Betatoo, you're sounding good on yours. I too avoid snacking late night. Last night stomach was talking to me. In fact it was not happy with me at all. Demanding that I put something in there. Got up, drank some water and said there shut up. Hmmmm. Worked for five minutes. But serously, I'm same way in the cut off time. I measure and count because I'm not a very good guesser. Keeps me out of trouble so to speak. I really pay attention to starch intake. As you saw, 1/2 cup of brown rice. I try to stay away from as much starch as possible. And that's mighty hard to do for a southern boy too. Starch, fats and everything that all the research specialist yell about I ate growing up. Empty Crisco can on the stove for drippings when done cooking. Next meal grab a spoon out of that can and throw in the skillet or in a pot of beans for added flavor. Fat back, and everything else we could cook. Now days you mention eating that they look at you as if you're a walking dead man. =D But now days I really pay attention to what I do and like you I'm aware of every bite and what it is. Wife still can't get over how strong willed I am on this. Says she's proud but also at same time questions why I won't eat certain things and all. Although it'll be a year this July she's still having issues understanding some of it. Think at times she has trouble grasping the serioiusness of this. Always telling me about what so and so does. I tell her yep I can see and can also see how they haven't changed their way at all. They have issues and yet don't do anything to change. Told her I'm not going to be doing that way.
Think my last A1C was 5.7. Glas to see that things are working for you.View Thread
That is one of the falicies people have when thinking of diabetics. When you mention diabetes they automatically think of a person that is twice their normal weight. I had to tell my wife that it not only affects people who are overweight but also people that are like string beans. That not everyone who is overweight has diabetes or will get diabetes. Other stuff factors in such as family history also. I've got family history of it. When the doctor sat me down and told me what was going on I asked how much was me and how much did he figure wa family history. He looked at me and said that family played a very big part in this. So, I had to explain that to her also.
But that is something a person with diabetes will live with also, the training of others in what goes on with us and how hard we work in our manangement/containment and how we can't afford to let our guard down. The dietitian here had a seminar thing here at the base. Open house so to speak. Had a low carb breakfast for all attending. He had a doctor, and three of us that he's considers his big successors as guests to anserw questions as to how we found out, our reactions, what we did to combat this and how we're maintining.
We explained how we still go on and do things but how we also had to learn how to monitor everything we do. I still go to my favorite Chinese Buffett or to Golden Corral Buffet. But, I also learned what to eat and what to look at and sigh about. Like I said previously, she still has moments when seeing me count or measure. I still have to remind her it's something to do forever. But she's also helping at times too. Last night I had peanut butter, 100% whole grain bread, sugar free peach preserves sandwich, baked potato chips and diet cola. She counted the potato chips. I WAS SHORT CHANGED!!!! Got t 10 instead of 15 chips. She counts my fruit like grapes, strawberries, blueberries etc. And yes, she cheats me on that too. But at least she's not trying to give me more than allowed. Thank you for the compliment. Still tryng to maintain what I've reached so far and maybe get lower. Wish each and everyone one here the best in finding what works for them and the strength to carry on with it.View Thread
I've been following a lot of threads you guys have been posting in here and have learned a lot of different views and styles. And I do agree with what everyone has been saying all along about sticking with "What works for you". When I first found out and got over the shock I went to see the dietition at the site where I worked at. He sat down with me and gave me a list and went over it with me explaining about carbs, starches etc. How to measure, count and all.
Wife still gets after me at times when she sees me with my measuring cup or watches me count certain items out. But for me it works. I've gone down from 229.4 last July to 176.0 as of last Friday (I weigh every Friday). What's that a tad over 50 lbs? But it's working for me. Wish I could post it for you guys to look at and see what I mean. A friend of mine who's diabetic also was trying to teach me stuff at a grocery store before. I got totally lost.
Dietitian laughed and told me not to worry about that adding, subtracting and adding again. Just to mainly check total carbs and sugars out plus follow his guideline. I've been doing that and wife can't get over how much I lost and how she had to sew up the waist in my pants a few times before buying some new ones. People at work stops me and tells me how much better I'm looking. Yes, sometimes hungry but I have my snacks also. The carb master yogurts with 4 carbs and 3 g of sugar. Popcorn, baby bell lite cheese etc. But again, all counted as for carbs and sugars.
Yes, stick with what works for you. I'm still on Metformin, my cholestorol pills, baby aspirn, high blood pressure pills but all working together. Doctor has been mighty happy with results and so has dietitian. Wife still wants to listen to people who tells her to have me mix all these various fruits into one big drink. Told her to tell them thanks for the suggestions but no thanks. Told her that I'd be drinking pure sugar from all of those fruits they were saying to put into a blender. Plus she got brown rice and asked why I measured it since it's healthy. I had to explain yes, healthier than white rice but I could only get 1/2 cup compared to 1/3 cup of white rice. had to tell her although heathier, it's still rice and still has starches to it. Almost got her used to the idea that I'll be watchful, careful of what I eat the rest of my life. Sometimes I think she feels that I'll be able to go to a certain weight and then all is okay.
I've explained that if I don't maintain control that it'll come back and be back with a vengenance and that would be something I wouldn't want to look forward to.
