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2/17/08 8:31 A

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I've been trying to keep my carbs around 170, but I guess I should try to lower it more. I find it so hard to get within my calorie range without putting my carbs up. The only thing I've found so far that helps some is if I eat eggs. Any other suggestions on things that will up the calories without putting carbs too high?

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2/16/08 10:14 P

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I hope this might help. I, too, was confused about how many carbs to eat each day. My Endocrinologist told me that you should eat 150 carb a day, but go no lower than 120 carbs a day.

I hope this helps. Also, if you have not already, you might want to check out a book called the Insulin Resistance Diet. Basically as long as you eat protein, you can eat up to 30 g of carbs in one meal. The linking carbs to protein seems to be the new diet craze that I think will stick around. If you do not want to buy the book, check out the SP Team Insulin Resistance Diet or click on the link on my Spark Page. It's very informative.

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2/5/08 11:31 P

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shaks head, no carb at all? that would have me in the ER on death's door in short order

I'll never understand how people can get away with going under 100g of carbs a day, even a Diabetic is recomended to have a min of 100g of carbs a day

Edited by: NYXWOLFWALKER at: 2/5/2008 (23:32)
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2/5/08 4:15 P

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Would you believe I taught a Nutrition unit to my 5th and 6th graders last semester?

Interesting thing about carbs: you don't actually HAVE to eat any. Sounds weird, but if there are no carbs in your diet at all, your body can make them by metabolizing proteins and fats into carbohydrates. However, that doesn't mean that skipping carbs entirely is a good idea. Carbs are the best source for energy. You just have to make sure you get the good carbs.

Currently, about half of my calories come from carbs, maybe a little less. Ever since I stopped worrying about fat and started paying attention to the carbs I eat, my health and weight have gotten better.

I have, for instance, given up sodas. First, it was sodas with caffeine, now it's all of them. Then, I stopped drinking juice all the time. While it's certainly better than soda, it's still a whole lot of very simple carbs that gets absorbed almost instantly into the blood stream and causes an insulin spike. Considering how much insulin tolerance and hyperinsulemia tie into PCOS, it doesn't surprise me that too many simple carbs may affect one's health negatively.

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1/19/08 11:48 P

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I set my carb range between 150-200 and try to only eat good carbs (fruits & veggies) and very limited grains. I have heard the suggested carb range for PCOS is 60-80 but I find that much too low myself. I was carb addicted as well. Once you break your self from the addiction my advice is not to even think you can try them again. I did that and the addiction just takes right back over. It's like our pcos bodies are carb cravers (especially processed not good for us carbs)... yes you should limit your sugar intake.

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1/19/08 11:24 P

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Everyone is different in what they need for their body, to me 198 to 296 is a low carb range to be eating within, but that is me and my requirements, for another it might well be alright.

I eat a lot of veggies, which are carb high thus for me my average carb intake is 300 to 500g a day .. yes I do have days when its much lower and those days tend to me when I'm ill and don't log (since well Glucose IVs can't be logged) for various reasons.

My deal that I work on is 55-60% carbs, 10-15% fat and 20-25% Protein its what was reached as a safe guideline for me after a lot of trail and error with my medical team.

At any rate, its up to you to find a medium ground that works for your body, SP gives a general guideline which is very general, thus its not scaled to everyone or anyones specific needs, for this you need to see a dietition who will help you find the right balance.



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1/19/08 7:55 P

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Ranges are tough, because they depend on diet. Percents make more sense, and you can check out your percents on the "see full report" page of nutrition. The "suggested" percent on spark is 55% carbs, I try to keep my carbs below 50%, I'm doing really when I'm around 45%. You do need carbs to function, so, as long as you are eating good carbs, whole grains and such, they will treat you better than refined carbs.

For me, I try to always combine carbs with protein, and keep grains minimal. I have fruit with my eggs and bacon for breakfast, one piece of bread with peanut butter, veggies, and plain yogurt with whole fruit (better than pre-mixed fruit yogurts). Then my dinner usually includes a serving (1/2 cup) of whole grain pasta or brown rice, or 100cal of red/new potatoes (less sugar than regular), 3oz of meat, and lots of veggies.

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1/19/08 7:46 P

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I have realized through sparkpeople that I consume too many carbs. I wish there was a way it would sort good/bad carbs. The range SP gives me for daily carbs is: 198-296. This is not adjusted for PCOS and am I correct in saying that I really need to limit my carbs and sugar??? I would like to know if there is a better number for me to shoot for? It seems like a lot. I will say, I am really struggling to lower my carbs. I think my body is addicted. I gave up sodas and sweet tea 10 years ago. I have really lowered my sugar. But when it comes down to it, even with not eating white bread, starches, rice, and eating whole wheat, brown rice, etc, I STILL seem to consume a lot of carbs!! Any help or suggestions would be appreciated! I am kind of new at this PCOS and my Dr. refuses to put me on any meds for it beyond Yaz, a birth control. *sigh*

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