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6/29/13 10:24 A

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Nutritionists are great. Mine re-educated me to satiable foods and to track my foods on Sparkpeople. Who said and old dog can' learn new tricks. 3 years later I am still hear, and this new diet, is now a lifestyle. Miracles of miracles.
Congrats Mari-serv.

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6/29/13 6:40 A

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Every time I had blood work my numbers went up. I met with a registered dietitian last Nov who identified my weight loss problem as insulin resistance. She set up a plan for me to follow and I lost 20 pounds ( of fat) within 10 weeks!!! It was the best decision I have made. All my numbers went back to normal. 1500 calories, 160 mg carbs spread out in 3 meals 2 snacks, added healthy fats, eating carbs with none carbs.

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 67,222
6/24/13 11:04 P

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I think that most people who do this decide it's their goal and then get their doctor on board. it requires a lot of research and discipline.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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6/24/13 7:55 P

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I read or heard that maybe 3% of Diabetics return to not having Diabetes. This doesn't mean its impossible. I have spoken to 2 internist within my medical coverage, and they are extremely happy with my success managing Diabetes 2. But did not suggest a route to being drug free of their prescription. My recent visit, my new internist was contemplating on adding cholesterol and statin medication. I would rather be drug free, but am somewhat limited to the Doctors within the plan. Its a decent plan from work.

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6/24/13 5:50 P

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THEGIRLINPLUM said:
"... I find myself starving within 60-90 of eating (my muscles crying out for food!), I am finding that I get thirsty more easier [sic], and I am just not losing weight like I should on what would seem like a healthy diet. I rarely eat white bread, never white rice, but I eat lots of brown rice, whole wheat bread, baked potatoes, fresh corn, pasta in moderation, plus pretzles [sic], crackers, baked chips, and so forth."

Don't translate "healthy" from our media splash. Most of the things they tout are ANYthing but healthy...unless you're talking about healthy for their wallets. You're right to avoid all the grains and starchy veggies. Whole wheat bread is still bread, and still wheat. It's not "better." Rice in any form is incredibly high in carbs. I love rice! but I only eat a couple tablespoons maybe once or twice a month. I will succumb to a small sweet potato occasionally. I will eat a small serving of green peas, since I noted the carb count isn't that high. I MIGHT eat a small serving of corn once a month. Just start checking all the labels. You'll be amazed.

As for the hunger following meals - make sure you're getting enough good fats. Those will help you ease those hunger pangs! Ditch anything low fat or no fat or anything like. Use real butter, bacon renderings, coconut oil, whole heavy cream... those fats will help you!

"Several years ago, I lost a great deal of weight doing the "Atkins" diet, but found it too hard to maintain."

Have you seen the new Atkins plan? It's easier to follow than the original was. Check out their website.

"...I've stopped eating red meat since then. My plan is to continue with lots of healthy veggies and poultry, fish, shrimp and to cut down on the white-carbs and refined carbs - the bread all-together, the chips and crackers, and the baked potatoes. I hope to find a lot of great ideas from you all that will help me keep my menues fresh!"

I'm becoming less tolerant of heavy proteins myself. I love beef, but can't eat as much as I've seen recommended. I'm better with poultry, pork, or seafood (although shrimp doesn't like ME much these days). Seafood might be my staple, if it wasn't the most expensive item on the list! lol

I'm sure you'll get lots of great ideas from other Sparkers here. We all eat a bit differently, but sticking with a reduced-carb diet. How reduced is unique to each of us. I've read the "sweet spot" for weight loss is around 70g per day. I did really well when I could maintain less than that... but I've let it creep up to 100g (and sometimes more) lately, and I go into a dead stall when that happens. Our endocrinologist wants me back at 20-30g...but I'm not sure I can get there again! I'm trying, though.

You can help your diabetes with this. It's all over the good and reliable research (and really has always been; it was just pushed aside by special interests). My husband is Type 2, and his A1C is greatly improved; he takes no oral meds at all. He's directed now to only take insulin IF it's indicated by the meter. That's an awesome improvement, since diabetes is strung along throughout his family. His BG rarely gets up close to 200 anymore, while his sister (who simply won't or can't stick to the nutritional plan) still has occasional crises up close to the 500-mark.

Just be diligent, and be ruthless until the lifestyle becomes more familiar and natural to you. It will work! Honest.

Best wishes on your journey to better health!


