I wasn’t sure what was going to be for lunch today at a farmers’ meeting

In case the meal falls short. Where I live, there are events and community gatherings more frequently than in other areas. I wasn’t sure what was going to be for lunch today at a farmers’ meeting. So I brought these beef sticks and plain pork rinds along in case the meal fell short.

And boy, did it ever! The caterer informed me that the pulled pork had seasoning that contained sugar. The chips, baked beans, ice cream bars, and coleslaw were also a no-go. Good thing I had something with me. I would have starved otherwise. Even the iced tea was pre-sweetened. 🙄

They passed out a survey asking for feedback on the meeting, so I gave them some feedback on the meal, including some easy fixes that would have made for healthier options. I suggested pork without seasoning, having pork rinds and a veggie tray available, and putting the sweetener for the tea on the side.

I think next time I will be sure to bring some fresh veggies and maybe some block cheese to eat in addition to the beef sticks and the pork rinds.

It is mind-boggling that an entire meal would be non-compliant. Certainly we can do much better in this country for our health.

John Barlowe Key Ingredients & Nutrition

100% grass-fed beef, water, sea salt, lactic acid, celery juice, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, coriander, stuffed in a collagen casing.

Non-GMO Verified Ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 0.5oz
Servings Per Container 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nancy Zumbach Smith I photographed a wedding a couple months ago and figured I would be ok because there is always salad, cheese and veggies. Nope, walked away from the buffet line with just London broil on my plate. I’m packing almonds and beef sticks for my son’s wedding. lol

Mickie Chase Even a huge salad would have been good.

JoelDawn Suderman Mickie Chase IKR?? But these are meat and potatoes type farmers, and I would venture to say that more of them have have diabetes than we know and could do better by themselves.

JoelDawn Suderman Mickie Chase that being said, some of them do follow healthy habits, but it’s pretty difficult when you’re presented with a meal like this.

JoelDawn Suderman Mickie Chase I have learned the hard way. I hope that my suggestion will help others when they are eating out. There’s nothing worse than coming away from a meal hungry.

Tippi Sladaritz In typical they think of the coleslaw as the side salad, the beans as the veggies, sweet tea is a thing (yum), seasonings are not even considered. I know I cringe also when I see all the sugar and carbs but I totally understand the thought process for the meal. I grew up eating like that at gatherings because we did not have to count every grain of sugar carbs and did not know any different. Hopefully they will have a few better options next time. I am surprised they had no other drink options at least.

JoelDawn Suderman Tippi Sladaritz yes, I know that is the line of reasoning. When I filled out the survey, I included the statistics from the World Health Organization stating that the global incidence of diabetes in adults 18 years of age or older has gone from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. In hard numbers, that is 108 million people to 422 million. Cause for alarm, wouldn’t you think?

I posted 3 days ago about my morning numbers going up all of a sudden

I posted 3 days ago about my morning numbers going up all of a sudden. You all gave me good advice . I was hoping it was a one day thing but this is day three and they are going up more every day. I’m so discouraged . I’m hoping it is hormone related . I am in PMS right now. Either that or maybe stress. At. Even a terrible few weeks personally . Just venting

Matthew Sheehan I ain’t a girl but I do know from people that PMS does raise BS theirs a lot more factors for females that could raise their BS

Amber Kendrick Aww I’m sorry you are struggling Laura. Glad we have this space to vent and to get advice and support.

Crossing my fingers for you that it’s just the PMS and it will go away SOON… sending good vibes your way.

Letitia Meissner I’m having a hard week also. Went on vacation last week and was very complient. The worst I did was eat a bun less burger with ketchup at a restaurant and I know it was regular not low sugar but everything else was spot on. I’m not a vacation type of person, don’t like sleeping in strange beds but it was overall great. Walked a lot. Eating was good, no stress, lots of walking but came back and had readings over 200. Back on schedule, controlled eating and sleep but numbers have ranged between 65 and 225. There is no reason for it and as I have been home 6 days now, I expected to get back to consistent numbers. I can’t even blame hormones for my problem. I’m trying to focus on life long goals so staying positive. Numbers will get back on tract for both of us!

Laura Robitaille Letitia Meissner Im so sorry. We’re so hard on ourselves . For me I feel like I’m failing myself when this happens . Old insecurities come up. Have to soldier in and hope it gets better. Sending you positive thoughts

Putta Budda send me what your eating… i can probably show you why. I learned the hard way.

Laura Robitaille Putta Budda wow thank you ok here goes:
BREAKFAST: coffee with HWC, no sweetener. This is at 7am after fasting for 12 hours
9am : 1 scrambled egg cooked in bacon fat and 2 slices of bacon
No snacks
LUNCH (yesterday):
1/4 cup chopped raw broccoli
One Keto bagel with butter (4 g carb)
1 hard boiled egg
1/4 avocado, water
No snacks
DINNER: 6pm 1 slice of pepperoni fathead pizza with some olives on it.
1/2 a sliced cucumber from garden
I had one tablespoon of all natural peanut butter for “desert”
That’s all yesterday

Putta Budda Laura Robitaille the bagel and the fat head pizza crust. try cutting that out for 2 weeks. even thoo its net carbs it can still effect you. it did me i can only eat it sometimes. it took me 2 weeks to get from 344 to 287 then it just kept dropping. Im just sensitive to sugar so even “keto” items raise my levels. i hope this helps. just give it a try and see what happens

Laura Robitaille Putta Budda ok it’s definitely worth a try . Thank you so much for your help. The bagel I have quite often the pizza only once a week tops . I think I will cut them both out for the next week or so and see

Kathleen Axtman Fortner Laura Robitaille What ingredients are in the Keto bagel? It is entirely possible that if there are grains in it, you have progressed to a point in this disease that the grains that didn’t previously impact your BS do now.

