I have seen several folks over the last few years that have had the surgery, lost immense amounts of weight, and then 2-4 years later been back to their old weight or more. Life change is the most important aspect of keeping the weight off with the surgery, and if you don't make that change, why risk your health with a surgery. On the other side of the coin, if you make a life change, do you need surgery?View Thread
Good job! You know I dropped a Dr. a few years ago, because I saw the route he was taking. If there was a problem he would approach it with a pill. As for his own health, he was probably 200 lb overweight, and hardly moved. He is also a diabetes specialist in our area. Now would you take advice from someone who obviously can't get his own house in order? One of the reasons I give little credence to dieticians. The other is they get most information on healthy diabetic diets from ADA which has been historically slow in adapting to study findings one carbs and starches. As for myself, after dropping him and finding a Dr. more in line with my beliefs, I was diagnosed T2. I had no family history, and weighed in at 170 for 5'9". I do not take meds, dropped most all starches, exercise, eat 1-3 salads a day, and tons of veggies with some lean protein. Not perfect, I still like my cheese, meat and nuts for snacks. I also do like popcorn. We will see how things are working as blood test is tomorrow.View Thread
You folks have had a rough year this year, and the weather certainly does not help anyone. I hope that all of you will be recovered enough that when Spring comes you will be able to enjoy it.
Here in central PA, Winter has just kept coming back with now breathers. Same all over the nation though. I am looking forward to Spring and kayaking, but worry that Spring will be late with the Great Lakes frozen.
As to the fuzzy posts, I hope I am not one of the contributors to that. I have found that I post much less here than before, and that the forum drags a long from day to day. Without the staff that they used to have, there is very little that we can do other than voice opinions. Problem with that is that it can be taken as gospel and someone makes poor changes based on it. I still stand on my own assessment: I am basically Starch intolerant. View Thread
Hear your pain folks, I too had problems with back years ago. I was hit by a tractor trailer on while driving from college to work. Pulled all of the ribs out of the sternum, fractured two vertebrae in the back, herniated two discs, and broke out part of my lft eye socket. Told never to lift weights, never gain weight, not to exercise too much, and had to wear a back brace for 3 years and a chest constrictor for 2 years. I had days into my 50's where the only way to get out of bed was to move legs off of bed and let their weight lever me up. Four years afterward I gave up on dr. orders started exercising, working out to strengthen back muscles and gut. Kept doing it, got into ceramics and could throw 25# of clay on the wheel on a good day. Today, back troubles gone, as they left in late 50's for some reason-not to be missed.View Thread
As Dave says, starches! My Dr. told me to drop all white starches. In the end I have dropped white and now eat very little of the whole grain-brown or orange starches. I look at my disease as being starch intolerant. I exercise eat mostly veggies and lean protein, and use nuts for snacks. No medication as of yet numbers around 5.8/82View Thread
Realize that when I was diagnosed, even though I was not overweight, I was not in good shape. I had a life style where I went into work at 7am arrived by 730, and many days did not get home til around 10pm. I would then eat dinner and go to bed. Do it all over the next day. I usually did not sit at work-taught HS art, and ate sandwiches for lunch, low carb bread etc. I was on Lipitor for cholesterol. I did not get a whole lot of exercise other than work and out weekends.
As for depression, you should know that one of the best meds for it is. . . .exercise. The fact that you are getting up and moving at this point is a big big positive for you as it will help with both your diabetes and your depression. At the same time if you can manage a new lifestyle where you have lost some weight and lost some meds because of the newer healthier you, you have conquered your past. Think of how you will feel when not carrying around 20-40 pounds less.
I think you are making great strides, keep it up.View Thread
I like lunches at RL. I usually get the woodgrilled chicken and skewer of shrimp with veggies instead of rice. Works well for me. Of late I have been doing the Power bowls on the hidden menu at Panera. I like the Chicken and Hummus Power bowl a lot-lots of flavor, good proteins and fats, low carbs. I don't count carbs, I watch starches-don't eat very much that is considered a starch any more except for one slice of rye toast in morning. Most of my meals and snacks are nuts, veggies, veggies, lean protein, some cheese(hard Italian), small amount of white fruit(apples, pears) berries, oh, did I mention veggies?View Thread