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Old 07-30-2014, 22:47   #1
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I know that many people arrive here feeling discouraged. Not only do you suddenly have Diabetes, or pre-Diabetes, but you're probably feeling horrible due to high blood sugar. You've been told by your doctor that complications are inevitable. You've been told you have to change your diet. But some of you follow the doc's advice on diet and still feel horrible.

I was diagnosed in November 2011. I think I'd had insulin resistance and thyroid issues most of my life. I gained weight gradually no matter what I ate.

Then I found this forum and started the low carb, high fat diet. I realized that although carbs were out, bacon and cheese were good for me! Once I stopped the carb rollercoaster I didn't feel the cravings like I used to either, where I could eat until I was bursting and still feel hungry.

Today I ordered some more test strips from the local pharmacy. I realized I use them much less often now, because I've gotten to know how foods affect me. I use them when trying a new food that is suspect, and for checks after random meals just to make sure things are still going along well.

The first few weeks were depressing as I focused on what I couldn't have. Once the cravings stopped I was amazed.

I started experimenting with making "bread-like" low carb bread and goodies. I bought a ton of low carb ingredients. Eventually I realized that the 70 second bread was close enough, and I stopped buying all the expensive stuff.

I "came out" to my family as eating low carb/high fat. They've been supportive, but still find it hard to imagine how high fat can be good. My spouse has joined me since she saw how much more energy I had.

To sum up: you may be scared and depressed and anxious right now, but it gets better. Just let us know your questions, tell us when you're unsure, we'll help.

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Great post! Thanks.

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Old 07-31-2014, 00:25   #3
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I'll love you forever for posting this wonderful and so truthful summary! ♥ ♥ ♥




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I doubt I'd have gotten to where I am now (BG under control, A1C below 7) without the help and support of this board. But I'm still not quite where I want to be just yet... (I am aiming for an A1C below 6.)

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Fabulous post. I came here after being diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer all in the same week a year ago. I read the forums here and finally worked up the courage to join. After following the wonderful advice I've read here, my A1c has dropped from 9.3 to 5.2, I've lost more than 30 pounds, and my lipid numbers are improving, especially my triglycerides and HDL. If you're reading this and you're discouraged, please hold on. It does get better, especially if you're willing to work hard.
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@belladonna -Just one thing to change on your post.

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especially if you're willing to work hard
should read "but you do have to work hard at it".

You and Xenon have both done so and should take the credit. Well done to both of you.
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Silvertiger? Would you please send me a PM? I have a question.




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