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Russell you are a smart guy. You listened to good advice, tried it, and tweaked it to suit your own needs. You are a success story. We are all very happy if we were a help in any way.

-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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Good for you Russell, I've been "kind of" following your blogs and determination and dedication seem to be two things you thrive on! Keep it up!! emoticon

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update: my A1C was 5.5 last time( Jan ), and no more low blood sugars. I had some issues with gout, and had to work through that, so still about the same weight, but just re-Inducted and lost 24 lbs in 2 weeks, so I am back on the way down... 235 lbs, and this time I am spacing out my carbs and feel excellent.

I love having peppers in my omelettes every morning, and can't imagine going over 40 carbs a day ( 99% of the time ).I have moved on to Atkins OWL, and hoping to lose 3 lbs a week till I get close to GW.

Thanks everyone for helping me out.. I was re-reading my posts, and I was really confused. It doesn't even sound like me. I have totally changed how I do low carb, and think I am doing it right this time.

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Until I decided I was going to change, there was no one or thing that could change how I ate, what I ate, or when I ate. It is a very personal decision.

It is great that you are being such a great role model for him!

Have you tried reading any of the books on low carb together? If he isn't informed, maybe having some of the information will start him off.

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My husband is an uncontrolled Type 2. He started seeing my endocrinologist (who I go to for weight loss - I'm not diabetic), and we're now both on the same version of this doctor's diet. It's essentially a compilation of the low-carb options out there with his modifications. He puts all his patients on this diet; most of whom are diabetic of some variety, but ALL are what he describes as "metabolically deranged" (I love that description! LOL). He wants us in the 30-50g / day carb range. This is really tough to maintain, but he's let me relax that recently to below 100, anyway. This is because I've been on it for a long time now, so he says, and I should be able to manage the increase.

Unfortunately, DH isn't in that category. He isn't especially compliant. I keep "the books", and I'm forever updating with charges to places like sub shops and sushi bars and pasta houses. None of these places are even remotely permissible! He knows this. He seems to be a bit embarrassed about the diet - not because it's a reducing diet, but because it's low-carb. Unfortunately, he was raised in the era when our nutritional "experts" were guiding us in all the wrong directions, and he still believes a lot of it (since you can still find it being promoted). He doesn't like to eat with coworkers who possibly question his choices, so he pretty much eats what he wants. I think he perceives it as some sort of "fad", despite its being not only approved by but recommended and prescribed by our specialist. He tends to eat okay at home; even though the snacks he eats are fine for the diet, he still eats too much of them. Like, a cup or more of nuts instead of a handful!

The endocrinologist believes he can reverse his diabetes if he can just stick to the diet. I can't be the diet police. He knows what he has to do. I can help, but he still has to do it.

I think he has trouble with blood sugar spikes, too. He likes to quote to me that his BS was less or better on this day or another "because" he ate something he's not supposed to have. This is, presumably, some type of "proof" that he shouldn't have to follow the diet and he's better off some other way. From my perspective, it's just a symptom of the uncontrolled nature of his diabetes. It's a loose cannon. He's got to learn to put stricter controls on it so he can really identify what's happening with his body and metabolism. Only he can do that, and I don't know how to help him when he won't comply. If I make a big deal out of it, he's just going to be deceptive about it. On the occasions I go to his appointments with him, he isn't especially forthcoming with the doctor about how he's eating, either. He will admit to "some" deviations ... but not like he's really doing. If I get in the middle of that it's likely to be counterproductive on all fronts. I'm frustrated.

I'm interested to hear all your experiences. I hope I can find a way to help him. Thanks especially MORTICIAADAMS for your insight from inside the field. That means a lot. I need to get better with the human side of it, since the only experience I have is from the veterinary. We ARE all animals ... but the human animal has its own specific peculiarities, just like all the rest!

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30 - 40 gms a day fall nicely into the Protein Power range.

-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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I'm diabetic and my doctor wants me to have no more than 20 carbs per day. But, I'm in the process of "tweeking" that. 20 carbs per day cause my blood sugar to crash in the evening. I actually do better with about 30-40 carbs per day as far as my diabetes goes and I'm still able to lose weight on that amount.



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we are fortunate that many professionals are slowly coming around the the smart carb way of life.

-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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My last blood work showed my sugar was high and the Doctor ordered another test. I know the first one I was overdoing the sweets, so I was very careful watching the carbs before the second test and it was fine. He told me to watch it very carefully from now on.
I have been faithfully low carbing since and feel so much better. My father had Diabetes and if I'm not more careful I surely will too. Just another reason to keep Sparking.

