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Carbs, ugh

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ok is there anything out there that tastes good and is satisfying and low on carbs? Been keeping up with my exercise, making my fiber goals, protein most days but always over on the carbs. It gets frustrating especially since this is one of those things I'm really supposed to watch because of my diabetes. Well apparently I watch them too well. Anyone else out there remember the old "see food diet" (I see food, I eat it) that seems to be my motto with the carbs.
Short of that complaint everything else feels like I'm moving along. Not sure about the scale because I've sort have been avoiding it. Ah well. Tomorrow is a better day (I hope)

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KAYECAN 1/19/2012 4:21PM

    I struggle with that too, Doreen. I never have trouble reaching that number. Protein is my hard one because I don't really care for red mostly. Baby_Girl69 had alot of good suggestions. I go with the black beans and kidney beans in my soups. You might post your question on the nutrition message board. I bet you would get some good responses there.
Hope you're having a good day.

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DAMIENNA 1/19/2012 12:23AM

    Almond butter! And it is anti-inflammatory! I eat it on celery...2 tbsp a couple times / week emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 1/19/2012 12:18AM

    Here are a few:

•Start the day with whole grains. If you're partial to hot cereals, try steel-cut oats. If you're a cold cereal person, look for one that lists whole wheat, whole oats, or other whole grain first on the ingredient list.
•Use whole grain breads for lunch or snacks. Check the label to make sure that whole wheat or another whole grain is the first ingredient listed.
•Bag the potatoes. Instead, try brown rice or even "newer" grains like bulgur, wheat berries, millet, or hulled barley with your dinner.
•Pick up some whole wheat pasta. If the whole grain products are too chewy for you, look for those that are made with half whole-wheat flour and half white flour.
•Bring on the beans. Beans are an excellent source of slowly digested carbohydrates as well as a great source of protein.

I still have to add fruits & know that could get a little sticky.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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Better day

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Have you ever had one of those days when you are sure the universe is listening? This morning I saw the article on Spark people about late night eating undoing your day, wow. Just what I was talking about last night. Today has been much better eating wise and thanks to everyone who gave me some get ideas to help with the late night munchies. Been spending alot of time on this site today, did some more shoveling (yes we did finally get snow here in Chicago) even practiced a little on my piano. Amazing how one can't put food in one's month when one is busy. One other really neat thing; today I was playing with spices in the kitchen as a friend gave us some ribs. My Donald had the best spice rub and everyone always loved his ribs. He did not write anything down nor did he show the boys and I his "recipe" before he passed well. It's not exact but it is close. My boys are so excited, kind of like having dad around again. So cool. Well thanks again for listening. emoticon

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LITTLEBO 1/16/2012 11:39AM

    I saw that article, too. And added it to my favorites. Never know when I'll need a reminder, you know?

Happy shoveling (no snow in central Iowa. YEAH!!)

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KAYECAN 1/15/2012 10:29PM

    It's funny how you read an article on here and it's like they wrote it just for you. Things happen for a reason, we just have to believe.
Glad you had a better day.

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It's night time - Help

Saturday, January 14, 2012

OK did really well throughout the day, exercised, keep to my menu plan than come 7 pm. The snak monster attacks and suddenly I'm looking for things to put in my mouth. Thank the good Lord I don't have any high calorie things to munch on but still, graham crackers, popcorn, Irish soda bread, all carbs. emoticon I don't know how many of you can relate to this. I've tried calling friends doing dishes (which puts me in the kitchen, not a good place for me) So now I;m trying writing this all out so it maybe makes some kind of sense. The good news is even with the crazy snacking I stayed under my calorie goals but it's the carbs I really worry about. I'm diabetic and know this is not good for me. On top of that I'm putting weight back on. Anyone with ideas or support this would be greatly appreciated. (oh and thanks for listening)

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BABY_GIRL69 1/15/2012 11:37PM

    Well I wish I could be of help to you in this area. I normally drink milk but tonight I had a bite out of a twinkie, carmel candies, a lemon drops & 2 pieces of cinnamon toast. I finally had to get OUT of the kitchen & go upstairs where there are NO snacks! Doing a light workout always helps me too.

God bless & make it happen!


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    I try to portion out a sensible amount of food on a plate/bowl and *go somewhere else* with the food, not to return to the kitchen for the rest of the evening.
Alternatively, I set up a snack bin/baggie in my "evening area" (hopefully as far away from the kitchen as possible!) so that it is there for me and pre-portioned for my evening snack, and I don't have to go into the kitchen for it. (Note: I set up these snack baggies/bins when I am NOT hungry, like right after my morning oatmeal.)

Staying on the second floor helps me a lot!

There is also a helpful evening eating team here on SparkPeople:

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LITTLEBO 1/14/2012 10:59PM

    Hi, DOREENK55. I don't know much about a diabetic diet, but I would think you would need to try and keep your blood sugar level. By eating protein with your carbs? I have found that once I eat simple carbs, I am lost. They burn off so quickly and leave me more hungry.

Here are couple of other things that I found helped me. When I needed a sweet, chew on a sundried tomato.(something about the sweet and salt parts of the tongue being close together. Sauerkraut is good, too) I also chew on a piece of a cinnamon stick. The pungent flavor is satisfying.

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JSTHIESS 1/14/2012 10:10PM

    I TOTALLY understand:) I find that if i am not eating enough carbs, that when snack time comes in the evening... all i can think about are carbs. I too love snacking. So i plan healthy snacks and every other day or so, i plan a crunchy carb like crackers and cheese or popcorn and even allow some butter on my popcorn cause i know i like the crunch. I think it's the crunch i like most. The other day i had salad for snack and today i had some fruit. GREAT job on staying in your calorie range! Keep on puttin gthis puzzle together!!! emoticon

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KAYECAN 1/14/2012 9:57PM

    Doreen......I'm here to the rescue!!!!
STOP whatever you are doing
LOOK at yourself in the mirror
LISTEN to your heart and remember why you joined sparks

There, now it's safe to exit the kitchen and put your mind to better use.
WE DID IT!!!!!
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SLJOHNSON 1/14/2012 9:52PM

  Hang in there. This is a journey with many ups and downs and then it all comes together. I plan my snacks before I plan my breakfast, lunch or dinner. For me, snacks are the most rewarding meal of the day and my last snack sends me to bed completely satisfied. I look forward to the snack more than anything else. All other meals make up my calore and portion goals for the whole day. As long as I have my snack, I can deal with the other goals easily.

Don't give up.

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