Karen Belak I have read on here that PMS does effect our bs.

Laura Robitaille So that’s interesting .i went back 4 weeks(my period is very regular every 28 days) and this time last month my numbers were spiked . They dropped down the day I actually got period. The good news here is: 1- I think this is pms related ; and 2- even though I’m spiking this week it’s still lower then last months spikes so overall I am on the right track. I will now try and be aware that during his point in the month I should lower carbs even more then normal to try and counteract it.

Gina Lee The pizza raises me a little for some reason but not much. I try to eat protein for dinner. My Dr. Suggested eating a meat roll up 4hrs. Before bed and that actually brought me down from 137’s to 120. Now after 4 mos with this way of eating generally 100-105 in the a.m.

Annette Warner You are stressing yourself out. You seem to live and breathe on this page and need to go live.

I lost 50 pounds since April just by following a way of eating

Completely disgusted. part of yesterday’s farm meetings included a tour of a brand new water treatment plant, because water is such an important resource for farming and ranching (ranching is the term used for keeping cattle.). Here we see a photo of the sewage being treated through aeration (and no, it doesn’t stink as much as you think it might – that’s why I could tolerate being up this close to it).

While there, I entered into a discussion with four ladies. one of them was saying how she lost 20 pounds since January using some kind of pill that her doctor recommended, for blood sugar control. It’s not Metformin or anything; it is not prescription and you can buy it on eBay. she went on to say that her blood sugar would be in the 300s and then down to the 50s. she then went on to say that this pill regulated her sugars, and that you could eat anything on it. she said that she still eats anything she wants, including a Dr. Pepper and a cupcake for breakfast. I asked her what about all the damage that’s being done to your pancreas in the meantime? She shrugged her shoulders and said that her pill just “takes care of it.” Seriously??????

I went on to explain that I lost 50 pounds since April just by following a way of eating that restricts certain foods but not others, and that I can have bacon and whipped cream so it’s all good!

But guess who got the attention??? The other three ladies zoomed in on this one who was on this weird pill oh, and I got almost no attention. They were very interested to know the name of the pill, how they could get it, what her experience has been, etc etc. It was sickening. I think they loved the idea of being able to eat whatever the heck you wanted. Maybe the lchf plan seems like too much work for them? I’ll never understand it, is this way of eating doesn’t cost anything because you don’t have to buy any pills or books or anything. This page has made it so simple to adopt the lchf woe. Why is that so undesirable for people??

Kings Mera Mera Claudita Lazy people always look for the “Easy Fix”, that in the long run isn’t. So sad.

Yvonne File My dad is the same way. Eats whatever he wants cuz his pills will fix it.

Laura Robitaille JoelDawn Suderman I work at a water and wastewater treatment plant so I speak your language! We have three aeration pits and it’s so fascinating . Most people don’t realize what happens to poop after the toilet is flushed but it’s pretty cool to see the whole process. Our plant receives the poop and by the time the process is complete through aeration and the clarifies and then treated it goes back jnto the bay crystal clear.

Dawn Agrait Weate It’s easier to take a pill than to commit to a complete lifestyle overhaul.

Barb Tait I know a guy who is overweight, drinks a lot, has been in a diabetic coma many times and shrugs his shoulders at change. “If I want a beer I will drnk it and take a needle if I need it!” There is no reasoning with those with closed minds.

Nancy Krueger Gonzalez Pills from ebay… What could go wrong??? Mainstream medical doctors would rather you take their prescription pills than use a natural means to control disease. They really know next to nothing about nutrition. I have had doctors offer me diet pills, Slim Fast and even surgery for weight loss and not even address the disease that caused the weight gain to begin with. Ads for pills are all over TV, the Internet and in our print magazines. We are conditioned from little kids to accept that it’s natural and good to take a pill for whatever ails you.

Kelly R. Collins The best we can do is lead by example. When people notice your weight loss, extra energy, clearer complexion, higher self esteem they will ask how you did it. That’s when I explain the LCHF way of eating. I work in the medical massage industry so my clients see my changes and their curiosity gets them to ask questions. I tell them I eat to live, not live to eat

Charlie Patterson People are always looking for that miracle pills to just fix everything while they never have to make any changes, Life is all about changes and those of us that are serious about our health and living know this first hand, I have done better with thisgroup then I ever have with any other “diet” plan, Only the people who work this system and the Good Lord knows how hard it is to stay focused, I have come to realize that dedication and hard work pays off and the miracle pills come and go with the sun

Charlie Patterson JoelDawn Suderman people just dont take this disease seriously, Please don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of mistakes and my bs is sometimes all over the chart from my mistakes, but the more I read the more I realize the mistakes I make and have been making for years, I once thought that the pills would fix everything, it has been a very hard lesson for me

Barb Tait There is an add on TV for a diabetic medicine…maybe Trulicity…where the woman says she has her diabetes under control and then grabs an apple from a bowl. I sat here thinking…I don’t think so Honey.

Kay Lynn Blythe Barb Tait that’s why everyone needs to read read read . When I was in the hospital one of the many times this year LOL I was served apple juice at one of my meals, so I was under the impression we can have apples . I’m still learning . I’m finding out now we’re to find the stuff up on the menu or top of the page before I could not find them . I’m glad the admin took the time to explain it to me , anyway I know I have to stay reading everyday .

Adam Mendoza My cousin is the same way doesn’t want to listen to me about woe. Had to go to the hospital cause he’s losing his eye sight but still goes to eat at the Chinese buffet. Says all he needs is eye injections idk

Melissa Bragg My mother is nearly completely blind due to diabetes, her neuropathy in her feet is so bad she can barely walk, and she takes some herbal supplement she buys on amazon instead of going to the dr and getting her metformin and insulin……. and she tells me I’m too strict with my diet.

