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Type 2 Diabetes: How to Manage it

Updated on February 10, 2015

My Story

I was diagnosed in 2007 with type 2 Diabetes. After the initial shock of the "Sentence" I received (since I was a size 8 then), I began doing research on it and following my doctor's orders on taking the medicine. I also later learned that I responded so well to the treatment that my doctor used my numbers to teach a class at the local hospital.

I knew I had to adjust my diet since I used to eat junk all of the time with my family. I discussed it with my immediate family and they were reluctant at first even telling me that they didn't have to give up anything since it was my problem. Later, they started coming around and would "Graze" as they called it on the salads even putting "Nose Hairs" (bean sprouts) on theirs as well. We all had obstacles to overcome and the family would eat junk food out in restaurants. I later talked to one of my friends who had diabetes and she told me that I could cut out all sugar for a week if I wanted to eat cake at the end of it. I was never a heavy person as I wore a size 8 when I was diagnosed even taking Taekwondo.

January of last year I went off of my medicines and tried to "Cure" myself with cinnamon and a stupid diet that tasted like dirty socks. I walked a lot and thought that I was superwoman as I didn't need anyone telling me what to do as I knew it all. By December, I was in the hospital with double pneumonia, my body was highly acidic (8.7, normal reading is 1.0) and I had swine flu or H1N1. I almost died and I was lucky to come out of that as I had a 1 in 10 chance for survival.

Fast forward to today. My diet is better, I no longer take Taekwondo, I exercise at home by walking and lifting my 5 pound weights and am taking my medicine. My cousin is type 2 and she told me that by drinking 1 glass of Chardonnay, I can lower my sugar. My A1c test was then 8.0 and now it's 7.4. I'm in a size 5 now and feel better than I've ever felt. My mental attitude is better even saying that I have Diabetes, it doesn't have me.

Don't do what I did by having the Superwoman attitude. Doctors are there to help us. I'm here because I have a purpose not yet fulfilled. Now on to my next journey. Going into remission by taking the medicine long enough to push my A1c to 6.0 which is a normal reading.

Baked Fish Fillets with Thyme-Dijon Topping

Serve up this tasty seafood entrée with some roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. It would make a healthy, yet elegant dish to make for your sweetie on Valentine's Day!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 ounces fish + 1 Tablespoon topping

  • Calories 140
  • Carbohydrate 0
  • Protein 22 grams
  • Fat 5.0 grams
  • Saturated Fat 1.0 grams
  • Sugar 0 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 0 gram
  • Cholesterol 40 milligrams
  • Sodium 210 milligrams
  • Potassium 565 milligramsg

This Recipe Serves 4

Ingredients

cooking spray
4 grouper or other mild fish fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed and patted dry
3 Tbsp light tub margarine (make sure it is trans-fat-free)
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp Dijon mustard (lowest sodium available)
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crumbled
1/4 tsp red hot-pepper sauce
1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place the fish on the baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
  4. Spread the margarine mixture over the fish.

Exchanges/Choices: 3 Lean Meat

From Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook by The American Diabetes Association

- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2015-02-baked-fish-fillets-with.html#sthash.dsOKWf96.dpuf

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