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Old 02-05-2016, 15:37   #11
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The symptoms of carb withdrawal can be somewhat alleviated by increasing your salt intake. All that flushing by the kidneys can deplete your electrolytes. Many like to have salty broth, and others, like myself, just down warm salty water, or lick salt from the hand. Also, you need to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water.

I would suggest that you include some testing times between waking and lunch. As part of the waking up process, the liver will dump some glucose into the bloodstream (from its store of glycogen) and your BG could be rising too high during this time. (As a diabetic you may not have a good insulin response to this dump of glucose.) What usually stops the glucose dump is to eat something. Some people only need a bit right after rising, say, a handfull of nuts. But others need to eat a full meal. YMMV

This early morning liver dump of glucose and its accompanying rise in BG is called Dawn Phenomenon and has been discussed on this forum many times. A simple search will yield many threads and posts.

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Metformin helps with insulin resistance not directly lowering blood glucose. The purpose of taking it with food is to reduce the likelihood of GI issues. For the lightheadedness, etc I would suggest some salty broth preferably with some additional fat. We lose quite a bit of fluid along with sodium and other elecrtolyes eating low carb. It is not hard to replenish by drinking more fluids and increasing salt intake. Many of us have found this helpful in getting past the "Atkins flu" symptoms.

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Hello Edge and welcome aboard....you have already been given the information you need to take control of this disease. Our many senior members have provided you with the links to information that will give you the knowledge of how you can take control of this disease for the rest of your life. It is not hard information to learn, but without it you will struggle. If I can tell you anything about what I have learned, it is to read and understand all you can from the websites and/or references provided.

When I learned about low carb high fat (LCHF) after doing a lot of research and study on my own, I decided I wanted to give it a try. I too had dizzy spells, in fact they got so bad that I almost passed out when shopping. I asked folks on here what was going on. Like with you they explained that when your body is transforming from using Carbs for energy to using Fats you throw off a lot of excess salt, so use more salt! I did that the next day and WaaaaaLaaa! No more tiredness or dizziness...that was last May!

The other thing you need to be careful about is if you cut your carbs...like all of us are doing, and do not replace that by increasing your fat intake, your body will go for protein in your body for energy....and that my friend is muscle mass...unfortunately some of this can be from your heart, which is a very bad thing....so do not cut carbs unless you offset it with fat intake! You can take that to the bank, that is why understanding this by reading Blood Sugar 101 is sooooooooooooo important!

By the way, since I started following the LCHF ways in May of 2015, my A1c went from 7.9 to 5.8, my weight has dropped by 45lbs and my cholesterol and blood pressures are better than they were when I was 30...I am now 65....SMILE....

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Div2Liv, that's awesome how you've been able to turn things around in a relatively short period of time. Do you need to take any medications to help control things? I will try to get some more salt intake. Maybe it's ok to use salted nuts as a light snack? I will also try to learn more about getting some more fat into my diet to offset the carb reduction. I certainly don't want to do damage to anything else. I've cut out coffee recently but I really enjoy a coffee in the am and would like to resume this. I used to drink coffee with a cream and a sugar. Is it ok to go to cream and a sweetener? I don't like black coffee but I guess I could try to learn to drink it if I have to.

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Go ahead & have your coffee, but make sure to use real heavy dairy cream and sweetener.




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Coffee with heavy whipping cream is good. Don't use the "lite" type things. They are usually higher in carbs. Artificial sweeteners are an individual choice. Some of us use them, I for one do not. But I'm not fighting a sweet tooth and have been drinking my coffee black for more than 50 years. Can't stand it sweet. I like HWC in it if it's iced, but it's gotta be black for me in the morning.

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Salted Nuts as a snack - Fine. But not salted peanuts. (too carby)

Coffee with Cream (real cream) - a real treat. Over here I cannot get proper pouring cream, so I've gone black and now am quite happy with it. Like you I took sugar and that had to go. Way back I decided (before diabetes took a hand) that I was using too much sugar in my coffee. So I tried a sweetener (aspartame). I started getting migraine headaches. I stopped using the sweetener and the headaches stopped. I now avoid all sugar substitutes but quite a few members find one or other ok.

It's another case of try it and see.

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Div2Liv, that's awesome how you've been able to turn things around in a relatively short period of time. Do you need to take any medications to help control things? I will try to get some more salt intake. Maybe it's ok to use salted nuts as a light snack? I will also try to learn more about getting some more fat into my diet to offset the carb reduction. I certainly don't want to do damage to anything else. I've cut out coffee recently but I really enjoy a coffee in the am and would like to resume this. I used to drink coffee with a cream and a sugar. Is it ok to go to cream and a sweetener? I don't like black coffee but I guess I could try to learn to drink it if I have to.
Hi Edge,

I am 65 and have been type 2 for around 9 yrs. I currently am on 2,000mg metformin and 25u of Lantus (slow acting insulin). I started following the LCHF protocol on 5/1/15 and by 7/15/15 my A1c was down to 5.8! (5% club YAHOO!), my blood pressure had dropped to 125/80, and my Cholesterol was perfect. At that time I had dropped around 35 lbs. I also had reduced my daily injections of Lantus from 126u daily to 25u daily, at my current rate I should be off of insulin by year end. As of this morning my weight loss is 50lbs and still dropping...I have not been doing any exercise yet.

I drink two big cups of coffee every morning with a good dose of heavy whipping cream and some sweet and low....my meter told me this is ok, as when I started it did not impact my BS over 3 hrs. testing 1hr, 2hr., 3hr. after my first sip! (I did three tests because high fat food can be absorbed slower than other foods) ...give it a try...but do test cause we all are different! If you see a spike change sweeteners, some of us react to different sweeteners....

On the nuts...nuts generally are high carb! But pecans and walnuts are the exception (Almonds and Macadamia I think are ok in small doses for some)...So salted pecans might be ok, but test your blood after eating them at 1hr and 2hr...if you stay below like 120...I would say ok...

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Peanuts and cashews are legumes, not really nut although we call them nuts. I can tolerate them in small amounts, others can't. Your meter will give you the answer. Be careful if you use nut butters as many of them have added sugar or corn syrup, etc. Dextrose is sugar (as is anything that ends in -ose) so check labels. Also with nuts, if they are "dry roasted" read labels carefully for -ose sugars. Many of us have problems with MSG (monosodium glutamate) as well and there is some indication that it causes weight gain/increased hunger.
Macadamias for me are "magic" A few of them will lower my bg. Apparently stimulate my lazy pancreas.

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FYI - macadamia nuts are the highest fat/lowest carb of all the nuts. Walnuts and pecans would be next. Almonds aren't all that friendly to my BG, mostly because I eat too many.

Edge - it's probably time you visited our Diet section and the meal and snack threads for ideas about what LCHF looks like and some yummy menus. And the Recipe section for some awesome LC recipes. Some of them are entres and veggies, and some are breads (substitutes) and sweet things.

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