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Easy low carb diet

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Garooba, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. Garooba

    Garooba Type 2 · Member

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    I would like to know if anybody has a diet plan they can share me that works and is low carb. I know there are recipes but I just don't have the time to search through hundreds of recipes. Any ideas would be gratefully received
     
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    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You can keep it very simple but it may get a bit boring, it's a long term lifestyle choice so you will need variety to help keep you on track - but starting simple can be good - depends how low carb you want to go - no porridge,bread, pasta, rice, flour products careful with fruit. Eat above ground veg, meat, chicken, fish, a few nuts, berries are low in carbs, olive oil, butter, full fat plain yogurt, eggs, there is a thread with a good basic shopping list - I think it was written by @Brunneria - have a read of that - I think it's a sticky in the low carb section.

    Have you looked at the diet doctor site? Search for diet doctor lots of good info on there - you never know you may be tempted to cook a recipe or two - the low carb what have you eaten today thread is a good one to read through too:)

    Forgot to say avoid potatoes too and processed foods - eat fresh and don't avoid fat
     
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    Winnie53 Type 2 · BANNED

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    seadragon Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Try the dietdoctor.com low carb 10 day challenge on his website. It's a good starting point and comes complete with shopping lists and recipes (although you can swap stuff out )
     
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    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    I eat guacamole and celery for breakfast. Lunch and dinner are protein and fat wrapped in a lettuce wrap with a few side veggies or a salad with protein. I mix mayo with horseradish, mustard or hot sauce.
    Snacks are a few nuts or pumpkin seeds.
    I mix up my proteins but stick to above ground veggies as carbs and use mayo , olive oil and avocado as my fat

    It s VERY simple but I love it

    I pre cook all kinds of proteins in bulk and freeze so whatever my heart desires at that time is ready to go. I prefer simple than stressing over food or cooking meal by meal and cleaning up
     
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  6. zzcanasta

    zzcanasta Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Like you, I find it difficult to find the time needed to source and try out complex recipes, so simple suits me best (in most things in life). Bear in mind that I had no other pre-existing medical conditions (apart from pre-D) before changing the way I eat, so if you do, take medical advice before diving in.
    First thing I did was to read Michael Mosley's book, 'The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet' from cover to cover (not hard, because it's a fairly short book), on the basis that 'knowledge is power', as well as being a great motivator. If you're not familiar with the book, have a look at the related website: https://thebloodsugardiet.com/. Most of what's in the book is there.
    My advice - ie what has worked for me (lost almost 2 stone in 3 months, now have 'normal' readings for everything and my gout has disappeared) - would be as follows:
    Avoid (for the first couple of months, at least): bread (of all kinds and colours), potatoes, breakfast cereal, crisps, cakes, puddings, biscuits, pasta, rice, sweets, tropical fruit. Also avoid reading any nutritional advice on the NHS website, as it will make you depressed/confused. They know they're wrong, but can't quite bring themselves to admit it yet. They will.
    Adopt: lots of fish (tinned mackerel and sardines are really handy) and seafood; eggs; homemade soup; full-fat Greek yoghurt; meat of all kinds (preferably with as little processing as possible, though I make an exception for chorizo); lots of green veg (the greener the better - eg cabbage, kale, lettuce, spinach, courgettes/zucchini - which are fantastic when cut into thinnish slivers, brushed with olive oil and garlic and cooked on a griddle); green/red/orange peppers (eat raw with hummus); mushrooms; pulses (3 or 4-bean salads are wonderful for adding to soups, salads, etc); berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspeberries), which I add to yoghurt; cheese (not too much); nuts of all kinds as a snack; very dark chocolate - ie over 70% cocoa solids (tip - don't bite it. Let it melt on your tongue. You'll thank me one day, I promise); lots and lots of extra virgin olive oil, both for cooking and as a dressing. Oh, and quinoa as a substitute for rice or pasta (sounds posh/exotic, but you can get it in discount stores such as Home Bargains).
    With a list like that, it's fairly easy to put together a varied set of simple menus. I also regularly visit the 'What have you eaten today?' forum on this site to get other ideas.
    My other top tips would be - if you're physically able:
    • Walk at least a couple of miles every day, longer distances if you can
    • Do some basic resistance exercises - eg press-ups, small weights - for 10 mins a day
    • Do some core exercises - eg stomach crunches
    • Learn to meditate and try to do it daily. I'm an atheist/rationalist/instinctive skeptic, so am not particularly interested in the mystical or spiritual baggage that sometimes accompanies it, but rather in its practical effects on my sense of wellbeing. It works - end of. If you're a novice, try this series of articles for starters: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/how-to-meditate
    • Don't beat yourself up - an occasional cake, chip butty, handful of crisps, etc won't do any harm (as long as it's just an occasional treat)
    There are so many food ideas on this website that you'll probably never get bored with what you eat. Good luck, my friend.
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Before I found this forum, when I was first diagnosed I simply cut out or right down on all foods high in sugar and starches, then just ate my normal meals leaving out these food types. But I was eating a fairly good but somewhat limited basis for low carbing to start with. It simplified matters for me and worked well enough until I'd had enough time to understand more about the LCHF way of eating. I still tend to work on this basis, but now also use low carb recipes that I've found and suit my preferences.