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Low Carbing works for me, as it is the only way I can loose the weight and keep it off.
However Spark does not approve of my ratio of carbs per day, my doctors do- so i DO GO WITH THEM. I have read articles of Carbing put out by the ADA and the ADA is looking more closely at counting carbs. Weight Watchers also is focusing on carbs. now.

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Russell, thank you for starting this topic. I learned a lot from everyones' posts.

I am type 2 and have been seeing a dietician. Of course she is promoting ADA way of eating. She had me increase the amount of carbs I was eating to 200 grams a day and my fasting blood sugars went up. Beginning to believe that those of eating and testing have more insight into our own carb needs.

Since tracking my foods on SparkPeople, noticed that even the "zero" carb, okay foods, add up to several carbs by the end of the day.

Again thanks, and hope to see more posts.

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I would never go back to a low fat diet again. Smart carbs works for me.

-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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Watching your carbs helps the body handle your insulin (naturally produced or injected) work better.

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It is nice to know that the ADA is now putting the spotlight on counting carbs. and I believe WW is also including Carb. counting.

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First congrats on the weight loss to everyone. yeh!!!

For me, personally...... I dont count carbs and I am a newly diagnosed diabetic

but

thanks to teams like this with "SMART" carbing .... I now undersand and DO make better choices of the "type" of carbs I eat. so thank you smart carbing for helping me. yeh!


I lost 6 lbs in a month from 11/28/11 to 12/23/11 and I am very, very PROUD about that!


so high five to everyone for making "smarter" choices on carbs AND improving our health, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think most of us are surprised when we first learn that our problems are driven by carbs and not fat.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 11/21/2011 (20:03)
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-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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I'm in the process of redoing daily carb. count. Just changed from 6 shots of Insulin with the Novolog and the Lantus. Now on Humalog Mix 75/25 twice a day and titrating for a new dosage, which
goes along with working out my I:C= Ratio. Have been doing this for 2 weeks now, so these post really help. Thanks.

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Good advice. I am following the belly fat cure and keeping carbs to a minimum. Yesterday I didnt plan my dinner well and had 1 carb too many in the form of a baked potato with my chicken. It made me feel bloated, depressed and sick and then cravings set in. Its amazing to have this type of awareness. I feel like i have been an addict my whole life with carb overload.

Isn't it funny how all of a sudden you can look down at your stomach and wonder to yourself, "Who put that there"?


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I think you are on the right track, Russell. Your food was pretty good - just needed a little tweaking.

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-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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After 7 years on Amaryl, and Metformin.. I have been off meds for a year( type 2 btw ).. and my last A1C was 5.6. I think I may have just been having a huge carby meal at breakfast , and it threw my blood sugars out of whack when I had 0 carb meals later.

I have been reacting to how I am feeling, and not sticking to a plan. My body is probably saying WTH?

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 8/25/2011 (21:41)
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Type1 or Type2?

What meds are you on? Do you use insulin?

Tell your doctor that you are doing low carbs.

If you are Type2, certain diabetes meds actually force your body to produce more insulin... this is what will cause the hypo. If you are on one of those meds, ask your doctor to switch you to one of the passive meds that help increase insulin sensitivity (metformin is one of the most common). Eventually you will probably be able to stop taking any of the meds (or at least drastically reduce your dosage), but ONLY do so with the approval of your doctor!

If you are type1, you'll probably need to reduce the insulin you take, and/or switch to a non-quick-acting kind.

marksdailyapple.com is a great site for lowcarb & diabetes ... he also pushes a bit more towards the paleo end of the spectrum, but there is a lot of good general info there too.

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Thank you very much everyone.. I have planned out my menu till Sunday.. and including today ( without counting sugar alcohols ) .. I avg 26 net carbs Thu-Sun. By Sunday night I should know if I can do this at this level.. so far I feel awesome.

I did like the Atkins bar.. but had to have the Chocolate peanut butter one with 10 g of fiber. I am trying to get as close to 25 g of fiber as I can. It tasted pretty good.

I am hopefully spacing out carbs more evenly, and getting protein along with any carbs I am ingesting..at this level I should lose pretty easily.

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If I don't eat more than one Atkin's bar a day I'm fine and they don't affect my blood sugar but too many sugar alcohols cause me to have G.I. distress. I ate several sugar free chocolates once over the holidays and paid for it.

The Atkins bars are yummy in my opinion. I like them all but some are better than others. The Endulge ones are like candy - love the Chocolate Coconut ones and the Peanut Butter cup ones. Of course I save them for a treat and don't eat them every day.

