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Old 10-16-2011, 15:16   #11
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ok I just ditcvhed all my homemade goodies with wicked sweeteners...made a new batch of ice cream with da vinci syrup...boiled a dozen eggs for munching...one needs to be prepared!
Hey Deena, sorry to be so slow, but what are the "wicked" sweeteners. I might be using them too.

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jwags... I forgot to say, THANKS for the web links. I look forward to going through those!! I also wanted to say that my "passion" was aimed at my old Doc and I hope I did not come across as harsh towards you. I truly appreciate all your helpful suggestions.

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Sorry I misunderstood your history. I find that even though I do like my doctor he hasn't given me very good advice about diabetes and diet. I started to take some chances and research my own way of eating. Luckily I found and read Dr Bernsteins book pretty early on. I realised the science behing Low Carb and decided to give it a try. I do have to admit over the 4+ years I have been far from perfect and everytime I wander from LC my bgs start to climb up. When I started to join online forum groups I found so many other D's who were on the same journey. I find with all the great new recpes I have more than enough to eat and keep me full. I have even convinced my picky husband to go low carb with me and he actually likes it.

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Hey Deena, sorry to be so slow, but what are the "wicked" sweeteners. I might be using them too.
splenda for me. it has corn & potatoe starch as a filler.or any other sweetner that has maltodextrim. it will spike me. or any off brand. I read the lable.

I use Stevia/truvia.

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I do find erythitol mixed with a little splenda works best for me. In most of my baked goods I have cut down the sweetner by 1/2-3/4. Also adding things like unsweet coconut will add sweetness to your baked goods.

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Although I have not gone completely LCHF ... I have dramatically lowered my carb intake/increased fat over the last 2 weeks. The results are very rewarding!!! I cannot explain how much more calm my body feels without all those spikes and lows! BTW, I am type 1 on a pump for 3 years.

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This is great news, MsT. You made a fabulous discovery with your carb-free breakfast & subsequent 82 reading, and then you made the other discovery with lunch. That's exactly how our meters become our best friends! lol! I expect your lunch meal was especially devastating because of the low-fat products. The food industry does us no favors by removing the fats and replacing them with carby thickeners & fillers. Try to avoid all the fat-free and reduced fat products if you can - they fall right in there with the rest of the processed foods which do so much damage to our blood sugar.

So many of us here were total carbaholics - none worse than I - and bread was my biggest downfall. I'd bake sourdough every few days (whenever my sourdough starter needed to be fed), whereupon the old woodchopper & I would sit down & eat an entire loaf fresh outta the oven, slathered with butter. I'm embarrassed to say that on rare occasions, that was the meal - just hot fresh bread & butter.

I can attest to the fact that when we stop eating carbs, the cravings go away & stay away. I'll be worrying about you making the switch one meal at a time, because as you go along, you'll still have to fight the hunger from the carbs you eat at the other meals. But you know yourself better than anyone, and if this is how you must do it - okay. It will be harder and take longer, but go ahead and go for it. We'll still be here cheering you on.




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MsTCB, the first thing I want to say is WAY TO GO! Both for starting the LCHF diet, and for taking it upon yourself to get the care and treatment YOU DESERVE!

Many doctors today just aren't informed about diabetes, and don't bother to educate themselves - which for something SO prevalent in today's society is simply stupid, imho. Many *still* think TypeII diabetes is the fault of the person with it, and that diet/exercise/weight-loss will 'cure' it. And that's not always the truth.

I'm really glad you're working at this, it's nice to have you around. It sounds like one meal at a time is a GREAT way to begin this diet for you - especially if you're used to 'fun' food. It can take a while for some people to 're-program' their thinking of what 'fun' food is.

For me, I like playing with cheesestrings and now think they're 'fun' food, LOL.

If you eat yogurt regularly, as soon as you can STOP buying the low-fat yogurt - it's marketed as healthy but just isn't. Full-fat yogurt without added sugar is hard to find, but it's the best for you. (Unfortunately the only 'no-sugar-added' yogurts I can find are always 'fat-free' too... I may have to go to the city for my yogurt shopping, LOL...)

I too like fruit cups and the like... heck I used to eat 3 or 4 servings of fruit a day. That's another one you'll need to cut back on... I now eat one, perhaps two servings a day. But my servings are smaller than they used to be. On yesterday's menu, for example, I had 1/2 of a granny smith apple with my breakfast 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries in a protein shake after my workout. And that was it for fruit that day.

It takes some getting used to - but what I started finding was I changed my thinking so "fun" wasn't necessarily how something tasted or how cute it was, but "fun" became the numbers my meal could give me...

The other thing I find helpful is if I really WANT something 'fun' and higher-carb, I'll have it approximately 20-40 minutes before a workout (depending on how fast the something digests...). And to really benefit you, it should be a workout that goes anywhere from one to two hours, so it overlaps your digestive process... It doesn't have to be strenuous, even walking at a good pace will suffice for most people, but it does help tremendously with spikes.

The downside to the idea of eating your 'fun' food then doing your exercise is your body doesn't need to burn fat-reserves for energy... so if you have a need for weight-loss you don't want to do this on a regular basis. =)

So that's enough advice ... again, CONGRATS on the changes! It's exciting to see more people taking charge of their health, finding better health-care providers, making positive changes, etc.

To borrow a phrase from my Wife -- "You go girl!"

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I'll be worrying about you making the switch one meal at a time, because as you go along, you'll still have to fight the hunger from the carbs you eat at the other meals. But you know yourself better than anyone, and if this is how you must do it - okay. It will be harder and take longer, but go ahead and go for it. We'll still be here cheering you on.
Thanks Shanny - love the bread story. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has binged on carbs. My trigger is the sweet stuff, not so much the bread stuff.

I also don't really "fight hunger." Some days I am a little hungrier than others, so I range from 1,200 (like yesterday) and about once a week or so I can go up to 1,800.

My problem is a craving for sugar and this can happen whether or not I am hungry. Just like yesterday, for instance. After I ate the eggs and sausage for Breakfast, I wasn't hungry, but when I finished eating, I WANTED something a little sweet. So, I did eat one, sugar-free Werther's hard candy and that satisfied me.

The carbs I'm eating right now aren't the ones that trigger my wild side, so I think I'll be okay with converting one meal at a time. But, then again, I might be in denial - it wouldn't be the first time.

I think that, for me, it's more of a psychological letting go process. At least that's what it seems to be. It's so hard to really know sometimes.

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As far as fun food goes, I think there aren't very many "funner" foods in the world that a coupla/three strips of perfectly cooked crisp BACON! Methinks I'll go fry some right now for my lunch!




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