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Really struggling with low carb

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Sad21+, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Sad21+

    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    I really do appreciate this. I've been so paranoid and watching all types of low carb and fasting videos. I guess I went to extreme and panicked. Thank you for this.
     
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    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Unless either you or Mum have extremely high bg, there's no need to do at this like a steam train. Its a marathon not a sprint and needs to be something you can cope with for life. So little changes just one or 2 at a time until you find what suits you, and Mum.
     
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    mouseee · Well-Known Member

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    Aldi have several different kinds of lower carb pasta made from soy beans, chicken peas etc. Worth looking at as I think they are gluten free.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You can make cauliflower rice with a grater but it goes everywhere. The frozen cauliflower rice is the best and very convenient. The chilled cauliflower rice that Sainsbury's sell is horrible.
     
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    Fenn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    After years of low carbing I became sick to death of it, hated salad! Hated fish my whole life so that was never an option, sick of nuts, my foods I liked became smaller and smaller, as a result I ate more carbs.

    I have eventually got to a level I am able to tolerate. If I want a sandwich I have one, etc etc. I still don’t eat pasta or rice, I will eat a few roasters on my Sunday dinner. I never eat sweets, deserts etc etc, I don’t smoke or drink alcohol so I suppose compared to the general population I am a saint. Compared to the good folks here I am a devil

    It’s all about quality of life for me, balancing happiness with health, sorry I’m no role model, I just wanted to empathize.

    I hope you find a happy path.
     
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    Helenorchid · Newbie

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    I’ve really enjoyed my low carb journey. I’m a foodie, so I was sad to feel I couldn’t use all my favourite ingredients. However, I’ve discovered lots more.

    I’ve discovered that celeriac sliced thinly and cooked as dauphinois ‘potatoes ’ really is a fabulous substitute for potatoes. It also keeps, covered in the fridge for 5 days. Also cauliflower rice cooked exactly 4 mins in microwave works as rice, as long as the sauce you use is flavoursome. I use spiralized courgette in place of pasta.
    I can make a crumb base for a deep quiche using ground almonds and olive oil. This makes a lovely lunch.

    Coconut macaroons that are indistinguishable from shop bought ones are so easy to make. The secret is to reduce double cream with sweetener until it’s the consistency of condensed milk. Then use it in place of condensed milk in recipes.
    I make really good peanut cookies and truffles are all keto.
    Parmesan fried chicken is yummy, large stuffed mushrooms, bolognaise stuffed peppers topped with mozzarella. I enjoy oven toast vegetables with roasted feta cheese and black olives.
    I really enjoy my food now, to be honest the only thing I haven’t found a substitute for is Cod and chips as I can’t deep fry at home.

    The only thing I’d add is that if you test your blood before eating and two hours afterwards, you may find you can eat small quantities of things you may think you can’t have. I can enjoy a small amount of flour but I can’t eat carrots! A small slice of Christmas cake without icing and marzipan doesn’t spike me, that was a happy discovery.

    I’m happy to share my recipes, I’ve discovered quantities as I’ve cooked them so they are only guidelines.
    I’d love to open a keto cafe, there is so much to share.
     
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  7. Mbaker

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

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    Hi @Sad21+ you say you are not a fan of red meat. If this is a taste or religious thing then that is the end of the matter. If it is as due to either, climate, cancer, saturated fat or "study" issues, then there are compelling facts which might give you cause to reconsider, due to the benefits red meat conveys and convenience.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    I apologize for replying so late. Thank you for your advice I will definitely try those recipes. And yes I need to test myself more. Wow that's insane that carrots have more effect then Christmas cake. Wow k appreciate this. Thank you. Please take care.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    I apologize for the delay. I just don't like the taste and I prefer veggies fruits and carbs. So now I'm eating more protein and it's hard because I'm not enjoying it. I've tried tofu it's ok. I just have to continue and get over it. Thank you for your advice.
     
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    Beating-My-Betes · Well-Known Member

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    Making tofu good can be a bit of an art-form. Not sure I'm an expert, but I might be able to give some pointers. One idea is to buy the ready-flavoured options. They come in at a higher-price, and with a bit of a sodium hit, but there are many diverse flavours.

    Also, there are some other alternatives: Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is much easier to work with and I'd say more versatile, given it's ability to absorb the flavour of whatever you cook it with. I can also give some ideas for that, if you are interested. And there's also seitan. This wouldn't be suitable for you if you have issues with gluten, but it's texture and density make it really enjoyable. Both TVP and seitan pack in a very decent protein punch, while being low in both fat and carbs.

    If you have any questions, let me know.
     
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    I don’t think you are a devil! And anyone who tries is a role model, in my opinion.

    I don’t think the people on here are the carb police, although I’m sure we sound like it sometimes! But it’s with the best of intentions, I think most posters here just want everyone to have the best possible management of their condition and the best possible long-term outcome, however it is achieved. And everyone is different and has different preferences, tolerances, life circumstances. Any steps that someone with diabetes takes to improve their situation is a positive action. It’s a marathon after all, not a sprint.
     
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    Sad21+ · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much. This was lovely to read. And given me hope. I apologize for the delay. yes any ideas or recipes I would absolutely love. Thank you so much. Please take care
     
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  13. Beating-My-Betes

    Beating-My-Betes · Well-Known Member

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    The easiest thing to do with tofu is scramble it. Buy a block that is in water. Squeeze as much water out of it as you can. Then crumble it into chunks into the frying-pan. Add veggies (Within your chosen carb tolerance), spices, curry...whatever. Nutritional yeast is a nice option, if you don't want to add cheese. And if you want that egg-like sulphur smell/taste, add some black salt at the end (Can't confirm if this is any good, as I have no interest in adding sulphur taste and smell ;) )

    The easiest thing to do with TVP is soak it in warm water. Then drain and squeeze out the liquid. Add spices and lightly fry. Add to any dishes. Alternatively, you can rehydrate the chunks/pieces into the sauce of a particular dish.

    Don't forget hummus, falafel etc., although there are better ways to git a larger protein hit. And don't rule out adding protein powder to various dishes.

    Here are some more specific ideas:

    Didn't really sift through these, but they are from some of my favourite vegan 'foodie' Youtubers (Where else to go for tofu recipes?). I've linked to channel searches, so you can pick according to your own interest. You might find having to substitute ingredients for the sweet sauces and substituting low-carb flours etc.. These are just for ideas. I've included 'sauce Stache' just to show how deep down the rabbit-hole one can go:

    Tofu:

    https://www.youtube.com/c/CheapLazyVegan/search?query=tofu
    https://www.youtube.com/c/EdgyVeg/search?query=tofu
    https://www.youtube.com/c/SauceStache/search?query=tofu
    https://www.youtube.com/c/PickUpLimes/search?query=tofu


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrHz_hVBOnU

    TVP:



    https://www.youtube.com/c/SauceStache/search?query=tvp







    I'd say a lot of these foods are more occasional. At his point, I'm quite happy to air-fry plain tofu and eat it very simply. And with tvp, I can also eat that plain also. What I'd recommend is to try and get acquainted with beans legumes etc. Things like lentils, chick peas (Both can be sprouted, also), along with edamame, white beans, broad beans etc. Even green peas can contribute to your daily protein needs.
     
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    Beating-My-Betes · Well-Known Member

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    P.S Would be interested to know how you get on.

    Have fun!
     
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