As with all "life changing" things, there will be a few bumps in the road. Ours has come by way of CALORIES. Let me preface this by saying, I have never in my entire life counted calories. Ever. Now I know why.... they're stupid. *LOL*
Diet... the food you eat regularly, not the fad to lose weight.... He's eating VERY well.... 3 meals, plus 3 snacks. He's still losing about 2 pounds a week. His blood sugars have dropped to "normal".... that's normal, normal, not "normal for diabetic" normal.... the only number we are still battling with is the 1 hour after breakfast number (which is "normal for diabetics" normal)... ALL the rest are great. And here's the important part..... He's NOT hungry.
The nutritionist said he needed to be at about 1900 calories..... we generally stay between 1400-1600. Keeping in mind, he's also cut the other "bad" things.... like sodium, cholesterol, sugars, fats (the saturated ones) and the trans fats (to about zero, but we still like butter!!).... and he's not craving anything.... and he's not missing anything (yet)... AND if we add anything in to get to that 1900 calories, it's going to add to one of those categories, and put him over his "goal" numbers. AND he's not hungry.
I've talked to the doctor about it. She says it's ok. But..... I still worry. She also agreed to wait and run his blood work again in May (3 months) before pushing the other drugs she wants him to take. And she took him off of one of the diabetes meds. (we asked) And the sugar stayed stable, so good. She seemed to be rather shocked when I told her that our intention is to totally control this with diet/exercise.... that our goal was to get off the remaining med. (I've told her this at every meeting so far, but she still seemed shocked.) When I asked her what his numbers needed to be to do that, she did not know. *sigh* I'm irritated with the "we have a pill to fix that" mentality. Hopefully she will do the research and have the numbers at our next appt.
Maybe I'm still in "war" mentality, but other than having to shop once a week, instead of once a month, this is going rather smoothly. I did get ahold of a good cookbook. (bought 3 more yesterday) We've only had one thing out of it that I would consider "bad"... and it wasn't inedible bad, it was simply bland as heck bad. So I'm sure that's helping a lot. He's rocking and rolling on this thing.
I was really concerned about the grocery budget going into this. I mean we can raise the food budget if necessary.... but I didn't want to. =0) Challenges! I love them! *LOL* It's the middle of winter, fresh fruit and veg is not cheap right now. I can work the summer picking up fresh fruit and veg on the cheap and can can them cheaply, make all the sugar free jams and jellies (and sauces, salsa, etc...) I want, and basically set us up for success for next winter. But not starting this in the middle of winter. Then there's buying all the lean, lean, lean meats. And almond milk.... *sigh* $6 a gallon is the best I have been able to find. The reduced sugar jelly, the snack foods.... the sugar free things, nuts, things that should be low/no sugar to begin with.... like cut fruit in water (not so easy to find, and costs more than in juice.... figure that out!). Anyway, I figured that my grocery budget would take a hit. It's not been that bad though. So that's a big relief. Just shopped for the last week, and still have a little left in the budget envelope. Have adjusted a few of our recipes to fit the way we're eating now.... wasn't that difficult. As I said, we were eating pretty good at home before. Just added a larger variety of veg, and a lot more of them. My "meat and potatoes" DH is eating a lot less of both.
I am extremely thankful that I started cleaning out the freezer in Jan, and hadn't started stocking back up before this thing hit. =0) These nudges happen for a reason I guess. *LOL* I'm starting very slowly to stock it up with lean, lean, lean meats. I never knew there even WAS "low fat" ground pork!! *L* Ground pork, sure, LEAN ground pork? Not so much. But there is, and we're finding these things, and starting to cook with them.
So it's going well so far.... I think we're going to have to battle the doc to get him off the final med.... and work a bit harder to get his numbers down still further.... but I also think that exercise will help with that. On the other hand, I think that when he starts exercising regularly that he'll need more calories, so...... I'm not sure how that will all shake out. =0) I'll worry about that one when it gets here I guess. *L*