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Offline Pablo

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Why low carb
« on: November 02, 2016, 02:52:51 AM »
Yes. I read some I understand some. What is carbohydrate.? How to find restriction.?
Doctor gives me meters also strips. If I am eating to meter many strips not wasted.
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 03:36:02 AM »
Hello Pablo,
I've taken the liberty of moving this post from your Introduction topic to create a new topic of its own.

From what I understood, you are asking (a) What is a carbohydrate and (b) What are the things that you need to restrict while eating.
Here is what I have understood & learnt over the 6 years that I have been controlling my numbers with this Way of Eating. I will try and keep things simple so as to be easily understood.

(a) All things that we eat or drink can be divided into 3 macro (major) nutrients - carbohydrates (also known as carbs), Proteins and Fats. If you just look at the bio-technical names of these nutrients, Fats are known as Fatty acids, Proteins are known as amino acids and carbs are known as saccharides (in other words sugars). That is because when digested fats will break up into their core fatty acids, proteins into their amino acids and carbs will break down to their core, which is glucose (simplest sugar). Since we are diabetic we have a problem with processing our glucose further, therefore it makes sense to restrict them in our diet as far as possible.
(b) Fats & Proteins are found in Meats, Fish, Poultry (including eggs), Cheese, cream, butter and oils. Carbs are found in Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Starchy foods (like pulses & legumes). So foods in the second group or foods that are derived from them have to be avoided. Try and get most of your carbs from vegetables, especially the green ones.

When trying to eat the LCHF way try to keep your calories from fats as highest (75%), proteins (15%) and carbs lowest (10%).

If your Dr has provided you with a meter and strips and if they are covered under an insurance plan please ask him for more. In the beginning when trying to control your numbers you will need to do a lot of testing. Any strip used for testing is not a waste as it tells you something important about your metabolic status.   
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 07:48:06 PM »
Excellent explanation skb. Makes things much clearer to me, once again.
Pablo, testing extensively is very essential in the begining. I would say go for it even if you have to buy your own strips.
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 01:19:10 AM »
Pablo,

You have got a very good explanation and food analysis. It would help to know what you normally eat and if the avoidable foods listed are a problem for you ?
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2016, 02:08:09 AM »
Had to trouble to search post. Yes I have problem with pasta and bread. What way out ?

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2016, 03:11:00 AM »
The only way out, Pablo, is that we diabetics just cannot eat pasta and bread. Both of those foods are made with grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, etc.) and grains are pure starch. Starches raise our blood sugar, and there's no way out - we just have to avoid eating them.

The trade-off for giving up grains & other starches, is that we get lots of marvelous fats like butter, cream, cheeses and bacon! Fatty things like avocados are great for us, and we can eat all the eggs we want. So don't be afraid to increase the fats in your meals . . . all the bacon & eggs you can eat!

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2016, 10:33:45 PM »
Pablo,
If you want to see improvement in your numbers you will have to make some sacrifices with your foods. You will be surprised how fast your blood sugar will respond to these changes. Please, just please try it once before you ignore any advice here.
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2016, 12:43:11 AM »
OK. Good tip. Wine no restriction ?

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2016, 02:42:30 PM »
Well, a little wine is good for us, but sweet wines of course, will raise our blood sugar, just like any other sweet foods. A glass or two of red wine is okay.




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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2016, 07:31:04 PM »
Like with everything else, moderation is the key, when it comes to alcohol. Like Shanny says, some red wine is fine. I'd go ahead & state that a drink (or two) is fine too, once in a while. Just be aware that, alcohol will tend to drop your BG for a short while. The blood sugar will bounce back into range later though.
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2016, 07:50:18 PM »
Spirits drunk neat or on-the-rocks will drop your blood sugar, but if they're combined with sugary mixers like cola, tonic water or others, those mixers are apt raise your blood sugar, unless you choose diet mixers.

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2016, 12:52:39 AM »
No No sweet mixers. Only I have some wine or some days maybe whiskey.
Have made restriction in pasta and bread. Hope that remains with me.

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2016, 10:02:31 AM »
Excellent! Glad you're seeing improvement, Pablo!

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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2016, 07:40:50 PM »
Have made restriction in pasta and bread. Hope that remains with me.

Hey Pablo, that is very encouraging news indeed. Please do keep tracking your blood levels with your meter. You will be able to determine the drop in your numbers and that will help you to take further decisions.
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Re: Why low carb
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2016, 01:50:32 AM »
Pablo,

Rocky is absolutely right. At least you can test extensively in the first few months and see how these changes are helping you.

We have answered whatever questions you have raised, but giving some of your numbers would really help us understand your BG profile better.
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