How does one find a diet that will work for them

By lacook Latest Reply 2010-10-03 21:21:05 -0500
Started 2010-09-27 13:33:26 -0500

I am a 42 soon to be 43 year old woman that was dignosised 2 1/2 years ago with type 2 diabetes. The doctor that I was going to did not put me on any medications but just said that I needed to control my diet and exercise more. I asked the doctor for some guidelines on a diet that would be best for me but never received anything. All he told me was to stop eating things high in sugar and cabs. The problem is I have never been one to eat alot of sweets or breads. I am at my wits end because everytime I start to lose a little weight I become sick with migrain headaches and gain the weight back along with more. I hope that someone can give me some guidance on what kind of diet and exercise program that may help me.

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GabbyPA 2010-09-27 20:43:36 -0500 Report

Experiment. then when you think you have something that works, experiment some more. That is how I have found out what foods bother me and which ones don't. I test and write things down. Mix foods with others to see how it acts. I continually look at new things and try new ideas. For me, that prevents it from getting boring.

Some people find what works and do not waiver from that. They are regimented and stick to the plan that works. Eat the same thing, the same time with little or no fluctuation. This works for them.

Like Caliko said, getting into a class is one of the best things you can do. That helped me the most as it shared with me not only the types of foods to eat or avoid, but the portions sizes and why we eat at certain times and how it affects us. That is the best thing you can do for yourself and it will allow you to find your footing.

lacook 2010-09-29 19:57:47 -0500 Report

I have been doing the experiment thing for a while now but it seems to me that the only thing that doesn't upset me or make me sick is salads. the only problem with that is I am getting tired of eating them everyday.

GabbyPA 2010-09-30 09:37:21 -0500 Report

Wow, that would get boring. When you say sick, do you mean spikes or physically sick? If you are having such bad reactions, you might need to talk to a food allergist or something. That sounds rough.

lacook 2010-10-03 21:21:05 -0500 Report

Gabby, I will take your suggestion and while looking for a new doctor I will also see about an allergist. Thank you for the suggestion.

CaliKo 2010-09-27 16:44:26 -0500 Report

Greetings, I'm sorry that your doctor didn't get you pointed in the right direction. You need to have a meal plan, and I think the easiest, fastest way to get that is to find a Certified Diabetes Educator. Many CDEs are dieticians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals with extra training to get certified to teach diabetics how to take care of themselves. Especially the diet, but they will also teach you how to use a blood glucose meter, what kind of exercises to do, what kind of medications may be in your future, and what kind of complications you will be working to avoid and how to best avoid them. My doctor enrolled me in series of CDE classes at his hospital, and my insurance paid about half the cost. My classes had about 5-7 people, so I had plenty of individual attention. I'm sure you could also book one-on-one appointments if you prefer. Your CDE and yourself will determine what weight would be best for you, and then figure out the calories that you need to eat each day, then he/she will break it down into how many grams of carbs-fats-protein you should have throughout the day, and hopefully tailor it to your specific eating habits. Most people that have not been active start out with 20-30 minutes of walking 4 or 5 times a week and work up from that. But that can vary greatly depending on your general health. Your doctors office should be able to help you find a CDE, and if not, I'd be thinking about finding a different doctor. Hope that helps, good luck. — Karen

lacook 2010-09-29 19:55:34 -0500 Report

CaliKo, Thank you for your suggestion and I am in the process of looking for a new doctor because this doctor just makes me feel worse about myself and my condition.

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