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Carbs. do the Damage

Not just sugar, but all carbs.. You have to balance both activity & food. Good luck.

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To Hobieone,

I agree and so does my GP. But I can't manage to eliminate ALL carbs as they are everywhere. I try to keep my carb intake to 100g a day max. It's real hard for me as I LOVE bread and pasta. And I am pretty sure that 100g of carbs a day would seem way too much for some.

I had no problem cutting off sugar, tho.

Got my Ahbc1 (sic) blood tests done a week ago. Am pretty nervous re the results. Will keep you posted.

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personally I wouldn't advise cutting carbohydrates completely out of your diet, but do make sure that the ones you are consuming have as low a glycemic index as possible - meaning that they are broken down slower and the sugar release is slower. Mind you it would be quite difficult to remove all carbohydrates from your diet as most foods contain some carbohydrate - including non-starchy vegetables.

If your cells don't have any sugars then they start burning fats to produce energy - a process which leads to ketoacidosis. Diabetes interferes with the transfer of sugars into cells but if your diet doesn't contain any carbohydrates then that could also mean that the cells will start burning fats to produce energy - though as above it's probably impossible to remove carohydrates entirely.

Have you tried bulking up on non-starchy vegetables - cauliflower 'rice' seems to be becoming quite popular

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No Gambit, I never thought about cauliflower and will ask for more info re non-starchy vegs. I also heard that bone broth is recommended to decrease sugar and cholesterol levels as well. My meals reflect the anarchy of my 68 years on this planet : for instance, I had a whole bag (750 g) of Brussels sprouts for supper . And 3 cups of coffee with Canderel sweeteners. And I know for sure that I will get up around 2 am to hit the refrigerator. At least, I am trying...

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I love brussels sprouts so hearing about someone else tucking in makes me smile. Unfortunately I have thyroid problems and brassicas contain something (can't remember what now) that can interfere with the thyroid functioning efficently so can't overindulge anymore.

Changing eating habits can be very difficult but it is worth trying - your attitude sounds good as you aren't beating yourself up too much over occasional lapses.

Here in the UK supermarkets are trying to cash in on the use of cauliflower to replace rice and potato by producing special ranges - saw some cauliflower hashbrowns (substitute for a potato dish) yesterday.

If you are fridge raiding then you probably need to think about your purchasing habits as the starting point - living with other people will make that more difficult I know but there are plenty of tasty options out there.

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Cauliflower is one of my favorite things to have to turn into rice. I also have a cauliflower crust for some of my quiches. Really good and low carb., too.

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Keep at it Piano333. Please let us know.

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