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5/26/16 8:06 P

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That sounds (and looks) amazing. We just got a waffle maker a couple weeks ago and I haven't used it - didn't realize I could make nearly carb-less waffles (that protein powder I must get, tonight yet). My kids are starting to like Mom's new 'ways' :)
They have requested the baked version of fish for this Friday. They'll be having baked tater wedges with it. I'm choosing salad, peas and carrots.
I like that 'choosing'. It makes it sound better and feel better. Thanks!
Sister-in-law just gave me a Yonana machine - makes frozen fruits into what looks/feels/tastes like ice cream. Mmmm (for 'in moderation).

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I should have taken a picture of dessert last night, and posted nutritional information. It was great. Greek yogurt with lemon flavour, a protein powder waffle cut in little pieces, and some black berries and raspberries. All tumbled together.

I don't know for sure, but I'd take a guess at 4 grams of carbs. A small part of my 30 per day limit. Next time I'll fill in those nutritional blanks.

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I'm adding this part after my initial post above.

So here is 100 grams of Greek yogurt flavoured with Mio, and 17 grams of my waffle recipe cut in pieces, 20 grams of raspberries, 28 grams of blackberries.

I only measured things out so that I would have an idea about the general macros (carbs, fat, protein) for such a mess:


Calories (170)
Carbs (6g)
Fat (10g)
Protein (12g)


What do you know 6 grams of carbs, not 4. But I had a good guess.


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CANDUSU,

I have a number of ideas. I will run out, but for the moment here is another idea. Your daughter liking fish that wasn't breaded brought this idea back...

When making a meal don't make "mixed" dishes. Keep the carbs separated from the other things. Don't mix carbs in with other things like the fish. Fish is wonderful, zero carbs, lots of protein, and you could put lemon butter on top (fat is OK too). But when you bread it, now it is "mixed" dish. You can't eat the protein (or perhaps fat) without also eating carbs. So if someone in the family doesn't want to eat low carb, then supply that one extra dish, like mashed potatoes, which you can easily avoid, but eat the rest, for example fish, broccoli, and a side salad with plenty of low carb dressing, like regular ranch dressing.

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5/25/16 4:17 A

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Good Morning Artsky & James,
I hope all went went with your husband's surgery.
Thank you for the choose vs can't !
It helps when talking about this with my tween and teen. Both are curious and one prefers my platefuls over hers - I'm guessing that eating this way could be a good thing for all of us, but she definitely prefers my flavourful baked fish to her breaded crispy one.

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The I choose is so true. Just have to keep remembering.
Take care Artsky

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CANDUSU,

Just a brief note on mindset. You may have seen in my last post that I said, "I choose not to eat ..." It is a subtle difference from the wording "I can't eat ..."

Friends may say, "oh, can't you eat rice", and your answer is "I choose not to eat rice because it raises my blood sugar too much"

"I choose" means you are in control. "I can't" means you are helpless and at the mercy of something else.

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My blood sugar was up in a range where I don't like it. I didn't know why, but I alwaysI try to figure out what is up.

Sure enough it could be tied back to a lentil based stew that I had been eating for a few days for supper. The bulk store does have low carb lentils, like 3% carbs rather than 12%. Next time I go. Mashed potatoes are about 15% and I choose not to eat those, even as a side dish.

By the way ARTSKY, I used to work for IBM and at one point as and IBM employee my job was as a consultant and trainer. I spent a few months in Houston, in Harris county. I saw lots of overweight people there, it was very noticeable to me as I got off the plane. Some of my hosts were overweight, I don't know if they were diabetic, but a good chance of that. When they suggested a restaraunt to me it wasn't for the quality of the food, no, it was for the quantity, an all you could eat rib place.

It ISN'T about getting the most calories for your dollar.

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ARTSKY,

Like when I fly, I take the parts of the airplane meal that are low carb, don't eat the other parts, but then supplement with something I brought with. So it doesn't have yo be all or none.

Take some cheese sticks with, maybe something else that packs well in a purse or backpack.

Also, best wishes on your husbands recovery.

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5/24/16 8:28 A

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Good morning. boy are we far apart. You two are in Canada and I'm almost in MX. I'm in deep south TX.
Lots of Diabetics down here and they do not take very serious. I'm trying to. I'm not getting my morning BS down where I want it. It's still in mid 120's to mid 130's. I've got to keep working on that. This week will be hard. Hubby is having surgery tomorrow and I wont have my food to fall on. One thing this hospital has a SubWay shop. So I can get Salads and good chicken soup.
I wish both of you a good day and keep thinking thin
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CANDUSU,

Hmm 3 to 4 carb units per meal. Hmmm, let me think in grams, being Canadian you should feel familiar with that too.

A half a glass of milk is one unit. The Canadian milk in my Canadian fridge has a label that says one cup (250 ml) has 12 grams of carbs. So half a cup has about 6 grams of carbs.

So 3 to four carb units is about 18 to 24 grams of carbs.

