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Old 12-26-2013, 03:54   #1
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I was recently diagnosed, although my fasting blood glucose from physicals has been over 120 for at least four years. Since I've been educating myself (mainly on Blood Sugar 101, a life saver!) I realize that my doc should have been more proactive.

I've been testing myself daily for over a month and charting meals/exercise on MyFitnessPal. No meds, although I do take vitamin D and fish oil, and recently starting taking Advanced Sugar Support from Vitamin Shoppe. I am 66 years old and have various other medical issues, including obesity, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and diverticulosis. Yes, I'm a mess.

Since I've been diagnosed two months ago, I've lost about 14 pounds, and tried to get more regular exercise. It's difficult because of the arthritis, but there is a Senior Center nearby that has free exercise classes for sedentary types like me. I used to folk dance several times a week, but stopped when my orthopedist told me it was too hard on my knees. I used to swim at the local Y, but had to cut costs. My house is three stories, I have to go up and down stairs all day, so I count that as my daily walk.

I've been retired for five years, and I had really bad eating habits, eating whatever I felt like whenever I felt like eating. Zero meal planning and very little real cooking. That is changing rapidly. Thanks to my children, I now have a raised garden for herbs and small vegetables, like onions and carrots. My son grew tomatoes, and I still have three boxes left. I've been making wonderful low carb/high nutrition sauces to put on kale, spinach, and other non-starchy veggies.

By charting my meals and blood glucose levels, I've found that having more than 15 g carbs in a two hour period sends my glucose over 140. So now I plan carefully to never go over 15 g carbs per meal or snack, and never let myself get too hungry. It's a good thing that I'm retired, because this is all very time consuming as I'm learning new coping skills.

I'm actively seeking new ways of preparing foods that mimic old favorite comfort foods: fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese. I hear that cauliflower is very useful for at least one of those. So far, the only cookie recipe I've found that interests me at all is almond cookies.

I do have one question I hope that you can help me with. When I'm tired and cold or maybe sick, my blood glucose reading soars (but comes down within an hour or so). Is this common? Does it mean that I need to avoid getting chilled?

Thanks for any advice you can give me. I'm looking forward to a rewarding experience here.

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15 grams of carbs every two hours seems like a lot. What's your total carb intake for an average day? Most of us find that by keeping total carbs as low as possible, it's the easiest way to control blood sugar. Welcome!

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I now have a raised garden for herbs and small vegetables, like onions and carrots. My son grew tomatoes, and I still have three boxes left.
Root vegetables and fruits (like tomatoes) are higher in carbs. Some of us stay away from those things, some can eat a small amount without spiking too much. Don't know whether or not you have had a chance to check out LCHF for Beginners but if you haven't I hope you will. It will tell you pretty much what most of us do and don't eat.

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I'm staying under 90 g carbs for now. My lowest daily total so far was 61 g. It's hard adapting, so I'm going slow. I hope to go lower as I learn more substitutions for old favorite foods.

I wasn't diagnosed until harvest season, so I went with the veggies I liked and had room for. I never eat many carrots or tomatoes anyway. Just small amounts for the nutrients.

Just checked the LCHF page. Perfect! Just what I needed to pull together all the stuff I've been learning.

Looking forward to learning as much as possible. Thanks for your advice!

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A warm welcome to the forum Msfranxie.

It seems as though you have been making some big changes since diagnosis, that's great.

It takes a while to get your head around a different way of eating but bit by bit you will get the hang of eating low carb/high fat. The sooner that you can accomplish this the better as you will be rewarded by lower BG readings and weight loss.

One of the benefits for me was also less arthritic pain so this will probably be a real bonus for you too.

Have a look at the Recipe section there are oodles of lovely dishes and also ways to substitute lc/hf foods for some of the old favourites you mention.

Please stop by often, ask lots of questions and let us know how you are going.

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Thanks Freyagirl. Glad you've experienced less arthritis pain--hope I do, too. Love eating all the fat I've always loved, so that really helps.

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Dr. Bernstein (an authority on diabetes) recommends a 30 gm intake of carbs per day spread across the 3 meals as 6,12,12. You have taken the right decision of getting there slowly. But do keep that goal in mind. Many of us here are even lower than 30 gm carbs/day.

Whenever the body is stressed (your mention of tired/cold/sick) there is a surge of cortisol which encourages the liver to release glycogen (complex form of glucose) into the blood supply. That is the reason why most of us have elevated BG during the sick/er days.

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Welcome Ms F

This is truly the best place to be as a diabetic. We're surrounded by a great bunch of diabetics who are in control of the diabetes beast.

You've done a good job of doing this, and hopefully you can tweak the diet a bit more so your BG will go even closer to normal levels. Wouldn't it be great if this lessens your arthritic pain as well. LC/HF seems to help with other health issues as well. Sometimes it's just getting wheat out of our diet, but most of the time it's a direct result of more normal BG levels that allows healing.

I see you have jumped right in and are joining in on the discussions here. We're glad to have you.

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Welcome to the club nobody wants to join!

Glad you found the forum! I've found friendly people and good advice here. I hope you'll be a regular.

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Thanks, skb, for the info on stress reaction cortisol. I thought it was something like that. Good to know for planning purposes.

And yes, I'm working on replacing my favorite carbs with LCHF versions. Tea goes best with scones (or muffins, or cookies). Found this already: Healthy Recipe: Triple Berry Drop Scones

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