Nancyl Wilcocks We don’t like people telling us what we can and cannot do. We have comfort habits and don’t want to give them up. That is why so many here, even, have days when we are angry about making changes. It sucks. Everyone prefers a pill to make us better.

Gretchen Brightman Palmer I’m so sorry that this happened to you. Know in your heart that you are doing it the right and long lasting way. I have a friend who has a 25 year old son who was diagnosed as T1 two years ago. His A1C is still 11 and his numbers run 300-400. I sent him our food list and some recipes to see if his wife (who is pre-diabetic) would maybe cook with him to teach him how to help get his/their numbers down and prevent serious medical issues. He wants a Dexcon and is angry because they said they need to see some lifestyle changes before they prescribe one. He flat out REFUSED to even suggest this woe to them. His comment was that his son was too old to be told what to do or how to eat and his wife doesn’t like to cook so they eat out, plus they refuse to deny themselves anything. I ended the convo with “well, in five years you’ll wish you had maybe tried this, good luck.” People just want the easy way out.

Sue Jones Was the pill Berberine? Apparently it’s like Metformin but sold over the counter because it’s natural. I’ll bet her BS is still way out of control even if she’s taking that. Plus all it and other meds do is hide the BS and instead put it into organs. She still needs to get the excess sugar out of her system.

Lindsey Balderston Doing LCHF woe absolutely *requires* you to take personal responsibility and face your addiction, poor self treatment, and commit to showing yourself love by action and not cheap words. It is for the brave who truly love themselves.

Kathleen Carson-Asher So happy about the water treatment plant! So much better than open sewage ponds

Susan Kuhn Robinson I know, people think that all they have to do is “take a pill” and it’s all fixed. But one day we will be reading about what that pill does to ruin the bodies of those who use it and depend on it. This woe doesn’t hurt our bodies, and you don’t have to be diabetic to follow this way either, everyone can follow it and will be healthier for it too. That’s not to say that everyone will be able to get off the meds, but this woe will help the meds do their job.
I know I followed a closer form of this woe when I wasn’t diagnosed as type 2, just to help my husband with his diet. (He is type 2 also. And has trouble following a diet, so my thoughts years ago was that if he didn’t have to do it alone, it would be easier for him. Ha! I fight with him all the time about it. But I had a headstart in following it before I was diagnosed.) I will always be on meds because of other health issues that caused it, but this woe has really helped me to bring it all under control for the most part.

Diane Julia I thought I’d never be able to give up my family block a day chocolate habit. I would eat chocolate for breakfast just to give my body energy and then I’d sleep because I have no energy, (i now know high blood sugar) and so the cycle continued. As soon as I realised my body isn’t processing glucose and I’m not getting the energy I need from sugar, I was able to change my way of thinking and break the cycle. 30 min – an hour of walking a day even if u don’t feel like it has made the difference in stabilising my blood sugar as well as a diet overhaul. Breaking that cycle only took one day of not turning to chocolate and anything sweet. People are afraid to change they look for that magic pill so they don’t have to break bad habits.

My mom is 71 and has no health issues

My mom is 71 and has no health issues. She is slim hand was a vegetarian for about 30 years. She does have our “family triglycerides,” however, always high her whole adult life. She is not diabetic but her last a1c, in June, was a 5.8. So she decided to do this woe with me for the last two months.

Although she eats very little meat, she added whole fat cheeses, sour cream, butter, olive oil and almond flour. She ate a bit more protein than usual. She cut out her carbs which for her is mostly granola, apples, “bars,” whole wheat bread, potatoes and low fat ice cream.

In 50 days her a1c went from 5.8 to 5.3. But the amazing part? Her triglycerides fell 95 points!! and her LdL went from unhealthy to healthy. First time in her life! She is so excited. (She also lost 6 pounds of course).

Piper Pack-Smith Matthew Sheehan Yeah thats why she decided to do the woe. If you are older and your numbers are in the 5s it would be rare for a doctor to recommend treatment. Thats what docs have said to me, that their goals vary depending on age and other issues of the patient.

Maxine Clarke Piper Pack-Smith: My primary care Doc., does thorough blood work on me because of all the meds I take for HBP, CHD, cholesterol. 3 months before I was diagnosed with diabetes, my A1C was 5.3 then after my hospital stint and he checked my A1C it was 10.3 my Doc it is sudden onset. Who knows

Denise Parker It’s sad that so many people think meat and fat causes high cholesterol and high triglycerides. She’s proof that it doesn’t! She’s doing great!

I went to ER Friday because, try as I might my glucose would not go below 360 for 4 days. I had a prescription for steroids and a z-pack because I had a sinus infection and bronchitis after taking steroids for 3 days my blood sugar wouldn’t go down so I went to the ER because it was like at 360 I got one shot of insulin and they got it down to 284 and sent me home I went back to the ER because of really bad dizzy spells and still high bs and I have literally no energy I’ve been at the hospital four days and have learned the cells that help with the glucose are dying so they’re going to put me on insulin sometimes this shocks the cells into reproducing and everything goes back fine and the pancreas is fine, well, for the most part for a diabetic right? I am wicked scared of using insulin.

Paulina Buncic Insulin and metformin are the two safest meds for diabetics. Breathe, this disease can be controlled, you just need to cut carbs to 50 a day or less.
As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions

Adasyn Hendrix You’ll be okay!!! Insulin injections isn’t that bad, I’ve been using them for abt 3 weeks now and I’ve gotten used to them! I’m only 13 and I’m sure if I can do it so can you !! The hardest thing will be just dosing yourself, but it’s pretty easy!

