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Michael Mosley's 8 week blood sugar diet recipes

Has anybody read this book and tried this diet? I have been following the diet but I find that a lot of the recipes are unsuitable for people who are GF or have IBS. Some recipes have ingredients that can be substituted or left out, but I keep having the same meals which can get boring. 

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There are two diets in one; a very low calorie diet and the Mediterranean version. Both cases result in lowering carbohydrates which cause most of the irritations and inflammation.

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That is the case with all v low calorie diets isn't it? I have been avoiding carbs as much as I can as I was told I was pre-diabetic and offered medication. I managed to get my blood sugar down to under normal by reducing carbs so did not need medication which I was v pleased about. I thought Mosley's book was quite convincing so wanted to give it a try. 

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Yes; VLCD tend to be low carb if you're getting adequate protein, but not everybody realises, or acknowledges that.

Another problem is with the quality of carbs, with GF more often than not being high Gi making them toxic to chronic health unless accompanied by protein, plenty of acid such as vinegar of lemon juice, and plenty of natural fat. The Mediterranean version of Mosley's diet facilitates this.

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It is the Mediterranean diet I have been following.  The recipes look very nice but I have done FODMAPS under medical supervision and cannot eat things like cauliflower, mushrooms,leeks and other vegetables, nor can I eat too many pulses. Also there are some recipes which contain ingredients such as raisins, dates etc which are often dodgy as they have been rolled in flour.  Omitting these ingredients can make the dish boring! 

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Focus on the things you can eat and you'll have a much more enjoyable time! Coconut? Nuts? Crackling? Olive oil? Double cream? Cheese? Avocado? Butter? Whole milk? Eggs? Seafood? Fish? Meat? Game? Poultry? Sweet potato? Barely-ripe banana? Quinoa? Bulgur wheat? Whole-oats? Other, non-starchy vegetables?

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I do focus on the things I like but (a) I am not very creative with food and hoped for more recipes that I could eat and; (b) I usually commute 4 hours a day so completely whacked out by dinner time! I can't eat so much stuff like I said earlier and definitely  not quinoa, certainly not bulgar wheat or oats. 

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Good old Michael Mosley! You've got to admire a man who experiments on himself.

Glad to hear you have got your blood sugars under control. My OH was also pre-diabetic but reversed it with a low carb diet. He's ok with a Med type diet but I can't eat nightshades.

Perhaps invest in some new cookery books? 

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Yeah IMO he is good! The Med diet is not new but it is so nice to have new recipes that's why I bought his book! I am disappointed at the lack of choice for me. 

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There are a lot of recipe books on amazon for low calorie diets which I sent for & really good - I just look for swapping things I can eat - I rarely eat GF cards as always high I fat, sugar. If I do its usually warbitans crackers which are really nice. It does work this diet & I am doing the HIT exercise & really good as well as being able to fit it in with a busy life. Good luck & well done so far :-)

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You could try looking at sites with recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), this diet avoids complex carbohydrates and processed sugars. There are books with recipes for this diet, but there are also loads of websites with excellent recipes which are tasty and always use good healthy ingredients. I have a list of about 10 sites that I often refer to for recipes, which must contains hundreds between them.

The diet itself is well worth looking at to help eliminate IBS symptoms as well. Also the Paleo diet has many supporting websites with recipes, but does include items such as maple syrup and sweet potato which are not allowed on the SCD. However, even if you don't want to follow the SCD or Paleo diets, the recipe ideas are usually excellent and full of healthy foods.

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Thank you - I have looked at many websites for low carb recipes and have found some fab food, but I specifically wanted to try this diet as in my opinion it has been scientifically designed and the weight loss is good too. I am due for blood tests soon and wanted to synchronise with this to see whether my blood glucose was still low.  As I said earlier I am disappointed that I cannot eat many of the recipes on his diet. I didn't want to introduce different recipes in case it disrupted the process. Besides for me it was easier to just follow the plan which is for 8 weeks.

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I see and understand where you are coming from. However, by way of information I have been on the SCD since last June, have lost over 2 stone, and 4 inches off my waist and now weigh the same as when I got married over 30 years ago, as well as significantly improving my general health. I think you'll find that any diet that cuts out complex carbohydrates and processed sugars will lead to weight loss. I remember a doctor telling me a few years ago that the best way to lose weight was to give up potatoes and bread, the two main carbohydrates many people eat (before I was diagnosed CD of course).  Good luck with whatever you follow, I hope it works for you.

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Wow seriously impressive! Well done! And you are right of course about cutting out the complex carbs and processed sugars. I don't eat carbs at least bread, pasta, (can't eat the GF stuff) rice, potatoes etc and haven't done for at least 2 years that's how I got my blood sugar down. But there are carbs in other things of course.  I only eat things I make (although I do got out to eat occasionally and visit friends but sometimes take my own food) and I don't eat much anyway - never have done. However, despite this and lots of exercise (I swim, cycle and walk) my weight which is way too much, never reduces which is why I was attracted to the MM diet. It is an experiment too to see if I shift the weight too. Because all my tests are good the doctors aren't concerned about my weight.  As far as they are concerned I do all the right things, have low blood pressure and am healthy and cannot find the reason why the weight doesn't disappear.     

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Where did you get the book?  I've never heard of it and was wondering if it could help with the lowering of the blood sugars-- even with the subbing of some ingredients.

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Hello Activity I got the book from a local book shop.  I am sure you can get it on Amazon.  Here is a link to a helpful website about his diet.  I am on Day 6 and hopeful!

thebloodsugardiet.com

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Thank you!  I'm going to try and check the website very soon.  Have a little knitting to get done this afternoon at 2 pm.

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It certainly does help with BGLs. I am three weeks into the 800x8. I am a 9 year T2 diabetic. Was looking at having to use drugs to control. Within 2 days my BGLs returned to normal and have remained there. I have previously tried (and succeeded for a few months) every diet known to man. This is not hard. I have eaten out and have no cravings. I don't follow the recipes in the book, (as interesting as they look). Just weigh and record carbs and calories. Feel terrific. It is like a miracle as I am eating food I had omitted in keeping my HBA1c below 7.

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That is so impressive JMK2106 well done! I also got my levels down substantially by eating a very low calorie, high protein low carb diet, but it was before I did the MM diet. However, my problem was I did not/and do not lose weight whatever diet I try! I very rarely eat over 1000 calories a day. If I do I put on at least 2lbs. Doctors don't know why I don't lose weight especially as I am very active, swim, cycle etc.

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