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.”

Really?

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.

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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!

 

 

How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

How To Monitor and Track Your Blood Sugar

In the above video you saw how simple it was to monitor and track your blood sugar levels using the Freestyle Precision Neo Test Kit.  You probably now have questions about how often you should be testing your blood sugar and what readings you should be looking for and what they mean.

How Often Should I Test?

To answer that question depends on where you are on the diabetes spectrum.  Remember these are guidelines only and this is something you should discuss with your doctor.  This information is from everything I have personally read and learned so far on  my journey.

Prediabetic

If you are not currently taking diabetic medication:

Sunday- No testing required

Monday-Test before breakfast and two hours after breakfast (Before 70-100 mg/dl fasting or 70-120 mg/dl if not fasting, After meal 1-2 hours, < 140mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before lunch and two hours after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and two hours after dinner

Saturday- Test at bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Diabetic Medication but not Insulin

Monday- Test before breakfast and 2 hours after breakfast (Before 70-140mg/dl, After <160mg/dl)

Tuesday- No testing required

Wednesday- Test before and after lunch

Thursday- No testing required

Friday- Test before and after dinner

Saturday- No testing required

Sunday- Test before bedtime

Type II Diabetic taking Insulin or Type I Diabetic

Sunday- Test upon waking, before lunch, before your afternoon snack, before dinner or at bedtime; and before exercising or driving (80-140 mg/dl fasting, 80-160 mg/dl,- premeal range,overall < 180 mg/dl)

Monday- Same as Sunday

Tuesday- Same as Sunday

Wednesday- Same but test after your meals as well

Thursday- Same as Sunday

Friday-  Same as Wednesday

Saturday- Same as Sunday

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Important Recordkeeping

Record your daily test results and consider keeping a food diary of what you are eating.  Also, keep track of your portion sizes, if possible, particularly of carbohydrates consumed.  If your numbers are high or out of range, you can cut back the portion or eliminate the offending food all together.  Remember though your level of physical activity, amount of sleep, stress level etc., not just your food intake effect on your blood sugar.

Education.. Action..Attitude

Learning more about diabetes — taking action to monitor and record your results when testing your blood sugar and not allowing the minor pain and inconvenience of testing to make you a victim of diabetes.

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Remember, be a victor not a victim!