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Ok so my husband is also on this site. He says you all are expecting me so... here I am. I had Type 2 diabetes 5 years ago and lost a ton of weight, engaged in a very vigorous excercise regimine, and counted every serving of everything I ate. One of my friends saw me counting my crackers and thought I had lost my mind. I was cured of my diabetes in a year and three months with a final weight of 135. My daughter totally blew chunks at the beginning of this year causing monumental stress and I just really didn't care what I was eating and was so TIRED of going to bed hungry every night and watching every bite so I wouldn't gain a pound. So now my diabetes is back with a vengence, ok maybe not that bad, but It is bad enough to be back on a severe diet and Metformin. so carbs are totally not my friend, however I refuse to stop living and stop enjoying the things I enjoy eating for diet food. I told my husband and doctor already, if it doesn't taste like food, I won't eat it so 'diet' food that tastes like food is hard to find and that is actually good for you.

Well, that's me so I will see y'all in the trenches.

Peace.
 

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Hi - welcome to the forum.

First I gotta say: diabetes isn't curable. It's manageable, and that's what you did when you watched your carbs and changed your way of eating. When you started eating whatever you liked, you stopped managing it. Diabetes was always there.

What do you mean about needing to taste like food? Food is food :)

The things that shouldn't taste like food but we embraced in our diets are processed foods. I heard someone once say that we shouldn't eat anything our grandparents wouldn't recognize as food - or great-grandparents (depending on your age.) Great grand-parents would not recognize a twinkie!

Meat, cheese, vegetables, nuts, spices - all real food and all able to be cooked in near infinite preparations. Take a stroll around the recipe section here for some great ideas. Last night I made a cabbage lasagne, very good - and served with a salad - dessert was a peanut butter crumble with berries and cream. All real food. All delicious.

I would not survive if I had to count out crackers, but that's just me. It's easier for me to eliminate carb crackers and make ones from cheese (put cheese slices an inch or so square on parchment paper, bake at 350) - there are others.

I'm eating things I didn't eat before like bacon and sausage and full-fat sour cream. Do I miss crusty bread? Rice? Sure - but I do work-arounds and am grateful for the weight I'm losing and how much better I'm feeling and that I'm heading off as much damage from diabetes as I possibly can. And that's exactly what you can do too. Really ;)
 
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MatsuMom? Please PLEASE don't go hungry anymore. Nobody deserves that kind of a life & there is just no excuse to be miserable on the foods we eat around here!

You've already heard that we embrace fats so that we can ditch carbs . . . it WORKS! It isn't like I eat half a pound of bacon for breakfast, but my meal is very satisfying with an egg, 2 or 3 strips of bacon or links of sausage, a GG bran crispbread for my toast & a large cuppa coffee laced with real heavy cream . . . total carbs for this meal is prob'ly the 2 carbs in the crispbread, cuz there are no carbs in egg, bacon or creamed coffee. The caloric content isn't even that high - 100 each for the egg & the cream, 120 for 3 strips of bacon & 12 for the crispbread = 332 calories for the whole satisfying meal (my coffee mug holds 16 oz, so I'm FULL :D).

Before "D" I bought all the "lite" products like low-fat mayonnaise, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc. NO MORE. All of those low-fat & fatfree products are higher carb content, and they just create cravings for MORE carbs. No wonder I struggled for years - this diabetes diagnosis is prob'ly the best thing that ever happened to me.
 

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Ok so my husband is also on this site. He says you all are expecting me so... here I am. I had Type 2 diabetes 5 years ago and lost a ton of weight, engaged in a very vigorous excercise regimine, and counted every serving of everything I ate. One of my friends saw me counting my crackers and thought I had lost my mind. I was cured of my diabetes in a year and three months with a final weight of 135. My daughter totally blew chunks at the beginning of this year causing monumental stress and I just really didn't care what I was eating and was so TIRED of going to bed hungry every night and watching every bite so I wouldn't gain a pound. So now my diabetes is back with a vengence, ok maybe not that bad, but It is bad enough to be back on a severe diet and Metformin. so carbs are totally not my friend, however I refuse to stop living and stop enjoying the things I enjoy eating for diet food. I told my husband and doctor already, if it doesn't taste like food, I won't eat it so 'diet' food that tastes like food is hard to find and that is actually good for you.

Well, that's me so I will see y'all in the trenches.

Peace.
Welcome to the forum. I'm on the other side of the combination - I'm diabetic, the wife isn't. I was diagnosed this time last year and when I got home the boss had already decided that I was going "reduced carb".

