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 :)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes
~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 40 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on headI used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right
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