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Old 05-14-2017, 19:05   #1
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Hello everyone,

I've been on the recipe thread, and it helps with ideas for cooking. I went grocery shopping today, the first "real" grocery shopping since diagnosis. I was overwhelmed with reading labels.

I bought boneless chicken breasts and extra lean hamburger meat. I wanted to buy some roasted turkey lunchmeat but thought against it until I checked here. When you say that y'all eat meats, does that include lunchmeats? What about brisket? It's beef high in fat.

Speaking of fat, I know we can have butter and avocados. Is Ranch dressing on our salad and Cool Whip on our strawberries acceptable? I think I understand that everyone is different and we all react differently to certain foods, but it would sure help (with the budget) if I sort of stuck to items I know that work for you. I don't want to end up throwing away a lot of food.

Can y'all provide some of the items you purchase at the grocery store?

I know this is asking an awful lot, but maybe this will also help other newbies who are totally overwhelmed and lost when it comes to grocery shopping.

Thank you so much for any info you can provide.

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I bought boneless chicken breasts

chicken thighs are better but chicken breast are ok. look for MORE fat

and extra lean hamburger meat.

this is fine but you need to look for MORE fat. I for 80/20 or lower if I can find it. the fattier the better

I wanted to buy some roasted turkey lunchmeat

this is no issue for me. Its high in sodium but thats not usually an issue with LC/HF folks

but thought against it until I checked here. When you say that y'all eat meats, does that include lunchmeats?

Im fine with lunchmeats


What about brisket? It's beef high in fat.

excellent choice... FATTIER THE BETTER

Speaking of fat, I know we can have butter and avocados. Is Ranch dressing on our salad and Cool Whip on our strawberries acceptable?

look at the labels. some ranch will be ok and some wont. get one with lower carb counts. I doubt cool whip will be ok. too much sugar.

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One of the good thing about the fattier meats, they're usually cheaper. Chuck steak/roasts rather than the leaner cuts like sirloin. Fatty pork steak, rather than pork chops with all the fat cut off them. Every once in a while I find 75%/25% hamburger which is cheaper than the leaner ones.

I'll buy hard salami and summer sausage for lunch meat - they have more fat in them than the low-fat turkey slices. If I do have the turkey (which I like) I'll spread lots of fat on them like mayo or bacon grease I've saved in the 'fridge.

Speak of mayo, get the full-fat version, not "salad dressing" variety. There are many salad dressings that are full of fat, but not the ones labeled low-fat. I will often add olive oil to salads that I've already put a commercial salad dressing on. The salad dressings usually have a few carbs per serving (which is usually 2Tbs) but the olive oil has no carbs, so keeps the carbs down for me.

Cool Whip has an "extra Creamy" version which I use in moderation. 2Tbs=2g carbs. I can have up to the 2Tbs serving at a time. It also has 2g fat per serving.

Eggs are one of the cheaper LCHF foods and are packed with nutrition. If I weren't sensitive to them, I'd be having egg-salad, and deviled eggs all the time. Another thing good about eggs is that they keep a long time so there's little likelihood of them sticking around too long and going bad.

Another way to keep from having to throw foods out is to package cooked food in the freezer so you can take out only what you plan to eat. I do this a lot with cooked sausage slices and bacon. I also keep a freezer bag full of cooked ground beef to use in making quick meals.

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you need to think about the lifestyle you want to go to...

LCHF = low carb HIGH FAT.

dont choose extra lean meat and look for fattier choices as veejay said

its a tough concept to wrap your head around but once you do you will do great.

Think this way... as you lower your carbs, you have to substitute something in its place. there are only 2 other options. proteins and fat. too much protein is not good for you so its left to fat. FAT IS YOUR FRIEND.

you dont have to go to this extreme (I do) but google dietary Ketosis. you will find we eat 75% of our food as fat so finding fattier meats and other fat choices are encouraged

I went from 396BG and 275 pounds to 75BG and 180 pounds in 9 months eating 75% fat , 20% protein and 5% carbs

eat fat to get healthier!!!


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real butter
heavy whipping cream
fatty meats
thin sliced deli meats (roast beef, pastrami, etc)
real cheeses (no blocks of velveeta or American slices)
cream cheese
greek yogurt
sour cream
avocados
olives
olive oil
green veggies (greens, broccoli,brussel sprouts, etc)

Oh heck, I'm old, lazy, and forgetful, click on brown words for What's on your grocery list?

