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6/16/14 2:57 P

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I have a question that I am unable to find an answer online for:

Does lack of sleep affect fasting blood sugar? my toddler son has woken up at least 3 times screaming the past couple of nights. Each morning, my FBS has been over 95. My after dinner glucose has been under 120 after 2 hours. This is the only variation between the past 4 days that I can tell. I really hope that my FBS is not increasing on its own...

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5/15/14 11:59 A

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HAPPYGIRL511 I guess my only suggestion to you would be is to get a new doctor that will support your natural weightloss.It can be done and it is done by diabetics.With good portion/carb control, physical activity. and dedication there is no reason you can't get to your goal.Get your mind set and don't look back.If you want it .It will happen.Cheering for you .Now ready,set go!!!!!

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Agree with Sewperfect3. You'll have to change your approach to your meals--especially breakfast. This is a process that takes time. For me, toast and cereal would definitely be too many carbs together--just the toast or the cereal. Egg substitute (or egg whites) and meat with toast would probably keep you in the target range. Having a sandwich for breakfast instead of cereal would work too.

Also checking labels before you buy and buying lower carb version of items you eat regularly help. We buy the Healthy Life breads, Almond milk (unsweetened), and lower carb cereals. Those sandwich thin-type English muffins are helpful--you can eat a half one instead of a slice of bread. Eating less than a serving of items that are higher in carbs can help--less than a cup of cereal, say.

You could try the Paleo or South Beach diet approach as well. I haven't been able to do either of those long-term. But it puts you in a different frame of mind when it comes to choosing items for your meals.

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I deal with the carb issue by meal planning. I then know what I am eating. The next step is counting the carbs for the meals. If I end up with too many. I start substituting lower carb foods.I do this until I have a meal that is carb friendly. Sometimes It means a little work to find a meal that is appealing and still low in carbs. I have found that I am able to do this quickly now. To begin with I was slow. So sticking with planning meals gets easier and easier. You become a pro. So set aside some time to plan your meals and calulate the carbs. I am elated at what it is doing for me. I feel better physically and mentally/ I am losing weight as a bonus. Hope this helps. Shelba

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I have a question about carbs. Since starting this challenge I have learned that limiting carbs. is a very important thing to do. But I am having difficulty doing this. It seems so many things are loaded with carbs. I am always in the range on the nutrition tracker, but they say if we are diabetic or pre-diabetic we need to stay as low as 50 a day. How do you do it? Sometimes I am near or over 50 just with breakfast, and we only have a small dish of cereal and one slice of toast most days. Help!

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HappyGirl511, I sent you a PM regarding some ideas I had that might help you lose weight.

As for protein, I have no problem whatsoever getting that in. I absolutely love meat of all kinds. Also, I would suggest beans and foods like greek yogurt, eggs or cottage cheese if you are not a meat eater.

I agree with you regarding nuts, which I absolutely love. I used to "abuse" these so I had to temporarily give them up. There are just so many other ways you can get protein in without the high fat. Although it is a "good" fat.

Have you considered protein drinks? A friend of mine suggested this to me. At first, I balked since it sounded like a 'diet aid' but I did go ahead and I am really glad that I did. Especially now that it is hot, I really enjoy making protein drinks or yogurt smoothies. Syntrax Nectar products are fantastic. I bought a sampler package of 10 flavors to try out. They have no carbs, have no artificial sweeteners in them and have 23 grams of protein per packet mix. My favorite flavors are: Twisted Cherry, Caribbean Cooler (tastes like coconut), Cookies n Cream and Roadside Lemonade. I add them to some greek yogurt (also double the protein of regular yogurts),either some almond milk or crushed ice and sometimes some berries and WOW!! -- a healthy shake that tastes great! I feel like I am being so indulgent when I have one of these and they really are great pre or post workout drinks.

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I see I'm not the only one having trouble balancing my diet. I haven't gone over but getting the protein up where its recommended has been a challenge.(nuts have a lot of fat). It has helped the suggestion that if I eat a hi carb to eat some protein with it,but I am trying to limit how much carb I am taking in. Don't get discouraged Happygirl, I rooting for you. You have a tuff road, taking insulin makes loosing weight harder but you are loosing inches.

