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Low-Carb Life Hacks

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Dillinger, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Larissima

    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Is that really a bad thing, considering what is being prescribed now? Dr Bernstein's book helped me learn that there was life after a diagnosis, and that what I do and eat can influence my condition in a major way. It made me realise that I am not a helpless victim of diabetes, after all!
     
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  2. JenniferW

    JenniferW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I made the same mistake when I started on the low carb diet!
     
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  3. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Guru

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    Love nuts, but am never tempted to binge on them.
    They kind of lose their charm after a handful.

    The only exception to that are cashew nuts in black pepper.
    Those are daemonically moreish.
     
  4. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I found I was starting to eat whole packs of salted roasted nuts, so I've stopped getting them. But I still eat a lot of other nuts, they don't particularly spike me, but they do add up the calories.

    I'm also a great fruit lover, and don't actually think I could have so easily kept up low carbing if I couldn't have a bit most days.. Not eating it would be far worse than giving up bread and potatoes, etc - they were a no-brainer. I try to keep my fruit portions under strict control by limiting the amount I eat per day (I get just enough for the week) , use a small bowl to serve it up, and eat it with a teaspoon. Bowl and teaspoon definitely help me "believe" I'm getting a decent amount - I think I can be quite easily fooled sometimes... :p:D But using smaller plates, bowls, and spoons do help.

    Robbity
     
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  5. VinnyJames

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

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    I have a virus atm and I'm trying to up my carbs to fight it - weirdly I find it difficult so I just munch on a couple of chocolate bars.

    When I'm well I can do less than 10g of carbs per day but that took hours of research.
     
  6. Etty

    Etty Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I think salted nuts are more of a problem- I'm alright with nuts in shells.
    I've learned that if I get excited about some food/recipe/meal, that is a warning sign. The best for me is to eat relatively few foods repeatedly, concentrating on quality not variety. Perhaps a little dull, but it's tasty none the less.
    This goes against recommended nutritional advice, but i think in the past, people must often have eaten like this.
     
  7. Larissima

    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why? How do carbs help fight a virus? Genuine question.

    I'd try to strengthen my immune system, some Vit C & zinc maybe.
     
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  8. VinnyJames

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

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    Carbs turn to glucose (energy) so I figured it would help.
     
  9. VinnyJames

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

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    Am taking multi vits too
     
  10. JenniferW

    JenniferW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to eat a lot of fruit - maybe 3 pieces a day. I've cut out most of that, but long-term want to bring some more back, not just because I like it a lot (and it suits my digestion), but I love the no-preparation sort of packed lunch it gives me. So, tell me, how much are you eating, and what sorts of fruit?
     
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  11. freddy2

    freddy2 Type 2 · BANNED

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    T2 and fructose don't mix, we convert a lot of glucose to fructose as it is, do we really need more from fruit?
    pick it up from the 17 minutes mark

     
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  12. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Around 50g (weight) a day at the moment - ( black-, blue-, rasp-, straw-) berries, a few cherries, occasionally rhubarb or kiwi fruit. In the summer I eat a bit more and include gooseberries and English plums and greengages, and fresh figs as treat. I can also manage about 1/3 apple and a couple of segments of orange occasionally. Most of it's eaten with either yoghurt, cream, nut crumble topping, and blueberries also go in ground almond muffins/sponge puddings.

    Robbity
     
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  13. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    @VinnyJames, my glucose levels go up if I have a virus, infection, migraine, etc, so I wouldn't want to add any extra carbs... But whatever works for you!

    Robbity
     
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  14. Sucre Bleu

    Sucre Bleu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I pose this is a low carb hack.
    giving up potatoes etc was fine for me,
    Sliced bread also not too bad
    But a crusty roll filled with left over roasted meat, a lick of mustard and salad was my well tolerated lunch of choice.
    Now maybe once a week I have one, and this is what I do.......
    Heat the roll in the oven till crispy all over, allow to cool a little then slice in half crossways and debulk the somewhat softer bread inside.
    You can get down to a real crispy shell, and if you want to check, weigh pre baking and post to see how much is left.
    you have quite a large inner place to stuff with, lettuce, salad of choice veges or egg salad, meat etc. Yum.,
    Sure its not an every day thing, but if you miss something like a bread roll, have at it,
    My house loves home made burgers, egg, fried onion and salad, all stuffed in a roll, mostly now I would rather have a small dollop of tomato sauce than the roll. So I think that is progress. Of course we use top quality lean mince and plenty of flavours as little fat does decrease the taste
     
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  15. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Guru

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    I always try and keep my bg as low as possible especially when I am ill.
    I figure if high bg lowers immunity and promotes skin infections, etc. then it probably isn't good for a cold or virus, either.
     
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  16. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A nut? A zealot? Gee. This man has soooooo earnt his stripes! T1, 80+, and still going. And his book is a classic. I can't imagine doing anything but respect him enormously to be honest. I am a bit shocked at seeing him referred to as a nut. (AND over his nut consumption!) (Understood tim - that you are referring to others considering Dr Bernstein to be a nut - not that you neccessarily think he is...)
     
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  17. AloeSvea

    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And where would we be without our beloved Aspergers/high functioning autists? Not on the net, for sure. Go neuro-diversity!
     
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  18. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    Absolutely.
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    25g carbs/day for me. We all need to find our own daily carb level and the only way to do that is to experiment, test, record and evaluate.
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    That works for me, too - even for ailments which you might think are completely not related to T2.
     
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