Hi I'm new here. How do you control what you eat?

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out_of_control
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   Posted 4/25/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm a new member, Im from New Zealand. I have diabetes type 2, have had it for at least 6 years that I know of, Im only 42. I am on 6 metformin a day and 2 glipizide, and this is still not keeping my blood sugars low. My doctor says I may need to have insulin as pills are not helping, I am terrified of needles but do you think it stops me eating bread, crackers, rice sometimes? no. I think I may have an eating disorder. I started a very low carb diet but only lasted a week, I missed carbs SO MUCH, I splurged. I know if I cant control what I eat I will die but I dont know how. I only have to look sideways at a slice of white bread and i gain 20 pounds and my blood sugars rise by 100. I have the X Factor diet book, and every symptom describes is me, I startyed gaining weight when i was 5 after having a kidney operation so I believe my body just doesnt work properly.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/25/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been where you are and understand. I have been on insulin and gotten off of it with a low carb diet that includes lots of healthy veggies, some fruits, lots of nuts, avocados, olive oil and lean meats. I can't afford the meds that let me eat carbs so I had to make a choice. I'm super busy just now but I'm sure that there will be more folks along with ideas to help you get on track.

Just remember, it's one meal, one choice at a time. We will help if you will try.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 4/25/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Portion control. Understand portion control. When you start realizing things like: a single doughnut hole or cookie equals the same amount of carbs as a grilled steak along with a whack of grilled peppers and onions... then you know you're getting somewhere.

I deprive myself of very little and choose to eat potatoes and rice and bread regularly BUT it'll be a half potato, 1/4C rice, one cookie, etc. My "carb feasting" days are over but I still have 20-40 grams carbs per meal every day. Every meal is protein/carb/fat balanced, too.

I might suggest a food diary if you haven't done that yet. It's amazing what kinds of patterns emerge when you write down all foods/drink, exercise, meds, finger tests. Measuring your food (instead of guesstimating portions), also helps to keep diet in line.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


ceebee
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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to survive on carbs alone. After going low carb, it took about a month and I didn't crave them any more. Bread(hot French with melted butter) and potatoes(fries and skins) were what my body used to crave. If you can make the first month, it gets sooo much easier. I now crave salads and it is amazing to me! I was diagnosed in October 2007 and almost dies in ketoacidosis, fear was a great motivator:) Just keep trying, that is all anyone can do and if you bg will let you try Phishbowl's way. My bg lets me eat very little carbs because of the prednisone I am on. I think we all know the craving for carbs here and all just do our best. Don't beat yourself up if you slip, just try again:) Good luck.

Wheelchair Bound
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   Posted 4/26/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't mean to scare you in any way.  I only hope for the best for you.  But, you need to control your diet and watch your blood sugars very closely. Consult with your doctor as to what you should be eating.

 I had diebetes long before I realized it and really hadn't done much about it until the symtoms got quite bad about a year ago.  It runs in my family and I should have known better, but I to liked to eat, and ate more than I should have for many years.  Last December they amputated both of my legs so high I'll never walk again and will always need to use a wheelchair to get around.  I'm only 47 years old.  My eyes have suffered some as well.  I can see enough with my glasses to get by, but am considered legally blind. Hopefully eye surgery sometime in June wil help my eyes as well. I am doing quite well contolling my blood sugars by watching what I eat very closely and taking medication.

 Take this seriously so you don't wind up like me.  If I had taken it seroiusly two or three years ago maybe things would be different now?? 

Good Luck and watch that diet and do what your doctors tell you to do.

Linda,   Wheelchair Bound


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/27/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for being a strong voice for learning to stay on track, Linda. We appreciate your honesty and courage.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


out_of_control
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/28/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your helpful advice, it really brought it home to me. There will be days where I eat something I probably shouldnt have but I will do my very best to do the right thing and be good to myself.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
OOC,
Eating correctly isn't like living in a dungeon. I still have real ice cream once a week. The high fat content slows down the sugar absorption and 1/2 cup is a real treat. I put it in a highball glass and eat it with a baby feeding spoon so the fun lasts a bit longer.

If you will read back in the posts you will find lots of ways to make good food that's great for your blood glucose. Some of my favorites, now that warm weather is coming, are veggies on the grill. Take raw veggies, like zucchini, and slice in long thin slices. Drizzle with a good olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Grill over a hot flame until the oil sizzles... Yummmmm! You can do this with peppers, broccoli, lots of stuff! The oil helps your body absorb the vitamins and helps make the garlic stick. tongue

Chicken breasts, lean burgers, pork steaks, lots of different choices are better on the grill. I put olive oil on all of them to enhance cooking. Salads made with parboiled cauliflower in place of pasta with lots of olives, peppers, onions and a nice Italian dressing are great. I also use spinach, collard and mustard greens along with romaine for my crisp green salads. Iceburg lettuce is just crunchy water to me. I keep blocks of inexpensive motzarella cheese in the fridge at all times. A one inch cube with 18 peanuts will fix a hunger attack for almost two hours and barely budge your blood glucose...

Anyway, before I write a book, just read back and find all the good stuff we share. Take care.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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