diets

Diane Dorfman
By Diane Dorfman Latest Reply 2015-03-20 10:22:45 -0500
Started 2015-03-13 12:14:13 -0500

Any good suggestions for a low carb diet that is good, and easy to stick by?! I need to find something I will enjoy and be able to stick too. I would appreciate any ideas from ones that actually work and are fulfilling. I have Type 2 diabetes and have terrible sugar cravings! Help!
Thanks…


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Chopstix
Chopstix 2015-03-19 01:23:30 -0500 Report

Also keep in mind that the hunger you feel could be your body telling you that you are just thirsty.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-19 07:40:51 -0500 Report

I drink water all day. Gets pretty boring!

Chopstix
Chopstix 2015-03-19 13:02:22 -0500 Report

I drink it most of the day but normally start with a cup of Joe with cream and cinnamon. If I don't drink plain water I make a 'tea' out of 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch each of cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and a dash of black pepper(helps turmeric get into system). You can add honey if you like please research the help benefits of each. The best of health to you…

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-20 10:22:45 -0500 Report

I know…I have learned so much about how good Apple Cider Vinegar is for many things! Also, adding honey to it is good.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-20 10:21:13 -0500 Report

I know…I have learned so much about how good Apple Cider Vinegar is for many things! Also, adding honey to it is good.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-20 10:20:16 -0500 Report

I know…I have learned so much about how good Apple Cider Vinegar is for many things! Also, adding honey to it is good.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-20 10:19:15 -0500 Report

I know…I have learned so much about how good Apple Cider Vinegar is for many things! Also, adding honey to it is good.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2015-03-17 08:52:59 -0500 Report

Dr Joel Furhman and Dr Stephen Sinatra have the same idea. Nutrient dense foods are low calorie. Less meat with more veggies, fruit and beans, nuts, and seeds. I've been avoiding wheat/gluten and sugar. Dairy, at least cow's milk wrecks my sinuses. I deal with arthritis pain so avoiding wheat, white rice, flour, white flour and white potatoes does lessen the pain. Wild rice is better. I love zucchini and spaghetti squash are wonderful replacements for pasta. Quiona is delish!

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-15 12:59:52 -0500 Report

I do several things that help with cravings. in my fridge I keep in one container tomatoes and cucumber cover with garlic dressing, and in another I keep carrots and cucumbers and peppers diced up and I also keep hard boiled eggs on hand, and I keep a salad handy, but I put apples in my salads, but at the most I only get a few bits at most so I don't count them. For me the trick to fighting cravings in not to get hungry, once I get good and hungry I start looking for sweet stuff.
I hope some of these ideals with work for you…hang in there. :)

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 18:08:26 -0500 Report

I totally believe in (and follow) the NO WHITE DIET as it is easy to do and keeps carbs down. No White means: no sugar, no salt, no white rice, no white potatoes, no pasta, no white bread BUT you can have brown rice (1/2 cup), sweet potatoes or yams, spinach pasta (1/2 cup), or rye bread (one slice). I even occasionally have part of a dessert such as a pie where I eat the filling but not the crust. I have lost almost 60 lbs since August 2014. I drink Premier Protein Drink (there are three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry). I eat greek lite yogurt with a cut up fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, orange slices, or anything else that suits my fancy, plus 17 cashew nuts for the crunch for my breakfast. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks per day but nothing after 8PM and try to eat breakfast at 7AM. That's the whole Magillah for me. It works. I am becoming healthier, thinner, but more wrinkly. Oh well, can't have everything. I'll start working on the wrinkles after my tummy tuck.

