Re: Diabetic weight gain
- From: Michelle C <bookbug_35@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 09 May 2009 11:36:23 -0700
On May 8, 12:28 pm, Michelle C <bookbug...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:Danbob wrote:On May 8, 10:53 am, Susan <su...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:Hey Dan,x-no-archive: yesHi Susan,
She is very careful about her carbs and really eats like a bird. CupCan you describe her menu and portions in detail here, and her doses of
of milk in the morning, cup of low carb soup for lunch, and varied low
carb meals for dinner. Despite that, over the last couple of years
she's gained 60 pounds. She has a very tiny frame, so the weight gain
is becoming a serious health issue, as she had a silent heart attack a
few years ago.
insulin? Insulin is a fat storage hormone, and if she's eating in a way
that requires larger doses, that'd cause weight gain.
Well, she has a cup of milk for breakfast. Low carb soup - such as
chicken gumbo - for lunch. Then dinner is usually something like stir
fry chicken or pork. Then she has another couple of cups of milk
before bed. Really not eating much at all.
I was just looking at a study that suggested increasing leafy greens,
nuts and whole grains to bring up the magnesium level, so I'm
definitely putting salads back on the menu. And cinnamon. And aloe
I sure don't have the sophistication to understand it, but - having
read through several dozen posts here - I think it's fair to say that
some people experience a lot of weight gain on insulin. I'm thinking
that maybe including these alternative treatments may allow her to at
least lower the levels she needs.
While your wife doesn't eat much, her diet has more carbs in it than
mine. However, I don't take any meds and must eat low carb in order to
have good BG. The basis of my diet is veggies and protein--neither of
which offer much in the way of fast burning carbs. For some people
here, milk is too carby. It sounds like your wife might be able to
reduce her insulin if she modified her diet a bit.
Here's what an example of what mine looks like:
Breakfast: boiled egg, 1/2 a turkey burger, black coffee
Mid morning snack a small handful of mixed nuts
Lunch: large green salad with ham, cheese, sunflower seeds and full fat
Mid-afternoon snack: several baby carrots
Supper: Faux spaghetti (spaghetti sauce with meat over French cut green
beans), brussel sprouts and spinach.
Mid-evening snack: 1 slice of Aunt Hattie's low carb bread (5 carbs per
slice) with butter and no sugar jelly.
I stay away from rice, most breads, pasta, fruit juice, many fruits, and
of course the cakes and cookies.
If your wife decides to reduce the carbs in her diet, be sure to be
diligent about testing. We don't want her to suffer any dangerous hypos!
Michelle C., T2
Thanks so much, Michelle. That sounds a lot more like the meals I was
making her when she first got out of the hospital. Lots of veggies,
very lean meats, no rice or pasta. I like the faux spaghetti idea a
I got the faux spaghetti idea from this group. ASD is a wealth of information which includes LOTS of tasty dishes. :-)
And, yes, we've been very blessed on the testing part of it. She's
got a good insurance plan that allows to be very diligent about that.
I know there have got to be a lot of people out there who aren't
testing as much as they should because they can't afford it. My heart
goes out to them.
Michelle C., T2
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