@marvinjsturing I am praying for you and your donor too. I am so proud of you and your positive approach to getting as healthy as possible. I am honored that you came along on the Lighten walk.
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@jcather Boy are you right about a balancing act. One day I can eat foods that keep my blood under control, and then if I eat the same thing the next day, my blood numbers can be sky high. Stress, lack of sleep, exercise, and just about everything contributes to the count. It is time-consuming and hard, but I'd rather research than take medicine. How old is your son? That, too, makes a difference in what works in the body. So complicated, but doable once you get used to it. Let me know what you decide to do and maybe your doctor can help.
@jcather The Mediterranean diet has good suggestions, but all that pasta and bread has high carbs. That's why my dietician and I can't say follow this particular diet. They all have foods that are not good for diabetics. Could you see a dietician and use the Med diet as a base and then with her help tailor it for your son?
@wallin. Your local library may have these books. I purchased these books. It would be wonderful to have a cookbook that gives everything right and healthy for D2, but I haven't seen it, as I said. There are many books on the market that say they are diabetic cookbooks, but, I am not sure of their Nutrition information, so I do the research on items myself. If you type in a food like corn, for example. Ask for calories and carbs, and you will get the numbers. Then you can create a meal from what you want. There are so many foods that are not good for D2 and that drive the blood numbers up. The obvious: sweets, pasta, white bread, white rice, fast food, fried foods, and the like that are packed with calories and carbs. I control with diet, but I have to pass on all the yummy, gooey, fast foods, and sweets and pizza. Instead, I eat two greens and a non green for lunch with boneless, skinless, chicken breast. The greens could be kale, broccoli, collards, whatever you like. The non could be beets or squash. I did roasted veggies yesterday: carrots, parsnips, turnip roots, and rutabaga. For supper I added chicken stock to the roasted veggies and had soup and made a simple salad. I just have to look up the info. It's not easy. Once you get a list, then you can pick and choose. Can you try that? Or, can you see a dietician to help you fix menus?
@wallin Welcome to the Diabetes Group. You have asked the million dollar question. I have been a D2 since 2016, and finding foods that didn't spike my blood was then and still is the hardest part of being Diabetic. There are two books that that give advice about eating and what to check for. The first one is The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. This gives what the different food groups do and how much of each to eat. There is a two week diet as an example. The second book is Understanding Diabetes, 11th Edition. I bought both of these and have found useful information. However, finding what works for you will be more than finding the definitive answer in a book. Have you seen a Registered Dietician? These people are trained to help you work out a menu that is tailored for you. If you live in a large enough area, sometimes a hospital will have classes for Diabetes patients to help in all areas.My endocrinologist recommended a dietician. That's probably the first place to begin. Are you seeing an endocrinologist? The dietician can set your calories and carbs, and foods based on info from the endocrinologist. Have you been recently diagnosed? Over the two+ years I have had to follow a diabetes diet, I have been able to control my numbers without medication. Are you on medication? Diabetes is a hard disease, and it's not one shoe fits all. What one person can eat with no problem, someone else cannot eat. I did a lot of research and found lists of "good and bad foods" and plan meals based on that. Do you know your numbers and your A1C? Everything makes a difference. I wish I could say this is the book with all of the menus for every day all year, but if that exists, I haven't found it. I made a card catalogue of foods with the calories and carbs and use them like a deck of cards. I choose a protein, and then veggies, and see what the total is before I add anything else. Being a D2 means doing some work for the right foods. Does any of this sound reasonable to you?
@marvinjsturing, @jk, We're into Week 10. We can pat ourselves on the back. If we walk five of the seven days, we have 15 days left to accomplish our goal. With the holidays I have days mixed up and dates, so I forgot to post on Friday to start Week 10. Today is January 5th, and we'll have Lightened our Limbs 60 days or more—from November 2 (before Thanksgiving and through Christmas and New Years, can you believe it?) and now we are almost to the finish line. It just makes me so thankful that Mayo started this before the holidays. I have seen ads for every diet under the sun and pitches to buy this machine or that one to lose weight. I am so glad I can just ignore it all except to be thankful for the Mayo Plan. Lightening our Limbs and walking with Willie on the road is a wonderful way to feel better and stronger. Besides walking, I had some interruptions during the holidays, but I'm making up the time. As soon as Week 12 ends this first phase, I'm going to continue. When I do twelve more weeks, that will be six months and then I'll just continue. It is a habit now and when I have to miss a day, I feel guilty and get right back at it the next day. I hope you will continue and come along with me.