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Old 10-09-2016, 03:25   #1
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I've been testing 5 or so times a day for the past couple of months. The results have been what one might expect: more and simpler, more refined carbs make matters worse. A couple of things have surprised me:

1) I love to cook, and I love to eat, so I had hoped not to forego any foods utterly, but a couple of foods spike me so sharply that I think they may have to go entirely.

The first, alas, is white potatoes. I love 'em, but they really jack my glucose: worse than rice, worse than bread.

The real villain, though, is pasta, even the fancy-schmancy rice/quinoa stuff. Nothing spikes me like those noodles. I'm thinking I'll just not eat it at all. I don't mind that much.

Does this coincide with others' experience?

2) I had decided to work first on getting the blood sugar under control (going first for an overall average below 100: I'm at 98 so far) and work on weight loss once I had a handle on that. Happily, though, "eating to the meter" is taking off the pounds too, twenty pounds so far! Pretty cool.

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I'm thinking I'll just not eat it at all.
Yup. That's the conclusion most of have had to make.

Sometimes I will eat a few Fritos (like, six pieces). They're in the house for my husband and most of the time I don't want them. But if I do indulge, I know for sure my BG is going to spike up 30+ points.

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I'm a "foodie", too. I don't think any of us like quitting anything we like. But with food...we're lucky because there are so many different choices as a substitute. I remember changing from potato chips and corn chips to pork rinds. I'd never had pork rinds before. Now I've got enough bags around the house to last me through the apocalypse.

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I'm a "foodie", too. I don't think any of us like quitting anything we like. But with food...we're lucky because there are so many different choices as a substitute. I remember changing from potato chips and corn chips to pork rinds. I'd never had pork rinds before. Now I've got enough bags around the house to last me through the apocalypse.
No doubt about it. The food universe is vast! Quinoa seems to present no problem. The same for tempeh. Even rice seems OK, in very limited quantities. Whatever I have to do get the glucose under control,though, I'll do, so ALL the carb-bearing foods are on probation at this point.

One added wrinkle is that I am the house cook, and my wife is a 50-year vegan, so the beef, bacon and Kale diet is off the table, and she's used to a diet heavy with grains, seeds and beans. I'll work it out, though: it's an interesting challenge.

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One added wrinkle is that I am the house cook, and my wife is a 50-year vegan, so the beef, bacon and Kale diet is off the table, and she's used to a diet heavy with grains, seeds and beans. I'll work it out, though: it's an interesting challenge.
Oh, I hear ya', buddy. As the old saw goes, "If the ol' lady ain't happy...nobody's happy!"

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It's the texture pasta and rice and potatoes that add to a meal that would otherwise not spark your BG. I'm finding zucchini noodles and mashed caulieflower and roasted caulie satisfying substitutes. I sneak them to my husband who does not have Diabeties when I can get away with it. I make my famous creamy garlic Potatoe pie and put half caulie and half Potatoe in for my husband and that makes us both happy, it tasted the same to me. Still working on a LCHF bread I will more than just tolerate.

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One added wrinkle is that I am the house cook, and my wife is a 50-year vegan, so the beef, bacon and Kale diet is off the table, and she's used to a diet heavy with grains, seeds and beans. I'll work it out, though: it's an interesting challenge.
A challenge, indeed. You have a good attitude about it all, though. Have you been eating vegan as well? or do you eat meat - or more to the point, do you cook yourself meat? There are other protein/fat sources such as eggs and cream and cheese (olive and coconut oils, as well) that may not be as offensive to your wife if that is an obstacle.

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A challenge, indeed. You have a good attitude about it all, though. Have you been eating vegan as well? or do you eat meat - or more to the point, do you cook yourself meat? There are other protein/fat sources such as eggs and cream and cheese (olive and coconut oils, as well) that may not be as offensive to your wife if that is an obstacle.
I do eat meat (a little) when I am "out and around." My wife's main impulse to veganism derives from a concern for animals (though she is very mindful too of the health benefits), so she is comfortable eating eggs from time to time from our own chickens. I like to see her get the B12, a shortage of which is the vegan's bugbear. Most of the time, I do eat (because I have to cook!) the vegan diet, but I'm going to vary it as needed to get my glucose goals. She supports me in all this.

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That's great.

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It's the texture pasta and rice and potatoes that add to a meal that would otherwise not spark your BG. I'm finding zucchini noodles and mashed caulieflower and roasted caulie satisfying substitutes. I sneak them to my husband who does not have Diabeties when I can get away with it. I make my famous creamy garlic Potatoe pie and put half caulie and half Potatoe in for my husband and that makes us both happy, it tasted the same to me. Still working on a LCHF bread I will more than just tolerate.
I haven't dabbled in cauliflower wizardry yet, but I will! A very modest amount of rice seems to be OK (I've put it on probation), but the potato and pasta are now banished altogether. Another problem is my quasi-famous millet cakes, since millet is a problem. I tried quinoa: not the same. It's sort of fun for me (maybe because I am retired and need stuff to do) to try to figure these things out.

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