A few weeks ago I had an appointment with a dietician. I’ve spent my life avoiding dieticians because I already know all there is to know on eating healthy with type one diabetes.
But in recent years I’ve also developed gastroparesis and hypothyroidism. These three conditions along with other factors have made it difficult for me to find a good healthy diet(lifestyle)that works for me.
I have many other health issues as well, but these are the main that can be helped the most by, and affect the most, my diet.
So I finally gave in and agreed to consult a dietician.
The dietician I met with was quite nice and knowledgeable, she also seemed to understand well my medical conditions and my difficulties and concerns. After our initial short greetings and medical rundown, she asked me:
“So, what exactly are the major goals and concerns you’d like to address?”
I went right into them.
1. blood-glucose control
3. reduce gastroparesis symptoms
4. overall health improvement
She asked me what my current diet was like. I told her. She asked me if I’ve ever considered a vegetarian diet. I said I wouldn’t have too much trouble switching to one, but haven’t put a lot of thought into it.
During our conversation she picked up on the fact that I have a solid understanding of carb counting, calorie counting, nutrition needs, etc. She asked me if I’d ever taken any classes. I said no, I am self-taught.
“None of your doctors have ever had you take nutrition courses or diabetes management classes, etc.?”
“Nope.” I explained they were once offered to me but at the time I was very rebellious about my diabetes management and didn’t go.
She didn’t push the issue, maybe she thought I didn’t need them now since I am well self-educated.
After a bit more discussion she gathered two guides for me. One was a daily diet plan, you know, the kind that lays out breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack measurements and suggestions. This much vegetables, this much protein, this much fat, this many carbs… and a total daily calorie count of 1200, to encourage weight-loss.
I’ve been given very similar forms many, many times in my life by both my general practitioners and endocrinologists…
The other form was a breakdown of the four severities of gastroparesis and what you should eat (and avoid eating)during each severity. This I found helpful. I have a good idea of what foods “flare” my GP (are hard to digest or cause nausea/vomiting), but It’s nice to have a good list laid out that I can work with.
We made the plan to meet again in a month.
So, getting, finally, to the point of all of this:
I have been putting more thought into a vegetarian diet. It’s more a curiosity at this point. I asked on Facebook as well as Twitter the following question, but didn’t really get much response.
If you or someone you know has one or more of these conditions, Type 1 diabetes, gastroparesis, hypothyroidism, and are eating a vegetarian diet, has it helped you? What are your experiences?
Also, if you have one or more of these conditions, what diet (vegetarian or other) have you found works best for you?
Lastly, if you have one or more of these conditions, what have your experiences been with dieticians?
I would really appreciate any feedback. Please feel free to respond and also share my post.