Low Carb eating

By jimstez Latest Reply 2009-07-13 18:20:58 -0500
Started 2009-04-03 12:07:52 -0500

Just wondering what the consensus from others is about eating this way. Have people tried coconut flour for baking. There are basically no carbs in coconut flour but wonder what the drawbacks are, if any, in this flour?

26 replies

indysmile 2009-07-13 16:28:04 -0500 Report

I never heard of this kind of flour-I would be interested in finding out how it works also?

SkipT 2009-07-13 18:20:58 -0500 Report

Coconut flour is usually available at most health food stores. You can also find it online at Amazon.com and Diabeticdirect.com. For most of my cooking though I prefer Almond flour. It works really well for "breading" porkchops and making pizza dough.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-09 16:29:17 -0500 Report

I personally think low carb can be great in watching your blood sugars and helping with weight loss, but if you have kidney disease you need to lower your protein intake. I know before I got close to even started dialysis I had to lower my protein intake and if thats the case the low carb diet doesn't work.

DT2Patient 2009-04-09 18:07:40 -0500 Report

Hi, i agree that you have to balance all foods that you eat. Drinking water is key to proving effective to help. Watch your potassium as well, my mother has had problems in this area. Metforming caused my mothers kidneys to go bad.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-09 18:19:17 -0500 Report

Been there, done it. Good reminder about potassium also watch sodium. I am a surviver of dialysis and a transplant..

tabby9146 2009-06-07 18:31:18 -0500 Report

Wow Debe you are an inspiration.I did not know you were a survivor of a transplant. Somehow I missed that over the months I have been on here.

mamaoak 2009-04-13 20:17:08 -0500 Report

i have a question about potasium are you saying not to have to much or that you need it.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-06-07 18:54:29 -0500 Report

When you are on dialysis you have to watch your potassium, phospherous and sodium intake. But you need to keep your potassium at normal limits. To low of potassium can cause cardic problems even to the extreme of cardiac arrest. To high can also cause major problems. Watch your salt intake. I don't use much or no salt at all…Debe

SkipT 2009-04-03 16:57:11 -0500 Report

I am one of the low carb extremist in the group. I follow the Bernstein program which is 6-12-12. That is 6 grams of carbs at breakfast and 12 at lunch and dinner. I managed to lose 77 lbs and keep it off for over a year and a half now. I also weaned myself off of all meds. I maintain my BG through diet and exercise.
Coconut flour has the draw back that it doesn't contain gluten so it won't bind like regular flour. There are some good recipes for it though. Here is a website for a PDF file that has recipes. www.simplycoconut.com/Coco%20Flour%20Recipes.pdf

tabby9146 2009-06-07 18:29:46 -0500 Report

wow! what do you eat that has such low carbs, for lunch and b'fast? I usually eat Smart Start cereal with a piece of wheat toast for b'fast, or oatmeal, or whole grain waffles with sugar free syrup but while my carbs are low, I think anyway, yours are super low. thanks!

SkipT 2009-07-10 19:00:25 -0500 Report

A typical breakfast for me is 2 eggs fried in coconut oil. Natural Sausage patties (2 or 3 depending on how hungry I am. A wedge of lettuce with mayo and a cup of decaf coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

2009-04-03 13:23:12 -0500 Report

Hi there,
I'm a vegetarian so the traditional low carb eating where you load up on meat is not going to work for me. I try to use the glycemic index to choose my foods. I do eat eggs occasionally and dairy but probably not as much as I'm supposed to. Mostly fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and soy. I try to spice things up a lot so that it doesn't get boring for me. The glycemic index works for me rather than low carb.. It's a personal choice.


alwaystryin 2009-04-03 12:25:50 -0500 Report

As I always say Carb Carb Carb. I heard an interesting comment once. Anything that is white in color, is probably very carby.

lipsie 2009-04-03 17:07:44 -0500 Report

Are you serious, I had No idea, wow…what about like a boiled egg then? I am so lost…HELP!! lol Sheila

2009-04-03 17:13:14 -0500 Report

No Sheila eggs don't have carbs. That 'anything white' is a little extreme. What it means is white flour, white pasta, white potatoes, white rice, and white sugar… You can eat these things but they should be limited to 'once in awhile' because they can cause your blood sugars to go higher than the alternatives like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat flour, sweet potatoes etc..

Make sense? :)

alwaystryin 2009-04-03 17:58:16 -0500 Report

That was pretty vague on my part. A good part of thought was on how some of the basic foods we eat are affected by the milk, sugar, flour, potatoes etc. that we eat. And if it is not fiber in some form, it can be a
sleaper carb.

What works for you, is best for you I reckon.

lipsie 2009-04-03 18:02:04 -0500 Report

Ahhh…okies…Ghottcha sorry, I really didn't understand…even though I have been Diabetic a while I have not been taking care of myself…so now I am trying to learn ty…Sheila

alwaystryin 2009-04-03 18:23:43 -0500 Report

OK, I see. I'm not sure if I needed to include my personal disclaimer that I am no where near a professional in the answers to any questions, discussions, etc. And if I appeared to be, it was not my intention.

The only thing I did mean to imply was what works for us, does not imply it will work for all.

And what does work for us as far eggs go, is anyway we can fit them into our daily intake of food. There sure isn't anything better that a good omelet!

kdroberts 2009-04-09 15:25:54 -0500 Report

You can really ignore the carb in eggs. You get about 0.5g of carb per large egg so unless you are eating dozens in one go they won't contribute a meaningful amount of carb to your diet.

SkipT 2009-04-09 17:00:11 -0500 Report

I follow the 6-12-12 program and two eggs is equal to 1 gram so I have to count them.

P2putt 2009-07-10 10:53:27 -0500 Report

Skip, what does your meal plan include. I'm trying to lower my carb intake and am interested in what you are doing. Please respond.TY Pete

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