I am so glad to learn that you are signed up for classes soon. Do take your food records (with the portion sizes) and your blood sugar readings. This will be so helpful to the dietitian to determine the tweaking that your diet may need as well as the rest of your blood sugar management.
Be sure to let the dietitian know your long term goal. From this thread it sounds like you want to eat a healthy diet, exercise, lose weight and not have to use medication to control your blood sugar.
I wish you ALL the best.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
Fitness Minutes: (4,207)
11/8/13 11:57 P
Thanks for the steps, I turned on my food tracker. I thought avacodo was a carb so I cut it down, looking at my food tracker it says I am getting just the bare minimum of carbs per meal.
I also copied down your suggestions to talk with the dietician with, there are classes coming up here in the next week and I plan on going.
However, I am still trying to watch each food and for now what is on my meal tracker has not spiked my sugars higher than 238, but at the same time I get them only as low as 179 when I first wake up. So any other tips sure would be appreciated.
It's been so long that I can't remember the "correct" way to go in and set up your SparkPage, but one way that should work is to go to the My Trackers button, hit My Spark Points, scroll down that page to the One Time Challenges section and hit the "Create Now" link beside Create a SparkPage.
While you are setting up the page, there is a place on the right-hand side where you can check off a box to share your tracker.
You most definitely need to have an appointment and follow-up with a diabetes educator and dietitian! They'll need as much info as you can share with them, and will work with you to figure out some meal plans that will work for you. Definitely discuss with them any options that you'd like to take in to consideration, such as low carb or glycemic index or allergies or food preferences. It's helpful if you've done some research before hand so that you'll know what questions you want answered.
As for what you've mentioned about what you're eating --- my goodness, please eat some more! A "serving" of meat is considered to be 3 to 4 oz, not 1 or 2, and there's no problem with going even higher if you have room in your calorie range. Have 1/4 or 1/2 of the avocado if you've the calories for it. Remember - if you're lowering the carbs, then it's fats and protein that make up the difference. Don't be afraid of adding healthy fats, as our bodies need them.
You're already starting to get the idea that there is a definite difference in the "qualities" of carbs. Skip the sugars and refined flours as much as possible, and keep an eye on the starchier vegetables (such as potatoes and corn). Your leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, squashes, green and yellow beans, and some fruits and berries (raspberries spring to mind) give you much better nutritional bang for your carb buck. You might find it helpful to keep track of what your sugars do and how you're feeling after each type of food, as this info will be useful to you and the dietitian in working out the plans that are best for you.
When you talk with your doctor to get the referral to the dietitian, you might also want to ask him/her what plan was used by his/her patients that had the most success in avoiding diabetes medication and keeping their blood sugars stable. That could give you a great starting point to work with the dietitian.
This site, our experts, and our members are not able to provide the education that you need. It would be inappropriate and possibly medical dangerous.
You have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. You need education with a Registered Dietitian or a Certified Diabetes Educator. And you need 1-2 follow up sessions to adjust the plan as needed. You need more than the "quick stop" at the hospital can provide. They were just able to give you a survival plan; but you need more. I imagine the 3-4-4. Is 3 carb choices at breakfast (45 grams), 4 choices at lunch (60 grams) and 4 at dinner (60 grams).
You may also need to go on medication for now with your carb controlled diet. However, as you lose weight---you may be able to go off the medication and control by diet only.
Do make sure you are using our SP diabetes center and you will also get sample meal plans. Make sure they are the same as prescribed by your educator.
Do not beat yourself up regarding the blood sugar readings, but do take action and get the follow up you need. Talk to your doctor and ask for a referral, or call your hospital and ask about classes. Do not feel bad if you need to go on medication. As I already said, this may not need to be a permanent situation as you progress in improving your overall health.
Becky-- Your SP Registered Dietitian
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3,507 11/8/13 2:55 P
I get all the carbs I need from veggies and low-sugar fruits.
