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Old 11-07-2015, 07:06   #1
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Hi. I've been bad for the last four months. Had a great start getting my blood sugar under control. Went to a doctor's appointment in July with my A1C going from +8 to 6.8. He was happy so was I. It was too long after that, I don't know but I started to slip. Started having a donut here or there. Started to eat more rice. It wasn't long that I convinced myself that I could take a few liberties and still come back and lock down and get back into control. Well, I've progressively got worst and soon started having ice cream cones. I stopped checking my BS so I wouldn't be faced with the numbers. I'm sure I was well into the 150's.
I started getting numbness in my fingers and it shock me into getting back in control. I've been good for about a week and my numbers are going down to mid 120's. The only good thing is my weight has remained level. I lost 30lbs and have not gained any back.
I got to realize that this is got to be a total life change. I guess it happened so easy the first time that I began to think I could cheat and drop back in control at any time.

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If you search for the keywords "fallen off the band wagon", you will be shocked at the large number of threads that open up. It happens all the time. But now that the realization has set in, don't think too much about the past. What's done is done. You are right in that this is a change of lifestyle & it needs to be done long term with commitment. BTW all the goodies that you did fall prey to, are available / easily make-able as LC options. Do look at the Recipe section for ideas. Good Luck. Hang On, Stay On.
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I just wrote on the Diabetes forum that I've been off the wagon for about 4 months. Part of the problem was my cravings for some of the carbs I missed. White rice especially! But the other part of the problem was my inability to keep up with the high fat aspect of this diet. I found it very difficult to maintain 5/15/80 ratio. Probably could count on my hand the number of times I actual got 80% fat. To add to that problem, was I didn't think it was possible I'm getting tired of bacon. I also was making this custard recipe with heavy whipping cream and that's getting old. These were my two main fat foods.
Now that I'm trying to get back on track, I'm worried that I need to find other forms of high fat foods so I can maintain this diet. There's also this report that bacon cause cancer that has my wife going crazy.

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It seems we're in for another round of everything-causes-cancer. We had a big outbreak of that in the 70s-80s. But, in the fullness of time, folks got tired of avoiding everything, and the alarms dwindled.

So, despite today's headlines, I still eat bacon and I save bacon grease for cooking.

That said ... we cannot live on bacon alone. So I keep various fats handy so that I can add them easily, and get some variety.

So, just for starters ...

-- If you eat dairy, go for heavy whipping cream (not just for custards -- use anywhere you'd otherwise use milk), full-fat yogurt and real butter.

-- Whole eggs are wonderfood, if you can handle them well.

-- Real, full-fat mayonnaise is another great addition to foods. Store-bought brands often contain added sugar, but it's not too difficult to make it yourself.

-- Olive oil is great for salads, and equally great to drizzle on hot dishes.

-- Avocados and macadamia nuts are delightful sources of fat, and of many other nutrients as well.

-- Extra-virgin coconut oil is not just fatty, but nutritious. I sometimes eat it plain, or add a dollop or two to my coffee. It's great for frying, too.

-- Many foods can be sauteed or pan-fried (without breading). I like coconut oil or peanut oil, depending on the taste I'm after. I usually add butter to both, for the flavor.

Our Recipes subforum offers additional options, including low-carb breading for fried foods.

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It's a lifestyle not a diet, you really need to ask yourself if that doughnut or white rice is worth health problems.

Replace the white rice with cauliflower rice. Here is my favourite version:

2 portions:
200g cauliflower whizzed in a blender.
2 Tablespoon coconut oil.
25g raw coconut flesh, also whizzed into a fine paste in the blender.
2 Tablespoons water.

Add everything to a wok, and cook for 3-4 minutes until the liquid has been mainly absorbed.

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Alan - don't feel alone - many of us have done just what you did. I think it's part of the process of coming to grips with a condition that is not temporary but that will be with us the rest of our lives. And the work involved in controlling it will be our lifestyle for the rest of our lives.

It's a real heavy reality, and for some it takes some "reality checks" . The good thing is, as you've mentioned, it is possible to get right back on the wagon and make good strides back to control. This "fall" (off the wagon) will serve you well as you now know the pitfalls of indulgence and can be more diligent in your management of diabetes.

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Also, its time you did some searching for recipes here and on-line for low-carb goodies. Look at it as a whole new world of yummy foods - not as substitutes but as good things to eat just as they are. I think if you put some variety into your menus you'll be more satisfied with this way of eating.

I, too, have a bit of trouble getting my fats high (because I can't eat dairy or eggs). I have to have fat bombs on hand, and either LC breads or crackers to spread with "butter" or even bacon grease and topped with cheese or sliced meat.

Re: bacon
It is the nitrates and nitrites in the bacon, when fried at high temps, that is the part of bacon that "may" cause cancer. (At least, that's what I read years ago.) If you buy bacon free of these preservatives, there is no risk. I do that. And there is now a brand without these preservatives in the regular grocery store at a better price than the ones at health-food stores.

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There's also this report that bacon cause cancer that has my wife going crazy.
Actually your wife should read how the World Health Organization cherry picked the data to fit their political wishes. Read the second half of this blog - Fat Head » WHO’s Afraid Of Meat? … And Other Stuff .

Yes, the bit about bacon is more about politics than cancer being caused by bacon. The press just printed what they wanted as well. I will continue to eat bacon in spite of the WHO.

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Whenever we make a big change in our habits, it's not unusual to slip back into old habits sometimes. The important thing is to just move forward and get back into your new way of eating as soon as possible.

I too heard the report about bacon possibly causing cancer in some people, but I'm taking that with a huge grain of salt. First of all, I've just learned (since diagnosis) that fat doesn't make you fat; nor does fat contribute to my diabetes. In fact, I need to incorporate fats into my daily eating. So I gave that report the side eye when it came out. I am going to continue to eat bacon, but like you, I was growing tired of having it every day. Main problem - it's messy to make and clean up! If I could find a way to make bacon that was easier and neater, I'd cook it more often.

Look into various recipes for "fat bombs." There a quite a few here in the Recipe section.

I use HWC in many things now. When I make a scrambled egg for breakfast, I pour in a glug of HWC to the egg mixture. I add it to my morning coffee. I just posted a recipe for broccoli-cheddar soup that incorporates HWC. I make a blend of cream cheese, butter, HWC, unsweetened cocoa and NSA pnut butter into a fat bomb and have one daily. (It's my replacement for peanut butter cups, which I loved.)

I use a blend of butter and virgin coconut oil for cooking/sauteeing. I have full fat cheese every day. I like to make a snack of celery filled with cream cheese. I have found a low carb bread recipe that I like, and when I crave something similar to a sweet pastry, I add a little nutmeg to that recipe, then top it with a dab of softened cream cheese.

I used to really miss certain foods, like potatoes, pastries, pasta, etc. However, the longer I go without eating those things, the easier it gets.

Hang in there and go check out the recipe section when you have some time to browse.

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Rhiannon? I cook bacon by baking several pounds all at one time, so it confines the mess to one day once in awhile. I make small bacon weaves using three slices per weave which is about the size of a normal bacon serving. I cut the slices in half and weave the pieces together like a lattice. My jellyroll pan will hold six weaves at a time and it takes about 25-30 minutes at 350° to bake each pan to the crispness we like. (I use parchment paper instead of foil. The image above isn't my pan - I grabbed the image from the internet. And I flip the weaves over halfway through baking.)



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