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Pay attention to the quality of the fat. That's ultimately what's important. If the food came packed with it (olives, avocado, dairy, meat) then it's probably good for you. What's not good is anything that requires processing. Soybean oil (which is GMO, so questionable in the first place) is one of the worst, and it's in everything:

"...the soybeans are cracked, adjusted for moisture content, heated to between 60 and 88 C (140190 F), rolled into flakes, and solvent-extracted with hexanes. The oil is then refined, blended for different applications, and sometimes hydrogenated."

There's never been any hard proof that dietary cholesterol or saturated fat cause us to be fat and sick. I thought this chart was really illuminating; the obesity epidemic started at the same time the low fat guidelines came out:




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Pam-- I agree about not sweating the cholesterol. I do LCHF with lots of butter, & heavy cream and my cholesterol went down 90 points. I go through 1/2 gallon of heavy cream a week--my Dr is thrilled with me.
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Pam, fat-free milk is one of the ways that SB is different than most low carb food plans. Most of the plans say you can have cream but no milk, and definitely not fat-free! Too many carbs, not enough fat. Having cream (heavy whipping cream, too, not just half and half) is one of the things I love about my way of eating. Grains, even whole grains, are usually out for most low carb plans, until you've been on it for a long time. Fruit is pretty iffy, too, though berries and melons are ok in very small quantities after a while.

Don't worry about cholesterol. It's one of the things that will, for almost everyone, improve drastically once you start eating low carb. I went from HDL (good cholesterol) in the 40s to the 90s and sometimes over 100. Triglycerides went from over 200 to the 30s and 40s and sometimes 20s. In fact, some doctors look at triglycerides to see whether patients are actually eating low carb when they say they are. Low carb = low triglycerides. Yes, my total cholesterol is right around 200, but then it has to be if my HDL is around 100. Doesn't matter. It's the HDL and the triglycerides and the ratios that are important, not the total cholesterol number. Most of my fat comes from animal fats - regular hamburger, complete with the fat and drippings, chicken skin, the fat from meats, cheese, heavy whipping cream, sour cream, butter, bacon and bacon grease, etc. I usually cook my eggs in drippings of some sort, and I eat a lot of eggs. But you need to keep your carbs down if you're going to eat a lot of fat. High fat and high carb just don't go well together.

Just a general comment to newbies - unless you're doing South Beach, which limits fats, DO NOT try to do low carb and low fat! Most, or at least a lot, of low carb plans are low carb, moderate protein, and high fat. That's why it's important to pick a plan and read the book, rather than just relying on what people said. Which is often what someone told them, and what someone told them and so on. Most plans have at least one "official" book, and they will talk about the science behind the plan and why it works. It's really, really important!



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James: Thanks for the info. I think your plan is sound and makes sense. We learn by mistakes and trial and error. I recall the pitfalls from when I followed this before and that is what I am keeping in mind as I go through this 'this time'.

BudgetMaw: I am using the cookbook right now since my other two books are in storage and actually Dr. A. mentions not eating specific foods and white rice was one of them. His recommendations evolved from book to book as he received feedback from his patients and clients. In the cookbook, he recommends to only have 1-2 servings of grain (and it has to be whole wheat) and 1-2 servings of fruit. I have decided that the first two weeks of Phase 2 I am only going to have 1 serving each of a grain and fruit and go from there, monitoring my weight loss progress as I go.

In the cookbook, Dr. A. says to avoid (even during Phase 2) all high glycemic foods like bananas, carrots, corn, white bread, potatoes and rice. I am going to follow that and I love the three vegetables aforementioned although I rarely have the last three. The last time I had white bread was probably 10 years ago. I know as a diabetic that the glycemic index is used by dieticians regularly to help their clients regulate their blood sugar.

White bread and beer have the same GI number of 100 as an example. The best bet is to stay at the lower end of the GI which will help keep blood sugar and cravings at a low ebb. It is all about metabolism and physiology. I love so many other fruits that it is worth it to give up a small handful of foods. It is all in the end result that matters in my opinion. What will get me to where I want to be.

It is always great when you find out how certain foods trigger your cravings. I see that more as 'data input' than anything else. I am open to all kinds of ideas. My main objective is to bring my 'numbers' down to normal. I will do what it takes to arrive at that goal. So, I would love to be a part of a discussion about 'fats'.