At the low end about 60 grams a day, and at the high end about 75. Let me say that this is the very upper end of what I consider low carb. But my opinion is not the point, your health is the point. At that carb range you will see amazing things happen for the good. Your blood sugar will get much better. Your pins and needles feeling will slowly improve. You will loose body fat, even if you aren't trying to.

You don't have to exercise body fat away. The insulin reaction to carbs that you eat keeps it locked up. Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Less carbs, less insulin to store the carbs, less lockup of existing body fat. In other words you dip into your existing body fat with less hunger.

You know the old chineese food thing, ...I don't understand, I just ate all that chineese food an hour ago, how can I be hungry? Well rice is high carb, the insulin packs it away, and ta da, you are soon hungry.

I don't understand why you would stay away from cheese? High calorie? Yes, but low carb, and dietary fat has no, I mean no impact on blood sugar. Perfect for diabetics, and for loosing weight too as it doesn't wake the "hunger dragon".

p.s. I'm in line with whatever book you have, but I'll add the word "reasonable" into the sentance. As few carbs as reasonably possible. That number for me is 30 to 50 grams a day.

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5/23/16 10:43 A

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Good Morning Artsky,
So nice to hear from people going thru same thing. I'm hearing mixed messages too. The book I bought says as few carbs as possible (they suggest a tight fistful per meal at most) but the dietician at the education centre says 3-4 carbs per meal. They also tell me that my 1/2 glass of milk is a carb. And so is my cup of blueberries.
I like how James calculates it by mass and percentage carb. It's a bit complicated (the figuring, I'm no math wiz) but it makes so much sense and has really helped me already. Cheese! Yes. I love cheese but had cut it back to almost none. Last night I had a cube of cheddar for a bedtime snack and savoured it (thank you James).
If you have Victoria Day where you are then happy holiday Monday! ~Sue :)

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Welcome Candusu.
I too am new at this. and trying to find my way.
James has some good ideas. I like to lesin to all people nad than do whats best for me.
I 'm seeing a dieticion and she mad because I don't eat enough carbs. Go figure.
Good luck with your new travials. I think your doing good by reading on the PC.
Take care I care and think thin.
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CANDUSU,
Well, glumetza is metformin in with a packaging that is basically slowly dissolving. This way the metformin is slowly released over about 8 hours.

The intention is to generally lower blood sugar, not to handle any spikes.

Metformin makes your existing insulin more effective. Insulin takes excess carbohydrates out of the blood stream and gets them into cells. In the blood stream, this excess blood sugar is a problem. You can look up possible issues with high blood sugar, but it includes:
- slow wound healing
- tingling or numbness (nerve issues)
- being thirsty

and many others. So basically your cells have become insensitive to listening to insulin. This typically happens when one eats too many carbs for a long time. Like someone complaining all the time, after a while you go yah yah, heard it before, and you tune them out.

Metformin makes the insulin more effective. Sort of like making that constant whiner be able to complain louder, so you have a harder time tuning them out.

But those carbs are then stored in cells, and more often than not into fat cells.

What I do is to reduce, I mean seriously reduce the carbs that I eat. Then there is less need for insulin in the first place. I had a snack this evening. It was cheese. If you've read my other posts you will see that I look at how much a food will impact my blood sugar largely by how much carbohydrate I get when eating it. So I look at its damage potential as the percentage of its weight that is carbohydrates. The higher the percentage of carbs the closer it is to pure sugar, which is 100% carbohydrates. So here is what I would eat as an evening snack:
- cheese (0% to 1% carbs)
- olives (1.5%)

Here is what not to snack on:
- pretzels (76%)
- potato chips (45%)
- Cheetos (54%)

Look at it this way. Would you eat a bowl of sugar with a spoon as a snack? What about 3/4 of a bowl, or half a bowl? The snacks above are really about like that for you. Pretzels, at 76% carbs are really like being 76% sugar as far as impact on blood sugar goes.

So, breakfast ... What do I eat? Eggs, bacon, maybe some cheese in my omelette. Bacon and eggs look like this:
- eggs (1.1%)
- bacon (1.5%)

A far far cry from shreddies:
- shreddies (71%)

I'm here to help. I hope you are coming back.

James


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5/22/16 4:46 P

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Yes, rural Ontario.
The pills are called Glumetza but on closer look at label (thanks to u) yes, metaforin. Hard to swallow 4 at supper table. But it could be worse and by the sounds of it this can be do-able maybe without meds one day if I lose enough weight, eat properly and get moving.
Food is tasting differently and I am writing it all down so also thinking about it (mindful eating, mindful planning for it). I've only known for 2 weeks. It explains a lot. Especially the fatigue and the peeing every hour and the tingly/prickly fingers and toes. I think the blurry vision is just part of being fifty and ready for bifocal upgrade :)
Anyway it's nice to have someone in-the-know who's willing to share and tell about this new thing for me. Thanks muchly. ~Sue

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Hi CANDUSU (Sue),

OHIP eh? Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

Yup, I'm Canadian, and I used to live in Toronto until 2001. Are those horse pills time release metformin ones? I'm here to help. I check this team everyday, somedays more often than that.

