Outsmarting Diabetes

Mark’s Note: I picked this book up myself and found it to be a useful book for someone who had just been diagnosed with diabetes.  Chapter 4 concerning Tracking Your Blood Sugar was the basis for part of the previous post ; How to Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar.  There was also helpful information about food portion sizes as well as the role of exercise and stress reduction in the control of your blood sugar levels.  This book also points out the value of diabetes education and would be a good starting point in that regard for anyone newly diagnosed with the disease.


Take Back Control Of Your Blood Sugar!

Informative guide gives advice and tips for living well with diabetes. With details on common diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, when and how to test blood sugar, avoiding common complications, and much more.

Softcover. 192 pages.

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Non-Diabetic Conversations about Food.


You don’t realize how much food is part of your life until you become Suddenly Diabetic.

My wife has a sweet tooth so when We stopped at a farm store in Vermont someone raved about the Maple Yogurt.   My wife looked at me guiltily wanting the yogurt but knowing that I couldn’t have it. I told her to go for it.

A woman standing there overheard our conversation and commented about how great the yogurt was,  My wife explained I had been recently diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and couldn’t indulge.  The woman exclaimed;

“Oh, Well it would be so worth it.”


I have to say her comment irritated me but she didn’t know better.  I did have a spoon full.  It was awesome.

A few months ago I would have ate that yogurt without a second thought.  I think about the number of Coca Cola’s I drank, the rich desserts, German Potato Salad, bread, pasta.

My pancreas must have been screaming.

So you learn to adjust.  A taste or one bite won’t kill you and sometimes it is the best way from going off the deep end and eating something you shouldn’t.

spoonful of dessert photo

For me personally it is best to try to stick to the things I should eat and avoiding the things I shouldn’t.

I feel fortunate I am still pre-diabetic and not at stage II or Stage I yet.  My heart really goes out to Type I diabetics who have to really juggle and balance their diet .

As addressed in an earlier post, “eating by the meter” in my opinion is the way to go because you will know when you have thngs under control and clearly will know when you have fallen off the wagon.

So far, I have also found a low carb beer from Budweiser,  Select 55 which will allow me to drink an occasional beer.  Hershey makes a sugar free dark chocalate and Jello has some sugar free puddings.  Breyer’s makes a low carb ice cream which is good if you mind your portion size.

Eating Away From Home

At home you obviously have more control about what you eat.  When not at home at a restaurant or at a family member or friend’s home you don’t. Educating those closest to you is the best answer without being obnoxious about it.  Remember how clueless you were about diabetes when it was not part of your life and treat other’s inquires and misconceptions with grace.   You may be irritated even angry that you can no longer eat that pie or cake or that potato salad  or drink that bottle of beer or wine but that is not your host’s fault.    If someone is celebrating a birthday I can have a bite of my wife’s cake without offending anyone.  Usually there is meat available and a salad or a vegetable so I’m good.  At a restaurant substitutions can be easily made.  Personally I don’t want people tiptoeing around me and stressing themselves out over my dietary needs but you will have to figure out the best approach for you.

I would love to know your experiences and your conversations concerning diabetes with your friends and family both good and bad. What products have you found that aided you with your food cravings?  Comment below or on the suddenly diabetic Facebook Page at  https://facebook.com/suddendiabetic

Remember be a victor not a victim and that “it is so worth it”, to remain healthy!