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Newcastle Diet

Discussion in 'Low Calorie Diets' started by AlexMagd, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    How are you getting on with the Exante shakes?

    A friend gave me a dozen shakes around... um... 4 years ago. I really enjoyed the choc mint, and the butterscotch. But then had real problems with the soups! :yuck:
     
  2. AlexMagd

    AlexMagd Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I like most of them so far. I really can't stand the Strawberry ones (so artificial tasting) and am yet to go for the Lemon Cheesecake or Chocolate Orange. They sent me a bunch of Irish Cream ones for free and I have to say I'm not a fan of those either!

    The biggest problem so far is boredom, and especially that my mealtimes are now reduced to a five minute session instead of something social and longer-lasting.

    What was off about the soups? I was thinking about introducing some soups into the diet later on in place of some shakes, if only because hot liquid is a bit of a change from cold liquid!
     
  3. Mbaker

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

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    Well you've got a lot of support wishing you all the best and following your thread.
     
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  4. Brunneria

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    From what I remember the soups tasted really fake. Soya tasting. I was only drinking these things because my friend would have thrown them out, and because I was nosey :) and didn’t realise how bad I would feel with the glucose fluctuations they caused. :( They may have changed the recipes since I ate them though!

    I did like those flavours i mentioned though... :D

    Are you finding the shakes thin? I have seen people post about adding a teasp of psyllium husks to the shakes to make them thicker so they seem more satisfying.
     
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  5. AlexMagd

    AlexMagd Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Actually not so bad at all - I make them with 200ml water so they stay quite thick and shake-like. Still a bit grainy, but still quite drinkable.

    I feel OK on the glucose fluctuations - I guess highs of 9 aren't so bad in the grand scheme of things - and I'm coming down a lot faster from spikes than I usually do, which is perhaps a good thing.
     
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    Thanks! I'll upload my BG results from my Libre every so often, as I think it'll be interesting for people to see. Sadly, with the distribution issues at the moment I don't think I'll be getting my next sensor for another couple of weeks so there'll be data gaps
     
  7. Fleegle

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    I don't know what the makeup of the shakes is - but if they have milk in them, then reduce milk and replace with water. The ones I used tasted even better and you can then use the milk in your coffee without fear I think.
     
  8. Fleegle

    Fleegle Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Really good luck on your journey @AlexMagd
    Micro manage the whole thing - weeks, days, meals to go. I lined all my shakes into piles and watched them disappear.

    I didnt have peeks as high as 9 I don't think but got into the 8's. I also played around with when to have them. Like you my night time readings (and I checked mornings with finger pricks) went into the mid-high 3's. then between shakes in about week 2 I started to drop into low 4's during the day. It did get on my nerves that I would be 4.2 - have the shake then hit 7.8 in an hour - made me grumpy :)

    Keep going - keep posting - lots of evidence now on this forum that even well controlled people are giving this a go to see if it can push those figures down more.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. Pipp

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    After 7 years I have forgotten what the shakes I used (Lipotrim) were like, apart from them tasting rather bland. The soups I found particularly disgusting, and the meal replacement 'flapjack' was like a cork coaster. I got through by regarding the meal replacements as 'medicine' rather than food. I have since tried , on recommendation of another member, shakes from a different company, Shake That Weight. Their powdered drinks can be mixed with milk. I found mixing them with a smaller than recommended amount of almond milk made a nice thick mousse. Also, there are cereal bars that are quite palatable. I find this strange, because normally I dislike sweet foods.

    It is the social aspect of eating that can be most difficult. I did at one celebration, sit with a group of friends in a rather fine curry house and sipped water all night as they were feasting. Definitely worth the sacrifice though.
     
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