JCC - I use to be insulin resistant also. What helped me out was my eating 3 meals a day and 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks are important to help keep you from over eating at the next meal AND it will help to keep your BS's from crashing or spiking. Make your meals smaller in order to allow you to have your snacks without going over the allowed calorie allowance set for you by your doctor and nutritionist. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day as well.
At the top of your Start Page you will see different sections. Go to the My Trackers section. In this section you will find two of your greatest tools to use. They are:
1) Nutrition Tracker - This tracker will let you know if you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.
2) Fitness Tracker - This will help to keep you accountable to yourself.''
The next tab is the ARTICLES & VIDEOS. This section is where your will find articles on diabetes as well as many other health articles that you might be concerned about or interested in. You will also find videos on different exercises, recipes, cooking etc etc. There is a lot of information in there to help you.
Learn all you can about diabetes - - what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes, symptoms of diabetes - both hyper and hypo, and the complications from uncontrolled blood sugars.. The more you learn about all of this the easier it will be to help overcome a lot of this.
The next tab is the COMMUNITY Section. In this section you will find success stories, message boards, different teams etc Be sure to look this over and see what's in other areas of SparkPeople (SP).
Set some small goals for yourself - something that you know you will be able to succeed such as eating so many servings of "freggies" (fruits & vegetables)
, drinking so many glass of water per day/week
, or getting 7-9 hours of sleep
a certain number of nights per week.
Try to use your Nutrition Tracker as much as possible. The more you can track what goes into your mouth whether good or bad choices, the better you will learn how to eat - what foods work for you and which ones don't.
Did you doctor give you a list of carbohydrates that you can or cannot have? If not, go to the top of this page. Next to where it says SPARKPEOPLE you will see a blank spot with the word Search after it. You could type in low carb diet or list of low carbs
Don't strive for perfection but instead make steps towards consistency. There will be days on this journey that you will think the scale has stopped working - - don't put too much stock in what that scale says - - it lies. When that time comes as it does to ALL of us from time to time, remember how far you've already come, how much looser your clothes are fitting, how much better you feel physically, how much more energy you have etc etc.
You are NOT alone on this new healthy lifestyle of your journey. We are all going through our own journey such as the one you are beginning. We are all here to help support and encourage each other because we all feel each and everyone of us is WORTH IT!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
I have gone through this program twice (once as a refresher) and it's surprising how much more you can learn. While on this program I have been able to get off my diabetes medications, have brought my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within the normal limits all while losing weight and many clothes sizes. Now, maybe not everyone will be able to get totally off their BS medications as fast as I did but they can help lower the amount of medications through learning how to eat, what works for you and what doesn't and getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. If you feel 10 minutes at one time is too much for you then do two 5-minute exercises. All minutes and steps add up to weight loss and a healthier life style.
If you have any questions as you proceed into your Weekly Discussions, please let us know. There's always someone lurking around the site just waiting to help you. Also, feel free to read other members' posts as well as you might learn some things from their journey as well as them learning from yours.
Have fun and enjoy your journey.
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