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5/31/12 3:11 P

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on the schwarzbein program, if you have insulin resisence and burned out adrenals you start out with 15 g of carbs, NOT counting non-starchy veggies, for breakfast lunch and dinner and 2 snacks with 7g carbs.

as your body gets heathier you can go up to 20 etc.

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5/31/12 1:25 P

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Hi Ladies!

This is so helpful! :) Thank you for asking this question.
I am working on the low carb diet plan, but I was wondering how many grams or carbs should I have a day? I just like to know so I can ball park.



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5/30/12 10:08 P

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I soooo understand. I amdoing lowcarb right now. I might have to evetually do even lower carb but for right now its okay. adding in core strenght and walking has helped so far. so its nice.

and I totally understand it. I exercise a lot too. it does feel good to exercise but its hard when the progress is so slow lol.

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5/29/12 6:00 P

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I am currently doing low carb and low sugar with Metformin. It has been two weeks with a few pounds lost, which is better then before when I had no pounds lost for weeks on end!

I exercise like CRAZY too!

Check out my blog at findingaskinnierme.blogspot.com/ I write a lot about my experience with PCOS and the obstacles of losing weight!


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5/27/12 5:33 P

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yeah, my grandma was surprised with all lthe exercse I did why I wasn't skinny, lol

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5/27/12 1:36 P

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For me, I don't lose weight until I start cutting back my carbs. It's difficult and I hate to know it's the only thing that works! I love ice cream, fries, cereal, pasta...

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5/27/12 1:33 P

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thanx so much. that does help. yeah I think I'll be going back the schwarzbein program. where carbs are encouraged in controlled quantities according to your health level.

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5/26/12 11:27 P

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Several years ago I lost a lot of weight by following a south beach diet. I didn't count calories, I worked out 3x a week and eliminated carbs from my diet. Some veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower, salad mix, etc were "free." Carrots and fruits had to be counted. I had 20g per day for the first phase and then 40g (I think) for the next phase. I lost a lot, but I just couldn't maintain NO carbs. This time around I am working harder to determine what my triggers are. So far I really limit white carbs - pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, etc. I do eat some white rice when it is in sushi, but otherwise I don't. ANYWAY, like others have said, it really is about finding what is best for you as everyone does react differently.

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5/23/12 11:23 P

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yes, slowly I am finding what works for me.

it is better for me to avoid all nuts and nut butters no matter how much I enjoy them. cheese - small amouns. right now I am trying to cut oukt MOST dairy because it just doesn't work anymore.

rice cakes or okay, ezekeil bread, moderately starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, yams, squash, quinoa etc

red meat 2x a week

then eggs , chicken, shrimp (super yummy)l

its a slow process of miss and aim

another pcoser told me you have to figure it all out but once you figure it out its smooth sailing.

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5/23/12 8:02 P

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Brenna, I'm always amazed at how different each person is. It really is important that we figure out what is best for ourselves. What works for one won't work for another. Sounds like you are doing great.

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5/23/12 2:10 P

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yeah that is insteresting. I know I couldn't do it. that diet would make me feel so sick and hung over and run my blood sugar all over the place.

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5/23/12 10:49 A

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Like any country it varies. In the city we ate more American and I regained some weight. In the smaller towns we ate more traditional. Eggs, beans, corn tortillas for breakfast. Rice, beans, corn tortillas for lunch. Sometimes we would have corn flakes in warm milk for breakfast...not my favorite. Alot of times we'd have vegetable soup for lunch. That was good, except it would be 90+ weather and then they would serve HOT soup. In addition to those items we ate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We didn't eat dinner. If we were hungry in the evening we would stop at a "cart" and get a turnover type thing filled with meat and veggies. Or we would stop at the corner store for a snack. I usually wasn't hungry at night because the people we were visiting all day would give us snacks and soda.

I went to Honduras 16 pound above my ideal weight and lost it all in the first four months. I came home at my ideal weight.

