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What can I eat

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by Stevefranky, Jun 11, 2019 at 5:45 PM.

  1. Stevefranky

    Stevefranky · Newbie

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    Hi all I was diagnosed last Friday with type 2 I am trying to eat healthy but struggling with knowing what I can have does anyone know of any books which gives you a list of things I can have thanks
     
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    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Hello and welcome,

    It is confusing at first. We have all been in that situation, and made worse by the fact the NHS usually gives out rubbish dietary advice that is no use to T2 diabetics.

    Eating healthily is not the end of the story. What is a healthy eating regime for a healthy person is not necessarily healthy for a T2 diabetic. Have a look at the dietdoctor site mentioned above. For a quick look, there is a list of foods to eat and a list to avoid.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/foods#foodlist
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/foods#foodtoavoid
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/60-seconds

    The best thing you can do is buy yourself a blood glucose meter. You can use this to test before and after food and it will tell you instantly what that meal did to your blood sugar levels. This is the best tool you can have. I urge you to buy one, and then we can help you and advise you when to use it. Be careful when buying one. You need to check out the cost of the testing strips rather than the meter. You only need one meter but you need many thousands of test strips, and they vary in price from around £8 for 50 to £30 for 50. So do be careful.
     
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    catinahat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Stevefranky · Newbie

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    Thank you for all the feed back it will really help. I am in the dark at the moment I am not even seeing a diabetic nurse until the 25th so just trying to work it out the beat I can
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Well done for being pro-active. Taking care of and being responsible for our own health is what matters.
    Have a good read round the forums, and ask as many questions as you like.
     
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    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Good on you. Nurses and specialists and GP's are fine, but in the end, it's you that'll have to do the brunt of the work here. They can't waive a wand and make it go away> They can assist you on your journey, but can't conjure a cure. You'll have to make changes yourself and tackle this head-on, which is what you're doing right now. It's a confusing and scary time. But people here can tell you, it does get easier. And you will feel loads better for it. Me, I feel like I got my life back once I got my bloodsugars under control... It is worth it. Only way is up.
     
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    Stevefranky · Newbie

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    Cheers for the feed back jo. I am learning slowly being on here helps, I only mentioned about seeing the nurse as she will be the first diabetic specialist I will have seen since I was told I had it. A nurse told me I have it when I went for a well man check at my doctors. I am not even seeing a doctor until the same day as the diabetic nurse. So being on here is helping so much as I didn't have a clue where to start I am learning more stuff each day. With the help of people like you I know I'll get there in the end.
     
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    chrestomanci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It really does get better. I don't know what I'd have done without the support of folks on this forum. You're doing well being so proactive xx
     
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    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    You will. I was diagnosed while absolutely everyone was on summer vacation. Took ages to see anyone about anything, the locum perscribed me some metformin through e-mail and that was it. Responded badly to the stuff to boot, and had no-one to discuss that with. That's when I read about half the internet and stacks of books about T2. Somehow I missed this place, it would've shaved quite a bit of time off of my quest to get well. (And I could've avoided quite a few mistakes too!). But hey, you're here, and a lot quicker than I got here. And you know, all I wanted to hear back then was that I wasn't powerless/doomed in all this. Turns out it's the easiest issue for me to tackle. (There's others, like rheumatism, chronic migraines and hypothyroidism which are a little more complicated.). Who'd have thought T2 would turn out to be the "easy" one? ;) It'll be okay. It's a lot to take in, but you'll get there. :)
     
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    I will
     
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