I know that my first and foremost concern should be my health, and getting my life on track as a diabetic (which I am definitely doing), but I am also human. As someone who has constantly struggled with maintaining an ideal weight, I was thrilled with my inexplicable weight loss before being diagnosed with Diabetes. I had been in Europe for a few months, eating whatever I wanted (including fresh crusty loaves of Italian bread, homemade Czech pastries and rolls, German chocolate, and sooo much beer and wine-in other words a bunch of fattening, high carb, high sugar foods) and traipsing about thinking "Wow, I am lucky, my metabolism has really taken a turn for the better"! I can look back now and chuckle about this, and when I tell my friends about the symptoms I was experiencing that led me to diagnosis, we share a laugh together.
Of course when I was diagnosed, I understood the weight loss and it scared me. However, after 2 weeks of knowing that I have diabetes, and changing my eating habits for the better, I am a bit surprised at my weight gain. I of course left the overindulgent eating habits in Europe when I came home mid November. But, I was still consistently eating sweet and/or fattening foods (albeit natural), upon my return home. I realize that my body was eating into itself but when I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago, I completely cut out all white and refined foods and essentially have been eating proteins, raw green vegetables, whole grains (in moderation) and an almost entirely low fat/low carb/low glycemic/no sugar diet. So why, oh why did I gain 10 pounds in 1 week?!
I did a lot of research about insulin usage and have gotten so many mixed results. A lot of sources said that insulin doesn't make you gain weight, but maintaining the same eating habits before insulin therapy is what makes you gain weight. Well, my eating habits have gone from healthy to super healthy and I have still been exercising. What gives? I am a bit neurotic, I won't lie, but I am petrified of struggling with weight gain as a result of using insulin, even though I am easily eating 1/3 less than usual (portion and calorie wise). At the same time, I am hell bent on tackling my diabetes and taking all necessary precautions to make sure my blood glucose doesn't get too high (i.e, using insulin) Hrmmph!