Hello new members,
You have been given great advice about eating by Lanie, fergusc, and others. They basically follow the eating plan developed by Dr. Richard Bernstein (The Diabetes Solution). You may be thinking that your days of enjoying carb foods are over, but you may not have to eat that low carb to maintain control. I found the plan to be too restrictive for me, although I follow the basic principles. It will be hard work and will require frequent testing in the early days, but you may well be able to enjoy some starchy foods such as peas, beans, lentils, oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and others.
This system teaches you how to eat carbs by linking them with proteins and fat. It works great for me. I am able to enjoy low carb yogurt, berries and other fruits, oatmeal, beans, peas, and barley, large salads made from local, fresh veggies in season, plenty of other veggies, olives, avocados, nuts, cheeses, and veggie protein foods. I eat out frequently and am able to maintain my blood glucose control while on the road for weeks at a time. I don't have cravings- and find I am able to walk away from the foods that used to tempt me so badly without feeling deprived. You may want to check it out , along with Bernstein and Atkins, and the glycemic index as you develop your approach to managing your diabetes.
The ADA feeding plan is designed to trap you in a downward spiral of increasingly poor health and the need for more and more drug intervention as time goes on.
One thing that has really helped me is increasing my exercise. I do short bursts of activity ( 3 x 10-15 minutes on a treadmill) and one long session (30-45 min exercise bike) every day. I have some toning and yoga routines that are performed while seated in a chair- that I do to relieve stress.
The combination of diet and exercise has enabled me to drop my A1c from 15 to 5.0 (almost as good as fergusc!) in a year.
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett