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That's interesting to know I might try them.

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The Atkins bars are very tempting indeed. I love them. I'd really eat too many of them if I didn't watch myself. So 1/2 a bar in the late evening now, not a full bar anymore.

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Some of those Atkins bars are tempting, aren't they. I'm trying to stick to the shakes....lower carbs. But the bars are good treat, one every once in a while.

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JRWELL58,
I was 217 pounds as an all time high in my life, but 195 pounds when I started my current diet.

I started on the "Ideal Protein" diet for about 5 months, and that was 27 months ago, and transitioned to a fairly eclectic, but low carb diet after that.

I found by accident, that after 3 days on the Ideal Protein diet that my blood sugar was on the high end of normal without any medication. I just forgot to take my medication a few days into the diet and measured my blood sugar at the end of the day. I was surprised. I haven't taken any diabetes medication since that day.

The amount of carbs on IP is around 30 grams of net carbs a day. So I stick to that number and it works for me. I have accidentally gone up to 90 a day by eating about 3 Atkins bars in a day (each with 20 grams of net carbs) and my blood sugar went to 11.8 mmol/l (212.4 mg/dl).

I know that there is also a connection between body fat and blood sugar, so I know what you are asking about how much weight I had to loose before tapering off any medication. I was probably already low enough. However I'm still hoping for a cure rather than a management of my blood sugar issues.

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James I've stuck to the reversal diet 3 days now. Last night about 11pm I got so hungry, I ate the rest of my summer squash/tomato/red bell pepper medley....thinking hey this is a very healthy snack.

This morning my FBS was 138! It has been running about 118.

I should mention....I am not newly dx. I think I was dx 4 years ago.

And I take 500mg metformin twice daily.

Were you able to come off metformin when you lost all that weight?

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JRWELL58,
I've also read about some low calorie diets reversing diabetes, not just managing it. Good luck, let us know how it goes.

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So what do you guys think of the study that was done I think in 2011 where the diabetics were put on strict 600 calorie a day diets of liquid diet drink (I think it was Optifast), along with green vegetables (low carb)? The findings were that the strict diet for 8 weeks reversed diabetes and brought BS to normal.

The articles say the diet works by removing fat from the pancreas. I'm sure I have a lot packed there.

I've started the diet...today is my third day. First before starting I spent a week staying in line with my tracker recommendations. That helped get me ready for the reduced calories.

So now I am having an Atkins shake (150 cals) 4 times a day. For lunch and dinner I enjoy things like tomatoes and green beans.

Hope I can stick with it for 8 weeks. If I can, then I'll try to stick it out.

My 43 year old daughter inadverdently has done the diet since June and has lost 30 pounds. She had an ulcer and it hurt to eat, especially anything bad, so she just picked at grilled chicken and green beans mostly, only eating about 600 calories a day. Her A1c went from 6 to 5.1. She had never been dx as diabetic.

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It's okay James, I know you are a low carb proponent.....and when I am able to stick to a very low carb diet, 50 grms or less, I sure do lose weight and fast....but then I get hungry and gain it all back plus some.

Right now I am just trying to stick to the recommended guidelines on my tracker. Which is a huge improvement over my usual banana pudding and chocolate pie days.

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JRWELL58,
It's not poor willpower. In my opinion carbs are addictive, like heroin.

Oatmeal - 10% carbs by weight
Grapes - 15%
Peaches - 10%
Apples - 12%
Granola - 60%
Pudding - 20%

Sorry to get on my low carb horse, but as they say "when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail".


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I have been having a hard time staying on track because I LOVE FOOD! It seems, for whatever reason, I have an easier time staying on track (the guidelines in my nutrition tracker) if I eat the same thing every day. Oh, but of course all will agree that limits my nutritional intake. This week I am having: oatmeal made with milk and served with fruit (strawberries, grapes, apples, or peaches) for breakfast, one can of great northern beans served with vidalia onion and fresh tomato for lunch, then for dinner a Chick fil a grilled market salad with their toppings (granola, and nuts) and ranch dressing.