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Thank you both for responding. I remember in the video the doctor said that fats didn't raise sugar levels (on graph). Ok, so the fattier the better. I love brisket, so I'm glad to find out that I can still eat it. I'm not much of a dark meat kind of gal, but I guess if it's all cut up and seasoned as in "chicken fajitas," it should taste good.

I did notice that the carb count on Ranch dressing was all different, so I didn't buy any. My brother said that he buys a dressing from "Skinny Girl," but I can't remember if it's a Ranch dressing. I usually eat my salads dry, but if I can use Ranch, I will.

I'll check out the creamier version of Cool Whip. I love me some Cool Whip on strawberries.

Thanks again for all the information.

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Thank you both for responding. I remember in the video the doctor said that fats didn't raise sugar levels (on graph). Ok, so the fattier the better. I love brisket, so I'm glad to find out that I can still eat it. I'm not much of a dark meat kind of gal, but I guess if it's all cut up and seasoned as in "chicken fajitas," it should taste good.

I did notice that the carb count on Ranch dressing was all different, so I didn't buy any. My brother said that he buys a dressing from "Skinny Girl," but I can't remember if it's a Ranch dressing. I usually eat my salads dry, but if I can use Ranch, I will.

I'll check out the creamier version of Cool Whip. I love me some Cool Whip on strawberries.

Thanks again for all the information.

fajitas? as in flour or corn tortillas?

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also typically low fat or skinny ANYTHING usually means higher carbs. sugar is non fat.

go full fat ranch dressing. find the lowest carb one

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hftmrock, VeeJay, mbuster...thank you all for your ideas/grocery lists! This helps immensely! I'm still trying to work my way around the forum. I'm not that computer literate I appreciate your patience.

I don't eat my chicken or beef fajitas on a tortilla. I just eat them as the main meal with lots of grilled veggies. I've eaten them that way for a while now. The lifestyle change hasn't been that drastic for me since I used to be on a low carb diet years ago when it seemed everyone was doing it. I lost a lot of weight. I don't know why I stopped. I guess because I was still healthy, and I never thought diabetes would ever apply to me

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The lifestyle change hasn't been that drastic for me since I used to be on a low carb diet years ago when it seemed everyone was doing it. I lost a lot of weight. I don't know why I stopped. I guess because I was still healthy, and I never thought diabetes would ever apply to me
The difference is in the 2 things you said...

this IS a lifestyle change.... NOT A DIET

A diet is usually broken or stopped at some point.. a lifestyle change is just that... a new lifestyle.

another thing that helps me.

YOU are allergic to carbs. YOU are carb intolerant!

If you had a peanut allergy, would you eat peanuts?
If you had a shellfish allergy, would you eat shellfish?

so

If you have a carb allergy... (fill in the rest)

Just some low carb food for thought

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hftmrock....nailed it, as always! I have been watching this thread and you are getting some really good advise and suggestions from many of the 'best' on this website...I will just add a couple of comments as most of what I would normally say has already been said....

I have strawberries with whipped cream during the summer quite often. I can only tolerate 3-4 strawberries (my meter tells me that). But slicing them up and adding some home mixed Heavy Whipping Cream using my favorite artificial sweetener, with a bit of vanilla bean mixed in is really something.....

My wife also gets some of that strawberry jell that is sugar free....the only thing I skip is the 'shortcake'....but it really is good without it!

Finding low carb Ranch Dressing is possible, but I prefer Blue Cheese dressings, which typically are very low carb.....also good for dipping on Fried Pork Rinds, or with Chicken Wings.....

And the most important thing said already, I will repeat... LCHF is not a DIET! It is a change in what we choose to eat.....I went on LCHF eating in April of 2015. Within 6 months my A1c was down to 5.8, and I lost 50lbs.! And I ate until full and had snacks whenever I wanted to....I was not focusing on weight loss (although I needed to lose weight), I only focused on getting control of my Blood Sugar! It is really important that we get our heads straight, eat fat, all kinds of fat....that is the trick that stops cravings, that makes the lifestyle work over the long run. EAT FATS! And you too can see how magical this lifestyle is....

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