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I am happy to be a part of this team, but at the same time I am finding myself getting discouraged. Although I have lost inches, my weight is up and down. I seem to be staying in the same place. I have not gone over my calories, and have not met my protein on my diabetic diet here that SP set for me. I am always under in carbs as well and it has only been up a few times with fat, but I will be truthful I watch my sodium and it seems to be the area giving me the most grief.

Nonetheless, I am walking 2-4 miles faithfully and daily and can't seem to do anything but lose the same weight, fluctuating from 319 to 312 back and forth.

When I talk to doctors they just say, well you are fighting a losing battle, it is almost impossible to lose weight when you are diabetic. So that is my question-why is that? Or do they simply don't care. Then the next thing out of there mouth is the only way to be assured a loss is the lap band or gastric bypass surgery, neither of which I want to do., but I would if it became a life or death situation with my health.

So please help me here, what am I doing wrong, how do I fix this to keep going. I'm not a quitter but I so want to lose this weight for good and nothing would make me happier then to see these docs and there reaction when I prove them wrong.

The only medications I am on is my Humalog 75/25 I take 50 units in the a.m. and 40 units at nighttime.

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The calendar doesn't stop unfortunately. I have been fighting a cold as well and totally understand the struggle. Maybe you can try a seated workout option or breaking the cardio up into several 10 minute workouts? There are some good suggestions explained in our Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center that might help with ideas. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifesty
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I need one more cardio work out and one more strength training for week 6. My last day is tomorrow. I've got a cold and feel like crud... Can I take a break for a few days and finish up week 6 next week and then move on to week 7? In other words, as long as I complete all 8 weeks do I complete the challenge even if it takes me 8 1/2 weeks to do it? I'm bound and determined to earn that trophy!

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You enter it as walking at a faster pace or check out what pushing a lawn mower would burn for the same amount of time/distance and enter it in the quick tracker if you need an estimate beyond just walking. Sounds like you had a nice walk all the same.

Sorry I can't be more of a help.

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I just took a mile walk around my sister's apartment complex pushing her ( 200 lb) in her wheelchair. Do I get extra calories burned for the effort of pushing her? If so, how do I chart it?

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Sorry -- just go to the team home page and you will find all the links right there next to the box you check when you have completed each weekly goal.

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I received an error message, that all info was not included.

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You can always find the weekly requirements in the week by week guides linked on the home page -- www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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I restarted this group, and I do not get the e-mails on what is expected. Could you tell me what is for Week 6. I have been guessing at what to do. I read other peoples comments to guess what is to be done. Thank you.

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was confused,
1 serving is 1 carb
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1 gram of carbs is 1 carb
so glad to see the light.

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Hi, Carb counting takes some practice. Just look at the labels of food that you have at home. As was Coach Tanya said 15 grams of carbs is one carb serving. The way I arrange my day is:
Breakfast 2 carb servings
Lunch 2 carbs servings
Snack 1 carb servings
Supper 4 carb servings
Snack 1 carb servings
You asked if you will lose weight and I certainly believe so. This will help you rearrange the way you eat and what you eat. It helps to track everything you eat.
Good Luck.

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took all day for the message to arrive 1 CARB IS NOT 1 GRAM

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Are you talking about your Spark meal plan or do you mean the Registered Dietitian gave you an eating plan that says you are to have 1 carb serving? Not sure what you mean about 1 carb=1 gram because one standard serving of carbohydrate = 15 grams of carbohydrate. This article outlines one carbohydrate serving and may address your confusion. So if you are to have 1 carb for a snack for the round butter style crackers, 15 grams would be about 6 crackers.

Carbohydrate-Counting Chart for People with Diabetes
A Single-Serving Reference Guide
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I understand carbs I do not understand 1gram=1 carb
My snack is to be one carb I can just look at a cracker?

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The carbohydrate world can be very confusing. At times, carbohydrates are accused of being the cause of gaining weight, while other times carbohydrates are viewed as the ideal energy source for the body. Here is information that can help you take a closer look at the functions of carbohydrates: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/referen
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Here is an article to help you see how carbohydrates fit into a healthy eating plan.

