If you have been to a diabetes education class, ask you doctor about it. With my class I was able to other people with me. It's a great learning experience. I met with a diabetes nurse and a nutritionist. It was a great start for me. I then took small steps and kept building onto them. I still do.
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Hi Laura- You will be so happy you started this journey on SP. It has helped my bs, A1C, weight and overall healthy way of living. Don't get me wrong, I have had days where I fall off the wagon. But I find, if you use the nutrition tracker you will see what you have eaten and help you get back on track. When you are first starting, set some small goals for yourself and remember they are obtainable. I promise you those will be a wonderful experience for you and your family. My husband has lost weight with me just because we are eating differently. Don't be afraid to use this Spark Team. People are very forthcoming when you have a question or just need support. Good luck!
If I were you, I'd recruit that young daughter of yours-- you may be surprised at how much help she can be if you learn together! At her age, she's very open to new ideas, and most kids like the idea that they can help a parent--an adult! LOL-- to do something important...
You'll find all kinds of tips etc and some great people here... I'm so glad you're part of the team! Kathy
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm! P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
I eat eggs normally...not whites. I just fry one w/spray instead of butter or oil and pur it in a Franz bread thinwich. Bacon or sausage is ok as long as I keep to 1 or two pieces.
Testing after different foods helps to see what YOU need. This is so contrary to most eating regimines in that each person reacts differently. The first part of your Diabetic journey is to find out YOUR spikes. Moderation is a good thing...I never deny myself anything. I even eat a cinnamon roll at times, but I take it layer by layer and it takes me 3 days to eat it. I find if I deny myself foods, I crave them. If I know they are available, then I don't need to eat a lot...there will be more another day.
That probably sound strange, but each of us finds a way to work with this disease. You will, too.
This is the hardest aspect of managing my diabetes. I have found I have to eat a very low carb breakfast or my after breakfast sugar spikes. Always looking for very low carb breakfast ideas....getting very sick of egg whites!!!
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It is not so much avoiding foods or emphasizing foods, but finding healthier alternatives when you discover that a particular food put you way over on carbs. Of course, as diabetics we have to keep our carbs in moderation and learn what time of day is better for eating them.
Unfortunately for those who want definite rules, we are all individuals. There are a few diabetics who are so reactive that they avoid grain products altogether and emphasize fruits and veggies. Others can have the grain products, but of course in moderation.
2 Timothy 1: 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. Nellie Christ, my all
Hi Laura and welcome. You have joined a fantastic group and there is lots of help and support here--all you have to do is ask. The motivation and blogs are also excellent. You have to get your mind set on doing it and take small steps. It is ok to go back a step or two as long as you keep going forward. The journey may be long but the results will be well worth it. Best of luck on your journey.
Hi, I've never done anything like this before so I don't really know what to do. I guess I am looking for support from people with weight issues like myself. None of my friends have eating or weight issues so they can't really understand what it feels like even though they try. Also trying to provide a good role model for my 10 yr old daughter who is also starting to have a weight problem.
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