Carb are needed, but you need to eat the right carbs. My sister (who is vegetarian and not over weight at all) was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She was to eat less tham 30 (grams I think?? or whatever carbs are measured in) each day. She said she used to eat a banana each AM, but that wound up as all she could have in the line of carbs all day. She has finally gotten a pretty good diet lined out. Basically starchy carbs only in strict moderation! That is bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, which(since she is vegetarian) was what my sister ate as her entees for the most part.
2/24/12 2:31 A
hi jersig. i'm sorry to hear that you've been diagnosed with diabetes 2. it was about 4 years ago for me. i have it in my family and had gestational diabetes when i was pregnant 30 years ago. i don't know why anyone didn't speak to me at that time and point out to me that i could actually do something to help this disease from progressing. i've probably had full-fledged diabetes for 5 years or so before being diagnosed. i guess i wasn't paying very good attention to what my body was feeling to not have figured it out for myself. i always had to have a nap in the afternoon.
on my journey about learning about the disease in relationship to myself, especially in the beginning, using my meter to learn about how different foods affected my blood sugar and paying attention to how my body feels is important. when my sugar readings are good i feel more energetic but i'm a bit slow and it took me some time to figure out this relationship. because diabetes doesn't come out and clonk you on the head right away, it's easy to deny what it's doing to your body and just eat and ignore things. learn as much as you can about the disease. the hospitals here have diabetes classes to learn about eating and medications. this is a totally manageable disease with proper medication and nutrition and exercise.
I read your message . you know i ate those carbs thinking i was doing the right thing now i have type 2 diabetes. I feel so angry and misguided . Just diagnosed today. I just want to eat right but there are so many misconceptions. well I guess with the meter i will know better. But it sad to know this could have been prevented . i read but they all contradict each other and we pay the price, for special foods, medication, and equipment. So to vent but it really gets my goat. You are so right on. thanks for your blog.
2/9/12 5:00 P
I'm diabetic and my doc sent me to a diabetic clinic that talked about eating balanced. Complex carbs like veggies and fruit being the food that takes up half of your plate, the Starch (potatoes, white bread, white rice not allowed) brown rice, barley...the those kind of things...taking up one quarter of your plate and the other quarter with some kind of protein. I found when I ate this way my body stopped telling me that I was hungry...I was always hungry all the time. In fact, it was the first time in my life that I actually stopped gaining weight at a such a steady rate. It was scary. I think this type of eating is naturally low carb and could be low cal too.
At some point in my life I tried eating no carb and found that I was so low energy so I wouldn't recommend that way of eating. Through all my dieting I think I've actually hurt my body and made it more vulnerable to gaining weight.
2/6/12 9:21 P
I agree with Riccilynn. I prefer low carb diet. No carb diet concerns me since mostly people are carb lovers and it's very difficult to stick to that kind of diet. But you have to do what works best for you.Good luck on your journey!
Everyone is different and should do what works best for them. I personally think that we shouldn't severely restrict (notice I said severely) any particular nutrient - fat, carb, sodium, protein - our bodies need at least some of each to maintain health. Excess in either direction (too little or too much) of one thing or another can throw us out of whack. But this is my opinion. You need to do what is best for you... if you are healthy on a low-carb diet and are successful then that is what you need to do. Don't let others tell you otherwise.
This might offend some people but this upsets me. In the past I've done a low carb diet and when I told various people I was eating low carb, they'd get all preachy about how unhealthy it is. Then when my Dad was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2 about a year ago, I looked up what an ideal diet was for a diabetic. Basically what I found was the kind of diet I followed when doing low carb. So why when you tell people you're eating low carb do they always assume you're on the Atkins diet or the same kind of diet? I'm bothered about it now because when I do the less calories and more fruit type eating with bagels and bananas, I start craving more and more high carb food. Then before I know it I'm eating 1/2 dozen donuts in one sitting because the more carbs I eat the more sugar I want. I don’t understand how so many people or nutritionists can be so narrow minded to think the only way for everyone to eat is high carb/low fat and it’s the only way. It’s like saying everyone’s the same; we all think the same, we’re all the same color, same beliefs and we all learn the same. Then when someone becomes a diabetic they’re the ones who have to pay the freight because the high carb/low fat diet that was pushed on them didn’t work for them but they struggled with it all their lives because “it’s how they should eat”. I don’t know. Forgive me if I’m wrong but it’s how I perceive it. I mean, shouldn’t it be whatever diet works for a person and what makes them feel better be the best diet for them?