Healthy Carb, Fat and Protein Ranges
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Nope still in a fog what is one carb.
maybe celery is 1g of carb
I can find nothing
I know i missed something in the classes sigh

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Looks like we might have missed some questions. Hope you got some help and direction from others on the team but if you still need to direction, please let me know and I will do what I can to help.

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Week six finally here,
Had my first meeting with a RD
If i eat those carbs 11 a day i will gain & not lose. sigh.


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HELP?!!

Week 6 Day 7 - I have lost 10 pounds and 9 1/2 inches!! Wahoo, ok I'm all excited.

BUT -I changed my weight in the goal area as suggested by Spark People, it says I add 300-500 calories a day???? Is this right??? Did I enter something wrong??????

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I have a question. This is going to be my 6th week and I do notice that I have lost some inches but as far as my scale is only has registered 2 lbs. lost all this time. I would of thought I would have lost at least 6 lbs. I have been tracking my food and exercising 1 to 1/2 hours 5 days a week. I had not exercised until I started this challenge. Maybe someone has an answer.

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Hallo all

I've not been posting for some time, just could not find the time for it, but do get to read nearly all that arrive in my mail;
Europe is getting warmer spring in the air... lots of daffodil's crocuses the birds singing in the tree's.. lovely;

Does anyone have any advice for me?.. If i could i would try Glucerna because what the people here say that it keeps their sugar count intact.... but its not available where i live...

Its been a little more difficult to keep up on the diet.. can't seem to get the counts correct... I'm nearly always under on calories...
I either go over the carbs or under or over the fat or under and still not enough protein... I eat peanuts & walnuts and seeds now but still not on track.. and i think the nuts stop me losing weight....

I do feel a little better physically, less hypo's.. but i have noticed if i eat a kiwi or orange in the evening that my face goes hot and a slight hypo hovering.. but i so love fruit..

I do often eat the yogurt smoothies with wheat germ in the mornings alternating with milk smoothie and then a bread breakfast...or do it for lunch so that i get my fruit in early in the day..and they taste great.. i add nuts aswell..walnuts...
its the evenings which are difficult.. want to eat fruit but am now a little cautious even added to yogurt.. even 1 tiny glass of wine in the evening sets off a hot flush.. .. its so difficult being a diabetic...

i have missed my med a few times aswell due to trying to space the intake and falling asleep before i get a chance to take the last 2.. not very good,..fortunately only happened twice and i now set my cel to alarm me...

I haven't lost much recently not a pound a few ounces only.. put it on too and goes off slowly .. every day I do 3x10 mins video's from coach nicole .. jump start and kickboxing & cardio to get my heart pumping.. as riding a bike in holland is so easy.. no hills no heart pumping....
But i do see my mood slipping and need a little help especially trying to reach the right diet...
i want to be able to enjoy aswell.. and have a glass of wine once a week...
Does anyone have a idea for me..

Or can anyone give some kind of advice.. I've been trying to reach the diet goals as best i could with changing my food etc for 6 weeks now.... but just can't get my counts correct.... and if i eat more peanuts than i do i will definately put on more weight.. I have been up and down in weight the last 2 weeks.. thats why i cut the peanuts down...and i don;t really like them.....if i don't lose weight my sugar will stay high.. I'm only 1meter 54.. thats 4 foot 10 inch.. so its not easy...

I'm glad for all who manage to keep on track.. and am a little envious right now... wish to swap bodies.. haha.
I'm still a big fan of SP.. just have a dip right now.... take care everone...
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Thank you. I'll see my dietitian later this month and ask her exactly what my plate should look like. I imagine that I'll be learning about diabetes for a long time.



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Many Diabetes Educators/Registered Dietitians recommend diabetes eating plans with carbohydrate meal plans of 30-45 grams of carbs per meal and 15-20 grams per snack which may not equal 50% carbs over all. We encourage members to follow the eating plan provided by their health care team but do provide a basic plan for those that do not have one yet and need some help. You can turn off the meal plans and simply add your foods and aim for the macronutrient ranges that work best for you to maintain good blood sugar control.

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I have a question about the nuttition tracker. Should I really have half of my calories coming from carbs-dealing with diabetes? How do I change this tracker? I'm working hard to get this right.



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Salad is my friend. I eat a salad every lunch and before every supper.



