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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Good evening!
I have been reading many posts and am so impressed by everyone's knowledge and helpful hints.  I have been type 2 since 1999, and was put on insulin pump in July of 2007.  LOVE IT!
My question is, what is this "Nothing white but cauliflower" diet i have read about?  I would love to lose weight and this sounds very interesting.
Thanks for your help!

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/7/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherri, welcome to the Forum!  This "nothing white but cauliflower" is the same as a very low carbohydrate diet which cuts out or cuts down drastically the amount of carbohydrates in your diet.  This means nothing made of sugar or flour, no potatoes, bread, pasta or rice.  These foods are full of carbs which raise blood sugar a lot and also puts on weight, so these two conditions that diabetics want to avoid can be sort of be taken care of in one shot.  If someone cuts down on carbs, they will most probably experience weight loss and lower blood sugar.  Others use a diet with pairs up protein and carbs to control blood sugar better - The Insulin Resistant Diet - and this works for some people.  On the 'nothing white' diet, we eat meat and vegetables, and cheese and eggs.  Some root vegetables have a high glycemic value which can cause high blood sugar.  Some people can eat vegetables like carrots because of their glycemic load (having fiber that makes it slowly digested) but others find carrots drive their blood sugar up.  The bottom line is testing after you eat so you know what raises your blood sugar.  That's it in a nutshell.  And, yes, you can eat nuts, too!
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 2/7/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Sherri,
I have been doing this since last April and have gotten off my insulin as well as my Avadia and lost weight, too! I generally just eat meats, fish, eggs and cheeses for protein. All true veggies and salad greens are fine, just no grains (i.e. corn, farina, rice, wheat) or potatoes. Fruits, especially Vitamin C ones are good in moderation.

Basically, if a food comes in a box or was manufactured in a factory then I don't eat it. This takes care of over 80% of the grocery store, mostly items that have been invented since the 1940's. If you eliminate the bread aisle, snack aisle, and baking ingredient aisle, then all you have left is fresh and canned veggies, fresh fruits, meats, cheeses and fish as well as nuts and nut butters.

These basic foods feed your body much better and help keep sugars in line without any guilt. If I want to go for a special treat it's one half cup of icecream in a small cocktail glass eaten with a baby spoon. I do this about once a week. I also eat sugar free popcicles and diet soda but many here do not. Hope this helps.
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