4th of July coming....... What kind of fruit is okay??????

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/3/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My son bought a watermelon and some fresh cherries for the holiday. I read the carb counter and the numbers don't sound all that bad to me, but I remember what the canteloupe did to my readings. Which fruits are good and which are bad???? Of course, I'm craving that knowing I probably can't have any.... :-)
 
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4sons
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   Posted 7/3/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Just say "no." Have yourself some cucumbers in sour cream w/dill and cracked pepper instead.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

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LanieG
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   Posted 7/3/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Bear, fruit in general will make you spike, watermelon especially.  Cherries would be ok to nibble on but not a lot.  This is according to their glycemic index.  Do you have a list of the GI for different foods?  That should be your guide.   What I found is I can eat only a handful of berries or cherries but no more than that.  It might help to pour some cream over them, or whip up your own cream.  This is exactly what I'm dealing with tonight, trying to figure out dessert for tomorrow.  So far, I'm making gelatin (sugar free with no maltodextrin - hard to find actually.  I finally found it at WalMart and I hate that store......)  Anyway, several kinds of gelatin and I'm going to whip up my own cream.  Others in the family will also be eating watermelon which I won't touch.  And someone's bringing ice cream.  Oddly, though, the real, authentic French vanilla ice cream isn't too bad if I eat it in a small bowl.  I don't know what the amount is because I don't measure or weight it, but it comes to about 4 or 5 spoons.

Good luck and have a Happy Fourth!

Lanie



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tangerine bear
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   Posted 7/3/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   


Thanks Ruth and Lanie,

I wish I had the ingredients for a jello dish sad , but I do have a fresh cucumber and some sour cream in the fridge! That sounds really good so I think I'll make that for me. Darn, I love fruit! Oh well, veggies will have to do. Happy 4th to all!

Bear tongue

P.S. I guess cherry pie is out of the question... LOL!

 


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fergusc
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   Posted 7/4/2007 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Oddly enough, fruit isn't something I miss too much. We grow the best strawberries and raspberries up here in Scotland and I can get away with half a dozen every so often in our very short summer. Other than that, unless we're stretching the boundaries to include courgettes (zuchini?) and aubergines, fruit's a no-fly-zone.
Don't you get frustrated with people with long lists of food they just don't like? Our lists are of foods we wish we COULD eat, but can't. Not fair.
If we're stretching the boundaries, do you have Ricola sugar free hard candies in the US? They come in some great fruit flavours and don't mess up my blood sugars at all. They don't seem to include any of the dreaded maltitol / sorbitol stuff that screws thing up for many of us. Clutching at straws here!

All the best,

fergusc

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   Posted 7/4/2007 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Fergusc, I haven't seen Ricola candies here but maybe I haven't really looked.  We have their coughdrops though.  As for fruit, I can deal with very small amounts of cherries and berries only if I count them out, maybe less than 10 at a time.  Zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant are fine for me just like other vegetables in moderate amounts.  I don't recall their carbs but I thought they were on the OK list? 

Lanie

PS  Where in Scotland are you?  Unfortunate news coming out of there lately.  :(


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fergusc
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   Posted 7/4/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,
Yeah, zucchini and eggplant are our friends - no worries there.
I'm in Edinburgh, which is 50 miles from Glasgow where the latest madness is going off. Apparently the two guys who tried to attack the airport were doctors. Now we didn't have a terribly high opinion of doctors to begin with, but this is ridiculous! I think they may turn out to be high carb low fat fundamentalists even!

All the best,

fergusc

LanieG
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   Posted 7/4/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   

A tasty side dish or even a lunch would be a sort of eggplant frittata.  Fry round, almost 1" thick slices of eggplant in oil until browned on both sides.  Drain them aside and cook more slices until they're all cooked (They shrink.), and put them back in the frying pan pushed very close together.  Pour a beat-up egg mixture to which you added salt, pepper, tumeric, or whatever spices you like all over the eggplant.  Cover and cook over medium heat.  Flip the whole thing over and cook the other side.  It's easier to do this if you cut it into halves or quarters.  Flipping it is only for aesthetics, so it's nice and browned.  If you like eggplant, it's very good and filling.

We spent a few days in Edinburgh and absolutely loved the city.  People were great.  Then we drove up to Inverness, saw Nessie, and meandered down to Glasgow to fly home.  Very beautiful country!

Have a great day as we celebrate our independence here.

Lanie

PS  I used to think doctors knew everything and were working to keep us healthy - until this year.  There are exceptions to that.



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Post Edited (lanieg) : 7/4/2007 11:15:34 AM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/4/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
about the fruits, there are no bad fruits, only better or worse choices. For example, oranges are full of anti oxidants and vitamin C, fiber and tons of micronutrients that we don't fully understand so I would never tell a diabetic not to eat oranges. Just eat small oranges or maybe 1/2 at breakfast and 1/2 at lunch.

Pears have almost no nutrition other than fiber and fructose so I don't do them. But if a soul yearns for some pears once in a while, why not? Life is short! Most berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, not to mention trace minerals. The variety that the colors add to our diet are directly tied to the variety that we need to eat. The secret is all things in moderation. A few berries, 1/2 an apple along with some cheese for fat and protein (as the French do!) That's the secret.

As long as you are side stepping the processed grain products (bread, muffins, cakes, pastas) you are ok to eat some fruits. Just mellow them out with fat and protein. You all need to be kinder to yourselves. I just returned from a family memorial for 4 men in our family who have died since November. It's good to be healthy, and take care of ourselves, but none of us will get out of this alive anyway...
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gelchick
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   Posted 7/4/2007 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear
 
I agree with Jeannie- most fruits are packed with fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants galore! Besides that, they taste good!
 
The only way to know for sure how they will affect you is to eat a portion and test yourself.  I find that I can eat almost any kind of fruit as long as I balance it with protein (15 grams carb/ 7grams of protein). Most days I eat 2 full fruits with 2 portions of my beloved greek style low carb yogurt for breakfast- and my sugar goes down.   I can't eat fruit alone, but I can eat it with yogurt.  But I didn't know that until I ate it and tested. 
 
I'm thinking about that cherry pie - maybe with a nut and graham cracker crust instead of white flour?????  Maybe a cream cheese or muscarpone layer to boost the protein. You can get konjac powder to thicken the filling - konjac is a pure fiber (no digestible carbs, zero calories) that you use in place of cornstarch, arrowroot, flour, or tapioca -  I love it. You could sweeten with stevia or Splenda if you use that. I'd probably do individual portions in ramekins- 1 fruit portion per ramekin - and top with the whipped cream of course.
 
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   Posted 7/4/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Prunes and plain, sugar free Yogurt! Yum yum!
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