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You are very welcome. I hope it works out for you. Surprisingly, it becomes a natural part of your life. Meanwhile, as your foundation is being built one step at a time eat what ww calls filling foods, regularly and you won't feel hungry all the time.
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Thank you HungryWoman for giving me a realistic outlook at what is ahead for me.



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I understand about counting carbohydrates. Most of what we eat converts to sugar. How long, and how carefully you must count them depends on your unique situation. I have been lucky.
In the beginning, It was necessary to stick right on track. I still watch them, but they have turned, and often I need a few more. Activity makes a great deal of difference for many. Sticking to the plan recommended, and exercising regularly, may result in you being able to tolerate more carbs. I hope that is your case. It can happen, it doesn't always. It is something that usually needs to be monitored in some way on going.


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My question is about carbohydrates. Will I have to count carbs for the rest of my life? I have been conscious of my diabetes for one month. My gloucose numbers are coming down, but I'm amazed at how little it takes to see those numbers go back up.
I am committed to eating healthy for the rest of my life. I have to eat to live, rather than live to eat.



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Thank you so much for taking time to respond. I am hoping to complete. My body is regressing, but I am trying to move as much as I can.
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It is three times in a week.

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During week 8 one of the requirements is 3 15 minute strength training videos.
Does this mean 3 a day or three in a week?

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When I went into the hospital earlier this week for pneumonia, I was on Metforman 500mg 2x a day and Glipizide 20mg 2x a day. When I was discharged yesterday the doctor on staff said to cut the Glipizide to 10mg 2x day as there were to many low-sugar incidents lately. I suppose this is because of approx. 20 lb. weight loss and better eating habits. My question, now where do I go as far as the amount of carbs I should take in. They were allowing me 5 carb choices per meal in the hosp. and that was with the reduced Glipizide. That seems pretty high to me.My last a1C was 5.9 and I am about due for another, which would probably have been lower.

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Even with these side effects this is one of the best working medication on the market right now for diabetes. Stick with your metformin is you can !

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My husband is on metformin and glybzide. We thought that it was the metformin but he said that he did not take the metformin and took the glybzide and had the diarehha

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I had diarrhea with metformin, but my body eventually adjusted to it. It took a while though.

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Sometimes metformin effects people in different ways

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Diane,

Metformin is known to give patients the GI Blues (diarrhea, bloating, gas). I have not heard of it causing acid reflux or vomiting. I found that making sure to take it with food helped a good deal. The body is supposed to be able to adjust to it, but initially I didn't take it with food and had a horrible time. Definitely seek your doctor's advice if you continue to have issues. I hope you start to feel better.

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Ive been taking it for years and never a problem

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Ive been taking it for years and never a problem

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I've been able to take Metformin for many years without any problems. Initially I think I did have some gas and a bloaty feeling. Sounds like you need to talk to your doctor again and discuss an alternative.

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I was recently put on metformin. It made me deathly ill so I had to start off very slow and work my way up. Now the doctor doubled it and I'm really sick again. Lots of diarrhea and vomiting. Should I get off of it. I also developed acid reflux since taking metformin but I'm told by the doctor and the pharmacist that they never heard of that happening. Has anyone else had these problems?

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When I started on SP, I had just finished a diabetic nutrition course at my local hospital. It was at the behest of my cardiologist, but not my endocrinologist. The class was what I expected. Over the 30 year span of my diabetes I've attended several of these classes. We discussed meal planning, good and bad fats, the importance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein. The emphasis was on good carbs, with the notion that carbs, that are made up of whole grains or fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy, should be the basis of your daily intake of food. One half of your plate should be fruits and veggies, 1/4 should be whole grains, and 1/4 protein.

This doesn't work for me and hasn't for years. My endocrinologist knows this and agrees with me. I am very very insulin resistant. I've tried Atkins, Sugar Busters, etc. These are much too restrictive and too hard to stay with for a daily lifestyle change. My new plan uses the glycemic index and glycemic loads. I've read the comments from the traditional nutritionists that this system is too hard to keep track of. Nonsense. I don't eat potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, sugary colas, most cereals. It's not that hard. I eat tons of veggies, and I eat 3 fruits a day, low fat milk, yogurt, lean meats and nuts, small amounts of fats, and the occasional sugarfree ice cream. I am always full, I have no cravings, and this plan is working for me. I'm not going to get on a soapbox and preach that this is the "Diet for You" We are all individuals with different needs. But I see my sugars leveling out and my insulin has been cut by half. That is what is important for me. Whatever works for you and is something you can stay with for life--GO FOR IT!