I guess some personalities do better with staying inside a defined box. Last week I was not inside a box and did crazy things like fried chicken and banana pudding....and worse.

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Ann, you wrote:
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ANN_MV05 Hi, my name is Ann, I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago, very confused by all the conflicting info out there on how to best approach type2
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I think here are the points of confusion:
- the diabetes association knows carbohydrates raise blood sugar, yet eating few carbs is challenging, so they take a middle ground

- the food industry can produce high carb things very cheaply, so they try to make those things sound healthy with slogans like "heart healthy whole grains"

- some carbs are more quickly digested than others, like simple table sugar is fast, causing spikes in blood sugar, so eat slower digested carbs and you'll be OK (!?)

- fibre is technically a carbohydrate even though it is not digestible

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So here are my thoughts on all of these:

The diabetes association doesn't go far enough on steering type 2 diabetics away from carbs. I think they just try to make like more "normal" for them by favouring drugs. Avoiding carbs actually leads to healthier food choices. I am now attracted to colourful foods and vegetables. If it is beige, like buns, bread, fries, onion rings, etc. I don't like it anymore.

Carbs are the cheapest thing to make, with a very long shelf life. How long can a box of cereal sit in your kitchen before it goes bad? Compare that to a tomato on the counter. Eating healthier lower carb things is healthier, but also more expensive.

Yes, white sugar is the worst for blood sugar spikes, but all carbs (except fibre) add to a long term rise. Eat enough slowly digested carbs and you have a spread out rise in blood sugar that just won't quickly go away.

Fibre is technically a carbohydrate even though it is not digestible. If it occurs naturally in a food it can slow down the digestion of other things, but adding fibre to something doesn't have a that effect. On a food label carbs are usually listed, subcategories of carb are often listed too, though often not a complete breakdown. So the sum of the subcategories doesn't usually add up to the total carbs. However if you take the total carbs and subtract out non-digestible fibre (technically a carb) you are left with net or digestible carbs of various types.

I personally avoid things that are more than 6 grams of net carbs per 100 grams of food, and that keeps my blood sugar under control without drugs.


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TEDDIEJAN62,
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Hi, I was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago. I have changed my diet & watching carbs, yet sometimes my sugar is still high..its a struggle.
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It has been over two years for me. You could say watching carbs, but for me it has been a lifestyle change. There are things I just don't eat. I choose not to eat them. I don't think "I can't" I think "I choose not to".


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A recent post. On the team wall got me thinking. I do eat low carb to manage my type 2 diabetes.

But I started thinking about enjoyment of food. I can honestly say that I enjoy what I eat now more than before. Before I would eat French fries, potato chips, rice, crackers, etc.

Now those are all tasting very dead. I'd much rather eat a zucchini in ranch dressing. Really!

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MSALICAT,
I seems that I've heard of the book. I don't know if you can reverse diabetes, I wouldn't have thought so. Perhaps getting the book and giving it a try may be agood idea for myself.

I'm already so much further than a I thought. I thought one had to take medication as part of functioning when you are a type 2 diabetic. I was wrong there, and I'm managing with diet alone and I wouldn't have thought that was possible either.

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Thanks James!
So I had ordered and finally receive the book, "The End of Diabetes" - Eat to live plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman, MD
Anyone familiar with it?
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You should do some research on which kind of fats are bad and which are good for you.

It looks like cheese isn't so good. Peanut butter is OK.

Have a look here for example:
www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_
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Generally fats that tend to be solid at room temperature, like cheese, are not so good for you. But those that are more liquid are OK, like olive oil. With peanut butter you need to read the label and find ones that have no sugar added, and are low in saturated fats.
caloriecount.about.com/calories-skip
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The above link shows some information about skippy peanut butter. It shows 3.5 of 32 grams, around 10% of it is saturated fat. I have no idea on how that compares with other peanut butters.