Denise Parker Insulin is safer than most diabetes drugs. You can do this and it will give your pancreas a rest. Stay on this way of eating and you probably won’t have to use it long.

Savannah Veenstra I am recovering from a terrible infection and was put on insulin to tighten control while I am healing. I was told it won’t be forever and for the past month, my numbers are staying in my target zone. I am healing nicely and feeling good! Hopefully you won’t need it long either!

I’m brand new to diabetes

Not only am I brand new to this page, but I’m brand new to diabetes. That is to say, I was officially diagnosed on Tuesday. I’m so lost in all of this. I don’t know what to eat or what to do when my sugar is high. I’m still waiting on follow up appts. SOOO overwhelming…

Sugar – 430
AC1 – 9.8

Today my sugar was 264.

I hate all of this. Inside of just a few days, my life is completely changed…and I’m so freaking hungry!!

Kristin R. Dawson Welcome. All of it is overwhelming at first but it gets easier. This page is very strict LCHF (low carb high fat) and has a lot of information in the “files” section . That’s where I would get started.! You got this!

Kathleen Axtman Fortner It really is overwhelming, but if you eat this groups WOE, you don’t have to be hungry!

Dave Buskirk Hang in there. It took me almost 3 months to begin to understand. This group is amazing.

Wade Zetterberg My wife has been on the keto diet for over a year now, so the transition will be somewhat smoother than other’s experiences maybe. I’m just so hungry after basically eating next to nothing this week. Looking for something I can fill up on without going against doctor’s orders and the new lifestyle… that I still know nothing about.

I’m a dude that HATES changes. Even the smallest change screws with me. I’m a big baby, I admit it. And I’m supposed to be indestructible, you know? Like this stuff happens to other ppl… not me. So I’m angry. And hungry. And overwhelmed. And depressed. All of it.

And clearly, I’m dramatic

Denise Parker Wade Zetterberg what did your doctor tell you to eat? If it wasn’t low carb high healthy fats you will continue to have high blood sugars. You may have to go against some of his orders if you don’t want a lot of drugs and/or insulin. Use our food list, show it to your wife and she can help you eat plenty and not be hungry while getting your blood sugar down. If she does Keto she can help you do this, it’s only a little different. Don’t get tied to the ADA guidelines where they push 45 carbs a meal. You’ll end up sicker. I tried to follow doctors orders..it doesn’t work.

Wade Zetterberg Denise Parker they haven’t really said yet. I’ve only been to the appts that got me diagnosed, still waiting on follow ups, classes, dieticians, etc… All in the upcoming weeks. I was basically blind for the better part of 2 hrs on Tuesday. So this is all brand new.

Paulina Buncic Welcome to our Low Carb High healthy Fat food group. As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions

Jesus De Los Santos are you hungry all the time?

Wade Zetterberg I was kind of a binge eater in that I could not eat for a day or so, then have a big meal… and then just graze on snack foods here and there. No rhyme or reason to it. Probably why I’m now dealing with this..

Brianne Dentson Start exercising…..that will help bring it down. Also, practice portion control, immediately cut out sugar and white carbs. That’s just to start until you get your head wrapped around everything.

Monique Potter Noriz Hi Wade, it shook my world a year ago. You might be instructed to follow the ADA guidelines for diet, but those can make it worse. Please don’t starve yourself. I was diagnosed at an 11.6 and I usually didn’t eat. Eating made me feel sick, and apparently not eating raised my sugars. In 2 months I brought it down to a 6.8, oddly enough, by eating more often but the good stuff. I follow a Mediterranean diet, which is similar to the LCHF diet that many in here have had success with. Please take some time and do your research. So many doctors are clueless or ADA brainwashed when it comes to this disease. You need to be your own advocate. You’re stronger than you think you are! 

Robin Bridgewater Tingley Wade, I was diagnosed July 3rd. I was a bread/cheese/sweets vegetarian for 22 years. I am learning to get some fish down now, but every time I get down or want a piece of bread or sweets, I tell myself I would rather have my kidneys, feet, etc. than a piece of bread or whatever. It has helped put it in perspective for me, maybe it will help you, too. (Plus I’ve lost 31 pounds already! )

Viv Holloway Hi Wade you can beat this. Think of it as your body telling you it’s now time to look after me. You will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time. Start simple. Stick to the compliant food list. Use a side plate not a dinner plate. I have brought my numbers down to the normal range. Let us know what you eat and we can give you ideas in compliant versions. The first month or two is the hardest. You can do this.

David Franklin Just remember you fight this disease every meal. As you adapt to the new diet, there will be times you will mess up and cheat. Forgive yourself and get back on the horse. You will get used to the “new normal” over time. Never give up, never surrender!

Katie Ward I would spend this evening reading as many old posts on this site you can find. This is loaded wit information and very inspiring- then clean out the refrig and cupboards, then go to the food store and get started. You can not live well if you try to just take meds to get out of this. Meds are necessary for dome st first but if you eat the right thing you can actually heal and avoid further damage from more meds than you need

Carlo Santos Be patient.you still have the chance to reverse it since it was just recently diagnosed.follow a strict diet.no carbs and sweets.take metformin if prescribed by your doctors daily and on time after every meal.exercie a lot everyday as in you need to perspire kind of exercise…and most importantly,avoid stress like being sad or angry…try to find ways to make you happy.this will help you get rid of the symptoms in about a week or so.then give it at least three months and you might get your blood sugar and hba1c levels back to normal range.trust me I’ve been there.it’s a struggle but it is up to you if you want to get healthy.