My motto is if you can find something that works for you beautiful. Go for the gusto!!! Share it even. Might help someone else. I do. Although when doing so I also tell people what works for me might not for them. That each one of us is different. Tell them to try but to also go and meet the dietitian that I always see to find out if there's something he can do to help them out. I always tell people to see a dietitian or anyone else their doctor recommends for help and guidance. Good luck to you. And thanks to everyone else for all their helpful comments and posts in other threads here I've read.View Thread
Interesting. Would never had thought of doing something like this. Unless on the weekends I usually take mine between 4:30am and 5:10am. On the weekends it can be between 7 and 8 am depending on what the better half has in mind for me to do. Had readings in the mid seventies a few times. Most average in the nineties to low & mid hundreds. Although a couple days ago it was about 120. But like I said earlier had some stress past couple of weeks too. Probably came into play on this. Found some good yogurt this weekend. It's a Kroger's brand. Called Carb Master. Has 4 carbs and 3g sugar. Not bad. Very tastey, at least it was to me. Nice pieces of fruit in them. At least you can tell you have some in there not a little smear of something that you think is fruit but couldn't just be sure on it. Might check and see if you can find that or another brand that has something similar to it.View Thread
I agree with auriga1 about watching what you eat. I too count the carbs. Dietitian told me 45 a meal. Gave me a list of things I can choose from to make a meal, how many carbs each count etc. Doing this and walking has helped me to lose weight and also try to get a handle on the reads. The past couple of weeks have been a havoc though with the wife's operation and different stresses going on. But I still try to do the count. Certain things on the list are counted such as 15(and I mean 15) baked potatoe chips, 17 grapes, a cup of milk. So, when the list says to count and measure I do. Wife used to tease me about it and offer things that's not on the list to see if I'd grab and run or turn it down. Shocked her. Haven't done a grab and run yet. But carbs can and do come into a big play on this along with the exercise. Plus the managing of stress. This runs in my family and after all these years it decided to raise up and show me it's here. Now I know I've got it I also know that it's going to be a life time thing to manage. This is one thing I keep having to tell the wife. That no matter how the doctor says I'm looking good or doing good I will still need to do this or it will gain control of me and take me for a ride that I don't want to go on.View Thread
I agree with the rest. There is no cure. This something that you will have to fight all your life. Don't delude yourself into believing you are cured. Even though I've lost weight, my last A1C, doctor said was looking better. But I know that I still have a ways to go to keep this under control. My wife knows this woman whose husband is also diabetic. Doctor tells him he was doing great. What does he do? Goes back to eating like he did before. Next lab work he's sky high on all of the reads. Doctor wanted to put him back on program again. He decided he didn't want to go on a diet again. Now he has waken up with the shakes having to down a coke or juice. Also I was taking to another diabetic who told me about a friend of hers whose doctor screwed up and said the individual was cured. Back to the old ways that got the indvidual into having type2. A bit later individual tells the woman that they were feeling funny.Woman said to go and get checked again because diabeties were flaring up. Individual threw out that the doctor said "cured". So individual went back and sure enough back again. So, no. There isn't a cure, accept that fact and try to get and maintain control of your diabeties.View Thread
Larrybaseball I've been following a plan that my dietitian gave me. Granted I have to watch carbs but also some of the fats, starches etc. Been losing a lot. Went from 229.4 to 188.0 so far and still going. This is of the end of July. I'd get with a Dietitian/ nutritionist and talk to them. I don't trust any of those so called doctors you see on television.Got to figure that they're out for the money someway or another. Just like all of these sites that makes all kinds of promises about their products. Half the time the stuff they dolist haven't been done a lot of testing on humans and that's not counting the stuff that they don't list in their ads. As you can see from this statement I don't trust any of it, much less those so called tv doctors. Like everyone else is saying, watch the carbs, fats etc. Try to see a dietitian/nutritionist and get a plan for you to follow. There is no standard plan that works for everyone. All of us are different. What works for me might not work for you and vise-versa. Hence the advice from all here to go see someone to talk to and help you with a plan.View Thread
I agree with Janairocky. Arguing is not supportive. Go to classes with her, go see her doctor, a dietitian together. I've found out I have diabetes in July. It's a rough road that she has to go through. I know. I've lost thirty eight pounds so far and it's not easy having to watch what and how much you eat. Wife was at first telling me all the time about how so and so eats this and so and so eats that. I always had to tell her that I didn't care what they did and do that I have to do things different. Not all things work for everyone. All of us are different and what will work for one might not for another. Plus consider she's probably had the hell scared out of her when she found out plus the fact that diabetics will never be cured. We have to control this all of our lives and she's going to have a rough start of it. Go to classes with her and see a dietitian to help her find a plan to work with on getting a start. Put any differences you personally have on diabetes aside and work with her.View Thread
Why buy stuff? Someone sent me a link to a site that was all natural. The so called ingredients that they did show weren't tested and proven on humans, and that's only what they did show. Who knows what kinds of crap for ingredients that weren't shown? I personally don't trust any of that stuff. I'll stick with the medication from the doctor, follow the diet plan my dietitian gave me and exercise. Works for me. Losing weight, watch what I eat, and don't take stuff that's not been proven. Nor do I follow fad diets.View Thread