Here is a link on fats:
lowfatcooking.about.com/od/lowfatbas
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James ~
the only problem with fat, (cheese etc...) is that my husband is going through this too and he has heart issues so extra fat is not at great idea... thoughts?
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MSALICAT,
well I'm only exercising for 20 to 30 minutes, so I'm not calculating anything. I'm doing karate patterns, punching kicking, skipping rope at the gym in the YMCA. In my old carb days I didn't figure out how much to eat before exercising either.

The best you can do is eat something, but not so much that your stomach is so full that it is uncomfortable to exercise, then go exercise, and really listen to your body. Are you weak, tired, hungry, dizzy, ... whatever it is pay attention and to push through it. If exercise is too much ease off, and maybe next time you can go a little farther.

Just common sense stuff. From a calorie point of view it takes a few weeks for your body to shift to getting most of its energy from protein and fat rather than carbs. Hopefully that is protein you eat not your own muscles.

My impression is that carbs are "summer time" food, when potatoes and other things grow, and fat and protein are winter time, hunting time, with no crops. Summer time is a fattening up time for the winter. High carb foods cause insulin to be produced, and carbs stored away in body fat for later. In today's global marketplace of food the winter never comes to use those fat reserves. Just continual storage. That is my idea of how I got fat, and how I got diabetes from the continual onslaught of carbs. I still love chocolate bars, but The urge is much less now.

About 3 days into my low carb journey, when carbs dropped from about 150 grams a day to around 30, my body was in shock and not well tooled to burn protein or fat (preferably my own body fat). I just went for a regular walk on day 3 and felt dizzy and unwell. I had walked for about 15 minutes and I realized that I needed to walk 15 more to get back home, and I was already taking it easy, just a light walk! I wasn't sure if I'd make it home without something bad happening. I thought this is bad, maybe low carb is unhealthy. It took a few weeks, but each walk got easier, and I'm now back to more strenuous exercise.

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Thanks James! How do you know how MUCH to eat before you exercise?


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I worked out again this morning. Before exercising I ate some cheddar cheese on low carb almond flour "crackers".

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MSALICAT,
ah yes.... When in carb centric mode and you don't get enough carbs you get weak and hungry before you can chemically access your "reserves". A few weeks of low carb eating and your body has changed sufficiently to be able to exercise in ketosis.

I eat a snack of cheese before I work out, I don't switch between carbs and fat/protein as my fuel, I stick with fat and protein. If I weren't diabetic I wouldn't have the same aversion to carbs.

I did a google search on running in ketosis, here is a typical hit:
www.paleorunner.org/2013/11/high-int
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So, how do you figure how many more carbs you need when you work out?


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TRXIEBELLE,
Welcome. You said you are a mess. Do you mean that being diagnosed with diabetes has disturbed you?

I denied / ignored my diagnosis for years. The doctors were wrong. I was under stress ...

There is hope, plenty of it. I was tied to a pill routine for nine years. For the last two years not a single pill for diabetes. I just took my morning blood sugar, 6.3 mmol/L ( 113 mg/dL)

Last nights snack was bacon rinds with peanut butter, not potato chips. So I've changed what I eat. Talk to me and I'll tell you how I manage it.

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I will have to look into pork rinds. Never ever really thought about those to eat. Always loved chips! I had my A1C checked and it went from 6.7 in April to 6.9. My sugar has been up because of a lot of stress in my life the last 3 months. Now that most of it has gone away, I can hopefully get it back down. My dr upped my one med by 5 mg.

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I'm surprised that I didn't put this combination together for a snack before, pork rinds and unsweetened peanut butter.

Pork rinds - 6 grams per 100 of net carbs
Peanut butter - 12 grams per 100 of net carbs

Who knows in what ratio it is after I put a dab of peanut butter on a pork rind, maybe 8% ? A little beyond my 6% rule, ... but so tasty.

Let's face it, potato chips are about 50% net carbs, so 8% is pretty darn low.

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Here is the banana bread recipe, just use a mashed banana rather than the peanut butter.
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I made my 3 month follow-up appointment for July 15th. I am sure it isn't going to be good news, since I have been so stressed the last 3 months and has made it difficult to make myself a priority, to eat right, and exercise. I need to get back to where I was earlier this year. I got to get the sugar under contol!