Woubbie: I agree. The rest of the world has begun to catch up to this way of eating.

Evagtzi: On SB you can have fat free milk so I don't know why you can't have that. I am just not sure if you can foam it up but my understanding is that there are aeorators on the market that will even foam up skim milk. Sometimes, it is the tools that make the difference.
As for what you are giving up, I know I went through that for years but then as I changed my food plan during that time, it became less important. I have learned through both my experience as well as listening to others that there is definitely more than one way to 'skin a cat'. If you are open to new ideas and then trying them, you might surprise yourself.

Knelson85: My mouth watered just reading your post. LOL. I have been tracking my food for 425 consecutive days here on SP and I have found the readout below each day's meals invaluable in keeping me on track. And, yes, it is very surprising to see how many carbs we can eat in very simple things.

FancyQtr: I think the best place to start when you are having a hard time figuring out is take the list that usually comes with each low carb food plan and highlight those foods you like from the start. Then, I would begin eating those and when you are bored eating them as 'stand alone' foods then you can start experimenting in the kitchen with making them as part of meals.

[NOTE: I am a practicing Catholic so Ash Wednesday and today, a Lenten Friday, are fish days]

For example: since I decided to start with the Phase 1 of SBD these are a few of the meals that I have had in the past couple of days that have really been satisfying; 2 egg omelet with diced tomatoes, green peppers and onions and mushrooms with a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese; baked wild salmon with long green beans in tomato and basil seasoning; spaghetti squash, diced tomatoes and seasoned turkey meatballs; meatloaf with chunky tomato sauces, green beans and cooked cabbage; cooked cabbage and seasoned sliced turkey sausage with green peppers and onions. This is my third day.

I am doing something though that the original plan did not mention: I also count calories. This way I make sure that I am not overeating. I think that was and is the 'main flaw' in the SBD as it was originally written up. I have learned since the first time that I did it that, yes, I can still overeat on healthy foods. As I said, I track my food here on SP so that helps me keep an eye open where I can go overboard.

CTYONIT: Congrats on maintaining your weight loss goals since October. It sounds like you found what worked for you.

The one area that I am rather 'ignorant' in though is what fats are heart healthy. Since I have elevated cholesterol (it is 215 and my PCP wants it 156) I would appreciate any suggestions of what fats I can have that will both assist in keeping my cholesterol at that level as well as what tastes good and works both as 'stand alone' foods and in cooking. I have heard of HFLC but I do not know anything about it.

Well, glad to be a part of this chat thread. I enjoyed the discussion.

Take care, have a great Friday!

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Evagtzi-- Have you seen Diet Doctor website? He has great info, recipes and menu planning with a shopping list tool. His site is $10 a month but you can try it for 30 days for free and glean recipes, watch lectures. He also has 3 versions of LCHF-- strict, moderate and liberal. I bounce between strict and moderate--DH is super liberal.

Also--don't worry about being perfect--there is a learning curve, but it goes pretty quick. I was already at goal when I started LCHF and lost 16 lbs more in 7 weeks--even with lots of mistakes I made.. I have kept it off since OCT!

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Always focus on the great stuff you CAN have and not the things you're staying away from.

You can have heavy whipping cream for your lattes. Depending on your target carb level you should probably avoid regular milk.

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I haven't really gotten into them too much, but for your lattes could you use either some nut milk or coconut milk or else some cream? Maybe not as much cream as normal?

I can't do much with veggies, but I have meat, cheese and eggs. I am not as low carb as most, so will eat some fruits. Veggies I can manage some spinach, squash (like for spaghetti), asparagus and a few others. I am just starting to try cauliflower mashed for potatoes. The other members of this team can really give you a lot more help than me because I still have a lot of problems figuring this out.



