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ashleychris
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   Posted 2/24/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told today about a diet that included eating no starches and using olive oil. It was a user on here who told me. I was wondering if I could get some more information about it and maybe some recipes that I could possibly make for me and my fiancee. I think one was a squash spagettie dinner. Any information or websites would be wonderful!!!

LanieG
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   Posted 2/25/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ashleychris, sorry it's taken a long time for you to get a response.  The diet you're referring to is low-carbohydrate and there are several resources you can use, such as Atkins, Dr. Bernstein (he's written 2 books, one of which has recipes) and Dr. Gott's No Flour/No Sugar diet.  Dr. Gott has a syndicated column in many newspapers and has also written a book, I believe.  Basically, you would not eat any "white" food except cauliflower.  Eat meats, chicken, fish, low-carb vegetables (which I guess would be low glycemic), cheese, eggs.  No bread, pasta, rice or potatoes.  These foods are rich in carbs and will raise your blood sugar.  You need to be careful of packaged food because they usually have some sort of sugar or flour added.  Packaged food is sometimes high in sodium, too.  A low-carb diet will help you lose weight and help keep blood sugar more near normal levels.  Everyone metabolizes food a little differently so you may find that you can eat beans or some winter squash or whole grain breads along with your meal and still have decent blood sugar levels.  To know how it affects you, you'd have to test your blood sugar after eating to see.  We've talked about recipes a lot here and if you scan back through the past thread subjects, you'll find some interesting food ideas.  Are you diabetic?

Lanie
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ashleychris
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   Posted 2/25/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am, a lot of my family is as well.

LanieG
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It's on my mother's side, too.  So, eating fewer carbs will help you control this.  Do you test your blood sugar with a monitor?

Lanie
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ashleychris
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
no i don't have one up here at school, i just recently found out, i still have one more blood test to do over easter. I'm planing on buying one in the next few days.

LanieG
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Do they want you to take the glucose tolerance test?  That will tell you how you metabolize carbs.  Do you know what your blood sugar reading was when they diagnosed you?

Lanie
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ashleychris
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, that's the test I still have to take, I don't remember what it was when I got tested. I would have to get a hold of my mom. But I do know it was low.

LanieG
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Low?  I would have thought it was high.  They said you are diabetic?  Well, good luck on the glucose tolerance.  In the meantime, if you need to lose weight, the low-carb diet will help with that.  If your blood sugar is high, a low-carb diet will help bring down the blood sugar. 

Lanie
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ashleychris
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
It was low when I last tested. The first time I went to the doctors he said it was very high. I tested myself this weekend when I went home, I was a bit under the weather so my mom said that it could be a reason it was low.

LanieG
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, I got it.  Then, try to follow the low-carb plan in the meantime.  You could go to a bookstore, the nutrition/diet section and check out the Bernstein books and other "low-carb" diets like Atkins.  Just read through them to get a handle on what they say so you can understand more about this way of eating.  (Don't even buy the book at this point.)  And there are lots of websites that talk specifically about low or no carb diets, too.  Just google for them.  Good luck.  I guess you'll be taking the test during spring break?  eyes   argh.  I'm signing off now.  If you have any particular questions about food, in the meantime, ask away.  I'll be back tomorrow and there are others who'll be around, I'm sure.


Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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