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ASH-LI,

carbs are addictive. They impact blood sugar, and hunger the most. Once you get onto that path you just keep eating carbs and more carbs. You get hungry, you eat more carbs as the solution.

Eating too many carbs puts a stress on the body to try to continually lower blood sugar, and ultimately that stress leads to type-2 diabetes. Once can take oral medication to lower blood sugar, which basically makes existing insulin more effective. But insulin is a fat storage hormone, getting excess blood sugar out of the blood, and into cells, typically fat cells. Alternately one can attack the issue earlier on, that is in what one eats.

What I think is best for you is to eat things that don't have carbs. Don't worry about calories. Fat for example has the most calories per gram, but has no impact on blood sugar, your hunger will be far more even eating fatty things.

It does take about 3 days to break the worst of a carb addiction. Possible headaches (take extra salt). But after 3 days the skies open and it is much easier, after a week or 10 days and you really are in the clear.

My breakfast on most days is either eggs, like an omelette with cheese and bell peppers, or fake pancakes made with vanilla protein powder rather than wheat flour.

Here is a list of low carb foods to get you started on what to eat. Yup, lots of veggies, but also any meat you want, just no sugar based sauces on them. Also any cheese. Trust me, after a month of a change in diet the veggies taste great. I myself used to dislike them.

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Hi,

I am also newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm trying to follow the sparkpeople guidelines in the tracker but today I'm just plain hungry and ready to eat any carb that gets near me.

Can anyone help or give me some guidence? How much salad can one woman eat?? Or broccoli?

Thanks!

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I don't know if you are aware of it, but the biggest blood sugar impact is made by carbohydrates.

Second to that is excess protein. The first 80 or so grams of protein have virtually no impact on blood sugar because your body needs them for muscles and organs, and above that, say to 120 grams only mildly so. I've done experiments on myself with drinking protein powder based shakes, and seen no impact even though I drank 100 grams of protein. My wife was not happy with that experiment.

If you get your protein from real food then 100 grams of protein is actually pretty hard to consume, it is about that in a one pound steak, but digested much slower than my protein shake.

Lastly is fat. Dietary fat has no impact on blood sugar.

Why am I thinking about this at all today? Because I just discovered the difference between Brie and Camembert cheese. I like both, and they are essentially the same. Brie has more cream and is softer. But I've decided, I like Camembert, because it cuts easier.

Camembert, by weight is about 0% carbs, 25% fat, 20% protein and the rest is water. But, for a diabetic, something wonderful to eat. Tasty and super low impact on blood sugar. Virtually any snack will have more impact that Camembert.

It was how wonderful Camembert is that got me thinking about all the blood sugar implications.

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It takes some time to switch body chemistry to more easily use fat for fuel rather than carbs. It isn't a meal to meal thing, or even a day to day thing.

It takes a good 3 days to a week to more easily burn fat, and get more energy back. That's my thought.

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I feel that I have been an official diabetic for 2 days now having checked my blood sugar 2 mornings in a row and have given myself insulin 2 days in a row. My blood sugars have ranged from 240 to 400. Following the low carb diet has been a challenge and I am so very tired.

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DTSOBEL,
do measure you blood sugar rather regularly while on prednisone.

It messed with my blood sugar, and I think permanently so. I do blame it for my type-2 diabetes.

Yes prednisone may help with other things, and if it doesn't mess with your blood sugar that is great, but watch out.

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Thanks Jan. The prednisone does wreck havoc but, at the same time, is the only thing that keeps the hives under control.

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Sorry Toya, hope you are better soon. I'm sure the prednisone wreaks havoc with your BS.

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I have been very sick again and haven't had a chance to log into SP much less check in here. Sorry. My hives came back on Friday afternoon. To make matters worse, I also got my yearly bronchitis as well. On Saturday, I had a fever and couldn't get warm. Then Saturday night, my face and lips swelled up and my face got totally numb. We called the doctor who said that with the cough and infection, hives will come back worse. He told me to come to the office on Monday. I only needed to go to the ER if the hives went to the back of my throat. But with the coughing and difficulty breathing, I wasn't sure I would be able to tell if the hives were in the back of my throat. I also got very nauseous. I was sure I would go to sleep and my throat would close and I would die. I woke a few times in throughout the night with my eyes being swollen shut. But I didn't have the hives hit my throat.

I went to the doctor's office on Monday morning. More meds including prednisone. More rest. Out of work for this whole week. I have missed about 20 days this year. I am still not great but my face isn't swollen!


