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Food for thought from a diabetic

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

For the last 10 years, when I became a type 2 diabetic, I have been focusing on losing weight. Losing weight helps to lower your blood sugars. It helped at first then I learned that I could still eat sugary foods with the medicine and keep my blood sugar under control. That only lasted a little while because then you become insulin resistant, which has happened to me. So I kept on focusing on losing weight and my control on sugary foods kept getting more and more out of control. About a week ago I started focusing on my disease and not on weight loss and something has started happening to my food cravings. They have become less and less. With the help of my diabetic educator, I am eating less sweets. I have cut out most foods that are artificially sweetened and I am eating whole unprocessed foods. instead of a candy bar when I am craving sweets, I am eating grapes or berries. That has helped me tremendously. I have been having an egg every morning and toast, which really feels me up. Every time I want to eat a sugary or processed food, I say to myself "Is this food helping me keep my diabetes in check and keeping my blood sugars in down?" I have now turned my focus on getting my blood sugar in control and not losing weight. That will come with eating healthy foods.
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  • no profile photo CD22992455
    That's wonderful!. It makes me happy that you're avoiding artificial sweeteners and replacing refined processed sweets (candy bars, etc), with whole unprocessed foods (fruits), to curb your sugar cravings.

    Lots of medically backed information in the whole foods plant based world on reversing and preventing diabetes. Doctor's Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, John McDougall, Michael Greger, Colin T. Campbell, have interesting and informative YouTube videos.

    A great YouTube documentary is "What The Health", is very eye opening. And websites like Forks Over Knives has recipes and inspiring stories of those who have improved their health, lost weight and got off meds by going plant based. I wish for you, continued success and good health. Blessings.
    1185 days ago

    I was diagnosed in Sept 2016 and have been on a couple of meds first was Metformin (sp) and then I do not remember the other each just a month. The metformin caused me to gain some weight which I didn't need of course. The other I didn't have any trouble with my doctor just wanted me on what I am on today since it does help a tiny bit with my weight. I would hate to see if it didn't help! My mom had type 2 as well as my grandma, my aunt and so on. I was able to make it to 53 and it was most likely the stress of my mom's passing that set it all off I just have a question that I probably should already know but don't. Was it the fact that you were still eating lots of candy etc. that made you become insulin resistant? Thank you in advance for reading my question.. I have just been to worried about having a stroke more than my diabetes currently. My A1c was back down to 5.8 VS 7.1 from 14 months ago.

    1222 days ago
    That was a super revelation for you to zero in on. I am happy for you & pray that you will always have it in you to make food intake decisions on what is best for your body. I pray the same for myself. emoticon

    God bless!

    1287 days ago
    emoticon It sounds like you’re on the right track. Keep on!
    1291 days ago
    I've been a diabetic for 14 years, but I don't take any medication for it. I don't eat as many carbs as you do though, because I want to remain medication free. I only eat legumes and oatmeal for carbs and fiber one cereal.

    Great going thinking about food that way instead of just about weight loss!
    1292 days ago
    Like Pambrown62 I was diagnosed as pre diabetic too. I joined SparkPeople and worked on losing weight and eating fewer sweets. I am no longer pre diabetic but have noticed from my latest blood test A1C that my blood sugars are slowly climbing. I need to remedy that!!
    1292 days ago
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    1352 days ago
    Good thinking. Even if you don’t have diabetes you should think that way about sugar.
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  • SYLBA61
    I, too, have type 2 diabetes. I'm eating more fruits for my sweet cravings. After losing 50 lbs I've lowered my insulin from 100 units/day to 60 units/day. Working on more wt loss & lowering/stopping meds.
    1354 days ago
    Very good for you. Having a change in your focus is obviously working for you. I'm cheering you on.
    1354 days ago
    Happy for you!! Sounds like it is working!
    1354 days ago
    I know healthy eating and weight loss work. I was pre diabetic when I began my WL journey and now I am off meds and my AC1 is a normal 5.5. Keep moving forward.
    1354 days ago
    Right on 👊👏
    1354 days ago
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