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Old 02-23-2014, 01:14   #1
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Hello. I'm Mary, a 65 year old type 2 diabetic, who was diagnosed in September, 2013. I am controlling my diabetes with diet and exercise at the moment and hope to continue that as long as possible. I've lost 12 lbs. since September and have upped my exercise (with a goal of 10,000 steps daily) and included Zumba twice a week at our local gym. I use YouTube Leslie Sansone walking incentive often. My husband and I joined the gym last October. We live in a rural area and have to go 35 - 70 miles to get major grocery shopping done. Sometimes it is a big challenge! I'm still having trouble with weekly meal planning and struggle with that. I want to get completely off sugar, but it is so hard. I have found that one coconut macaroon doesn't seem to raise my blood sugar greatly. I'm also trying to follow the BloodSugar101 book recommendations. I take my blood sugar each morning and often before a meal and 1 and 2 hours afterwards. I weigh every morning when I get up. Diabetes Education classes were completed in late October, so I understand mostly what is going on. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-23-2014, 01:54   #2
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Hello from another Mary.

So, tell us more about yourself. Do you know what your latest A1C was? Are you counting carbs or just staying away from sugar? Most of us find that a low carb, high fat diet works best for blood sugar control. Here are a few great links to this way of eating, if you haven't yet discovered them elsewhere on the forum.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:44   #3
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Welcome Mary!

It sounds like you are on a track many of us find amazingly productive.

I was DX in December. And, although I already knew a lot about the LCHF WOE, I find I have to do a lot of tuning. Because of the tuning, my BG levels keep improving. Eat to your meter (pre-meal, 1 and 2 hours post-first-bite is a great learning/tuning tool).

Can you share your latest A1C, examples of pre- and post-meal BG levels, and examples of what you eat? The more information we all get, the more we learn about others and ourselves.

- Nancy

wf, 63yo, 5'4", 110 lbs
LCHF diet-controlled T2
DXd myself with PP BG over 270
DX 12/13 with A1C 5.9
8/26/14 HbA1c 5.5
avg BG: 90 - 95 before meals, 100 - 110 one hour PP, 95 2 hours PP
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Old 02-23-2014, 13:31   #4
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Welcome to the forum Mary. Are you still eating the macaroons? You said that 1 does not raise you BS much..does it keep you under 140??


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Old 02-23-2014, 13:56   #5
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Hi and welcome for many the diabetes classes were not so good. What they tell us we can eat is not what our meter tells us we can eat. What level of readings are you looking for, what results are you getting. We the patient have to take control, the medical field only does so much and to be honest they have little idea in my book, good you got to read bs 101 great place by the way.

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In my opinion, weighing daily isn't as important as cutting down the carbs in your diet. If you research online you'll find that adding fat to your diet is safe and actually healthy for you too. I look forward to hearing more from you!

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Hi Mary and Welcome to the forum.

With regard to meal planning and grocery shopping, visiting our Recipe section will give you a good idea of the way we eat and help you compile a grocery list.
You can then plan for three excellent meals per day and snacks if required.

I've been able to control my diabetes without medication and eat beautiful, satisfying meals every day.

Good luck with your diabetic journey - always remember that you need to be in control of your diabetes, don't let it control you.

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