Perhaps I should state my needs here:
- No veggies, non negotiable.
- When warm weather arrives, my daily caloric needs will be about 2500 to 3000, and on occasion even more. On some days, maybe 1800 calories depending on the weather and what I am doing.
- I will only be able to divide those calories up between 2 meals - one in the morning, one at 6pm, unless I eat junk food at McDonald’s for the middle meal.
- Once I leave the house in the mornings, I am not able to carry much except what I can carry in my pockets, which are nearly full already.
- I cannot afford to throw away 1/2 of my food because I can’t eat any of it. Ever buy food for one? And my spouse doesn’t want to eat leftovers every other day either - not fair to them. A lousy can of soup, although somewhat inexpensive for most, is 2.5 servings. Since I am very carb sensitive, I can’t eat the other 1/2.
- other reasons I can’t think of at the moment - brain foggy right now.
Ever try to eat a hot ham and cheese sandwich without the bread? Or a grilled cheese sandwich without the bread? Or take one with you so you can microwave it somewhere, but no bread? The cheese would melt and run all over the place. Ever carry peanut butter in your pocket? Or perhaps a hard boiled egg all day in your pocket?
How about some soup in your pocket?
See my point?
It is not practical for me to carry anything in my pockets, especially food.
The type 1’s I know actually do keep their a1c’s in the low 4’s. They showed me their meters and test results. The dosing and timing are unique to each individual. If I had to go that route, it wouldn’t take me but a month to figure it out and get it down to a science.
Fiber - everyone needs it. Since I don’t eat veggies, nor can I waste money on buying supplements unnecessarily, then where am I to get my fiber from? To get the needed fiber each day, I have to eat wheat products, and oats too, a lot of it. If they say 7-9 servings of veggies per day, substitute wheat & oat products for those 7-9 servings per day, then figure out how much I actually have to eat, adding up the carbs too.
If I cannot eat as I must, then eventually there will be a malnutrition problem, and a cascade of health failures.
FYI: Did you know that I actually had my average blood sugars below 100 for a time?
My average blood sugar for today alone is 94. And I even ate 3/4 cup of glucerna cereal with 1/2 cup of 1% milk for lunch!
My last 30 day blood sugar average is about 105. This equates to an a1c level of around 5.1. And that’s with several high spikes into the 200 range too.
I can control my weight, my blood sugars, and generally my blood pressure. I can almost get them exactly where I want them to be.
Doc wanted my cholesterol down. So I dropped it. Unfortunately, due to bad genes, I can’t get it under 200. Family history. He wanted my blood pressure under 100. So I gave him 100/70. He wanted my a1c under 6.0 I gave him 5.7 (and still dropping).
He wanted my weight under 150. So I gave him 146 (and still slowly dropping).
I give them all they ask for that I can possibly do, so in return, I expect to be medicated so I can have my mind and energy back, and this means eating carbs, especially wheat products.
So, if the doc says no meds unless over 7.0, then I will give them 7.1 EXACTLY.
Believe it or not, I can do all this with a really foggy brain. Just think what I can do if my mind was clear again? Here’s more info: many years ago, I had my IQ tested. It came back at 163. I was too lazy to join Mensa at the time. Too busy being young and foolish.
It takes me quite a while to do things with my mind now, but eventually the answers come to me.
If given enough time, and a clear mind, I can devise either a far better treatment for diabetes or possibly a cure. But my mind is too foggy and my body is too weak right now.
So, I am ‘on the clock’ so to speak. If I am going to do anything at all with my remaining lifespan that I am allocated, I have to be able to compensate for the damage that diabetes has done, and this means being able to eat my way. And still keep my eyesight and kidneys and body parts intact.
So, if I claim I need something, rest assured that I need it.