest Reply 2010-09-16 12:38:41 -0500
Started 2010-09-01 20:16:28 -0500

Upon learning we have diabetes, all smart diabetics have given up a ton of their favorite food and bad habits, submitted to and adapted our new 'prison' lives lol (Hope you don't really feel this way, but I bet you do just a little bit). I want to know what was your life like before you 'lost your freedom'? We are all lifers, come on fess up, if it helps, it is ok to cry when you tell your story or make that list…

17 replies

Pamiekae 2010-09-16 12:38:41 -0500 Report

I grew up with a very southern cooking styled way of living. Foods were fried and tea was REAL sweet and family get togethers meant lots of home made sweet desserts and summer nights meant home made ice cream and either a bottle of coke with peanuts dropped down into it or a big glass of Dr. Pepper with a couple of lemon slices down in it. Now it's no fried foods, can drink cold tea without sugar but hot tea with sugar substitute just not the same can't stand the after taste the substitute gives it, same with soda…can't stand the aftertaste diet soda's have so no Dr. P or Coke w/Peanuts. No more chocolate, chocolate bread puddings, pebble pudding and homemade desserts the family makes. Although I've always enjoyed salads and fruits and don't mind the baked chicken instead of fried, it would be worth giving up the things if my numbers would settle but due to all the meds I'm on for other issues, I'm lucking if my numbers ever get as low as 130. Prison sounds just about right, and most days it seems like being stuck in solitary.

CaliKo 2010-09-16 12:16:11 -0500 Report

In the almost 2 years since my diagnosis, I rarely eat pasta, but I know there are some low-carb versions I can try. Ice cream is now a very occasional treat and then just the little 1/2 cup blue bell or hagan daz cups to keep me honest. I've stopped eating, for the most part, white potatoes, white rice, white bread, but the good news is now I really enjoy the whole grains, brown rice and sweet potato recipes (in small doses). I quit putting cream in my coffee, so I don't have to restrict my coffee drinking, and I don't eat candy. I have found it easier to hit my goals and keep my numbers steady if I stay away from desserts. The nice surprise for me was finding out how much better other things start to taste. Now my treats are things like roasted red bell peppers, blue berries, grape tomatoes, jicama, roasted nuts or sesame seeds, cheeses. Its not really like I say "I'm never having this or that," its just that I usually make other choices.

Randy W.
Randy W. 2010-09-07 11:20:59 -0500 Report

I've modified my diet, and if I have to claim to have "given up" anything, it's regular soda. Now that I'm used to Diet Coke, for example, I can't drink regular sodas anymore - they're just too syrupy and heavy!
Aside from that, I don't believe in giving up ANYTHING - if you can eat a small bit of it, or eat in moderation, that's the key for me! I had spaghetti with meat sauce last night, (made by yours truly!), and had exactly ONE helping of it. Now, I love spaghetti, but realized that if I had a lot of it, my sugars would be sky-high! So, I backed off.
I test myself before bed, and when I get up, and adjust both my medication (Glucatrol and Insulin) if I need to. If I know I'm going out to eat, I can adjust the meds, enjoy myself, and NOT have to feel guilty about it!

GingerVieira 2010-09-05 08:42:46 -0500 Report

You know, I don't feel like I've given up anything, because I can still eat anything I want to if I choose to. But insteAD I've definitely increased my knowledge of what a balanced diet looks like and how to overcome things like emotional overeating. I don't set restrictions on anything, because I know from experience that that just makes it all the more enticing. Instead, I try to have moderate amounts of something if it's not a healthy food, and mostly, just focused 90% of my diet on clean foods. I don't feel restricted because I've trained myself to WANT clean foods! Instead of training it to NOT want junk foods.

Itallian Kitty
Itallian Kitty 2010-09-04 23:24:12 -0500 Report

I gave up eating out at most places like Pizza Hut but I was diagnosed as a child so I was taught not to got there but it is hard trying to tell friends who understand why I can't eat there and it gets me into trouble because I usually give in.

Beerlilly 2010-09-03 21:41:41 -0500 Report

The one thing that I have given up is pop/soda/coke. I hate to admit it but I was a pop/soda/coke addict. Though to tell you the truth I don't really miss it all that much. If I get a real pop craving I go for diet coke with lime or a fresca.

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 19:37:01 -0500 Report

I think that the people on the outside of diabetes are the ones who think we are in prison. There are times when I miss something that I used to eat, but I have found more new foods to try than ones I had to give up, so it all balances out and I kind of see it as an adventure.

