Alright, T-Men and T-Vixens- I know you’re all great about helping out the newbies with their long winded problems, so I hope you’ll be able to help out one of the regulars with his. Actually, his father’s.
For the 20 years that I’ve been on this earth, my father has lived the most unhealthy lifestyle of anyone I know. As a result, he has EVERY one of the ACSM’s risk factors for cardiovascular disease (dramatic obesity, serious hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, borderline hypercholesterolemia, smoker since age 15, etc…you get the point). In fact, he’s so anti-fitness and proper diet that he gets angry when anyone in our family mentions it (which gets interesting considering I’m an exercise science and sports management double major). Anyway, lately he’s been changing. He’s in the process of quitting smoking and has started walking on the treadmill every morning (I hope to integrate weight training once he’s more amenable to change). I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he just turned 50: the same age at which his mother died of a heart attack. Obviously, since I live with him, he knows that I live the bodybuilding lifestyle and know quite a bit about diet and training. As such, he’s started to ask my advice about a lot of things, specifically diet. While I’ve made out a long list of changes (eating smaller, frequent meals, healthy carbs, less saturated fat, use of fish oil, less salt, less caffeine, more water) he can slowly incorporate into his diet to be healthier, I have been having some problems in this regard. As an adult onset diabetic, he is extremely insensitive to insulin. I’ve been doing okay with setting up his three traditional meals, but the mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and before bed (if desired) are giving me trouble. Obviously, before bed is strictly protein and a small amount of fats. My problem in the other two is that he refuses to eat out of tupperware because he claims it doesn’t fit his lifestyle as a businessman. Also, he is anti-protein shakes. I thought low-carb (not including glycerin) protein bars might be a decent idea, so I gave him two designer whey bars that I had lying around to try today.
I figured that the protein would fill him up, and that they would be a good choice because glycerin doesn’t have as strong an effect on blood sugar levels as carbs do. However, when he got home, he told me that he could feel that his blood sugar was through the roof because of the bars! So, obviously, these bars are out. Anyone have any suggestions for food planning for type 2 diabetics? He keeps talking about going to a dietician, and we all know that he’ll just be inoculated with that food guide pyramid b.s…
Right now, I have something along these lines:
Breakfast: 1-2 eggs plus 5-6 egg whites, 3 fish oil caps, 1 slice whole wheat or rye bread (he hates oatmeal)
Meal 2: I was hoping cottage cheese and an apple, but who knows what he’ll go for.
Lunch: 6+ oz lean meat, large salad with olive oil and vinegar, 1/2 yam, 3 fish oil caps
Mid Afternoon: Meal 2
Dinner: 6-8 oz lean meat, salad, fibrous/green veggies (non-starchy), 3 fish oil caps, light salad dressing
Before Bed: Protein only (although he loves milk!!!)
He's definitely not ready for Massive Eating, as he really doesn't understand even which foods provide carbs, protein, and fat. I'm teaching him about the macronutrients and the glycemic index, but it's gonna take time. In the meantime, I would really appreciate any help anyone can offer. I've been waiting twenty years for him to make this commitment and I don't want to sit tight and give him time to reconsider his decision. Thanks a million.