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Old 01-05-2019, 00:59   #1
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There are so many diets out there that when one is faced with a need to make dietary changes. Most of us instinctive know that we need to reduce carbohydrates, but have no clue just how to do this, so need to at least start out with a diet plan someone else has put together.

I probably had more understanding of carbs and diabetes than most, and already had done low-carb the Atkins way, so when I was faced with a diabetes diagnosis, I went back to the Atkins plan. I found their website (when I was on it before there was only the book.... that's how long ago it was) and printed out the food lists, and found that to be just what I needed.

What other eating plans or diets have you followed during your diabetes journey. Was it successful for you?

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I didn't take my initial diagnosis of T2 seriously but I start my own form of "lower-carb": I pulled the bun off burgers if I wanted to eat the french fries; I rarely ate two starchy side dishes with entrees; I settled for two slices of pizza and a side salad rather than three or four slices of pizza; I rarely ate donuts and kept to a single scoop of ice cream; and so on.

This kept my A1c in the low 6s for several years before finally it started nearing 7.0. When that happened, I used the low-carb/high-fat plan outlined on the Diet Doctor Web site as a guide and kind of did my own thing. Seems to be working.

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Within a couple of months, I found Dr. Bernstein's book, The Diabetes Solution, and started using that as a guide.

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I bought this as my stepping stone toward keto:

The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution: Manage Your Blood Sugar
https://www.amazon.ca/Paleo-Diabetes...+diet+solution

I'm excited to read it. The preview shows some of the recipes and they look easy to make.

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When I was first diagnosed, I wanted to stay away from fad diets so I resolved to only reference the CDA and ADA.

Interesting enough, they kept telling me to eat a high carb diet yet cut out sugars. Whenever I ate according to my blood glucose readings, I found that 120g of carbs worked but the high carb diet that they were recommending didn't.

I knew that my results were contradicting their recommendations so I convinced myself that 120g of carbs must actually be considered a high carb diet - lol. it never crossed my mind that they might be insane.

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I was searching the web for paleo and keto recipes. Diabetes comes with the bland-food lifestyle from hell.

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Diabetes comes with the bland-food lifestyle from hell.
There's no reason why it should. In fact, when I think of the foods I don't eat anymore (potatoes, bread, rice, ice cream, etc.) -- those (to me) are the definition of bland.

Spices and herbs have no carbs and most peppers have only a few. You do have to be careful around things like sriracha sauce ("rooster sauce"), ketchup, many tomato sauces, and most barbeque condiments because they're loaded with sugar (Americans like their food sweet). But I've cooked Chinese stirfries and Vietnamese pho soup and some really savory Middle Eastern stews. There's no bland food here unless that's what I feel like eating.

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I'd say my foods are far from bland and much more diverse than prior to LCHF. The biggest thing missing from what I eat now vs what I used to eat, are sweet and starchy foods. I think the low fat, low salt fad is what is making foods bland. I can't think of much I eat that is not salted, peppered, spiced, or some form of fat (oil,butter) added.

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I was searching the web for paleo and keto recipes. Diabetes comes with the bland-food lifestyle from hell.
Have you browsed the meal threads in the Diet forum? Very far from bland. Very tasty indeed.
https://www.diabetesforum.com/diabetes-diet-nutrition/

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Thanks for the comments everyone, I'll take a look at this site's recipes.

Since I'm not doing keto yet, should I stop snacking on nuts and also orange cheese with triscuits for now? (I don't control myself well with these anyways but I have a problem where I'm hungry an hour after eating so I have to resist the urge to eat and this makes me "hangry".

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