I'm pretty new to this having just been diagnosed with DT2 about a month ago. One of my biggest challenges so far is grocery shopping. I mean, trying to keep to a low carb diet is really pretty hard. It seems that almost everything sold in the store is loaded with them. I figure that If I just stay on the edges and keep out of the aisles is about the only way I can do any shopping. What prompted this posting tho was that this morning I found myself in the cereal aisle, checking out the carbs on my favorite cereals.. The problem with this is that this is about the third time that I have done the same thing (I miss my morning cereal!) as if the cereal manufacturers are going to magically lower the carbs in their products. Makes me feel pretty stupid.
Thanks for all of the replies. All very helpful. I guess someday I'll stop whishing for that nice big bowl of cereal in the morning.....Now if I could just do I could just do something about that plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a large glass of cold milk before going to bed................:(
My wife still makes chocolate chip cookies. She will bake a special batch for me - it has stevia instead of sugar and she uses dark chocolate chips.
With the amount of testing I have done, I was able to go from 2x 500mg metformin at diagnosis to 1x/day in September. The HbA1c measured at 5.4% start of January.
Test-Test-Test to establish baselines and track improvements.
I think many of us have struggled with the changes to eating we have had to make. It is not easy. Carbs are addicting. And this is a process. Over time you will make the changes and after three months or so with a new diet, it will no longer be a "diet," it will be your lifestyle. After diagnosis, I often sought replacement foods for my favorites. Cereal's like Special K Protein have 14g of carbs/5 g fiber in a 3/4 cup serving. Better than Cheerios at 22g carbs/3g fiber for a 1c serving. But I still had to remember the 12g carbs for 1 c of milk.
Over time, I found alternatives for my meals. Now eggs and meat are my staple breakfast. I actually have no interest in cereal, it has been years since I have had any. And these days, I think I eat very well. In time, I am sure you will feel less deprived and this will be easier.
The types of carbs that cause us the most problems are also the ones that are the most addicting. If you stay away from them completely the cravings will gradually disappear. IMHO going half way and allowing occasional deviations actually makes things harder, but in this as in so many things, we are all different.
I've been eating 30 to 50 G/day for about 3.5 years have no cravings for the foods like grains potatoes etc. which were formerly a mainstay of my diet. I can sit and watch coworkers eating birthday cake and ice cream with no temptation to join in. Actually since my body has become used to relatively low BG levels I would feel physically very ill from the mega spike that would result from giving in to the cake and ice cream.
So my advice would be to stick with the program and stick with shopping the perimeter instead of the isles, things will get better. There are tons of low carb recipe sites on the web and several low carb recipe groups her on TuD, perhaps you can find an acceptable substitute for that late night snack. I have also found that, like Brian says, you can restrict carbs and still eat very well.