dacorvington@yahoo.com
dacorvington@yahoo.com 2015-03-16 17:55:59 -0500 Report

I too agree with your No White Diet. I was just diagnosed Type 2 in Nov 14. 2 days later I headed for AZ for the winter with some pamphlets from my nurse. I test my blood sugar 1x day before breakfast and watch my foods. I had recently read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" and then ordered his "End of Diabetes" book. It certainly makes sense to me to eat only high nutrition vegetables and fruites. So far I am still eating about 3 oz of meat a day but trying to get most of my proteins from nuts, seeds, beans etc. I have lost weight but don't know how much yet - no scales around. My blood sugar has been anywhere from 199 to 125 this morning. I try to walk every day for 3.5 miles briskly. It's hot here now so not walking but will be going home soon and getting back to that faithfully. I do get some walking in each day but not a lot. I track my blood sugar, blood pressure and my meals each day. At the end of the month I email them to my nurse at home. Sometimes I just can't figure out why my blood sugar reading is high one day and not the next. I just signed up here and looks promising for some answers for me.

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-17 09:53:11 -0500 Report

Sounds like your on the right path! Keep it up. It's definitely a learning challenge. It's been 4 years now for me and I still get confused about numbers, my weight, eating the right foods! Ugh…
This is a really good site for good info!

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-03-15 08:39:31 -0500 Report

I relate to being wrinkly after all that weight loss. I wish I could afford a tummy tuck. And a thigh tuck. But I'm just going to have to live with things the way they are. I am also on my own, modified version of the NO WHITE DIET.

Homely54
Homely54 2015-03-14 20:50:56 -0500 Report

Good Evening RebDee, I like your diet plan, think I'll use that too, nice to have a change. I'll look for that Premier Protein drink, do you personally drink that once a day? or just as recommended. I too eat 3 meals and 3 snacks and try most nights to eat before 8, sometimes i get home from work and it'll be later than 8 when i eat. Now i'm just doing cold cereal if its going be be late dinner. Im trying everything.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 23:06:39 -0500 Report

Premier Protein Drink was prescribed by my bariatric surgeon and for a while I was drinking it three times a day. Nowadays I use it at least once a day for either a meal or a snack. I love the strawberry with chocolate coming in a close second and I use the vanilla to make eggnogs by adding a raw egg and some cinnamon.
Try it as your last meal of the day for several reasons: 1) you won't have to think about what you can make to eat; 2) it will keep your BS low in the AM; 3) it tastes good and is easy; 4) I no longer eat cereal for any meal, 5) I'm lazy and its easy and all I have to do is unscrew the top and drink it down and my tummy is happy and full.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-15 13:08:13 -0500 Report

I get Premier Protein Drink at Costco in a case of 18 for $24.99 (and sometimes on sale for $21.99). I have not found it anywhere else.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 23:00:24 -0500 Report

Try eating dinner earlier (when you might do a snack) and then take the Premier Protein at 8 when you get home from work. It helps in several ways: 1) you don't have to think about what to make for dinner; 2) it has a lot of protein but no carbs, 3) it tastes pretty good especially the strawberry one or chocolate. I often put cinnamon in the vanilla one or even a raw egg to make myself an "eggnog." 4) blood sugar is low in the morning.

Homely54
Homely54 2015-03-14 20:48:08 -0500 Report

Good Evening RebDee, I like your diet plan, think I'll use that too, nice to have a change. I'll look for that Premier Protein drink, do you personally drink that once a day? or just as recommended. I too eat 3 meals and 3 snacks and try most nights to eat before 8, sometimes i get home from work and it'll be later than 8 when i eat. Now i'm just doing cold cereal if its going be be late dinner. Im trying everything.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-17 19:40:58 -0500 Report

I use Premier Protein once a day either for breakfast or a snack or at dinner depending on how my day is planned.
I stopped eating cereal because I can't find one that suits me and is not high in carbs.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-03-14 02:56:30 -0500 Report