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I eat fresh veggies, meat, cheese and eggs just to name a few. The thing that helped me was the food tracker. I didnt think I was taking in many carbs but I was. For right now I dont eat starchy veggies, sweets and fruit, just to name a few.
Put your recipes in and calculate them and watch the portion size. A scale is helpful fro me just to see what I should be eating. I fix my salads in wide mouth jars, put the lids on and they go in the frig; just one mess to clean up. I eat a salad every day with homemade Thousand Island dressing and cheese. I make quiches and frittatas with the heavy whipping cream and fill them full of veggies. I snack on roasted unsalted nuts and have them in 1 oz baggies; so easy to grab and go. Because of my medical history I have to watch my salt intake so no prepacked foods for me. Hope this helps. I have lost 19 pounds in 6 wks.

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Hello everyone.

My husband and I are going to be starting a low carb diet as we both need to lose weight and feel healthier and I would love any helpful hints as we get started.

We don't normally have a lot of carbs, but when you start thinking about doing without, your brain starts playing tricks on you.

I am trying to get as much knowledge I can before we jump. I also wanted to ask, I LOVE my homemade lattes and I know you cannot have milk is there something I could use instead if milk.
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Folks are often surprised to find that low carb makes them feel really good, even before they've lost a lot of weight. They think that it's the fat they're carrying that makes them feel fatigued, but it's really the quality of their food.

At one time this was considered an extreme way to eat, but nowadays if you just tell people what you DO eat on your plan they'll usually nod and say it sounds really healthy! It's all whole, real food - what's not to love!

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Sounds good, Pam. You've clearly thought it through.

I looked into SB many years ago, and, as I recall, my concern with the program was that it included trigger foods for me. The one that sticks in my mind is 1/4 cup of rice. Really? One-fourth cup? No way I would be eating just one-fourth cup! For me, it was and is easier to cut it out all together than to try to be moderate. But that's just my own personal experience. I think SB also tends to be lower in fat than Atkins and certainly lower than keto.

You'll find that some of what we talk about here won't be relevant to SB, like fat bombs and how to get the fat % up. But a lot of it will. And we're all at different stages of different plans anyway, so there's a lot of variation in what and how we eat. Take what you like and leave the rest!

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Welcome Pam.

Your posts bring a few things to mind. First of all one doesn't need perfection. This is true in life as well as diet.

So being low carb 90% of the time is good enough. The only problem with the other 10% is that it can lead to more than 10%. Carbs are addictive, and you already know that.

The main thing is to eat healthy most of the time. For myself healthy means low carb.

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emoticon all for the warm welcomes. Greatly appreciated.

I rejoined SP in December 2015 but I didn't actually start following the SP Diabetes Meal Plan until January 4th, 2016. I still have remained faithful to tracking my food daily but what I found (and I am not saying that it is the SP's plan's fault) is that carbs they had listed for me did not eliminate the cravings I so often had. I have heard all the arguments pro vs. con but the bottom line I have found that I may have somewhat less energy if I reduce my carb intake but I will make for that in having less cravings and reduced blood sugar numbers. I have to weigh what is in my best interest. To me that is the bottom line.

The reason why I decided to return to following SBD is that I remembered how I felt following it years ago and ironically it was the following year when I ceased following it that I discovered I was pre-diabetic. I think the main reason why people may not hear much of this is since the time it was 'unveiled' back in the early part of the 'aughts' (2000s) Paleo and Dukan have 'come out'. I just think like many things it has to do with 'timing' more than anything. Each new LC plan evolves out of the author and the time.

The cookbook that I have (the other two books are in storage) was published in 2004 but when I was reviewing it the other night I was really struck by how many mainline weight loss organizations like WW and TOPs have incorporated a lot of the things that were presented in this cookbook (ie; lettuce wraps, spaghetti squash, oatmeal banana pancakes, to name a few 'standards'). At the time, they really seemed almost 'exotic' to me. Now, they seem so 'run of the mill'.

Since I had slipped into some 'sloppy' carb habits prior to restarting this (yesterday as a matter of fact) I decided to do the induction phase 1. I am not expecting a big 'whoosh' in terms of weight loss since I have been steadily losing weight for the past two months. My focus is more about reducing the numbers from my blood work. FINALLY, I am looking more at my health rather than losing weight. I have lost weight (my highest weight was 301.8 and now it is 255.2) in recent years but I will say it was not always done in the most healthy manner. That is changing right now.