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Yes, there are many lists for the glysimic index, on the internet ! Happy Hunting !

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I just Googled it and found lots of info on the Glysimic index

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Where do I find information on the Glycemic index ?
Is there a chart that lists different foods?
And what is it?

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Yes, I have dropped and had a med change and I'm thinking before next week I will have had another med change. With this cut in carbs I knew that I'd be thinking more than eating! I get set in my ways and don't try many new things. So this has become a big challenge! Thank you for the suggestions and articles for my reading. I wasn't very happy today with my Daily check of my nutritional choices. The Fat was larger than the protein. But, they are healthy fats ! Nuts mostly. I have not walked in my sleep in some time, but I'm sure that I got up and ate two containers of yogurt. So I'm going to have to make sure that just before bed I do have a carb or two left over so that I'm not up in the night hunting down food.
Hope that you are having an very enjoyable weekend. The weather here in Upstate NY is perfect today and I'm totally taking in the wonder of summer. Am avoiding the direct sunshine, for I found that it affected my BS. Once again thank you and I'll stay in touch.

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Sounds like you definitely have to work with them on insulin type, amount and timing with the new meal plans. Keeping the carbs balanced as you are at around 25 per meal and the rest for emergency or snacks is a good approach.

Great protein and healthy fat choices include all types of nuts (and nut butters) and seeds, eggs and egg sub, as well as lean beef, chicken, and turkey, seafood including tuna and shrimp.

You have to rethink your meal selections and begin creating new combinations that don't focus on carbs as the base. So instead of a breakfast with cereal, berries and milk that is very carb focused, consider something such as scarmbled eggs/egg sub with pumpkin or sunflower seeds and salsa or vanilla yogurt with cashews and almonds. It will take some thought about likes and dislikes and some thinking outside of the box to break away from standard meal choices. But you might find that two hard boiled egg whites and mini shrimp and sesame seeds mixed with light mayo on a piece whole wheat toast (eaten with a fork) becomes a new favorite breakfast open faced sandwich that keeps you satisfied and keeps your blood sugars steady too!

Here are a couple resources that might also help with planning --

The SEEDS of a Healthy Diet
Selecting, Storing and Enjoying Seeds
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Fats that Fight Cholesterol
Fat Can be a Friend or Foe
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Total Daily Carb intake is to be limited to 100 g. daily, no mater how you spend them. It didn't make any difference how I use the 100g I am not to exceed the amount that I can spend. She showed me skim milk, cereal, strawberries and said that I'd have to pick carefully. Like I'd have to cut the cereal in half if i wanted the fruit on the cereal. So instead of a cup, use 1/2 a cup of high fiber cereal, maybe 4 medium strawberries with 1/2 cup of fat free milk. As I remember from yesterday I used up like 25g of carb for my breakfast. But even if I'm taking in 25g with 3meals and bedtime snack, I was having a difficult time. Yesterday after office hours I had one of those bad shaking and sweating 59 BS reading. Then you have to count what you use to get yourself out of trouble. I have to contact them tomorrow on this. I'm willing to do anything to get my BS back in check! But either the insulin needs to be cut back or the carbs need to be increased because over the day I kept dropping further down as the day went along. Then after the 5pm drop, and correction I was just starving and all I wanted was carbs. Turkey didn't seem to help fill me up. That I'm sure will be addressed when I contact the Endo group. I just can't figure out what kind of healthy proteins I should be leaning to. Nuts, cheese, turkey? As things are I'm only getting 400 cals from the carbs that leaves 1,000 to be filled in with protein and fat. I have never looked into Low Carb plans with high protein, like South Beach and Atkins, I never felt that was a healthy way of eating. But this now that I'm putting it out there in calories sure looks like that is what the plan is calling for. I don't see the nutritionist again until Aug 8th. And I sure don't want to be putting weight on from picking the wrong food choices. Thanks when I get my act together in the morning, I will email that list.

