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BRENNA84
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2/14/13 2:15 P

for those of you who do eat mostly veggies and protein - do you guys include moderately starchy veggies like peas or whatever?



TACDGB
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2/13/13 8:19 P

I eat 1 whole grain a day and get the rest from fruits and veggies. It helps with my hypoglycemia.



BRENNA84
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2/13/13 7:25 P

okay thanx all. I do appreciate it. yeah I guess it is funny comparing MY carb intake to my hubby's but still hard to do when hes munching on candy, and pizza quite often.

anyways.

yes I will see about gradually decreasing. maybe instead of pb & J maybe I'll buy some ezekiel bread and have it some walnut butter or something.



HEALTHYNOTTHIN
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2/13/13 5:22 P

It's the type of carbs that matters. All fruits and vegetables naturally contain carbs, but not as many and a slower-burning type than processed foods (white bread, white rice, crackers, cookies, etc.) and they will sustain you longer as well.



LUCKYNUMBER23
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2/13/13 1:14 P

I eat fruits and veggies and only carbs (noodles or bread) with one meal.



JENNILACEY
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2/13/13 9:18 A

I naturally eat lowerish carbs. Mostly because I'm not a huge fan of pasta or rice. I personally think there is nothing wrong with getting your recommended 40-50% carbs unless you have special circumstances. What I do think can become a problem is becoming reliant on refined carbs and sugars.

Personally, I grew up on whole grains and at the very least whole wheat, I don't care much for "white" carbs. I still have bread, 1 maybe 2 servings max. But I love a good grainy bread with flax or quinoa or a sprouted grain. I love oatmeal made with old fashioned oats and will sometimes have steel-cut. I also eat homemade baked goods but I modify them with either no sugar or sweetener (other than aux natural fruit) or a very reduced amount of sugar and add some oat bran and whole wheat flour. That's about the extent of my grain intake. Very rarely I have pasta or brown/wild rice. But like I said, it's more of a preference thing.

I love fruit! Absolutely ga ga for fruit and I add it to nearly everything *but* I don't do a full serving size, usually 1/2 or a 1/4 so I can enjoy it throughout the day without exceeding 2-3 servings and making room for more veggies. I also love sweet potatos ;)

My other carbs come from dairy.

All in all my carb intake is usually around 35-45% on a given day. It's not really on purpose though. I see nothing wrong with good wholesome complex carbs and even a little bit of simple carbs in my diet.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/13/2013 (09:19)


PAT4PROG
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2/13/13 8:41 A

The American Diabetic Association has a good guideline on recommended carbs. Also look into a visit with a nutritionist, who can work with you and offer a recommendation/plan that is fit just for you.



LEKSIPATSY
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2/13/13 6:59 A

I've seen a big difference just changing out sides that used to be grain based or pasta based for vegetable based sides. I still enjoy occasional pasta of a slice of sprouted grain toast, but this small change in sides has made weight loss easy for me and I haven't felt deprived at all. There are a lot of interesting ways to eat veggies that I wasn't even aware of - it's kind of fun exploring them. I typically get 150-200 g. carbs a day but they come mostly from fruits, veggies, milk, etc., and I do eat granola or oatmeal every morning.



CHASESMOM15
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2/13/13 6:33 A

I have PCOS and I follow the Paleo (Caveman) diet. I consume no grains of any kind. My carbs generally come from fruit (I stick to low glycemic fruits like apples and berries). I had almost no trouble making the transition and I feel the best I ever have (and I do Crossfit workouts 5-6 days a week which I need lots of energy for). I also don't consume dairy, legumes or any added sugar and I know many people will take issue with this, but I know how I feel and I've never looked back. Low carb is ideal for me. Women with PCOS (a lot of us) have issues with insulin resistance so I cannot have constant spikes in my blood sugar. This way of eating prevents that for me. I eat lots and lots of vegetables, lean meat (mostly chicken), fish, eggs, almond milk, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, olive oil, etc. If you are trying to gradually limit your carb intake perhaps just try eliminating one thing at a time. For example, if you always have toast with breakfast swap that out for something else like eggs or an apple with natural peanut (or almond) butter. A gradual reduction may help you. When I made the switch I went "cold turkey". The first few days were rough but once that passed I had no issues. May be something you want to discuss with your doctor depending on just how low carb you want to go. No diet is right for every person so what works for us may not be suitable for your body's needs. Your doctor could help you with that, or a dietician.



RUSSELL_40
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2/13/13 6:11 A

Check out South Beach. They slowly lower the carb amount till they start losing. Of course this does nothing to help you eliminate hunger, or feel more energized, but it is a diet that slowly reduces carbs, instead of Atkins, which cuts them very low, then builds them back up.

You will still have the cravings, and no energy, but since you won't do Atkins, this is the closest diet to what you are asking about.



SLIMMERKIWI
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2/13/13 5:55 A

Why would you be comparing the amount of carbs you eat with that of your husband? Men NEED to eat more than women at a minimal level, so to get approximately the right proportions, this would mean that they would need to eat more carbs.

I would use the pie chart on your Nutritional Report as a rough guide.

Below is a link that you may find helpful:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=590


Kris





BRENNA84
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2/13/13 12:49 A

for some of us who can't eat as many carbs as our husbands - how LoW carbs do YOU go?

now when I say this, I am not going ATKINS tomorrow. no way.

i am talking a very gradual decrease because for it to be MAINTAINABLE for me, it has to be tiny decrease for me to do it and do it tommorow and to still do it in a month or so.

that in mind - would love to hear from women, ppl with diabetes, pcos, ANYBODY.

thanx.



 
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