Going to see the diabetes educator this afternoon!

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4sons
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   Posted 2/5/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so excited ... it's been a loooong wait for this one!
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Ruth/4sons

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gelchick
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   Posted 2/5/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Luck Ruth!

Let us know how you make out: :-) sandy


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4sons
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   Posted 2/5/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW ... it was an AWESOME visit. If ONLY because she told me I wasn't a diabetic!!! Ok, pre-diabetic ... I used to sort of smirk when you guys would say you were "pre-diabetic" but hearing those words today has MADE MY YEAR!!!!!!!! She said I should have about ten years before it goes full blown .... and that all I need to do is keep on keeping on. :-) My good cholesterol is still low (41) but my bad is now under 100 which pleases me to NO END!!!!!!

We talked about stress, which is my number one reason for elevated blood sugar levels. I learned a lot about exercise ... that exercise lasts in the system for about 48 hours and that it does not need to be intense or long. Just movement ... right what you've been saying all along, Jeannie! yeah I am near the top of the healthy BMI range and she wants me in the middle of it ... which means I need to lose ten more pounds. She gave me a diet to follow, but it's WAY more carbs than I eat now. I asked her if I HAD to eat that many carbs and she said as long as I was taking a multi-vitamin and eating SOME grains I'd be fine. I do eat oatmeal for breakfast so I know I'm ok there.

I also got the results of the heart monitor ... it does appear that I am misfiring ... meaning my heart is out of sync. Go figure. But it's not going to HURT me and if I continue getting breathless/dizzy with it then they may "zap" me (yes, she used the word "zap") to get it back in rhythm.

I think I'm going to keep dong what I'm doing and amp up the exercise. This is all such a huge blessing and you guys have made/are making this journey so much easier. I love knowing I'm not alone.

Oh. The other thing that messes up my blood sugar is illness. When I had a bad cold for a couple weeks earlier in November it raised my numbers. The only thing I can do about THAT is build up my immune system, I guess.

Thanks for being here. And there.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 2/5/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Ruth!  You must be so happy!  Good for you and how everything is going!  You must be doing things right!
 
Lanie        yeah

joules
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   Posted 2/5/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hi 4sons. Am really pleased to read about your visit to the diabetes educator. These people really seem to know a lot..... I know the local diabetes clinic has totally changed my life around. Up to November, although I had known about this disease for about ten years - I was in total denial. I reached a crisis level in November and got read the riot act. Since then I have had a total turnaround. A great deal of this is due to this site and Jeannie's very carefully worded advice. I still have loads of questions but guess they will all by answered in time. At the moment, by following what I have read on this site and by having monthly visits to diabetic clinic - I have managed to reduce by blood sugar levels from an average of 18 to now where all reading since January 22nd have been in the normal range (4-7). I am a Type 2, 56 year old female, 5'11 and overweight (i have managed to go down from 250 to 230 since end of November) My understanding is that a 10 per cent reduction in body weight will greatly benefit those with diabetes. I now have an exercise regime and find that for the first time in ten years I have some energy and a sparkle in my eyes. I had totally lost my sense of humour before and all I really wanted to do was sleep sleep sleep and was totally negative about life in general. Now I can't believe that I can feel this good with a disease!!!!!!! I find I don't really miss the foods that I have had to give up and have totally accepted my smaller more frequent portions. In fact when I look at the "naughty" food I instantly remember how bad I felt and dont have a desire to indulge. The only complaint I have is lack of variety in diet - get a bit fed up with chicken and steamed veggies - however am about to attend a food course put on by local diabetic clinic - three four hour sessions throughout February - so hopefully, that will help. I am on Metformin 500 x twice a day which I understand is the "baby" dose. I have also gleamed from Jeannie that this is a progressive disease so there may come a time when meds have to be increased but will deal with that when and if it happens. Thank you to everyone on this site................. My advice to all newbies. Get the right information and play by the rules!!! You won't regret it!!!!!!

