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Old 05-02-2013, 00:34   #1
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How could I be feeling this way when I only got diagnosed a few weeks ago and I have been on this site, learning a few days?

I was thinking I could not do this, then I thought I could. I thought it would be hard giving up grains but for my health I have to..... right. I am thinking eating more fat would be easy but then I read that I am supposed to cut out sugar, carbs and up my fat slowly over time because it could hurt my pancreas? I can't even figure out what a serving size is or how to control my BG let alone how to gradually up my fat intake and decrease my grains and sugar.

Honestly I am feeling lost and confused. I am feeling hungry also. I love to chew. I still want bread, I want to chew on a tootsie roll or 5. I want a snack and veggies, butter and meat is not going to cut it.

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Optimist Crackers and cheese or dips makes a great snack. How about pork rinds for crunch? with some luscious dip?

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TTM,
it is normal to feel that way at first, I did. I loved candy, pie, sweets of any type,
believe me I thought my way of life was over. I was depressed and in shock,
me a diabetic, never! Well yes I am.

It took me just a few weeks and now I don't really want any of those carbs anymore. The weight just started falling off as well.

Give it a try LCHF diet, I personally found it to be pretty easy.

Some senior members will probably come along here soon and give you some great advice, I am not that knowledgeable yet.

Don't give up.

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How could I be feeling this way when I only got diagnosed a few weeks ago and I have been on this site, learning a few days?

I was thinking I could not do this, then I thought I could. I thought it would be hard giving up grains but for my health I have to..... right. I am thinking eating more fat would be easy but then I read that I am supposed to cut out sugar, carbs and up my fat slowly over time because it could hurt my pancreas? I can't even figure out what a serving size is or how to control my BG let alone how to gradually up my fat intake and decrease my grains and sugar.

Honestly I am feeling lost and confused. I am feeling hungry also. I love to chew. I still want bread, I want to chew on a tootsie roll or 5. I want a snack and veggies, butter and meat is not going to cut it.
Open up a username on myfitnesspal.com. It's free. They have a phone app as well. Input what you eat and it will give you the breakdown of protein, carbs, and fats. This will make it simpler--it does for me.

It is very overwhelming, at first. I still go through it, sometimes. But, it does get better. And, there are 'chewy substitutes' and crunchy substitutes. There are certainly sweets substitutes. There is a big learning curve, but you will learn. Try your best to be patient. I didn't wait to increase fats.. I just jumped right in. It wasn't easy to erase a lifetime of misinformation. There are also pasta substitutes. You will be able to chew again. You will be able to eat bread. They will just be different. You'll get used to them. You will probably prefer them. They will make you feel better, stronger, more energetic, more clear. You can do this--one step at a time. Be patient with yourself. Add something new every week. Keep it simple, at first. Remember, we were all where you are now--every one of us. It's a big change. If we could get through it, so can you. You are not alone in this. Believe me, we understand. One day at a time.

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Thing is I know I can't give up. I really just need to get a grip on this. I know I need to give it some time. It is just so hard.

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You're going through a lot of emotions because you are having to turn your culinary life upside down. Maybe your head can see the need, but your emotions are slow to follow. Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to feel the loss and acknowledge the upheaval.

These emotions fade as some of these new things like testing and keeping track of foods become habit, and some of the new foods become favorites, and as you become more aware of how much better you are feeling.

This is a journey, not a sprint. One step at a time. And as Bree said, one day at a time. Before you know it you'll have it all together (well, mostly - who has it all?).
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Its hard at first. Its gets easier as time passes.You just think of what you got to lose. The longer you stick with it it will become a lifestyle change and you won't believe how good you will start feeling.Just fight ,you will be glad you did.

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Threads like this will definitely help me along the way .. Glad I found this Forum ..

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You are still grieving, give yourself time and GRIEVE, but do not give in on diet ...

also, it takes TIME for sick beta cells to recover and come back online ... 3 months in, 6 months in, you may see some improvement from that recovery!

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I try to concentrate on all the good stuff I can still have (or never allowed myself to have before) - steak, broccoli drenched in butter, heavy whipping cream in my coffee (ecstasy), BACON, rather than the stuff I can't. It is still hard, but that sure helps! And the positive reinforcement you get seeing your numbers (of all kinds) improve makes it easier also.

Oh - and I immediately lost 25 pounds on LCHF without effort and without hunger! And I feel 1000 times better.

Hang in there and fight the good fight!

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