Jessica Rosa I’m right there with you. Just learning about all this. Last night I literally cried my eyes out on the couch because my husband was watching a cooking show and he kept saying it looked so good. I realized I cant eat anything they were making. I was heartbroken and lost it. He thinks I’m crazy now.

Dan Brendle Listen carefully to your doctors. Ask lots of questions. If they won’t give you answers find one who will! Eat better. Have your doctor set you up on an appropriate exercise program.

Who drinks and smokes with diabetes

Who drinks and smokes with this disease. Your thoughts and experiences please

Shelley Honey Hawkins I had a glass of wine tonight. It made me very sick.

Pauline Bray I had one small glass of wine at the weekend I felt really sick 🤢 I will never drink again it’s not worth it

Brandy Clark I use to smoke but quit 5 months ago. I realized that i was eating so healthy to take care of my diabetes, but damaging my lungs by smoking.

Kathy Lynn I occasionally have a glass of wine with a meal or to wind down and occasionally vape when I am in an extreme amount of pain.
I quit cigarettes 8 years ago!

Elisa Marie Nash I don’t really drink since I have been diagnosed. The few times I have I really have to watch myself because I get so drunk so quick off so little now. I wish someone had told me that smoking would lead to neuropathy because I would do anything to not have this horrible nerve damage. I quit smoking but, the damage is irreversible. If you smoke quit now. I mean you may develop the neuropathy anyways but, smoking makes it 100 times worse!

Elisa Marie Nash Maryann Tillman Kohler no one told me until one day my hands fell asleep and wouldn’t wake up. It hurt so bad I cried actual tears. I am on a ton of Gabapentin now and am basically a zombie. Oh no I’m sorry you lost a toe.

Leah Ann Occasional drink … I used to be a drinker but have cut way way way down since dx

Danielle Cunningham I’ve never smoked and I quit drinking about 6 years ago when I got on topomax for my migraines. It doesn’t mix

Kelly R. Collins Deleted smoking pot comments. Marijuana is not legal in most States as well as other countries so we don’t advocate smoking it in this group as it is a global group

Frances Knuckles I don’t smoke, but I usually have one glass of wine sometime during the work week, and one on the weekend. It doesn’t bother/affect me, and I look upon on it as a small “reward” or “comfort.” NO, I’m not an alcoholic for liking that as my comfort item,I used to have 5 or 6 glasses of wine in a week, which is NOT heavy drinking. I just decided to make a modification that was more in sync with this WOE without totally foregoing something that I enjoy.

Joana Oros Garcia I dont like drinking let alone smoking 🤷🏻‍♀️ but when i do have socializing time i may drink a beer or two bit the compliant ones

Paula Pow Haven’t smoked since I was in my 20’s and never smoked much. And what little bit of drinking I ever did, I stopped when I first went on antidepressants medication in 1999 because I am not supposed to drink alcohol while taking such medications. I was also told that alcoholic beverages are a no-no with my diabetes, along with fruit juices and sugar-sweetened drinks.

Letty Garza I don’t smoke but I do drink socially. However I cut way back since being diagnosed except for last weekend I drank low carb beer and my fasting bs went to 150. So I’d rather not do that anymore. All that work and just blew it. 😧 only to work harder to bring my numbers back down

Robin Coleman I cut down my drinking.. Haven’t had a drink since the 4th of July. My A1c came way down. Just not worth it. Quit smoking 13 years ago

Robin Coleman I cut down my drinking.. Haven’t had a drink since the 4th of July. My A1c came way down. Just not worth it. Quit smoking 13 years ago

Kriselyn Kristique Galvan I only smoke when I drink. I usually drink a few times a year but when I let loose I drink Diet Coke and rum to sip on or martini. Something low sugar maybe a Bloody Mary for the next day 

Traci Gibson Drinking for me raises my blood sugar to the point where my meters starts to greet me with HI..HOW U DOING …FEEL LIKE CRAP HUH…
Nor do i recommend it for any one with dm1 or 2…
Drimk is how some becomes a dm2
Most alcohol are fermented starches or sugars…
So what’s do u expect it to do but raise.
Just like when u take steroids it’s that first few day’s its up.

Angel Highsmith I rarely ever drink but I did smoke a pack a day for 35 years. I was diagnosed in April of this year and quit smoking 2 weeks later. Almost 4 months smoke free.

Jerry Simon your not serious about getting healthy if you drink or smoke,,,not sure its even compliant w this “woe” i mean gee whiz i worry about drinking coffee, couldn’t imagine anxiety over what alcohol and cigarettes would do to me…..come on people lets get healthy and stay healthy…….do love yourself enough to quit?

Lynn Edwards Oakley No drinking or alcohol for me thank goodness since I have ate so poorly over the years. I want to be around to have grand babies so trying to get in the best shape I can Poor planning is my biggest down fall Working on it everyday and winning right now I know no can do this and I am determined. Good luck everyone

John Teehan Still a smoker. It’s my last vice after a previous long list of vices. Probably be quitting by the end of the year, but want to get a hand in this new lifestyle before I go mucking around with another big change.

Docs aren’t super thrilled, but they understand. They’re getting me a scrip for nicotine gum so I can at least start when I’m ready, hoping I’ll do it sooner than later.

Interestingly, I’m finding a lot of parallels to adapting to T2D as I had when I quit drugs 30 years ago and booze 20 years ago. I that experience is making this a little easier.

Jerry Armitage Although I rarely do anymore. I have to admit. When I was partying everyday not taking my meds. I felt 10 times better than I do now.

Karen Kemling Tullos Never smoked. Only drink very occasionally. I figure with all the meds why aggravate my liver and kidneys with alcohol.

