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Old 07-02-2013, 18:58   #31
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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.
Anything with HWC (heavy whipping cream) will boost your calories and be relatively carb-friendly. Here's one example of a protein shake using it.

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Hi All,

Some time today I'm going to muster the strength to make a Costco run. Please let me know if this is an acceptable list and/or if there's anything in particular I should be looking for in a product.

Costco Chicken--You know the "made-daily" rotisserie chicken that Costco is famous for. Does it matter whether you eat the skin or not? Or with my high cholesterol should I not eat the skin?

Costco Pacific Salmon--They have these individually wrapped frozen salmon cutlets, a package of 7.

Best Foods Mayo--Not the low fat but the regular

Some frozen veggies & salad pre-mixes.

How about canned tuna...should I get it packed in oil?

Are all condiments fair game? Mustard, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, I think it has fructose in it (for the tuna).

By the way, I guess the "rule" is to basically avoid anything with more than a minimum amount of carbs (5% of the calories). But is there any food that doesn't have carbs that is also unacceptable?

Like I mentioned, some of the food products have fructose even though they may not have many carbs. Is that a problem? I'm guessing let my meter be my guide, right?

Finally, should I be paying attention and choosing products with lower sodium content. I do have high cholesterol.

I really appreciate all the help. By the way, this will be the third time in 12 days I've gone through my pantry and fridge to eliminate the so-called bad foods I have. Presently, I have enough produce, fruits, veggies, nuts, and every variety of Vegan beans to open up a small store on E-bay. Oh well, live and learn...

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if you mean the salmon patties check the ingredients first. There may be hidden carbs used as filler.. breadcrumbs and such.

used chopped dill pickles in your tuna salad.

ketchup is pretty sugary, but a small amount may not hurt (test after using) or better yet buy a low sugar one at a different store.

The rest of your list looks fine

I shop at Costco every week. Here is a list of the items I buy there almost every time I go.

baby romaine lettuce - comes in a 5 pack and lasts me a week
roma tomatoes - not for all diabetics so test after eating
avocados - 5 pack
bell peppers - the pack with 2 red, 3 orange and 2 yellow
brussel sprouts
baby bell cheese - handy for quick snacks
dannon light and fit greek yogurt - only 8 carbs per container and very yummy
black olives
kirkland bacon crumbles - great to to add to scrambled eggs or a salad

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lowish carb/highish fat diet.

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Make sure your veggies are above ground veggies. Most root vegetables that grow underground are too carby. Also peanuts are a legume not a nut. Same family as peas, beans etc. many find they can't have them or only small amounts. Corn is a grain so it's usually a no no along with oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc.

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Are all condiments fair game? Mustard, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, I think it has fructose in it (for the tuna).
Not sweet pickle relish. That's sweet! Ketchup has a lot of carbs and I'd stay away from it for the moment, or eat it in the smallest amount. Mustard is great. Tuna is good - and if you follow the earlier excellent suggestion to hard boil a load of eggs, then tuna/chopped egg/mayo/chopped celery for crunch - makes a great salad to have on hand.

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Personally, I would not go for the tuna packed in oil. It is usually vegetable oil which is not a healthy oil. I would go for the tuna in water and add in healthy oil, i.e full fat mayo, or even coconut oil or olive oil.

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Thanks to all of you...

I knew I'd better bounce my list off you guys first before I make any serious mistakes. My freelancing has cost me a pretty penny so far! Thanks again...

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Agree with the others re the food and don't eat if you're not hungry!
i love salami and cream cheese. i use the salami as "chips" ans scoopup the cream cheese.
Make sure its full fat.
As far as fructose, best to avoid it if possible.
Also look for the number of carbs on labels, not % carbs. Hard to tell you how many, but for cheese, condiments, salad dressings I like 2 g or less per serving.
Yes water packed tuna, then add your own olive oil as a fat.

And wanted to add this link re cholesterol.
LCHF for Beginners | DietDoctor.com

watch the video at the bottom of the post.

Also low sodium is not necessary for cholesterol control. If you have high BP due to sodium then yes cut back, otherwise go for it.
in fact eating this way you will need plenty of salt initially as you will lose water weight and sodium along with it. i also used the morton lite salt for the extra potassium to avoid cramps the first few weeks, and still use it on occasion.

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Thanks Donna,

Very helpful...I was wondering if I should pick up Dr. Bernstein's book? Or maybe Jenny Ruhl's? I've noticed their names come up quite a bit on the boards--especially Bernstein seems to be the diabetics "guru."

I'm trying to approach this diet (way of life) in an intelligent fashion. After I'm back on my feet health-wise and I start to see my numbers go down, I want to develop an eating plan that I could live with which doesn't simply involve me just frying up eggs, bacon, and burgers or putting chicken in salads.

I see my lack of diversity and creativity in the kitchen as an obstacle that I'll need to overcome so I can develop a well-rounded diet. Kind of the difference between merely "surviving" or "thriving."

Also, I've never paid much attention to how many calories I consume but now that I'm diabetic I'm looking at this diet and I wonder how many calories I need--or should I even worry about calorie intake if I'm not hungry and I feel okay?

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I'd say don't worry about calories if you're feelink Ok and not hungry at this point.
Bernstein book is great, but not the best on diet variety necessarily.
He takes his patients indvidually.
Asks them what meat/veggies etc they like to eat and makes a diet around that for them.
I wouldn't worry about Bernsteins book for now.
Jsut focus on eatign low carb to get better.
Only other advise i'd have it to cut carbs slowly. Only other thing I've read as a drawback is that it can cause your T3 Thyroid hormones to drop, thus causing you to feel tired and not your best. People who cut back slowly (anecdotal) have not faced this issue. Jenny Ruhl keeps her g of carbs to above 70 so that she is not in ketosis or else she feels sluggish. Some of Bernstein’s patients also get low thyroid hormones from what I remember reading. Also anecdotal.

If you want to avoid that possibility, cut back slowly, one meal at a time, one week at a time.
Itsd Ok to keep things simple for now.
But for more on diet I'd read Jenny Ruhls low carb diet book, protein power, Atkins diabetes book,

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