I will go to the heath food store for Omega 3, how do you eat the lentils, barley and oatmeal? I also have other problems I have Lyme Disease and high blood pressure , am trying to take care of one thing at a time but getting my blood sugar under control was the best thing, I was very tired and depressed and I went to a few doctors and they all told me to go on antidepressents, I refused so I decided to check my blood sugar and blood pressure and both were a problem, now I am on meds for both and doing much much better, the problem was I have been eating low carbs for a apporx 6 years because I had gestational Diabets so when my A1c came back 5.6 doctor said your blood sugar is fine, but you number go up only from veg and protein, at least now I am doing much better, thanks for the response, this is so long I guess I needed to get this out of my system!
Judy, if your blood glucose levels are perfect, as you say, then you should relax!
That's far more important than your cholesterol levels, in my view. Our units of measurement are different from yours, so I don't know how my cholesterol numbers would compare with yours. I don't know whether Lyme Disease has implications for your cholesterol levels either. But the body manufactures the majority of it's own cholesterol, so the idea that avoiding things such as cheese or eggs will lower your levels is something of a myth. I do know that cholesterol levels are a very poor indicator of risk for coronary heart disease however, so people tend to worry about it a great deal more than they should.
So, congratulations on the bg numbers, and also for turning down the antidepressants. You're a star!
All the best,
Post Edited (lanieg) : 8/15/2007 3:33:01 PM (GMT-6)
HI Fergusc and Lanieg,
Thanks for the encouragement! I will wait a few months to see about meds for the cholestrol, maybe as I continue treatment for Lyme it will get better, and as you say it may be due to the weight loss, I am losing weight but very slowly, I lost 14 lbs since december , I am 136 lbs now so its not bad for my age, I am 41, but I am 5'2, thanks for the reassurance about the high cholestrol
I see you are on a now carb diet too, what do you have for breakfast?
Hi Judy, do you think that the medication for Lyme's could cause high cholesterol readings? Today I'm suspicious of almost anything having crazy effects on the body.
My breakfast varies: leftover piece of chicken or meat from last night! and a sauteed vegetable with a little cheese - or - omelet (usually EggBeaters) with a mushroom, turkey bacon and bits of green pepper and grated parmesan - or - about 3 slices of cold cuts (no carbs) and 2 cheese puffs (check out how to make them - it's posted last month I think) to make a sandwich. You can also make little quiches with broccoli or cauliflower and grated cheese with egg or egg substitute in muffin trays. These freeze well and then you can pop them into the microwave for breakfast. I got some of these ideas from the South Beach Diet Phase 1 and the others from the Dr. Bernstein book on diabetes. The leftovers, of course, are my own idea! But it's all no/low carb.
I think my lyme disease drove my body crazy, as these numbers were high when I was diagnosed but were normal approx 6months earlier, I like the idea of the little quiches,
You asked how I eat barley, oats, and lentils- do you want to know how I can eat them without my blood sugar levels going up? or do you mean how do I cook them?
I can eat many types of beans, oats and barley, and fruits because I follow the insulin resistance way of eating. I link 15 grams of carb (any kind-starchy or non starchy) to 7 grams of protein. This allows me to eat the soluble fiber foods and still keep my BG levels stable and low (my recent A1c was 5.0).
I think that exercise causes the LDL to fall and the HDL to rise. In my case, my LDL dropped from the high 90's to the mid 80's and my HDL rose about 6 points when I started to ride my exercise bike and walk the treadmill every day. You might search google for more info on this benefit of exercise. I don't do anything strenuous either- just walking and biking for the most part. My triglycerides have always been good (in the 50-70 range). I eat full fat cheeses, cream, butter, eggs and the like - I am a vegetarian, so no sat fats from meats.
I cook my oats in a 3:1 ratio, using either water or almond milk ( a personal preference). I use old fashioned. I prepare steel cut oats in a 4:1 ratio overnight in the crockpot. I throw lentils and barley into soup; barley into casseroles. I can also eat kasha and bulgur without any problem as long as I link them to the correct amount of protein. I haven't tested quinoa or couscous - but my guess is that they'd be okay too.
I tired oats it didnt work but 7 grain cereal did work for me, but I will try kasha and bulgar, sometimes I just want to eat something normal especially for breakfast, I exercise very little as I dont have the strenght, hopefully as I start feeling better I can exercise and start eating a bit more food