To Eat or Not to Eat...

By MsCakes Latest Reply 2010-10-09 10:34:54 -0500
Started 2010-10-07 17:37:47 -0500

Hello all;
I'm new here and hope to get some advice and encouragement. I'm a type 2, just started insulin, on 45 grams of carbs all as of 10/5. I know I have to be strong and keep looking ahead, but today I only had a medium sized pear for breakfast on my way down the road. i tested before I ate it and I was good— 120, I tested 2 hours later and bs was 254. I barley ate a thing, a pear. I drink all the time and try to fill up on water. I know this is battle, that I must win. I guess i'm just frustrated.

So, often I have put everybody in front of me. But, now I seethat right now, with diabetes, nobody is going to save me from drowning in high blood sugar, but me. I am the only one with in my close family, friends, and work to have this, so some times people don't understand. They think it's just a matter of will power or being lazy.

This is when I feel like I am fighting with my own body. It always in my head. " to eat or not eat." Everything I put in my mouth can send me out of control. I was told this might happen, due to my body stealing sugar from other areas, b/c it's not use to having so little. So, I'm trying to give myself time to adjust.

I still feel a bit hungry after my meals. I try to drink water or just eat some nuts or a pudding cup. It will be hard for me next week, I'm on vacation and I have a birthday coming.

So, wish me luck in my battle (with my own mouth) LOL. And any tips would be nice.


11 replies

HisTxLady 2010-10-09 03:32:09 -0500 Report

Howdy MsCakes. I know how you feel I went threw this 2 times lol. I learned it all with my Mom that had type 2 also. She was also an RN, Registered Nurse, in her time but things have changed so when my Doctor told me I was full blown type 2 I had to relearn everything. I now use a site called and it has been so helpful to me. I use the MyPlate D and it gives you a place to keep up with your sugars and it also will tell you how much of what is in a lot of foods. They have thousands in there database, from restaurants to name brand things from the store to generic things to your own recipes. I love it. they also have an export feature where you can export your food or sugars and print them out to show your Doctor. I know it seems like a lot to digest at first but it will be no time till you are counting carbs with the pros. Just remember you can do it.

Good Luck :o)
God Bless

GabbyPA 2010-10-09 10:34:54 -0500 Report

I love the livestrong website. It is great and I like the Dplate because it gives me a graph for my BG levels that I can correspond to my carb intake...very telling indeed.

Kaiyle 2010-10-08 11:29:31 -0500 Report

I just simply wanted you to know that you are not alone and that things will get better.

I hope you will find this information helpful…

Kroger has a mission nutrition site where registered dietician, Dorothy Shaver posts videos every two weeks, providing tips on how you can create healthy eating choices for your family and so much more. Check it out and see if you find something that works for you.

Spice It Up
by: Dorothy Shaver RD, LD/N
Your Kroger Dietitian
Mission Nutrition

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am report
What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

GabbyPA 2010-10-08 11:05:09 -0500 Report

Welcome MsCakes,
It is rough getting started on adjusting things and understanding why things happen.

First of all, don't let people who do not have it be your guide. You are not lazy, you are learning. You are not lacking willpower, you are finding out what works. It is different for everyone and it takes time to get a handle on things.

Are you eating 45 grams of carbs each meal or all day? If it is each meal, you might want to start with a little lower and work up.

The other thing that I saw was that when you eat just a fruit alone, it is pure sugar. So what you want to do is combine a carb with a fat like cheese or nuts. Or you can combine it with a protein like some turkey or ham. The combination of those things helps slow down that spike. Fiber also helps, but it is generally already in a carb, so you can focus on less carb filled compliments. There are so many things you will learn as you go.

The other thing is that it takes time. Our bodies are used to being high so you have to give it some time to adjust as well. Getting type 2 is a gradual thing. So the same thing applies to getting it to go down. So exercise patience. We are here for you to help in any way we can. If you go to our "Health Center" you will find a lot of great basic information to get you started.

PAT L 2010-10-08 10:47:34 -0500 Report

Go to Family water an read what they have to say about alkaline water. They tell you what it will help you with controlling your problem. Read the left side of the post an it will tell you about what the water will do…

alanbossman 2010-10-07 18:38:30 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC connect. pears are not good for diabetics and also pudding is not good. You my need to lower your carb intake. show your doctor your recent numbers he may need to adjust your meds. You may need to see a diabetes nuitionalist.

Harlen 2010-10-07 18:28:23 -0500 Report

hello and welcome
First do you know how to count carbs?
This is the first thing I needed to learn to get my blood sugars to keep in the good.
2, rite down every thing you eat and what your blood sugars are befor and 2 Hr after, this will tell you what foods do what to you for we are each difrent.
As you get to know what dase what to you you will be able to ajust your eatting and insulin to cover your needs.
Best wishes

MsCakes 2010-10-07 18:57:23 -0500 Report

Hi, thanks for the info. I look forward to talking with you.
Yes, I have to get the carb thing down. I'm starting to get a better grip on it. I'm see a endo doc, and she told me it would take some time to get straight. I'm checking bs about 6 times a day.

Harlen 2010-10-07 19:07:49 -0500 Report

There is this book cald the calorie king
This little book made it easy for me to get it down and it is small
Best wishes