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YUMMY BREAKFAST BAKE
4 eggs
Horizon organic half and half (that brand is thick) added to eggs to make 2 cups
2 cups broccoli or other veggies
1/4 onion + green onions
2 cloves of garlic , salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 oz cream cheese for dot topping
Cook onion,broccoli and garlic until soft and add to mixed eggs and cream. Add cream cheese on top in small dots. Bake 375/ 30min


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that sound good - share your recipe for banana bread and I will share recipe for yummy breakfast bake. B:)

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I made a loaf of banana bread yesterday. 2 grams of carbs per slice. I'll have two slices of that for breakfast with peanut butter. The peanut butter raises the cabs to 5 grams each.

So 10 grams for/with breakfast. It would be less if it were my other bread without the banana in it.

I fight most carbs, but allow a few in.

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Good luck to you , if it's working for you , but I try to lower my cholesterol so I watch my food fat. It's not easy because I like cheese, meats ( sausage) etc.... I am OK without soft drinks which I don't buy for last at least 15 years , but love meat !!!!!!!!!!

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Mr. Six Percent (me),

I try to buy things that are 6% carbs or less.

Went to buy coke zero today. I came out of the store with more than that. But here is how I did on carb percentages (by weight).
- Coke Zero (0% carbs)
- Bottled water (0%)
- Cranberry/raspberry Mio (0%)
- Danish blue cheese (0.5%)
- Eggs (1%)
- Cheddar cheese (1%)
- Greek Yogurt (3%)
- Blackberries (5%)
- Whipping cream (6%)
- Dried sausage sticks (7%)
- Peanut butter (12%)
- Atkins bars (34%)

Quite good except for the last two, my weaknesses. I don't believe the "Net Atkins Count (TM)", but if I did a 55 gram bar would gave just 2 grams, making the last on my list go from 34% to 4%.

Anyone have opinions on "Net Atkins Count (TM)", or on how Atkins bars impact their carb load, weight loss, blood sugar?

James


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I too was on metformin (or similar) for 9 years. I've got ulcerative colitis too, not related. But both issues cause poor vitamin b absorption.

I'm convinced that I have permanent cognitive problems from that low vitamin b. I am on long term disability. The impact is measurable, but the cause in uncertain.

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I really recommend to read dr.Mark Hyman book "Blood sugar solutions"and you will learn a lot as I did. Most important is to detoxify your body so it will recognize real food . I have Metmorfin in my pantry and it scares me each time I look at and still I don't use it. I do RAW FIT protein shake for breakfast with chia seeds loaded with fiber and other great for you things - plus diet & supplements recommended in the book and in 4 days from around 140 FBS I dropped to 99 and now it averages 106-110 but I added squash and more fish or chicken . I would do it instead of doubling Metformin. Talk to your doctor but it is amazing how fast you can change you numbers with proper diet. Good luck to you and to me.....

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My visit with the doctor went as expecting. My diet and exercise helped my cholesterol go down by 40 points. YAHHHH! However like I knew my sugar (metformen) has to be doubled. After fasting is was still 129 first thing in the morning. So I am hoping doubling my pills will help with my energy level. I eat 6 times a day small meals to keep my sugar steady so hopefully it will be all good when I go back in 6 months for another follow up.

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MOMTOCONNOR2003,

As a diabetic I presume you are eating smaller amounts, but more often, to try to even out blood sugar spikes.

I avoid my blood sugar spikes by eating low carb. I used to have energy drops that could only be fixed by carbs. But now, without the excessive carbs my own body fat is more "available" and my energy across the day is more even. Send me a note and I'll invite you to a low carb group.

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I have a follow up with my doctor on Thursday. I am sure they are going to up my dose. I have been really tired lately. I am eating small meals throughout the day but still have little energy. I will be happy when they get it regulated so that I can have more energy to up my exercises! The other night I fell asleep at 7:30. I normally do not go to bed until 11 p.m. I think it may be why it is so hard to lose weight.