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   Posted 2/5/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Joules, congratulations on your own progress.  I understand what you mean by boring chicken and steamed vegetables.  I'm controling my numbers by diet and exercise only - so far!  I'm "pre" diabetic and I'm not on any meds.  Another way to eat those vegetables is to quickly saute them in either olive oil or Smart Balance spread.  I find that gives a lot more flavor to them.  Also, on the chicken you could slice up a mozzarella stick (I recently put a slice of the fresh mozzarella on 1/2 chicken breast with about 2 spoons of homemade tomato/basil sauce and my fasting number the next morning was in the 80's.) and melt the cheese on it in the oven.  I cook from a list of "good" vegetables and always add some onion, mushrooms and bell pepper pieces.  This way the combinations are so varied that I don't get bored with them.  In my case, I don't eat peas or carrots as I've found they drive the numbers up.  Well, let's put it this way, I might take a couple of pieces for a taste at the table but that's all.  It's been a challenge finding what works and what doesn't but since October, my fasting numbers have come down about 20 points or more and that's been motivating me to keep it up.  My next app't is at the end of March and my goal is to surprise the doctor - in a good way.   This site has been so helpful to me, too.  Good luck to you, too!

Lanie


joules
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   Posted 2/5/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Lanie. Will try your suggestions...... Anything for a change.

joules
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   Posted 2/5/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Ruth - I didnt know that about exercise. That is very interesting. I have been trying to do at least half an hour every day. The trouble is that it is soooo darn cold outside at the moment. I think I will just do "Curves" for a few weeks until it warms up and I can go walking again

AMM
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   Posted 2/6/2007 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to Curves three times a week too. It really makes me feel a lot better. If you like the taste of butter on things I have found I really like the Parkay spray. (0 calories, 0 fats, 5mg sodium, 0 carbs) I have found going to the diabetes educator and dietician to be a huge help. I'm glad things went well for you, Ruth.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Shouldn't I be invincible by now?


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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy to see all of you sharing and working together on this :-) When I first was diagnosed with Diabetes the internet was in its infancy and there was no such thing as HealingWell. I was scared and went into a roller coaster of denial, eating all the worst foods, crash dieting and alcohol consumption... All the worst things to do for my condition. Last night I was reading back in some of my old posts and there is one from my first insulin self injection... and I can see how far I have come in coping with this life change. Please understand that as you become more educated about diabetes in all its forms we will need you to stick around and share with the newbies.

Diabetes is becoming pandemic in the world and if we are to hold the line on our health we need to help others gain acceptance of their disease and learn our proven coping mechanisms. We have to all be little light houses shining out over the sea of ignorance about Diabetes. I am passionate about this because my dear father-in-law died too soon from diabetic ignorance. So now, if I can help one person learn how to live better and longer with this disorder I'm a happy camper!

I want you all to take turns bumping this post up every few weeks so that newcomers will see that diet and exercise can work, and work WAAAAAYYY better than some fancy-schmancy 'natural' cure that costs them a fortune and only perpetuates denial. (If I take this 'natural' supplement I can still eat donuts!) Living with diabetes is just that... LIVING! Joules said it best... "...I can't believe that I can feel this good with a disease!!!!!!!"

Everybody keep up the good work and KOKO!!! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie
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Yours may be one of them...

"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


4sons
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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, this forum is a HUGE blessing to me. A HUGE BLESSING if *only* because it empowers us.

Now ... wanna share those "good cholesterol" raising tips again?

I'm a woman on a mission.

yeah
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/6/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Read the post
Raising HDL for more good ideas.
~ Jeannie
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~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"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


gelchick
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   Posted 2/6/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Ruth!
 
I am happy for your good news. I hope you have a life-time of great reports like that. There are a lot of things other than chicken and steamed veggies that you can eat.
 
