Name: Sandra P
Location: Chicago, IL
My husband and I both have Type 2 diabetes and were diagnosed about a year apart from each other.
My husband and I both have Type 2 diabetes and were diagnosed about a year apart from each other. I was an emotional eater, and he a binge drinker. Learning that we had Type 2 diabetes was “sobering” for my husband and me. We both knew it was a serious diagnosis because we both have lost our mothers to the disease.
I am the primary grocery shopper and cook, so I have a lot of control over menu selection at home. I made lots of changes regularly, but gradually. I changed from shortening to canola oil, olive oil and peanut oil. I changed from margarine to corn oil for vegetables, by cutting the amount of margarine, while adding small amounts of corn oil until I had completely eliminated margarine from my cooking. I use butter flavored popcorn salt instead of adding butter, but because I have not acquired a taste for air popped popcorn, I use a small amount of oil to pop.
I eliminated sugar completely in the beginning by using artificial sweeteners. Now, I drizzle honey on my cereal in small amounts and eat nothing baked unless I am willing to bake it myself, since homemade taste better anyway. I limit the amount of baking and the portions available. Also, I do not forget to stay hydrated. I drink an ounce of water per 2 lbs. of body weight daily. I have increased my fruit and vegetable intake and eat standard portion sizes.