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LanieG
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   Posted 9/8/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Joy, you can get some measure of control over the blood sugar by following a newer way of eating (newer for you, I mean) and a little change in your way of living.  Honest.  Sometimes there's really little we can control in our health that we end up just medicating ourselves and learning how to deal with the health condition because that's the only way it can be treated, but at this point with your blood sugar, you do have a lot of control over it.  First of all, you need motivation.  That has to come from you.  If you've been in a vicious cycle with this, then you can get out of it.  Some of the motivation can be seeing better blood sugar numbers.  Start a daily log in which you write down your fasting number in the morning with the time, then the time you eat breakfast and what you eat exactly, then what your blood sugar is 2 hours after breakfast.  Do this for every meal for several days and also your blood sugar reading just before bed.  Also, note what kind of exercise you are getting in and what time you've done it, eg.   2:00 pm - walked for 20 minutes, that kind of thing.   Then, look at your blood sugar and see what kinds of foods are getting better blood sugar readings and when your blood sugar is too high.  In this way, you will be able to see how you react to what food.  Make it your challenge.  You will not be hungry.  Snacks can be nuts, cheese, a hard-boiled egg, a few spoons of tuna salad with mayo, a mini salad with tuna with olive oil dressing.  Try to stay away from processed food - anything coming from a box.  Processed food has more salt and sugar and flour.  The sugar and flour will raise the blood sugar.  It's also more expensive.
 
I think all of us here have whined at some time or another and felt miserable and 'why me', blah blah blah, but that is unproductive because at the end of the day nothing has changed and you're only more miserable.  If you think proactively and know you can improve your blood sugar yourself by making smarter food choices, it will give you even more motivation.  Ok, now, report back here with a new attitude, ok?   (PS  And you can even change your name.  Instead of 'couchtater', how about something more positive?)
yeah   smurf
Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 


couchtater
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   Posted 9/8/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the name, but I've always been a TV watcher since I was a kid :) and all the other names I tried was already taken. blush
 
     I started out in the GERD forum for information on a type of surgery I was going to have. Then I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and hypothyriodism and decided to come here for information, too. confused
 
 
     I'm trying to come to grips with this. I've only know for a couple of months about this and am struggling with accepting it. So forgive me if I become a fatelist at times. I'll try to change my attitude. nono
 
I did do some research and found the phone number of a diabetic educator in a nearby town. I'm planning on finding out if she accepts my insurance and when can we talk about my eating habits. :-)
 
I can't run the marathon right now, but I am taking baby steps.

Joy
 

LanieG
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   Posted 9/8/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Joy, the baby steps are perfect because it means you are starting on the road to taking control of your health.  I know you've got other conditions that need care and you're taking care of them.  The diabetes at this point can still be controlled by diet and exercise.  The best thing you can do right now is document your blood sugar readings, as I said, so this way you'll know how the food you eat affect your blood sugar levels.

So, stay with us. go through our past posts about food and diet.  Ask questions, ok?  cool


Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds
                                                                 

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