yesterday's article on low-fat diet vs. low carb diet

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gelchick
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   Posted 7/17/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie
 
I tried to respond under your article, but I got a message that it was locked by a forum administrator- thanks for posting.
 
I found it interesting that the article mentioned that the mediterranean diet was the best for blood sugar control- I've been drifting in that direction since my meds were cut at my last doctor's visit- and my numbers have been great!
sandy

Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 7/17/2008 12:35:19 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 7/17/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandy, for some reason I had trouble getting the link to work and kept on trying and trying.  I finally gave up.  I figured it flew off into cyberspace.  In any case, it's been in the news online, TV and in the papers so it's easy to find.  I'm not surprised that the low-fat diet didn't come out well since we've read about that in Gary Taub's article, What if it's All a Big Fat Lie? several years ago.  I don't know how I'd do under the Mediterranean diet because if there's bread or pasta in it, I couldn't do it.  I don't know the particulars about that diet other than olive oil, vegetables and more olive oil!  As you know, I'm not a vegetarian, so my diet consists of meat, lots of vegetables, salad, eggs and cheese but I rarely eat fruit.  As always, we come out best when we tweak our food according to how we metabolize it. 

Ok, I think I got the article's link and I included Taub's as well.

Lanie
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Marburg
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   Posted 7/18/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,

I think you could do quite nicely on the mediterranean diet--just don't eat the bread, rice or pasta. That's what I do when I want to eat mediterranean food. I eat the humuus, and the grapeleaves, the veggies, cheese, meats, and a little of the rice (it's usually wild/brown rice and I don't have much trouble with that). My cardio (I have a long family history of heart trouble on both sides so I see a cardio as a precaution) says it is really good for the heart.

Marburg

gelchick
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   Posted 7/18/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Marburg-
 
My doctor also promotes the mediterranean diet- and I'm not a heart patient. I try to eat as close to 100% unprocessed as possible - the BIG exception is my Greek yogurt ( but that's Mediterranean isn't it?)- I don't eat animal flesh as everybody knows by now, so I do eat soy products from protein. I get tons of food to eat- and my garden is in full swing right now-
 
My biggest happy result was that when I went in for my quarterly tests last week- my lipid profile had actually IMPROVED (total 133; LDL/HDL ratio =1.5; triglycerides 52) and I lost 5 pounds- and I've only been eating this way for a month.
 
My A1c was still at 5.2 despite the fact that I am eating about 40 - 45 % carbs right now. I amd delighted because the rainy, cool spring gave me a bountiful harvest of berries- and now my garden looks more like a farm- so I plan to enjoy everything that I can while it's fresh off the mother plant- yesterday my cucumbers were 10 minutes from the vine to the table, and the zukes took a bit longer- because I grilled them.
 
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


LanieG
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   Posted 7/18/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandy and Marburg, actually when I look at these diets now, I eat like the Mediterranean diet but not the pasta, bread or rice.  We eat so many vegetables and salad food with the meat/chicken/fish that there wouldn't be any room anyway!  We're growing Ichiban eggplant this year, the long thin kind.  It's very easy to grow and the squirrels don't take them - which is why we had to give up on the tomatoes and cucumbers.   In the spring we grew romaine and arugula lettuce which turned out great.  Half our salad now is made up of the herbs we grow.  We're doing ok with the patio tomatoes.  For some reason the rascals don't bother trying to get them there.  So, whether you call it low-carb or Mediterranean or a combo, it's working out fine with me too.  Very low readings.  Can't ask for more.
yeah



Lanie
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gelchick
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   Posted 7/20/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie
 
OMG- I fight those evil creatures myself- and rabbits too! Remember those 32 cup lage salad bowl type containers from Tupperware? That's what I'm growing my lettuce in- I've got 6 of them going- I reseed every couple of weeks and and pick the leaves young- I take them out in the AM and back into my screen porch in the PM-
 
AS for the squirrels- I spray my plants with hot pepper sray- the squirrels hate it. I put netting over the cukes, which I have climbing up a large trellis- and have had a great harvest already, but no squirrel poaching- I wouldn't mind if they enjoyed a couple- but they take big bites out of each one and leave them-grrr
 
I only eat sprouted bread and not much of it. I use the shirataki orzo to substitute for rice which I don't like anyhow and I eat only the Dreamfield's pasta.  If you look at the Greek style of mediterranean eating (Cretan) as opposed to the Italian style- breads, rice, and pasta are used more like condiments rather than large menu items- they tend to favor unprocessed food over processed.
 
One thing I think is making a difference is that I am not eating so much hard cheese any more- I eat feta ( \sheep and goat), ricotta, cottage and homemade mozzarella (semi-soft), and only drinking soy milk- where before I was drinking the Hood Calorie Countdown- and I'm not so anal about linking and balancing since it no longer seems to be necessary. 
 
I'm down 2 more pounds this morning- which is amazing-
I was sooooo jealous of ceebee dropping all that weight under strict Bernstein - while I dropped just about nothing- there may be someting to that Eat Right for Your Body Type after all...
 
 
yeah  sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


gelchick
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   Posted 7/20/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Selmer,

Thanks for the kind response- I've been well controlled for about 2 years now using the Insulin Resistance approach and was getting to the point where I was almost 'too' used to it- so I needed to mix up my eating a bit.  I really don't crave junk- maybe have a bite or two of something I bake for my husband and that's plenty.

I do want an excuse to buy new clothes, so I'm hoping I've found my fountain of weight loss. lol sandy


I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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