Attempting the LC/HF diet (fingers crossed)

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Old 10-16-2011, 09:50   #1
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Default Attempting the LC/HF diet (fingers crossed)

After reading all the positive BG results you all get from the LC/HF diet, I have decided to give it try. I'm almost afraid to say that out loud b/c if I fail, I will feel so publicly humiliated. However, if I don't post this, I'm more likely to slip up b/c no one is "watching."

Ok, brace yourself... I normally eat around 200 grams of carbs per day. -- mainly in the form of yogurt, cottage cheese, 100-calorie snack packs, fruit cups, and Teddy Grams (1 gr per Teddy).

I can tell you that these things are going to be incredibly hard for me to give up entirely as they are the only "fun" things I get to eat. I don't eat bread, rice, potatoes as I was "shamed" out of those years ago. I cannot be trusted around anything too sweet and have been known to eat an entire container of cake frosting in one sitting.

My 78 year old mother is nearly blind now from her Diabetes and I don't want that to be me. But, I don't have much confidence in my ability to actually let go of my carbs. I know I will have to go about this very slowly, or else I will not be able to do it at all.

Okay, nuf said.
Someone (sorry I forgot who) suggested starting with converting one meal at a time.
So, yesterday morning I ate 3 eggs (scrambled) and 4 sausage patties.

Wow!!

My FBG was 163 and 4 hours after eating that LC/HF breakfast, my BG was 82 -- lowest one in at least the past 3 YEARS!!
And, the best part is that I wasn't even hungry.
But, I figured I should eat or else it would go too low.

So, for lunch I ate what I usually have for Breakfast - 1 cup of low-fat Cottage Cheese and 1 (6oz) container of low-fat Yogurt.
Result: 4 hours later my BG was 136! I can only imagine what I must have spiked to at the 2-hour mark. (I can't afford to test at that interval, so I can only guess.)

I am totally convinced that LC/HF is the way to go, but whether or not I will actually be able to do this remains to be seen.

I'll keep ya'll posted and if anyone wants to join me in starting this journey, please chime in at any time.

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Aw, what a wonderful post. Congrats on testing the waters - now dive on in

If it's any comfort to you, you're not the only one who was a carb addict. I think you're swimming in the midst of a school of them. You might find it's actually easier to take the plunge than to play around the edges, for the very reason you discovered after your one meal: hunger abatement. That's what makes it possible. If cutting carbs hadn't cut my hunger there is no way - no way - I would have been able to stick with it. The addiction is real, it's chemical, and without getting off the sauce we can't get off the sauce.

I've faith in you - and as for public humiliation, if that's a skill that has been honed around here I've not seen it yet.

Good for you!

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Im happy to join you....I am trying very hard not to eat anything processed...my biggest downfalls have been from processed foods that have dubious labelling...so the solution is ALL FRESH

*high 5* lets do it!

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good for you. what helped me was cleaning out the fridge ,freezer,cabinets of any grain, baking products, rice, pastas,bread making items, ketchup,splenda,coffeemate, anything LOW fat. carrots, corn, limas,peas, fish sticks, fresh made pizza dough () if had/has high carb or was on the simple carb list I got rid of it. out of sight out of mind.
I do NOT buy any food that I can't eat. I now buy bacon by the ton. eggs 4cartons at a time. canned wild alaska salmon, tuna, full fat cheese. heavy whipping cream. fresh fish, fresh veggies that are low carb. reg sour cream, greek yogurt still can't find reg yogurt..I may end up making my own. Real honest to god butter.
if has 0 carb I am in. Never ate a pork rind in my life till now. lol.
I also have Calorie/carb king book, even tho it has loads of items I will not eat. Its good to have.
I also got digital food scale.
I also do not buy diet food or food for diabetes..really when you do your homework you will see its not that hard.

I thought oh hell no this low carb won't work for me I love my pastas & bread to much, my southern roots raising its head. chicken & dumplings, biscuits I make every morning, grits.apple pie ,cobblars. Hey I went cold turkey & all I do is think about how good these things Used to be..

I think its a hard row to hoe...... But I am going to do the best I can ..I know it won't kill me

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Im happy to join you....I am trying very hard not to eat anything processed...my biggest downfalls have been from processed foods that have dubious labelling...so the solution is ALL FRESH

*high 5* lets do it!
Yes!! *high 5* We do it, together!!
Same here on the processed foods.

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Aw, what a wonderful post. Congrats on testing the waters - now dive on in

If it's any comfort to you, you're not the only one who was a carb addict. I think you're swimming in the midst of a school of them. You might find it's actually easier to take the plunge than to play around the edges, for the very reason you discovered after your one meal: hunger abatement. That's what makes it possible. If cutting carbs hadn't cut my hunger there is no way - no way - I would have been able to stick with it. The addiction is real, it's chemical, and without getting off the sauce we can't get off the sauce.