I think you'll find that the general diabetes information says to avoid sugar and high carbohydrate things. They just don't cut it low enough in my mind. Why not? Is it unhealthy? I don't think that is it, as I've pointed out from a previous wikipedia page on carbs, people don't need carbs for nutrition. I think you need to eat some, but as a side effect of getting other things your need.

I think the diabetes association is afraid that nobody will follow their advice if they tell you what really needs to be done, and eating a little better is preferable to no change at all.


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Thank you for the welcome. I've only just begun on this new adventure. It's abit scary when I spend too much time googling for info, so found a good Diabetes for Dummies type book and have attended first of two 'diabetes education' course at our local wellness centre (provided by OHIP). Wow! What a learning curve - information overload!
It sounds like cutting carbs way way back will be my key - this meat and potatoes farm girl needs to learn to change her tune, fast!
Thanks again for the welcome. It's great to read thru your dialogue here and see that this is do-able (and maybe some day without these massive horse pills every night). ~Sue :)

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Welcome MELISSYL, CANDUSU, FUZZY_BUNNY, NATIVEPIXIE, FIDDLER4JESUS, MANDALYNN476.

Its not great to be diagnosed as diabetic. But there are people who would trade their health issues for this one. I don't know if that cheers anyone up. As a type-2 diabetic its not so bad, really its not.

I eat healthier now that 15 years ago. I enjoy, I mean really enjoy what I eat more. It used to be pretty bland stuff:
- rice
- french fries
- mashed potatoes
- pasta

Today it is more focused on meat and fresh vegetables. So:
- beef steak
- shrimp in garlic butter
- bell peppers
- zucchini

I have no idea what causes type-2 diabetes, but my guess is that it is the extra strain of the body trying to deal with all the sugar and carbs. At some point it literally becomes exhausted at doing so. In junior high I used to eat a chocolate bar and have a can of coke (or similar) virtually every morning recess break, and afternoon too.

I don't think you are attracted to things that are bad for you, I think you are attracted to things, and in the long run that excess is bad for you. One can like exercising, and overexercise too. Anything in excess can be bad for you.

So take nutrition into your own hands. Make healthier choices. I'm here to talk to. I check this group everyday, or almost everyday.


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ARTSKY,

you have to know by now, that I'm a dyed in the wool, low carb guy. You could shave that blue dyed wool off me, and my skin underneath would have absorbed some of the blue too.

So for myself, I can't imagine eating mashed potatoes or bread. I would eat a little squash, for a taste. My type-2 diabetes needs no medication when I eat this way, and my ulcerative colitis also needs none. I was on medication for both of those for many years. So I just can't imagine eating mashed potatoes.

For me the thought of good carbs, or bad carbs is like "good criminal" or "bad criminal". The good criminal is someone who is in jail for burglary, not murder, not as bad, but .... So I do walk that line, I do eat some carbs, but generally only so I can get to eat other things, or as a very small treat. I've got some dark chocolate coated, roasted, crunchy, coffee beans. But I'll eat like 4 of those in an evening.

I do eat plenty of stuff. Supper last night was baked ham, broccoli with cheese, and a small side salad. Dessert was Greek yogurt with lemon flavour (from Mio), and a spoonful of peanut butter on top.

Breakfast this morning is waffles, made using protein powder for flour. They are left over from yesterday, so I'll eat one or two cold, with butter filling every square.

Have a great day,
James



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James I eat very little sugar but I'm trying to eat good carbs( Squash, green peas, multi grain bread, Last night I had mashed patatos. that was a treat. but we can't eat Krut and hocks without mashed potatos. I cook one patato and we split it.
I was on the Atlins diet for a while and lost about 25 lbs and dropped my colostroal down 26 pts. but gained it all back.
I'm hopping that I can lose slow and maybe keep it off. We'll see.

I hope you have a great day. Keep thinking thin Artsky

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ARTSKY,
I don't know where people get the idea that you need to eat carbs to be healthy. The purest form of carbohydrate is sugar. So if you really think carbs are good for you, then that should be the best. But look at the nutritional information of sugar:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/sweets/
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There are 42 zero's on that page, really zero nutrients. If you eat a green pepper:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
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s-and-vegetable-products/2536/2

There are 10 zero's, but really if a green pepper has no caffeine, or alcohol, well...

Anyway pay attention to your own body. If you want to loose weight, and do do by eating fewer carbs, and your blood sugar is better too... Well, duh, you have your answer.

I think I've pointed out the page on Wikipedia where it says that humans don't need to eat carbohydrates, right?

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Yes James some people can have z geat time in their mid 90's. WE have a gentlemen here that dances 3 times a week and he is 96. in mymid 70's and no way could I dance one night.

You know I've had more than one dieticion tell me to eat potato's with my meals. The one I've seen now wasw not happy that I eat so little Carbs. She wants me to have some carbs with each meal. I don't always do that. I have loss 8 ibs. in 4 weeks so something is working. But
I'm not happy with my BS it's back up to the 125's. I want it closer to 100's.
Have a great day I'm off to the pool for my class and than off to the Art Gallery to work today.
Keep thinking thin. Artsky

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It was tough picking at IHOP. Pancakes, waffles, eggs with toast, everything with some sort of carb.

