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Blood sugar diet

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by willstephens1, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. willstephens1

    willstephens1 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi everyone, i'm completely new here but so glad i found this forum.

    I am starting the 8 week blood sugar diet tomorrow and although the book has some amazing recipes, it requires a lot of ingredients and preparation.

    This forum looks like the ideal place to learn about low cab foods for the days that i fancy a little something different.

    I'm really looking forward to this diet, my overnight oats are chilling in the fridge as i type :D

    I have also created a youtube channel and facebook page, i figure that when people know you're doing something like this you're more likely to stick to it, and it might help people in the future. When i first decided to do the diet i spent ages on youtube watching peoples progress videos and thought what a great idea.

    So fingers crossed this diet will be a complete success.
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  2. Mbaker

    Mbaker Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I hope this works for you. Perhaps consider keeping a diary so that you know if any of the foods raise your sugars too much for your liking; some members who have done the similar concept Newcastle Diet report numbers around 9 mmol after meals. It seems that the calorie restriction bests the glyceamic load. Good luck.
  3. LouWilk059

    LouWilk059 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum! A lot of great info and friendly helpful people here.

    @daisy1 will be along to provide you with newbie info.

    Have a look around and feel free to ask if you have questions.
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  4. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    For a few out of the ordinary recipes try Headbangers Kitchen on youtube. It is put up by a Keto guy but the recipes could be adapted to fit in with the Blood Sugar Diet. Also check the Dietdoctor Website for more ideas. Good Luck.
  5. eggs11

    eggs11 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @willstephens1 - welcome to the forum! I did the version of the Blood Sugar Diet for a couple of months and it worked well for me - as I do an hour of walking a day with the dog I actually increased the daily calorie allowance to around 950-1000 a day and it still worked fine. I didn't really use the recipes in the book - just gave myself a personal target of around 50g or under of carbs a day after seeing on this forum how important the low carb element is and built the rest of my calories around that with protein and fat. If you're looking for other recipe ideas I really recommend this book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carbs-Cals...preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch it has some really easy ideas and you can mix and match meal plans to get to your target calorie amount per day. An important thing to remember is how you will eat once you've completed the diet - I have upped my calories now but stick to low carb, healthy fats as a way of life.
  6. There is no Spoon

    There is no Spoon I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi will,
    Just some words of encouragement as you start your diet.

    I read the book in February followed the advice in the book it's now April and I have reversed my diabetes. :bookworm:

    In the interest of full disclosure I didn't follow the diet in the book, but I did adopt many of the principles. One passage I remembered spoke of how you must do a crash diet as people can't stick to a diet for a length of time.

    My choice was it's a life style change not a diet, so no need to count calories and if it takes 16 weeks instead of 8 weeks its still the same result in the end. (it took about 12)

    Just in case you haven't stumbled across this yet the blood sugar diet has its own website with recipes.

    Good luck mate. ;)
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  7. jay_london

    jay_london Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Heh Will, I’ve just completed the BSD, well followed it loosely, more principles based - there’s a FB group which you may want to join, lots of friendly folk in there.

    I’m looking to do it again, properly this time and I found the principles has definitely helped my sugars. I lost just over a stone in weight and I’m what you call a TOFI so was impressed with that.

    Good luck
  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hello Willstephens1 and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it both interesting and useful. Ask as many questions as you like and someone will be able to help.


    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 235,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:
    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. Most of these are free.

    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why

    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
  9. jason134

    jason134 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi 3 weeks into blood sugar diet and lost just over a stone so far have loads of energy and enjoying the food
  10. jason134

    jason134 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hope it goes well for you
  11. BigIain

    BigIain Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been using the recipes from

    The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book
    by Clare Bailey

    The ingredients can be a daunting but they are all fairly simple to cook.

    I've made all of the non meat ones as partner is veggie.

    The results are amazing. Good luck the effort will be worth it!
    #11 BigIain, Apr 21, 2018 at 8:08 AM
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2018
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