Do you like soup? I make veggie soup with barley and Boca Italian sausage; lentil soup; cabbage soup; beet borscht; black bean soup; baked beans; chili- I use my old recipes except that I up the protein and scale back on any starches. I always use Dreamfields pasta which has just 5 net carbs per serving (it tastes like good dried pasta and doesn't raise my BG). There are so many options available. I'd be happy to share any recipe that you might be interested in. Mine all use 'veggie' meat and or beans as the protein source-but real meat could be used.
 
My experience with limited choices was that I began to want to eat foods that I didn't even like just to get some variety- and those wants were not good choices for me.
 
sandy yeah
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


4sons
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   Posted 2/6/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, ladies.

Post those recipes if you could, Sandy. I am always looking for tasty stuff. I try to stick w/things that a less than 6 carbs a serving (although when I do beans I realize I'm going to up the count ... but it's ok). I'd love the soups ones ... I am particularly craving soups in this FRIGID West Michigan weather.

Are you guys hanging in there, Jeannie???

Also, I bought a turkey breast on sale the other day and just threw it in the crockpot yesterday with onion soup mix rubbed into it. Six hours later it was unbelieveable delicious and moist! I'll be eating it all week for lunch!!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


joules
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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
yes I love soup. In fact I am going to have it for dinner tonight. However, I have never learned how to make soup!!!!!!!! I am a reasonable cook with everything else (all the bad stuff). I usually just open a can of Habitat Soup (do they have that in USA?). It fits the bill with all the carb, fibre and calorie stuff that I have learnt however I suspect it is bad in the sodium department. I really dont know much about this part of nutrition but my first food course starts tomorrow afternoon so that is something I will mention? Having been raised in the UK, I do not have much experience in the cooking of pasta, rice and all those funny beans you keep mentioning. Any help would be greatly appreciated........

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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
just wanted to share this too with any newbies who happen to be browsing through looking for inspiration. Just two short months ago I hardly had the energy to walk to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. Would wake up in the morning and then go back to bed within a couple of hours..... Just totally totally exhausted and depressed. I started my new life in a very gentle gentle way - just walked for five minutes the first day!!!!!!! Anyway, today I totally surprised myself....... We had a huge snowfall last night, and this morning I looked out the window (my husband had already left for work at 7.30 am) and thought to myself. Poor chap - he will be exhausted tonight and then will come home and have to shovel this driveway. So, I thought - how hard can this be. Let's go and see........ So I donned my warm clothes and boots and off I went. I have read enough to know that you musn't over exert yourself - so I took in gently. I couldn't believe that I managed to do the whole thing!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of myself. To celebrate I took an hour's rest and then went off to Curves for my usual "bounce!!!!" What a difference getting those sugars down makes!!!!!!!!! I feel like I did years ago.

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   Posted 2/6/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Joules, just a quick note about making soup.  Aside from soups with whole pieces of whatever you put in like vegetables and beans, you can also take what you put in the pot and blend it all to make a nice smooth mixture.  So, a thin, watery soup ends up thick.  Depending on your likes or diet, you can use milk and then call it a bisque.  Or, your base can be chicken or beef bouillon instead.  I'll do that with mushrooms and onions (more mushrooms that onions though) and serve it with chopped up pieces of mushrooms and some parsley on top.  I used to use beans to thicken soup but have had to cut way back on them because they raise my blood sugar if I eat too much.  Good weather for soup for all your northerners.  Down here in Memphis it got up to 60 today.

Lanie


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   Posted 2/7/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ruth,
I suggest we go get Lanie and bring her up here to Michigan for a while! (Bragging about her 60º weather!!! Hmffff! It's about 6º right now in Lansing!) LOL! We purchased a new furnace just two weeks ago. The old one was on its last leg and making very weird noises from the bushings or bearings or something wearing out... I just don't understand it! It was the same age as the house, a mere 53 years old! Things just don't last anymore...
~ Jeannie
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~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"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


LanieG
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   Posted 2/7/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie and Ruth, I'll be up there in a minute with some homemade soup!  Actually it's only 41 right now, which is probably more normal or even warmer than a typical February here.  (And hey, I grew up in NY, so I had my share of snow....)