One advantage that 'time' has had is that we have all learned things along the way that will help us follow these food plans and learn from both our and others' mistakes including the author of the SBD. We do know now that if we want to continue to lose weight we still need to watch portion sizes as well as calories in/calories out. I do remember in one of the other books from Dr. Agaston that he included interval training since he was surprised that many people did not lose weight after the initial 'bloom' of starting this food plan. I was even asked to be a part of a study (this was nearly 9 years ago) for anyone who had lost more than 20 lbs. following the food plan.

Of course, we know more now and we know why there is that weight loss plateau. We also know what to do about that. So, again, with time and the experiences of ourselves and others we have learned how to follow a plan like this for optimal results.

In the past year, I have listened and observed how my body handles certain foods and I always came back to how reducing my carbs allowed me to curb my appetite, eat less and therefore lose weight. However, I think I needed to give myself permission to 'do it my way' rather than following the SP DMP exactly as it is laid out. I just finished reading TweetiBear's recent blog and I think her message is one I relate to.

Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves permission to 'be ourselves' whatever that may be. As a person who is a 'recovering' people-pleaser I 'get it'.

I feel that my reasoning for following this food plan is rational and will be beneficial to me health-wise. That alone is enough for me.

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Welcome, Pam!

It's interesting that you're doing South Beach. Someone else just said they were doing SB, too, and we don't hear much about that. Good luck to you both!

I, too, went from pre-diabetic to normal within a few months of eating low carb.

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What a shame! I hate it when you are looking forward to a good meal and it's really disappointing.

But kudos to you for doing "eating out" right!

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I went to a nice steak house, locally owned and was very popular here for special occasions. Got on line and choose my dinner, wrote it down and didnt change my mind. I was soo disappointed. My 10 oz steak was very thin and they dressed my salad before bringing it to me (I did forget to say on the side). My broccoli was the best thing on my plate. All my food had too much salt. Not going to that place again---Outback here I come.

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Hi and welcome!

It's a great idea to start with a formal plan, and then adjust it to fit your own lifestyle and preferences. That's the only thing that will bring you success in the end.

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Welcome Pam! I was diagnosed over two years ago as prediabetic. Within six months of eating low carb ( I stay pretty darn close to 20 net grams) and higher fat, my blood work was all in the normal range. It is a lifetime plan not a "diet". Good luck to you and join us on the daily threads too. Today's is typical Tuesday.

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Hi all! I just joined this team a few minutes ago. I have done the South Beach Diet back in 2008 and I actually found it to be compatible with both my tastes and lifestyle at that time. However, since that time I have tried a lot of the food plans 'out there' with little or none success. Part of the reason(s) why I feel that I failed with those was 1) the plans had way too many carbs for me so I was hungry all the time and 2) I wasn't eating the kinds of foods that I prefer and like--more protein for one thing.

The main reason why I got to thinking about returning to South Beach is because I remember my previous experience being a positive one. I have learned a lot about myself since that time so I think that 'this time" I will be more effective in seeing better and long term results. Here's crossing my fingers anyway. LOL.

The second reason why I got to thinking about returning to South Beach is what was once pre-diabetes condition (discovered in January 2010) has now become Type II diabetes. I do not want to go on medication (and my doctor hasn't suggested that YET) since I have also heard that medications often slow down or even stall weight loss so the next choice is to return to a more low carb food plan that will lower my blood sugars.

I dusted off my South Beach books (I found the cookbook--the other two are in storage) and I reviewed what the plan is 'about'. I am going to start Phase 1 tomorrow. I am a little nervous but I feel I have a good understanding of what to do and expect so now it is just implementing it.

Glad to see this is an active chat thread and I will be checking in several times a week.

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Well done!

I'm one of the ones who gets the box early, at least if the portions are really large. So nice to take home food that still looks "pretty".

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Great planning! Way to go!

Some people ask for the to go box with their meal, and put the "leftovers" away before they eat. Can't say that I've ever done it, but I can see how it would help.

A lot of chain restaurants have nutritional info online, too.

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Making plans to go to a restaurant tonight. Checked out menu on line and made my choices and will stick with it. Even wrote down to request no extra salt added to my food--I always forget this and ask for a to go box

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Just want to say ty for all the support and I am really not thinking of this as a diet but something I can live with and take control of what I want.

