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Old 01-27-2014, 11:07   #141
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Well, if you want to keep your blood sugar in control, you're going to have some work to do. At some point, you're going to have to stop fighting with yourself about all the things you refuse to eat if you want to actually enjoy life again without high blood sugar.

I was also a carb-addict myself, and after eliminating them from my diet and making certain compromises about trying to include different foods back into my diet, I now know that I will live to a healthy, old age, while being able to enjoy my son, family, and friends. It's all about priorities, Terry.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:11   #142
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I just remembered you said yuk to eggs in an earlier post. I guess just research the threads that Mary suggested and go to the links that others have listed - then make yourself a list of things you can eat and will eat under each category - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks - be sure you cover protein, and fats - then that will form the basis of your next shopping list.

As for whether you should eat things on occasion for 'treats' - only you can answer that - it will depend on what goals you set yourself and whether you want to risk putting yourself into the levels that can cause organ damage. There are people in here that would simply say it is not worth it for a few seconds of tasting something that the body doesn't really need. There will be others that consciously make the decision to have something on their usual banned list from time to time. Others probably drop their bundle at times, then have to pick themselves up and get back on the wagon. Where you sit will depend on many factors - this isn't going away. You have to decide how well you want to manage your condition.

You don't need to make this decision now. As your numbers get better you will be proud of yourself and get stronger. It doesn't have to happen all at once.

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Old 01-27-2014, 13:23   #143
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OK so after reading up on the drug section I'm convinced my diabetes team may be trying to kill me. The only drug I think I would want is Metformin extended release. Right now my levels are high and my feet tingle. Does that mean I will lose my feet within this year? I'm so tired of this. It's stressful!!
Now you're getting the idea. The world is indeed round. This is hard work and nobody else can do it for us - not our families/friends, not our medical teams (even if we could trust their advice, which we can't), not our fellow forum members. We must take responsibility for our own health and stop indulging ourselves. Nobody promised us a rose garden. I wouldn't recommend 'cheating' until you once get under control and know what your limits are. Eating off plan does nothing except slap us right back to square one.

No, you won't lose your feet this year, but you would use lose them eventually if you continue the way you're going. And you have just admitted that you aren't 'fine' even now, your feet are already tingling, and that is a sign of peripheral neuropathy.

Yes, it's stressful and we all get very tired of it. It's overwhelming especially for carb addicts who have heretofore lived on Big Macs, fries & popcorn (no, air-popped won't help . . . it's the popcorn itself which is the problem, not the cooking method or any added oil/butter).



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I'm glad you are here, Terry! I know it can be overwhelming, just take it a day at a time, one meal at a time. If you eat something that spikes you, just shake it off and do better the next meal. After a year of eating LCHF, I still have periods when I go into a denial sort of phase where I eat things I shouldn't. I am coming off of one now. :-(

I also have not been visiting this forum for a few months, and believe me it makes a difference! Just reading here helps me get back on track!

If I stay on LCHF, I am rarely hungry. When I go on one of my denial phases, my hunger level goes up exponentially. I think of it as an addiction, one bite will increase your hunger for more. Just as an alcoholic can't have just one drink or he will be back to abusing alcohol. Just as I can't indulge in just one puff of a cigarette or I will be back to smoking a pack a day in no time.

It's not easy, I know, everyone here knows that, and unless I am mistaken no one here has said it will be easy. What everyone has said is, IT IS POSSIBLE.

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I have learned how many carbs I can eat per meal to stay under a BG of 7.8. Occasionally I will allow a "treat meal" where I will eat more carbs than that, but usually it's a special occasion with something carby I really want. Carbs don't appeal to me much anymore unless they're really GOOD carbs.

If I told myself I could never have any carbs anymore ever, I know I would snap and just go on a carb eating binge. For instance, those new Tortoise donuts from Tim Horton's... filled with caramel, topped with chocolate and crispy pecans. I wanted to taste one, so my spouse bought one and I ate 1/4 of it. Enough to taste it, but not enough to raise my BG to the point that I feel like crap. Now, if you can't limit yourself to 1/4 donut as a compromise, you may have to just give up all carbs. I have to treat my brain like a toddler at times. "If you can't be happy with 1/4 donut, we're never buying a donut again." So my brain may pout a bit but eventually is happy to have just a taste. :P

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You are hitting the wall right now, the oh no moment. First be happy with the fact you saw a low number yesterday, what you want to do is repeat it and then do it again. Once you lose more weight and you will eating lower carb then you can maybe have a few things but your meter will tell you what you can eat. When you go up you know that food or portion size was to much. More protein and veggies with healthy fat and less of the carb stuff. It works its why we live it, we all know we were carb addicts and we do understand.
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Thanks for the answers everyone. I will see what popcorn does to me. I really couldn't imagine giving that up. It's part of my movie experience when I am lucky enough to get out and watch a show. Is it OK once in awhile to eat things that are bad for you? As long as it's not a habit? It's not a matter of liking or not liking eggs. I can have them when they are cooked in recipes. I gag over them if I try to eat them by themselves. And I don't eat celery either. I guess if I was to list the things I will not eat we would be here all day. Suffice it to say I don't touch anything that comes from the ocean, lakes, or rivers, and I do not eat anything on the bone. I avoid pork chops. I don't like many veggies. I really dislike any fruits but I will eat them if I have to. I'm not a big fan of chicken. I rarely like to eat ground beef. I mostly eat stuff that come from grains. That's something that will be changing.
Do a search on the forum for low carb vegetarian. That may help you out more. I can't remember who set it up (foxl I think) but there may be some help for you there since it sounds more to your likes and dislikes.

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Alas, grains are murder on a diabetic's blood sugar levels. And, well, you can test if you want, but it's a sure bet that popcorn will raise your BG well over the safe zone.

I will take Optimist's http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...-crackers.html to the theater and munch on them. Then, there's pork rinds (takes a bit of getting used to, I'll admit). And, yes, it means you have to sneak in the LC goodies.

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Nuts of all kind are a great alternative, I use nuts and cheese as a go to.

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Guess who had a light salad with ranch and an hour later has a BS level of 76? YES!! Working it and feeling GOOD!!

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