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7/27/11 12:24 P

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Yeah, I have to say I found some of her advice to be questionable. I am honestly considering a change, but figured I'd give it a chance, as long as I lose weight and my numbers go down.

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Success? Down 30 lbs from the start of my journey!

Starting anew:
Goal 1: 215
Reward:Hair cut and color

Goal 2: 210
Reward: Manicure and pedicure

Goal 3: 200
Reward: New bathing suit

Goal 4: 190
Reward: New shoes

Goal 5: 180
Reward: new bag

Goal 6: 170
Reward: New Clothes

Goal 7: 160
Reward: New Winter boots

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7/27/11 12:15 P

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It seems odd to me that she wants you to cut out all those foods, even steel cut oats. It seems like your doctor wants you following a really low-carb plan.

Everything I've been reading lately about diabetes shows me that the recommended diabetes diet is less strict than Atkins. Most say 45-60 carbs per meal, and 15 carbs per snack. Some say don't count carbs from veggies.

I've never tried baking or cooking with agave nectar, but if you google it, you'll find recipes. It's sweeter-tasting than sugar, so you use a little yet. I don't do much baking, so haven't had an opportunity to tes it.

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7/27/11 11:16 A

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Actually, my doctor doesn't want me even touching whole wheat at all either. No brown rice either. I haven't had white anything for years now, except maybe hamburger/hot dog buns, if I couldn't find whole wheat alternatives. About the worst I ate was the occasional white rice, never instant (usually basmati, which is technically low GI)

I do use agave nectar, but I don't think that's a good alternative for baking/cooking. I was just getting in the habit of making my own whole wheat/grain bread.

And my doctor wouldn't recommend me to any of the local dietitians because "they teach carb and calorie counting." So I'm considering finding one (and thus paying for one, which I can't really afford) on my own. I appreciate her holistic approach, but it's almost too extreme for me, which is why I'm following my gut, and slowly removing these things, or keeping them to a small amount. I'm not so much a bread person, but I do enjoy the occasional slice. The hardest part so far has been not having my steel cut oats in the morning, which she also doesn't want me to have. Cottage cheese and berries is a poor substitute in comparison.

I did discover Quinoa this week, and I liked it. The list she gave me said nothing about it, but everything I read said it's low GI. I'm hoping to try some of the other grains, like bulger. And I'm hoping to try coconut flour (low GI again) and Chickpea flour (Still need to read up about it.)

I'm slowly, very slowly getting into a positive frame of mind about all this. We'll see what happens when the weekend hits- we go to my Father-in-law's for pizza every Friday (I'm hitting the salad, and one slice of veggie loaded pizza) and my husband and I go out to dinner together on Saturday nights (Usually sushi, I'm going to hit the Sashimi this time.) and drinking with my friends (still not sure what I'll do there...either 1-2 wines, or some sort of low carb/low sugar drinks.)

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Success? Down 30 lbs from the start of my journey!

Starting anew:
Goal 1: 215
Reward:Hair cut and color

Goal 2: 210
Reward: Manicure and pedicure

Goal 3: 200
Reward: New bathing suit

Goal 4: 190
Reward: New shoes

Goal 5: 180
Reward: new bag

Goal 6: 170
Reward: New Clothes

Goal 7: 160
Reward: New Winter boots

It doesn't matter how many times you start over, it only matters that y


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CD7204509 Posts: 1,954
7/27/11 1:40 A

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Cutting out those foods doesn't mean you can't have carbs. Just make substitutions. White carbs are more highly processed and are digested faster than whole grains. When they are processed, the healthy vitamins, minerals, fiber are removed. That's why you see the word "enriched" on white breads - the manufacturers have to put back all the nutrients already taken out.

You have to learn to substiture healthier foods for the ones the doctor wants out of your diet:

breads - eat whole wheat bread instead of white bread. Sara Lee Delightful Whole Wheat bread is really good, and it's sliced thin - only 45 calories per slice

flours - use whole wheat for 1/2 the flour in baking, avoid sweetened cereals

pastas - there are lots of higher fiber pastas on the market, like Dreamfields

rices - have brown rice instead of white rice (it tastes a whole lot better). Avoid instant rice.

sugars and sugar alternatives - I hate artificial sweeteners. I've been using agave nectar instead of sugar (I only use it in oatmeal & plain fat-free yogurt. I drink my coffee/tea unsweetened). It's a low-glycemic sweetener, and it doesn't have a distinct taste like honey does, so it's good in just about anything.

Focus on whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, lots of veggies & fruits.

Have you been to a diabetic education class? There are certified diabetes instructors & registered dieticians who can help you create a meal plan.

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7/27/11 12:16 A

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Your Dr is right,
Since your making small steps remember that progress will also be slow,
and that's a good thing.
Changes made slowly stay longer.
Good luck
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7/26/11 9:20 P

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My goal is to lose 10 lbs. It's just my first goal, but to accomplish anything else, I need to start there.

In 3 months, by my next doctors appointment, I want my A1C to drop significantly, either to a healthy level, or at least show enough progress that my doctor won't put me on insulin/medication.

This week I'm working on 10 minutes of cardio daily, plus 3 days of strength training. I'm doing the "Walk 1 mile" workout on my On Demand, and the Desk workout out. The desk workout killed me today. :( I'm also focusing on less sugary foods, and less carbs in general. My doctor wanted me to cut breads, flours, pastas, rices, sugars and sugar alternatives, but I don't think this is healthy, and will lead to failure on my part. I'm keeping these things at a bare minimum, and focusing on getting more veggies.

Right now, I am truly fighting a hardcore depression, and that makes things harder. I'm reading "The Spark", hoping it will lift me out of this pit of despair. I'm literally taking the smallest steps possible.

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Success? Down 30 lbs from the start of my journey!

Starting anew:
Goal 1: 215
Reward:Hair cut and color

Goal 2: 210
Reward: Manicure and pedicure

Goal 3: 200
Reward: New bathing suit

Goal 4: 190
Reward: New shoes

Goal 5: 180
Reward: new bag

Goal 6: 170
Reward: New Clothes

Goal 7: 160
Reward: New Winter boots

It doesn't matter how many times you start over, it only matters that y


 Pounds lost: 39.0 
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