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Yup, no drought this year for sure. :S

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Just stopping by to say hi. Not much going on here just been busy with family and stuff. I been cleaning and doing laundry. Been using the spark people app to log my food. I try to post when I can as for some reason I do get on the computer much. I been giving it a rest lately. It looks like it gonna rain here again. I swear it been raining a lot these past couple of weeks. Well they said California needs water so it getting a lot of rain that should help. Hope all is well with everyone...

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I guess I should snoop at everything on these teams. I didn't know about those different things on this team.



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Welcome, Kathleen!

Most of the activity around here takes place on the daily threads. Today's is Motivating Monday, for example. There are also some "challenges" in the Challenge Central Forum.

There's the Challenge Word Challenge - this month the challenge word is Curiosity. It's a make-your-own challenge. You decide what you want to work on (usually process goals, not results goals), tell us, and then report in on how you're doing. The goals might be food related, exercises related, health related, or just generally life related. It's entirely up to you. After all, we all know that all of those things affect how and what we eat! And the challenge word really doesn't have much to do with anything. It's mostly just to start you thinking.

Then there's the FlyLady Challenge. Woubbie posts the FlyLady task/challenge/whatever of the day. FlyLady is a housekeeping type of site, and she gives little extra things to do around the house, mostly 15 minutes or less. If you do all of her stuff you'll get your house looking - and staying! - pretty darn good.

Sometimes there's a Food Budget Challenge. Again, make your own budget and your own challenge. It's mostly for support as we try to keep our food budgets under control. Eating low carb does not have to be expensive, but it's all to easy for it be expensive if we don't think about it. Of course, it's all to easy for any other kind of food plan - including the Standard American Diet (SAD) to be expensive, too!

And finally, Iva just started a Reading Challenge. Just a place for people to talk about what they're reading.

I hope you'll join us!

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Good Morning. I just joined your team. Not new to low carb but I can use all the daily group interaction I can get to help keep me on track. My goal is to lose 40 pounds this year. I really believe LowCarb is the only way I will reach that goal.

I am healthy, take no meds, but do have allergies to most fruits and tree nuts. So lowcarb is a good choice for me.

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Happy Friday, Sandy!

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Hi I been down under the weather with my asthma acting up. I am starting to feel a little better. Been doing ok other wise. Hubby been mr mom for a week. Thank god he here to handle things.
Wanted to stop by and say hello and to check in. Happy Friday and hope everyone has a great weekend...

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It's hard to really get a feel for it without tracking, because so many of the things we were told were "good" for us on a low fat diet are actually high in carbs. And so many of the things we were told were "bad" for us are low in carbs. Lots of old thinking to get rid of!

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Hi and welcome! Even after you've been doing this for a long time you can still get "carb creep", so periodically it's a good idea to track a few days to see where you're at.

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Sort of new to SP and I want to get more involved. Hope this group will help. Began low carb Jan 24 and after a few bumps doing better. Since getting all the sweets and such out I feel much better. Planning meals and tracking my carbs has been an eye opener for me. I thought I was low in carbs but was taking in more than I thought.

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Hi everybody. Im still here but not every day, obviously.

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LOVE your signature! Healthy Diet = Heal Thy Diet!

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New to the group & keep forgetting to check in--sorry--I will get better at it I promise. Today I finished Week 1 (of 2) of Diet Doctors under 20 Carb/day challenge. I am down 1.8 lbs. Feeling good and ready fro week 2!

I am using a number of Diet Doctor recipes and reviewing them on my blog as I go.
Anyone else write recipe reviews??

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Just got home from work, tough to wind down!

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Hi Well just finished working out for 30 mins and just waiting for the kids to come home from school. Figure I stop by an say hello. How is everyone doing ? Glad to be back



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Welcome SANDY1380!

It is critical to post and get involved. Reading is fine, but it is only when you expose some of your personality, and challenges, and really get involved, that you get good suggestions, and get committed.

Its crazy, because it is all virtual through the keystrokes, ... yet personalities shine through those keystrokes.

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Hi and welcome, Sandy! Good going!

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Hi, Sandy! Welcome! Congrats on your loss to date.

