mother of 13yr old pre-diabetic w/diet question

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   Posted 8/19/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
  First, let me say wow! Been reading other posts and I feel like I found a place in all of the diabetic website entanglement,so thankyou for all of your time...all of you!
  Second, I hate computers and I am only learning how to use them because I feel I have no choice in this world. So I'm not real sure of forum etiquette. I read the rules and didn't even know about "shouting". So please accept my apologies ahead of time and do tell me if I break them...thankyou.
  In an attempt to keep it short here's my question; Is there a diabetic mealplan that I can bring into my home that I can use for all of us, including the other 2 children who are in "perfect health"? I don't cook pasta, potatoes or high fat meats any more and we eat raw vegetables with every dinner. Almost no fattening or sweet snacks come into our home, but its not helping. I instated a new "healthier lifestyle" for all of us when she was first diagnosed because I don't want to put a negative emphasis on her about it in our home,you know like its her fault we don't eat say mashed potatoes and gravy any more. She's 6ft tall, 330 # and only 13.5yrs old. She's scared, I'm scared, and we've had almost a year to accept, its past time to get aggressive, but all I really want to do is wrap her up in a reciever and rock her poor little self back to sleep. I want her to feel like its just a part of who she is because I don't want to feed any kind of weight related disorder that could develop like bolemia(she is an obese **** girl). I know excercise is also important but she has no energy! We had a deal that if she excercised for 1 hour every day this summer I wouldn't make her join sports, but she fought me all summer. So now I have to make her be in sports all school year this year, this will help right? She wouldn't even do her dance console game. I need a mealplan that can just be brought in as if its just what we do know, like not a big deal(so not alot of calculating or journaling every time we eat). I want to be able to make my shopping list quickly from it and be able to just cook as if I'm following a new recipe in any old cookbook. Also it has to be something that won't upset the nutritional health of the other 2. What I want is impossible is't it?

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   Posted 8/19/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi clm, welcome to our forum and I hope with time, life will become easier as you deal with the diet and guiding your daughter down the right path.  I wonder if there is a support group associated with your physician's office or a local hospital, a children's hospital?  Try to find out because I believe most cities have free programs.  If she were to meet kids her own age with diabetes or pre-diabetes, she'd feel more comfortable.  Has her doctor given her any diets or referred her to a dietician?  I know you've been reading through all the posts here and that's a good way to pick up information about what we all eat.  And you'll discover that we do vary in how we eat.  Some of us are on meds and some not, some can eat carbs and some not.  Basically, you probably understand that carbohydrates will raise the blood sugar.  You named potatoes and rice and also bread, cereal, pasta fruit juices and fruit, orange juice.  It's handy using a glycemic index list which will tell you which foods have a high index.  I think the general rule of thumb is higher than 50 is too high if you're trying to control your blood sugar.  Keep in mind that some bodies can tolerate more carbs than others.  Because she's an adolescent, I would be mindful of nutrition for her age and I think it's important to talk to her doctor about getting her to a nutritionist.  Meals don't have to be singled out just for her at all.  Dinners can be a piece of roasted chicken and a couple of vegetables with butter or butter substitute.  Check out a previous topic on mashed cauliflower - it makes a very good replacement for mashed potatoes.  A small salad or salad bits of cucumber, radishes, celery.....   Some of us follow Dr. Richard Bernstein (I do.) and his way of eating for diabetes and he does not ban red meats, butter, cream as he says they do not raise cholesterol.  This is a new approach, or at least new to me!, and you can do some googling online (I know you hate computers!...) and find out more about him.

Check back with us and I'm sure more answers will come your way.  Some members also have children with diabetes and you may get some good advice from them too.  :-)

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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/21/2007 7:02:52 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/20/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!

It's hard when you're frightened for the one you love but the actual control is in her hands. Your daughter has to take responsibility for herself also. Cutting out ALL deserts, ALL potatoes or ALL of anything can really backfire and it make you crave it all the more. Learning to eat proper portions is much more helpful.

Please get together with your PCP and get to a dietitian and/or nutritionist. THey will give you a meal plan your entire family can use. Being diabetic doesn't mean you can't have, it means you have to be very careful of how MUCH you do have. It takes time so be patient.

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