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9/20/09 11:05 A

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I LOVE chili, thanks for the recipe :) I like to make White Chicken Chili with diced white meat chicken, cannelli beans (white kidney beans), onions, celery, yellow peppers, cumin, garlic and low sodium chicken broth. I sometimes add some tomatoes, but then it's not technically "white"
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9/19/09 11:06 A

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I made a REALLY good chili the other night!

Browned some ground beef, then drained and rinsed it, put it back in the pan and added a large onion and a couple of cloves of garlic and cooked it until it softened. In the meantime, I had a pot boiling with some dried beans in there (about a cup and a half of dried beans - will double or tripple when cooked) and cooked them until you could squish them a bit with the wooden spoon. I drained them, gave the pot a quick rinse, then put the beans back in and the beef with a large packet of chili powder, then added a can of whole tomatoes, a small can of tomato paste and filled the paste can with water 3 times. I had a tomato that was starting to go, so I chopped that up and put that in there, too. I had 3/4 of a green and a red pepper - that got chopped and added. I added a drained can of corn and a whole bunch of fresh mushrooms. I let it simmer on the back burner while I was doing other stuff like laundry, giving it a stir every now and then, until it was all cooked together. I added salt & pepper to taste, and VOILA! When we were done eating it, I put the rest in some containers and put them in the freezer. If you leave it out at your desk during the day, by the time lunch comes around, it will be 1/2-thawed, which makes it easier to heat up.

You could also make this in a crock-pot, too. If using dried beans, soak them the night before, though, or they might not cook all the way through and use pre-cooked ground beef. That way, you can drain it, and you just can't cook ground beef in a crock-pot without stirring it - it ends up being just a big clump at the bottom. You can cook ground beef ahead of time, drain and rinse it, and freeze it so it's ready when you are. It's easy to make this vegetarian, too - just omit the ground beef and cook the onions and garlic in a little bit of oil (spray isn't enough to keep them from burning, I find).

I like www.hillbillyhousewife.com for good, home-cooking recipes. You have to adapt them sometimes, but she's got a whole section on crock-pot recipes and one on using dried beans - which are REALLY healthy for you and are chock-full of protein and fibre! Just watch the fat and any added sugars.

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NIKITA9306 Posts: 57
9/19/09 10:48 A

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Thanks for the info. Im taking one 500mg pill not 1500mg pill guess that looked wrong on there lol. Ive only been on it for a week and in 2 weeks I go back to the dr so I dont know if she will up my amount or not. I use to jog 3-5 miles 5 nights a week but didnt see any results so I said forget it but now Im hoping that Ill actually be able to lose the weight now. What are some of your typical meals. All I can think of is chicken, brown rice, and veggies but that seems so boring. We should swap recipes if you have some.

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9/19/09 10:40 A

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How long have you been taking Met? Did you start gradually, or did you just jump right in to 1,500 mg/day? Most of us start at 500 mg and increase by 500 mg every 2 weeks so the GI effects aren't too bad.

Light-headedness could be a sign of low blood sugar, as can the nausea and lack of hunger, or it could be maybe not being hydrated well enough, or something like that. It's hard to say.

If you're not hungry, it can be hard to force yourself to eat. You can try reducing how much you eat at each serving, so you're eating more often, just not any more than you normally would. When you do sit down to eat, start with the most nutrient-dense foods first (like the veggies) - that way if you don't finish everything, you've got the best stuff in you. You might also want to really focus on portion size and food tracking. Most people don't realize how small single portions really are, and you could be eating more than you think you are.

As for weight loss - Met itself doesn't cause the weight loss. What it does is unlock the ABILITY to lose weight by reducing the excess insulin in your system that's blocking it. You still have to include diet and exercise in there, too. The diet part, you'll be doing anyways to deal with the Met side-effects. Give your body a little time to adjust, then gradually introduce the exercise. Moderate-intensity exercise like a good-paced walk can actually be better than high-intensity exercise like running, especially if you have energy issues from low blood sugar levels. If you want to "get fancy", you can do spurts of high-intensity to challenge your cardiovascular system, too, so you get the best of both.

Weight loss will come when your body is ready for it. I have stopped taking my Met a couple of times (mostly, I got out of the habit for a while, once I ran out), and I have found that it takes having it in my system for about a month at a good level before I start to feel a difference again.

I hope this helps!


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NIKITA9306 Posts: 57
9/19/09 7:41 A

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I just started taking Met. Im on 1 500mg pill a day. I noticed that I have a lot of nausea, and get light headed often. Im hardly ever hungry so its hard to force myself to eat 3 meals a day let alone 2 snacks in there too. How long does it take normally to see weight loss from it?

