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Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes

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I am following a plan, developed by me after many sessions of diabetes education, that works for me.

I already knew how I was supposed to eat, and mostly I followed the good ideas, but once a week or so I might try buying some cookies or candy, imagining I could dole them out one a day. As soon as I ate the first cookie I would finish the whole bag! But I kept imagining I could control my cravings. Last fall I cut out all concentrated sugars (including dried fruits, honey, etc.) -- except one ounce of chocolate at the checkout when I go grocery shopping. The first couple of months were very hard--breaking the sugar addiction. Buying the tiny chocolate at the checkout counter keeps me from throwing big sugar sources into my basket.

My blood sugar is near the normal range, and as a side benefit I have lost 12 pounds in 6 months--slow and steady, the way I want it.

I'm having really bad allergies, and I'm going to try a teaspoon of local honey every day. If that doesn't work, if I go on honey binges, I'll give away the honey and try to get on desensitization injections. Report
great ideas thanks Report
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The comments section of this article contain more beneficial information than the article. The article advocates the kind of food plan that has made many of us diabetics feel there is no hope for us. Low carb/keto has changed my life and given me confidence I can put diabetes in remission. Report
Advocating sodas and artificially sweetened products are incredibly irresponsible! Google is your friend...use it. Report
Low carb (ketogenic) is the best thing for diabetes. Sugar is the enemy and you need to avoid it and anything that raises blood sugar: grains, legumes, potatoes, carrots, milk, even fruit. I can have meat, eggs, cheese, heavy cream, almond milk, coconut milk, many vegetables and leafy greens, natural sweeteners like stevia and Swerve. There are lots of low carb groups on Spark. Most low corners keep their carbs down to 20. Report
I see a lot of articles on SparkPeople suggesting diet sodas and sugar substitutes. This is very bad advice, especially for diabetics! There are extensive studies that some of these can actually cause diabetes as the body does not know how to process these chemicals. Thank you! http://www.reelcastle.com Report
I have drastically cut the number of carbs I have been eating since I joined Spark and my blood sugar numbers are normal. I can't wait to have my next A1c. My last one was 9.2 and I know it will be better now. Report
I'm convinced that lowering my carb intake will help control my Type 2 Diabetes and maintain a healthy glucose level. Report
I was able to re-set my Carbs range on my Nutrition Tracker to match the guidelines in this article--this will help me a lot. 8-) Report
SparkPeople should provide nutrition plans for diabetics. Report
I see a lot of articles on SparkPeople suggesting diet sodas and sugar substitutes. This is very bad advice, especially for diabetics! There are extensive studies that some of these can actually cause diabetes as the body does not know how to process these chemicals. Please do more research on these issues because as a dietitian as you could be hurting more than helping some people. Thank you! Report
Very Helpful. Thank You. Report
Please rework the diabetic suggested menus. Maybe insurance problems limit what SP can suggest. I am pre-diabetic and need a simple plan to follow. I have been a SP member since 2008. I have lost 40 lbs and I am a habitual snacker! If I can do it (with SP friend support) anyone can. I want to use the SP diabetic food plan but it has major problems. Very bland and boring. Carbs for the day are too high. Not enough protein. There is much info out there for delicious and healthy diabetic meals. Could SP improve this very important menu plan. Please? chris Report
on our diabetic Group we follow LCHF and diet soda is worse than regular if you have diabetes you shouldn't be drinking any kind of soda and limit your carbs i drink flavored water but it has aspertame or sacrolose in them which isn't healthy either but i can't drink plain water if anybody finds anything better let me know Report
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While agreeing that carbohydrate restriction helps people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, ADA spokesman Nathaniel G. Clark, MD, tells WebMD that the ADA does not recommend very low-carb diets because patients find them too restrictive.

"We want to promote a diet that people can live with long-term," says Clark, who is vice president of clinical affairs and youth strategies for the ADA. "People who go on very low carbohydrate diets generally aren't able to stick with them for long periods of time."

So there ya go. We'll recommend a diet that will kill you and put you out of your misery. Then you won't have to stick to a diet that will let you live a healthy life.

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