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Low Carbing issues.

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by simply_h, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. simply_h

    simply_h · Well-Known Member

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    Hello All,

    Hope we are all well..

    I am low-carbing and loving it, but one small issues I do have (am sure all low carbs have this) is going to the loo for a number 2.. (stop laughing.. lol lol)

    Have any of you guys got an tips for adding somthing to food to help this process along etc..

    Cheers
    Simply_h
     
  2. ailz

    ailz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Psyllium (sp?) husks. Fairly expensive but effective - in my case anyway. Or if you really get bunged up Movicol - gain without pain.

    Cheers
    Ailz
     
  3. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    I recommend sprinkling flax seeds in joghurt, for example. They add a lovely crunch. :)
     
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    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to lower the tone but I just cant resist
    Do they add the crunch when going in or when they achieve the desired effect?
    CAROL
     
  5. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Depends which you want 8)
     
  6. simply_h

    simply_h · Well-Known Member

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    What you like... lol lol.
     
  7. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It's the only problem I have with low-carbing, simply_h, and I understand your problem!

    Proper live yoghurt, preferably organic, is good for your gut; add the flax seeds, and eat with stewed rhubarb sweetened with Splenda or similar. There are differing opinions on here about the carb values for rhubarb (ducking hurriedly :wink: ) but it does work. I like sheep's or goat's yoghurt.

    Drink plenty of water, and make sure your veg intake is fibrous eg cabbage and leafy greens.

    Also oat bran (health food shops etc) which you can sprinkle on/add to almost anything. Shove it in with the stewed rhubarb). I think it's very low carb; someone will tell me if it isn't (Ken?).

    If all else fails, I use Andrews LIver Salts (known in my household as 'blasting powder') - a couple of teaspoons in a glass of water at bedtime.

    A lesser-known cure, which works for me, is red wine. If necessary, I sit down at about 6pm with a glass of red to watch the news, and am usually on the loo before I finish the glass! Why it works I don't know, but it usually does! Relaxes the system, I suppose.

    Also Lindt 90% proof chocolate - which is fairly low carb - has a disastrous effect if you eat too much!

    Plenty of options, but I don't recommend trying them all together :shock:

    It will remain a problem, I'm afraid. I occasionally eat a small amount of Lizi's Granola (health food shops and some supermarkets) which pushes my carbs up a bit but adds to the fibre.

    Best of luck!

    Viv 8)
     
  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Try some diabetic chocolate. Don't overdose though... :shock:
     
  9. wiflib

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

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    This interesting topic comes up now and again.

    Is it that you need to go but can't or you feel you should be going as often as you did before ditching the carbs?

    I'm three years down the line and for me, no constipation, I just don't go as often as I did.

    wiflib
     
  10. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi wiflib

    A good point! I don't expect to go as often as before because of the lack of bulk in my diet, but I start getting a little concerned at around 3 days. It's about then I'll start with the yoghurt.

    Us Yorkshire folk are obsessed with being 'regular'! :oops: :lol:

    Viv 8)
     
  11. kateincornwall

    kateincornwall Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I eat two slices of Burgen soya and linseed bread every day , seems to keep my inards happy :D Also make sure that I eat lots of green veg , favourite of the moment being Kale, which goes into just about everything I cook , even curry . Lots of water helps too .
     
  12. Serena51

    Serena51 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I find a tablespoon of coconut oil in hot drinks, tea and coffee, through the day keeps me fine...
     
  13. Patch

    Patch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Drinking LOTS of water seems to do the trick for me...

    (Or a nice big Rump Steak w/greek salad! 8) )
     
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  15. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. The 'Aktins Diabetes Revolution' (written after Robert Atkins' death by some of his colleagues) recommends adding a ltlle salt ( half-teaspoon daily? can't remember but can check if anyone wants me to) to avoid constipation.

    I don't add salt to anything normally, but it is possible I'm not taking in enough . . . on my 'natural' diet ( :lol: ' . . .

    Viv 8)
     
  16. ailz

    ailz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't add salt to anything, but I do have bacon for breakfast every morning - since going on Viv's diet - I hope that will do it. I haven't had cramp (touch wood) in the night since I started this - only a week or so - but I do take quinine as I was getting it most nights.

    Ailz
     
  17. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Salt....really...... let's hope any Members that read that comment don't have high blood pressure then. :roll:

    Salt's effects on the body from the Blood Pressure Association :

    http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/microsites/sa ... ltseffects

    I don't think anybody should be advising people to ADD Salt to their diet........we should be advising them to eat less. See here :

    http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/microsites/sa ... atlesssalt
     
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    Pac · Member

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    Could sugar free chewing gum be helpful with this issue?

    I find it useful as a treat whilst I am cutting down my food intake, and I understand you have to be careful not to have too much of it because of it's laxative properties, but I don't know if it contains anything else that is unhelpful for use by people who have diabetes.

    Pac
     
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    canuck1950 · Active Member

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    I see the former mod labelled my post on this topic "Troll Content" and deleted it. This is unfortunate as the answer is quite simple. When you cut carbs your kidneys release salt. If you do not increase your salt intake to compensate and, especially if you drink lots of water, you will suffer the symptoms of mild salt depletion: constipation, headache, weakness, orthostatic hypotension and possibly muscle cramps. The answer is to make sure you are getting adequate salt. One of my knowledgeable colleagues (MD and PhD in nutritional biochemistry) recommends a cup of bouillon twice a day. He was a co-author of the recent Atkins book which also contains that recommendation. I know this goes against the conventional advice to restrict salt but when you cut carbs, it is such a metabolic game-changer that the old rules do not necessarily apply.
     
  20. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Canuck

    I picked up that salt tip from the 'Atkins Diabetes Revolution' book that you mention.

    I now add a little salt to my morning omelette and to home-cooked meats, and I have found it does make a difference, particularly to ease of elimination! :lol:

    I don't use salt in cooking, so most of my dietary intake previously has been from preserved foods eg bacon, ham, cheese, olives. I'll bet my daily salt intake is still below RDA! My BP is fine - a little elevated because of my obesity, but coming down as I lose weight. I presently take 2.5mg of Lisinopril daily; I'm willing to bet I'll be off it by September.

    I find in very hot weather, if I taste the sweat on my upper lip, if it doesn't taste salty I need salt; so I add a little to my next meal.

    After all, we may have spent part of our evolution partly living in the sea; makes sense that we can't do without salt!

    Viv 8)
     
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