NEWLY DIAGNOISED WITH DIABETES AND I'M SCARED.

Marky-D
By Marky-D Latest Reply 2010-09-14 22:29:48 -0500
Started 2010-09-03 19:50:58 -0500

I don't know what I can eat safely. My Main diet is usually ice-cream, usually eat about a gallon every two days. thats why I'm in the shape I;m in. Please Help. Give me some recipes for anything and hiow often can I eat diet ice-cream.


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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-14 22:29:48 -0500 Report

Hi! You are getting some great advice here about your diet. I just wanted to respond to the your use of the word 'scared.' It is normal to be afraid when receiving a medical diagnosis. Being diagnosed brings up fears about how your daily life might change, fears about whether you can do the right things to stay healthy. Getting help with your diet is certainly a great place to start. But I would also encourage you to express how you are feeling and get support. You are among a group of caring people who can not only give you some great diet advice, but can share about how their diagnosis has affected them emotionally, and how they dealt with their own fears. Knowledge is power! And so is support!

tenderlovingcare
tenderlovingcare 2010-09-10 16:32:30 -0500 Report

Hello, fellow ice cream lover! I don't eat ice cream more than 1-2 times/week and in small portions, but I still gain weight quite easily these days. One idea is to freeze your favorite yogurt and eat it as a cold treat. I like to keep my ice cream free from chemicals, artificial ingredients, and a long list of words I can't pronounce. You might try to find an ice cream parlor that has soft serve yogurt for a special treat sometimes. I think I might try a homemade soft serve ice cream maker where you can control your own ingredients. Make it fresh, healthy, and add cocoa powder or blueberries. I find organic milk tastes great! As far as diet, I find that if I have old-fashioned home cooked oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut) with a little cinnamon and some acceptable sweetener (Stevia?) in the mornings, I feel a lot better. I am also a true believer in good quality Omega-3 fish oils (if your Dr. approves) for overall good health results. I know my LDL cholesterol has came down. Make sure to move a lot each day (don't stay sedentary). I'm not perfect at it, but I just keep trying and doing as many exercises as is safe for me to do (as per Dr.'s advice). Another good strategy for overeating or a sweet tooth, is to replace the eating activity with another desirable activity to distract you. Like: do some stretching out, breath deeply, take a walk, start a new hobby, pass a baseball back & forth with someone, play frisbee, brush your teeth & tongue, floss, use mouthwash, chew sugar-free gum (this changes the taste in your mouth and you shouldn't eat for 30 min. after). Pretty much just do the best you can each day and keep making improvements!

Ladybug8
Ladybug8 2010-09-11 21:23:51 -0500 Report

Hello, I was diagnosed with type 2 in April. I have been under such stress and got layed off from my job and I'm doing caretake work for a family member that I have not started at all taking care of myself. Because of my stress level I have been eatting more and not following a diet. I cancelled my doctor's appointment twice because I have been bad. Can you give me any suggestions. I need some friends. I am new at this and I am not sure if I'm posting right. Please write back if you get a chance. Thanks.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-12 07:17:52 -0500 Report

Hey Ladybug8,

I know exactly how you feel. I was taking care of my mom after her surgery and I got way off track with hospital and rehab visits and running here and there. I canceled my 6 month appointment because I knew it was going to be bad. I had to man up and just go face the music with my doctor.

You need to get that appointment. It is a good place to reset your goals. Sometimes we need that little kick in the pants to keep us on track better. My doc told me that he was disappointed because he knows I am very capable of doing great. He told me in a weird way that he believes in me and that gave me the courage to start again.

If you know you are doing poorly, that is when it is most important to visit with the doctor and get help. Don't look at it as punishment, look at it as getting help. That will change your feeling about going.

ccfromdc
ccfromdc 2010-09-08 23:47:33 -0500 Report

What do you eat (or drink) in between eating ice cream?
As for safe bets for eating …

broccoli (raw, or steamed, but not beyond the point where its still got a little crunch — add a few drops pf lemon juice to make in more interesting),

blueberries if you can still get them in season (they're way too sour if not).

diet ice cream is not really a great idea — think O'Douls for an alcoholic —- the taste is close but without the sugar — at some point you're just going to have to cut it loose. Trust me, after a few years (decades) you won't miss it a bit.

