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Old 10-27-2014, 17:57   #1
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Is that possible or wise? Just curious.

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Not possible…the lowest carb things like eggs have carbs. The point is to eat as low as possible.




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I am able to eat veggies like peas and green beans and I went to add a bit of peas on with my dark meat chicken when I thought about that. I decided not to have the peas after all and just ate more chicken instead . I bought some ranch dressing only to find 3 carbs per 2 tbsp in there so won't be eating that now. I know things like hwc that say they have 0 carbs actually do have carbs so that's another example.

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I eat very few carbs, but the carbs I do eat add variety and interest to my meals. I don't think I'd want to even try to do zero carbs.

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Is that possible or wise? Just curious.
You need the veggies, particularly the green variety and grown above ground. Peas are sort of starchy to me, so I don't eat that.

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Is that possible or wise? Just curious.
I'm not sure. Some studies suggest we would do fine on zero carb diets. Others suggest otherwise. I think it depends on who is funding the study.

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It's pretty tough to cut the carbs much below 20 or 30 per day, and impossible to truly do "zero" carbs because many non-carby foods have at least a little bit of carb in them. You'd have to eat virtually no vegetables, and IMHO, that's not a healthy diet, because there are micronutrients in the veggies we eat that are just as important as the macronutrients. It might be OK in the short term, but over the long term I think there would be consequences.

I don't see ANY advantage to reducing carbs below 20 or 30 grams a day.

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So say you allow yourself 30 carbs a day and one day you feel like having a few chips or crackers that take about 10 of your carbs so what is wrong with that? Some here are amazingly hard core and I'm trying to be but today the only knowing carbs i had were about 10 carbs from a snack size bag of chips and otherwise all I've eaten today are eggs with mayo and dark chicken meat with hwc with a bit of chocolate syrup for more fats. I've even done some cardio and my palps are gone today after I've called the doctor, figures.

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KitKat, the problem I have when I over-indulge in certain carbs, is I have side effects.

Now that I've been pretty darn strict about my eating habits for several months, I get "body-lash" when I overindulge in wheat-y carbs (rashes, cravings), in fruit (my Kryptonite, cravings), rice (HUGE spikes and cravings).

And by over-indulge in wheat, I mean I ate about 20g carbs of something wheaty.

My body clearly cannot tolerate this stuff anymore, so for me, it becomes a big deal. This rash is making me crazy. And I just got my A1c back, I'm still coasting nicely at 5.5.

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... today the only knowing carbs i had were about 10 carbs from a snack size bag of chips.
This is self-defeating, IMO. You're better off getting those ten carbs from low carb, natural sources, like low carb vegetables. I would even add melted butter over the low carb vegetables. It does matter where the carbs come from. Let's say I eat 20 grams a day. If I eat chocolate chip cookies or crackers or whatever to fill 15 of those grams, I will crave more of that item due to its ingredients. If I eat 15 or 20 grams from natural low carb sources, it won't aggravate cravings for higher carb foods.

There was a comment above as to staying below 20 or 30 and it being difficult. This is really a per-person thing. There is an advantage. Some of us had to drop our blood sugar very quickly or else start on insulin (yep, it got that high. And those who know me well here know that I have nothing against insulin, that I just didn't personally want to start it.)

Some people have no trouble staying below 20. I went for many months on 10-15 grams per day without ever going over and with counting the carbs in everything (HWC, eggs, etc), which is what I considered very low carb eating. It is not difficult for everyone. I did it because I needed to drop my blood sugar back down quickly, as it was starting to climb back up on grams over 40 per day.

I stuck to foods like meats, chicken, some fish, (different variety, like shrimp, do have small amounts of carbs), and fats that mainly included butter and olive oil.

One of the main things that I find is that when I do eat very low carb (less than 20 a day), my cravings for carb-y foods goes right down the drain and my blood sugar quickly decreases. Right now, I am at about 20-25 a day but if I start to creep up again, I go right back down to less than 20.

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