So I settled on the Mexican omelette. Eggs, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, all pretty good, but I had to take hash browns with it, which was the highest carb thing. I only ate half of thd fairly small side of hash browns. Now potatoes of various preparations are about 20 to 25% carbs, do really well beyond my 6% cutoff, so I tried to limit them.

All in all, pretty good.

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I'm off to a pancake house with my 95 year old friend Arnold (I'm in my 50's). I'll be driving.

We are both type-2 diabetics. So this seems like a crazy choice. But you can't argue with someone who is 95 and tell them this is bad for them. He takes his medication and enjoy's a waffle. I on the other hand will take no medication and have some eggs and sausages (low carb).

I want to live to be 95 and in as good a shape as Arnold is in.

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I'm just trying to fallow the diet the dietion gave me. I'll bet a lot of that was water weight. I hope not but we'll see next week.
Have a great day.
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ARTSKY,

Down 3 pounds in a week. Wow! What are you eating, or maybe not eating?

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I'm here. Good day!



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Good morning O guess I'm talking to my self.


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Good morning . Well I was bad yesterday. With Breakfast at Cracker Barrel and a premade pasta dinner for supper. I didn't teast too bad but the after teaste and the heartburn after not good. I did loose 3 lbs this week now to keep it off. With all the carbs this week end my BS was a little higher. We' work to get it down today.
Have a great day think thin.
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Good Sun. morning

Yes today we ate at Cracker Barrel and I did not eat the greats or hashbrowns. I had 2 eggs,
3 bacons and biskets and 1 T gravy. Not good but not too bad. We don't eat ow until 5 PM.
Well maybe a fruit later.
I hope you think thin today take care I care.
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ARTSKY,

I was brought up to not waste food. My grandma used to dish out the food and having eaten the mashed potatoes would ask us if we wanted more. If we said no thank you, her reply was "didn't you like them, do you want me to throw these out?"

So guilt and no wasting. I recently ate at a breakfast place, two poached eggs, eggs Benedict, on English muffins, hash browns, bacon, and three small-ish sausages.

I did not eat the muffins, I ate only half of the hash browns. It still bugs me to waste food, but I had to, for my health.

Here is the percentage of weight that is carbs, and you will see my reasoning:
- egg (1.1%)
- Hollandaise sauce (1.3%)
- bacon (1.5%)
- breakfast sausages (2.7%)
- hash browns (25%)
- English muffin (35%)



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Good morning all.
I had a big carb supper. We have stuff to eat up and get ut of the house so a little at a time.
My BS is staying around110.
I'm off to the pool to lead the cass for a hour. Have a great day.
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Good morning.

My day is going to be house renovations. I'd say home renovations, but it is in not in a house that I live in, but I'm working on.

My low carb day starts with an egg omelette with cheese. Later in the morning some fake bread made from protein powder, vanilla flavour, so more like a cake really, and some peanut butter on top. Lunch will be a low carb chilli heated in a microwave, and with shredded cheddar cheese added in at just the right time so that it gets soft, but doesn't fully melt away. Supper will be a big salad with romaine lettuce and plenty of vegetables, like zucchini, mushrooms ... and absolutely slathered in Ranch dressing.

Oh, this low carb life, .... tasty.

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Good morning how and where is everybody??
I hope you all have a good day.
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Good morning all. I hope you are having a good day.
My weight loss was great the first 2 weeks than this week only .25. That makes me sad but it is 3 weeks in the black so that is good. I think I'm drinking too much H2O. I've been drinking around 70 to 80 oz a day. Thats just H2o not counting cooffe or my one Coke per day.
last night BS was good 89 this morning 117. It's better than before I started with the Med.
Well Have a great day and keep thinking thin.
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100 grams of cake:
Calories (360)
Carbs (5.8 g)
Fat (27 g)
Protein (22 g)

Picture of part of a cake/loaf in the background, in the foreground a piece of cake cut in cubes with Greek yogurt floavoured with cherry Mio:


In that dessert bowl, 1 gram of carbs in the cake, and 4 more in the Greek yogurt topping.

The recipe is here, if you are willing to buy a tub of flavoured protein powder, and do some baking of course:
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Good morning all.
I'll try again. Has message almost done and away it went!

James how was your cake? Sounded good.

I made a quasaida for dinner last night(shrimp) It was good. I'll have to try Chicken next time.
Well I only lost .25 Lbs this week. I'll have to try harder this week.

Have great day I'm off to the pool for my class.
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I'm making lemon-vanilla cake right now, waiting for the timer to ring, and then eat some.

It is made with vanilla flavoured protein powder for flour, and just out of the blue I added a few squirts of lemon Mio flavouring. The whole cake has 6 grams of carbs.

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the ladies out there.

James yes I was eating less carbs than she wanted me to. I still can't eat as much as she has set up for me. 4 meals a day plus snacks just don't work. I'm getting my 64 oz of H2O in.
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ARTSKY,
In addition to meds, have you changed what you eat specifically to lower blood sugar, either in quantity, or in type? You said your dietician wants you to eat more carbs, but is eating lower carb something new?