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My most recent A1c is 6.5 and I already have diabetic neuropathy. Last year my A1c was 6.1, and before that it was always under 6

Anyone else have neuropathy symptoms?

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Tova,

Its great to have something to address your hives. I wish you the best thru this ordeal.

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I have had 5 taper sets of prednisone since November. The tapers have been anywhere from 4 days to 12 days or so. I agree it wrecks havoc on the body but it makes the hives go away.

As for carbs, I don't drink soda, coffee or tea at all. I try to stay away from cereal but when there is limited breakfast foods, I go for the cereal. To make matters worse, it is sugared cereal. I also try to limit pasta and rice but the family seems to really want it. GRRRRRR!!!!!
I keep asking for LARGE salads......

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Prednisone is such a nasty drug. Wouldn't it be nice if scientists could create a drug that could be as effective, yet not wreck the havoc on a person's body.

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DTSTOBEL,
I don't know how long you've been on prednisone. I was on it for a while, I don't know how long exactly. I had it to try to settle my ulcerative colitis. This was around 20 years ago.

My doctor had me take some blood tests during that time. I really didn't know why, except that it was part of me getting healthy and my ulcerative colitis. One thing tested for was blood sugar, and I didn't know that, but obviously at that time they knew the possible problems, or they wouldn't have monitored my blood sugar.

It turned out that the prednisone induced type-2 diabetes in me, hence the "routine" blood sugar tests.

If you are cutting carbs, start by cutting these:
- soft drinks with sugar (go for diet versions)
- sugar added to tea or coffee
- breakfast cereal
- bread
- rice
- pasta

as those are all the big carb items.

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So today is my last day of my 6 day taper of Prednisone. My FBS was 115 this am. I have figured out that prednisone lets me have lower sugars in the am and higher in the evening. Let's see what happens over the next few days.

I have also been hive free for 3 days. I am going to try to eat less carbs this week.

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Bummer.

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Hi, everything I've read recommends only brown rice for diabetics.

That said, even brown rice spikes my blood sugar!

I just can't eat rice...so sad.

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I was looking at some recipes for people at risk for diabetes which of course I missed that boat, but they use wild rice. I was trying to figure out if wild rice is healthier than white. It has 3 gm of fiber and 6 gm of protein. James what is your assessment of this native American grain?

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DTSOBEL,
I was on prednisone many years ago as I have an auto-immune disease, I have ulcerative colitis.

It helped with that, I guess, but like you it raised my blood sugar, and I believe gave me type-2 diabetes. I'm convinced that if I had never taken that drug I'd be better off today.

I've put together a list of low carb foods for Karen (HARRYSMOM), and here it is:
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The first lists (meat, vegetables ...) are low carb foods that are great for keeping blood sugar from type-2 diabetes under better control. I'm pretty sure that wheat, or some other high carb food was aggravating my auto-immune disease. My ulcerative colitis has been under control without drugs ever since I changed what I ate.

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Hello Tova,

What you are going thru sounds like a nightmare and I'm sorry that you aren't able to find anyone who can help you. I know that for the last year or so I haven't felt like myself, most of my life I have been so calm through any situation and then all of a sudden I'm having panic attacks and feeling irritable. Being diagnosed with the diabetes may be my answers to my behavioral and psychological changes. I have to say just making the dietary changes seems to be helping me stay on an even keel. I have a nurse appointment coming up next week and I will learn about checking my blood sugar and insulin. I did want to offer a suggestion that has helped me with many things and that is acupuncture. I have received relief from sleep issues to anxiety. If you want more information just ask.
Sending you healing thoughts that you will get thru this.

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Hi Tova, I have an appt in April with a rheumatologist to be checked out for possible autoimmune disease.

Have you seen a rheumatologist?

Oh, I am like you....can't take steroids....they shoot my BS up over 200.

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Hi all.

My name is Tova and I joined this team in August when I first got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At that time, I had an A1C of 7.2 and was put on Metformin. I was on that for 2 days and got very very sick with severe vertigo. So my doctor gave me Nesina. I have been taking that since and got my A1C down to 6.2. But in November, I got severe hives.

I have had a severe case of hives since early November. I missed 9 days of school in Nov and Dec. I have had every allergy test known to man and then some. I have had blood tests. I have had 5 courses of Prednisone. At this point, prednisone seems to be the only drug that helps with the hives.