There is only one food that I have given up 100% and that is corn. No matter how I have it, as a kernel, a pop, or as an ingredient, it will mess me up. Other than that, I have gained more than I ever had to give up.

Ok, yes there are things we don't do anymore, but when you weigh it all out, it really isn't a sacrifice.

No corn = better BG contol
No candy bars = less carb cravings
No sugarfree foods = no headaches and better health
No rice and beans = lost pounds

I could go on, but you get my point. While what I have given up may seem hard, the trade off is well worth it.

realsis77 2010-09-02 10:38:13 -0500 Report

I've given up my old life style for a new different lifestyle. A lifestyle that is focused on staying healthy taking my injections and educating myself in as many ways as possible about this disease. I'm trying to say goodbye to the old life and welcoming the new in order to stay positive. So yes I gave up my old life but I gained a new life focused on doing what I have to do to stay healthy.

kdroberts 2010-09-02 09:54:31 -0500 Report

I don't really think I've given up any sort of food totally. At times I have given stuff up for a period of time to figure things out but worked them back into my life later on.

I guess the only thing I really have given up is not thinking about things. When I go places I have to think about what I'll need, no just walking out of the door. When I eat I have to think about what it is and work out if I want it, no more just picking whatever I want because it looks/sounds nice.

Guardianstone 2010-09-02 02:27:00 -0500 Report

Hello DC family;
when I was told I was diabetic the most important thing I gave up was my hope.
I was being treated for depression before my diabetes. My doctor wrote my perscriptions and rapidly went over what he wanted. Sent me for labwork, and left. No time for questions.
I asked the nurse for information about the tests and was told call the lab. lab said doctor should have given me the instructions, wasn't given any suggestions for diet or told what specialists I would need to see.
My medical insurance kept turning down prescribed meds, specialist requests, etc. I didn't know where to turn or what to do. I resented being treated that way, but was afraid if I complained, I would loose my medical. I should have complained, the insurance is gone and doctors want full payments up front. I have begged everyone for help, and been told sorry, no funds available. DC has given me so much. Hope has been given back.
Guardian stone

jason123 2010-09-02 07:08:22 -0500 Report

Hello Guardian, thank you for the post. I am really sorry what you had to put up with your medical team…I wish I know someone better to recommend to you…Don't take it personally, they treat everybody this way, you are not the only one they turn down and ignore…hang in there, your will to enjoy life is stronger than their will to make a profit! Good day.

Btw, you have 2 really cute cats, are they happy? Do they have a dr. or HMO to deal with?

jason123 2010-09-01 21:57:54 -0500 Report

I've given up cigarettes, hard liquor, Pizza Hut, KFC, rice, noodles, sushi, French fries, white bread, soda, juice, sugar in the coffee, bagel, donuts, macoroni, mash potato,corn, watermelon, peaches, banana (sometimes I eat half a banana)…that is all I can think of for now..

I lost the freedom of going out to a restaurant, a party, a vacation without carrying a glucose meter, I now have to exercise at least 3 times a week, I learned how to get out of foods I can't eat when presented to me by friends/family (I use to never say no lol), I heard horror stories of people not taking care of their D, which serves as a great motivator…

Three years after I was diagnosed, I don't miss most of the things I gave up now. After 55 lbs. I lost, it finally feel like a toss up between this 'prison' life and the one I gave up..


willbwell 2010-09-02 12:36:13 -0500 Report

What a loaded question. I feel the same as jason123. I gave up foods I loved like, Candy bars, I can still taste them. Cookies, soda, sugar, anything white, eating till I'm full. But now that I'm a type 2, I'm changing my lifestyle. I was angry at first, but now I just want to be healthy and able to do the things I enjoy. It's so hard, but I keep on going and each day is a bit easier.

LennyDenny 2010-09-02 09:05:42 -0500 Report

You know I've given up a lot of the same thing, I found out about having diabetes about 6 years ago. One year after my heart attack. I gave up the cigarettes while laying in the ICU after my attack. When I found out I went home and looked in the frig. and cabnets and started cleaning out anything that had sugar or anything bad in it and threw it out. I still go out to eat about once a week. I do carry my meter with me all the time, if I need to test most people I know understand. Most restraunts have it marked on the menu what is good for diabetics. About a year after my diagnoses I found out that I have emphasema and asthma so again my life change drasticly. After all the horror stories I hear both in the hospital and at home I made up my mind that I am going to do everything in my power to take care of myself.

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