Welcome to the confusing world of Low-Carb
Yes, it sometimes seems that the more information you get, the harder it is to understand doesn't it? The best advice you'll find around here is read the labels
. In particular, the carbohydrate content. I didn't for a short while and fell for the Atkins claims -- the snacky bars are all high in carbs. In my case, I found that dropping the obvious, really high-carb items from my diet produced the best results. You know; potatoes, cereals, breads, rices, pasta, fruit juices, Hohos, Ding Dongs, Twizzlers (Oooooh .... I miss my Twizzlers!!!
) -- sugars and starches in general. I'm a nut nut too and love my cashews and almonds but have had to moderate my intake, whether they are actually good or bad, due to another medical condition. I still eat them though ... just less of them.
I have never counted carbs
(too lazy ... impatient) but I have always read the labels.
I also upped my fat intake
. Sounds counterproductive don't it? It works though, for at least 2 reasons:
1) It satisfies your hunger pangs
2) It slows down the absorption of carbohydrates
My distinctly non-medical research has led to my understanding that as long as your body has enough stored resources (fat) and you're not feeding it carbohydrates, you will start using those stored resources to fuel your body. (Ketosis
is the medical term for it but I'm no expert -- Jeannie and/or Lanie can explain it better). For example, I eat bacon & eggs for breakfast/lunch but simply leave out the toast. Fat, of course, has a downside. Too much will cause other problems so moderation is the key.
I have some minor apnea problems and losing weight greatly helped improve my sleep (although, my hearing aids don't fit as tight as they used to ... who woulda thunk it that you could lose weight from your ears ?!?).
I've learned to satisfy my sweet tooth with a couple of squares a day of Lindt chocolate bars. They come in different levels of cocoa content (not made with milk). Most people prefer the 70% or 80% cocoa ones but I've learned to like the 90% bars. It's amazing what you can learn to like when a doctor mentions the words amputation
in reference to one's future
I've also found some oatmeal
cookies (made by Voortman, if you can find them) that are very low-carb although I think what they use for a sugar substitute may be suspicious so I try to practice moderation when I can.Moderation
-- now there's a good word. Have I mentioned that before?
Again, in my experience, I've found that so-called low glycemic load foods still produce high after-meal readings for me so what I do when I have some doubt about
trying a particular item is to simply eat less or combine a bit of fat with it (eg. a bit 'o peanut butter with a half banana (Jeannie's trick, I believe) or a slice 'o cheese with a piece 'o apple).
For some reason, my bookmarks have disappeared themselves (time to run a virus check) otherwise I would post a couple of links to Low-Carb Forums
. No matter -- just Google that phrase and you should come across quite a few. There's one in the U.K. that is quite good ... has a lot of recipes, etc.
Hope this helps.
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes
~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 60 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on headI used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right
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