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Old 03-20-2013, 08:58   #1
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Would love to know about things that are so high in carbohydrates that it spikes your BG with the smallest of portions. I will start with what i discovered today...

JOWAR!!!! This is a kind of grain used to make bread/rotis in India. While two wheat chappatis spike my BG to 110-115 maximum, 1.5 jowar roti gave me a BG of 170- 2 hours post meal! I thought it was a wrong reading and rechecked. But the same. And then i googled. Apparently 1 chappati has 12g carb while 1 jowar roti has more than double the carbs. I should have known as this is the grain that farmers traditionally consume. I am sure they need a carb rich diet given the physical exertion they undergo everyday.

In any case guys, please avoid. And please post stuff that soared your BG to ridiculous levels.

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So glad you mention this. Over here curry & roti is popular and a favourite.
I like curry but the roti spikes are high as you've mentioned. Since we cant eat rice or bread with the curry either, its a problem unless you have a homemade substitute.

I no longer cook or bake much and cant think of something else to buy to improvise with. Ive tried it with very little brown basmati rice. The spike is not too big, but its there nonetheless.

So, like most things I enjoy eating, Ive just cut back or stopped eating it.

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Top of my DO NOT EAT list - All grains & sugars (incl fruits).

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Top of my DO NOT EAT list - All grains & sugars (incl fruits).
for vegetarians the options are too limited if you take out grains

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So glad you mention this. Over here curry & roti is popular and a favourite.
I like curry but the roti spikes are high as you've mentioned. Since we cant eat rice or bread with the curry either, its a problem unless you have a homemade substitute.

I no longer cook or bake much and cant think of something else to buy to improvise with. Ive tried it with very little brown basmati rice. The spike is not too big, but its there nonetheless.

So, like most things I enjoy eating, Ive just cut back or stopped eating it.
Try some bread recipes given in the recipe section of this forum. They apparently curb the spike. I have not tried them yet though.

What i do is just take a small ball of dough and roll it as thin as possible to make a huge chapatti. u can fool ur mind that ways because the more bites u take, the more ur stimach feels full. also have a glass of thick buttermilk just 30 min before dinner. you wont be able to have more than 1 roti even if you want. if i am hungry, i have a boiled egg with lunch/dinner too. just 1g carb in it. the trick is to eat what u like but keep the high carb portion a small part of ur meal and low carb portion high. when you have it all together, u feel satisfied.

Also, one thing that works for me is that if i plan to have rotis in lunch then i have almost a zero carb breakfast so that my base level sugar 2 hours after the meal is low and even after the additional spike lucnh may give, it wont shoot up like crazy and still remain range bound. Then again i go easy on dinner.

Basically cheat your mind a bit and cheat your body a bit and see if your sugar remains range bound.

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Top of my DO NOT EAT list - All grains & sugars (incl fruits).
Same for me. No grains, fruits, or root vegetables

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I am still just eating mainly meats, eggs, cheese, spinach, kale, lettuce, lots of fats, almonds. Haven't introduced much more yet. Did eat 5 bites of a banana once - can't do that anymore. Waiting to try berries soon.

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Jowar is SORGHUM. In the US south, we make a sweet syrup from it, and use it on pancakes, etc. Definitely one to avoid!

I know you DO have ltd veg protein sources in India, but you also soy and other bean vadas / baras ... they are a little high but not so bad. and you can make rotis using egg and cauliflower ... or just egg, if you are willing to eat eggs.

I am a US style vegetarian, it is limiting, but I am making it work!

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This might make a good bread substitute. I made it without any sweetener. I tried adding spices the next time I made it. Basil tasted good, rosemary is too strong. You could experiment with your own local spices to see what tastes best.

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All grains. More than a bite or two of lower-carb fruits (berries) - definitely have to avoid bananas.

I start building my meals with fats, then a moderate amount of protein, and then a vegetable carb as a side dish. Just the opposite of what I did pre-diagnosis and pre-LCHF.

There are plenty of low-carb "bread" recipes here and on the internet. A recipe for low-carb pizza crust could easily make a flat bread. They all have egg, though and often cheese.
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