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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 10:46 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:08 AM ET
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Congrats on the weight loss! Way to go! I know it isn't easy. I feel like a human yo-yo with my diet.

I started a thread earlier about Quinoa, and if you aren't eating it already, I highly suggest trying it! I had heard about it for years, but since it's so good for you, I was pretty sure I would hate it. A few weeks ago, (maybe a month?) I decided to bite the bullet, and give it a try.

Quinoa is a so-called "super food."  One serving (1/4 cup) has 11 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, and only 2 grams of sugar!

Some people say it has a "nutty" flavor, but my tastebuds didn't notice anything nutty about it. I would say that the flavor is very similar to brown rice.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 11:18 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/3/2009 10:06 PM ET
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i think you doing good. i need to work on it.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 7:55 AM ET
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Good luck!  Low carb and exercise is the best weight loss plan by far.  I basically learned what foods are carbs/sugars and cut down on them and eventually cut them out.    Look up the Atkins diet -- The South Beach Diet -- google low carb recipes.  It's a lot easier than you think.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 2:56 PM ET
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BostonBooks:

Does your doctor want you on a low carb diet? Or a low sugar diet?

Atkins & South Beach have fleeced the American public into thinking that "carbs" are all bad. Which is not the case!

Carbohydrates fall under two main categories:

  • Simple carbohydrates are the most basic of carbohydrates found in foods such as sugar, honey, jam, jelly, candy and soda. These contain very little in the way of nutrients other than carbohydrates.
  • Complex carbohydrates come from plants and are found in food such as grains, breads, cereals, vegetables, legumes and seeds. Unlike simple carbohydrates, these foods contain other essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The nutrition data label will note the amount of:

  • Total Carbs
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Sugars

Obviously, you need to follow you doctor's orders, but when the sugar is low and the fiber is high (as in the case of whole grains & vegetables--especially beans) you are getting a lot of nutrients in a little bit of calories.

I have several recipes that focus on whole grains, beans, high fiber, low sugar. Let me know if you'd like me to post or PM them for you.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 3:10 PM ET
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Hi Boston.  You said your doctor told you a bunch of stuff but you can't even remember half of it.  Well, I am sure you were shocked and distressed when she delivered the news to you.  But now, you've got to get the facts down.  I urge you to call her and have her re-explain what she told you and what she recommends.  Then you can make a plan.  But you can't plan for what you don't yet understand.  Please, give her a call and have her go over everything again.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 2:14 PM ET
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I'm diabetic (type 1) and I went and saw a dietician. I do have to limit my carb intake, but I'm still getting the nutrients I need. I highly recommend going to see one.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Dr phils ultimate weight loss solution is low carb-high protien and it's easy.I did it years ago and everything I learned has stuck with me.The first two weeks are hard but  the book has tables in the back which make it so easy to eat healthy.

Stacy

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I agree with Stephanie S.  Please talk to your doctor.  I can not do South Beach because of the way it's set up.  She can go over a plan with you. I am on a low carb diet also but I can only have a total of 120 carbs all day, and it is broken up through out the day. 

 

Susan

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 3:51 PM ET
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As a Medical Professional I strongly urge you to see a dietician...Yes, you need to reduce your carbohydrate intake but you DO NOT and SHOULD NOT eat high protein as you will be increasing the risk of damage to your kidneys which will already be put at risk due to the diabetes.  Not to speak badly of doctors but, most are not as up to date on the dietary recommendations as a good dietician....

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Date Posted: 4/8/2009 8:00 PM ET
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Hi Boston.  I want to say something to you very gently.  You wrote several things above that make me very nervous for you. 

You said you want to "eat what I want but less of it".  Well, gently, I just want to remind you (because I know you already know this) that diabetes is extremely serious, and you must realize that the days of eating whatever you want are over.  You are going to have to seriously adjust your diet. 

