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Christina - I'm fairly new to this team and learning about eliminating carbs from my diet. I'm also reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes and finding it extremely interesting! I've pretty much cut SUGAR out of my life for awhile, although there are lots of hidden sugars that probably still get in, and I've known for a long time that if I cut out bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit juices and so forth, I do much better....not only at losing weight but overall. Not sure why these items creep back into my meals and snacks but I believe it's a process and we can't make 'big changes' in one step so it's better to just take baby steps, which is what I'm doing.
Good luck on your journey!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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Welcome to the team! It sounds like you are asking some important questions and doing some important experiments. Many of us followed the same path. I ended up here due to hypoglycemia and didn't want to develop diabetes. So far it has worked for me.
Basically carbs are all related and each of us has our set point in how many carbs we eat and tolerate without gaining weight or suffering symptoms. Some of us can only tolerate certain carbs and through a process of experimentation we discover what they are. I tend to think that the best advice I give people is to concentrate on eating the best carbs - and they are low glycemic vegetables and low glycemic fruit followed by medium glycemic veggies and medium glycemic fruits. I also feel that that many people can safely consume higher glycemic ones occasionally but the bulk of your carbs should come from low glycemic veggies and fruits. I also recommend seeds and nuts which contain carbs. Some of us eat dairy. Some of us eat beans though they are starches and are higher in carbs. They do contain fiber though. Some of us eat grains. Those who do should concentrate on the least processed ones. Many people have problems with wheat and in general it is highly processed when you consume it. If people consume grains I recommend quinoa, long cooking brown rice, and steel cut oats. "Instant" usually equates to highly processed and unhealthy. I'm not a fan of most processed foods and the less you eat the better. Some canned vegetables are okay if they have no salt added or are rinsed. Sugar and all of it's derivatives and relatives like high fructose corn syrup should be avoided or eaten sparingly. The same with white flour and white rice.
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Welcome, Christina! Looks like you're taking some actions to improve your health. Refined carbs turn into sugar just about as fast as, well, sugar, so that's a good place to start eliminating if you haven't done so yet. Let us know if quitting wheat is helping. Good luck!
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Hello... I joined this team last week. The idea of smart carbing is relatively new to me. I have been experimenting with not eating sugar (and then returning to it) for about a year now. At some point I realized - with the help of some SP members - that maybe it's not 'just' about sugar but about carbs in general. I recently read the book Wheat Belly and am now trying to read Why we get Fat. I'm not a native speaker of English so the latter book is somewhat harder for me to read... I've cut wheat out of my diet a few weeks ago, to see how I feel when I don't have it. Not sure if I'll be doing this for years but willing to experiment. I'm not yet out of the withdrawal phase I think. I'm also looking at the other carbs I'm eating and trying to get insight in how they impact my wellbeing.
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