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Old 07-02-2013, 04:37   #21
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Thanks! That's my kind of cooking David...I already steam my broccoli and carrots--but I guess carrots are out of this diet, right?

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I allow myself a few now and then. The baby ones are good. The rule is to test, test, test until you find your 'safe' ones. We all react differently to some foods. Not to worry about yet!




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Old 07-02-2013, 06:48   #23
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Just here lending my support too

I'm 2 months into eating LCHF. I had to get my head around eating the opposite to what had been drummed into me for years i.e low fat.

Now I eat eggs and bacon for breakfast. I have some kind of meat (and I don't buy the extra lean meat either any more!) or chicken and salad or vegetables for lunch and dinner. I make a fantastic low carb pizza using cauliflower for the base. It's easy.

Instead of milk in my coffee I have a big dollop of heavy whipping cream. If I feel like something sweet I'll whip up cream and cream cheese. I snack on natural peanut butter and pecans.

The first few days on low carbs I had a headache that wouldn't go away (see Atkins flu) but it did go on the 6th day and now I have more and more energy and feel better than I've felt in months. I've lost 21lbs and people are commenting on how well I look. They keep telling me to 'keep doing what ever you're doing because it's working'. I've decreased my BG from 6.5 to 4.7.

Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you and let you know you'll soon be feeling a lot better.

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Trying to switch to a "whole foods" diet (i.e. vegetarian) is what I attribute to being diagnosed with the D. I was eating large amounts of carbs, rice, beans, grains etc....(and lean meat, I love my meat!) and I was feeling worse and worse. Fatigue, constant headache, bloated, extremely irritable, allergies were at an all time high, plus the usual extreme thirst, urination, and unexplained weight loss.

But it was a blessing in disguise. I think if I had not exacerbated my D with that diet, I night have gone years before being diagnosed! I didn't find this forum until I had been dx for a couple of years, so I was trying to control it with the conventional ADA diet (and metformin and actos and glipizide).

It wasn't until I switched to a HFLC diet that I began to see numbers going down! This morning I woke up with a fasting BG of 82!!! (Doing a little dance)

Eating is really easy. Breakfast is bacon and eggs. Lunch is usually a link or two of sausage smothered in mayo and cheese. Dinner is whatever meat I decide to cook and a side of veggies or salad. Heavy cream in my coffee and my fave snack is half a block of cream cheese mixed with heavy cream and some liquid sucalose to sweeten.

And pork rinds make an excellent sub for tortilla chips! Just layer taco meat with cheese, sour cream and guacamole., and scoop some up with a pork rind! Yum!

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Old 07-02-2013, 15:35   #25
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I ate chicken last night--right out of the container, not a whole lot about 4-5 ounces (that's all I could take right now), and I went to bed early and I feel tons better!

I tested at 131 when I woke up (I know, still high but that's as low as my fasting BS goes right now) but the throbbing, pounding diabetic weakness and inability to focus (my eyes have been messed up to the point where I can't see with my glasses!) is much less even after just 9 hours!

I'm going to have 2 eggs and 2 strips of bacon for breakfast, probably some kind of salad with veggies and avocado, maybe even a couple strips of bacon in it (with real salad dressing!) for lunch.

I don't know what I'm going to make for dinner, I'm just going to sift through some of the recipes all you fine people have recommended and come up with something. I'm not a big eater but I'm pretty active and I figure my diet should consist of at least 2500 calories so I'll have the energy I need.

I do have the obvious question that I'm sure you people (and me now!) get all the time because we eat this way. That is: What about cholesterol levels and heart disease? I tested high for cholesterol (about 300) so does this increase my risk for heart disease in the future? Will my cholesterol level rise?

Again, thank you all for your encouragement and keep those recipes coming (especially the simple ones) for us "culinary challenged."

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Trying to switch to a "whole foods" diet (i.e. vegetarian) is what I attribute to being diagnosed with the D. I was eating large amounts of carbs, rice, beans, grains etc....(and lean meat, I love my meat!) and I was feeling worse and worse. Fatigue, constant headache, bloated, extremely irritable, allergies were at an all time high, plus the usual extreme thirst, urination, and unexplained weight loss.
I spent quite a good amount of time (a few years) eating strictly vegan shortly before my diagnosis. I completely agree with everything said above. I believe it exacerbated my diabetes to a high extent, and it was shortly after ending this type of eating that I was diagnosed. I also felt the same, completely lousy all the time, and at the same time, had all the same symptoms of D.

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I do have the obvious question that I'm sure you people (and me now!) get all the time because we eat this way. That is: What about cholesterol levels and heart disease? I tested high for cholesterol (about 300) so does this increase my risk for heart disease in the future? Will my cholesterol level rise?
I've never had issues with cholesterol, but many people here have. If you search through the forums, you will find many threads dedicated to opinions, articles, and reports that show people oftentimes find that their levels actually improve when they drop the carbs and focus on low carbs/high fat. Someone else will be along soon to explain the scientific part of it.

I also wanted to mention that your menu for today sounds great. If you need snacks, you can try cheese or nuts, or even pork rinds. Anything with low carbs. As far as dinner, pick a meat or other protein source, like chicken or seafood, add a green vegetable and salad to it, and it will be perfect!

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Sounds like you are taking control and doing better, congrats!

One tip from me: Boil a dozen eggs and keep them in the fridge so they are ready for: just snacking, making quick egg salad, making deviled eggs, adding to salad...

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Thanks Mary & Silvertiger!

As I get more accustomed to the diet I'll get more prepared. I think eating all the heavier meat (steaks and chops for example) might wear me out or fatigue me over time so I'm looking to find a diet of 2500 calories while making it as light and comfortable to eat as possible, while choosing my spots with the heavier meals.

I see that a lot of people use cheese and nuts to add calories throughout the day and that seems like a good idea for a guy like me that doesn't have an enormous appetite. I also wonder if there's any high-calorie drinks that can work with this diet (I'm guessing no) because I'd love to add 300 calories by drinking something instead of eating.

I like to eat when I'm hungry but I'm really not the type of guy who wants to spend a whole lot of time eating--except at night when I'm kicking back watching a ball game on TV.

My usual routine is to eat a little something in the morning and then go all day without eating (or eating a small snack) and then eating a pretty good size dinner at night when I was darn hungry. Probably not a good idea with diabetes, right?

Anyway, I appreciate all the help and suggestions that have been offered on this site. In just one day of finding this place my attitude has changed from one of complete hopelessness to optimism--I thank you all!

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Eating LCHF may make it where you can continue eating 2X a day. If you're not hungry why eat? I can get by on twice a day, but my wife isn't diabetics or on LCHF diet and eats 3 traditional times a day. I usually eat when she does unless I am absolutely "NOT" hungry.

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