Dealing with Diabetes
All my advice is based on my own experiences with type 2 diabetes. Please make sure your doctor is on-board before you make any changes to your diet or medication.

Phew! Getting diagnosed with diabetes is like getting hit with a ton of bricks. It is daunting at first. I was depressed, full of guilt, blamed myself, tried everything the doctors and dieticians told me and none of it worked. Don't despair, it will get better and with trial and error you will figure it out. Diabetes is different for everyone, there is no one size fits all.

Keep in mind that you don't have to be 100% perfect from day one or one hundred! Your approach to maintaining your blood sugar will change over the months and years; this is a marathon not a sprint. Learn a little bit each day, keep an open mind and stay positive.

Here are the 3 most important things to understand:

  1. It's not your fault.
    Understand that this is not your fault! Tell yourself that as often as you need to until you believe it and can focus on taking care of yourself instead of playing the blame game.
  2. Carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to increase.
    Most likely you will need to re-evaluate your diet and come up with something that restricts carbohydrates to some extent.
  3. Test your blood sugar often.
    This is the only way to understand how each food affects your blood sugar. Everyone is different, maybe green beans will make mine go up but don't affect you. Don't assume or trust that x, y, z foods recommended on a website or in a diabetes magazine will work for you. Test how it affects YOUR blood sugar and use the results to customize your diet.

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