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Yep, I notice a big difference in my number when I exercise.

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Help to ANY diabetic: After eating carbs a walk would be necessary to lower glucose & burn some of those carbs....

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So I am on metaformin (SP) however my bottle says take it with my evening meal. Problem is I never remember in the evening and so far this week I forgot 4 days. So I called the doctor and she said I can take it in the morning. Thank goodness now I can take it with my multivitamin, vitamin c, allergy pill and other supplements in the morning. Now I won't forget! YAHHHH!


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Is it normal to feel tired and sleepy when you first start medication for your BS? I started the Janumet and it has brought my BS down drastically but I have not felt like doing a lot.

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TRCOUNTRYGIRL,

Good. If what you were eating was impacting your blood sugar, then change what you eat. The first step is awareness.

I look up things I eat or drink, find the percentage of carbs by weight. Say peas, peas are 10% digestible (net) carbs. I weigh what I eat and calculate the carbs.

After awareness the next step is to make choices, or alternate choices to avoid the carbs. Say you like green beans as much as you like peas, but green beans are 3.7% carbs. Well, eat green beans.

I don't generally eat smaller portions, but I eat lower carb things.

James

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James, I am eating more veggies, less carbs, smaller portions, less sugar.....

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TRCOUNTRYGIRL,

What has changed in what you eat? Can you define healthier? For myself I can define healthier, I can even measure or count it. It is eating fewer grams of carbs each day.

I eat about 30 grams of carbs a day. With so few you have to make them "count". So my carbs tend to come from cauliflower and tomatoes, stuff like that.

I eat a fair bit of fat and protein, I'm not skimping there.

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Good morning! Day two of eating healthier! Have a great day!

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Thank you James. I hope I can control mine with diet and exercise.

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TRCOUNTRYGIRL,

I remember being very thirsty too. Your body is trying to dilute its high sugar levels by consuming more water. When that hit me 9 years ago I was actually drinking coke from the vending machine near my desk to try to alleviate the thirst. Duh!

My suggestion is to avoid eating or drinking carbs. First you can cut any soft drinks with sugar, sprite, coke and similar. Also no sugar added to drinks, like tea. If you are already doing that the next step is to stop high carb foods like rice, pasta, potatoes.

After that you can focus on medium carbs, like carrots. As hard as it is to imagine I've dropped mine from hundreds of grams of carbs a day 9 years ago, to just 30. It takes some cooking, but I'm managing my diabetes without medication.

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Hi! I am new to this team but not to SP. I am thinking I am now a new diabetic. I have not seen my doctor yet but have an appointment next week. I have been extremely thirsty lately and one of my co workers has a meter so we checked a RBS...it was 268. So this morning we did a FBS and it was 257. I have not been taking care of myself in about a yeaar because I was taking care of my mom who passed away in December. I have Type 2 on both sides of my family. Any suggestions or comments will be helpful. Thanks!

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I had a piece of boston market chicken and it had over 1000 in cholesterol last week. I had a piece of liver and it was over 100. So now I am trying to balance to two. I need to get a book on cholesterol so I know what proteins to stay away from.

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MOMTOCONNOR2003,

If you eat protein your. Cholesterol goes up? Really?

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I just started taking metaformin (sp) yesterday. I also have a severely low Vitamin D count so I had to take a prescription to bring that up. My cholesterol is almost 300 so they do not want to give me meds for that until I can regulate the sugar and get my Vitamin D within normal limits. I had gestational diabeties when pregnant with my son, both Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers and two aunts are diabetic. I am just trying to slow it down at this point. If i eat more protein my cholesterol goes up, if I eat carbs my sugar goes up. I feel like I am juggeling. ha ha

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MOMTOCONNOR2003,

great the you are pre-diabetic and not diabetic. Don't take this lightly. Diabetes seems to be irreversible. Probably manageable without drugs if you eat low carb, which is what a I do. But it would be much easier to not be diabetic.

