"... 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!
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 6/24/2013 (17:51)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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