Good Luck Jeannie!
I'm with Warren here- the best day of my diabetic life was the day I stopped taking Actos (Avandia's cousin!). All of the water weight disappeared, my nose stopped dripping, my legs stopped hurting. Your eating plan sounds good to me- except for the meats of course. I do find that barley and lentils do not spike me one bit, so you may be able to add some grain back into your diet.
I'll be praying for your success!
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 5/5/2007 9:10:48 PM (GMT-6)
Ohh, Jeannie! I was in the dark, so I had to ask you. Actually, I've been in the dark for a long time and it's only because of the forum that I feel like I'm beginning to understand things. A few years ago when my doctor told me my fasting number was elevated (115) and that I should watch what I eat, I didn't know how. She gave me a "heart healthy" diet and that was that. It was only last fall when she prescribed a glucose monitor that I began to read more and more about diabetes. Duh. Head in the sand. Diabetes killed my mother and grandmother, so you'd think I would know more. I didn't. I don't buy any pre-prepared food, but after I do the grocery shopping, I divide the large packages of chicken, beef, or fish (think Costco) into packages for meals, wrap them in plastic and mark what they are (because when I didn't do that we sometimes had dinner surprise). I clean up the fresh vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and freeze them. You can freeze a lot of vegetables yourself so it takes minutes to boil, broil or sautee them. Time is rushed in the morning, so the more I can have ready to go, the better. Also, I always cook more than we eat, so the leftovers are usually eaten two days later. For lunch I make a large can of tuna salad and that's good for me for 2 or 3 lunches with lettuce - I make lettuce wraps with almonds and celery.
I hope we all hang in there. Everyone has been helpful here and I've learned a lot from their experiences. Take care.
Well, I surely agree about the difficulty of giving up bread and chocolate. At Easter I went overboard with a chocolate peanut butter bunny and I paid dearly for it, so I've decided to give up bunnies. :)
You're right, Jeannie, the chocolate isn't that bad - only very difficult to restrict to one or two squares at a time! I also found that when I ate some, for as much as an hour afterwards I would feel the urge to just keep on eating. If I replace it with some cheese after dinner, it's much easier to stop and the blood sugars stay anchored at normal levels.
Just take a look at the nutritional info on the chocolate wrapper though. It's actualy much more balanced than any breakfast cereal you'll find. I've no idea how the manufacturers have been able to convince people that cereals are a healthy option but if we could put those guys to work selling vegetables our problems would be over!
As for fruit, I haven't eaten any in years. All the vitamins and fibre are there in the veg, only without the big dose of sugar.
Jeez, but I sound virtuous don't I?
All the best,
Okay - here's my fruit list - I eat raspberries (red and black); strawberries; apples; grapefruit; peaches; pears; blueberries - I eat 2 fruit portions (1 berry + 1 other) + 2 portions of F A G E fat-free low carb yogurt + 1/2 cup of steel cut oatmeal for breakfast every day- this breakfast drops my bg from 10-20 points. I have eaten this for dinner and it drops me then too.
I eat dark chocolate (70%-Lindt) about every other day in small amounts (1-2 squares). In theory, dark chocolate raises your HDL (the good cholesterol) levels- and I do think it's true in my case. When I gave up chocolate for about 5 months, my HDL went down from 55 to 48. As soon as I took up my habit again- my HDL went back up. Now this is not scientific, but it was good enough for me
Jeannie- I hope you are doing well today!!!!!!!