So I strongly encourage you to cut down on high carb things now while your body chemistry is still close to normal. Less carbohydrate stress the better. I took medication as my solution for 9 years and it has had permanent effects on my brain.

I used to write software, but near the end of that I couldn't remember what I was working on. Lots of notes in my hand writing, which I didn't remember making, which I had to re-read before making progress. I'm better now, but on long term disability.

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Doctor told me today I am prediabetic. That was better than I was thinking because I thought I skipped over pre a while back. ha ha! My first morning reading has only been below 100 once in 7 weeks. So I will start meds tomorrow to help and maybe it will not be so hard to lose weight.

Maybe I can reverse it this year with better diet and exercise.

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Tv commercials for food provide terrible food choices and reinforce poor motivation for eating!

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I find hardees commericial horrible to watch. Who would want that much stuff on a burger.

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DRKPKING,

Yes, my desires have totally changed since going low carb. I love salads. I used to eat them, and not much of them because I knew they were good for me, but not because I actually liked them.

There are many commercials on TV for food. I can honestly say that I find commercials for high carb things, like pizza repulsive. The thought of eating that is unpleasant. Very hard to recondite with the fact that I used to love pizza.

Tastes change.

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DRKPKING is going to have another fantastic salad made by her fabulous significant other! We love having all different types of salads emoticon
Change it up and explore! emoticon emoticon emoticon

We used to CRAVE carbs and sweets.
Now we CRAVE salads emoticon

1 tbs feta or goat cheese
butter lettuce
mixed greens
carrots
celery
grape tomatoes
1/4 of apple diced
sliced onion

1 tbsp pine nuts
substitute 1 of the following
1 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
a few reduced sugar cranraisins
a few raisins
a few slices of mandarin oranges
few strawberries
slices hard boiled egg
a few unsalted cashews
a few unsalted peanuts
a few unsalted soybeans
bean sprouts
alfalfa sprouts
a few unsalted pecans (not for me! allergic!)
specialty tuna fish (that's another recipe post to come soon)

What is your pleasure???

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DRKPKING,

I'm not newly diagnosed with diabetes, but I think I still have an opinion.

I find myself cooking more and eating fewer processed things. It isn't that I'm avoiding processed things, but I'm avoiding carbs.

Lots of highly processed things are made from wheat flour, and avoiding that cuts out a whole range of processed foods, like cookies.

My personal rule, to keep my type 2 diabetes under control is not to buy something that is more than 5% net carbs by weight. This cuts out most processed foods, a number of vegetables, but still leaves plenty of good ones.

I don't see eye to eye with you on the fruit. If the fruit comes in at around 5% net carbs I'll buy it. Not too many fruits make my cutoff, but blackberries, raspberries and strawberries make it. I'm also also not craving salt or sugar.

James

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Geek.....I agree with you totally@

Nut.....in one post you shared that your A1c is 6.7, then below shared that your doctor says you are prediabetic. I must express concern....6.7 is not prediabetic....it is diabetic. Maybe the facts got mixed up a bit.

On a negative note:

I was baaaaad, so baaaaad today! It started with a chocolate chip cookie, and ended with a food fest at the Krystal!


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What do other newly diagnosed diabetics and moderators think??

I think processed foods are among the major culprits which have contributed to my high diabetes blood test scores (of course including carbohydrates!)
Frozen meals and many boxed foods have an abundance of unwholesome ingredients

I have cut out a LOT of processed foods-- eating mostly fresh fruits and veggies
very little meat or poultry and my body is getting detoxed.. I crave NO salt and sugar

The "preservatives" in processed foods often are related to MSG and/or have very high salt content

Why don't more Americans realize the negative attributes of processed foods?
(I say Americans, because all nations ARE NOT!)
Why are so many of us dependent on them?

I've seen articles that say the MSG functions like a drug/addicting us..sounds like a conspiracy theory to me...

What are your thoughts?

Thanks much, I am interested in reading others' thoughts on this topic!!



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