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One of the things that was mentioned to me is I need to eat considerably more vegetables than I do, so I started eating raw carrots, celery and broccoli everyday.

I usually have some dip and/or peanut butter with them. Sometimes I munch them with other foods too (I'll eat a burger patty and raw veggies, for instance...)

Interestingly, my best BG numbers come after meals/snacks with the raw veggies. Do other people find this too?

Also the next question ... since I started eating the veggies (2-3 times a day I have 'em) my ... um... bowels have been extremely active. I'm wondering if the combination of Metformin and increasing my veggie intake is the culprit...

So I gotta ask... how do you deal with this situation? Cut back on veggies? Or does the body adapt and go back to a more regular schedule eventually?

Thanks for any advice,
 

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One of the things that was mentioned to me is I need to eat considerably more vegetables than I do, so I started eating raw carrots, celery and broccoli everyday.

I usually have some dip and/or peanut butter with them. Sometimes I munch them with other foods too (I'll eat a burger patty and raw veggies, for instance...)

Interestingly, my best BG numbers come after meals/snacks with the raw veggies. Do other people find this too?

Also the next question ... since I started eating the veggies (2-3 times a day I have 'em) my ... um... bowels have been extremely active. I'm wondering if the combination of Metformin and increasing my veggie intake is the culprit...

So I gotta ask... how do you deal with this situation? Cut back on veggies? Or does the body adapt and go back to a more regular schedule eventually?

Thanks for any advice,
I would just wait for your body to adjust. It might take a couple of months.
 

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I think your body will adapt and get back to a more regular schedule eventually . . . it's just a little shocked right now at the influx of all that wonderful raw healthy fiber! :D :D :D
 

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When I was first placed on metformin I did have loose and more frequent bowel movements.
But the looseness disappeared after a brief period. Perhaps 1 to 2 weeks.
Still not certain if if was the metformin OR the abrupt change to a proper diet.

The more I learned to get off the Standard American Diet (SAD) and eat more raw vegetables.
The more I learned that frequent bowel movements; approximately one for each main meal eaten every day; is healthy.
Bowel movements is one of the main ways in which our bodies rids its self of toxins.
BTW; my bowel movements are soft but firm. And come easily.
If you have to struggle or force them. Then you are probably eating the SAD.

My main meals are centered around a HUGE salad. ie 3 to 4 quarts huge.
And my salads are not what most Americans consider to be a salad. ie a bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few pieces of other things sprinkled on top.
MY salads are maybe 1-quart spinach and the remaining 2 to 3 quarts are other raw fruits, raw vegetables, and nuts.

Hope this is helpful.

--ET
 

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When I was first placed on metformin I did have loose and more frequent bowel movements.
But the looseness disappeared after a brief period. Perhaps 1 to 2 weeks.
Still not certain if if was the metformin OR the abrupt change to a proper diet.

The more I learned to get off the Standard American Diet (SAD) and eat more raw vegetables.
The more I learned that frequent bowel movements; approximately one for each main meal eaten every day; is healthy.
Bowel movements is one of the main ways in which our bodies rids its self of toxins.
BTW; my bowel movements are soft but firm. And come easily.
If you have to struggle or force them. Then you are probably eating the SAD.

My main meals are centered around a HUGE salad. ie 3 to 4 quarts huge.
And my salads are not what most Americans consider to be a salad. ie a bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few pieces of other things sprinkled on top.
MY salads are maybe 1-quart spinach and the remaining 2 to 3 quarts are other raw fruits, raw vegetables, and nuts.

Hope this is helpful.

--ET
Good Information ett. Welcome back, I missed your book reviews!
 

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Good Information ett. Welcome back, I missed your book reviews!
Thanks Breezeonby.
Since I started working again this past July. I've haven't had much time for reading.
BUT I do have a new book; The Okinawa Program; coming to me in the next week or so.
After I read; I'll post my thoughts about it.

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First, thank you to everyone that replied. I guess I won't worry about things too much. Looks like I'm in for a few weeks of annoyance until my body adapts. Hopefully it doesn't take too long.

And ett...

My main meals are centered around a HUGE salad. ie 3 to 4 quarts huge.
And my salads are not what most Americans consider to be a salad. ie a bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few pieces of other things sprinkled on top.
MY salads are maybe 1-quart spinach and the remaining 2 to 3 quarts are other raw fruits, raw vegetables, and nuts.
... that is one HUGE salad. I can't imagine eating that much, lol. I usually have like a soup bowl of salad at most... But then again, I never imagined making a meal of raw carrots, broccoli and celery either.
 

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I love a huge salad, but I can't eat that big a bowlful at once. And iceberg lettuce has been off my menus for years - besides being short on nutritive values, it upsets my stomach.

During garden season we have all the colorful loose leaf lettuces, plus butterhead & the brassica crops as well, but right now we just use a lotta romaine & spinach. I do love a big spinach salad with scallions/radishes/bacon/diced egg/etc., and I just use my regular wilted lettuce dressing for it . . .

My main meals are centered around a HUGE salad. ie 3 to 4 quarts huge. And my salads are not what most Americans consider to be a salad. ie a bowl of iceberg lettuce with a few pieces of other things sprinkled on top. MY salads are maybe 1-quart spinach and the remaining 2 to 3 quarts are other raw fruits, raw vegetables, and nuts.

Hope this is helpful.

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Hi Beefy,

This was my "salad" last night for dinner:
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 1 broccoli crown
  • 4oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3oz baby carrots
  • 1oz blueberries
  • 1oz chopped onions
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 can (14oz) black olives rinsed very well
  • 1 large Poblano pepper
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1oz walnuts
  • 1oz almonds
  • 1/2 bottle (6oz) Walden Farms zero carb Thousand Island dressing
And for sides I had 6oz raspberries and 1 medium banana.
It took me about 1/2 hr to eat all that.

I'm 6'3" and my weight fluctuates between 175lbs and 180lbs.

--ET
 
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