PS: I think he has Type 2.
Post Edited (ElephantPipe) : 8/25/2009 2:00:08 PM (GMT-6)
Does he use a computer? Can he get online and come and participate here on HealingWell? (I promise we'll be gentle with him - at first anyway ). Sometimes the more a person is pushed, the more he'll push back and be more stubborn - I know this from experience. Tell him what you found here: people who've been able to get some control over diabetes. I think we're very supportive for everyone, especially those who are looking for a way to be more in control of their diabetes. We may not be able to cure it but we can really do better than we did before. Sometimes anxiety is worse when we don't understand what's happening to us and it's easier to stay in the dark but that leads to nowhere. I started on this road about 3 years ago when I was 57 but I'm determined to live longer and in better health than my mom. I hope we can get him involved here.
OK, computer's fixed -- finally! :)
Looks like trying to help other family members see the light is becoming a new theme around here. My Dad's in rough shape too. Back in the 70's, he was diagnosed Type 1, put on insulin and pretty much told that he could eat anything he wanted (which he did). A heart attack, a stroke and 30 or 40 hypoglycemic episodes later, he's still overweight and getting worse.
You asked me about my diet -- I don't really have a meal by meal plan, its more like a group of foods and a routine that works for me. Most of the ones Lanie mentioned are on my list.
The key is R & R - Reading & Research. Read the nutrition labels on stuff you buy. After a year of doing this, my eye is trained to go right to Carbohydrate and Sugar lines. Big numbers=bad. We've got it easy these days with the internet being such a wealth of good information (some bad too). I loosely follow a low-carb diet. Try Googling that phrase for tons 'o references. To start you off, try these:
(not all the talk around this one is diabetes-related but good food ideas/recipes)
(Fergus is on this forum ... a HealingWell member so you know its gotta be good :)
Generally speaking, I eat a lot of protein (meats), cheese, nuts, vegetables (no potatoes, corn or peas), eggs and perhaps surprisingly, fats (bacon & butter). Being a BBQ fiend & a former lover of steak & potatoes, I found it easy to just buy a cheaper (fatter) steak and substitute tomatoes for the potatoes. (tomatoes or lots of salad greens)
Another key thing -- I eat smaller quantities & more often. My day usually has about 4 semi-normal sized meals and 4 or 5 snacks (veggies ... nuts ... those little cheese & cracker packs that are made for kids' lunch boxes are great).
See if you can get your Dad to try the Nothing White but Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese & Eggs plan for 2 weeks. I was skeptical when I first started but lost 5 pounds and started feeling better in that same amount of time. The way I see it, after so many years of me shovelling the wrong stuff into my mouth and only 2 weeks of finally doing it right, it was my body's way of saying "Thanks!"
Hope this helps :)
Post Edited (TVEditor) : 8/26/2009 11:28:47 AM (GMT-6)
I know it's probably hard to convince someone who doesn't want to be convinced but they would do well to understand that we are real people here! Honest! Chris, Jeannie and I live this everyday and deal with the blood sugar monitor and effects of the food we eat. So, just like your dad and your aunt, we test our blood sugar everyday and we've found the best ways to help ourselves control the blood sugar as much as we can. Chris and I have been doing this without meds. I know for a fact that if I continued to eat as I did before (lots of bread!) I'd be on medication right now, but I didn't want to take meds just so I can eat whatever I want. As long as I am able to control it myself with diet and exercise, I'll do it. So, if you can just tell them what you've found here, then maybe they'll be curious and want to know more! Tell them to drop by and we'll leave the light on for them!