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Old 01-14-2012, 13:45   #11
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First of all, doctors give out misinformation all the time. Don't assume that just because a doctor tells you a certain food is OK that it is. The basic fact is that Carbs, all carbs raise bgs. Some will raise it a small amount, some a huge amount. How do your know? BG testing, lots of it. In the beginning test before and 2 hours after the first bite. Record your bgs in a notebook. After awhile you will definitely see patterns. You want the lowest numbers possible but definitely not over 140. Since non diabetics rarely spike over 120, I use that number for my goal. By using this method I have cut out a lot of carby foods from my diet. I don't eat cereal, bread, wheat crackers, wheat pasta, rice or fruit, white potatoes or corn. You might think then what do you eat. I have a fantastic diet. These are the staples of my diet

Bacon and eggs
Pancakes and waffles made with almond flour or flaxseed
deli meats like pepporoni, ham, turkey
salad greens
homemade soups with tons of veggies
small amounts of black beans, refried beans, chilli beans
all sorts of meats, I prefer organic when I can afford them
all sorts of hard cheeses
small amounts of greek yogurt ( make sure you test, though)
Nuts ( I usually eat about 1/4 cup a day but be careful if you need to lose weight)

I have basically given up all wheat but I do bake cookies, muffins and cakes using almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed and eve whey powder. Check out our recipe forum. You don't have to give up your favorite foods you just need to bake them differently. Also since you are young and fit, you may want to ask your doctor to run a GAD antibody test to see if you are LADA, slow onset Type 1.

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First of all, doctors give out misinformation all the time. Don't assume that just because a doctor tells you a certain food is OK that it is. The basic fact is that Carbs, all carbs raise bgs. Some will raise it a small amount, some a huge amount. How do your know? BG testing, lots of it. In the beginning test before and 2 hours after the first bite. Record your bgs in a notebook. After awhile you will definitely see patterns. You want the lowest numbers possible but definitely not over 140. Since non diabetics rarely spike over 120, I use that number for my goal. By using this method I have cut out a lot of carby foods from my diet. I don't eat cereal, bread, wheat crackers, wheat pasta, rice or fruit, white potatoes or corn. You might think then what do you eat. I have a fantastic diet. These are the staples of my diet

Bacon and eggs
Pancakes and waffles made with almond flour or flaxseed
deli meats like pepporoni, ham, turkey
salad greens
homemade soups with tons of veggies
small amounts of black beans, refried beans, chilli beans
all sorts of meats, I prefer organic when I can afford them
all sorts of hard cheeses
small amounts of greek yogurt ( make sure you test, though)
Nuts ( I usually eat about 1/4 cup a day but be careful if you need to lose weight)

I have basically given up all wheat but I do bake cookies, muffins and cakes using almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed and eve whey powder. Check out our recipe forum. You don't have to give up your favorite foods you just need to bake them differently. Also since you are young and fit, you may want to ask your doctor to run a GAD antibody test to see if you are LADA, slow onset Type 1.
Thanks a lot! This helps so much! So I should be eating more meats than and veggies than anything else. I usually never eat potatoes but once in a while (like once every few months) I eat a baked potato. Is that okay or no? I can't test yet. So I guess I'm going to have to wait. How often can I eat things made with almond flour because it's still carbs. Right?

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As a pre-diabetic, my main concern is to eat things that do not spike my blood glucose above 140 two hours after a meal. So when I was first diagnosed I ate simple meals and tested after them to see how they affected by BG. What a shock!

I ended up cutting down tremendously on sweets and starches (desserts, fruits, grains, peas, beans, potatoes). I still include them (I follow a moderate carb regimen) but not much and not that often, and in amounts that my meter has told me work for me. So, for instance, I can still have baked beans, but instead of a 1/2 cup I eat a 1/4 cup. I still eat bread sometimes, but one slice rather than two.

For me, it really helps to have data from my meter that confirms what works for me and what doesn't. There have been some surprises... "healthy" oatmeal spikes me much more than white rice does, for instance. And I feel and work better on much lower carb than I expected.

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Thanks a lot! This helps so much! So I should be eating more meats than and veggies than anything else. I usually never eat potatoes but once in a while (like once every few months) I eat a baked potato. Is that okay or no? I can't test yet. So I guess I'm going to have to wait. How often can I eat things made with almond flour because it's still carbs. Right?
1. Most diabetics do better if, when they reduce carbs, they keep the protein moderate and increase fats. If you consume more protein than your body needs, the excess will be converted and stored in the liver, and later re-enter your blood stream as glucose.

2. If you can't yet test, then follow the advice previiously posted and cut way back on the starches, and if you have them, then make it only occasional and in small portions.

Almond four and flaxseed meal have few carbs, so one serving of a batch of muffins made with them will have probably 2-3 grams of carbs, so one a day is just fine, carb-wise. (Nuts are nutritionally dense and will stall weight loss if eaten to excess, even if they don't raise blood suger.)

Unfortunately, I can attest to this by personal experience.

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Thanks a lot! This helps so much! So I should be eating more meats than and veggies than anything else. I usually never eat potatoes but once in a while (like once every few months) I eat a baked potato. Is that okay or no? I can't test yet. So I guess I'm going to have to wait. How often can I eat things made with almond flour because it's still carbs. Right?
If you are serious about controlling your blood sugar, and by that I mean holding it below 7.7 at all times, then you'll have to limit the carbohydrate in your diet and that includes potatoes. It also includes most fruits, fruit juices, all grains like corn, wheat, rice, oats, etc., and anything made with grains, like bread, pasta, crackers, chips, etc.

The best way-of-eating for controlling diabetes is low-carb/high-fat. You have already made yourself clear in another thread how you feel about some of these fats, but you're just going to have to take our words for it that it a safe and effective food plan. We have the scientific evidence to prove it in our own A1c numbers, and our own lipids profiles, our own weight loss records.




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You need to check your BG before and after food to find out how the food is impacting your BG. It may not the same for everyone.

This is what I learned after joining this forum.

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You need to check your BG before and after food to find out how the food is impacting your BG. It may not the same for everyone.

This is what I learned after joining this forum.
Thats what I call quick learning Faith !

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