I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.
On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal. I now test approximately 1 hour after each meal and stopped eating foods that spike my blood sugar more than 30-40 points.
I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, soda, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw.
I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. I drink 2 cups after the protein drink, 2 ½ cups while driving to work, 2 ½ cups at lunch, 2 ½ cups on the way home, will drink 2 cups after supper and will sometimes drink 2 cups before going to bed.
Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal.
When I wake up in the morning I test my blood sugar and drink a low carb protein powder drink mix. I used to use homemade soymilk to mix with the protein powder. I now use homemade almond or walnut milk. The nut milks are a lot easier to make. I only stopped using soymilk because of the time it takes to make it. Nut milks can be made a lot quicker and you don’t need to boil a lot of water. Just soak ½ cup of nuts in a bowl of water for several hours. Drain, rinse, and blend with 3 ½ -4 cups of water in a blender. Strain and drink. Makes about a quart. Last for 3-5 days.
I eat about 1oz of sunflower seeds or peanuts for a mid morning snack along with the sugar free Equate Fiber Therapy supplement.
At lunch I eat 1 oz of tuna fish mixed with a little mayonnaise. I used to just eat it out of a small container. Recently I found some low carb wraps and use a small piece with the tuna fish. 13 grams of wrap, about ¼ piece. Before I eat the tuna I have 2-3 oz’s of stir-fried vegetables. (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage, Onion, Garlic or any combination of these). I used to eat my channa dal in a separate bowl. I now mix the vegetable with the channa dal. It’s a perfect mix together. Lately I have been making sloppy joes out of ground turkey. I use 2-3 oz’s of it with about 20 grams of salsa topped with a little cheese. I add about a teaspoon of ground flaxseed to both the sloppy joe and channa dal. Mix it with a little hot sauce. Sometimes I will eat leftover chicken or beef. About 2-3 oz’s. Right after the tuna I eat a small piece of chocolate soy cake. Tastes great. 2-3 oz’s per serving. Last I will eat 1 oz of peanuts or sunflower seeds. I then take 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 3000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50. I take this with 20 oz’s of water.
For supper I eat 3 oz’s of salad. I use a low carb dressing and add about 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar. I used to add some olive oil but lately have not added it to my salad. I will then eat a chicken breast or 2-3 oz’s of the sloppy joe mix or either a bocca burger or vegetable patty. Once in awhile may have a little beef or pork. I eat the burger or patty on a plate. No bread. Just pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. I cut it with a knife and fork.
In the evening I now will drink a few Low carb beers or a little wine before going to bed. I don’t recommend drinking alcohol if on medications or taking insulin. It’s a side benefit of not taking meds. I have found that I can eat a little more carbs when drinking alcohol than with out it. I will eat 1-2 serving of almonds. Lately have been eating lumpia. Either cheese or pork lumpia. Sometimes will eat a serving of soy crisps with French onion dip. I try and not eat too much at night.
When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.
My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 85. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 110. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has gone over 100, once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.
After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6. Got my latest results on 1/19/10 5.4