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4/14/09 9:53 A

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I'll tell you something I'm doing now that is different and I'm hoping it works to change things so my body will let go and lose weight, too.

I'm testing my blood sugar 1st thing when I get up (like I normally do) but, the new thing is that since I have been reading and studding a new web site, I test 2 times after I eat something. The first time is in one hour and then in another hour. The goal is to see what I can eat that keeps my blood sugar under 140 (or lower) in the first hour and under 120 (or lower) in the second hour. Yesterday I didn't get over 110 all day and the day before it wasn't over 137 and for the past week my Net Carbs have been under 20. You can look at my food tracker.

I thought if this works for me it might work for you. You don't have to be diabetic to buy a cheep test meter and test strips. Well, the test strips aren't so cheep, but if it works it might be worth it. So far I haven't lost weight or inches. I think it's because I've been eating to many almonds. But, I haven't been exercising much either.

Just thought you would like to know what I've been up to, so if it helps me it might help you.

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4/12/09 5:48 P

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Low Blood Sugar

This is a little intense, but I found it and thought it was important so, you get to see it too.

If your blood sugar goes up at one hour and then drops below 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L)at the two hour point you have what is called "reactive hypoglycemia." Your blood sugar went up but your body cranked out a huge dose of insulin to bring it back down--too much, in fact. That high dose of insulin resulted in your ending up with low blood sugar.

This, too, may be an early warning sign that you might be headed for diabetes, though it may take a decade or more until it becomes apparent. Even if you don't progress to diabetes, reactive hypoglycemia may be a sign that you are insulin resistant and that your cell's resistance to insulin is forcing your body to secrete the very large insulin doses that are driving your blood sugar low. Insulin resistance, with or without diabetes, may be a precursor to heart disease. Be sure to discuss this result with your doctor.

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Edited by: CHARLIE-B at: 4/12/2009 (20:30)
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4/8/09 4:44 P

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No, I know that....I appreciate all your info. It's always nice to get someone else's point of view. Thats what we care here for. I am ALWAYS open to ideas.

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4/8/09 12:41 P

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I want to make it clear to everybody that I'm NOT and would never tell anyone what diet to go on weather it be Low-Carb or what ever. I'm just saying that is what works for me and at this time I'm stalled.

I'm just trying to research why or what the difference is between Over weight people (like me) and Thin people that are Diabetic.

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4/6/09 1:00 A

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Yes Carol, it would help you to know where you stand with the sugar, it's always good to have your own history. You never know when you might need the history.

Yes, again on like Atkins. It is always your choice and I'm glad you are considering it. But, just so you know on Atkins you start at 20 carbs a day for 14 days and then start adding 5 carbs a day for a week at a time until you start gaining, that way you learn how many carb your body can take before it gains and that is what is called YOUR "Critical Carb Level". What ever yours is, you would back up 10 carbs to keep losing or if your at your goal just back up 5 carbs to stay at your level to maintain. Just know this, if you decide to go for it, it is a way of life. If you go over YOUR CCL you will start to gain again, but you do learn to love that way of life, the way you feel and the way you look.

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4/5/09 9:15 P

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Charlie, isn't this pretty much like the Atkins diet? I have tried to do this diet, with no luck. I found it so hard to do without potatoes and fruits and some veggies.

I copied and pasted this to myself and I am gonna give this some thought. I need something to get to start loosing again.

I appreciate all this info.........

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I do have a monitor, would it do me any good to monitor my sugar even tho I don't have diabetis? Would it help me to know where I stand with the sugar thing? Just wondering.......

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4/5/09 3:45 P

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This was written to me on another team and I thought it might help anyone who might want to start the Low-Carb way of life, because it is stated so simply.

HEY CHARLIE,
I AM NOT CURRENTLY ON THE LOW TO NO CARB DIET BUT HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST AND DID HAVE VERY GOOD RESULTS.
FOR ME , IT CONSISTED OR THE FOLLOWING.
1- EGGS ANY AMOUNT
2- SALAD, LETTUCE,TOMATO, CUCUMBERS, BELL PEPPERS AND I FOUND A NO CARB DRESSING!!
3- BACON, HAM, SAUSAGE ANY AMOUNT
4- LEAN RED MEAT, CHICKEN, FISH, TURKEY
FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS I HAD NO VEGES OR FRUIT AND BEGAN TO ADD THEM VERY SLOWLY.
FREE STUFF WAS
1-DILL PICKLES
2-QUEEN OLIVES
3-BACON RINDS

NO WHITE NOTHING, NO BREAD!!
I FOUND I COULD MAKE A VERY NICE CHEF SALAD WITH HARD BOILED EGGS,TURKEY, HAM, OR CHICKEN, PICKLES, OLIVES AND HARD CHEESE, CHEDDAR IS FREE, ANYTIME!!!
I WOULD USE THE BACON RINDS INSTEAD OF CRACKERS WITH MY SALADS.
I HAVE HEARD THAT IT WON'T HURT THE SUGAR
COUNT??
BEST TO CHECK THAT OUT.
HOPE THAT MAY HELP.
CHEERS, SUE

Thank you Sue, that is a good description of how the Low-Carb way of eating is done and it does work.

If I can help one person, I will be happy!

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4/5/09 3:33 P

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Hi Carol,

I brought this subject up because I found a wonderful Web Site that has confirmed to me that I have been on the right track all this time in eating the Low-Carb way for my Diabetes and to Lose weight.

The main thing I have learned from the site is I have NOT been checking my Blood Sugar enough. I was just checking it in the morning when I first wake up.

It's important to check it then and 1 hour after each meal, then again 2 hours after each meal. The reason for that is to make sure that what I'm eating does not spike my Blood Sugar over 140 at any time.

If my Blood Sugar goes over the 140 it will begin to damage my organs and nerves. That is why so many people that have elevated blood sugars are causing permanent damage to their bodies.

"Diabetic complications" is a euphemism for some very ugly outcomes that include blindness, amputation, kidney failure and death.

I sure don't want that!

These are things that I was not told by my Dr. or anyone else. I found this information on the internet when I was looking for the difference in "Thin people and Over Weight people who have Diabetes".



There is so much more to learn because, the site is huge! But for now I'm starting a new system to get my Blood Sugar and Weight under control!

1)When I wake I will test my Blood Sugar! Goal is 100
2)I will test 1 hour after each meal! Goal is under 140
3)I will test 2 hours after each meal! Goal is under 120
4)I will exercise at least 30 minutes 3 times a week!

This will do 3 things, 1)keep my Blood Sugar at a good level and 2)I will Lose Weight and 3)I should feel a lot better.

I just want to say here, that anyone can buy an inexpensive Monitoring System (Reli On, Ultima) at Wal Mart and some test strips and check their Blood Sugar, it is simple to do!


I HOPE THIS HELPS WHO EVER READS THIS and please take a look at the Web Site link below if you have Diabetes.
bloodsugar101.com/

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Hi Charlie, I am not diabetic, my mom was, she got it when she was around 50, so being prone to get it, makes it more important to loose this weight, and get healthy.

Being stalled myself, I have been really thinking about this. I talked to my Weight Watcher leader and she recommended the low carb, high protein to do for awhile. She is supposed to email me a list of what she eats, that works for her. I am beginning to think think this is the way to go.

Maybe if we put our heads together, we will come up with something!!

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I am and have been doing Low-Carb and I have been stalled for months now. I am a diabetic so Low-Carb is best for me and I have lost 50 pounds on it in the past.

I am asking because of being stalled so, I'm looking for answers.

1.) Is anyone on our team on the Low-carb why of life???

2.) Is anyone else a diabetic???

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