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3/22/14 8:44 A

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Hi Tracy and welcome to the team.....

I think the first thing you need to do is call your doctor and ask for a referral to see a Registered Diabetes Nutritionist and a Registered Diabetes Educator. Make sure the Nutritionist has experience with diabetic patients (many of them have limited experience and do not realize that diabetics have different needs from many other patients....

If you can't get a referral from you doctor, phone around to the different hospitals or try to find a clinic that offers classes and training. This should be one of the first things you do next week as working with someone trained can help you answer so many questions and get you on the right path.

emoticon on your weight loss. How much do you need to loose? Most people tend to loose much faster at the beginning of a changed eating plan, but it will eventually slow down or get to a plateau....... You are correct though, it does appear to be coming off a little too fast. Weight loss should be around 2 lbs per week, give or take. So the next thing you might want to do is invest in a good book that lists calories, carb, protein and fat of the foods.

Don't worry too much about eating green leafy vegetables. They don't have very many calories so should help to fill you up without worrying about carbs. Just stay away from white potatoes, corn (which is actually a grain) and limit the amount of carrots...... The book I mentioned above can be very helpful in trying to sort out what is ok to eat and what you should limit. If you aim for whole foods and limit processed foods, you should not have much of a problem.... The key is planning.

When I was first diagnosed with Syndrome X, I went to the Diabetic clinic at a local hospital for 3 full days of classes, and met weekly with a nutritionist and my meal plan for the following week was slightly adjusted if needed. I was also weighed so they were able to guide me on the weight loss........ Gradually it went down to a visit just once a month and then I moved to a different province so ...... (Different provinces, different programs.)

I eventually went on insulin and now I have the opposite problem than you have. Having done so a couple of times, I am now so petrified of "crashing" that I tend to eat more than I should.

I wish you all the best as you navigate the nutritional wilderness that is Diabetes. Please come back often, ask any questions you may have. We are not licensed and cannot give medical advice, but we can give you the benefit of our stories... what works and what doesn't work.....
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Hi everyone, I'm Tracy. I was dx with pre diabetes at the beginning of March and have been trying to gather information on what I need to do and not do. I got very little info from my doctor, she basically said my A1C was 5.7 and that I needed to cut out the white carbs.
I do know a bit about diabetes though, my dad was type 2 and I also have worked for several years in nursing homes when I was younger and helped to care for many diabetics...so I know about the risk of eye problems/blindness/circulation problems/amputations/etc...

I didn't have too much info on diet though until my diagnosis. I have read a lot on here and also on the American Diabetes Association website too.

I think my biggest problem for right now is being afraid to eat. In that one little doctor visit, my relationship with food went from getting progressively better to an unhealthy fear. The thought of eating usually makes me sick and I have only been eating between 1000-1400 cals a day, which is below my minimum.
So far in the 21 days of March, I have dropped 13 pounds and am getting worried that its more of an effect from not eating enough instead of from making better food choices...or maybe its a combination, I don't really know.


Anyways, I am glad for this group and while I usually don't post too often on the message boards...I will try to keep checking in here and be active in my participation.

Tracy, Illinois, CST

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The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
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