As for carbs, let me quote from Wikipedia, on this page:
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Carbohydrates are a common source of energy in living organisms; however, no carbohydrate is an essential nutrient in humans.
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That word "essential" means something you must get from food, in other words carbohydrates themselves are not needed. Carbohydrates may come with things you need, like vitamins, but the carbs themselves are not needed. I get my energy, for the most part from fat and protein, and carbs leak in, so that I can eat healthy vegetables and get the vitamins, minerals and other stuff I really need. But high carb nutritionally empty things... nope.

I myself am trying to loose about 10 to 15 pounds and getting nowhere. I am watching every gram of carbs. This morning I was weighing how much cream I'm getting in my coffee on my digital scale. It was 15 grams of cream which has 1 gram of carbs, not 30 grams of cream which has 2 grams.

Right now I'm in OCD mode.
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Good morning all good to see some new ones on. I hope you will keep comming on with support and info.
James with the meds I'm holding around 100 to 130 with my BS. I'm not to d
sad about that but would like better. It sure beat 200 to 300 as before.
Have a great day and God Bless.
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It is the higher carbohydrate foods that impact blood sugar, and hunger the most.

My wife has the theory that your body knows what it needs, various nutrients which are the real building blocks needed for your body:
- protein
- essential fats
- minerals
- vitamins

Her theory is that your body keeps eating, hoping to find nutrition, and it isn't very smart. So her idea is that you eat a whole bag of potato chips because the body keeps seeking nutrition, hoping that maybe the next handful will have nutrition, nope, well maybe the next handful nope, well maybe ... aww the bag is empty.

If you look at sugar, it has calories, but scores zero on all of the above nutrients.

The theory that I follow is to aim for the most nutrition per calorie eaten. For example, green bell peppers have 4 times the vitamin C that oranges have, on a per calorie eaten basis, and about 3/4 of a green pepper meets your daily vitamin C needs all on its own. It's easy to eat that in a healthy salad.

Am I eating fewer calories than before I switched to low carb? Yes.

Am I hungry? Rarely, certainly a lot less than before. Five years of no blood sugar medication for me. That is worth it.

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I have a medical disability, it is cognitive impairment, poor memory actually. I suspect the cause was low vitamin B for too long (years and years). The reason for that is ulcerative colitis, which has poor nutrient absorption, along with taking metformin for years, which also has low vitamin B absorbtion so forgive me if this is a bit of a repeat ...

I rarely track. I look up the nutrition of foods, if they are 6% of thier weight is net carbs, or less of course, then I eat it.

I tracked yesterday for the first time in about a year. I was shocked, 140 grams of protein. I'm aiming for 60. Only 30 grams of carbs, and 20 of that was actually from a little dark chocolate with peanut butter on top. So that part was great.

I was surprised that cheese has about 25 to 30 percent of its weight as protein, about the same as meat. I ate a lot of cheese yesterday. So even after 4 years of low carb I am still learning things.

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Good morning Hope you all have a good day.
James yes I keep a jurnal but I don't count cals or what ever I've done that for years. don't work that well and makes me crazy. So just writing down what I eat is working for now. I also have a step monator. I know I don't do as much as I should but I do the best I can most of the time.
I hope you have a thin day.
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ARTSKY,

Well you are a special case.
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That certainly isn't your usual cause of arthritis.

Good for you on keeping carbs low. In my mind there are no "heart healthy whole grains". That is just a slogan, and a very bad one too. Focus on nutrition. Getting what your body needs.

Let's start with protein. Do you track what you eat? Calories, grams of stuff?



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Good morning all.
I tried all kinds of diet when I was young nothing helped. When I was in my 50's I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. This is a RA type of Arthritis you are born with.
Than I had caner and had chemo and that gave me Ostio arthritis. I lost 3 ins and most of my cartilage in my body. I just move with bone on bone. I lead an arthritis class 5 days a week
witch helps to get me going for the day.
I don't eat much wheat because I don't eat much carbs. The Dietican want me to eat more.
I don't know where you live but here in deep south TX it's a beautiful day.
Enjoy yours and think thin.
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ARTSKY,

I wonder about your arthritis and wheat. I dislike wheat for a few reasons, first it is mainly carbs which impact my blood sugar, but secondly many people don't tolerate it well, and the reaction is various inflammations like arthritis.

I have ulcerative colitis, and that went into remission when I went low carb, perhaps it was the wheat for me?

Anyway, try cutting out wheat, bread, breakfast cereals, whatever has wheat. Give it three weeks and then please tell me your arthritis s better. I hoping your only complaint will be why you didn't try this 20 years ago.

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Good morning.
I think the Good Lord hid my talant for now because He knew that the Arthritis would be sitting me down more. Not sure how long my hands will hold out.
BS was OK yesterday and this AM.
Have a wonderful day and think thin,
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I went to art school, and for a short time my wife took my artistic ideas seriously. A few months into our marriage she asked my parents about that. Turns out it was an art school summer camp, between grade 1 and 2.

