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Tim Tam
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   Posted 2/3/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Lanie said:

"Can you please start a new thread to introduce yourself? I think this is the first time you're posting in the Diabetes Forum. I'm glad you did!"

OK, intro. I got diabetes about 15 years ago. Here's hw I got it.

I had another ailment which caused me to be basically housebound. This lead to slowly gaining about 50 pounds (I ate to make up for my lack of socialization and exercise).

When I looked at the scales for the first time in many months, I had gone from about 160 to over 200 pounds. I could now play for the Green Bay Packers.

I got diabetes. So, having one ailment led to another.

I set out to reduce my weight over some years, just by eating less. I am now at about 160. The Packers are not happy.

I walk a couple of blocks a day because of my dog, who needs to get out once a day, which gets me out once a day, or otherwise, ummm, probably not.

So, this dog really helps me.

I don't eat sugar because of the other ailment, and because of the diabetes. I try to watch my weight by looking at the backs of food containers for fat, saturated fat (bad fat), sugar, etc.

I was eating 2 or 3 snacks after a meal, and one of them was often peanut butter(about 20% fat, 25% saturated fat). So I looked on the net for healthy snacks. It said popcorn. Whoa, which has little fat, maybe 2%, and no sugar. My kind of snack.

So now after lunch when I want a snack, I often cook popcorn, and forgo the peanut butter. One day I had pork and beans, one day soup, both instead of peanut butter. I can go about 5 or 6 days without peanut butter, and my reduced weight shows is.

(Also, I read where peanut butter is not good for you, not just the fat. But if you must, they suggested that which is made in small batches, like at a health food store, which is where I now get mine. It is crushed up fresh, no preservatives.)

Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 2/3/2017 6:10:32 PM (GMT-7)

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 6028
   Posted 2/3/2017 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on losing the weight! I think having a dog really does help because you need to walk it and if you spend time playing with it, running around and all, then that keeps you really active.

When you look at food packages, it's not just "sugar" but the "carbohydrates" which you need to look at. The total carbohydrate amount is a problem for blood sugar. I can't eat popcorn because it sends my blood sugar high.

I buy natural peanut butter in my super market. It has only peanuts, no sugar added at all. And there are other nut butters,too, like almond and cashew butter. These are good sources of protein.

Best of all are fresh vegetables and leafy greens along with a piece of meat (or chicken or fish). smile


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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating

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