We are here any time you need help. Everyone's carb limit is different and many of us have gone through similar experimentation to find what works for us.

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I have no hunger usually, everything is fine as long as I don't get a low blood sugar.. I went and got an Atkins Advantage bar.. A lot more protein. I'll see if sugar alcohols are a problem.More sodium, but actually has more fiber, which I need . Most important is the taste.

I have been pretty low on my carbs for a few days, and no low blood sugars, so hopefully the advice here continues to work, and I can get back to losing more.

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Good advice here.

Remember those scales need to be balanced when ever that blood sugar gets out of wack.

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I think the changes you are making will help. I had to switch to eggs for breakfast to control my blood sugars. You have to remember that carbs drive blood sugar. When you space the carbs out you don't have the big insulin dumps that you have when they are eaten in big boluses. You may have to eat every 3-4 hours too as some people with blood sugar problems can't go longer than that. If you are hungry within and hour or two it usually indicates that you blood sugars are off - either still eating too many carbs at one time or have found a trigger. Don't be afraid of protein and fat. I know it goes against what you have been told if you have ever been on a regular diabetic diet but if you cut back on carbs you have to increase the others. If you stay away from transfat, HFCS, and most processed foods you will go a long way in improving your health.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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I already decide to switch to eggs solely.. I never thought of carbs giving me low blood sugars, but remember that hypoglycemia, and diabetes are linked.. so I will adjust the snacks, and the meals of JUST lima beans.. I think I get protein with most of my carbs otherwise.. well, after switching to eggs.. that was a huge carby start to my day( cereal ). I haven't had a low blood sugar , and have been around 50 net carbs last 2 days.. and feel great..

Thanks for the advice.. I try to space out carbs usually, but never thought about the protein , except that it lowered my blood sugars.. but lately I have been using carbs , and protein like uppers and downers.

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I'm a nurse and though I am not diabetic I have hypoglycemia. I have found that low blood sugars are often caused by consuming too many carbs at one time or by eating a trigger food. My advice for anyone with unstable blood sugars are to always space your carbs apart throughout the day and to NEVER eat any carbs without protein. I noticed from your food tracker that you are not following either one of these suggestions. I seldom ever have blood sugar problems now that I do this unless I go overboard on exercise or am ill. You need to keep a food diary and see if there is some pattern to your low blood sugars. The key to finding out what is going on is often found in the food diary. My food triggers are pasta, eating 2 starches together like potatoes and bread. Plus cereal and bread eaten alone are triggers. Looking at your food tracker you are not spacing your carbs apart. I would ditch the cereal if I were you and have eggs for breakfast. An Atkins bar is a better choice than a Fiber One bar for a diabetic. I would also switch to berries from the banana.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 8/24/2011 (19:53)
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I think cure was too strong.. I meant the way to control it. I want to go as low with my carbs as I can.. I think if I lost another 60 lbs, I could do more cardio etc. I think losing weight was the #1 reason I am off meds.. and want to lose more.I could probably lose on 100 net carbs, but I am impatient..lol. I guess I will just have to keep track , and get a range for myself where I lose, but don't get low blood sugars. Its like starting over again, for the OPPOSITE reason emoticon

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I tried 60 - 90 carbs. per day, lost over 40 pounds ( here it comes ) but, hypogly. became a roommate and not a visitor. At times my blood sugars were in the 30's & 40's,, that had to change. Kept Carbs to between 90 & 120 and watched portion size more and that did the trick. Have occasional lows now.

I wish I could believe there was a cure. However, unless you are a millionaire and can alford the transplants. We are stuck with controlling diabetes and not allowing diabetes to control us.
Diet and activity seem to be the major key. Even if there was a cure.....the genes are still there. It would be just like some people on Insulin think, they can eat what ever and when ever they want..NOTICE I SAID SOME PEOPLE.

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I ate 67 net carbs yesterday, and am planning 46 today.. I lost 1.5 lbs since yesterday. I had a low blood sugar a few days ago at 80 net carbs, but none yesterday. I am confused.

Anyone else have diabetes here.. I go to the diabetes team, and while they are great to talk to about the disease, the prevailing message is eat less carbs, but too high for me. I lost 130 lbs eating low carb/ low cal( 50/50 ). I lost most of it during low carb phases.. so hoping to stick with it now that I have been off diabetes meds for a year. Now I am getting LOW blood sugars?? wth?I can't win.

I believe low carb is the cure for diabetes, but every time I get a low blood sugar, I have to eat fruit, and it messes up everything. I am hoping to hear from someone who is doing low carb , and not having low blood sugars.Maybe other factors are causing them??




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