- C

speak up
speak up 2010-09-11 15:37:11 -0500 Report

C you are correct after a while you do not miss what you can't have, I have not had some food since 2002 when I was told I had ccongestive heart failure and I left the food behind and ate nothing but fish chicken and trukey and then 2 weeks ago the doctor told me I had diabetes and well he told what to eat and well two weeks later I can say I have chnaged my eating habits again and I know after a while I will not really want the foods I can no longer have, I figure I have done it before and so now I have to do it again, I have not had ice cream since 2002 and really don't miss it but the list goes on and on, however I am missing my new potatos but I know I will make it without them, I also have not had coffee since 2002 I do miss my hot chocolate though but only in the Winter!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-11 15:41:54 -0500 Report

Isn't it funny how winter is such a hard time for those things we crave most. I love the comfort foods of winter and I always dread it's coming.

speak up
speak up 2010-09-11 15:45:39 -0500 Report

I am really going to miss my potato soup, I ate a can every night when I got home from work in the Winter, it warmed me up and made me think of my childhood, we ate potato soup alot when I was a kid, and the cornbread in milk the next day for breakfast.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-11 15:55:23 -0500 Report

You know I have a trick that might help you with potato soup. I found a great recipe for it before I was diabetic and thought I would have to dump it. What I did was change about half of the potatoes for cauliflower. Yep, that veggie is one of the most versatile I know. If you use that in the part that you puree, you will never know the difference. I also use it in combination with rice, mashed potatoes, and other starchy meals like even potato salad.
Now the corn bread...I can't help you with that one. =0(

speak up
speak up 2010-09-12 12:10:24 -0500 Report

Thanks for the help but I think I can do without the corn bread, I went through all the food I had at home and yesterday and to say the least I got rid of three large boxes of food, canned and boxed, I am not keeping it around the house so that it can tempt me I am taking it to the homeless shelter!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-13 18:12:31 -0500 Report

Good for you. When it's not in the house it is far less of a temptation. I did the same thing and now I think I am going to do it again to make way for more organic foods. I should just eat sticks and leaves. LOL

velna
velna 2010-09-08 09:22:21 -0500 Report

Hello fam. I was told i have type2 diabetes. I have always been a very eneretic person who excercise but i didnt eat right but I didnt think I was eating that bad either. My mom had it when she got in her 60's. I don't know if it was hereditary or what. None of my other 7brothers or sister have it and i hope they never do. I am worried about my kids getting it cause of me. Does anyone know the chances of that? I also have trouble losing weight even though i cut back on sweets and lots of other foods including sugar.Anyone else have this problem?

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-09-09 19:48:00 -0500 Report

Hello Velna and welcome to dc family. Yes you may have got it from your mother and yes your kids could also get it . You need to cut out white bread,white rice and white potatos. And use portion size meals 1/2 plate vegs,1/4 of turkey, chicken, or fish. and the last 1/4 brown rice or fruit.
hope this helps
Alan

ann type 2
ann type 2 2010-09-07 19:08:02 -0500 Report

I know exactly what you feel like and are going through. I too am a icecream lover and also would eat a half gallon in 2-3 days. Since I was diagnosed in July I have tried different icecreams such as the sugar free which made me sick because of the splenda. It made my stomach severely bloated and gave me horrific pain and gas. I switched over to low fat frozen yogurt which tastes exactly the same to me. You have to explore to find out what will agree with your blood sugar,stomach, and taste buds.. GOOD LUCK :)

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-09-07 11:56:55 -0500 Report

My problem is Peppermints, that was my weakess, never wanted Ice Cream, chocolate, I never drink soda's, it was the bags of peppermint,that was my treat all day long, I found peppermint sweeten with Splenda, and I love them, But I only have 3 a day now and not 50+, after my noon meal and one after dinner, and one going to bed, 0 sugar and 30cals for 3, no carbs . and my craving is good. But to just stop with your ice cream might make you binge sometime, someone told me about a ice cream treat called "Skinny Cow" and said it was wonderful, they bought it at wal-mart and also weight watchers has a good ice cream sandwich I was told, so you might try those, if all else fails, when your wanting a frozen treat, go for a walk, or call a friend, do anything to take your mine off of it, it will pass in 20 mins my Doctor told me and he was right. Good luck, I am sorta new at this, I had Diabetes 9 yrs ago, I lost 138 pounds with Gastric By-pass, but now my sugar is back {Not my weight} thank goodness, but I still want sugar sometimes.

