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Old 02-10-2016, 22:16   #41
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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.
You can do whatever you want. Most people do experiment in the beginning. It's all part of the process of learning to live with limitations. But I would suggest that you first determine what your carb limit is for each time you eat (through a few weeks of testing and making adjustments). When you know that, you can keep the portions of the new foods to the amount of carbs that is safe for you.

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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.
It depends on how you can handle the cravings, because every time you reward yourself with 'a little bit here and there', the cravings will rear their ugly heads, and you'll be right back where you started in battling them down again.

We try to caution people about this - eating what-you-can-get-by-with as a gauge for diligent LCHF. But as VeeJay says, you can do whatever you want. I just want to add that you may be making it harder on yourself in the process, because carbs DO cause cravings, and doing without carbs causes the cravings to subside.




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Shanny nails it again! As long as you "TEST" you will not get rid of the cravings for more.....and that is exactly why doing this LCHF lifestyle works, getting rid of cravings is critical to long term success....take it from the 'cravings king' it just does not work if you let these cravings work on you...but do your own tests and learn what many of us have already learned....

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I've actually been doing nothing but trying to learn about this in the past week and I believe I have learned a great deal. I was suggesting to test some of the before and after effects of various foods as I read that foods affect people differently so I was trying to understand how specific foods impact me and my BS. I know it's for the best to just avoid as many carbs as I can so that's what I've been doing in an effort to get my BS in a more reasonable range.

Anyhow, I've embraced the low cab high fat diet now and I've been eating this way all week. Like many have said, the hunger subsides and I actually find I have to force myself to eat. My wife has been very supportive and is also eating this way. She likes it for the most part and it isn't that much of a change for her. It helps that we now have more food around that fits this lifestyle. She made some biscuits with bacon and onion that I take to work for breakfast... they are actually pretty good. Last night we went out to Lonestar, a texmex restaurant and we had fajitas. The only change I had to make was with the tortilla shells... We used lettuce wraps instead of the flour shells. They were still tasty and my wife and I both agreed we felt better afterwards. Yesterday my fasting BG was 5.8 and today it was 6.0. I still have some work to do but it's coming down! Thanks for everyone's input and support. I feel fortunate that I can learn from your experience and adopt a lifestyle that allows me to manage my BS and health better. TY.

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Sounds like you're well on your way to controlling your diabetes. It's so nice that your wife is supportive and finds this way of eating to be satisfying. I know what she means about not feeling stuffed and sluggish after a LCHF meal as opposed to a high carb meal.

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Well done. Good trick with the TexMex - and it's exactly the sort of thinking you need when you eat out.

And that your wife is with you on it is very important. Without her cooperation - or ideally participation - us fellas is in trouble in her kitchen.

Stick with it - you've got the idea!

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Edge....you are on it now! Yahoo....nothing but blue skys ahead as you take control of your diabetes....

I love Mexican food too! My wife is also on the LCHF with me....with both have lost of 14% of our body weight since 5/1/15.

When I eat Mexican food I frequently get a Taco Salad very felling and pure LCHF, except I do not eat the shell....the place we go also offers the Taco Salad with Fajita meat instead of hamburger, either way they are yummy!

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Edge....you are on it now! Yahoo....nothing but blue skys ahead as you take control of your diabetes....

I love Mexican food too! My wife is also on the LCHF with me....with both have lost of 14% of our body weight since 5/1/15.

When I eat Mexican food I frequently get a Taco Salad very felling and pure LCHF, except I do not eat the shell....the place we go also offers the Taco Salad with Fajita meat instead of hamburger, either way they are yummy!
I agree. It is really terrific that you can do it together.

My choice is usually a fajita, and it is hard to pass on the accompanying tortillas.

Best of luck, but try to rethink that idea of trying to reintroduce carbs. Yes, we are all different, but we are all diabetic.

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So my morning fasting BG levels seem to be falling in the 5.6 - 6.7 range now while my readings before lunch and dinner are typically in the 5's now. One hour after a meal they seem to increase by about 1 mmol/L and then fairly quickly return to pre-meal levels. I'm sticking to the LCHF lifestyle and it's going quite well. My only concern right now is that I'm still not feeling "normal". I've read that this is most likely false hypos as my body adjusts to working at a lower BG level. The symptoms seem to move around for me - sometimes my toes are tingling, sometimes by cheeks are a little numb, other times my hands feel a bit numb, periodically I can feel a little dizzy but this has been getting better (I've tried to increase salt intake slightly as was suggested). Anyhow, I've been thinking this is either "carb flu" or false hypos or maybe both . Hopefully this will go away in the near future as I continue to maintain more consistent BG levels.

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