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Old 02-07-2016, 17:50   #31
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EDGE....what about LCHF do you not understand?!! Have you done the reading? Nothing about your post for your morning is LCHF....?

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I have been doing a lot of reading and doing my best to learn about this. I am away from home this weekend with my daughter for a basketball tournament so it hasn't been easy for me to prepare food for myself. I think being prepared is the key as there are not a lot of options available for quick snacks on the go. As I learn more I feel this will change. I really hope that as I continue on this my body will get back to feeling normal. Thanks for the help.

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So here's a quick update after my 1 week official diagnosis. My morning fasting BS was 7.6 this morning and it was 6.8 yesterday morning. Not ideal I know, but better than the 14.1 I had a couple weeks ago. They seem to be moving the right direction though.

I'm eating to the meter now so I'm learning what spikes my BS. Currently not a lot does as I'm not eating many carbs but I think that change soon as I'll start experimenting and adding in small amounts. Maybe up to 15g per meal. My doctor and pharmacist where both adamant that I shouldn't cut out all carbs and they even seemed a bit upset when I told them that I was avoiding them. They said that wasn't sustainable and showed me a picture of a plate and how it was half veg, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carbs. They said carbs are ok but in small doses and I'd have to learn which ones worked for me. Anyhow I'm trying to live without carbs but it is tough. I'm growing very tired of eating salad with a bit of protein for every meal. I'm now getting BS reading 1 hour after a meal in the 5.8-6.5 range. I know there are other choices for food out there I just need to get familiar with them.

The weight is dropping off me... quite honestly this is almost getting concerning as I'm losing .5-1 Lb per day. The other odd thing is I'm just not hungry most of the time even when I'm only eating about 1000 - 1500 calories a day which is less than 1/2 what I used to eat.

Overall though I'd say I'm on the right path... The other thing that's happening is that my eyesight is now changing and I'm having vision problems. My doctor said that's normal and my body is adjusting to running at a more normal BS. He said it will take a few weeks but that my eyes will adjust to this. Give it time. I'm hoping that is the case. I've made an eye doctor appointment to get things looked at anyway in about 6 weeks.

I also have some numbness in my hands (they feel kind of heavy) that has been more noticeable in the past couple of days. Doc said a lot of this stuff will stabilize once I have regular BS for a period of time.

It's only been a week since I've really started working on this so I understand more time is needed. I'm praying that it will though as I desperately want to feel normal again. I believe that if I felt more normal, this would be much more manageable as I'd see the efforts are paying off and I wouldn't always be thinking about this because I feel weird. Also, I would not be distracted and could focus more on my work and my family. Anyhow, that's my story for now.


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You are moving in the right direction - so please stick with it.

Now, on the two points your doctor raised, one is correct, the other not so.

The "plate" presentation of an "ideal" meal is nonsense. It keeps you being pushed to high carb and a roller coaster for your blood sugar. Not a good trick. Despite the comment, carbohydrates are NOT essential to health. What little glucose the body needs it will organise for itself from your protein intake. The myth of the 1970s that we need 130 grams of carb per day is just that - a myth.

Now, the eyesight issue - this time he's right. As your blood glucose comes down to normal, your eyes will change their focus. So see your optician later rather than sooner if possible. Get new glasses too soon and you'll just need another set in a few months.

As you progress down the path to normality a lot of the issues that come from you high blood sugar will fade but short term you may find yourself with two issues (both temporary). First, "Carb Flu" while your body makes the transition to using the fats you're eating rather than the sugar you may feel pretty miserable for a day or two. Linked to this is the second issue - False Hypos. Our body gets used to running at, lets say, 10 mmol/L but now you're forcing it to accept less that 8. You may well get the signal to "eat something
sweet now . Please ignore it!

The process of getting down to reasonable numbers will take a few weeks but this detail in your post caught my eye
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I'm growing very tired of eating salad with a bit of protein for every meal
What about fats? And there are a lot of things you could enjoy and leave the rabbit food for them

As you say, please keep exploring the possibilities and keep this idea How to Lower Your Blood Sugar in mind.

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Why do you intend to start "adding in" something which you don't need?

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I have been doing a lot of reading and doing my best to learn about this. I am away from home this weekend with my daughter for a basketball tournament so it hasn't been easy for me to prepare food for myself. I think being prepared is the key as there are not a lot of options available for quick snacks on the go. As I learn more I feel this will change. I really hope that as I continue on this my body will get back to feeling normal. Thanks for the help.
I had to travel a lot last summer as I was competing one of my Golden Retrievers in hunt tests. My favorite low carb high fat meals were...Sonic Drive Inn, Cheeseburger with mustard and all fixin's, too off the buns and at everything else...yum yum! also had one of their Diet Cherry Limeades! They provide plate and plastic ware when requested. We also went to Kentucky Fried Chicken and ordered their baked chicken, it is real good, with that I had 2 orders of green beans and glass of water...very felling and yummy! Restaurants are even easier, Hamburgers without the buns, backed chicken, eggs and steak, etc. Nothing hard about any of this. Ya, just have to have the desire and understand LCHF!

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From you last post, reread John.in.France's last post a couple of times, he nailed it!
And stop counting calories...they are irrelevant! And I am suspect you are doing LC without HF....which actually is very dangerous! You must replace the drop in carbs with fat...again, you are still thinking in calories! Read Blood Sugar 101!

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Why do you intend to start "adding in" something which you don't need?
Since I have basically cut out all of them presently, I was going to experiment a little to see how different carbs impact me. For instance, how much would a slice of rye toast impact my BS? When I read BS 101 it stated to do this. I understand that I don't need carbs at all but if I can have small amounts and still manage my BS in a safe range isn't that ok? I'm not planning on going to 45g per meal or anything like that... just a little bit here and there. Maybe I'm wrong.

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strawberry, pineapple, cranberries, raisins... have you looked up the carb count for these? Fruit is very carby, and especially dried fruit because it's more concentrated.

It's not too surprising that a diabetic's BG would spike high after eating these.
One of the harder aspects of my diabetes diagnosis was the realization that fruit is no longer good for me and had to be removed from my "approved food" list. Now, I will allow myself the occasional indulgence and have 3-4 grapes, or one small apple slice, or one segment of a tangerine, or 2 cherries -- once in a long while. As times goes by, this is easier and easier.

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When I read in Dr. Bernstein's book that he hadn't had fruit in 40 years my eyes filled up. Last summer I had 1 redhaven peach from my tree. Yes it spiked me-and then there's the fructose that doesn't show up on our blood glucose monitors. New years eve I had one each of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. That was ok with my meter, but I still think needs to be a very rare treat. But yes it does get easier.

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