So much for my formal art education. We still basically agree on artistic stuff, like home decor, but I never bring up my formal education, except as a running joke.

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James if you want to know why I use Artsky look on my page and photos. I've been painting sene 2007. the only class I ever failed was Art. The feathers are real feathers I paint on.
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Hi all
James I'm seeing a dietticen and she has me eating more carb. then I was before. She heas me on 4 meals a day. For me that too much but I'm trying. I lost 2.25 this week. So far 4.75.
The best thing she told me is to takt has slowed me down in eating. My blood sugar has been better sence I started the pills. This AM it was 104.
I hope you have a good day and think thin.
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ARTSKY,

You probably know that there are two things that impact blood sugar, high carb foods (sugar is the highest, but rice, potatoes, pasta are also high). All foods can be ranked.

But existing body fat, just by being there somehow impacts insulin resistance. In other words loose body fat and your blood sugar gets better. I don't umpnderstand why.

In my experience, if you are in the process of loosing body fat then blood sugar just gets better. What diet are you following? Any particular one, or style, or just eating less?

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James no I didn't loose that much. Years ago I lost 80 lbs twice and now have that on plus.
I have loss 5 lbs in 2 weeks with this new diet. I'm hopping it will keep going for about 30 to 50 lbs.
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I hope you don't mind my asking ... I see you lost 94.5 pounds, I presume that is fantastic.

I myself had a disease hit me decades ago and lost a lot of weight and was seriously concerned my weight plumetted, in fact I thought I was going to die. It went into remission and I pulled out of that nose dive. In fact, quite the opposite, I've been a little overweight most of my life.

So how are you feeling about your current weight? Is your doctor adjusting your metformin dosage over time? Excess body fat is a key component to insulin resistance, and type-2 diabetes, and I'd have to guess that you have a lot less insulin resistance after loosing that weight.

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Good morning all and Happy May Day emoticon emoticon
Not much going on here. Went to church and Brunch. My BS was normal today.
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James yes I'm on Medform and this morning fasting it was only 85 mostly it's between 125 - 135
not sure whats going on but I'm trying to eat more and not gain. Tricky tricky.
I'm very sleepy today. But than I was very busy for me cleaning my oven took me most of the day. Thanks for the info. Thanks and have a great day.
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ARTSKY,

I almost never have the problem of low blood sugar. Sometimes the opposite, but that can always be traced to what I ate in the last 24 hours.

65 mg/dl or the equivalent 3.6 mmol/l does sound low. If mine ever gets to 80 mg/dl, and it almost never does, I feel mentally blurry, and weak. I feel that way, then take my blood sugar to confirm what is up.

Are you taking some diabetes medication to lower blood sugar? If so it makes sense to try to keep that in balance as you did.

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Good morning all. I hope you all have a good day.
How low is too low for BS? Last night I got to 65. I thought it was a little low so I ate a few wheat crackers. I thought it wouldn't hurt me and would be easy on my stomach.

Oh the Turkey Ham was great in my sandwich yesterday. Hubby did a wonderful job.
I've got to make some suger free carnberry sauce. I love crean cheese on one side and cranberry sauce on the other side of the bread and than turkey. Yum!
WEll have a great day. Think Thin. Artsky

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that sounds pretty darn good.

I had dessert this evening. Greek yogurt, flavoured with a scoop of vanilla protein powder, so it ends up like vanilla pudding, more or less. Then in the bowl, I put a tablespoon of unsweetened peanut butter on top.

Mmmmmmmmm, and only 10 grams of carbs in the dessert.

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Good morning all I hope you have a good and healthy day.
I did not eat near as much as I should hae yesterday. I'll try harder today. and eat better.
HUbby smoked a turkey breat yesterday and 2 hams. now we have good lean mest in the house. I baged the Turkey in 3oz serving and frozr them. I was so good I could have eating all of it. We had the Ham for diner. Very good and tender. Served with 2 differant veggies. I know it's not what I was to eat but I was full. I did have a small scoop of Ice cream and 1 small oarmeal cookie. While playing cards.
Well off to the pool. Have a thin day and take care I care Artsky

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Besides sugar, have you thought of eliminating or reducing other things to get better blood sugar?

I'm a canary in a coal mine with my blood sugar. Up where I don't like it this morning. I thought, what did I eat yesterday? I was pretty good all day. Then I remembered, around 10 pm I had some dark chocolate, not super super dark, but around 70% cocoa (less cocoa means more sugar). After that some parsnip chips, better than potato chips I guess, but the label, when read in the light of day this morning says about 25% net carbs.

*sigh*

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Eat more and keep up the exercise. Plus the big one eat slower.
With the meds my BS has been down closer to normal. I was getting count around 200 and 300
and that's no good. I think I told you I'm limited on the exercise with my 2 kinds of Arthritis.With Atthritis you also have to try to keep movingor you will lose the fight.

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What is your dietitians advice to get your blood sugar under better control?