I agree with the things that have been said below, everything from 20-120 is considered low carb, it's just matter of who you ask. You have to determine what works right for you. Also, do not look at this as a diet, look at it as a way of life, a lifestyle eating plan. I eat lots of veggies and try to incorporate one or two new low carb veggies each month, and I eat meats and some dairy. I do not eat any grains, but a lot of people do. You have to develop what works for you. I like the idea of a modified paleo diet for starting out. Paleo basics with the addition of a few items. For me the most important thing is finding out exactly how many carbs you are going to eat each day and determining that this is not a diet but a lifestyle eating plan. I know that this is not what you wanted, sorry. Best of luck.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 23:09:24 -0500 Report

I've been eating things that would never have occurred to me before 2014. I found I like kale salad or quinoa salad. I eat more green veggies and less starch as I gear myself up and adjust my program.

JoleneAL
JoleneAL 2015-03-13 12:50:53 -0500 Report

Atkins and South Beach are technically low carb plans. I don't like the restrictions of Atkins, and the food suggested on South Beach makes me gag.

I use a food diary app, limit myself to a # of calories and carbs a day and move forward. Log your food for a week, then at the end of the week, review your food to your BG log and see where you can cut stuff out.

Additionally, diets are just that die-ts. You need to re-think this and move way from dieting to eating plan.

Also, with sugar issues — my best suggestion is cold turkey. Except for 3 small pieces of candy due to sugar lows, I haven't had any since Christmas. And I no longer crave it. But you can't, in my opinion, go off it slowly. Its a drug. Kick it to the curb!

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-14 23:16:15 -0500 Report

I agree with Jolene: NO Diets. Find your MEAL PLAN. I use myfitnesspal.com on my desktop computer to log in all my meals and my exercise. But it wants me to eat 1200 calories and the bariatric surgeon has told me to eat only 1000 calories. I also use my cell phone app called my fitness pal to take my pulse, how many steps I take in a day and then register them in myfitnesspal.com I try to be as accurate as possible. I even have put in some of my own recipes that mfp.com figures out as far as calories, carbs, sugars, salts, fats, potassium for each item. As for candy, I have tried my best to stay off of it but I have just found Atkins Desserts: peanut butter cups and they are very good and my dessert of choice. I also enjoy no sugar Menchie's frozen yogurt (as long as I don't put too much in my bowl).

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-13 12:27:02 -0500 Report

I use a modified paleo diet that is taking me down to under 70 grams a day and I have been adding some things that Jibber Jabber has been doing. The key is to find something you can live with and enjoy. It may not be any one thing but a combination of things.

The only thing I know for sure is if I treat it like a diet, I will fail. When I incorporate it into our lifestyle, and make those adjustments for the long haul, it works better for me.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-15 13:09:47 -0500 Report

Exactly what is a paleo diet and how do you modify it?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-16 09:53:35 -0500 Report

Paleo is basically a meat and veggie way of eating. It uses fruit and nuts as well, but no grains or dairy. It tends to be naturally low carb, but there are some exceptions. There are all kinds of cookbooks for it.

What I have done is add dairy back into it. It allows me greater flexibility and is more appealing to the rest of the family. It has been working well for me and we don't even miss the grains

Diane Dorfman
Diane Dorfman 2015-03-16 10:40:06 -0500 Report

Also Gabby, I eat very little meat! Don't like to eat meat all the time. Need to find something in the middle with little meat!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-03-16 10:47:02 -0500 Report

Just make adaptions. Eating meat doesn't mean that I eat huge steaks. I still have to keep it to about 4 oz servings and I eat a lot of lean meats as well as red meats and fish. You can use eggs. I eat a lot of eggs. You can also get protein from beans, but they come with carbs so you have to find out how they work with your glucose. But that is what I mean about finding something and making it work for you.

RebDee
RebDee 2015-03-16 10:16:31 -0500 Report

Since you added the dairy, I might like to try it. I will see after Passover. Need my matzo for Passover.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-13 12:22:44 -0500 Report

How low carb do you want to go…people go waay down to under 20 grams…and others eat 100-150 and call it low carb..and by SAD standards it is low carb..