In the space of 30 minutes I either heard on the radio or saw ads for 11 diets all of which practically guaranteed weight loss. Well, since weight loss is so important to a lot of Type 2 Diabetics, why isn’t it easy to do. I mean, with sooooo many plans and methods available one has to work for you. Right?
Wrong. All of the diets, except maybe the gastric bypass approach, are based on having diet discipline for a limited amount of time. For Type 2’s, and Type 1’s diet discipline is a fact of life for your life if you are going to control Diabetes. We don’t get to lose 10 pounds and then go and gain 11. If you are going to control the disease, it will probably mean losing the weight and keeping it off.
For me, that meant a diet change to a lower carbohydrate diet. My doctor told me I had to lose a little weight and I had to work to control the Diabetes. Fewer carbs means less food is being processed into sugar by my body. Fewer carbs = less glucose – which means whatever insulin my body is producing does not have to work as hard, or that I can take a loser dose of meds.
Am I making sense so far?
“But, Phil, what can I eat? Get to the part where you tell me what I can eat.”
That’s the kicker. There are some rules/guidelines to follow as you determine what you can eat, but no hard and fast diet plan because each one of us processes food a little differently. What? What that means is that I might be able to eat food that you can’t and still control Diabetes, and vice versa. But, the basic rules apply to both of us. In four words:
Eat a healthy diet.
“Great, but what does that mean?” The Mayo Clinic has a great explanation of what that means. Read it. Or, take a look at what the ADA has to say, which is basically the same thing. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans), and non-fat dairy. It really is kind of easy. Except, for most of us who have been eating fast food and extremely large portions, a change in thinking is necessary. It’s not only what we eat, but how much we eat – aka portion control, which you can find out more about here.
Start by keeping a Food Diary. List everything you eat. List your readings – they give you immediate feedback on how you are doing. You can find a Food Diary form here. Use it to determine what YOU can eat and control your Diabetes. I still use the Food Diary if I see a higher number in my glucose reading than I expect. Most recently I was using it as my doctor took me off of meds so I could see the effect of any changes I made to my diet. It’s a great tool..And, it’s the tool that will tell you exactly what your diet should be in order to win your War On Diabetes.
My greatest hope is that you learn that you can control Diabetes sooner rather than later. You can control the disease if you fight it a bit. And, Believe you can win your War On Diabetes. I believe you can; do you?
I just saw that Shell, another blogger with Diabetes, happened to write about diet today. give her blog a read – VERY inspirational. She even provided photos that chronicle the before and after, so to speak.
As always, thank you for reading.