Hello, My name is Tina and I am a type 2 diabetic. I have been struggling with high blood sugars for the last 10 years of my life. I am overweight and have complications from the diabeties in the form of diabetic retinopothy, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. I take medication for all of it and then some. For the last year my blood sugars have been way out of control. My last A1c was 11.1. Something had to be done. I also have a catarac that my eye doctor does not want to do anything about until I get my sugars down below 200, preferably 150. I've had reading recently as high as the 400 range. I thought I was doing fine with my foods but I was getting hire readings and putting more weight on. I just started the CK program this week after seeing a Diabetic educator and Nutritionist. Seeing the educator/nutritionist and joining this program has been the best thing I could have done. Starting with the nutritionist. She helped me understand the foods that I eat much better and how they affect my body and my blood sugars. The biggest change has been in how I view carbs. There are all different types of carbs and it is important as a diabetic to know this. I love oatmeal. What's wrong with that? Supposed to be high fiber and good for you. The problem is in the way they are processed. The more processed the worse for you as a diabetic. I went from Quaker oat packages to Steel cut oats and I have been able to see a real change in my sugars after eating the Steel cut oats. What she explained to me was that the more processed a oat or grain, etc. is the faster your body absorbs it and the more your sugars will spike and also you are more likely to be hungry again sooner. The less processed oat and grains allow your body to more slowly absorb the nutrients and carbs, resulting in lower sugars and less hunger. This is working for me. My blood sugar readings are almost 100 points lower, more consistantly below 200 just in this last week. i obviously need to continue tweeking my food choices but it seems to be working. I find the CK food diary to be very helpful to me. I was able to set my measurements for carbs etc. to match what my nutritionist recommended to help keep me on track. Another issue is being overweight. Fats keep your body from absorbing the insulin your body produces as well as any insulin you take. As you lose weight and fat your body will be able to absorb insulin better and your sugars will go down. For me it was a lifestyle change that I had to choose to make and the first step was going to the diabetic nutritionist. The second was using the CK diary. I'm allowed 253 carbs a day. So far I have only gone over once. No more mac and cheese for me.
Steel oats, 1 cup cooked with raisins and chopped apple, 1tps brown sugar.