Amy Thomas I am an ex smoker, and I rarely have a drink. I never drank much anyway in my 58 years. When I started on certain meds few years back, it said no alcohol. I might have a sip of my hubby’s beer here and there. He drinks the craft beers. Micro brews.

Sheliah Caddell Dennis trying to stop the smoking / drink rarely now and only wine . i gained so much weight from insulin . i want to do the WOE plan but dental issues due to another illness make it hard to chew certain foods , praying and relaying on God

JoDe Engle I am a social smoker. I have one on the way to work, 2 at lunch driving around and 2 going home. That’s where it ends unless, I have cocktails. Then I over do it on the cigarettes and the alcohol. I like either michelob ultra with 6 green olives popped in or, vodka with dt rootbeer or vodka with Torani salted carmel, unsweetened vanilla almond milk over ice. Neither of those alcohol choices spike my BS infact brings them down.

Sara Watson I have not smoked in over 5 years, I drink very occasionally – usually have to increase my food intake to ensure the sugar levels say normal

Barb Enright I gave up smoking and drinking after I had multiple pulmonary emboli (blood clots in my lungs) and almost died. Diabetes is what put me at higher risk of those blood clots in the first place. I’m not against smoking or drinking, but my body can’t handle it anymore.

Lana Wright I stopped smoking 18 months ago and I died on the 14 th they did cpr and shocked me back i cant wait to work out again
I think they’re coming tomorrow to help with that
I finally got out today it was truly unbelievable I will do what to do live 

Tara N Jose Garcia I quit smoking 5 years ago and cold turkey it was easy for me and trust me you’ll feel a lot better but I just found out 3 weeks ago I’m a type 2 diabetic so I thank God I quit smoking years ago otherwise I would be a lot worse just be determined to quit and suck on a lemon drop they help and trust me within 6 months you will get your taste buds and sense of smell back oh! And I quit drinking when I found out I’m diabetic I want to live a long life for the sake of my son that’s why and I was drinking crown and coke and beer but not anymore I feel a lot better without all that toxins in my body and beer has a lot of salt which isn’t good

How do you all deal with testing when out in public

How do you all deal with testing when out in public? I don’t want to go to the bathroom because I feel it’s so germy 😝 and I feel strange doing it around other people also. I know some people are squeamish around blood for various reasons. I also dread any kind of confrontations EVER, so I’m wondering what you all do.

Wilma Perkey Keep alcohol wipes with your meter. Set your Lancet up before you leave your house. If you are discrete most people would not even realize that you are testing.

Missi Barber I’ll set up my purse as a barrier in between my squeamish friend or set it on my lap, but other than that, I don’t censor myself for the public.

Sherry Knue I discreetly do it, and either take my bio trash home and throw out, or throw out myself. I work on restaurant and have had people leave their bio trash on their trays, as we pick up the trays that is not right

Karen Belak Do it on my lap and sort of turn to the side. We are usually with family and know one minds or is squeamish. It has been a great learning tool for my grandchildren

Anne Liisa Lepper Doesn’t make a difference if I’m in public or not. Open up the kit in my lap and just do it.

Dawn Agrait Weate I’m more concerned about strangers than family and friends. I just don’t want to be confronted about it.

Valerie Malliett Depends on who I’m with. But there is nothing shameful about testing.

Gretchen Brightman Palmer Right out in the open where anyone who wants to can watch and judge

Debi Davis I have a private office, however co-workers have came in while I was testing. Most people are aware of diabetes and know we have to test in order to maintain our health and they just let me finish without asking any question

Rosanna Marie Catone it can be used as a learning tool.. educate folks

Katie Sestito Just do it wherever you are. Have no shame. No need to hide it. It’s not your problem if other people have a problem. It is their problem.

Mia Hernandez I do it wherever I am at and most the time I’m at home

Julie A. Murray I think it’s more discrete than breastfeeding so I just whip it out, get my blood, test and put it all away. No one is the wiser.

GiGi Barmer I am old and could care less what anyone thinks about anything I do or say or wear.

Mickie Chase I just test where I am. I do it discreetly. Or in my car. I really don’t worry about doing it with others around. They van turn their heads if it is an issue.

Katherine Haan Floren I do it under the table trying to be as discreet as possible. If they ask what I’m doing, I ask them why they want to know?? Usually shuts them up pretty quick 

Pamela Brodsky In the beginning U used to do it in the ladies room, but my doctor told me that it’s perfectly fine to test and inject right at the table. I’ve been doing it for about 20 years and no one has ever said anything about it.

Frances Knuckles I test in a low key, matter of fact manner. Anyone who has never seen someone check their blood sugar needs to be given a demonstration. It’s giving myself injections in public that still bother me a little. How’s that for logical thinking?

Kathleen Carson-Asher I strip to my waist and put my phone up to my boob with the sensor on it and PING!

Lisa Yarborough I want someone to come up to me with an objection to my testing at the table. I dare you

Rebecca Sue Congdon I just pull my kit out and do it in my lap. Or find a private corner. I’m known to do it at the table. No one has ever complained. IMO its like breastfeeding. It’s a medical reality that is just part of our world. I don’t rub it in anyone’s face but I don’t hide in shame.

Bethani Jo-El McCoy I try to test in my car when that’s an option. But just kinda be quick and secretive about it. If my anxiety is acting up to bad that day I just avoid needing to test in public.

Nina Neher I’m like a quick-draw-mcgraw.
Takes me less than a minute. Lots of practice right? 😆 No one gets a chance to even see blood lol

Debi Troyer Callahan I used to be that way now I just don’t care I test At least one is legitimate illness not something that if I just chose not to do what you tell me I’m not a diabetic because I wanna forget for a little while

Theresa Przybylkowski Skelton Don’t be embarrassed by it. It’s now part of your life just do what you have to do for you. Let everyone who has a problem with it deal with it. Good luck

John Barlowe Test right before you go in, or if you feel the wait is going to be too long, you can discreetly test at the table with your hand in your lap.

