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Old 01-14-2012, 01:44   #1
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A few days ago I was diagnosed with type II diabetes and I am only 19 years old. I never ate junk food and I exercised for four days a week with one hour cardio and 30 min weights. My BMI said I was at a healthy weight. However, I was also diagnosed with Polycsystic Ovarian Disease which increases the risk of type II diabetes drastically and I never knew that and ate a lot of carbohydrates such as cereals, rice, and lots of fruits. I didn't really eat that much meat. I am so scared now because I don't want to go blind or lose my feet or get heart disease or anything else. I went to the grocery store this morning and stocked up on leafy greens (I read that we should eat that) such as spinach, collard greens, etc. I also got 1 bag of apples, 2 bags of almonds, and some salmon and skinless boneless chicken breast and skinless drumsticks. I am getting rid of all my old foods (cereals, frozen fruits, bananas, fresh fruits, pasta, rice, etc)

I have some questions on what I can eat because this new diet is tasteless, bland, and I'm always hungry. I am never filled with it. I have been eating a lot of spinach salad lately (it's basically what I eat for every meal). I use a lot of spinach, some chicken or tuna, almonds, fresh tomatoes, half of a medium sized apple, 6 blackberries, squeezed lime inside, and aged red wine balsamic vinegar. Is this okay?

Can I eat these and how often

0% fat plain yogurt
Oranges
Bananas
What type of fruits should I eat
Tofu dogs
Can I eat cookies or noodles once in a while?
Pancakes (I usually NEVER eat pancakes, I've only eaten it like once in my life but I'm always craving pancakes now)
Eggs (I don't like eggs, the only part I like is the yolk)
Puffed wheat
All bran cereal
2% milk
Lime
Balsamic vinegar and Red wine balsamic vinegar (It has 0 calories, no fat no carbs, no nothing but I read on one forum that it is too sweet but it has no sugars in it)
Basmati rice
Potatoes
Tomatoes

Additionally, I was wondering how you can spice your food to make it taste good. I come from a really ethnic family and I am always eating delicious ethnic food. Now I can't eat them because of the spicing. I know we shouldn't use spicing high in salt but in all the recipes I have seen basically all you can use is like fresh herbs, garlic, lime, and vinegar and they sound so bland. I haven't gotten my kit yet so I can't test my blood sugar yet. I only weigh 120 pounds and I am 5'6. Will this make me lose more weight?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm just really scared about what I can eat.
I go to the gym every day after uni classes for 50 minutes of heavy cardio. I go six times a week. Is this good enough? Should I be doing weights as well?

And does anyone have any good tofu, salmon, or chicken recipes that is low in fat and salt?

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I also noticed that some people said to eat almonds and walnuts but those are high in fat. I know it's unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids but I am still weary to eat them. Can someone also give me like...a meal plan if it's not too much trouble?

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And am I supposed to wash the tuna before I eat it? Tuna is pretty salty so I wash it beforehand but it makes it even MORE tasteless.

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Hello MissInquisitive and welcome to the forum.

Most of us here eat a low carbohydrate/high fat diet (LCHF) which means that we refrain from eating the following:

bread
rice
flour
pasta
rice
milk (lactose)
cakes and cookies
fruit, although many of us find we can eat berries without spiking our bs
sugar in all forms, e.g. lactose, fructose, glucose

We do eat:
meat (with fat left on)
chicken (with the skin left on) thighs and drumsticks are the best. breast is too lean
fish, especially those high in omega-3
leafy vegetables
eggs
bacon
cheese
Like you, I only like egg yolks, so for breakfast I make an omelette with two medium eggs, bacon and cheese. And I enjoy it now!

You will need to use your meter to find out what you can and can't eat and how much of each, because what works for one diabetic won't work for another. Test before each meal and then one and two hours later, to see whether what you ate has spiked your blood sugar. If something spikes you, remove it from your diet.

There are lots of recipes here in the subforum to this one.

Also, a really good introduction to managing your blood sugar can be found on the blood sugar 101 site. The site owner is a diabetic who had done a lot of research on the topic and explains it all in a very clear manner, without too much jargon.

And do read the older threads in these forums. Everyone here has been where you are now, and understands the emotions that you are going through.

Best of luck. This is a very friendly place, so keep asking questions.

