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Old 10-07-2010, 18:37   #1
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I'm having a heck of a time! My endocrinologist put me on a1200-1550 calorie per day diet and I am not to consume more than 30-45g of carbohydrates per day. My Humalog regimen depends on 1/2 of my carbohydrate intake. My dilemma is, when I reach my carbohydrate intake, I am way below my caloric intake. For instance, yesterday I only consumed 791 calories which puts my body into starvation mode! I need some ideas here people! There is a dietician who is suppose to be contacting me for an appointment but in the mean time, I need help with consuming more calories. I go see my Endocrinologist in 2 weeks and have to bring a log of my glucose levels before meals and a list of all foods I consume.

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gee, i dunno, but i have heard that some humans still eat things like cheese and meat.

but if you are a vegan you may be SOL and will die unless you like the likes of avocados.

or you could could cheat like the rest of us and use a fast acting bolus like Humulin R to cover your extra carbohydrates. . . . . . and no prescription is required so your doctor will not know unless you tell him. . .

sorry but your statement did sound a bit silly to me. . .

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I'm having a heck of a time! My endocrinologist put me on a1200-1550 calorie per day diet and I am not to consume more than 30-45g of carbohydrates per day. My Humalog regimen depends on 1/2 of my carbohydrate intake. My dilemma is, when I reach my carbohydrate intake, I am way below my caloric intake. For instance, yesterday I only consumed 791 calories which puts my body into starvation mode! I need some ideas here people! There is a dietician who is suppose to be contacting me for an appointment but in the mean time, I need help with consuming more calories. I go see my Endocrinologist in 2 weeks and have to bring a log of my glucose levels before meals and a list of all foods I consume.

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To ColaJim: Forgive me for sounding "silly" to you. Currently, my glucose levels are in the 300's, I am 150lbs. over-weight and I "care" what's happening to my body during these periods of high levels of glucose. Curious, what does YOUR glucose run on average and how overweight are you? I try and follow my doctor's orders, after all, he knows what's best for me and my health. I am sorry to hear you don't follow your doctor's orders. I hope you will be okay in years to come.

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Almonds might help you meet your goals and it's amazing how good they are for you.

I keep a food/BG log and I noticed that whenever I eat almonds my after meal BG is much lower than I expect. It was very obvious from my logs so I looked it up.

Check it out: WHFoods: Almonds

1 ounce (about 25 almonds) roasted in oil is 170 calories and only 2 net carbs. A couple of ounces a day might work out for you. My problem is I want to eat 4-5 ounces a day and that's way to many calories - I have to measure out my rations for each day.

Sauces might help too.. put some hollandaise on those vegies, a couple tablespoons of mayo (with a tiny bit of ketchup) on a bunless cheeseburger, lots of salad dressing.

I know it's hard to accept when we've been pushed to do traditional dieting for so many years but now fats are your friends!

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Are you a T1 or T2

CalaJim is human too and as such sometimes does not give an appropriate response. (Ive been yelled at by the moderators too)

Any ways

Diabetes is a disease that must be managed by the person with guidance from the Md. things happen to fast and not consistently for you to wait for an Md to make decisions. As you get to understand carbs and insulin better you will be able to make those choices.


Insulin is used to lower BG levels, and carbs to raise them.

If your already low carbing then you need more insulin and or exercise.

exercise works real good at lowering BG. Exercise like walking. dont even need to run.

Call the Md and tell him what your numbers are he may up your insulin.

There are plenty of foods out there that have calories and no carbs, to fill the rest of your calorie needs.
all meats
cheese
non starchy Vegetables

It takes time to understand the D. You sort of sneek up on good numbers.

Hang in there

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I won't comment on how you calculate your Humalog dosage, because I have no experience with using insulin. What I will say is that your diet can consist of meat/fish/poultry, eggs, cheese, nuts, avocados, etc., and you'll have no problem eating enough calories or getting few enough carbs, and all without messing up your insulin regimen. In many cases, the doctor does NOT know best, especially as regards the treatment of diabetes, but yours sounds like one of the good ones, so you would be wise to add some fats to your diet in order to comply with the diet he recommends.

Vicky is absolutely right - fats are your friends. Butter, mayonnaise, sweet cream and sour cream . . . these are all your friends now that you have diabetes. Nuts, olives, avocados are all your friends. The foods that are NOT your friends are bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, or anything containing sugar and most food containing grains of any kind.

p.s. I know we've been bombarded all these years that the only way to be healthy and lose weight is to eat low-fat diets. For diabetic patients, that is totally wrong, and I'm not so sure it isn't wrong for the rest of the population as well. What is obvious is, that it has not worked. People are heavier than ever, while diabetes and heart disease run rampant. Whoever sets the dietary standards is leading us all down a primrose path.




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I'm having a heck of a time! My endocrinologist put me on a1200-1550 calorie per day diet and I am not to consume more than 30-45g of carbohydrates per day. My Humalog regimen depends on 1/2 of my carbohydrate intake. My dilemma is, when I reach my carbohydrate intake, I am way below my caloric intake. For instance, yesterday I only consumed 791 calories which puts my body into starvation mode! I need some ideas here people! There is a dietician who is suppose to be contacting me for an appointment but in the mean time, I need help with consuming more calories. I go see my Endocrinologist in 2 weeks and have to bring a log of my glucose levels before meals and a list of all foods I consume.
You could add some cheese in as a snack...or some other kind of protein. Nuts are good too. Low carb and they have a good serving of healthy fats. I particularly like almonds. .Since you are low carbing it....you could stand to add a bit more fat in your diet. It will bring your calorie count up where you need it to be and it wont mess with your blood sugar

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To ColaJim: Forgive me for sounding "silly" to you. Currently, my glucose levels are in the 300's, I am 150lbs. over-weight and I "care" what's happening to my body during these periods of high levels of glucose. Curious, what does YOUR glucose run on average and how overweight are you? I try and follow my doctor's orders, after all, he knows what's best for me and my health. I am sorry to hear you don't follow your doctor's orders. I hope you will be okay in years to come.
It wasnt silly...the only silly question is the one you dont ask

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Sorry I am new to this and to be perfectly honest the only thing I watch is Carbs... I guess I am doing an Atkins style Diet because I eat very few Carbs... Mostly Greek Yogurt with a couple of berries and vegtables with Lunch and Dinner. So when I read your post the first thing that came to my mind was What kinds of Carbs are you eating? Are you eating things high in Carbs like a 6 oz Dannon fruit on bottom Yogurt 26 Carbs/ 140 Calories I think for Half a cup or would you choose Greek Yogurt around 9 carbs /135 calorie for 1 cup. In this situation, I would go with the Greek and use the other carbs on other snacks. Now as I said I am working on loosing weight so I am going lower Carbs then wat is recommended so I would keep the log and then see if you are able to find lower Carb options and then eat more of those options... Same example as above using a rough estimate... 1 6 oz Dannon 26 carbs= 3 cups of Plain Greek Yogurt for 27 grams of Carbs... make it 2.5 for a little fruit or keep it 3 if you like Vanilla and Truvia Combination like I do... and you just went from 140 calories to 406 Calories and never increased your Carb count. How was that for an idea?

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