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6/24/13 4:33 P

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It is possible if you have type 2 diabetes but it involves hard work and a tight diet. You can't eat whatever you want to. You apparently aren't asking the right doctors if no one has told you this is possible. It's frequently on the news. I live in a rural area and have encountered people who have done it.


"We have seen numerous people reverse their condition," says Dr. Michelle Magee, director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute in Washington. "But it takes a real dedication for the rest of their lives," she notes.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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GEORGE815's Photo GEORGE815 Posts: 49,314
6/24/13 3:59 P

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Hard to comment on the "reversed their diabetes through diet and exercise". I was hoping to reverse being Diabetic. But is that really possible. Doctors don't seem to have many examples to offer that include that possibility.

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There are people in this group who have reversed their diabetes though diet and exercise. Maybe one of them will chime in. I have stable blood sugars now when I am eating on plan.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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6/24/13 12:11 P

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GEORGE815's Photo GEORGE815 Posts: 49,314
6/24/13 10:17 A

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Some are big on focusing on those carbs. A balance is the goal. Being Diabetic you have to work with your own system while managing your nutrition. A daily struggle for sure.

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the dietitians- nutritionists - diabetic educator all would not acknowledge low carb !! and you need to go low carb.. I have the same problems - but atkins fat fast fixed the hypoglycemia- 2 day fat fast - hard, I only made it 1 & 1/2 days .. but it fixed- balanced out ?? the hypo problem.. then stay about 50 carbs .. 20 to loose a day.. hope this helps---- I never have hit ketosis..



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6/23/13 10:41 P

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Thanks Jill. I wish I would have read your post over a year ago. I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 around July of last year. Good luck!

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I think you are making some very good changes that will be of benefit. I would suggest that you have a 2 week period like a Phase one, Induction, or a Wave one. It will go a long way to stabilize your blood sugar and then you can gradually add back in low glycemic fruits and veggies until you reach your tolerance level. For some of us that can be fairly low at 30 or 40 net carbs but others can go up to 150 or more.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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6/23/13 9:21 P

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I am type 2 Diabetic and was told about 8 years before that I was pre-diabetic and to lose weight, and to avoid white pasta, crackers, chips, corn, white potatoes and most sweets, even eat fruit in moderation. Well, to make a long story short I was "stupid" and didn't do anything the Dr. said. . .So unfortunately now I am diabetic and have so much regret that I didn't at least try to prevent this disease. I should have known better and paid attention as my Dad had type 2 diabetes and he carefully watched his diet and wouldn't eat any sugar. So, please do what you can to prevent becoming diabetic. . .limit the corn, chips, pretzels, etc. as they aren't really that healthy if your pre-diabetic so I've read. I've also read that exercising is great for people who tend to have over normal glucose levels so try to move more doing something you enjoy. I also recommend reading one of Dr (?sp) Argaston's books he's the one that created the South Beach Diet as when I was seriously on it my glucose levels were good.
I only wish I had worked harder to avoid getting this disease but unfortunately I didn't change my eating habits or move more and just kept on gaining more weight. If you can it might benefit you to see a Dietician or Nutritionist, sometimes your health insurance will cover a few sessions with one.

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Been a diabetic now for about 1 year. Encourage you to stay pre-diabetic. The Doctor told me once you have it, you can only manage it. Good luck.

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For the last two years, when I've had my annual "lady dr" visit, I have had a blood test done and both years I've had a Pre-pre-diabetic blood glucose leve. Like 116, 118 - just under the 120 they consider true 'pre-diabetes'.

I've had issues with hypoglycemia for as long as I can remember, more so as an adult. I am finding now, however, I am seeing more hyperglycemic symptoms. In addition to the high blood sugar results, I find myself starving within 60-90 of eating (my muscles crying out for food!), I am finding that I get thirsty more easier, and I am just not losing weight like I should on what would seem like a healthy diet. I rarely eat white bread, never white rice, but I eat lots of brown rice, whole wheat bread, baked potatoes, fresh corn, pasta in moderation, plus pretzles, crackers, baked chips, and so forth.

Several years ago, I lost a great deal of weight doing the "Atkins" diet, but found it too hard to maintain. Plus, I've stopped eating red meat since then. My plan is to continue with lots of healthy veggies and poultry, fish, shrimp and to cut down on the white-carbs and refined carbs - the bread all-together, the chips and crackers, and the baked potatoes. I hope to find a lot of great ideas from you all that will help me keep my menues fresh!

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