I didn't read all the posts but if no one said it and you can walking will help keep it down too. Now you don't have to walk miles or be real fast . Just going for a walk will help if you can do it every day or even 3-4 times a week.
You have already received some excellent advice. I would continue to watch my carbs and not worry about meeting sparkpeople's guidelines as they are too high for many diabetics. I would concentrate on fresh whole foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Your carbs should chiefly come from low glycemic veggies plus some low glycemic fruits. You can add in some healthy seeds and nuts, some dairy if it doesn't have a lot of added sugar and you are not sensitive to it, healthy fats, good proteins. I would keep my carbs below 150 net carbs at the highest and many diabetics go lower even down to 20gms a day.
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If you want to get your blood sugar under control, you need to be able to monitor it
WalMart has cheap meters and cheap test strips. The store brand is ReliOn, and according to my endocrinologist is one of the more accurate store brand meters. 100 strips costs less than forty bucks, at least for the model I use. I used to pay more than that for 50 strips for the name brand meter, and that's with insurance AND a manufacturer's discount card. You also can get this stuff without a prescription.
As far as the drug programs..... tried that before the problem with that is they send the medications to the doctors location and not to my home so that is a problem as I don't have the gas to drive and pick it up.
I'm not diabetic either, but I do have metabolic issues. For that reason, I've been on a diet prescribed by my doctor. I'm only allowed gluten free bread and no other starches. Other than a couple of slices a day, my only other carbs come from fruits and non-starchy vegetables. I don't eat anything sweetened either, although I'm allowed to use stevia and xylitol.
I've been doing this for two months now and my cravings are gone. Before, I was hungry all of the time and not losing any weight. So for me, smart carbing is eating clean, organic whole foods. It's eliminating processed foods and artificial sweeteners.
My doc stresses that we need to eat foods from god, not from man. If it comes in a box, don't eat it.
As Unicorn suggested, it would be well worth it to check out the diabetes groups and look for free sources of meds. Your body has the power to heal itself, but it will take time. You are on the right track, so stick with it and you will love the results! Good luck!
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I came here in June last year after just having been diagnosed as insulin resistant/prediabetic and got myself into the diabetes program...until I saw what they wanted me to eat. I have always done better staying on the low end of the carb scale. I tailored my food plan to reflect what I thought was best for me and aimed at a Paleo-style diet, which I think made all the difference. I had my first A1c done a few months ago and it was 5.1, which is amazingly good.
If it were me, I'd explore all the natural remedies known to help, like something as simple as cinnamon and maybe cut back on the higher-carb fruits. I also eat few or no grains, as the evidence against them seems to be mounting. And the protein I eat is not usually what I'd call lean, because I've come to believe that lots of good fat is, well...good! And I include saturated fat like butter and coconut oil as good. My food beliefs are not conventional and not sanctioned at SP, but seem to be working very well for me. I wish you the best of luck!
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I am not diabetic, but I understand fiber really helps too. How is your fiber intake? And is it from natural sources (food)?
And you might check with the diabetes groups to see if you can locate some assistance. The drug manufacturers often help people with inadequate incomes, some times with free meds. You will usually need to apply on their web site.
I am a diabetic, but uninsured and unmedicated due to very severe financial hardship. I have tried all sorts of programs and our local indigent hospital is bankrupt and our health department charges. Anyway in the last month I have changed my eating to limit my carbs from bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes. I have felt better, but my I still feel my sugar is out of whack. I am still within my limits on carbs according to Spark, but the majority of those carbs come from fruits and veggies. I eat lean protein and have added a protein shake once daily to insure I am getting enough protein. My weight seems to keep fluctuating .... I need a steady loss. I exercise on average an hour a day... I strength train 3 days a week.
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