diets & drinks

By J.O. Latest Reply 2011-01-17 13:42:19 -0600
Started 2011-01-15 20:02:51 -0600

following diet almost impossible, drink alot of flavored water(diet) plain water too bland. prick my finger before I eat & 2 hours later once a day.

9 replies

GabbyPA 2011-01-17 13:42:19 -0600 Report

You are a type 1 and only testing twice a day? How long have you been diagnosed with diabetes?

PetiePal 2011-01-17 13:11:18 -0600 Report

If your diet is too hard to follow it may be too restrictive or self-imposing… The best diet is one you almost don't even realize you're following. What do you find so challenging about yours maybe we can suggest some good strategies to try!

Harlen 2011-01-16 09:16:59 -0600 Report

It dose feel that way when you first start out but it dose get better the more you work on it
When they fist told me I needed to do I looked at them and sed no way I fuss I am going to die lol and it realy felt that way To start cutting what you can and get that down and then work on the things you think you may be able to cut back on and befor you know it ( a year or so for me ) You will be able to do the diet and You may miss it a little but its not to bad .
Best wishes

J.O. 2011-01-16 12:20:01 -0600 Report

Thank you, I beleive it will be a continual work in progress and I am eager to do what I need to do control my diabetes. Thank you once again for your reply.

Harlen 2011-01-16 12:23:31 -0600 Report

Any time its ben 6 years and I am still working on it and will be for the rest of my life .We can chat any time you like I check my mail every day
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-01-16 08:26:05 -0600 Report

Howdy J O!

As far as following the diabetic ("DM") diet, It is not impossible. Several people I know of here follow the DM diet, using just diet and exercise to control their DM. Many folks here have to use meds to control their Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s"). Others don't follow a DM diet, whch I call being in Denial (not a river in Egypt). I was in denial when I first had DM and I have paid a painful and humiliating price in DM complications for that period of denial.

You say it's almost impossible to follow a DM diet. Well stay here at DC and learn about the DM diet and how to control your BG#s. I agree it is a lot to learn how to eat, what to drink, what to do to control your BG#s. As another regular here Ray likes to say "Baby steps!" Learn things gradually, include practices in your life that help you control your DM gradually, learn your recommended diet gradually and include it in your daily routine. I, myself am constantly learning something new about how best to control my BG#s.

If you don't like plain water, something like Cryistal lite can be useful. (It is best to avoid sodas, diet & otherwise/) I have gotten used to just plain water because that is safest for me to maintain my kidney function (Kidney disease = one of the complications stemming from my period of denial) will occasionally drink decaf tea & decf coffee. But most of what I drink is water.

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God's richest blessings to you and yours


J.O. 2011-01-16 12:14:06 -0600 Report

Thank you for responding I look forward to learning more. I think I do pretty good I generally only drink 2 cups of coffee a day and use splenda as a sweetner. my diet is harder for portions and what to eat, my biggest problem would be my snacks at bed time, that's where my problem is at night watching tv.

jayabee52 2011-01-16 12:56:41 -0600 Report

I've had problems with that also. I don't watch TV before bed, but snacks are a problem for me. I try to eat carb neutral or low carb foods. Things like celery & carrots. For my snacks

You need to find out which foods work FOR YOU nutritionallty. Each Diabetic is unique. 2 dibetics can eat the same foods in the same amounts. It will affect each's BG#s in differeny ways. IE: one diabetic can eat oatmeal and the BG#s are not affected much. Another cannot eat oatmeal of any kind at all because it spikes BG#s. There are a lot of similarities,but we are each individual.

You might get permision to take your BG readings more often than you do now. You might want to ask Dr for a new 'scrip to reflect the # of times per month you'll be testing. (otherwise you'll have to pay for all the new testing out of pocket).

To learn how a food or drink affects YOU, as an individual, take a baseline BG reading, then find out what a stamdard serving of the food or drink is. Some foods or drinks have nutritional labels. That'd be a good start. You might have to go to a website like calorie King (or get the book) or livestrong to find out what a standard serving of a fruit or veggie is. Then you consume that food/drink by itself (No combinations with other foods/drinks ) Then 2 hrs after consuming that you test your BG#s again. A substance which raises your BG#s over 50 pts is not useful at keeping your DM in control. If it'a close to 50, you might want to change the portion you consume & test again/ Write it down, what you've consumed, and how much your BG#s rasied when you consumed it. That way you develop a list of what is good for you, and what you should limit or even avoid.

It takes a lot of work, but that is worthwhile to get/keep your BG readings under control.

If the coffee you drink is caffeinated, you might want to check out what that caffein does to your BG#s.

God fortune & God's blessings to you and yours, JO.


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