    Robbity
     
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    specialk Type 2 · Active Member

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    I totally agree with your advice. It is working for me. Do wish the nutritionalists awake up and start recommending LowcarbHighfat.

    Sent from my Hudl 2 using Diabetes.co.uk Forum mobile app
     
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    Devonbear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you bake? My wife has developed some fantastic low carb desserts. She does a low carb cheesecake that is pretty much as good as a normal one. And little chocolate sponge cake thingies. She uses a lot of cream cheese in her recipes.
     
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    zzcanasta Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Devonbear. I'm a hopeless baker, but Mrs Canasta is very good. I've tried - with some success - to wean myself off desserts in general, but I do occasionally hanker for a slice of cheesecake. Could you, perhaps, post the recipe on this thread? I'm sure there are plenty of others who would like to try it.
     
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    oldelse Prediabetes · Member

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    oldelse Prediabetes · Member

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    What is best for breakfast don't have time to cook quinoa
     
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    charlie_farley Type 2 · Active Member

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    I'll try to keep this simple.NO POTATOES RICE BREAD PASTA ONLY FRUIT THAT IS DARK IN COULER (berries are best)
    I am type 2 with no medication.
    Breakfast
    1 Bowl Porridge with half teaspoon of Cinnamon and Almond milk. Cup of tea milk no sugar
    Break Time
    Cup of Tea milk no sugar
    Lunch
    2 rounds of Burgin bread with corned Beef/Egg/Tinned Fish/Ham etc. all with salad and small amount of mayonnaise + Cup of Tea.
    Dinner
    4 egg Omelette/Bean Casserole with Sausage/Chicken/good quality home made meat balls/Any meat with salad or loads of veg/avoid root veg.
    Evening snack 2 small slices of cheese.
    Dairy go full fat/avoid any processed food ready meals or any food that says low fat or has the diet on the label.

    Weekend.
    Add Berries and Crème Fresh for a sweet.
    Decent bottle of red wine Fri and Sat.
    Takeaway from Chinese sometimes Mixed seafood with black bean sauce
    All foods mention available in all leading supermarkets. Hope this helps
     
  14. zzcanasta

    zzcanasta Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Neither do I - go for full-fat Greek yoghurt with berries and some nuts (really quick), or eggs (boiled, fried, poached, as omelette.
     
  15. Devonbear

    Devonbear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lidl. High. Protein. Roll.

    Try it with peanut butter. Try it with butter and marmite. Try it with an egg and some bacon (low carb McMuffin for the win).
     
  16. Devonbear

    Devonbear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Will get Mrs Devonbear to give me the cheesecake recipe tonight and post it here.
     
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