4sons
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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Where in NY??? I ws born in Manhattan, lived in Westchester Co. and then Saratoga. Am I remembering correctly that you lived in BUFFALO? The snow capital of the universe?

Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 2/7/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ruth!  Queens.  (Andrew Jackson HS 1966) We had lots of snowy winters then and they didn't close schools either!  Here, we had an inch of snow last week and all the schools were closed.  Just not prepared for it.

Lanie


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   Posted 2/7/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in Buffalo- and I would move back there in a heartbeat if my husband could find a job there. The summers are as nice as the winters are long. Here's what I do for lentil soup - I do this in a crock pot:
 
2 cups of lentils ( mixed colors rinsed and sorted)
8 oz shredded carrots
2-3 celery stalks slices diagonally
3 cans of low salt diced tomatoes ( I throw in the juice) or 1 quart of canned tomatoes
8 oz small, waxy fingerling potatoes ( sliced very thin across the potato)
1 onion- chopped large
1 pepper - chopped large ( I use red or orange)
1 quart of lo salt broth ( I used Pacific Organic or my own)
4 bay leaves
Sweet basil (dried) to taste
Greek oregano (dried) to taste
Top off the crockpot with bottled spring water
 
Cook on high until it boils - then I slice up 1 package of Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Steak Strips and throw it in the pot- stir it up and turn it down to low until I'm ready to eat it (about 7-8 hours total)- This makes 20 cups and 1 cup has:
 
116 calories: 1 gram of fat; 130 mg of sodium; 18 grams of carbs; 7 grams or fiber-so 11 net carbs; 4 grams of sugar; and 9 grams of protein  ( I used nutritiondata.com to analyze the recipe) 
 
I use the Insulin resistance carb-protein link method to eat carbs and this recipe has 1 carb:1 protein so I generally have 2 cups at a meal. It's very hearty. Nice for this ice cold Ohio day.
Sandy
 
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joules
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   Posted 2/7/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok - this is the sort of thing I am craving - some recipes!!!! Now the good news is that I do have a crock pot and the desire to do this (lol) but here is my dilemma. I have a couple of really stupid questions but without knowing the answers cannot proceed. First of all, I have never used lentils before so this is new territory for me. I understand what you mean my rinsing - but why are you sorting them into colours if they are all going into the same crock pot? Second problem - what are waxy fingerling potaoes - can I use regular potato. Lastly - I am up here in the wilds of Ontario and havent come across Morningstar Farms Meal Starter Steak Strips. Can I use just regular strips of beef or steak and if so, how much? Sorry to be a nuisance...

4sons
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   Posted 2/7/2007 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hidy ho' New Yorkers!!!

Gee, I don't have much memory of my early days in and outside of NYC ... but it seemed that when I lived in Jersey the place closed down for a couple of inches of snow!!

Ok, Joules ... here's what I think about lentils.

Rinse them to get gunk off them and throw out the iffy looking ones. I don't think she really sorted them by color, they come in the bag like that ... all mixed together. I think you could substitute the potatoes if you want ... I'll leave them out entirely because they mess w/my levels, although it might be fun to throw in a yam and see what happens. And yup, yup, yup ... use whatever meat you have. If I recall correctly (and shoot me if I'm wrong, Sandy) I think Sandy is a vegetarian ... MorningStar Farms makes veggie products.


The joy of soup cooking is that almost anything goes! I know Sandy (gelchick) does the Insulin Resistance diet so I'm really sure she literally knows her numbers!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Zefany
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   Posted 2/10/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I had to jump in on this soup discussion (not to mention that I grew up in Brooklyn and now live in Weschester county, NY) - Just a suggestion. I just got a hand blender for Christmas and i have been going crazy with it making creamy soups! It saves the trouble of transferring ingredients to a blender, you just stick it in the pot (with the burner off) and puree away. Nothing like warm yummy soup in the winter.
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