Fall is here and I'm snarfing CARBS!

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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I know it's my S.A.D. and I know what to do but I'm having a heck of a time staying out of the bread and crackers and sweet corn! Would you all please give me a stern talking to so I can get back on the wagon!!!

Jeannie the Carb Addict!

Lanie G
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
When these times hit me, sometimes I'll succumb a little.  mad   Then, I feel guilty.  sad   And I think these are normal, human behavior and reactions.   yeah   What stops me from going overboard is knowing how far I've come in the two years since I've been married to my DM (dear monitor  tongue ).  When I think of the weight I've lost and how the trend of my blood sugar (as well as my cholesterol because that was also getting too high) has been coming down, I realize I have made a lot of progress.  cool   Of course I don't want to go back to the "old days" and I certainly don't want to start over.  skull    The other thing is that I don't want to do any more damage to my body by having blood sugar too high since I lost my mom and grandmother to diabetes.  cry    Jeannie, you've also made big improvement in your diabetes control.  A slip here and there is easy to acommodate but don't let the slips be the norm.  A slip can be a treat and we need them sometimes.  Look over your blood sugar logs, the trends, and see how your readings have come down.  We're coming into the holidays and there will be times you'll want to 'endulge' and not feel guilty.  Be prepared now with good snacks in the house to ward off losing your head over a beckoning bagel with a come hither look.  shocked    Do what you need to do:  go out and take a walk, go shopping, start cleaning the house, whatever - to take your mind off those carbs.  And you already KNOW that carbs lead to carbs - they're addictive.  I don't know what it is about them, but that "bet you can't eat just one" ad was right.  So, just remember how far you've come and know that you are stronger than a stupid cookie. devil

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 9/5/2008 10:38:24 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have it in my heart to give you a stern talking to- maybe just a think about it suggestion- My personality is somewhat all-or-nothing in that I am as stubborn as a mule.
In the past, if I decided NOT to eat something, nothing short of death would move me to eat it- until that sad day, when I gave in to my desires/needs...and then- get out of my way lest you suffer bodily harm if you came between me and my object of food lust.
When I was diagnosed, I realized that this eating behavior is potentially destructive. Also, not a good way to live the rest of my life. I needed a moderate approach that controlled my blood sugar, kept my carb cravings to a minimum, and that I could live with for the rest of my life. 
I started with the link and balance approach that I have talked about here, played around with your nothing white but cauliflower plan, Bernstein. Bernstein raised my blood sugar and left me craving carbs in a very strong way. Your nothing white plan does the same- I find myself being tempted by starchy things I don't even like because so many things are off limits. Like a spoiled rotten bratty little kid who's mother just said no to me.
Currently- I eat most like the link and balance plan. I always eat protein: carb in an approximate 2:1 ratio. I don't eat grains, beans, or starchy vegetables in portions that raise my blood sugar significantly- but I DO eat everything-
I CAN eat fresh corn- 1/2 of a small ear with butter, I can eat fresh Loring peaches from my tree- 1 4oz portion at a time with my yogurt, 1/2 slice of fresh made rye bread- warm with butter and sugar free jam made from my berries and peaches; I can eat a small Cold Stone Creamery dish of soft serve after I walk the 2 miles to get there- in my mind, I can eat anything.
I give myself permission to eat as much as I need to of these items- slowly- one bite at a time until I can no longer taste the item- for icecream- it becomes "cold' not chocolate after about 3 bites; crackers taste like grease and salt after 2 or 3 bites. During my last 'binge" I cut a kahlua brownie into 6 bites- and ate just two- but in my mind 'I HAD A BROWNIE"
This approach might work for you too, Jeannie. From your posts I get the idea that you are very compliant with a very restricted plan for a period of time and then deviate big time- it might be easier on your psyche if you gave yourself permission to meet your increased carb needs in a moderate way.
A lady from my local group used to give herself every Saturday 'off' because she needed it for her mental health- she ate everything she wanted, didn't test, refused to feel guilty. I missed 3 meetings in a row this spring/summer- so I was surprised to hear her recently say that she still follows that ritual, but now she mostly doesn't deviate from her plan because the food has lost its appeal for her- if she has a craving, she knows that she can have the item on Saturday- but by Saturday, she often finds that she doesn't really want it any more.  Maybe that would happen for you too.
Just some thoughts. I hope they help- you've helped me a lot over these past 2 years.

I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your insight. I believe you may be right about the good, good, good, BAD! pattern in my food plan and it might be directly related to my fibro. As my serotonin levels drop I NEED carbs to replenish and should find another way to hang on to the ones I have. I appreciate your frankness.
~ 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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   Posted 9/9/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeannie,

I can't really give you a stern talk either. Since my surgery in May my numbers ran very high (150-250) for several months. Doctor said that was to be expected and it should start dropping after 3 months. It did start to come down and then I got rebellious and haven't followed my food plan very well either. For me, it's been baked potato (small) and ice cream. I'm going to be in for it when I go in later this month for my way past due A1C. I just hope the doctor doesn't change my meds because I know it was me and not the meds that's been the problem. Got back on the program this week.


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   Posted 9/10/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry if you need to switch up your meds for a while. It's the numbers that are important, not what we are taking. I went on insulin and off it... may need to go back on it in the future. Keeping an open mind here and not judging others by their meds or lack of... Besides, baked potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and potassium! tongue
~ 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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