Diabetic Diagnosis

I was diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic in May of 2013. My doctor was baffled as I had none of the symptoms, wasn’t overweight and don’t have a family history of the disease. But I am diabetic nonetheless.

It was hard to adjust at first. I had to think of food in a whole new way. No more donuts, brownies, cookies, ice cream, bread, pasta or rice. It felt like I was being punished. I mourned my food for a little while – pouting because my loved ones were able to eat cake and I wasn’t. Not only did I have to change the way I ate, but I had to introduce a workout regimen into my life. I had gone years and years without exercising. Yes, I had done the occasional yoga class or jazzercise class, but it wasn’t steady. It was a lot of change in a short amount of time.

I met with a registered dietitian to find out what to eat and how much of it. She really helped me understand carbohydrates, what foods have them and what foods don’t and how to keep my blood sugar steady. Everyone is different but for me she recommended that I stick to no more than 45 grams of carbohydrates per meal and 15 grams per snack. I stay well below this on a normal basis though.

Slowly but surely I adjusted to my new diet and exercise routine. I eat a lot of vegetables, meat, eggs and the like. I’ve discovered a lot of new recipes that are low-carb and very delicious {I will be sharing those with you}. I still allow myself treats like one piece of Hershey’s Dark Chocolate at lunch and dinner, sugar free jello with whipped cream or sugar free chocolate pudding. If I feel I’ve been really good I’ll buy myself a carton of no sugar added Breyers ice cream in vanilla and eat two tablespoons every night. I’ve also started using the elliptical 4 times per week for 20 minutes each time. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when I first started I couldn’t do more than 3 minutes at a time. Every week I try to do a little more on the elliptical so that my muscles don’t get too used to the exercise.

I still crave cookies and brownies and cupcakes and I’m working on finding recipes that will allow me to eat these once again. Once I find recipes that work, be sure that I will share them here! I’ll be guinea pig so you don’t have to be.

I’ve learned a lot about food, carb counting, exercise and sugar over the last eight months. I am now healthier than I have ever been – I’ve lost 14 pounds, I’m eating better, I like a lot of new foods, and I’m overall healthier. I’ve gotten my A1C level down from 7% in May to 6.2% in September. Eating the right kind of food, knowing your body and exercising are really so important for your health.

I’ll share with you on this blog different tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way –  not just for diabetic people, but for anyone trying to be a little healthier. I’m no expert, but I can share my experiences with you to help make your life a little easier.

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