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Good morning I'm hoping you all have a great thin day.
James First I'm just starting that helps and I'm trying to follow the Dietictons sugestions.
Frist is to chew you food at least 15 times than pick up your fork for a other bite.
she has way more food than I'm use to eating but I'm trying. I have for over 10 years gone to Arthrirs Arobic classes in the pool. Now I've been the leader for the last 7 yrs.
Well best get going my class awaits me.
Think Thin Artsy

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You posted that you were down 2.5 pounds for the week. What do you attribute that to?

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I read your profile. A goal of loosing 40 pounds. Absolutely right. Two major factors drive up blood sugar. One is eating carbs. Excess carbs, more than about 40 grams in a day, need to be dealt with.

One way is to do extra exercise and burn them off. If not burned off your blood sugar goes up, insulin helps lower your blood sugar by assisting in storing the excess carbs into body fat. The problem is after a long time of doing this your system fatigues.

For some reason excess body fat also makes insulin less effective. So loosing body fat is a good step in increasing insulin sensitivity. Of course just plain eating fewer carbs also helps, both in lowering blood sugar, but in loosing weight too.

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You liked that one.
Here is another. I might add no zoom or telephoto, I was that close. A shot with the window rolled down.



It's in a little national park in Canada called "Elk Island National Park". About a 50 minute drive from where I live.

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Subject: Steak

I was out for a road trip yesterday and snapped this picture.


I don't know how popular Buffalo is across North America, but I can get it in some grocery stores and restaraunts where I live. I can tell you that it tastes almost exactly like domestic beef. Leaner, but no particular "wild meat" undertones in flavour. I figure this "is" Paleo. I do sometimes eat buffalo steak.

Last year in the same national park I came face to face with one of them when I came out of the men's washroom, about 10 yards (or meters) away. Just a cow I said to myself as I made my way to the van after a 10 minute wait, and the guy just wouldn't move.

... So what is my dietary point? Most, if not all meat isn't going to impact your blood sugar, not one bit. Don't be afraid of fatty cuts of meat either. Do avoid sweet glazings or sauces.

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GMLANDIS,

Image that you are on a tight budget and have to choose your food very carefully. Now imagine that the budget is calories not money.

You want to make every calorie count and pack the stuff with it that you really need. The phrase "empty calories" means things loaded with calories but no nutrients, no minerals, no vitamins, nothing. Does such a bad food exist? Zero on everything except calories.

Well yes, here it is, zero everywhere except calories:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/sweets/
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Post more and I will too. After 12 years of diabetes meds I'm managing my blood sugar drug free. Not cured, but managed, and has been for four years now.

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You are so right James!

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As Mark Twain wrote:
"There are lies, damned lies and statistics."

I view many net carb claims as one of those. Atkins bars for example claim virtually zero net Atkins count.

Likewise on complex, or slowly digested carbs. Also bad for me. The only carbs that are truly indigestible and need not be counted are those carbs that are fibre. Subtract those out. Everything else hits my blood sugar.

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Sugar alcohols are supposed to be taken off the carb count, making some of Russel Stovers chocolates zero net carbs. Unfortunately too much sugar alcohol can raise the blood sugar. so it needs to be eaten in moderation if you are highly sensitive as I am.
By the way there is no alcohol in sugar alcohols.

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Hmmmm. Was it those Russell Stover "sugar free" candies? No sugar, but plenty of carbs?

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I lowered my protein, stopped drinking coffee or black tea, and stopped eating anything with sugar alcohols. After a month my blood sugars went down.

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If I'm not in weight loss mode, then I only count carbs too.

Susie, what is your evidence that your blood sugar is still high while eating low carb?

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on low carb diet, especially in my experience, when I increased my fat, particularly coconut oil, I lost a whole dress size in 1 month and two pounds. Right now I wear a ladies size small. I cannot increase my fats. I intake a fair amount of fat already. It's my lifestyle now to count only carbs, not calories.

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Susie,

You sure know a lot about nutrition. One question, if you want to up your calorie intake, to keep from loosing weight, why don't you up your dietary fat intake rather than your carb intake?

Dietary fat has no impact on blood sugar, very unlike carbs, and you said you have an issue with A1c, your blood sugar numbers.

More dietary fat?

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Your wife is correct. Amino acids from protein provide the raw materials for glucose synthesis in the liver.
I have increased my carbs only to not lose more weight. I eat raw sunflower seeds to keep my weight up without raising my blood sugar.

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Susie,
What is your experience with excess protein raising blood sugar.

I made a protein shake with 100 grams of protein in it, and swallowed it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I measured my blood sugar before and for about 90 minutes after and saw no change.

My wife called me an idiot for eating so much protein at once, and said that the impact would come later, like 3 hours later when the protein got beyond the stomach.

Your thoughts?

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Susie,

For my body it is the net carb count that really impacts me. So forget about indigestible fibre, but all the other carbs of any type.

For myself it doesn't matter how quickly, or slowly they are digested. My body is just hobbling along in its carb management. If I eat sugar my blood sugar doesn't spike and drop, it spikes and stays high for hours, like about 4 to 6 hours. So my body essentially handles all digestible carbs over the long term. In other words I have to watch my net carb count across the entire day.

I don't care what kind of carb it is, simple, complex, slowly digested, whatever, it's all bad for me. At about 30 grams a day I'm OK.