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Morning Boy I have been away for a while now. Sorry for being MIA, I just been so busy with stuff and family that I haven't been using the computer much. When I sign up to the group I never posted. So I am new to this group. Anyway my name is Sandy and I am 49 and I been eating healthy and staying active. When I left I was almost up to 280 and today I am currently at 252.2. So I just restarted my goals here on spark people. Figure a fresh start you know.. I been doing 310 shakes and eating low carb and it working. I also been working out 30 mins a day with Sunday off. That about it I guess. Looking forward to meeting everyone..

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This is a low carb group. So I'm reposting my idea that it is not the percentage of calories that come from carbs, but the percentage of weight that is carbs. Here are a few numbers.

By weight the percentage of net carbs:
Sugar (100%)
Fibre One Bar (50%)
Bread (50%)
Banana (20%)
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Strawberries (6%)
Broccoli (4%)
Cheese (1%)

I eat 6% or less, with a few exceptions, rare and small treats. My cutoff is 6% so that I can eat Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.



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I'm lazy but I'm reading the cookbook and trying to tweak favorite recipes.

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That does sound like an idea. I did the lower carb one year and got down to around 190, but I never could get under that. Then holidays came and I got fudge for a Christmas gift and everything went kapooey. I didn't go real low, but was staying between 50 and 75 grams most of the time. When I was just eating normal, before I got diagnosed, I ate less carbs than what the diabetes association recommends and I got really heavy on that.

The "flours" stuff sound good. Maybe that would help to keep the sweets under control but still be able to have them.



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Darlene,
My best friend has lost at least 60 lbs doing "trim Healthy Mama" which seems to me to be a low carb carb cycle sort of thing, seperate meals with a few more carbs from those with more fats. They also advocate to eat a meal or light snack every 3 hours. which is also something we're "supposed to do as a diabetic.
I joined them because of my inability to give up carbs even knowing what they're doing to my body. I can do well on low carb for a couple days then have a day of carb binging, basically. I'm hoping that if I have a planned higher carb meal I won't be so uncontrolled. mind you, the recommended carbs for that meal are around 45 and on the THM diabetics group many find they need to keep that meal around 30 carbs but it's an idea that could possibly work. AND seriously, because my friend has lost and kept off 60 lbs while I've stayed the same the whole time. seriously, why wouldn't I check it out? right?

the other thing I like about this "plan" is that with the aid of oat fiber and gluccomannan or xanthan gum as well as the usual "flours" we as low carber's are familiar with, a person can have cupcakes, candies and breads that are very close to the high carb grain versions that are our down fall. So I bought the cookbook and intend to buy the original diet book from '09 I think, next pay day. the ladies on the diabetic group recommended that version for us diabetics.
Since I am allergic to dairy I may not stay in the group because it is so hard to read about so many yummys that include my favorite food group, LOL but there's a lot there to choose from including lots of info and lots of shakes and smoothies that can be used for snacks as well as chocolate cake that's low carb and I learned to like a new veggie.

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I doubt those teachers and dietitians are among those that support low carb. My doctor does use a modified Atkins as she calls it. I think it is closer to grain brain, because she says no grain on that unless it is whole grains. Mainly it has fruit, vegetables, protein in the main part, then dairy in the limited but once a day, then a list of avoid. Can't remember them all offhand, but I have the list on the refrigerator. I know fruit isn't low carb, but I think the fiber is why it is on there, too, and the nutrients it has.



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More and more health care professionals are endorsing, or at least supporting, low carb. Hope your teachers and such are among them!

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I just signed up for something with the insurance program I am on that has a lot of articles and inspiration and such (like Spark, but it includes a lot of information on me in particular) and they are also possibly signing me up for classes they have in weight management which I think would help the diabetes. Only they don't believe in low carb and believe in grains and such, so I will probably have to do some changes to things. Of course, I am having trouble giving up bread and crackers, etc. When I have soup I am used to having crackers in it. But I do hope I can get the carbs back down. I have just been addicted to them for about the last year and a half.



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Darlene, you'd be surprised how often a person just appreciates the interaction, even if you feel you don't have much to say. a 'way to go" or "i feel you" makes a person feel validated especially if we don't have anybody who wants to call us or come see us. we're all to cubicalized sometimes in our own homes. come back and chat with us.

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