When diagnosed I didn’t know what to do. I got online and started to research as much as possible about diabetes. I had no idea what to do and my doctor didn’t give much advice on what to eat and how to manage this disease.
I run across a site somewhere where a doctor blamed just about everything, on people not drinking enough water. You name it; he blamed it on a lack of water. Now I thought he was kind of nuts myself. But I decided that because I wasn’t really getting enough water in my diet, I would start drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.
I didn’t know what to eat. All I could think of, was I had to start eating healthy. I really don’t like vegetables and only ate them once in awhile. But after being diagnosed I decided I would eat a salad every day. I also decided to start eating vegetables every day. At first I microwave about a cup or so of broccoli. I had to force them down every day. I just ate them with nothing on them. Microwaved broccoli. Nothing more. I continued to eat bread, pasta, potatoes, crackers and other high carb foods. I just limited the amount to one serving, per the package label.
Another food I started to eat everyday was coleslaw. I shredded a small head and mixed it with about a cup of graded carrot. I mixed it with mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar. I didn’t put any sugar in it because I had a high sugar problem. Everyone knows not to eat sugar if their blood sugar is way out of control. The coleslaw wasn’t really that good but I ate a bowl everyday anyway. When I started to use splenda, I started to add a tablespoon of it to my coleslaw. Wow. What a different it made. The coleslaw just about tasted like the best I ever had.
I also started to eat dill pickles everyday. I went threw 2 quarts of pickles a week. When I finished the pickles I drank the juice. I was looking for other vegetables to eat and bought some cauliflower. I was able to eat it and I prepared it just like the broccoli. I alternated between broccoli and cauliflower for a while.
I had a can of sauerkraut and started to eat that also. I ate it out of the can. Didn’t even cook it. I liked it that way. I went threw a can a week. I bought some cucumbers and sliced them and soak them in red wine vinegar and oil. They were great.
When my wife came back from visiting her family, she stir-fried the vegetables for me. What a difference. She added spinach, garlic, onion, Chinese cabbage, bok choy and what a difference it made. By stir-frying the vegetables it tuned a barely edible meal into something I was able to eat.
The first couple weeks after being diagnosed I found that drinking lots of water, eating lots of low carb vegetables and testing my blood sugar before and after each meal is what has helped me the most in controlling my blood sugar. I believe that if most people follow what I did, they too can learn to control this disease.