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this is something i posted in a forum, but felt compelled to repeat it here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

today's new day. i am proud to say that i did NOT cave in to accepting a soda my neighbor offered me or running out and buying candy. I am still in the throws of trying to figure what sort of lifestyle diet to follow. apparently the diabetic tracker i have allows me too many carbs, so without changing anything on the tracker, i am gonna try to cut the carb intake by half on my own. after i've lowered the carbs for at least a week, i'm gonna choose some kind of diet, whether it's the primal, atkins or vegetarian way to go.. i gotta do something because i don't like food ruling my life, i like to rule the food. i made a stinkin doctor's appt. i say it like that because i don't like goin to the stinkin doctor. i always feel that they will find something wrong. so. a new day is here and i hope to hit this one a lot better than days past.
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  • JO74555
    thank you so so much for this reply! i have been goin soft and easy and although i'm not diagnosed as actually diabetic, "just" pre-diabetic, i know that inevitably, i will join the ranks. i made a doctor's appt., but it's not for another 2 weeks, but i'm actually starting to look forward to it instead of dreading it. i already went to a class regarding pre-diabetes last year and it seemed to me they were kinda gentle about the whole carb thing too. 50 to 100 carbs a day still feels like a punishment and i am completely convinced it's because my approach has been sluggish at best. Again... thank you so much for this info. i am definitely leaning towards the primal diet and this will be discussed for sure with my doctor. emoticon
    1640 days ago
    If you're following SP's recommendations, the carbs are still a bit high for a true restricted-carb / diabetic diet. Our endocrinologist's Rx diet limits us to about 30 - 50 g of carbs per day. I've been on it long enough now that I've let it creep a bit, but the USDA recommendations for 50% carbs is just too much!

    AND... for those who only have a passing notion about low-carb diets... they are NOT "high protein." They are *moderate* (normal) protein. The place lost carb-calories are replaced are with (healthy) fats, not protein. The difficulty many experience in adopting the LC lifestyle is that they try to come at it gentle and slow - but you really need to just cut the carbs drastically at first. Otherwise your body doesn't stop trying to scavenge sugars from your food. You're only prolonging the switch. Once your metabolism has learned to go to fats for energy, you'll begin to reap the benefits of the lifestyle, including loss of hunger and cravings.

    Vegetarian or vegan diets tend to be deficient in a lot of good nutrients, although I've heard plenty of folks advocate them as having been useful for them. I couldn't (wouldn't) go there.

    The primal diets are good: "just eat real food." Whole, natural foods. Get rid of the processed stuff. Stay away from the lowfat / no-fat / reduced fat items. When they remove the fat, they add in lots of other things which are far more unhealthy than the fat they've removed (besides which, there's nothing bad about healthy fats) - and there is frequently added sugars, even if you can't recognize them as such from the fake names they give them on the labels.

    A most important caveat in choosing a new dietary plan is that you make sure to discuss it with your healthcare team. It's one thing for the "average dieter" (whatever that is) to adopt a new plan... it's another entirely for someone with preexisting health concerns - especially diabetes - to jump into a new nutritional plan, since it can be counterproductive to your therapy. Be sure you get a good orientation from whatever diabetic counselor your doctor recommends!

    Good luck - I think you'll find LC will help you in your healthy lifestyle change.
    1640 days ago
    You can do it!
    1644 days ago
    You can do it......good job at avoiding tempation....
    1648 days ago
    1648 days ago
    I tried Atkins but got sick..... not healthy all that protein...and so low carbs.... now I keep my carbs lower by mostly eliminating bread, potatoes and grains... I still eat fruit and vegetables.. I recommend Dr. Joel Furhman . I am on the eat to live team... he did some pbs specials...but suggests like several other doctors with the right diet you can cure yourself from diabetes 2. emoticon
    1648 days ago
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