Many of us here have been controlling DT2 with diet and exercise. Most of us are doing well with a reduced starch(concentrated carb), increased veggies, limited lean protein diet. I think in the long run any diet that forces you to get your carbohydrate values from more vegetables will help to reverse DT2. That said, the negative effect of red meats and processed meats on anyone's health indicates limiting those. I personally have tried to remove all added sugars/sweeteners from my diet to dissipate that sweet craving, after a while it works. So follow a diet/lifestyle that works for you, and enjoy good health.View Thread
I have said it before, and will repeat again. I do not use artificial sweeteners as I don't believe in the the need for sweet. It is something we learn to crave, and can unlearn. I stay away from almost everything sweetened. I do drink some Zevia that is sweetened with stevia. . . ah a contradiction! If you consider the last time I had one was over a month ago. . . I really think that in the long run if you limit what you use. . . use sugar if you crave sweet, but oh so little. Stay away from the empty calorie sodas, and other drinks pandered to us lately. Heck the sweet industry is like drug dealers trying to entice us with more and more sugar rich useless calories. At least that trend seems to be meeting a stand still as soda consumption is down, or maybe just switched to other sources of sweet.View Thread
I like it, I like it! If this proves to be safe, accurate and inexpensive it could really help testing immensely. I don't test on a regular basis as my Dr. does not think there is a need with my numbers being good. However, keeping strips without prescription is expensive, and unless testing regularly Insurance with not pay. Bummer.View Thread
flute, like you, I come here to try to improve my understanding of the disease and the tools used to control the disease. Any posts directing me to the best meters, or the best snacks, or solutions for travel-bring it on! I hate to see this forum turned into a whiners quorum, but the lack of regular participation by "experts" seems to destine it to be so. I value your judgement here, and hope to see you continue to contribute. I only do when I have something to say. In this case I ask along with you WHY!View Thread
All that you say is true here, veggies and fruit have water in them, blood is drawn easier if hydrated, and when eating protein it is good to hydrate to help the kidneys. At the same time, the liver and the kidneys process anything going through your system, and this can be aided by the water, which is why I recommend it.View Thread
Dawn phenomena is a very common occurrence withe diabetics. You will find that as you continue your weight loss that things will balance themselves out. In my opinion, it seems your numbers are good, and that you are in control, you may find that an evening snack of balanced protein carbs etc may help with this if it is a physical inconvenience. Otherwise I would keep on losing weight, and continue to drink 8 glasses of water a day, as that helps with numbers. I think you are doing well, but if things continue to change I would see your physician.View Thread
2 days ago flutetooter replied to redhead702 's response: This is a very old original post, but the topic is still current. One problem with a vegan diet is that some people eat a lot of bread, cereals, and other grain products, as well as potato chips, etc. Those foods have a lot of carbohydrates. Consuming only plant proteins in such food as lentils and navy beans is possible, but difficult. Those food are vey healthy nutrition wise, but are accompanied by an amount of dense carbs that will send your blood sugar up if not limited.
That said, a vegan diet of mostly green leafy and low starch veggies and limited fruits would contain many nutrients. You would have to add MANY good fats such as nuts to reach the calorie count necessary to maintain a lean body. For overweight people, a diet of more veggies and less grains and animal protein would help in weight loss. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
I have been reacquainting myself with the current literature out there for diabetic diets/lifestyles. It seems that a major number of them are encouraging a diet high in vegetables, low in starches, and low in lean animal protein. This is a switch from many of them that used to espouse a vegan or vegetarian type lifestyle. Other things that they limit or eliminate are processed meats, processed starches, and root vegetables. I find that I can agree with much of what they say, as I have been trying to cut back on animal protein to some degree and add some more beans and legumes. I already snack on nuts, that I buy in large quantities and mix myself for walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds. This cuts the salt intake from the standard mixed nut direction. I have also found that I enjoy sprinkling these with cinnamon. As we all know cinnamon is said to improve glucose absorption.
I took it upon myself to start a new post as the old one was getting long and is not current.View Thread
Yes, T2 diabetics are "closet epicures". Yeah I would love to have a slice of pizza, or garlic cheesy bread, Tacos and burritos and enchiladas, but you know now that I have gotten the way I am-tons of veggies, lean protein, seeds and nuts, a little fruit-I'm fine. And Den, or Mustang, or whatever you call it, I'm getting tired of the same old broken record-suck it up, one way or the other, but stop whining here about it, make the decision for life, live a healthy diet, and learn to LOVE it.View Thread
There are several posts here about diet, read through the older ones. Also, look to the posts of Michael Dansinger on the right of the page. He talks specifically about diet to reverse diabetes and pre diabetes. My own Dr. told me the best way to cut back was to eliminate all white starches. I know this is a lot, especially if you are tied into the standard American diet, but in the end it will make a difference. I found that by increasing my veggies immensely, and eating lean protein, seeds and nuts, some fruit, and very small portions of orange and brown starches I am much healthier than ever before.View Thread