You also said you are supposed to check your blood sugar twice a day, but because it hurts your finger, you don't always do it.  You have got to get past that!   Is it really true that your finger is sore for days?  I know it probably hurts some, and that it's probably also scary and annoying to now have to do it...but testing your blood sugar is a very important tool in controling your diabetes, and you have got to get past all your fears, disbelief and squeamishness about it and start following the rules.  It really makes me nervous that for right now you are resisting doing the things and making the changes that are so vital to help you stay healthy.

I am only posting this because both my parents ended up with diabetes, my brother in law has it now, and I have several friends that have it, and I have seen with my own eyes how serious it can be.  You must become strong and be your own advocate and take care of yourself.  I apologize if I am out of place, and please you can tell me to mind my own business.  But I just wish you well and hope you will come to terms with your diabetes and tackle it head on.

Sorry if I'm out of line.  Be well.  

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 10:07 AM ET
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That doesn't make much sense...people with diabetes are at risk of renal failure...low carb/high protein diets can increase the risk. Especially if you restrict carbs low enough to go into ketosis.

And about not testing your blood sugar...what is worse, a little pain or being dead? Get over it. Seriously. Or you WILL die.

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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Letting your mom "enjoy herself" is just going to lower her quality of life. There is more to life than food. You should really consider joining Overeaters Anonymous or something.

And with the pain with checking your blood sugar. Are you testing on the sides of your fingers and not the pad? And pinkies and thumbs work best.



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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Boston, how great that you checked your blood sugar levels yesterday and this morning.  Good for you!!  It's tough, but I am so glad you are doing what you need to do.  Please don't worry about your weight.  Your diabetes has probably affected it quite a bit, so as you get the diabetes under control, your weight will even off.  Do not worry about it.  You must concentrate all your efforts to get your blood sugar levels under control.  After that, most likely, everything else will even out. 

Your mother is 81, and she is of her own mind.  But you said you have a little one to take care of, plus the grand kids, so you must take care of yourself so you can take care of them.  They look up to you.  If you take care of yourself, just imagine what kind of wonderful example you will be for them!!!!   I know it's difficult, this will be the hardest thing you will ever have to overcome---that is why you must call your doctor and get the facts.  You said you don't feel comfortable doing that---but you must!!!!  That is why she is there, to help you and answer your questions.  Just grit your teeth and call her, and keep calling until you have all the answers you need.  Only once you have all the correct information will you be able to make the wisest decisions.

I can't stress to yu how serious diabetes is.  Please just do what ever it takes to take care of yourself so you will be there in the future to take care of your family.  Alway remember, they are counting on you and they need you to stick around!!

I wish you only the best!!!  Take care of yourself.

 

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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 9:04 PM ET
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Hey Boston,

Making this kind of adjustment isn't easy, I'm sure, but it isn't the end of the world.

There are lots of cookbooks that include recipes for "treats" like cookies & cupcakes. They might not taste exactly like the full fat/full sugar variety, but it's worth a try.

Keep updating here, and remember "nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 7:41 PM ET
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Just a small thought see what type of needles you have.  They make some that are smaller, supposedly for children.  I use them and they don't hurt as much as the "adult" type.

Until you find what you can eat by testing you really should be testing more often.  When I was first diagnosed I was handed a 1600 calorie diet and told follow it.  Not my cup of tea.  I wanted to lose weight.  San has great suggestions, try to follow some of them for yourself.  I know it's not easy but try to ignore what your family has to say.  You have yourself and a ten year old to worry about.  The rest of them don't seem to be taking care of themselves but you need to!

Date Posted: 5/4/2009 6:31 PM ET
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I have some great unpostables on diabetes and one posted diabetic cookbook, if you need some resources. I have a deal posted in the bazaar right now on them, too. I'd send you everything I have on diabetes for one credit, just to cover postage. Good luck. I know it's like walking down a dark tunnel trying to feel your way to the end at first. I'm keeping you in my thoughts. Rita.

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