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Low Carb And Camping

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by wizozmutts, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. wizozmutts

    wizozmutts Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi I'm new here and have just started the 10 week meal plan. I am now on week 2. I have a 2 night camping trip coming up at the end of the week and have been wondering what food to take with me. I wont have access to a fridge/freezer as I will be in a tent, not a caravan/campervan. I will only have a cool box and a small 2 ring camping stove with me. So taking fresh meat and dairy wont really be suitable.

    I will be competing with my 3 dogs and the venue has a fabulous café/restaurant! And I really, really, really hope I wont fall off the wagon so need ideas of meals that wont need large amounts of cooking, as few as possible basic ingredients and don't rely on refrigeration! Help!!!!!
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Tinned meat/fish?
     
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  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Expert

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    Cold meats and cheese in the cool box (how big is it?).
    Eggs of course will last outside it for a couple of days I would have thought.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Expert

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    Oops sorry just noticed it's your first post so hello and welcome. Have you seen @daisy1 's welcome pack yet?
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @wizozmutts

    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope it will be useful to you. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will help.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    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.
     
  7. wizozmutts

    wizozmutts Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi, Thanks for the welcome! Thank you for that link to the other thread, it has definitely given me some ideas.

    The cool box is just a standard sized plastic one. Takes I think 4-5 2 liter lemonade bottles with a little bit extra. As I will have dogs with me, and with the expected high temperatures this weekend, I will be taking a small lake worth of water with me so some of that will be frozen to double up as ice packs.
     
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  8. Wilber123

    Wilber123 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Sliced cheese in yr coolbox.
    Fresh goat cheese from local shop eaten immediately unless in cool box.
    Tinned Salmon and tuna. Pilchards if you like.
    I a newbie too but a huge welcome.
     
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