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Old 10-05-2016, 16:18   #11
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Hi Shollerman...welcome! You seem to have some challenges ahead of you. Diabetes is generally thought to be inherited, therefore if you have the genes you cannot avoid getting this disease. But, you can delay the onset of the disease.

You can do this by learning and developing a lifestyle that includes eating very low carb, always and offsetting that lack of carbs with more fats. We call that Low Carb High Fat (LCHF). The reading above is very important so that you have the basic knowledge necessary to understand and adopt this lifestyle. So do the reading, and get the basic knowledge...!

I understand that you basically cannot prepare meals that require measuring and following instructions because the disease you are struggling with. You will have many choices....examples below....

Eggs, fried, hard boiled, or anyway you like them are great with both protein and fat....and you can eat eggs with meats like bacon, ham, sausages, etc. All easy to prepare and options are many. Watch the labeling on all meats, some makers add sugar/ syrup to the meats...avoid and meats with high carbs.

Dinners...steak, hamburger, pork, chicken, etc. all good easy to cook and eat and in some green veggies like green beans, and a tossed salad with blue cheese dressing and what's not to like.

Breakfast....eggs w/meats, coffee with Heavy Whipping Cream and artificial sweetener (you can get used to this)! Or sometimes I have slices of hard cheese, with slices meats, turkey or ham or beef or pork...

Lunch any of the above in any combination! Or I go to a fast food place and order a hamburger with everything on it but no catsup! I then eat the hamburger, onion, lettuce, pickles, but not the bun! This is perfect low carb high fat! Of course no fry's....or sweet drinks.....Or go to Kentucky Fried, they have roast chicken and great Green Beans....again, not hard to find good food that you can eat! Mexican food restaurants....order a taco salad but leave the taco or order a Chile Relano (SP?) they are generally stuffed with cheese and dunked in egg wash and fried in oil...all low carb high fat!

Snacks....Pecans in the shell (time it takes to crack and eat slows down my consumption), Almonds in the shell, Fried Pork Rinds dipped in Guacamole or Salsa (check label's for low carb)....Fat bombs of coffee and heavy Whipping Cream with stop a snack attack in its tracks....!

Etc. etc. etc..................this website has an unlimited number of ideas....just take the time to look and find stuff that suits your life style and preferences....don't fight with the changes...just find more options until you have a plan that works for you............

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Thank you all for so much for all your help in such a short time. To answer one of the first questions, I have a cup of coffee in the morning and one in the evening (I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and fall asleep RIGHT after dinner if I don't get some caffeine in me!, which leaves my husband all alone). I use 3 tsp of sugar in each. (oh, if the taste part doesn't work out, I can always take a caffeine pill, but it's not nearly as much fun!...unless the taste is gone)
When I got home last night, and tried the ONLY sweetener left in the house, which was Sweet n Low (no, NEVER again!), I tried ONE packet, and it was SO overwhelming that I could not tolerate it....so out goes an expensive cup of coffee (it's one of the things we splurge on since we don't drink . I REALLY enjoy my coffee!..to the point of finding sweeteners for it before finding meals to eat...).
So, this morning, I put ONE tsp of sugar in the cup, and I could at least tolerate it. SO, I'm sending my hubby out to get some Stevia (it seems to get the most votes here and elsewhere, both for taste and health-wise). So, I'll try VERY LITTLE, and I'm sure something will work. Before, I wasn't up against the wall, and so I could just go back to sugar, and now I can't. I'll be more tolerant of it this time .
So, now I'm off to do research on foods that take very little preparation. That's the hard part. I've gotten my nuts and cheeses and sandwich meats, but need to branch out.
thanks again!
SO, I'm off to look at the

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Shollerman....
On your coffee note that I mentioned putting Heavy Whipping Cream in your coffee...! That takes the edge off of good coffee, with a bit of sweetener, you have a completely different and wonderful cup of coffee.

Most of us stopped adding cream or milk to our coffee years ago when we were told it would clog our hearts and put tons of weight on us.....we now know that is just not true. Do our reading and do your own research, then you will not fear using cream, but understand that, skim milk, 1%, 2%, and whole milk are loaded with carbs....but Heavy Whipping Cream is not! Try it you will like it and after having a cup or two in the morning....you will not feel hungry!

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Thanks for the suggestion. I already use Heavy Whipping Cream (and couldn't do without it in my coffee! I only weigh 103, thanks to my illness, which makes me sensitive to a lot of foods (which is also going to put another wrench into this, but I can manage. I've had to work around this/these illness(es), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, for over 30 years now, so I'm used to .....it).
Oh, maybe you can help me (trying not to look up yet another thing): what is the difference between a 'quick reply' and just a 'reply'? thanks

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Dear Sholleman,

Welcome to the forum.

Yes, in the long run you will need to change your entire way of eating.

While you're working on reducing your overall carbohydrates, your overall sugar, and your overall food plan, just continue to use real sugar and real cream for your coffee, or a full-sugar sweetener such as CoffeeMate or International Delight. Changing your coffee routines can be the final change to make to your overall plan, not the first change!

I totally understand your situation about not cooking and eating only prepared foods, more about that later.

Your initial description of your situation MIGHT lead one to say: there's no way you'll ever be able to change, given all those limitations. However, let's talk this through to see if you do have the energy for just a couple changes.

This is your current situation:

Breakfast: walk to the cabinet, take out one or two cereal bars, un-wrap them and eat them.

Dinner: walk to the freezer, take out a frozen dinner, microwave for 4-6 minutes, then eat it.

Snack: walk to cabinet, take out bag of popcorn, microwave for 3-5 minutes, then eat it.

