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This below is what helped me in the first year after diagnosis. It's a retrospective - I wasn't conscious of these at the time, and it's only been in recent weeks that I've been able to analyze what worked and what didn't. Another poster - @jjraak - suggested separating the ideas like this. I think it works.
The forum is full of lots of good advice, and very occasionally some bad advice. Established members can invariably be trusted...
Anyway, this worked and works for me.
1. You need to unlearn all the standard NHS healthy eating advice, all the assumptions made by the media, your family and friends about what's healthy and what's not. I do mean all.
2. As Type 2 diabetics we are not, by definition, good at handling carbohydrates. Some of us are better than others at it but we all have the same problem. Eating carbohydrates causes our blood glucose to rise out of control and that causes us physical damage.
3. Eating carbohydrates, of any kind, is therefore potentially going to cause us a problem as Type 2s.
4. Just how big of a problem depends on the individual.
5. Test your blood glucose and record your results to find out what your pattern and tolerances are. Then cut the things that cause the unacceptable rises. This will be carbohydrate, of course.
6. Nobody will do this for you. Only you can do this.
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