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Potatoes

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I had organic potatoes for breakfast. The kind from my local farmer's market with smart balance butter. Healthy and moderate. But within an hour I was craving sugar and I gave into a vending machine for some S'mores pop-tarts. Now, I know how to handle a set back and I'm not going to let it ruin my day, what I want to talk about is noticing patterns.

Is it the starch potatoes that raised my blood sugar? I am not a diabetic per se, but my family trends that way so I put myself on Spark pre- D and try to go lightly on starchy, sugary carbs usually. Does this one incident mean I should not eat potatoes? What counts as a food pattern? What if it is a food pattern? What do I do differently?

I've enjoyed my SP experience so far and have really lost weight because it is a moderate diet (50/20/30). I feel like if I have to avoid all starchy veggies all the time, that moderation goes out the window and now I'm one of THOSE PEOPLE who can't/won't eat this or that. I resent my body for making an extreme pattern.
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LUVS2BIKE101 6/4/2012 7:12AM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!! To avoid hunger/cravings, try to eat smaller meals throughout the day, keeping them balanced with carbs, proteins, fats, etc. The nutrition tracker keeps me in line with the numbers and I try to plan ahead, taking nutritional small snacks to work. Apples give me the "crunch" I need when I crave chips, etc. Just say "no" to the vending machine.
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CHESAKAT41 6/3/2012 10:41AM

    I am a Diabetic and I believe the potato rose your blood sugar - thus, now crave sugar. With some people carbs just don't work - I limit my carbs to one on my plate, but I too crave sugar if I eat carbs. It is a constant struggle to keep in control. There are good carbs that are slowly digested ex: baked potato instead of mashed potato. So, I will eat half of the normal amount. Even some veggies are high in carbs like corn, thus again, brings on the sugar cravings. It takes a lot of label reading and studying to get a good handle on this. Best wishes with your continued lifestyle change...

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