 
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Sorry, I'm trying to figure out the same thing but wanted to ask you something about what you said.

Was the doc that diagnosed you a GP doctor or an endocrinologist?

The reason I'm asking is because I'm waiting to see a specialist to give me a more specific diet because the one I have now has some holes in it. I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to get more help because a lot of stuff online is crap which is why I sought out this forum.

Obviously articles online can be good and bad, but even my dietician was wrong about some stuff. Searching for the correct meals is like a rubik's cube, too many combos unless you know what you're doing.

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Sorry, I'm trying to figure out the same thing but wanted to ask you something about what you said.

Was the doc that diagnosed you a GP doctor or an endocrinologist?

The reason I'm asking is because I'm waiting to see a specialist to give me a more specific diet because the one I have now has some holes in it. I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to get more help because a lot of stuff online is crap which is why I sought out this forum.

Obviously articles online can be good and bad, but even my dietician was wrong about some stuff. Searching for the correct meals is like a rubik's cube, too many combos unless you know what you're doing.
A general practitioner. And yes! It's so confusing. Some said I could eat bananas and then others said no. Some said I could eat basmati rice and others said no. Some said I could eat the yolk of eggs others said only the whites

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Hello MissInquisitive and welcome to the forum.

Most of us here eat a low carbohydrate/high fat diet (LCHF) which means that we refrain from eating the following:

bread
rice
flour
pasta
rice
milk (lactose)
cakes and cookies
fruit, although many of us find we can eat berries without spiking our bs
sugar in all forms, e.g. lactose, fructose, glucose

We do eat:
meat (with fat left on)
chicken (with the skin left on) thighs and drumsticks are the best. breast is too lean
fish, especially those high in omega-3
leafy vegetables
eggs
bacon
cheese
Like you, I only like egg yolks, so for breakfast I make an omelette with two medium eggs, bacon and cheese. And I enjoy it now!

You will need to use your meter to find out what you can and can't eat and how much of each, because what works for one diabetic won't work for another. Test before each meal and then one and two hours later, to see whether what you ate has spiked your blood sugar. If something spikes you, remove it from your diet.

There are lots of recipes here in the subforum to this one.

Also, a really good introduction to managing your blood sugar can be found on the The site owner is a diabetic who had done a lot of research on the topic and explains it all in a very clear manner, without too much jargon.

And do read the older threads in these forums. Everyone here has been where you are now, and understands the emotions that you are going through.

Best of luck. This is a very friendly place, so keep asking questions.
So I should eat high fatty foods like bacon? Isn't that bad for your health and heart like it has too much cholesterol and saturated fats.

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Are you going to see a specialist?

Yea, a few things I was told were ok for me to eat were actually not:

Whole grain pastas and breads, almost all fruit, and it seems like even the good stuff is bad for me if I eat too much of it; all of these things are awful for me.

That's why I just need to get into see somebody that specializes in this kind of treatment.

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Are you going to see a specialist?

Yea, a few things I was told were ok for me to eat were actually not:

Whole grain pastas and breads, almost all fruit, and it seems like even the good stuff is bad for me if I eat too much of it; all of these things are awful for me.

That's why I just need to get into see somebody that specializes in this kind of treatment.
I will in a few weeks. I know how you feel. All the stuff I love eating, especially my fruits, I can't eat anymore. This sucks so much

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So I should eat high fatty foods like bacon? Isn't that bad for your health and heart like it has too much cholesterol and saturated fats.
Eating cholesterol doesn't give you high cholesterol. Your body makes the cholesterol in your blood.

And saturated fats are good for you. Man-made fats such as trans fats are bad for you. Carbohydrate is bad for you.

Do take an hour or so to look at the site I recommended, blood sugar 101. It will answer many of your questions. Then you can come back here and ask those you still have.

Limiting carbohydrate intake severely and replacing it with good fats is the only way you will be able to control your blood sugar and keep it down in the normal range. You need to do this (keeping your bs in the normal range) to avoid having to take more and more medication leading to taking insulin and possibly suffering the nasty complications of the disease.

I was diagnosed on 4th November last year, and by following the LCHF method of eating, I have been able to keep my fbs between 4.1 and 5.3 since the first week. I have had only 2 test results at all in the diabetic range since I started. Both of those were within the first couple of weeks.

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