Once past the shock of learning I had diabetes, I decided to get as much information as possible. I’m a person who initially reacts with the worst possible scenario on learning something negative, but then turning to prayer and letting go of the fear.
What comes next? Education. Okay, so I wasn’t going to receive any professional education for over a month. That didn’t mean I blindly followed the sketchy information my physician’s office gave me. I wanted to understand the disease and research avenues of health.
There is a lot of information on the internet, but one must be careful not to blindly trust everything you read either! I bought a magazine at the grocery store which helped me understand exactly what diabetes is. The source included information on food choices and other pieces of the puzzle.
I’d been told by the R.N. to consume 45 carbs at each of three meals for a total of 135 per day. This is what I began with, but quickly saw the addition of a couple fruits a day was causing my numbers to go up instead of down. At this time, the doctor prescribed Metformin. Saddened that I had to take medicine so quickly after diagnosis was a bit of a downer, but I didn’t let it stop me from research.
Through Facebook, I joined some support groups. One I learned was geared toward a low carb, high fat (LCHF) diet. I read through the posts and saw where it had helped many to lower their blood sugar and get off medication. However, some of the members seemed a bit mean instead of supportive. These members cut no slack to modifying their way of eating (WOE). Who wants to think of eating as woe? Yikes!
Some members are supportive and following different eating plans. Everyone has a goal of getting off medicine. After learning about this kind of diet, I started research. It seemed right to me that if you cut down carbs, you’d lower your blood sugar. But there is a catch. To reduce your carbs to a level of 50 per day or less, you need to eat more good fat. Not manufactured fat, but the fat found naturally in food.
I couldn’t imagine making such a drastic change as eating 10% carbs, 20% protein, and 70% fats. Protein is needed for muscle and skeletal structure, but excesses are turned into carbs! No wonder my attempts years ago to follow the Atkins diet failed. One needs to understand fully before embarking on any major diet plan.
My doctor has told me for years that cutting white foods from my diet would improve my health and result in weight loss. Okay. That makes sense since most white foods are carbs or starchy carbs.
I bought a book which was associated with the American Diabetes Association for making diabetic meals for one. But when I received it, the meals were mostly between 40 and 70 carbs just for the one entrée, not including sides. This only confused me more.
Three days ago, I began a modified diet on my own. I eliminated fruits from my diet. I cook everything from scratch. Eat a lot of salad, a lot of low carb vegetables and a small amount of meat (3-4 oz.) at dinner. I also stopped eating oatmeal every morning. I bought egg beaters, salsa (because I like that with my eggs), and turkey bacon. This comprises my breakfast mostly. I will still do a 1/4 cup of oatmeal made with water only once or twice a week. I drink 1% milk sparingly, maybe twice a week.
For the past few days my total carb count has been around 50-80 a day. This morning my blood sugar was decreased to 124 from a high of 190. I also walk on the treadmill every day for at least 30 minutes. In fact, I write my blogs while plodding along at 2mph with my laptop on a shelf desk resting on the support arms!
I no longer feel groggy and sleepy in the afternoon. I don’t need naps. I don’t have cravings for bad stuff, and I’m never really hungry when it’s time for a meal. I do follow a structured time for meals. Breakfast between 8 and 9; lunch between 12 and 1; and dinner between 5 and 6. I don’t eat anything after dinner.
I’m on a journey of finding the best alternative plan for me. It may not work for everyone, but the best advice I can give is for you to do your own research. Don’t just blindly follow the “rules” given by anyone else. You are the one who knows your body best.
Don’t give up,