Looking for diet suggestions

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-01-15 07:13:09 -0600
Started 2015-01-03 18:24:21 -0600

Hi guys…as you know I have gone super low carb..(I count net carbs..carbs minus fiber)
I know other here are also low carb and was wondering, because I am so new at this is you have any suggestions…

This is a list of everything I ate today…tell me what you think I should cut..or add..

Breakfast…two eggs with 1/2 cup sautéed mushrooms and 1/2 cup sautéed green peppers
Lunch..2 cups of dark green salad with blue cheese dressing…2 onces of cheddar cheese
snack..1/3 cup mixed berries with fresh whipped cream
Dinner…6 oz fresh roasted beast..1 cup broccoli..and 1/3 cup carrots…
This is a very typical day for me and includes everything I eat
I only drink water…seltzer,..and coffee…

47 replies

misslulu 2015-01-15 07:13:09 -0600 Report

Hi,I have read through all the comments(getting great ideas and facts) I was wondering what is the ideal carb count for 1 day? and I noticed noone mentioned being on a 1200 or more calorie diet..but I see people are losing good amounts of weight..Just been diagnosed with Type 2 and I am in need of knowledge

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-05 10:53:20 -0600 Report

Hi jib jab,
your diet sounds good to me. I'm on Adkins, but do not eat the frozen foods. I eat pretty much as you do. I have lost 80 lbs in 8 months…i just got
weighed today. I eat 2 eggs eveyday, with 2 strips of bacon, every morning. and hasn't effected me at all. Good luck to you and your eating plan. You seem to be doing great. VL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-05 13:21:34 -0600 Report

I love my BACON!!!!…But it is really expensive to buy the nitrate free bacon…sad face..I only eat it a couple times a month…about 14 bucks a pound at my local Whole foods. I steer clear of the atkins bars altogether…but I do keep atkins vanilla shakes in the house (1 net carb) to have if I am insanely busy or not feeling up to cooking…I also tried one of the frozen dinners…the Beef merlot…holy crap it was good…but again not a regular part of my diet…I just wanted to taste them to see if they were as nasty as most of the other frozen dinners on the market..

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-05 21:41:34 -0600 Report

Hi jib jab,
Glad to know that the Adkins frozen meals are good. Maybe now I'll try 1 or 2. I do eat the bars, 1 a day at most. My blood glucose would drop to low without them. I eat 1 for my bedtime snack. It gives me enough carbs to make it through the night, otherwise it would be hypo.hell for me. Have a
great day…VL

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-06 12:46:10 -0600 Report

yeah sometimes I forget to count my blessing…I really do not have problems with lows…I was told it was very rare for people just on metformin to have bad lows..which is another reason I balked when my idiot doctor suggested adding another med…sorry but I have enough self inflicted harm to my body without inviting other people/medications in to harm me more..I feel blessed that I have been able to control my numbers while only taking Metformin…I am acutely aware that many are not so lucky..

handmashed 2015-01-04 22:01:32 -0600 Report

Hi!! .
My entire approach has been recipe modification, since I really LOVE food it would not make sense to cut it out of my diet. Knowing myself and trusting myself, I assure you that drastic food losses will only set me up for complete failure.
I have found modifications and substitutes for nearly everything!! I consider each food as a challenge, and look for ways to make it suit my needs, not just my tastes or desires.
This experience is more than a change in my diet, it is a change in my lifestyle. My current weight loss is over 30 pounds, in 3 months.
Keep your focus, and do what works for you!!

miboomer 2015-01-04 21:59:23 -0600 Report

I am curious how many eggs you can eat when diabetic??? I would LOVE 2 eggs every a.m. Do you have any snacks? I am looking for low carb meals. 3 meals a day. where did you you get your meal ideas? Thanks so much for any help.

haoleboy 2015-01-04 22:27:53 -0600 Report

I have been eating as many as a dozen eggs a week for the past year now … generally 2 eggs per day is considered "safe".


StephD143 2015-01-07 07:31:07 -0600 Report

be careful with cholesterol issues! Don't want any more complications as a diabetic :O

haoleboy 2015-01-07 10:27:45 -0600 Report

I have been off cholesterol meds for over a year now … my ratios are "ideal" according to my doctor.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-05 13:34:55 -0600 Report

I eat two eggs every morning…so that is over a dozen a week…I know people doing atkins that eat three egg omelets every morning…I got my entire meal plan from the atkins induction allowed foods…I just added nuts back into my diet about a week ago after 2 weeks on induction..but just a palmful everyday..In a few weeks I will be adding another 5 grams of net carbs to my diet..(I will stay there for as long as the diet continues to work for me)…and will be adding a small piece of 90% cacoa dark chocolate every day to my diet…I strongly believe in a very low carb diet..but also believe there are some foods that are so beneficial, such as Good dark chocolate, tree nuts and certain veggies..That they need to be included in ones diet…especially if one is diabetic..

haoleboy 2015-01-05 14:02:49 -0600 Report

might I suggest 85% chocolate as most 90% chocolates are "dutched" which reduces the anti-oxidents?

no substitution for real, healthy foods … sometimes easy to forget as we focus just on carbohydrates ;)


Type1Lou 2015-01-04 10:23:26 -0600 Report

There is nothing in your list that I would eliminate. You should get good results! Congratulations on taking charge!