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Thanks for Spreading the Spark and helping your nutritionist and diabetes educators learn about our tools and resources that can help their patients. If you get a chance, send me an e-mail (Tanya@sparkpeople.com) with information about the sites they do recommend so we can see if there are other important tools/resources they are looking for that we may be missing.

As far as your question - did your nutritionist say to limit your carbohydrate meal/snack selections to 100 grams knowing that those in fruits/veggies, dairy etc will add additionally or were you instructed to limit your TOTAL carbohydrate intake for the day to 100 grams? There is a difference there and how to proceed will really depend on the goals you were given.

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Good Day Coach Tanya
I have been placed on a very low carb plan. nothing more than 100 g/day! Yet I'm to be eating 1400 cal. I'm really at a lose as to how to get the calories up there with out the carbs.
I don't know exctly how I should divide up the proteins and fats. I was wondering if you had any suggestions. When I talked with the nutritionist that made up this plan she said that it doesn't matter but that I need to keep the carbs at 100. Should I put the most into the protein and what do i do with the carbs that are in these other foods. Are they so little that they don't need to be counted. LIke free foods and their carbs.? Any help would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks Kay & The Pups.
ps once again thanks for the help in the past, I'm finding out that you where very right about my liver over working. ! That was what sent me asking the doctor what was wrong and how do we correct things. It just is taking a very long time to get back to feeling good again. Which is starting. Also should I leave the SPD and go back to the regular where I can set the carbs, proteins & Fats? I hate to do that because I'm sure it is going to throw me off not seeing all those wonderful ads for diabetes that the other site doesn't have. Once again you are doing a great service to the world with this New section to Sparkpeople. I'm working as hard as I can to spreak the word about Sparkpeople.com to those that I come in contact with. So many people down play this site that it has been making me sick. If they have not been there don't open your mouth Please. I have been takig my laptop with me to all of these different apt. to show them what Sparkpeople D is all about. Hope that I can change some minds and that they start suggesting this site to their patients. Both nutrition/diabetic educators showed great interest in the site so here is hoping. They gave me a list of web sites that they refer people to use and Spark wasn't there that is what opened the door for me to show them. I just love this site because of all the wonderful articles and information that you have for us to grow and get more knowledge to help us along the way. A Great job well done by all those involved with Sparkpeople ! There has been a need for this for a very long time, glad I found you ! Kay & The Pups emoticon emoticon
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Dave -

Your body is designed to protect itself from starvation during times of greatly-reduced food availability. So when you eat too little for the amount of activity you are doing, your body thinks it's starving. To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body fat. You can read more here -- www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
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You want to try to eat within that range every day, some days at the top end and other days slightly lower to keep the body fueled. To get things re-started, aim for the top end or slightly over for a day or two and then see how your body responds.

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I have been doing the streangth training, I am walking at least 30 minutes everyday and swimming and am keeping my calorie intake at or below the guidlines set on this site and Im not loosing weight, What am I doing wrong?

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You don't have to do the videos but you do need to do the exercise and log it on the site.

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I haven't been doing the strength training videos the last 2 weeks but, I have been working in the garden 2 - 3 hours a day 3 - 5 days a week. Does the gardening count and does it qualify to check the weekly challenge boxes? Or do I lose out because I didn't do the videos?

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Great! That's good news, because that is certainly do-able!! Anything less and I would really have to struggle! thank you!

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Based on years of research that examined the relationship between nutrient intake and disease prevention, generally-accepted ranges have been established for carbohydrates, fat and protein intake. These healthy ranges also help to ensure that a person is getting a sufficient intake of other essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The recommendations are:
45% to 65% of calories eaten should come from carbohydrates.
20% to 35% of calories eaten should come from fat.
10% to 35% of calories eaten should come from protein*.
The SparkDiet takes a middle-of-the-road approach with these ranges. Our specific breakdown is approximately 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 20% protein, all of which fall into the healthy ranges above.
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So that means if you are aiming for 1500 calories, 50% would be 187 grams of carbohydrates so it doesn't sound far off.

