Starches vs Carbohydrates, understanding these can make a big difference. Starches are. .. . concentrated carbs. Carbs are in practically everything else we eat unless it is meat which is mostly protein. I stay away from most starches, no white potatoes, no white pastas or breads. I limit the orange and brown starches to the size of the back of my hand including thickness and even that very rarely. Carbs I eat a lot of in the form of veggies and fruit, but then these will not put on a lot of weight, as they are mostly water. I pretty much stay away from cooked corn, and other starch/carb bridge type carbs that are high in natural sugars. In the long run, much easier to be healthier without the starches that make up the "American diet".View Thread
I really don't know what to say about "being out of control". I can not imagine after seeing all of the pictures and videos on the web about uncontrolled diabetes how anyone could allow themselves to be "out of control". Control is a life style for a diabetic whether T1 or T2. To have the knowledge at our fingertips as to the consequences, and to have the understanding of what control means is only the first part of the equation. The final verdict on your future life style lies in the changes that you are "willing" to make for the rest of your life. This means setting you life style, and following that path until you die. Good or bad, your path is your choice, and that choice effects your loved ones, and yourself.
Please look at the changes needed to get back on track and realize that that is the way it has to be.View Thread
I take cinnamon in the morning and evening. I sprinkle cinnamon in my coffee when I can, often at Pannera or Starbucks, skipping all of the other stuff. I put cinnamon on nuts also.
I also drink black coffee, use lots of hot sauce, and plenty of spices in my food. Nearly everything we use in spice from peppers to onion/garlic to exotic spices seem to have flavanoid benefits to the body. So I spice it up!
Did you know that drinking 3 cups of coffee a day lowers your risk of diabetes? So if it works to lower it, why not drink it if you have it? Besides, I can't name many drinks out there that work for a diabetic, especially if you remove the artificial sweeteners. So what is left is basically unsweetened tea, coffee, and . . . . water.
As far as drinking 8 glasses of water a day, I don't. I have talked it over with my dr. and we both assume/believe that I get so much water in the vegetables I am eating in salads that excessive amounts of additional water are not needed.View Thread
Bruno, you have good thoughts there. I think that in the end, the only true cure for T2 is control. I think that many folks out there can use control to come off of meds, to live healthier life styles, to extend their lives to be happier and less prone to "old age". Now if we can just convince those that don't know or don't care to do the same. . . that really is the problem. For me, the videos and pictures out there of the consequences of uncontrolled T2 are enough to scare the (*&^(^&% out of me. So I made immediate, and drastic changes. I am much healthier and happier. Its the people around me that worry that I have lost too much, or that I don't eat enough of this or that. It is bothersome, but then everyone is an expert on whats best!View Thread
Ali, Feel your pain and your dismay. 2009 Dr. diagnosed me with diabetes T2. At that time 170 at 5'9", on Lipitor at the time. No family history. He put me on metformin, I refused. Then one month later, we met after my blood work. I had lowered fasting, and A1C both. from the original 6.7 to 6.3. He said whatever I am doing keep it up. Gave me the blood kit, told me to use when I felt ill. In beginning did test nearly 6 times a day. Finding what foods set me off. Fast forward 2015, A1C 5.4, off Lipitor on Niacin slow release, after we decided that it was either Lipitor, or wearing myself out with late hrs at work. In the end, does not matter as I am healthier, weigh 144 this morning and am much more aware of what not to do. #1 for me was to drop starches, tough for a lot of folks, but it worked. No diabetes meds.View Thread
I really cut back on starches almost eliminated. Major increase in veggies, eat mostly salads, have main meal on noon, and light from there on out. No sodas, water or coffee. No to desserts unless it is berries and whipped creme. Last Summer Disney Cruise, told them what I ate, got served appropriately, you should have seen my dessert with the variety of berries!f
Some people drink lots of water, I drink very little, and am never thirsty. Think about how much water is in salad or fresh lightly cooked veggies! I eat mostly chicken and fish, but have bacon (2) in the morning with my one piece of rye toast and eggbeaters smothered in Red Hot sauce. I sprinkle cinnamon in coffee and on other things for little sweet, little spice.
I've cut back on salt, but eat salted mixed nuts for snack.
I replaced my watch with a Fit Bit, and now know exactly how many steps I take, how I sleep, and how long, even how many stairs I climb. I push at least for 6000 a day, and somedays this Winter it was 18000.
For sweets I chew gum. . . sugar alcohol does not raise my sugars.View Thread
Pots are getting ready for mailing (chalices and patens). Wife had knee replacement in Jan. I have used the Winter uglies to do my exercise, shoveling and scraping our side of the block. Lots of scraping, and a lot of ice scraping. 4hr workouts some days to get ready for next storm. Not fun.
Kayak waiting for me to get a new roof rack for the new car.
I have not been here as often as I moderate on Ceramic Arts Daily-In the Studio, section.
Best to all, keep the numbers down, diet and exercise, and above all live well and prosper.View Thread
JL, I started with diagnosis in 2009. Dr prescribed metformin. Didn't take it. I was 170 at 5'9". Now I am 145. I diet and exercise only. Last A1C was 5.4. Keep working on this its worth it.View Thread