new, to diabetes, looking for tips

By kgsmith Latest Reply 2011-02-21 22:23:48 -0600
Started 2011-02-19 21:24:50 -0600

I am looking for help as what to eat, best exercise, motivation etc..

7 replies

WendyFR 2011-02-21 22:23:48 -0600 Report

Hi, what helps me I eat a balance the good carbs and lean meats, plenty of veges. I switch and do cardio and strength and sometimes a mix. I started out slow and gradually do more. I think at least 30 minutes of cardio a day helps tremendously, especially for circulation. What motivates me is seeing good blood sugar levels means no to little complication and life.

PetiePal 2011-02-21 14:16:00 -0600 Report

Visit and endocrinologist, dietician and opthamologist…once you've got your basic doctors out of the way it's about creating a diet plan that you can maintain and won't go too carb heavy. Like Nonna said 52-55 carbs is usually goot, 15-19 per snack is good too. Try to eat every few hours to keep things steady instead of highs and lows.

I'd recommend reading The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide For The Newly Diagnosed by Gretchen Becker. You'll be up to speed fairly quickly with that.

Nonna2Three 2011-02-20 15:55:04 -0600 Report

I started by eliminating all regular soda. I switched to a diet soda and chose a diet drink totally different from what I drank in a regular version. I gave up Mtn Dew and Dr Pepper & switched to Diet Sunkist Orange & Diet Dr Pepper Cherry. Since I didn't drink either of those in a regular version I didn't always feel that they "tasted" different and therefore I didn't constantly wish for the regular soda back.

In addition I reduced all carbs as much as possible - basically my goal has been to keep my carb amounts to 50-55g per meal and so far it is working well for me.

I also find that it helps a lot to track all my foods. I use the Calorie Counter tool at I really like their Calorie Counter tool because it totals up my carbs for me as I go along.

As for exercise - I only do the exercises 4 days a week because I know if I push myself to do them more days than that I will start finding excuses not to do them. I bought a Wii Fit Plus to use in the grand-kids Wii game system that is at my house. I started out with some of the games & a 10 minute Free Step session. Each week since I have added an additional 10 minute Free Step Session. Tomorrow I add the fifth 10 minute Free Step session, so I will be up to walking (via Free Step) for 50 minutes. I will add a sixth 10 Minute Free Step session the following week and then the goal is to concentrate those 6 sessions into three 20-minute sessions as my stamina builds. Eventually I hope to be able to do a good 1 hour workout without feeling as if my arms and legs will fall off or that I will keel over with a heart attack!

Motivation? I think everyone has to look at this from their own perspective. What motivates me won't be motivation for you. MY motivation is to stay alive as long as I can so I can watch my grandchildren grow into adulthood and see them well into their lives and if I am lucky to even see some great-grands become productive adults with lives of their own. I guess for anyone the motivation should be just to be able to see as many sunrises and sunsets as we can.

RAYT721 2011-02-20 08:35:26 -0600 Report

Howdy from Ohio! You are a member of, in my opinion, one of the best support groups that I have found for diabetics. Glad you found us!

The "what to eat" question is best answered by testing your glucose frequently as learn what your body likes and doesn't like. It is important to realize that while lowering your carb intake can lower your weight that some carbs are good and others bad. There is no such thing as a diabetic diet per se. You simply (although not simply) should make sure to get balance of carbs, fat, protein, vitamins and other nutrients from the foods you enjoy. Being diabetic is a lifestyle change but that doesn't mean you can't eat this or that… it's a matter of should or shouldn't. There are plenty of swaps that you can do to substitute healthier ingredients: brown rice is better for you than white, true whole wheat breads better for you than white, and fresh fruits and veggies better for you than potato chips and twinkies. Time will help you adjust.

Exercise does not need to be formal. You don't have to join a gym and commit to working out twenty five hours a day, eight days a week. Find what works for you whether that is walking or running or vacuuming the carpeting or whatever. Don't expect your body to run a marathon overnight. The best advice I can offer (what worked for me) is baby steps. Let's face it… you've got a lot going on right now with your mind, body and soul. Change one thing today and work on something else tomorrow. The worst thing you can do is a complete overnight lifestyle change or you'll simply burn out.

Motivation is something that we can offer advice on but it's really up to you to motivate yourself. Being diabetic is not nearly as bad as being an unmanaged diabetic because of the complications that could arise from letting your condition worsen. There are people who have had diabetes for years without complications… some receiving acknowledgment with metals for fifty plus years with the disease. Strive to be one of them.

We are all here for each other. If there's anything that I can do or say to help you, please "friend" me.

MewElla 2011-02-20 07:54:39 -0600 Report

Each diabetic is different in relation to what kinds of foods are best for them and it is quickly noted when you test and see your blood glucose numbers. I love eggs for breakfast, they give me high protein and stablize my numbers until lunch.I keep a food journal so I note all I eat every day and lots of days is an experimentation of food. But you will quickly see. I stay away from sugar, white bread, pasta, sweets, baked pototos. My exercise every day is walking 5-6 miles; keeps weight and bg numbers in control for me. My motivation to work hard everyday to obtain better health is one word…DIABETES. Gets me up and moving every day. Good luck to you and keep us posted.

re1ndeer 2011-02-20 07:06:10 -0600 Report

Hi, Welcome to the DC community.

Looking for what to eat on the left side of the page is a list on it is recipes, click and take a look at all the recipes offered by community members.

Best exercise I could offer you is walking, walk as much as you can, take the stairs.

Motivation I would suggest come here often everyone will ofer suggestions and advice for what ever motivation you are looking for.

pixsidust 2011-02-20 00:20:09 -0600 Report

I am newly diagnosed as well. The biggest motivation should be that every time you sugar spikes your organs take a hit. Many diabetics die from heart attacks as well as hardening of the arteries can affect the liver, kidneys etc… the pure I want to live factor is in over drive

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