Wait, what am I supposed to eat?

That was the biggest question I had when I found out I had diabetes. Hell, the doc barely got the words out of her mouth, before I asked.

I won’t lie, yes – I enjoy food.  And yes, I’m overweight.  But I’m not one of those people who eats all the time.  In fact, I probably didn’t eat enough times – but it was what was on my plate and how much I eat that is the problem.

I would go full stretches of 10-12 hours without eating, and most days I only eat two meals a day.  Granted, those two meals were not healthy.

The one thing I knew about diabetics, besides that sugar is a big problem for them, is they have to eat more often, but less portions.  I could tell right away, that was going to be my downfall.

Thank God for the internet.  The doc’s office was supposed to give me a 2,000 calorie diet.  She said that would give me enough information until I could get to my Diabetes Education class.

Unfortunately, they were fresh out of the diet guidelines.  Guess all the other fatties with diabetes got it before me.

Luckily for me, my mom insisted on meeting me at the doctor’s office.  I guess after getting that phone call earlier that morning, she was gonna be freaked out until she got all the details.

I may be almost 30, but to her I’m still that little boy she needs to protect.  Not going to see me complaining, I’m gonna need all the help and support that I can get!

So we went back to my mom and dad’s house and immediately got on the internet.  We were looking for anything we could find to give us the quick “What you need to know about diabetes” tour. 

Honestly, my grandfather got diabetes when he was older, but he was able to control his.  We didn’t really know a lot about it.  Now I wish I would have asked more questions, wish I would have asked more about what he was going through.  But I didn’t, and I don’t know a lot about the disease.

I didn’t have time to sit around and waste, I needed to know as much as possible, as quickly as possible.  So we turned to the internet.

WebMD.com and the American Diabetes Association websites have TON of information on them.  Everything from what you can eat, what you can’t eat and what you should avoid.

I’m still trying to figure it all out.  Fruits and veggies are good, starches from potatoes and bread carbs are bad.

I know you get a learning curve when you first get diagnosed, but I wanted to know everything right away.  If I was going to get my blood glucose down, I needed to change everything I ate – right now.

By the way – I mentioned in the first post that I was discovered with my B.G. around 560.  When I went to the doctor, it was down to 339.  I know that’s still REALLY high, but considering what it was, I was thankful.

I still don’t know what to buy in the grocery store, guess I’ll figure that out soon.

Inspirational Quote: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln

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