The doctors have all determined this is an autoimmune disease. My skin tests have all come out negative. My blood tests show no histamine in my system. Which means it isn't an allergy. With allergies comes histamine and thus why you take anti histamines for allergies. I also had a 0 for eosinophils, which also says NOT allergies. Which is why I have switched to different anti histamines with no relief. I started on a newly approved shot drug that I get done every 28 days, 1.5 weeks ago. I was also taken off my diabetic meds 3 weeks ago, just to see if that may have been the underlying cause of the hives. The shot can take up to 3 months to get full effect. At this point, I don't think I am any better and at times I am worse than I have been prior to the shot. If at 3 months, the hives aren't better, then the drug won't work at all.

Last Friday, I awoke to hives on my lips and on my throat/neck. I was having some difficulty breathing and coughing. So I missed school and went to the ER. They gave me another course of prednisone, a shot of epinephrine, and a cocktail of antihistamines (which as previously stated, wouldn't work but they wouldn't listen). The prednisone made the hives better but makes my blood sugars get out of wack. So I ended back at the ER yesterday with high sugars. I was told they might even keep me for a day or two but the ER was able to the sugars down. Not to where they should be but better. I went back on the diabetic meds and my sugars were way better this am. Like 120 and the doctor would like under 100. So not bad.

I made it to work today but still feel crappy! So there is my update.

I am going to try to exercise and be better about the carbs but I haven't been so far. Bad me and very bad for me.

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Karen (HARRYSMOM),

We've exchanged some private notes on that 6% cutoff, and on what to eat to control blood sugar.

Even if I've had a setback that doesn't mean that cutting carbs isn't going to be good for controlling blood sugar.

By the way, my background is actually in physics and mathematics. I have a Ph.D. in physics, and that is why I approach nutrition very scientifically and numerically. It is just the pattern of thought you get after that kind of background and way of thinking.

I'm here to chat, or via spark mail to chat. I check this group daily.

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James, so sorry for your setback and needing to go back on a medication.

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James, I'm so sorry that I didn't see your post until today. Thanks so much for your information. You ask what my plan for lowering my blood sugar and I have to say I'm not sure. I haven't seen a nurse yet to be educated on how to test my blood sugar. I have an appointment next week. I am on a medication and have to say I'm feeling a bit more even keeled. I'm just learning all my symptoms I've been experiencing that appear to be related to my diabetes. My anxiety and feeling so hot and sweating, are the big ones. Frankly it scares me a great deal. I think I will try and move my appointment with the nurse up.

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AUTUMNLUV1, HARRYSMOM,

welcome. I know you never want to be welcomed to a group like this one ...

So what to do? Type-2 diabetes is a collection of things that interact. Carbohydrates, insulin and body fat.

Basically if you eat a lot of carbs your blood sugar will go up. Insulin with try to lower your blood sugar by "helping" the blood sugar into cells, both lean muscle cells, and fat cells. Most typically for type-2 diabetics, at some point the at cells are so full that they don't want more and blood sugar goes out of control because the cells don't want to store it away.

So what to do? Either take medication to make existing insulin more effective, or take insulin injections. Lastly cut eating carbohydrates. This still leaves fat and protein, and most healthy vegetables (not potatoes or rice or wheat) are pretty low in carbs and have healthy stuff.

My personal dietary guideline is to only eat things that have 6% of their weight as carbs, or less.

What is your plan to get your blood sugar under control?

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Jan,
I think those symptoms occur at higher blood sugar levels. Mine is just at the edge of medication being a good idea.

Just high enough that I don't want to ignore it. I did start taking some B12 supplements today. I've had low B12 in the past, and B12 is connected with blood sugar control.

I'm hoping that it is B12 supplements that will get me back on track, but I'm ready with the Metromin. Today I measured my blood sugar like crazy before starting any Metformin, I wanted a baseline to see what the Metormind does.

Now knowing that Metformin has a half life of 6 hours and is virtually gone then in a day, I may take some days with a Metformin break and see how my blood sugar compares on those days.


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James, can you explain to me how your BS could be that high with you eating practically no carbs and your weight being reasonable? Did the doctor explain???

And yet you have no diabetic symptoms? No neuropathy? No tingling in hands and feet? No feeling bad?

This is so strange to me!

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Yes, my A1c is checked twice a year also.

Unfortunately this time it took a jump up. It was 7.1 last time, and is 8.4 this time. My doctor was just on the edge at 7.1 and now wants me to take medication again.

I ate very healthy yesterday, and had a great dinner (shrimp, chicken and salad). My blood sugar was 8.4 at bed time and 9.3 this morning. *SIGH* ... I'm going to get my metformin prescription filled.

