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12/22/15 6:21 P

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I've managed my type-2 diabetes for over three years by diet alone. It was 12 years of pills before that.

I avoid carbohydrates like the plague. North American adult average is 330 grams a day. So if that needs to be reduced, how low should it go? I know from experience that my body can't manage 100 grams a day without high blood sugar. At 50 I'm OK, but I aim for 30 a day, just in case something comes up and I want something, and it happens to have more carbs.

I rate foods based on their carb percentage by weight, and generally only eat things that are 6% carbs or less, except for a few small "treats".

Breakfast is not toast, or muffins. Breakfast is eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage. Read your labels do your research on carb percentages of different things. Track your food, see where the carbs come from and make changes.

Alberta, Canada

All time highest weight : 217 pounds

Starting weight : 195.0 pounds (June 7, 2012)
Final weight : 168.2 pounds (July 23, 2013)

 current weight: 169.0 
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12/22/15 6:09 P

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I'm not on a diabetic diet per se any more because I have kidney disease and that diet has to take priority...but that means I have to be even more careful about what I eat, and the nutrition tracker is a LIFESAVER!

The main thing is that a habit of logging really helps you see where you can make helpful changes, allows you to understand better which foods you are personally reactive to (called trigger foods), is helpful for your nutriton specialist and your doctor in their prescribing for you-- AND it helps you stay consistent in your efforts.

Best thing I ever did was to just start where I was. Just logging what I was doing before any of the changes really helped me see where I needed to change!


"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But I don't think you have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too!

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12/20/15 5:00 P

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My help was the nutrition tracker. I haven't been using it lately but need to get back on it and lower carbs. I was doing pretty good back last year when I was staying below 100 grams and usually 50-75/day. I have been having problems with metformin and the other meds don't look like they will be safe for me because I have problems with side effects. I actually had joined Spark People because of the nutrition tracker because I was afraid eating the way I was told to eat I would go too high in both carbs and calories.

 current weight: 200.0 
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12/19/15 9:22 P

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Definitely helped me. Have you seen a diabetic educator? That's a good place to start if you haven't. Get acquainted with the nutrition tracker. That's another hugely helpful tool.

Love is the root of all things good in life.

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12/19/15 9:18 P

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Trust me, it can. I am having some problems because I don't have internet at home right now, but will get it soon, I hope.

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JOCELYN01 Posts: 153
12/19/15 9:06 P

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I have been trying to control diabetes on my own, but I don't think I'm doing a very good job. I hope SparkPeople can help me. emoticon

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