I also see a naturopath and he has told me that rice and corn are the best things I can eat. I thought that was interesting because rice and corn were such staples in Honduras.

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5/23/12 3:44 A

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thats interesting. whats a Honduran diet like?

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5/22/12 10:53 P

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I have experimented with gluten free, but I don't notice a difference whether I eat it or don't. That being said, my eating habits have changed alot over the last few years. In January we switched to mostly vegetarian. I also started making more from scratch and buying less processed food. The majority of our diet now is fresh veggies, fresh fruit, grains, and legumes supplemented with a little fish, meat, eggs and dairy. I was having some success before a few distractions entered in. I'm finally getting back on track and will let you know.

As for grains, I find that I do better if I limit myself to 1 cup or less per meal. I tend to eyeball it. One day I measured to see how I was doing and my 1 cup was actually 3/4 cup. I have totally switched to brown rice which we eat 2-3 times a week. We also eat quinoa and millet and oats quite a bit. Often I'll mix quinoa with the other grains (especially on veggie stir fry day so we get a little more protein.)

So far, I think my biggest enemies are white...white rice, white pasta, white bread. Whole grains seem to be better for me. The other enemy is sugar. I've been working on eating sugary things once a week or less.

The more I learn about pcos and how I should be eating, I realize why the Honduran diet agreed with me so much.


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5/22/12 4:46 P

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I love all those grains. just need to find a cheaper place to buy them lol.

I also LOVE ezekiel bread and rice cakes. i know others don't like them, but they can be tasty. I think it will be a key for me to cut out potatoes MOST of the time.

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5/22/12 4:40 P

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The thing with carbs is that there are different source of carbs from veggies to fruits to grains. The problem that comes with some grains is that it spikes an insulin response which causes us PCOS girls to gain weight and have trouble controlling our weight. I have lost weight by not cutting out all grains, but by cutting out insulin spiking grains. Conveineitely, these are the grains that contain gluten. Grains that contain gluten include barley, wheat, durnum, and others (for a full list, just google 'grains that contain gluten list'. Grains that do not contain gluten, and happen to be very delicious, include millet (personal favorite), amaranth (still need to try this one), and quinoa (it has a different texture, but is good with almost anything and is easy to make). Those are the three i have used so far, but google that list and try your own gluten free grains! The only product i buy that has gluten and wheat in it is ezeikial bread, which is from sprouted grains and very good for you- lots of protien! I am not 100% strict yet, but i am working on limiting slowly and following a 80-20 rule where i follow my diet 80% of the timeuntil i have formed a more lasting habit. I find my body reacts badly to gluten and wheat anyway. Other grains to stay away from include processed grains (quick oatmeal) because they are mre processed quicker leading to a short-lasting breakfast, and rice. Rice is causes a high insulin response and should not be used as the only grain replacement. Grains are an important energy source,nbut there are diets out there (like the paleo diet) that argue that the body is mot meant to eat griains. I find that when it is not a major part of my diet, it is good for my health and leads to a more interesting meal :) For gluten free diets and recipes check out Paleo diets and gluten free diets. Diabetic diets are also very helpful.
With spark people recipes, I try and a) replace wheat and gluten -gains with my own and b) stay away from packaged products and make my own from scratch. I don't like the use of chemicals in food! I hope this helps, I am new to not eating grains and following my 'natural' diet, but I already feel better and look healthier!!

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5/22/12 2:44 P

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okay thanx.

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5/22/12 12:50 P

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To me, it seems like they kind of go hand in hand..

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5/22/12 9:35 A

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for me, I decided to change my spark meal plan to the diabetic meal plan, and I find that I am losing weight more easily. The less refined carbs in my diet because of being on metformin helps me a lot.
You could give it a try and see, everyone's body is different.

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I am curious, for successful weight loss with insulin resistence, for those taking metformin, etc.

would it be better to go low carb or low gi? my information on the subject is sooo confusing especialy with all the diet books supposedly for insulin resistence, hypoglycemia, diabetes, etc.

I would deeply appreciate some help

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