Libby, We must've been posting at the same time. :) I would encourage you to educate yourself on LC through reading and talking to individuals who've been successful. In the meantime, I would keep it simple; vegetables, meats, healthy fats, water. Having patience, staying active, and getting 8 hours of sleep are other opportunities to contribute to your success.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/8/2013 (15:20)
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11/8/13 2:47 P
Can you kindly tell me where I would find such a meal plan please? I sure would appreciate it;
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11/8/13 2:44 P
Hi, thank you so much for the reply back, can you kindly tell me how to change these settings? i do not have a spark page created I don't know how to do that step nor set my food tracker to public.
No on the diabetes educator/ dietitian. I saw one while in the hospital, and they gave me some pointers, and told me I could go as low as 1,600 calories, and do the 3, 4, 4 method on the carbs, but even doing that I must be picking the wrong carbs, because even though I did manage to get the numbers to drop to under the 251-300 hospital reading I can't get them any lower so I am struggling with carbs.
I was going to just cut out all carbs, and they said I can't do that as it would be unsafe. On the baked white potato, I am using a small one at dinner only but that is also been cut in 1/2. So one potato is lasting me 2 days.
I eat only 1 wheat slice of bread with my lunch. I was adding in avacado to my lunch salad but I measured out only 32 grams so as not to add in to much, I eat 1 ounce of chicken for lunch, and 2oz of salmon with my dinner.
I sure would welcome more advice as I really do not want to go on the meds if I can avoid them. Thanks soo much
Fitness Minutes: (5,830)
3,507 11/8/13 2:40 P
I have seen many individuals with diabetes benefit from an all-natural low-carbohydrate meal plan when followed correctly.
I believe that you'll need to put your SparkPage to public and share your nutrition tracker so that folks can have a look and be of more assistance.
Have you got a follow-up meeting scheduled with a certified diabetes educator / registered dietitian? If not, please do so, and bring copies of a few days of your trackers (along with the sugar readings) as that will help them to work with you on what are the best tweaks to make.
In the meantime, you might want to look at adding some fats to your diet to increase the calories (as well as increase satiation). I don't know what you're having now, but you really need to make sure that each meal and snack is a mix of carbs, fat, and protein. You might find that adding avocado, or cheese, or nuts is helpful, or increasing your servings of meat. If you're eating potatoes, then you might want to decrease the portion but add some olive oil for roasting it.
Hopefully you'll get some more helpful responses once you've shared your tracker.
Strong thoughts to you!
Fitness Minutes: (4,207)
11/8/13 2:00 P
I seem to be struggling with my meal plan guidelines. I entered in all my food and it says I am under my calorie count for the day. I was just diagnosed with Diabetes and my B/G is staying at the following ranges these past 7 days: First wake up reading: 177-179--6:30 Am reading--eat breakfast at 8:30 Am After eating Breakfast: 223-238- 11:30 Am reading--eat lunch between 12-noon and 12:30 After Eating Lunch: 205-210------4:30 Pm Reading---eat dinner between 5 and 530 Pm After Eating Dinner: 174-214-----9:30 Pm Reading----last reading before I go to sleep
I also have high blood pressure, but that seems to be in control for now, they want to put me on medication but said I can try the diet change for 3 months to see if I can get it under control that way. The hospital readings had me at my highest of 300 and that only happened after I ate the mash potatoes and gravy meal they gave me.
Can someone please look over my meals and suggest some more ways i can work on trying to get these B/G numbers to go down some more please?
I have started to walking again,but only doing 5 minutes after each meal, I have to start all over again as I have not been exercising for the last few months.
I started at 260 and now I am down to 233 but that was before I went into hospital, I thought I was actually doing good was shocked to learn of the diabetes. I sure hope some one here can guide me on the meal plan to either increase it to the right calorie amount or tell me where I am going wrong. The hospital dietician said I could stay at a 1,600 calorie count for now to shed more weight and I am way under that amount but at the same time do not want to increase the carbs as I learned that also spikes blood sugar levels.
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