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:16:50 -0600 Report

You sound like you are doing great with your meal plan. Is it working for you number wise? If so, then keep on going. Your exercise plan that you talk about sounds great also. You should be kicking some booty girl!

I like to use coconut oil in cooking and am trying hard to get away from premade dressings for my salads. It's hard because I don't care for vinaigrette type dressings, but I am trying to make myself do that for a month to see how it goes. If you want to up your protein, mixing some cream cheese in your whipped cream is luscious. Or maybe add some nuts to your salad. I like the texture and the good fats they provide. I try to eat some kind of nut every day.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-04 13:44:30 -0600 Report

My numbers are great…just tested two hours post meal and was 110…although I was extra careful with the carbs today because I was out of strips..(I just got more so all is good)…I just bought a jar of Coconut oil yesterday at whole foods..haven't tried it yet..but I am doing a stir fry for dinner and am planning on using it…I usually have a palm full of nuts everyday..I should of mentioned that..but I was out yesterday..so when I wrote what I ate they weren't included…some people think I am nutzoid for going so low carb..what they don't understand is I count net carbs..and when counting net carbs you can squeeze plenty of veggies, berries and nuts into your diet…

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 09:15:02 -0600 Report

Unless you are running marathons or work outside all day having a lot of carbs is really not needed. My mom freaked out when I started so low carb. It started to worry me so I added, and now I am regretting it. I have to go back to what worked for me, and like you, it is very low carb. If I can keep myself under 75 a day, I do much better.

haoleboy 2015-01-04 12:34:53 -0600 Report

For dressings I make my own, fresh every day … 3 tbls. Mayo ( I prefer the one made with olive oil)1 tbls. half and half (adjust to desired thickness) and your choice of spices … my current favorite is black pepper and dill. I also make a spicy "Thousand Island" using pickle relish and Sriracha sauce.
Most of the dressings I make are less than 1 carb per serving.


sandyfrazzini 2015-01-07 09:42:11 -0600 Report

I make a salad dressing that is very simple, I have been making it since I was diagnosed 32 years ago. It's just tomato juice, lemon juice, diced onion and seasoning of your choice, I like Mrs. Dash and garlic.

GabbyPA 2015-01-05 09:16:22 -0600 Report

Would you post your dressing recipes in our recipe section? Those sound yummy. I use the mayo with olive oil too. Have not succeeded in making my own mayo though.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-04 13:49:23 -0600 Report

sounds yummy…I haven't gotten there yet..still using bottled blue cheese dressing…but my 22 year old son is now doing atkins with me…he wants to drop 15 pounds before he starts nursing school..(says it is really uncool for a healthcare professional to be overweight)..he has dropped 8 already and is starting school in two weeks…BUT because two of us are low carb now it makes sense to start making some homemade dressing…Im looking for a blue cheese recipe today..

haoleboy 2015-01-04 14:49:13 -0600 Report

homemade is always so much better … I am going to start making my own mayo as well since it is simple and I can eliminate the preservatives and such that they add to store bought.

and kudos to your son … I spent three weeks in the hospital after my stroke and was quite surprised by the number of health care professionals that were obese (some morbidly obese).


lilleyheidi 2015-01-04 00:38:13 -0600 Report

I eat low carb as well, and that looks really good, and very healthy to me. I hope it is working for you :) HUGS, Heidi

haoleboy 2015-01-03 19:27:06 -0600 Report

important to make sure you get plenty of fat (in the absence of carbs your body needs a source of energy) also salt (sodium) is important as your body will begin to eliminates sodium on a low carb diet


Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 21:54:50 -0600 Report

I salt everything and all my veggies are tossed in olive oil and garlic for a few seconds in the pan before I eat them…hope that is good enough..

haoleboy 2015-01-03 21:57:30 -0600 Report

sounds good to me (butter is good to use as well)
sounds like you got it pretty well wired.


debcox 2015-01-03 18:44:38 -0600 Report

Do you exercise also? The reason I ask is that your diet is really low carb and if it works for you that is good. I eat lots more than that carb wise.

I usually have about 225 carbs a day but I do a work out in the morning, ride about 11 miles a day and walk 4 miles a day outside with my grandpuppy and then 3-4 miles on the treadmill. If I did not eat more carbs I'd probably have some hypoglecemia issues. As soon as I get off my insulin, I will probably lower the carbs a bit and eat more protein.