I've faith in you - and as for public humiliation, if that's a skill that has been honed around here I've not seen it yet.

Good for you!
Thanks, Moon!! Your words brought me great comfort.

I admire anyone who can go "cold turkey," but I'm not among those. I'm not brave enough to go through the sugar "DTs."

I've got to take this slowly - one meal at time - b/c one day at a time is just too much to handle. I'm sticking with Breakfast for now. I'll set up a goal to add lunch 7 days from now.

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good for you. what helped me was cleaning out the fridge ,freezer,cabinets of any grain, baking products, rice, pastas,bread making items, ketchup,splenda,coffeemate, anything LOW fat. carrots, corn, limas,peas, fish sticks, fresh made pizza dough () if had/has high carb or was on the simple carb list I got rid of it. out of sight out of mind.
I do NOT buy any food that I can't eat. I now buy bacon by the ton. eggs 4cartons at a time. canned wild alaska salmon, tuna, full fat cheese. heavy whipping cream. fresh fish, fresh veggies that are low carb. reg sour cream, greek yogurt still can't find reg yogurt..I may end up making my own. Real honest to god butter.
if has 0 carb I am in. Never ate a pork rind in my life till now. lol.
I also have Calorie/carb king book, even tho it has loads of items I will not eat. Its good to have.
I also got digital food scale.
I also do not buy diet food or food for diabetes..really when you do your homework you will see its not that hard.

I thought oh hell no this low carb won't work for me I love my pastas & bread to much, my southern roots raising its head. chicken & dumplings, biscuits I make every morning, grits.apple pie ,cobblars. Hey I went cold turkey & all I do is think about how good these things Used to be..

I think its a hard row to hoe...... But I am going to do the best I can ..I know it won't kill me
I'm with ya' on the Southern cookin' -- a Kentucky gal here.
Yes, it is a tough row to hoe. It's just so unfair. I think I've got to find new food things to enjoy. LOVE all your shopping ideas. I'm making notes.

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I'm glad you made the decision to start to manage your diabetes. LC/HF will really help you. I am a carbaholic even after 4+ years on low carb. But I find if I avoid carbs it does make it easier. If I give in and eat carbs, the cravings come back with a vengence. The one thing I will tell you that really helps me is to have a good supply of low carb/high fats snacks on hand for the times when those cravings hit. Check out the recipe forum. MCS's has all sorts of great recipes for cookies , granola and even fudge. There are also tons of LC online and gluten free sites. I love the gluten free sites because they bake with almond flour, all you need to do is sub out the sugar or honey. This way you have a LC stash on hand that really keeps you full. For the yogurt see if you can find Greek yogurt with no additives. I can usually handle about 1/2 cup at a time. Here are some of my favorite baking sites

Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes - Home
Low Carb Diets at About.com - Atkins South Beach and More Low Carb Diets
Gluten Free Recipes | Elana's Pantry
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Happy LC eating!!!!

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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!

edit: ditcvhed ? I mean ditched!

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I'm glad you made the decision to start to manage your diabetes.
Oopsies.... I realize you don't know my history, but I just want to say that I'm not "starting" to manage my Diabetes -- I have ALWAYS managed my Diabetes. It was my DOCTOR who wasn't managing my Diabetes.

As mentioned in my signature, my Diabetes was under control with diet alone for the first 10 (of 13) years. Then, 3 years ago when my disease worsened for reasons beyond my control, my Doctor did NOTHING except "monitor" my Ha1c every 3 months as it went from 5.4 to 12.1.

I started seeing a new Doc (an Endo) and finally started receiving TREATMENT for my Diabetes on 9/22/2011. I am both Insulin deficient and Insulin resistant.

My Endo Doc told me that I could NEVER have controlled my Diabetes by diet alone, which is what my GP had been badgering me to do for the past 3 years.

My Endo Doc also said, "I'm sorry. I don't ever talk about my colleagues, but I just can't help it. In all my years of practice, I have NEVER seen anything like this." He was referring to my GP refusing to treat my out of control Diabetes with any kind of medication and insulin for 3 years.

The Endo knew I was telling the truth b/c they are in the same hospital "network" and all the Docs have computer access to my records. He could see that I was having Ha1c tests done every 3 months for the past 13 years and that they were out of control for the past 3 years and no medications were prescribed.

Ok. end of rant... I just wanted to make sure that it was clear that it was my Doctor who dropped the ball - not me. My condition is such that I will always need Insulin and oral meds, but the LC/HF diet will be a nice little addition.

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