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Low-Carb Diets – What Is Missing?

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Wrunkelt, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Hobnoblin

    Hobnoblin · Active Member

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    There is somewhat of a paradox though Ally. Low carb goes against much of the accepted dietetic wisdom, so analyzing low carb diets against those constraints is always going to spring up deficiencies. Low carb doesn't follow 'the rules'. I'm not trying to be inflammatory by the way. I saw a dietitian a couple of times but stopped because she would not accept what I was doing was working for me. I was benefiting from amazing health benefits, yet despite that she wanted me to base my diet on 45-60% carb. From that point of view my diet would have been deficient in many aspects for her. Yet had I followed her 'balanced' diet it would have been a disaster as far as my diabetes is concerned. I'm not knocking HCPs, my doc is brilliant and insists I aim for non diabetic numbers and balks at the NICE guidelines and my diabetic nurse is wonderful too. I just think that low carbers and dietitians will always be at odds whilst the medical world concentrate on fat as the problem.
     
  2. ally5555

    ally5555 · Well-Known Member

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    HCP are not all numpties by the way ED some of us are educated and nice people who may not believe in low carbing per se but will guide people in order to correct any deficiencies that may arise.
     
  3. jopar

    jopar · Well-Known Member

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    I hate to tell you I am a qualified chef :lol: :lol: So my cooking skills aren't a problem

    And even as a qualified Chef I would find it difficult to provide constant interest in providing enough verity of taste and texture on such limited ingredients!

    Hence why I know that a lot of people who say they exteme low carb are eating a lot more carbs than they do Milgold bullion contains carbs! and potatoe startch as well!!!

    Saying that I've devised and been responsible ensuring different diets are being catered for, such as Huntingtons, Coelic, renal failure, Alzhiemers and other dementia's (there's about 96 different dementia's in all) then more basic diets, such as diabetic, weight reductions and diets for allergies... I was answerable to several other bodies apart from the company I worked for and yes I have had Care Standards combe through my indiviudal diets/recipe's and menu plan's to ensure that nurtional needs were met and that those on the recieving end of them not only enjoyed them, weren't malnurished and it was condusive to their health etc!
     
  4. Hobnoblin

    Hobnoblin · Active Member

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    I find it amazing that a chef couldn't cook interesting meals without the starchy carbs. :|

    Do you suppose people who low carb don't read labels?
     
  5. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not if you have more than minimal cookery skills. A good cook can usually supply taste, variety , texture and interest. all it requires is imagination.
     
  6. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There is not much taste in spuds rice and pasta on their own anyway.
    Whatever I put on those things in my pre DB days I can now put on other veg ,just needs a bit of imagination which makes life interesting.
    CAROL
     
  7. Ka-Mon

    Ka-Mon · Well-Known Member

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    Anyone may be able to make any food taste the good but nothing can never replace the taste or texture of things that one used to eat before diagnoses.

    When forced to stop eating foods like potatos by diabetes (or other illnesses), rice and pasta then one has less of a variety as well.

    As for losing interest, that depends on the taste of the individual.

    I've ready many times in different forum that those diabetics or non-diabetics who chose to cut out potatos, rice and pasta from their diet lost interest and "fell off the wagon" because they could not find any substitute to replace the variety, texture and the taste of what they gave up.

    We eat a lot of cauliflower, aubergines etc., make cauliflower "shepherds pie", it tastes good but does it taste the same as the original shepherds pie with potatos? No, it's a completely different taste. Same goes for moussaka, different taste using different ingredients.

    Is it possible to make a cheese sandwich or chicken & salad without bread? I don't think so.
     
  8. jopar

    jopar · Well-Known Member

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    You're right there isn't much taste when served on their own hence but a bit of imagination you can do a lot with them to make them interesting, but with anything there is a limit to what one can do with them, I don't actually particularly like the spud unless it's roasted in beef dripping, with garlic, taragon etc...

    I have quite a diverse range of cooking that I do, and a lot of meals that I do prepare don't have starchy carbs even though some make try to make it sound otherwise..

    But do me trying to turn cauliflower into rice is akin to a veggi susage don't matter what you do it aint rice nor is it a susage!
     
  9. pianoman

    pianoman · Well-Known Member

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    Imagination... exactly! :)

    My apology if this was previously posted but I wanted to suggest an "all dressed" baked potato alternative: scoop out a baked potato skin then put in some grated cheese and crispy bacon bits, melt and brown the cheese under a grill, then serve with sour cream, avocado and chives -- all the taste with much less starch :D
     
  10. NewdestinyX

    NewdestinyX · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, KaMon - that's the crux of the issue for 'many' of us.

    LowER carbing, at some level, is a must for 'all diabetics' -as I don't think that there are many of us that still eat 300g of carbs a day or more as is the 'daily recommended intake' for 'normal people'. So to some degree - the truth is 'we ALL' lower carb - to some degree. BUT -- the texture thing is 'everything'. And though I never ate rice - never liked it - pasta and potato and grains and pretzels were all my favorites. I'm very fortunate that potato products, even from day 1 of dx, have never spiked me. I don't know 'how' that's so -- but it is and so I've been spared a total give up there. NOW -- I can't go crazy on portion - but I don't have to give it up. Potatos are still a starch and full of glucose so it still befuddles me as to how I don't get the spike.

    But all these 'replacements' for carby favorite foods don't do anything for me for the most part. And even though I've gotten used to many other 'newer' diabetic friendly foods - I'm still glad for my 'cheat days' on Fridays and when I go to family night at my daughter's on MOn nights and eat whatever she serves regardless of carb content. The most important thing I've learned since this whole roller coaster ride started is 'moderation'. I was 'addicted' to eating/food for 45 years. And now I can eat a 'bite' of this or that and never crave any more. I can have 'pancakes' once a week and never desire them any other day - and if I miss a week - I don't miss it. Some people can never go back to certain foods - for fear of constant off wagon falls. I feel for them but I don't fear that a bit- because I let myself eat 'moderately' - which in some ways, in my opinion, is an even harder level of discipline to learn than simply 'never returning' to certain foods. No judgment intended just a personal observation in my own life.

    But please tell me do any of you know of a 'pretzel-like' salty snack substitute to prezel rods? They were such a favorite of mine... and that 'hard crunch' is something I 'sooooo miss'.... :cry:
     
  11. Ka-Mon

    Ka-Mon · Well-Known Member

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    Well, it seems that we have something in common after all...."moderation". I eat anything, anytime when I want, I just make sure I don't eat more than my body can handle, as they say...simples.

    How about salty carrots? Uncooked, you have both the salt and the crunchiness but in moderation of course. Might taste a little different though. (It's a joke by the way)
     
  12. NewdestinyX

    NewdestinyX · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, but, you're joking - right? Salty carrots don't even come CLOSE to a pretzel rod. Yes - crunch is important but the texture and 'flavor' isn't even close. Carrots don't 'dissolve' into a 'paste' in your mouth - just smaller bits. I mean I LOVE carrots and salt or peanut butter - but.. Lightly salted almonds get CLOSE to the texture of the pretzel rods - but....

    Thanks!
     
  13. minitata

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    [mod edit] Perhaps others need their awareness raised - people like me, newbies, people for whom restricting starchy carbs is a new idea. People who can put weight on with 1000 calories if they include a lot of starchy carbs,

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    Just asking :D
    MTT
     
  14. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Get yourself a meter and find out what you can eat safely and dont worry about what others tell you they can eat, thats the best advice :thumbup:

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  15. borofergie

    borofergie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    +1 That's the best possible advice for any T2 diabetic.
     
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