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I'm borderline diabetic, so I don't have to test my blood sugar. I'm trying to eat a low carb diet, but I'm not sure if I am eating too many carbs still. I don't eat anything "white", and most of my carbs are coming from fruit, nuts, and vegetables, etc. According to my mealplan, I should aim for about 200 carbs a day. Doesn't this seem like too much?

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I recently was told that they are starting to look at glycemic load as a good measure as well which I don't quite get. Apparently it is the GI index of foods multiplied someway by quantity eaten, and essentially is a good predictor/measure of blood sugar spikes. Not sure what it's about so will be reading up on it, and I guess more importantly not sure I would use it unless there's an easy way to track/calc it.

When I started it was with diabetic food exchanges, then carb counting. Not sure if Glycemic index & Glycemic Load is too new & just coming on, or is a theory that just hasn't become best practice yet because carb counting is truly better.



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What is even stranger is how people don't understand carbs either. I have had people agonizing over that 1 teaspoon of sugar added to bread to activate the yeast, yet happily eat several slices of bread. The flour is by far the major source of carbs in bread.

People often fail to understand that carbs are of 2 forms: simple like sugar and fruit vs. complex like bread, pasta, beans. They both cound although the GI behaviour is quite different. Too much of either is a bad thing.

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Thanks Couz: My diabetic Educator gave me a list of the GI with the lows/highs and which I should be eating and with what. As long as I stick with those instructions I do well. It is when you go out and eat with family or friends who tell you that they are eating healthy and find the meal is beef, mac&cheese, three different kinds of pasta salad, sweet potatos, and corn that I say "Holy Cow are they trying to kill me or themselves." Interesting to see how many people really don't know the difference between carbs, proteins and fats. That was a very hard meal and happy that I have started packing a cooler with foods that I know I can eat and have quickly. That day i ate the beef, sweet potatos and went out to my car and had my green salad. Very well rounded out meal then.
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Thanks, learned something new today!

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Bioavailability means how readily it can be used by the body. GI (Glycemic Index) is a measure of this. High GI foods like white bread and sugar shoot into your blood stream quickly causing a rapid rise (spike) in BS. Low GI take time to digest and release sugar more slowly, no sudden spike.

Note that the GI is measured on the pure food taken in isolation which is not how we typically eat. The GI value of a food is also affected by cooking (fresh vs. cooked) and also what else you eat at the same time e.g. proteins and fat. It surprises many people that icecream that contains sugar is actually a low GI food. The fat offsets the sugar.

GI is as important to people who are hypoglycemic as it is to diabetics (hyperglycemics).

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Please explain the bioavailability (never heard of it) also Gl or GI (is it GL or Gi) thanks

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Not ture. The number of carbs is not the issue: the bioavailability is. This is the point of the GI and why the addition of protein/fats works.

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leaves your body=bm

but if a large amt. of eaten at a serving, without a protein with it, this is when the brain receive a message, that more insulin needs to leave the body, to cover what one just puts in.

As far as juice goes, if one drinks only the amount that equals 15 carbs or one serving, it works the same as a piece of fruit of the same number of carbs, but the piece of fruit is more filling and has more fiber.

If one is at a very low glucose number, the juice would spike it up quicker, to raise it when needed. I have been as low as 39.

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I am not sure what you mean by leaves your body.

Fruits if eaten alone cause a rapid spike in BS. The usual rule is to eat them with some protein and/or fat as you indicated. This prevents the spike in BS. This is also why complex carbs like bread are less of a problem. The take longer to digest and become available. Our old friend the GI.

The recommendation about fruit is fresh fruit is better than cooked fruit which is way way better than fruit juice. This directly relates to how quickly the sugar from the fruit is available to your body. The goal is to avoid the spikes. Fruit juice is far too available and is as bad as sweetened pop in causing BS spikes.

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Why can too much fruit raise your glucose?

Most fruit, leaves your body in thirty minutes, if eating healthy, so your brain is getting a false message that your body needs more glucose, and puts it into your body, (So you get a high number) but if you eat protein/healthy fat with it, it balances out this misguided message) and your numbers can be back in range very soon.



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Are you always a diabetic?

Yes, even if you are off of medication, you are still a diabetic, so you need to keep control of it.
Keep, the weight in normal range, keep the right number of carbohydrates going in, and exercise daily.

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