hi @HopeFloats2020 Now I’m not a doctor, so I am glad to hear you are bringing this up with a nutritionist as well as your medical team.
Here’s how I understand it; insulin is a growth hormone. It provides the key for your cells to use blood glucose in metabolism for energy. You have to balance food, insulin and activity to have decent blood sugar control.
Without insulin, your body starves, (even when you eat) so it burns fats. Your kidneys have a tough job because your blood sugar is high so you pass enormous amounts of water and sugar. So uncontrolled, you are losing water faster then you can drink it, and burning fats = you will lose weight in a horrible way.
Once you get our blood sugar under control, metabolizing the food you eat returns to “close to normal”. so that’s job #1.
Then you balance the calories you burn every day with what you need to eat. At first, you will need more calories because you need to replace the burned fat and muscle loss that occurs with diabetes. You can continue like that - with a calorie surplus - and you will gain weight.
No one should have said you can’t have carbs, and you cant eat whatever. I know many people equate “insulin” with something bad, but it’s not. It’s necessary to stay alive. There is no reason you can’t eat a balanced (carbs, protein fat, etc.) meal. You can gain weight and muscle as a vegetarian if that is your goal. Some folks try to minimize insulin by eating low carb, and that’s possible and even beneficial if you are trying to LOSE weight.
I eat like a person without “diabetes” I eat pasta, chicken, veggies, and an occasional chili dog all the way. Now it’s not easy ( because you need to learn how to use insulin), but I will also have ice cream and pizza once in a while too.
before corona lockdown, I was working out and needed additional calories due to additional exercise. this means more insulin in general, but with exercise, less insulin for the carbs consumed. at first I had ups and downs but I was getting there with re-learning insulin for the new routine. and that’s what we have to do, all the time. you will get there.