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It's not the net carb count that affected your blood sugar, it's the sugar alcohol. Try eating Russell Stouffers sugar free candies. They have sugar alcohol will shoot your blood sugar up. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that you can bake with, but will raise a diabetic's blood sugar.

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I used to eat Atkin's bars too. Don't believe the net "Atkin's" count, which would claim only 2 or so grams of carbs. Not true. The real number is on the nutrition label, and is more like 20.

I've done blood sugar experiments on myself. Atkins bars hit my blood sugar.

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I don't watch my Atc, my doctor does it. I was born with one hand and my doctor wants to do it.
since 2011I ate roughly 20 NET carbs eating a lot of meat & fish, lots of baking with coconut flour and almond meal. Ate a lot of cheese too. Also veggies and very low carb fruit like strawberries. I drank coffee with heavy whipping cream and coconut oil. Once in a while I'd eat an Atkins bar. After losing weight this way and eating so healthy, my blood sugar went up. Now I am trying anything to get my blood sugar down.

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OO0SUSIE0OO,

You said that you lost 90 pounds eating low carb (20 grams of carbs a day roughly).

I'm a firm low carber myself, so you are doing great in that regard. Did your A1c measure what you said after loosing that weight? Do you have blood sugar test strips and all that?

When do you check your own blood sugar? I so want to help, but don't know if I can suggest anything new.

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The nutritional information of breakfast with the syrup and strawberries:
Carbs (10 g)
Fat (20 g)
Protein (30 G)



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Yup, vanilla flavoured protein powder for flour.


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LILYSUE7,

Yah. emoticon

I do know how you feel. It sounds like you are beyond denial. However I can truly say that I enjoy, really enjoy food now, more than before I was diabetic. Yes there are things I choose not to eat because they would spike my blood sugar, but there are so many other things that I now eat, and didn't used to, so overall, pretty good.

Listen, this is a quiet group, but I check it everyday, and I'm always here to chat, encourage, help ....

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PINKLACEHAT (Cher),

As a type-2 diabetic I have chosen to manage my blood sugar by diet only. I know from fairly recent experience that 90 grams of carbs in a day puts my blood sugar out of range even the next morning, in the 10.5 mmol/L (190 mg/dL) range next morning. But eating low carb, around 30 to 50 grams of carbs in the entire day puts it at around 7 mmol/L (126 mg/dL) in the morning.

I'm going swimming tomorrow, and I would not be eating 15 grams of carbs before, 15 after, and another roughly 35 grams times three meals, for a total of about 145 in the day, that would be bad for me.

You have an interesting thought on insulin production going down as you age, but exercise counteracting that. That makes my swim even more important. I know that exercise also helps with insulin sensitivity, making your cells more sensitive to insulin. So all in all exercise is a good thing.

I'll have to look into increasing insulin, and increasing insulin sensitivity with exercise, thanks for the input on that.

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CROUCHINGFLEA,

If after you workout you feel fine on veggies, eggs and cheese, then I see no reason to add carbs to avoid low blood sugar. I mean if you don't feel dizzy, or unwell, then don't go on a blood sugar rollercoaster ride.

When I feel hungry (and I'm pretty sure that hunger is a sign of dropping blood sugar) I eat some low carb snack, like some cheese. For some reason fat and protein set me right and satisfy that feeling of hunger.

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James, I learned many things at Diabetic Class the most important for me was counting carbs and balancing fats and protein too.

I am 5'3 and have a small bone structure so I should only eat 30 carbs at meals. Most women are supposed to eat 30 to 45 carbs at meals. I weigh and measure all my food and read labels. I was eating too many fats and proteins so I was gaining weight and had higher blood sugars in the morning. My goal is to get back to an A1c of 6.2, not 6.5, I want to reach a weight of 145 then I will think about dropping another 5 pounds so I weigh 140 which is the weight my doctors want me at.

Men are supposed to eat 45 to 60 carbs at meals because of their heavier bones and muscle mass.

Insulin production decreases 6% every year when you get older. Exercise increases Insulin production.

If your B/S is below 80 mg/dl eat or drink 15 grams of fast acting carbs. If it is below 50, eat or drink 30 grams of fast acting carbs. If your blood does not raise you need to call your doctor or 911. They can give you a shot of glucagon or an IV.

Whenever you eat a carb at a meal or snack, you should eat a protein.

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I think I read here 15 carbs before exercise and 15 carbs after. Make sure you drink lots of water so you don't get dehydrated. I think it is 1 cup of water, every 20 minutes while exercising. There are articles here that address these things.


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Trying to figure out how many carbs I should eat after working out so my BS doesn't drop too low. I had to cancel my appointment with my diabetic counselor (again emoticon ) so I'm flying blind here. I've increased my time and intensity to where I'm working out anywhere from 80-120 minutes. Afterwards I have two eggs with veggies and a sprinkle of cheese. Wondering if I should throw some carbs in there to keep from dipping too low.

Hopefully I'll see my counselor next week. Depends on if she can get me in, and if my car is fixed by then!

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