It looks like my low carb, medication free ride is over. But my metformin dosage is way down from what it was 6 years ago. So low carb has bought me that.

If, and this is a big if, my blood sugar A1c is down below 7.0 at next test, he'll take me off the medication. But I have a hard time seeing how that can happen. I'm not overweight, I'm eating about 30 grams of carbs a day ...

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P.S. By breakfast time my blood sugar was up to 10.0 even though I had nothing yet but plain peppermint tea, so still fasting. It was 11.0 and 10.9 an hour and two hours after breakfast (to know what those numbers are on the other blood sugar scale multiply by 18). Breakfast had 6 grams of carbs, 5 from the yogurt.

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James how often do you check your A1c?

Mine is only checked twice a year.

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My A1c results will be revealed to me at my doctors appointment tomorrow. You may know that this test is a sort of blood sugar average, an average of about the previous 3 months.

About 6 years ago I started a diet to loose weight. The accidental side effect was that my blood sugar was in the high end of normal. I have some memory problems, and I happened to forget my metformin (and sitagliptin) for about 2 days and was very surprised that my blood sugar was slightly better than with the meds.

I double checked my blood sugar . I checked on the lifetime of metformin, that is how long its effect lasts in the body. Metformin's effects are cut in half every 6 hours.
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So after 24 hours 94% of the drug is removed from the body. So even after one day it is like you never had taken it. That is why you need to take metformin frequently.

Long story short, that was 6 years ago. I still get my A1c tested regularly by my doctor, and I occasionally measure my blood sugar at home.

Eating very low carb works or me.

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Thank you for your help James.

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James that is what I'm afraid of

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What happens when you go on blood pressure medication when you don't have high blood pressure? Do you get low blood pressure?

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My doctor wants to put me on blood pressure medicine. To protect my kidneys. It has nothing to do with my BP, which is more often than not perfectly normal.

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I've been feeling better the last few days after getting back on the bandwagon.

Very low carb really helps.

I've gained weight during the holidays....lots of cake, divinity, fudge, etc. The fat crowding my pancreas really has an impact on blood sugar. Got to get the extra weight back off.

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Too late now, but you could have taken your meter with you to the doctor's office and immediately after their test done one of your own.

I did that once and found different results, and my meter was higher, which had caused me stress for many weeks. In the end, after knowing that my new meter was showing numbers that were higher, I made a mental subtraction and realized that my blood sugar was the same as it had been for a long time.

I should have tested my old meter and new meter at the same time when I switched over, but I didn't. *sigh*

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FBS this morning on my meter was 111. An hour later at doctor was 128.

Can't trust my meter?!

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CRYERMAMA,
welcome.

If you go to the COMMUNITY tab at the top, and under that selection pick "SparkTeams" you will see an icon for each team you have joined, like this one. As I've directed you to this post you will see various conversations or topics. Once you have clicked on a topic it is obvious on how to add your remarks to post in reply.


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Sounds good James!

I'm not supposed to have these things on WHOLE30, but I am obviously being weak.

Are you and I the only active members on SP now? LOL.

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Jan,
by my percentage of weight that is carbs:
Coke (10%)
Popcorn (60%)

The Coke is like water, but add enough sugar to it to get 10% of its weight as sugar.

A diet Coke with popcorn would have been better, but the popcorn alone ...

What about a diet coke with bacon rind puffs ? I take my bacon rind puffs, spread them out on a foil lined cookie sheet, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake for a few minutes, watching carefully until the cheese melts. So those numbers are:

Diet Coke (0%)
Bacon rind puffs (0%)
Cheese (1%)

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Boy what a difference a slip up makes!

popcorn and coke at bedtime - FBS 100

previous mornings 95-100

coke is so bad!

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James I hope to find out soon. Weird symptoms.

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Jan (JRWELL58),

I hate to say it, but maybe M.S. fits your symptoms, not high blood sugar. Even your vision problems. All the more reason to eat "clean". If your body is under stress from an auto-immune issue, you don't want to add more to the stress.

*SHEESH*

It's not like I have a perfect body, or mind.

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I'm really going to buckle down on the whole food concept, since I'm having these painful episodes that they think may be MS.

These episodes are scary. 24 hours of burning pain on left side, from foot up to top of head, coupled with terrible squeezing sensations.

I've been told not to eat anything processed, no additives, no artificial ingredients.

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Very pleased. Ate healthy, fairly low carb yesterday. Reward was lower BS this morning of 102.

It works folks!

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Subject: blood carbs

Jan,

Yes, it is unfortunate that the words "blood sugar" have the word sugar in them. All digestible carbohydrates, so except for fibre, impact blood "sugar".

