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How to Use SparkPeople When You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Free Weight Loss Tools for People with Diabetes

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Follow SparkPeople recommendations for diabetics and die. Quite a simple thing really. It's a spectacularly hideous death as well. But hey, it is "recommended" so just do it.

The nice part is once they have you on dialysis, once they cut your feet off, once you are blind, and finally once you die it is all over and they can move on to telling the next group of diabetics how to kill themselves.

Do I sound impressed with their recommendations? Here's the truth. Take EVERY SINGLE THING THEY SAY AND DO THE OPPOSITE. You will live a long healthy life.

REALLY! Report
HYEGEEK
The lack of adjustment to the carbs is why I've never been able to use this. This has been going on for years now and requests for a change are met with an excuse the boils down to the ADA recommends this so we won't change it. Report
s kind of worthless as I can not adjust the carbs to reflect my needs, 200+ carbs a day is crazy for a non diabetic let alone a diabetic!! Report
My experience: diabetes counselors are afraid to give you a limit number for carbs for fear that we will stress out if we go over our limit? Same with calories. Instead they will give you a range hoping you'll find numbers you can be comfortable with. Doctors don't do that. Doctors will give you a prescription pill, and if turns out to be too strong for you, then he'll reduce or increase the dosage as fits. I think most of us will start at the high end of the range, then be frustrated that our numbers are not moving, or worse, are going up. Report
ETHELMERZ
Talk to your real, live dietitian if you have trouble. Or go to diabetes.org and check that out. You can't expect a free site to be easy and perfect. Report
You mention some really great tools in the article. The problem is I cannot find them again without the links in the article. They cannot be found in the places the article talks about. Report
The recommended carb amounts are way too high. My doctor and a lot of leading researchers recommend under 100 g of carbs a day. I'm not sure what this plan is based on, but it's definitely not current research.
I wish I could adjust the recommended values based on what my doctor recommends. As it is, the daily nutrition report is useless, because it keeps telling me I need to eat more carbs, which is precisely what diabetics are not supposed to do.
I would switch to the regular plan, but then there is no spot to enter my blood glucose readings. Report
I have created a team for people with Type 2

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=65360 Report
THEREAA
So far I am really liking this site. It has made me more alert to what I am eating and it is even helping my memory, because I have to recall what I ate. Everything seems to be available on it. I don't know how the fitness goals work though, and I've got a lot to find out about before I can take full advantage of what's here. Thanks--man, does this beat weightwatchers! Report
JUDYBEE42
This meal plan is too complicated. I don,t think this system will work for me. Report
BROOKLEYBELL
I also need low sodium recipes. Is there anything combines low sodium and low carbs? Report
GOATRODEO
Carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables and grains, are found in dairy and meat. Pretty much everything but fat contains some carbohydrates. I'm newly diagnosed Type 2 and have been reading furiously the past week about diabetes, It's scary and I am still confused and conflicted. What I do believe is that you should pick a calorie count, eat mostly vegetables and whole grains, for your "carbs", minimize processed foods, low fat proteins and dairy, and not panic. Heart disease is a common issue with diabetics which is why we also need to be heart healthy in our choices. Finally, I'm pretty sure the Diabetic Association is being realistic in their approach to helping people rather than interested in keeping people diabetic. They know that most of us eat highly processed foods and are lazy or incapable of cooking, so they are trying to work within those parameters. If you want to be healthy, you are going to have to be proactive. No one is going to hold your hand. There are some good to great cookbooks out there and SparkPeople is a really nice tool to help track nutritional info and gain motivation. i'm so happy to have refound them and to have a free service to easily help me track what I"m eating. Report
SANDYSEW
Something that I find frustrating is that Diabetes can be cured just by diet. No grains at first and then when you do add them back in they need to be fermented. Fermented foods help us with digestion and they are full of probiotics.

I have not found many recipes in here that will help out with curing my diabetes in here. Of course I can substitute out what I do not want but I might as well just use my own recipes to begin with!

Also fat is not the enemy here unless you are using an unhealthy fat. I eat fat to loose fat and it works! I also do not get concerned about cholesterol levels. My understanding and belief is that the LDL is trying to heal inflammation which is why we get a high number. Cure the inflammation and diabetes and it goes down on its own. Mind you this is what I believe and feel to be true. And yes I did drop my levels through diet alone.

I cant seem to get the tracking stuff to work in here so I am going to just use good old fashioned pen and paper! Maybe eventually design my own on the computer and print my own pages out.

I do believe as someone else pointed out that the ADA is in it for the money and keeping people sick. If they were in it to help people they would say do not eat processed foods! Cook from scratch!

Well that is my short abbreviated two cents worth. Report
Bluefox You can do this!!!!! I did it one small step at a time from a wheelchair. I know you are better than that!
1) You cant walk for exercise because of your disk. please try to get to a pool. Deep water running classes changed my life. Join a class and you may feel more obligated to show up. Please start slow-dont worry about keeping up with the class.
2)whether or not you "agree" with a meal plan opinion wise is irrelevant. What matters is if your body agrees with it. Youve got to learn your body by taking lots of glucoses so you know what you can eat safely. You HAVE to cut out any grain at least at first. Try to keep under 100 carbs daily. Eat whole green veggies, carrots celery,broccoli, and plenty of protein-steak,chicken,fish etc. forget about counting fat-it does not affect your glucose. If you can handle one more change, get rid of any vegetable oil or margarine from your kitchen and only use butter,extra virgin olive oil,red palm oil or coconut oil for cooking. If you start these changes and stick with them, you will need to lower your medicine a little at a time.
for everyone else:You are all spot on about the diabetic plan on this site. It is designed to keep us on meds.We CAN use the food trackers to keep track ourselves and use our brains to override the programs preset goals. Those goals are probably straight from the ADA whose goal is to keep selling meds to diabetics! Unfortunately the ADA has a lock(for now) on the status quo. Report
DARLENES61
its just to much to fill out and takes way to much of my time was better before Report

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