Don't know if you'll see this as it's an older post, but I'm newly diabetic and your post made a lot of sense to me.
I've finally - after being diagnosed a year ago and trying to self-treat without meds (exercise, veggies, lower carbs) - realized that I need to take meds to protect my organs.
Best line: "...You will be sick as a dog, and eventually you will get tired of being sick and tired..."
I'm there now! Thanks for the post.
Good for you, AngieMel on responding to the posts to this thread that are written from an adult perspective!
Yes, sometimes I want to eat a whole cake myself!
Today however, I need to rant!
As a Type 1.5 on oral meds, it is crucial for me to eat right as I would like to stay on oral meds as long as possible.
I read all this stuff about vegan diets, vegetarian, etc. etc. Have tried them all including raw and in the great white north, getting good raw veggies in the winter that are decent is either very expensive or they taste like crap. Did the raw vegan thing at a health center and lost 7 pounds in one week, mind you I am one of those that doesn't need to loose...Went down to 96 pounds and knew it was even too low for me. People thought I was dying..Go to a nutritionist who insists I must eat more carbs, beans, quinoa, etc. Every time I eat these foods my numbers go up! So does the A1C and when you are looking at eating more vegetarian or vegan then one of the staples is carbs!!! She wants me to eat 130 carbs per day. Well, I haven't done that since 2008, I stick to under 60 per day.
Much information out there with vegan and vegetarianism that says you can reverse diabetes with their diet. Well, at this point, give me a personal chef with an unlimited amount of $$ to purchase food and monitor my diet, A1C, etc and see what works!
Most of the time, we need to figure it out ourselves because it isn't one size fits all. I also hate it when I go into a coffee shop dying for a macchiato knowing full well it is full or sugar and carbs. Since there are so many diabetics in this country you think they might have a few drinks we could have but no! Just plain old coffee!
SO, I do low-carb which my nutritionist doesn't agree with but my A1C is 5.2. Yes, I would prefer not to eat so much chicken, fish etc but what is the alternative. I can only eat some much Tofu which does not agree with my digestive system and get tired of tempeh all the time...
My endo is ok with the low-carb. Of course I have also been blessed with hereditary
high cholesterol and no matter what I eat or how much exercise I do (every day, most times twice a day) my cholesterol will NOT go down by itself. I hate taking statins,
I hate taking meds. I am just plan frustrated with everything right now. I am tired of taking my numbers, tried of cooking my own food--no one cooks for me. Since 2008 I cook all my meals. When my daughter is in town she makes me a most delicious meal that I can eat. She gets it. Augh. Sorry to go on but some days it just gets to be too much. One more comment, I go to visit my sister in law and she says to me, I got all this food you can eat, gluten free. I said "What?" Cereals, breads, etc. etc. So glad I brought my own food which I do everywhere... Augh.
enough. Off to teach Pilates. It is a great workout and I teach 6 classes a week plus 3 yoga, a run or hike and bike when its warm.
Kudo's to all of you with this disease, and I will post a low carb choc cake you make in the microwave. Its really good and low carb!
The label 1.5 can be confusing, but if by that you mean you are a slow onset T1, then I would encourage you to not be afraid of insulin. I'm a LADA or whatever else you want to call it -- ultimately a Type 1 whose beta cells are under attack by antibodies -- and I'm so thankful I needed insulin from the beginning. The first week while I was waiting for the T1 confirmation was so hard trying to keep my numbers down through diet alone. Once I went on insulin it was like I could breath again. It gives you so much more room to make food choices.