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Social lunch and dinner situations - How do you manage?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Shas3, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    My theory is that LCHF for diabetes control is not easy to tailor or administer. It isn’t like “take one of these 3 times a day and you will be okay”. So for a GP it needs more time and effort to put into place for each individual. For those that are proactive with dietary change, it is a lot easier but not everybody is. I sense that is part of the hesitancy on their part.
     
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  2. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    You can absolutely guarantee that any supposed drawbacks to LCHF/Keto would have the press racing in like blummin' greyhounds for the story. There was an example just a few days ago, a completely spurious symptom of Keto reported as 'Keto Crotch'. No such symptom/drawback exists.
     
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  3. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes. And I also “strategically” make sure I eat stuff like rhubarb and sugar free sweets to help counter that.
     
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  4. Krystyna23040

    Krystyna23040 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @Resurgam @Caeseji @Tophat1900 @Jim Lahey @DavidGrahamJones really great strategies for dealing with socia lunch and dinner situations.

    What I have also noticed is that almost everyone is totally unaware of what I am eating (or not eating) and much more interested in choosing their own food. Once I realised that - social situations were much less stressful and I could just relax and enjoy them while feeling extremely virtuous. A small bar of 85% chocolate is my favourite emergency food if there really wasn't anything to eat.

    I will also take a little flask with some cream for my coffee. This doesn't work if you have done a 5 mile walk before stopping to eat. The cream has been churned into a solid block that does not mix easily with my coffee.
     
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  5. Krystyna23040

    Krystyna23040 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    yes - you are so right - any drawbacks would be headline new s.
     
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  6. Krystyna23040

    Krystyna23040 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    ground flax seeds and inulin have been invaluable as I have also had a problem with this.
     
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  7. Listlad

    Listlad Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Remarkably close to insulin. How do you take the inulin?
     
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  8. Shas3

    Shas3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That’s right.. i think in slightly larger gathering nobody cares what we choose. But when it is slightly smaller (say 3 or 4 couples) and a sit down dinner it may not go that unnoticed... at least that’s what happened to me. So i guess for smaller settings just letting the host know beforehand maybe better. And that chocolate and cream sound brilliant. Does cream stay good outside fridge?? Never had the need to carry around (till now!) ....so, am confused!!
     
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    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree I did that last week at my son's he said why don't you just go for it and eat what you want. I said because I want to do what i feel is best for myself and my health. Having said that i had some fish from the chippy last night , only ate about 3 chips cos not a lover anyway , spiked to 8.3 woke to 7.5 back to 6.5 . Both me and hubby said we won't be doing that very often it was a special treat , but I would actually prefer my normal menu . But i won't let people dictate what i will do . :)
     
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  10. Pinkorchid

    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have never really found eating out a problem I really only eat chicken because I do not like other meats I do eat fish and there is usually both on a menu but I do not really worry about the carbs to much when I am eating out it is only occasionally and I just want to enjoy a normal meal for once but that is just me others do it differently
     
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  11. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    To be honest I would not be concerned overly in the odd break in my low carb diet and would eat what had been provided possibly in smaller amounts and a little selectively if possible. Then accept and deal with the consequences if I else wise I would not accept the invitation.

    Though mostly the last few such occasions have been at a friends house and he has been T2 about 15 years or more so it not such a problem for me on those occasions.

    Other friends and family all are aware of my diabetes and allow for it. Most of them have their own problems my brother in law is T1 sister in law has coeliac disease and one nephew with CF so family gatherings can be a dietary minefield any way.
     
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  12. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I tend not to worry too much if it doesn’t happen very often particularly as I normally manage to find something that’s not too high carb.
     
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  13. Shas3

    Shas3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sure... the issue last night was dinner at friend’s home and a set menu (all vegetarian and carbs)!!
     
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    Shas3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!! Makes perfect sense not to create total dilemma for the poor hosts!!! And you are totally right that the occasional slip maybe ok. I am just getting onto the LCHF path... and on day two i was in the awkward situation!! Hence wanted to hear from the experienced low carbbers!!
     
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  15. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    Yes I can see that was difficult as you are just starting out you do not want to slip up before you have got started but if at the start of your journey or like me a few years into it I think the principle is the same just consider it a slight delay in your starting out on the lchf path and pick up where you left off your body won't mind as you in all probability are not yet fully adjusted to lchf it takes a little while.
     
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    Shas3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks John for the wise words
     
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  17. Krystyna23040

    Krystyna23040 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    It's a white powder from chicory root. I add 15g to kefir or yoghurt in the morning. It actually tastes sweet - although it contains 91g of fibre per 100g. It does cause faster transit and I started using it after watching a programme featuring Angela Rippon who was shocked to find she had a lot of visceral fat even though she was slim and active. As I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in 2000 I thought it might be helpful to start using it. I continued using it when I found it improved transit times.
     
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    Krystyna23040 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Yes - I agree - for a smaller gathering it is better to tell the hosts.
    I have a really small stainless steel flask and the cream stays absolutely fine, even in the hottest weather, unless I do lots of walking
     
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  19. VioletViolet

    VioletViolet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I don't go to them :)
     
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  20. Muddikins

    Muddikins Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you had an allergy to, say, peanuts you would decline the satay sauce without hesitation rather than go into anaphylactic shock and nothing on Earth would convince you otherwise.
    Carbs are clearly not quite as dramatic but as far as I am concerned I treat them the same way, it's easier for me to have a rule and stick to it than do different things at different times. Your friends will learn and accommodate your new diet and everyone one else can go jump if they don't like it. Others will disagree so in the end it comes down to what you feel is the best for you.
     
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