John Kawakami I used to lay out all the gear on the table. Meter. Alcohol pads. Log notebook. Metformin. Now I figured out how to keep it in the pouch and work quick.

Lillian Shorey Blood is more than ‘squeamish’, blood transmits lots of diseases (aside from being unsanitary). Be mindful and respectful, but not ashamed. I go to the bathroom and lay my testing kit open and test on that with paper towels down too.

Sheila Harmon I don’t mind the bathroom. I lay paper towels where I’m testing then test. Takes less than 40 seconds. I would not test at a table where I’m eating unless I’m alone. Or I test in the car if I remember to restock an alcohol pad.

Brittney Pearl Buchholz-Dean I set up in my lap if sitting or on top of my purse as I push the grocery cart at the store… most people don’t even notice unless you make it completely obvious

Jenn Callum The tiny tiny drop of blood is nothing anyone should have an issue with – if they do… 🤷‍♀️ Do what you have to do, where you need to do it. It only takes a minute. Obviously the used test strip goes into your kit to be disposed of later. No big deal.

Ruth Hughes I do it in my car, or a little under the table..people do stare at me like ?? I just iggy them..some people take a shot in public places, but normally I take mine in my car..

Rae Weisz Logan In a month I never thought to use an alcohol pad ? I use the same needle for over a week. I only test in the morning mostly. Why an alcohol pad and when do you change a needle ?

I am on insulin daily

I am on insulin daily as metforim did not help at all. Anyone in the same situation?

Beckara Mosley Metformin doesn’t directly lower your blood sugar like insulin does. With Metformin you must be strict cutting out starchy carbohydrates. It’s best to do the same with insulin also

Christina Brown-Groves I do both.. metformin, short and long acting insulin.

Jenna Billos I do short term insulin 3x a day before meals and a long acting insulin before bed.

Antonett Solis I take slow acting insulin 3x a day before meals.

Corky Derksen I take insulin once a day. I was having extreme reactions to metformin.

Carol Van Duren Yes. I got very sick on Metformin..with my IBS a lot of meds hurt my stomach badly. So I opted for Insulin. Its been great. I only take 11 units at bedtime no side effects.

Denise Parker Yes. I was on Tresiba once a day when I started this group, 3rd week I came off of it.

Veronica Raz Yes, same situation, but insulin was added to Metformin.

Tracy Carlin I couldn’t take metformin and was started on insulin (Lantus). After starting keto I was off of insulin within a month and had lowered my A1c by 3 points. So excited to find out what my next number is in September. If you start keto be sure to consult your doctor as combining keto with some meds and insulin can cause hypoglycemia. It is a process of lowing medication as you lower your carb intake. Wishing you all the best!

Justin Michaud I was also on metformin for about 5 weeks, insomina was the lower for me; also didn’t lower my glucose. Currently on lantus nightly, working on finding the right dose

Steve Hanson I was till I lost 105 pounds.

Paulina Buncic Metformin helps lower blood glucose levels by improving the way the body handles insulin — namely, by preventing the liver from making excess glucose and by making muscle and fat cells more sensitive to available insulin.
Metformin not only lowers blood glucose levels, which in the long term reduces the risk of diabetic complications, but it also lowers blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and does not cause weight gain the way insulin and some other oral blood-glucose-lowering drugs do.

Zachary Bane I’m on an insulin pump with trjenta and lisinapril

Gail Sincavage Caffrey I may be doing the same thing very soon. My daughter is getting married on Saturday and I didn’t want to try a thing new until after the wedding.

Jeanne Kleinschmidt Stir it well and keep in the fridge— it will be a hard to spread so scoop the amount you want but bring to room temp. Keeping it in the fridge stops it from separating again.

Jennifer Childre Starkey The plain peanuts and salt peanut butter is the best way to go. Yes, you keep the oil and stir it all up. I always try to remember to flip my jar each day upside down and then right side up. It just kind of keeps it mixed, no need to refrigerate as it will not go bad till the expiration date. It really is good and of course, you can mix any compliant sweetener to it whenever you like.

Tippi Sladaritz My issue w it is how thick and hard it is. Other brand must put something in it to thin and smooth.


I’m brand new here and struggling with the sugar addiction

I’m brand new here and struggling with the sugar addiction. I haven’t quit yet and as a extremely picky eater I’m at a loss on what to do. Any suggestions? Thx!

Candace Leverton What are things you like to eat? There are lots of alternatives but you’re gonna have to go on an adventure of getting out of your comfort zone a bit and be open to trying new things!

Mary Anne Brennan-Ottoline that’s my problem. A big problem. I have a very small menu and don’t try things. My problem but hard.

Michael Chiusano Mary Anne Brennan-Ottoline no one had a smaller menu then me. I had the menu of a 6yr old. If I can do it anyone can

Paulina Buncic Welcome to our Low Carb High healthy Fat food group. As diabetics our body no longer processes carbs correctly. So, We keep our carbs under 50 per day (many keep it under 30). We eat only the foods on this list.

We don’t eat any bread (grains), rice, potatoes (of any color), beans, corn, peas, pasta, fruit, or sugar. We also avoid milk…you can replace it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or heavy whipping cream (for coffee). We add healthy fats to keep us full between meals. We are glad you are here. Just Ask us if you have questions

Paulina Buncic You must realize you now have a serious disease. The good news it can be controlled with food and meds if needed. You must realize that if you continue to eat carbs it puts you at risk for loss of eye sight, kidney function, your toes and feet, heart problems, etc. You must change your thinking about food and learn that there is a lot of tasty food you can still eat.
My bg was 486 at diagnosis, it even got up to 495. Now it is 87-90 everyday.

