Thursday, January 29, 2009

I’m going to miss food

Tonight, I walked through the grocery store, reading labels on foods and snacks that I like.  I also looked at things I hadn’t tried, but thought might be somewhat healthy for me.  It made me want to cry when I saw just how many foods I wouldn’t be able to eat anymore.  I mean, I could still have oreos, but if I want them as a ‘snack’, I can have 2.  I could go as high as 6, if I wanted to call it a meal.  Lots of other foods I looked at were similarly unhealthy. 

You see, last night, Allison and I met with a dietician who works at the local Hy-Vee store.  She spent nearly 2 hours with us talking about foods, suggesting meal plans, and walking through the store to show us some good and bad products for a diabetic.  I have an appointment next week to meet with the diabetes educator and a dietician from the diabetes center at Genesis, but I wanted to learn something about what is good and bad to eat ASAP so I can start practicing new eating habits.  At the time I scheduled the appt at Hy-Vee, I hadn’t heard back yet from the Genesis diabetes center to schedule an appointment. 

One good thing I learned from the dietician, she told me that meats, eggs, and cheese are just fine, since they don’t contain any significant carbohydrates.  So a breakfast of 2 boiled eggs and a couple of sausage links wouldn’t affect my blood sugar much at all.  At least there’s SOMETHING I can eat when hungry that doesn’t screw things up!

For what it’s worth, it looks like the Metformin is helping my glucose some.  I am only just beginning to make diet changes, and yet my glucose the last couple of days has stayed in the range of about 200-300.  That’s not great, but it’s much better than the over 600 from last weekend, and 450’s in the beginning of the week.

1 comment:

Rena said...

Seems like a chore to change a habit. Looks like you are off to a good start. Keep up the good work. I'll try not to bug you about it! ~Mom