Should be called "blood carbs".

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Clearly low carb is my only alternative.

Couple days ago I had 150 carbs (one meal that day) and BS spiked to 234!

Today is near normal, thanks to a low carb day. 70 total spread over the day.

Yeah! Sparking Low Carb!

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I was dx as early diabetic or pre diabetic 8 years ago.

My a1c was 5.4, but I failed the three hour glucose test, just barely.

I have lost and gained and lost and gained the weight. Each time I'd lose 30 pounds, my BS would be perfectly normal. Gain it back (bad eating), and watch out for the spikes.

My last a1c in April was 6.3, we'll see again on January 30. I missed my six month test.

What's horrible is I've just this year developed some neuropathy. Seems some people are more sensitive than others. Even though my a1c has not been bad.

Please, take my advice (do as I say, not as I do): lose ten percent of body weight, try to eat healthy, stay away from cakes, cookies, donuts, syrup, candy, etc.

I recently read a medical article that says even prediabetics can get neuropathy.

I wish I had listened.

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I'm still here.

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MAMA04930,

looks like you are posting for your hubby. Welcome!

First of all I presume he has been diagnosed as a type-2 diabetic, producing insulin, but the body is not listening to the insulin, hence oral medication to amplify the signal of the insulin.

Insulin gets blood sugar out of the blood, and into cells, both lean cells (organs and muscle) and also fat cells. So if by chance one also wants to loose body fat, those medications make it harder to do that.

My personal path is to eat fewer carbohydrates in the first place. That way my blood sugar doesn't go too high, and I don't need the medication.

Has your doctor suggested dietary changes, or to see a dietician?

I'm here every day to chat.

- James

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HILARY82B,

here is my opinion of exercise. For direct weight loss, i.e. calories burned while exercising in order to loose extra body fat, it does virtually nothing. Lets take a brisk walk as an example:
www.verywell.com/walking-calories-bu
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Something like 250 calories per hour. To loose a pound of body fat, which has 3500 calories in it, that is then about 14 hours of walking. So if you walk an hour each day, after 2 weeks you will loose one pound of body fat.

That said, I exercise almost daily, and I'm off to my morning swim after I post this. Why? It makes me fitter, more flexible, healthier, and for weight loss it builds a little extra muscle, and that muscle when dormant is expensive to maintain (burns calories). So my opinion is that your body burns more calories if you are fitter and have more toned muscles. It isn't the calories burned during exercise, it is those burned between exercise sessions.

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HILARY82B,

well carbohydrates are ADDICTIVE! It isn't just you. It is a blood sugar thing. Often it is eat more carbs or crash. I used to get pounding headaches if I didn't get my carbs. So here are the highest things, with the most fraction (percentage) of their weight as carbs:

- sugar (100%)
- bread (50%)
- cooked pasta (30%)
- cooked rice (28%)
- banana (20%)

So, a slice of bread is like eating half that weight in pure sugar. For my blood sugar I'm not about to eat pure sugar, or even something that is effectively half pure sugar. Even pasta at 30%, is like eating 1/3 of that as pure sugar. A banana, well like eating 1/5 of that as pure sugar.

That is how I think and avoid those things.

Then on the vegetable list:
- corn (23%)
- cooked potatoes (18%)
- peas (10%)
- carrots (5%)
- zucchini (2%)

Soooo.... my personal cutoff is 6%. I do have a few small treats above 6%, but in small quantity. I just ate some white turkey breast with mustard:
- white turkey meat (0%)
- mustard (2%)

I'm just about to eat two squares of dark chocolate, the 85% cocoa stuff:
- dark chocolate (22%)

Oh yes, way above 6%, but it is my treat, and the two squares of chocolate have a total of 4 grams of carbs. My daily target is 30 grams (50 at the very most) and 4 is not much.

I use the percentage scale to give me a feel for whether I should eat it or not. At 6%, or less, I just eat it and don't think or weigh. Above 6%, then the quantities are small, and I really start to do some math, like with my chocolate.


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HILARY82B,

My favourite nutritional database is "nutritiondata". If you google "nutritiondata banana" you quickly find this page:

nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-
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Then set the serving size to 100 g, and read off the carbs at 22.8 g, so 22.8% is carbs. A fair bit less than pure sugar, but still too high for me. I find that site the best way to figure out which foods are low in carbs, either generic, or brand name.

Lets keep chatting. I'm here daily.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 11/30/2016 (21:45)
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I'm here!

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