So, almost anything that you will need to do is going to involve doing at least a "skosh" more than that.

For example, breakfast: although you haven't cooked for 20 years, do you think you could get up the energy on a Sunday afternoon to whisk 2 dozen eggs and cook them into scrambled eggs, and refrigerate? After that, getting breakfast every day would simply be: walk to refrigerator, serve eggs on to a plate, microwave for 2 minutes, then eat.

Or, on a Sunday afternoon, go to your local salad bar, and put together seven separate salads of lettuce, vegetables and meat, bring them home and store in your refrigerator. Then, dinner would involve walk to the refrigerator, take out a salad, add the dressing, and eat it.

Can you open several cans of tuna, add some mayo, and keep that in your fridge?

I don't cook either, and I eat most foods ready-made, it's just that I choose low-carb, high fat ready-made foods. I buy foods from my grocery store's salad bar, from the hot food bar if the meat and veg offerings are low-carb, and I order prepared foods from Peapod that get delivered straight to my door

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Oh, maybe you can help me (trying not to look up yet another thing): what is the difference between a 'quick reply' and just a 'reply'? thanks
The difference is in the editing capabilities. With a "Quick Reply" you just get a few editing choices...as compared to "Reply" where you get a whole host of editing features plus add a Title to your reply and use the Trackback: feature. What is the Trackback: feature...you were about to ask?

No idea!

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Thanks for the suggestion. I already use Heavy Whipping Cream (and couldn't do without it in my coffee! I only weigh 103, thanks to my illness, which makes me sensitive to a lot of foods (which is also going to put another wrench into this, but I can manage. I've had to work around this/these illness(es), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, for over 30 years now, so I'm used to .....it).
Oh, maybe you can help me (trying not to look up yet another thing): what is the difference between a 'quick reply' and just a 'reply'? thanks

Seems like a lot of folks on this website are also dealing with other health issues that complicate treatments and menu options. I guess I was lucky, although I have been dealing with being a type 2 diabetic for over 10 years, other than joint and skeletal issues, pretty much normal for a 66 year old guy, I have no known health issues to deal with. I have had to take blood pressure meds, but after losing 50 lbs last year, thanks to LCHF living, my BP is perfect. I still need to lose another 50 lbs, much harder than the first!

I noticed a post suggesting a slower approach to conversion to LCHF. I suppose that is always an option. When I decided to follow LCHF in May of 2015, I really had one target! Stop my blood sugar (BS) control problem, stay below 140 at all times to limit any further health damage caused by high sugar levels. Therefore, I went cold turkey, ate some carbs on Monday, ate less than 100 carbs on Tuesday, and ALMOST, all days since....my BS were within the 100's within 3-4 days, and except for a few experiments I tried or a few times I ate something I thought was low carb only to find out is was loaded with carb, I have stayed the course....

By using this website and getting many ideas by searching old posts, I found many new ideas on food I could eat. In time, I found a nice balance and selection of foods that tasted really good, filled my up, and stayed low carb. To me it was kinda like trying to quit smoking, which I did in 1984, I could not do it a little at a time, I had that carb bug, and until I went 3-4 weeks doing low carb, the cravings for sweets and other carbs was still there. I had tried different low carb diets before, but the cravings always pulled me back in! But, by going cold turkey, those cravings left! And never came back...

I wish you luck regardless of how you decided to do it. Be sure to do the reading recommended and spend time looking at what people eat....on this website....we have a world of creative folks here...many work full time, travel, and/or work shift work...they all have found a way. It just take time to put a plan together to get you going...

Good Luck

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Hi Sholleman, welcome to the forum. Lots of good advice already given.

I want to second smorgan's suggestion of trying less sweetner to reduce the aftertaste. I also prefer "pure" stevia powder and personally have only used the KAL brand, so can't vouch for anything else. The scoop holds about 1/64th of a teaspoon and that is sweet enough for me for up to 14 ounce coffee that also contains a tablespoon of unsweetened caocao, 4 tablespoons of HWC, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

The coconut oil may help your cognitive issues, you may want to research that.

If the pure stevia is still bitter to you, that may be because some people have a specific gene in their genetic make up that allows that. I have one that makes cilantro taste like soapy water.

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This is your current situation:

Breakfast: walk to the cabinet, take out one or two cereal bars, un-wrap them and eat them.

Dinner: walk to the freezer, take out a frozen dinner, microwave for 4-6 minutes, then eat it.

Snack: walk to cabinet, take out bag of popcorn, microwave for 3-5 minutes, then eat it.

How did you know? That is EXACTLY what I do EVERY day.

And, yes, I do know I have to change the way I eat now. I've accepted that. Your ideas are good ones that don't require much effort. I tried to reply to your post with a quote, and it didn't go really well. I can no longer see your post, so I can't refer to it. But, I can go back and check it out. Another problem I have is memory. Cognitive problems come with CFS...... ugh. I have to write down EVERYTHING to remember it.
Anyway, thank you for your suggestions. I'll write them down. From what I remember, I do like all the foods you mentioned.

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Even thought the Doc told you you don't need a glucose meter you may want to get one. It's the only way you can tell what the foods your eating are doing to your BS. Maybe it's not the sugar in your coffee that is raising your BS as much as it is the processed foods. My point is you'll never know if you don't have a meter.

For instance, I can eat pasta and rice as long as I keep the portions smaller but I can't eat bread. Every one is different so testing is the only way to find out.

The meters are cheap, the test strips are where they make their money but there are affordable ones out there. Walmart has ReliOn that has inexpensive strips or you can find others at Amazon or Ebay.

If you have questions on using a meter just ask here, these folks are more than willing to help out.

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