Well, when I went nearly carb free, I kept losing weight at a rate of nearly 5 pounds of body weight a night.
Once I went on insulin, that problem reversed due to my ability to eat more carbs.
Quality of life issues: I should be able to enjoy a piece of my 8 year old’s birthday cake with some ice cream after dinner. And enjoy thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings except the obvious cakes & pies.
To be able to go to a restaurant and be included into meal (aka help eat pizza for example) instead of being an outcast food wise.
I tried all the gimmicky foods and drinks - egg beaters makes me VOMIT.
I have always had a very narrow diet that I cannot ever deviate from. Adjust the amounts, but never add any new foods.
Berries - ALL berries spike me 50 points for some reason.
You ask for a complicated explanation of why I eat the way I do. It stems from severe abuse issues when growing up. Something that will never allow me to eat the disposal type diets that most people eat today.
Banana - yes, a medium one.
Protein - I need to eat greasy hamburger and fatty sausage for blood sugar control. But those cost too much to eat constantly. Chicken & fish are worthless. Those don’t hold back any spikes at all for me.
About eating as a non diabetic - yes I can. I know how to do it and keep blood sugars under tight control. But the price is too high. I cannot life that lifestyle - eat, then bust my butt to burn off the blood sugars, then eat, then etc, over and over, day in day out. I already sis it. I could eat candy, sugar, cereal, anything I wanted. But I had to work it off immediately and for MANY hours at a time. I got my A1C from 6.8 down to 5.3 like that.
Can’t walk right now. It has rained nearly every day for the past 6+ weeks.
I will only walk in fair weather, and without going anywhere that I can’t walk to from my home and back.
Gas costs too much too.
If I were a multi millionaire, I could follow a terrific lifestyle. My own Gym in my home, bicycling in a decent neighborhood, eating the quality protein I need to, etc.
But I am poor and cannot afford anything like that.
So, I have resigned myself to dieing from complications because I am financially handicapped.
About education - my own doctor told me that I could be a ‘diabetic guru’. I asked questions that they couldn’t answer, but I could.
I learn constantly. But the same information get boring. No new info out there.
But thanks for the thoughts and suggestions.
PS I do not count carbs or exchanges. Too difficult, too time consuming, and a pain in the a$$ to even contemplate. Pretty much I need between 10 and 20 units of insulin per meal. 30 if I eat something bad like a piece of pie for dessert.