Low Carb diet - help!

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Stickin' to It
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   Posted 12/29/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been reading the posts from some of you who are using the no carb (or very close to no carb) diet with success in controlling blood sugar. I am ready to try this, but I need some help. Are you following a certain diet (south beach, atkins, etc.) or just eating meals with no carbs....not really sure what I'm asking here. I guess if someone could illustrate for me what a 'typical' eating day is, that would be great!

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/29/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stickin', I know you've been reading through the posts here and that's great, so look back through all the topics that have to do with food.  A couple of months ago, there were posts that were dedicated to breakfast and lunch and dinner.  South Beach, Phase 1 is ok but the other phases include many more carbs, so be careful.  I haven't looked at Atkins but I believe that's one of the original published low carb diets.  Otherwise, check out The Diabetes Diet by Richard Bernstein.  Get to know the glycemic index for foods as that will help you know how foods rate.  It's not perfect but a good thing to know.  This is typical food for me and I hope others will add their responses for you:  breakfast:  2 eggs, any kind of bacon and a cheese puff OR an omelet of eggs or Egg Beaters with cheese, mushrooms (or some onion, red pepper, any veg.) and a cheese puff; lunch: lettuce wrap with cold cuts and cheese and mayo OR tuna/chicken salad OR salad with boiled eggs, chopped chicken/tuna/cold cuts and olive oil dressing OR a cheese puff sandwich with cold cuts and cheese; dinner: any meat or fish and a couple of vegetables with butter or olive oil, and maybe a cheese wedge and some radishes, celery.  If I eat anything between meals it's some almonds, walnuts, pistachios or pecans, a piece of cheese and even a slice of cold cuts.  Do not eat potatoes in any form or rice, pasta or bread.  That can spike your blood sugar as well as fruit but everyone is different so you have to try out all this and test your blood sugar to see how you react.  Not everyone has the same reaction to the different food.  I hope this helps.

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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Stickin', I eat pretty much the same breakfast as Lanie although I put my cheese in the egg. Sometimes I also have a Dannon Fit and Light yogurt with because they are only 4 oz. and 3 carbs. I'll do sandwiches with either lettuce or cheese puffs instead of bread. I just had a late lunch and had a BabyBell cheese, a handful of almonds and about 5 slices of dry salami. It's amazing but that actually fills me up. Dinner again is like Lanie. I do use Dreamfields pasta on occasion. It doesn't seem to raise my blood sugar. Sometimes I use parmesan cheese as breading to fry chicken or veggies. Yummy! I often use spaghetti squash in place of pasta. Dr. Bernstein recommends 6 gr. carb for breakfast, 12 for dinner and 12 for lunch. I probably do a little more than that, but not much. I think most of us try to do no more than 30 to 60 grams a day...that's including the veggies. There are a lot of veggies out there with high amounts of carbs and sugar...peas, corn, tomatoes, onions, carrots. Testing will help you determine what you can tolerate and what you need to totally avoid. I love Jeannie's "Nothing White except Cauliflower" diet. Although you can have cream for your coffee. There are many good cookbooks out there...most of them you can get through Amazon. My recent acquisition on a recommendation from Sandy is "The Carb Wars." I really like that one. And Dana Carpenter's "500 Low Carb Recipes." It's just really all about counting the carbs. As Lanie, said, there are many past threads devoted to diet. Use the search tool at the top of the page and you should be able to find some. Let us know what else you would like to know. There are quite a few knowledgeable people on this forum that are extremely helpful. They have been my lifesavers!
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   Posted 12/30/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I also recommend the Insulin-Resistance diet. It has worked well for me. It allows me to incorporate beans, legumes, oats and barley into my diet ( by eating the proper ratio of carbs/protein). As a vegetarian, I need the beans and legumes as protein sources.

The Atkins Diabetes Diet is targeted to diabetics as opposed to low-carb eating for weight loss and teaches you how to determine your maximum carb allowance.

Ron Rosedale has a low carb plan ( The Rosedale Diet) that addresses eating to reduce circulating insulin levels and increase leptin levels - this promotes fat burning and stabilization of blood glucose levels as well.

There are a lot of good plans out there- you have to try the ones seem to fit your lifestyle and dietary preferences and test to see how your blood glucose levels respond.


Good luck! It's a fine adventure!


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