Mary Anne Brennan-Ottoline Paulina Buncic I know and it scares me. I’m on Metformin and would love to get off it. You sound like you are doing good,that’s wonderful

Brianne Dentson Mary Anne Mary Anne Brennan-Ottoline I am a picky eater with a sweet tooth as well. But I decided I was in a fight for my life the day I got my diagnosis. I have found alternatives for my sweet tooth in the recipe group. And I’m eating things only from the chart that someone posted above. You can do it. You just have to get out of your own way.

Brianne Dentson Mary Anne Brennan-Ottoline take a look at the recipe page as well. I’m making cheesecake, ice cream & brownies for my sweet tooth.

Lorë Bollengier I used to be addicted to sugar too, but decided it wasn’t worth losing toes or a leg over, so at first I did just meat and cheeses which I also enjoy

Gina Lee The recipe group is great. I made a lot of the desserts from there the first month to help me get over the sugar cravings. I rarely have those cravings anymore since eating from our food list. I do like to make something new once a month. The cheesecake recipe is so yummy in there. It gets better and you will feel better too. Good luck.

Denise Parker Try new things and quit being picky? Lol, kidding, but not kidding. Your taste buds do change. So be adventurous. As an example, I have always hated and I mean hated Dr. Pepper. I would gag if I got my daughters glass by mistake. Last year I picked up what I thought was my drink, nope it was grandson’s Dr. Pepper and I thought hmm that’s pretty good. So I started trying diet Dr Pepper. You just introduce yourself to some new stuff and when you get totally sugar free you will find that some things really taste different to you than they did before. Either way if you want to get your diabetes under control you need to jump in and try. 

Bonnie Poynter Oh I understand… Only the loss of vision in one eye caused me to gain the motivation needed to change my diet. It also helped to have some family support.. but that didn’t occur until eye surgery costing thousands was emanent. Then they finally quit handing me desserts etc.

Bonnie Poynter I have to say to you children thanks I’m so sorry I can’t eat this it will kill me… A bit extreme I know .. sometimes I just take it say thank you and put it down.

I really want to know what’s in the compliant buffalo chicken dip. I love that stuff!

I am so excited to finally be able to tell you all that I have lost 50 lb

I am so excited to finally be able to tell you all that I have lost 50 lb since April 5th of this year! We are working farmers, and part of what we raise is poultry. I decided to celebrate the occasion by carrying around a 50 lb bag of chicken feed for as long as I possibly could, to see how it felt to carry around all that extra weight again.

WOW!! Let me tell you, I immediately felt sluggish and slow. I felt like it was going to take a lot of effort for me to walk anywhere at all. I wanted to see how long I would feel comfortable carrying this weight as I went about my daily activities.

I was so relieved to be rid of that bag, finally. Then I thought about how much weight I still need to lose. If I could lose 40 more pounds, that would be great. So, it’s almost like I’m carrying around another 50 lb sack of chicken feed. I feel so much better now having lost 50 lb, but how much better am I going to feel with another 40 lbs off? I can only imagine it’s going to be amazing!

The particulars: I was diagnosed with an A1C of 7.8. Three weeks ago, at my 3 month checkup, it was 6.4. Triglycerides went from 337 to 203. Total cholesterol went from 178 to 130 (I am on a statin). All of this following the LCHF WOE! Thank God for this page and the people who run it. This page is lifechanging and lifesaving!

Kelly R. Collins So excited for you

John Barlowe I know what you mean. I lost 60 lbs and that equates to about two 8x8x16 hollow core concrete blocks. I tried carrying those around and was wore down in a couple dozen yards. No wonder I have so much more energy.
Keep up the good job. LCHF for a better life.

Joan Ray Haig Dawn. Wonderful news! I just finished 22 and want to lose 50 total. U are my hero! Can u give us some tips? Go to bfast? Fav lunch? Quick dinner for tired nights?

JoelDawn Suderman Joan Ray Haig I do best when I eat two meals a day. One around 10 or 11, and another one around three or four. Go to breakfast is a boiled egg, two ounces of block cheese, and 1/3 bell pepper. Preferably green because it is less sweet.

JoelDawn Suderman Quick dinner is a salad with compliant ingredients especially meat. Or a hamburger patty with some type of fresh vegetable.

JoelDawn Suderman Eat lots of leafy greens. Favorite snack is cucumber spears. Love mixing lightly steamed broccoli, bacon, compliant mayo, parmesan cheese, touch of cayenne pepper, and some red onion together. Can be eaten cold or warm. I like Gatorade lemon lime zero in the afternoon on the evening because that’s when I tend to crave sweets. Also, it will replenish electrolytes.

Russell Rangel This is awesome. I’m down 50 myself. This woe is the only thing that has worked for me. Anyone that’s reading please don’t give up. Be patient.

LaVonne Davis-Schenck Every time I buy dog food, I remind myself that this is what I lost, and how determined I am that it doesn’t come back. Now for the next bag of dog food.

Jannie Stickney You are inspirational!! And that is a great way to remember, remind yourself to stay strong and stick with the WOE!! 

Ashley Hetzel That’s an amazing way to look at weight loss!!! Since November when I found out I was diabetic my A1C was a 6.5 I have since gotten it down to a 6.0 and have lost 75 pounds.

Marcia Josker I lost 14# in 6mons and gained 3# back. I need to lose between 35-40# I walk 30- 45 min per day 5-6 days a week. Cut meal portions down and have one fruit inbetween meals. How did you lose 50#