19 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Coming out of the closet, um… sugar jar

I was diagnosed in February of this year with diabetes. It was a huge shock, as I guess it probably is to most people. I’d gone in to an urgent care facility with a cough and came out with diabetes. Yikes! I had lost 120 pounds over several years, so again, my diagnosis was a huge shock. My A1c was 12.7 and my fasting bs was 360. I immediately stopped eating any carbs thinking that I would get my bs down to normal within a week or two.

Yah, right. Another shock. Didn’t happen. My bs did drop, but nothing really dramatic. I was put on Metformin and let me tell you, that has been a horrendous experience. She had me start it on a Friday so I “would have the weekend for my body to adjust to it”. I asked her if I would have any trouble with it on Friday as I had to be at work. She insisted that it would not be an issue the first day. WRONG! I spent a lot of time in the bathroom and ended up having to leave work to go home and change my clothes.

Quite humiliating. I went back to work and ended up just having to go home as my …cough cough…issues… wouldn’t stop. I found out about the ER Metformin and made the switch to it, but still have problems with it. I went in for my 3 month blood draw last month. My A1c came back at 8.1. I was completely disappointed. I keep reading about people who were able to get there blood sugar down into the 6s in just 3 months and that’s what I was expecting. The good news was that my doctor was thrilled. She was totally excited and thought that I’d done an unbelievable job. She’s convinced that I’ll have my bs down in the normal range at my next 3 month blood draw. I hope she’s right. She’s also very supportive of my LC/HF diet. Her one comment to me about it was that I need to find a way to make it sustainable. I don’t think I have any choice.

I have learned a lot from you all about this way of eating. I am so very glad to have found you and other LC/HF info online. If I hadn’t, I’m sure that I’d be caught up in the standard dietician diabetic diet and not be getting anywhere with my bs.

One thing that I have to keep wrapping my head around is that I have to be eating enough fat. I’ve been on diets my whole life and am programmed to stay far far away from fat. So, this has been an experience. I find that my bs levels go down with the more fat I eat. I have coconut oil fudge every night after dinner to help up my fat.

I’ve also begun eating beef (haven’t done that in about 25 years). I’m continually having to find ways to add fat to my diet. I just discovered Mr Peanut Bread last week and am thrilled that I can have sandwiches again. I think I’ve made some kind of sandwich every day since. I make the bread in a muffin top pan so that it is kind of a bun. YUM! My fall-back recipe for when I can’t think of anything to make and want something quick and easy is Crack Slaw. Even my dh and dd enjoy it. I’d love to know what your go-to recipes are.

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