I count carbs, and it has been working wonders for me. My doctor recommended sticking to 60g or less per meal. I started out eating little to none after I was first diagnosed, and worked my up until I found a tolerable level that doesn’t send me soaring. I was given a diet by one doctor that got my sugar down in a hurry. He claimed he wrote it in back in the 60s, has been giving it to every Type II patient he comes across ever since. He also said that it is a diet that should really work for anyone & keep them healthy their entire life. It is as follows:
Very, very limited quantities bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, rice.
Limit servings of dairy.
Limited quantities of Red meat, pork, & eggs. Stick to lean meats like chicken, turkey, or fish. Just make sure its grilled, baked, boiled, or broiled (not fried).
If you have to fry anything, try to use olive oil or one of the Smart Choice Omega 3 products.
All you can eat of raw or cooked salad vegetables & greens. Sweet potatoes are fine too.
Limited quantities of fruit. Eat fresh raw fruits, not stuff in syrup or out of a can. Don’t drink fruit juices either. Also, avoid bananas. The best fruits are meaty ones like apples or strawberries.
Limit sodas to the diet variety. Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi, & Virgils Zero Colas & Rootbeers are all 0 carb, and taste pretty decent.
The best thing you can drink is water. I found that Crystal Lite packets are a life saver.
Stick to low-carb condiments. I learned quickly that the fat-free, diet salad dressings & condiments are often actually worse for you than the regular ones, & often contain extra carbs.
For snacks, I have been going with nuts & beef jerky.
The doctor that gave me the diet summed it up as: "Basically, if it’s white, don’t eat it."
I started getting my sugar down by eating nothing but salads & meat for a few weeks. After I got stable, I then slowly added some carbs back into meals. Now, if I can’t count the carbs, I try to go by the My Plate method: Fill 1/2 your plate with veggies, 1/4 with a meat, and 1/4 with carbs.
Also, be aware that different people react to different carb sources differently. I can get by on wheat bread, but white sends me soaring. Rice & pasta have a much larger effect on me than anything else, with corn not too far behind.
I’m not a doctor, and still kind of new to this myself, but all of this has been working for me. Also to note, I am only 24, and do not take any medications for my diabetes.
I have heard from many people that taking cinnamon does wonders. I have also heard that chromium helps.
Hope this helps!