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9/16/09 9:58 P

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Hello-
I'm new to the board, but have been on Metformin before and am on it again. I took it to get pregnant four years ago. Now, I'm taking it just to treat the PCOS for health reasons. This time I'm on the extended release form-Glumetza. I have fewer side effects and like the glumetza much better. Maybe it's just me, but I have less nausea and GI issues. I still have to eat a small snack every few hours or I get some low blood sugar symptoms, but it's MUCH better, for me anyway. You might look into it. I think it's a little more expensive. A piece of cake would still send me running to the bathroom, but that's probably a good thing... Keeps me from eating cake!

SUNSATIONALDEE Posts: 12
9/13/09 6:10 P

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I take 2000mg a day been at that dose for 4 years. One advice we give our patients, (both diabtic and PCOS) is to take it with yogart. Not only does it coat the stomach, so wont upset it, but it will help with sugar crashes.





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9/8/09 1:02 P

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Metformin also acts on the liver and slows down how fast it can raise glucose levels between meals, so Met doesn't actually pull your blood sugar down, but you can still get low blood sugar. That's why it's important to try to eat something every 2 - 3 hours, even if it's small. That's something we should be doing, anyways, and it's easy to build into your daily meal plans.


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9/8/09 11:07 A

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I've been on a month, recently upped to 2000mg/day and i have noticed my appetite decrease substantially. part of me thinks thats why i get headaches/nausea sometimes, because i really should be eating more but im not..

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9/8/09 10:18 A

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1500 wasn't enough for me. I'm on 825mg 3x a day and it's finally starting to work. As long as I don't eat alot of fat or carbs I don't have the side effects.

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9/7/09 2:48 P

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i was on 2000 1000 twice a day and its was strange i did nothing but i had alot of uti's i switched doctors and she started me out slowly on metformin again with two 500's twice a day im now on 1500, but this time i had results, i lost weight my insluin levels r great and even my hormones reversed, if i dont eat with it i get SICK THROWING UP ALL DAY also after i take it i would say and hour or two im in the potty, its a lil annoying but its just something ya have to do, and it does work, just gotta get use to it:)

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9/1/09 12:07 P

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I know my doctor told me to take the Metformin with lunch and dinner. He said a lot of people don't eat enough food in the morning to prevent some of the GI problems. Once, I changed over to taking it with lunch and dinner, I did not have as many problems. But, the thing to remember is everyone is different. So, if you are having problems you should talk with your doctor before you make any changes to the way he prescribed your medications. Sometimes it takes a little while to find what works for you.

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8/29/09 3:05 A

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Instead of taking the Met all at once maybe try to take 500 at breakfast and 500 at dinner instead of all at breakfast. Also try to take your dose in the middle of your meal if you have problems with nausea on it.

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SWEETSUNSHINE72's Photo SWEETSUNSHINE72 Posts: 533
8/28/09 12:41 P

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Eating highly processed carbs, fatty foods, and sometimes lettuce are the usual suspects in terms of foods that will set off the GI side effects. Personally, I find Cheerios to be too processed to handle very well, but that's just me, and I'm prone to low blood sugar anyways.

What you can try is splitting your dose so that it's a single 500 mg tablet in the am, and then take the other one with dinner. As you increase your dosage, you end up splitting it, anyways, so it's worth a try!

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8/28/09 10:54 A

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I've been taking 2x500mg in the morning and am on week four of the medication and have just developed nausea within the couple of hours after I take it. My doctor prescribed it for me when he suspected PCOS, and he just gave me the diagnosis this week so I've tried to pay more attention to my eating habits. Could it be that I need a smaller dose if I'm decreasing my carbs? I always take it with my breakfast (which was a serving of cheerios and 2% milk this morning).


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I took Metformin for 2 years, the only side effects I had were related to an upset stomach. It took me a few months to get use to the medicine. Once, I did it would only be a few times that I would have any problems, mainly if I ate something really greasy.

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HUNTERWHITE Posts: 3
8/24/09 1:35 P

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All those seem pretty normal side effects- they do die down, I have been taking met for 5 months now, and unless I eat really naughty food I don't get any side effects any more.

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8/9/09 12:29 P

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You could be getting symptoms of low blood sugar. Met doesn't directly make your blood sugar go down, but it slows down how fast your body can bring it back up between meals. Try eating something every 2 - 3 hours (build it into your daily meal plans). That should help. Also, fatty, sugary/starchy foods and sometimes lettuce can set off the Met "side effects".

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Yup. All those symptoms and then some. I'm on 1700mg/day and I have all those symptoms. It's worse on days when I eat badly.



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Yes, yes, and yes! Also, add diarrhea to that list! It took me three months to work through the symptoms. I don't have much of a problem with them anymore- good luck!

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Currently Im taking I think 500mg of metformin a day. When Im finished with this dose I will go up to 1,000mg. Does metformin cause light headedness, dizziness, fatigue? Because I have spells of being dizzy alot.

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