I now eat MORE in calorie terms than I used to - daily average is around 2,200 and in the period August to January I lost 14 kg (call that 30lbs) dropping from 183 lbs to 152 lbs where I'm stable. Hungry? I'm not.

Ok, once in a while I look with longing at things like Pain au Raisin - a French breakfast bun with lots of raisins that I loved - now forbidden fruit but as Shanny said, there's lots of options to keep the food interesting and tasty and I'd rather stay with my 5% HbA1c that the 8.2% I started with.

Here you'll find lots of advice and support - please ask away, someone will have an idea you can use. Diabetes is something to be managed - but it's an individual's game. What works for me may not be a runner for you - but the concepts work.

Glad you joined us.

John
 

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Both my husband and I are diabetic, but we treat it very differently. I was just a little overweight at dx , 4 years ago around 148. Now I am 120 but still diabetic. It doesn't ever go away but we can manage it. I never go hungry and I don't diet. I have changed my lifestyle, though. I avoid most foods with more than 10 carbs. I probably eat around 1800-2200 calories most days. If I am hungry I eat something low carb. I eat meat, fish, cheese, real butter and real fat. I also do low carb baking so I always have cookies, snacks, muffins and low carb breads around. I do think most of us are addicted to the carbs we ate pre diabetic. Once you cut your dependence on carbs it gets so much easier. It does take willpower and I think we all have fallen off the wagon. The best thing is to just start all over again and take it day by day.
 

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Just so you all know this is my sweet and beautiful bride.
 

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Hi - welcome to the forum.

First I gotta say: diabetes isn't curable. It's manageable, and that's what you did when you watched your carbs and changed your way of eating. When you started eating whatever you liked, you stopped managing it. Diabetes was always there.

What do you mean about needing to taste like food? Food is food :)

The things that shouldn't taste like food but we embraced in our diets are processed foods. I heard someone once say that we shouldn't eat anything our grandparents wouldn't recognize as food - or great-grandparents (depending on your age.) Great grand-parents would not recognize a twinkie!

Meat, cheese, vegetables, nuts, spices - all real food and all able to be cooked in near infinite preparations. Take a stroll around the recipe section here for some great ideas. Last night I made a cabbage lasagne, very good - and served with a salad - dessert was a peanut butter crumble with berries and cream. All real food. All delicious.

I would not survive if I had to count out crackers, but that's just me. It's easier for me to eliminate carb crackers and make ones from cheese (put cheese slices an inch or so square on parchment paper, bake at 350) - there are others.

I'm eating things I didn't eat before like bacon and sausage and full-fat sour cream. Do I miss crusty bread? Rice? Sure - but I do work-arounds and am grateful for the weight I'm losing and how much better I'm feeling and that I'm heading off as much damage from diabetes as I possibly can. And that's exactly what you can do too. Really ;)
Where I see your point, I was a little put out by your view. God cured my diabetes 3 years ago. That is how I know that it can be cured. Due to some extreme circumstances(daughter going to a treatment center and husband's wife dying among other things) my stress level got the best of me and I just couldn't keep up.

Also, having been homeless and made to eat watered down soup made from bitter roots, starving, having to make choices like do I feed my kids or eat so I can nurse my baby, all food is not food.

Most of the foods we eat now are not processed, but made from scratch from real ingredients, however when in a situation where food is not attainable, a person will eat anything when starving. I do not come from a 3rd world country, this happened right here in the US. I did not do anything to become homeless nor did I ask to be. As we all know and have seen, the economy continues to worsen. I was in a bad situation and my entire family was on the street in a tent. I don't mean to chastise, just please consider that not all of us have had ready access to food that tastes like food.

Thank you
 

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I can't imagine how difficult it is to eat anything approaching how one would prefer (nutritionally or otherwise) when one is homeless - and am truly sorry for the circumstances that made that necessary. I'm a believer in big safety nets, and it would be too politically explosive for me to expound on my views of how shameless it is that in these terrifying times there are those who think cutting away at that net is a good idea.

When I say diabetes isn't curable, I'm speaking from a scientific viewpoint. You didn't mention in your original post you were coming from a religious one, and I can tell you I will never challenge someone's religious beliefs only state my understanding of the science.

I hope we can agree to disagree without believing there is any intention to offend. Differing views are just that ...

I hope you'll be able to find a way of eating that works for you and helps you manage your diabetes.
 

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Hello, and welcome to the forum. Everyone here can really help you a lot with finding good foods that won't spike the sugars, but each person is unique.

How do you like living is Wasilla? That's where Sarah Palin lives, isn't it?
 
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