RosalieM 2015-01-04 08:20:01 -0600 Report

225 carbs a day is a lot. That is also a lot of exercise. I suspect you are eating up to your insulin and your exercise level. I assume you are type 2 not type one. If you cut your carbs by 50 to 75 % you may not need to take insulin now or at least a lot less. Here is another question to ask yourself. Will you be able to maintain that rigorous exercise schedule when you are 10 or 20 years older than you are now? Your body will learn to use fat for energy if you cut the carbs. I do a weight machine cycle in the morning and in the winter Use my tread mill for twenty minutes (about half way uphill) in the afternoon. That along with my usual work is enough each day. My diet is quite low carb but not totally radical.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 18:57:27 -0600 Report

Lmao..your grand puppy…?? would this be your grand daugters puppy..just too cute..

debcox 2015-01-03 19:06:21 -0600 Report

Yes, the puppy belongs to our grandsons who live across the street but she lives with us because they don't have a fence around their yard and we do. She is a great puppy (now a year old) and I love her a lot.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 19:36:12 -0600 Report

Maybe I should get myself a grandpuppy…I want a dog but my landlord wont let me have one…but my grandchildren only live three blocks away…hmmmm…I am hatching a plan…

sweetslover 2015-01-03 22:28:21 -0600 Report

Walking a dog is a lot more enjoyable than just walking alone—as long as the dog is leash trained, that is.

GabbyPA 2015-01-04 08:09:16 -0600 Report

I agree 100%. My dog is why I walk everyday. When I don't feel like it, she gives me those sad eyes and I have to go.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 18:55:49 -0600 Report

I walk an hour a day after dinner and work out with weights every other day for half an hour…and because my dear sweet hubby bought me a gym membership for Christmas..I now swim every morning..(the gym is a 15 minute walk from my front door yippee)…I love exercise gives me all kinds of energy..I could never get away with 225 carbs a day without my sugar shooting up to high..I was going up to 180 post meal when I was limiting myself to 30 grams of carbs per meal…if I ate as many as you can I would end up having to take more meds..and the goal is to get off of them..

debcox 2015-01-03 19:16:42 -0600 Report

It is so strange how everyones body is so different and reacts to things in a different manner. I started with Lantus (insulin) in May but with exercise and watching what I eat, I have gone from 20 units fo Lantus down to 8 (as of New Years Eve). I do exercise and eat a lot but if I don't keep my carbs up I start having episodes of hypoglecemia. I fell off my bike once and scrapped my knee. It was weird because I was standing up with the bike under me looking at the mountains and then I wasn't standing but on the ground. Also, I was hiking and had an issue and fell in some rocks. I had to go to the ER which was a pain. I do lower my carbs when it is cold out and I have to decrease my exercise. I think the morning I passed out on my bike, I had a vegetable omelet for breakfast, a piece of toast with butter and 4 oz. of orange juice. Then, I rode 18 miles on my bike. I did have snacks but did not stop in enough time. I had just finished eating when I fell. I should have stopped at 11 miles instead of pushing on to a better place to snack.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 19:33:53 -0600 Report

I would be afraid to push myself that hard..especially after passing out…please be careful..and next time STOP and eat something chicky…lmao..I don't like reading about hypos…but hypos and passing out while on a bike is particularly scary to read..

debcox 2015-01-03 20:21:08 -0600 Report

Yes, I am lots more careful now. Thankfully, I was not riding at the time but at rest while I was snacking. My hubby was making a delivery where I usually stop for my snack so I waved to him and thought, I will get a snack up ahead. Now, I stop halfway through my ride whether I am hungry or not and have a snack and 1/2 cup of orange juice. If I am on a hike with friends, I stop every two hours for a snack or earlier if I start to get snarky :-) Thankfully, I have understanding friends.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-03 19:28:29 -0600 Report

18 miles is quite the hike..so yeah I can see requiring more carbs…but I have never had a hypo episode (knock on wood)…I even wake up two or three times a week and test myself at 3am…just because I am THAT careful since going really low carb…lmao..I must go through 170-180 strips a flipping month…but yeah I test often…only because I know everyone is different..and just because others have benefited from going really low carb doesn't necessarily mean it is the best approach for everyone…

debcox 2015-01-03 20:24:17 -0600 Report

I've had 3 or 4 but only two where I got hurt. Since, I started having a snack halfway through my ride, I have not had an issue at all. They are kind of scary and I am much more careful now as I don't want to do that again. I also do not drive unless I have just eaten or I have tested my blood sugar.

RosalieM 2015-01-04 08:26:07 -0600 Report

Sorry I should have read all your post before my comment above. Here is something I learned, our blood sugar does not always react immediately to what we do. There is sometimes a delay.
That is especially true if you are very active.

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