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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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