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Old 01-20-2018, 23:34   #1
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my head is spinning I have no idea what I can and can't eat the more I read the more confused I get so basically this is what I eat each day
AM: Cheerios with skim milk and a few blueberries
Noon : celery with hummus
PM: poached fish and a couple vegetables ( no root veggies)
I drink a lot of water to keep from starving but it doesn't really help cravings when I open the fridge and see all the wonderful foods my husband eats.
Needless to say I am becoming more depressed daily, and the fact that I am not loosing any weight at all doesn't help.
I seem to be spending more and more time in bed, basically because dreaming is more exciting than being awake.
I hope I get the hang of this soon because living like this really stinks.

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It can be confusing at first, and, like you said, there's a lot of information, and misinformation on the internet.

It helps to understand what causes blood sugar to rise in the first place. And that would be carbohydrates. Fats don't raise BG, and protein in moderation doesn't either. But anything with grains and starches and sugars will. That includes cereal, potatoes, rice, and most fruit (except some berries in small amounts).

I'd like to recommend https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb for a good understanding of a low-carb way of eating. You'll find food lists there and recipes. This way of eating is what most of us on the forum are doing - it's called low-carb/high-fat (LCHF). It lowers and stabilizes blood sugar because one isn't eating very many grams of carbs. For most, that would mean less than 50g per DAY.

Another way to determine what you can or cannot eat is to test your BG after you eat to see what happens with your food choices. http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html

I think the best way to approach one's diet for managing BG is to determine a set amount of carbohydrates to eat in one day, dividing it up for meals. Then, if you test as per above, it'll be really apparent just how many grams of carbs you can safely eat at one time.

It does require that you look up and count grams of carbs for each meal - before you eat it - so you can make adjustments as needed.

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By the way, the LCHF way of eating is very satisfying and filling - no need to starve oneself. It also is a great way to lose weight effortlessly. A win-win.

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Nele, if you want LCHF to work for you, you probably need to increase the amount of protein you eat and you definitely need to increase the amount of fat you eat. What you listed as a typical day's menu contains very little protein and almost no fat, so it does not surprise me that you're craving food.

VeeJay offers some excellent advice and resources. There are, of course, lots of diets one can follow (some folks also restrict themselves if they're vegetarian or vegan or can't eat certain foods for medical or religious reasons).

But LCHF has worked so well for so many of us here, and, once you get into it as a way of eating, it's fairly easy to eat that way and it comes with some great benefits. There's lots of experience here in how to eat LCHF with irregular meal schedules, when eating out, etc. I'd recommend it (and I do eat that way myself).

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Nele -

your head is spinning because what the doctors have told you to eat and what is happening to your body is in contrast to each other.

we have ALL had our heads spinning until we realized the truth.

Fat is not the enemy. Carbohydrates are

You NEED essential proteins...
you NEED essential fats...
there is no such thing as an essential Carb.

do the research. see the links that were provided.

I eat bacon, and cheese, and hamburgers (no bun) and vegetables , and pork rinds, cream and coffee, Butter, and lots of other yummy foods.

I dont eat carbs. (or at least as little as possible, around 30g a day)

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and PS - cheerios are not your friend (or skim milk)

ask questions and you will find your way... My quote in my signature is important here

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever the doctors want you to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

""You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever the doctors want you to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." "
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Nele -

your head is spinning because what the doctors have told you to eat and what is happening to your body is in contrast to each other.

we have ALL had our heads spinning until we realized the truth.

Fat is not the enemy. Carbohydrates are

You NEED essential proteins...
you NEED essential fats...
there is no such thing as an essential Carb.

do the research. see the links that were provided.

I eat bacon, and cheese, and hamburgers (no bun) and vegetables , and pork rinds, cream and coffee, Butter, and lots of other yummy foods.

I dont eat carbs. (or at least as little as possible, around 30g a day)

Watch this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ


and PS - cheerios are not your friend (or skim milk)

ask questions and you will find your way... My quote in my signature is important here

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever the doctors want you to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."
WOW thank you so much this video is the best and most sensible thing I have seen yet (and I have watched a lot of videos on diabetes)

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this video is the best and most sensible thing I have seen yet
That's what I thought, too, when I saw it. I'm a gotta-know-the-big-picture kind of guy, and that video really laid out why eating so many carbs and then taking medicine to counteract most them didn't make sense to me. I'm glad that helped, Nele.

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Nele......hope the 'spinning' is getting better....SMILE!

Just from your comments I can see you are beginning to see the opportunity here. It seems so easy, and after struggling for years, in my case, how could this all work? I remember feeling that way....

But it is simple in that Carbs are bad, especially for diabetics! If you drop your carb intake, you get cravings and in time they wear you down. I tried the South Beach years ago, and it worked for my wife and I well...for a while, then the cravings for carbs kicked in and in
months, a little bit at a time...I was back where I started! Really discouraging. Then I found this LCHF model....I thought, if I get hungry I will just eat some eggs, or Pork rinds, or cheese, or pecans, etc. etc. I remember saying to myself...I can do this I love high fat foods almost as much as carbs!

After I got started two things happened, I got healthier right away, weight dropping, blood sugars coming down nicely...that was in weeks 2 and 3! And I lost all my cravings, because if I had them, I ate.....

Three years later, I am 60 lbs. lighter, my blood sugar is great (last A1c 5.9!), my blood pressure is 120/75 and I am taking 1/2 the meds I was taking....and I never get hungry cause I eat! Have a little Heavy Whipping Cream with your morning coffee.....by the way within 12 months my Cholesterol numbers came down to normal levels on target where my doctor wants me to be as a 67 year old male diabetic with a family history of heart problems.....at first my doctor thought I was crazy, increasing my fat intake....but now he is a believer...

What's not to like? Come on in....the water is delightful!

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my head is spinning I have no idea what I can and can't eat the more I read the more confused I get so basically this is what I eat each day
AM: Cheerios with skim milk and a few blueberries
Noon : celery with hummus
PM: poached fish and a couple vegetables ( no root veggies)
I drink a lot of water to keep from starving but it doesn't really help cravings when I open the fridge and see all the wonderful foods my husband eats.
Needless to say I am becoming more depressed daily, and the fact that I am not loosing any weight at all doesn't help.
I seem to be spending more and more time in bed, basically because dreaming is more exciting than being awake.
I hope I get the hang of this soon because living like this really stinks.
Start testing yourself an hour or so after eating to measure the impact of the foods you're taking in. This is what I started to do years ago and continue to do that as my metabolism changes due to age and level of activity.

Low carb is a start however some high carb foods may have a minimal impact for you. as you test with frequency you will figure it out. What's good for one person may not be as good for another.

For example - hummus has a negligible affect on me but a big affect for others, the same probably goes for many other foods too,

So test frequently measure the impact and start a new menu of the choice foods to eat.

It worked for me

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