Meme55
Meme55 2010-09-05 14:42:53 -0500 Report

I was told early on not to depriave yourself just eat it with common sense. I usd to et alot and everyday I rarely eat it anymore. Like anything once you start cutting down you do not crave it anymore.

Elrond
Elrond 2010-09-05 04:05:43 -0500 Report

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Swbtab03
Swbtab03 2010-09-04 11:10:03 -0500 Report

As with many posts also you really need to go to a local diabetes education class, see your doctor to help you find a local one, you need to change eating habits now if you you do not want serious health issues in very near future. I went to the class and changed my whole life style of eating and reading labels. In fact I am goingto a advanced class at the end of the month on meal planning and how to read food labels better. You got a lot of help and support here from us. My big brother Ray is here, and our Friend Gabby is here all the time, and a few others that I myself am talking with.
First advice is personally get rid of the ice loaded with too many carbs, and I warn you if you are going to eat it, you are only allowed a half of cup of it for a snack. Funny thing is I never ate much ice cream, and now that I am a diabetic I actually crave a dish here and there. I was never a sweet eater growing up, and yet diagnosed type 2. Butused to drink coke and pepsi like it was going out of style.

scribbles
scribbles 2010-09-03 23:25:37 -0500 Report

Your first few diabetes education classes WILL scare the &%#@ out of you. I think they do that just to get your attention. Try to relax. Don't be afraid to tell your nutritionist that the diet is unrealistic (if it is). They gave me a diet that had me throwing up twice a day. That did not work for long.
Then they decided to put me on a diet of stuff I would not eat. Then I started giving the instruction sheet back and telling them "This is not mine. You need to give it to the right person." All this took about 8 months, but I finally got them on the planet I'm on. You may have to get rowdy, but first, try a lot of research. Be careful that the 'diet' food is not overloaded with salt and fat (but still 'sugar free').
You will be fine. It just takes time to work things out.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-03 21:40:56 -0500 Report

Don't be scared. I mean, it's okay to be scared, but don't stay there. We all need that twinge of fear to get our attention. Don't let it paralyze you.

I enjoy my ice cream. Full sugar ice cream. As an occasional snack, and I try to stick to the 1/2 cup serving. You don't have to say good bye to it forever. You just need to keep in mind what you are eating and count those carbs. You will eventually find that you want other foods to round out your diet plan and the ice cream will find it's rightful place...a treat, not the main course. =0P

What I was encouraged to do for the first week was to eat as I normally do, test my levels before and 2 hours after my meal. Then I also wrote down all that I ate and also the calories, fat, carbs, cholesterol, fiber and protein. When you start to see what you do normally, it will amaze you...most likely not in a good way.

Then you start to pare down your meals, eliminate things to get you into the proper portions, calories and carbs. It will take time and while you are trying this I would keep the ice cream out of the house. The harder it is to get to, the less likely you will fall. It took me about 6 months to add it back into my diet. I am about to cut it out again, and hopefully to keep it out, but it might be my occasional indulgence.

Learning to curb the sweet tooth is really important. Filling the gap with sugar free foods is not a good idea. Learning to eat less sweet is really the best and more natural way to eat.

jason123
jason123 2010-09-04 00:06:37 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby, are you aware OP is a man with Gestational Diabetes? He has also been a pre-diabetic before diagnosed Type 1? I thought only type 2 will have pre-D and only woman can have Gestational Diabetes…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-09-04 10:49:55 -0500 Report

OP? Who is that?
I know that misdiagnosis is not uncommon so the pre diabetic before type 1 could have been a mistake. Or sometimes people think because they are on insulin that automatically makes them a type 1. Not the case.
Now the gestational?? I would say NOPE. LOL!! Unless there was a little confusion in his/her life and a sex change along the way.

