The Freaking Diabetes Class
- I'm a know-it-all. I admit it. I take great pleasure in knowing alot. However, when I was diagnosed last week with GDM, I decided that I would have an open mind and listen/learn as much as I can.
- I deal with the news media for work, so my general job is reading news and being caught up on news. Not surprisingly, I keep up on the latest research when it comes to diet and health.
Onto the class: it was divvied up into 3 sections: 1. general info. Loved this lady. Very knowledgable and REAL. 2. how to use the glucose meter. This lady was more than a little testy and didn't have any slides or handouts for us, leaving us to take notes while literally trying to turn on, test, use the control sticks, etc. She was lightning speed, which I always appreciate more than being super slow. 3. The dietician. This is where it got hairy. Combine the two caveats above and you can probably guess what happened. I had a LOT of issues with what the dietician said. Specifically here's where:
- You should only have three eggs a week. Um no. There's abundant research that shows that eggs are fine to eat every day.
- 2% milk will make you fat. Again, no. It's 30 extra calories between 2% and skim. There's abundant research that shows that cutting dairy fat in milk does NOTHING for keeping weight off. She actually said 2% will make you fat. I'm not kidding.
- To find out how many calories I should be eating, go to myfoodpyramid.gov. Are you kidding me???????????? You don't have a questionaire to help me figure out my range? Should I be counting at all? No answer on her part.
- You should really watch your fat intake. Again, no. I'm not saying I'm having mayo and bacon every meal, but really, I'm not going to count grams of fat in avocado or natural peanut butte or olive oil. Those are healthy fats. I'm not going to eat a jar of peanut butter a day, mind you. Or even avocado every day.
- Watch the protein intake. HELLO?????????????? What am I supposed to eat?
- Yoplait Light yogurt is a great choice. Ok, where do I start? 1. It has a TON of chemicals in it. 2. It has high fructose corn syrup. This is in DIRECT contradiction to what she had told us earlier: avoid anything that contains any type of sugar in the first four ingredients. The HFCS is #3 on the list. I point this out, and she said you should really just count the carbs on the yogurt.
- I should be eating THREE carb servings with every meal. What????? I thought it was 2, and one of those had to be milk.
What I DID learn in the class:
- I have a 20%-50% chance of developing Type 2 diabetes within the next 5-10 years. Awesome!
- I can't have any fruit with breakfast.
- A 20-minute walk after I eat is KEY for bringing blood sugar levels down. I'm hoping this works, cause I tested an hour after lunch and it was on the higher end of the range. And she wants me to be eating MORE carbs? What?
People, I'm annoyed with the misinformation presented today and I'm super annoyed that my levels were so high after a lunch I thought was OK. Dammit.