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Healthy Low Carb ideas needed please

I'm diabetic and I'm looking for some ideas for healthy low carb family meals that all the family will enjoy. There are quite a few food allergies in the family with the main ones being dairy (all types not just lactose intolerant), wheat (not just gluten), beef and some fruits, plus margarine, lamb and fats and foods fortified with vitamin d3 because it is made from lanolin and I've an allergy to this.

Many thanks for any help received.

TT x

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Hi ThyroidThora,

It sounds like you might be better to seek advice from a Dietician - to ensure that the nutritional needs of your family are catered for - none of us are medically trained in the forum, we are volunteers or members with an interest in Healthy eating.

I have found a few 'Low-Carb Recipes' here at the BBC Good Food website - so you could have a look through to see if any are of interest to you - but with regard to food intolerances etc - you'd have to consider each dish to think if it would be suitable for the person wishing to eat it, and maybe getting advice from a Dietician would be advisable.

Here is the link to the BBC good food recipes - but they are purely 'low carb':

bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/col...

Have a look at our Topics - there are some Gluten free recipes for example, and there are other communities in Health unlocked e.g. Gluten Free Guerillas (I think that's the name) - but I notice you also mentioned not being able to eat wheat as well.

Good luck with finding meals that suit your family. You may get some more replies, but I have to admit I hesitated to reply at first, as I realise that you are dealing with a range of nutritional needs and preferences.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Zest :-)

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Thank you for your reply Zest. I'll have a look at the links and see if there is anything suitable.

TT x

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The Blood Sugar Diet page may have some recipes, but as Zest has said, you might be better off talking to a dietician to ensure you’re getting a healthy diet.

thebloodsugardiet.com/recipes/

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Thank you Penel, I've got the Blood Sugar Diet book but it's a bit restrictive and is more for adults. There isn't anything that my 5 year old grandson would eat and my other family members aren't keen either. Some of the recipes are what I'd prepare for myself but I just don't want to keep having to make lots of different meals. However, I will look at the website because there might be more recipes on the site than in the book.

Kindest regards,

TT x

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Perhaps just cook a plain variety of veg, plus a protein, along with some separate carbs for your grandson? Children need their carbs unless a doctor has diagnosed otherwise.

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Thank you.

I tried this yesterday and made spag bol with turkey mince and loads of vegetables and I had green beans instead the Gluten free pasta I get for my grandson. It was very nice and filling.

TT x

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All the best with your quest for lower carb but I am with Zest in that I think a Dietician would be the best way to go. I have IBS and am now with a Dietician as I was afraid that if I started to cut out too many foods I may be depleted in vitamins and minerals and my body wouldn't be getting the nutrition needed.

All the very best.

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Thank you.

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I'm not sure if this programme is still available, though you may be able to get a transcript from the Beeb: healthunlocked.com/healthye...

Look up vegan vitamin D3 which is plant based.

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Thank you xx

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Hi ThyroidThora,

Did you consult with your Endocrinologist about going low carb high fat? Please set up an appointment with your doctor before you change your diet( if you haven’t already). You don’t want to have extreme lows. Not all diets are right for everyone. I have been using low carb high protein to control my diabetes and more protein keeps my numbers even during the day and evenings. Hope this helps!😀

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Thank you Activity2004.

No, my endo isn't interested and my GP isn't qualified in nutrition. When I told him I follow a low carb diet he told me to eat Weetabix. I explained that it's high carb and his reply was that it doesn't contain sugar. I explained that the carbs in Weetabix are converted to sugar by the liver in the body and will raise my blood sugars to very high levels. He didn't have a clue!

I'll just keep plodding on and follow the links from other forum users for some inspiration.

TT x

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Please get a second opinion from another doctor.😀

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They really are idiots!

If you haven't signed up to Thyroid UK on here, please do so. Many people with Hashimoto's find a GF diet helps their symptoms, & the folks on there are really good for both medical & nutritional information.

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Hi,

Thank you for your reply. I'm already on Thyroid UK and follow a partial GF diet because my grandson has a wheat allergy but, it's hard to find foods when out and about that don't contain gluten. So, I might have the odd sandwich but this isn't a regular thing.

Thank you for help.

TT x

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You're welcome!

Gliadin antibodies stay in our bodies for 3 months, so four, quarterly sandwiches a year are enough to cause an issue. :(

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If you want to find gf food to eat when you are out, try googling your local Coeliac branch, they often have lists of places to eat. Just googling gluten free in your local area should give you information.

Lots of places now have gf bread for sandwiches and everywhere must have a list of allergens in food so that you can find something safe to eat.

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Thank you.

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Thank you everyone for your replies and links. I'll keep looking for low carb recipes.

TT x

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Not sure if you can eat these but in general I swap potatoes for sweet potatoes, rice for cauliflower rice and spaghetti for courgetti. I’m sure there are many more but these are my go to basics 🤗

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Thank you for your reply.

I like to use Butternut squash noodles instead of spaghetti for bolognaise but I still have white potatoes because I prefer them to sweet potato. If I do have some rice it will be a small portion of brown rice. I have to be careful with brassica vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and kale etc, because they are goitre forming foods and bad for my remaining thyroid gland. I had thyroid cancer and the right side was removed and I take thyroid hormone replacement medication but, I've still got the left side of the gland and it contained a goitre when my cancer was removed. I cannot consume a lot of brassica foods because it causes goitres and, for me, these could turn cancerous. It's everything in moderation for me!

TT x

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