Jennifer

Here's the advice I give all newbies:

Sounds like you're planning a move to take control of your diabetes....good for you.

There is so much to absorb... you don't have to rush into anything.
Begin by using your best weapon in this war, your meter. The most important thing you can do to learn about yourself and diabetes is test test test.

What you are looking to discover is how different foods affect you. As I'm sure you've read, carbohydrates (sugars, wheat, rice... the things our Grandmas called "starches") raise blood sugars the most rapidly. Protein and fat do raise them, but not as high and much more slowly... so if you're a T2, generally the insulin your body still makes may take care of the rise.

You might want to try some experiments.
First: Day one: eat whatever you've been
currently eating... but write it down.
Test yourself at the following times:

Upon waking (fasting)
1 hour after each meal
2 hours after each meal
At bedtime

That means 8 x for that day. What you will discover by this is how long after a meal your highest reading comes... and how fast you return to "normal". Also, you may see that a meal that included bread, fruit or other carbs gives you a higher reading.

Then for the next few days, try to curb your carbs. Eliminate breads,
cereals, rices, beans, any wheat products, potato, corn, fruit... get all your carbs from veggies. Test at the same schedule above.
If you try this for a few days, you may find some pretty damn good
readings. It's worth a few days to discover.

That's the thing about this disease... we share much in common... we need to follow certain guidelines... but in the end, our bodies dictate our
treatment and our success.

The closer we get to non-diabetic numbers, the greater chance we have of avoiding horrible complications. The key here is AIM... I know that
everyone is at a different point in their disease... and it is progressive.

But, if we aim for the best numbers and do our best, that's all we can do.

Here's my opinion on what numbers to aim for, they are non-diabetic
numbers.
FBG under 110 (6.1)
One hour after meals under 140 (7.7)
Two hours after meals under 120 (6.7)

Recent studies have indicated that the most important numbers are your "after meal" numbers. They may be the most indicative of future complications, especially heart problems.

Listen to your doctor, but you are the leader of your diabetic
care team. While his /her advice is learned, it is not absolute. You
will end up knowing much more about your body and how it's handling diabetes than your doctor will. The meter is our best weapon.

Just remember, we're not in a race or a competition with anyone but
ourselves... Play around with your food plan...