If you are talking about my "=0P" that is a smiley with a nose and tongue sticking out...=0)

jason123
jason123 2010-09-04 15:27:41 -0500 Report

OP is short for 'original poster'…I apologize that I forgot how many people are not famaliar with that term…anyways, before I give advice to someone I usually check to see if this person is type 1, 2 or pre, because advice could be very different for different types in some cases…when I checked this person's profile, he/she either clicked quite a few wrong keys or need some clearification from his/her doctor…

benita36
benita36 2010-09-03 23:10:05 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for your advice! I fear I will need all the advice and encouragement I can get. I so love my sweeta. I am a Little Deddie addict! Lately I have been eating granola bars is that a better choice or should I find something else to satify my sweet tooth?

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-09-03 21:31:01 -0500 Report

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benita36
benita36 2010-09-03 23:14:15 -0500 Report

Thanks ! I will definately check out Kroger. One of my biggest problem is that I don't know how to cook healthy foods. I am am a country girl and I love some soul food. Ido realize that I have to change my diet and lately I have refrained from fried food. I hope that is at least one step in the right direction.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-09-03 20:33:32 -0500 Report

Diet ice cream and frozen yogurt are better for you than regular but too much of anything isn't really "good" for you. It's time to let your meter answer your question about how much is too much. Just because a product is better than the original isn't a license to go crazy. You will find what works and what doesn't. It's okay to use the ice cream as a treat but not a meal supplement. Experiment. For now focus on finding menu plans and snacks that work for you to work with your mind, body and soul. Stick with us for the emotional support and education. Being newly diagnosed has a lot of lessons to be learned and learning a new lifestyle (diet/exercise/meds) is not a bad thing. Deep breath. You're in good hands here!!! Welcome to our community!!!

benita36
benita36 2010-09-03 23:17:54 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the advice but I find that I just do not like the taste of diet foods or should I say the lack of taste. Isn't there a way I can eat healthy food and it doesn't taste so terrible or do I just have to settle and be more concerned about my health instead of my tastebuds?

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-09-04 04:35:39 -0500 Report

I can't answer for another person, only for myself and what has worked for me so far. I have made swaps in my eating and have decent results to share but what works for me may or may not work for another person. There are diabetics who continue to eat and drink as they have before and feel their medications will compensate. I am not on meds/insulin so I've made my own choices on how I handle my control. There are people with lung cancer who continue to smoke. It's not my place to judge them. I love bagels but they don't love me. I've found alternatives. There are things that I don't like no matter how healthy or unhealthy they are. The question of health versus taste buds can only be answered by you. Education and experimentation are the keys.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-09-14 12:27:18 -0500 Report

I love bagels, too. I found that I can have one of those whole wheat "mini" bagels at bedtime, the ones that are about 17 carbs, and the slow burning whole wheat actually makes my fasting glucose reading better the next morning than if I'd had no bedtime snack.

kitty725
kitty725 2010-09-03 20:24:07 -0500 Report

I am so in your boat! I was informed 9/1 that I am pre-diabetic, like you I love sweets… heck I love food! I don't have any great advice just yet, but I wanted you to know that your not alone.

benita36
benita36 2010-09-03 23:22:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for the encouragement. I will need all I can get! I truly do love my food and my sweets. It will be harder on me with the sweets than the food. With the help of God and friends to keep me encourage I know I will do just fine!

Mair
Mair 2010-09-03 22:53:29 -0500 Report

OH ice cream my hear tthrob! here is atip from the peanut butter ripple junkie. I make it a point to have ice cream once per month and it is away from the house. There are food triggers that make you eat till it is a distant memory until you get your A1C back and your weight reading makes you feel like your in the running for the next hot air balloon contest. I take it small last year Igave up soda and i write down the success I have had. Give yourself permission to take a few steps back especially when you get frustrated from time to time and the advice seems to conflict. You can do it!

benita36
benita36 2010-09-03 23:28:11 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for sharing with me. Unfortunately I am not a big ice cream fan bot I do love popsicles. I have since I was a kid but not as much as I ove Little Debbie snack cakes. They are kind of like tradition for our family. I realize that I have to let them go if I am to ever get my diabetes under control. Please keep me in your prayers>

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