I just starting counting my carbs yesterday. Phew!! It's killing me already. I did a low carb diet WAY back b4 I had any health problems.....maybe in my 20's? I did 60 carbs a day and I now have NO idea how I did that!! Unless I was doing it improperly but I did lose a good amount of weight. I'm one of those people who has always been "chunky" since I was 5 and had my tonsils out. Then I had a wonderful Mom who lived thru the depression era and cooked with bacon grease and we had a 3 (at least) course meal for every meal. Lots of butter, ice cream sundaes on Sunday....shrimp/french fries on Friday nights....ok, I will stop there! lol How many carbs is a person supposed to have? I read where someone had posted an article that doctor's say "we" shouldn't have a low-carb diet. ??? I saw an old chart of how to figure it on the net but a rocket scientist I am not!! haha Help me out here friends. :)
Great input here, Pam. I would just underline the all-important "eat to your meter", which includes jrt's comment about a broad range of choices, but I would also give you some hope. I am almost 4 years into Bernstein's way of eating---30-35 carbs/day. I am content and don't miss potatos or rice or breadstuffs in general anymore at all. I have found substitutes that are very satisfying--from 4-carb flax pitas/lavashes for wraps and roll-ups to lo-carb zucchini bread and our Gerri's fantabulous almond flour "sugar" cookies at a carb or 2 apiece for ye olde sweet tooth! And oh yes----cheesecake!
Now I am still diet & exercise only, so have to be verrry strict, but it's ok because my #s make it worth it at this point. My non-D husband went along for the ride in support when I went lo-carb, lost 35 lbs and got off his BP meds.......
Blessings in the new year!......Judith in Portland
Yes Judith......so true. Lots to think about too. Hmmm, I'll have to check out that lo-carb zucchini bread although I hate to cook or bake anymore......I used to love it but now it's hard for me to stand for very long because of lower back/hip pain and now my right foot is acting up. But maybe I can talk someone into making it for me! lol I am also on a very limited income since I'm on disability and the state just cut back on my food stamps since we finally got our raise in SS that we were supposed to get 3 years ago!! If you get a raise they ALWAYS take something away from you. I think they should have a special rate for people who HAVE to be on a special diet but it doesn't work that way. If you have 3 or 4 children and are 21 then you can get all kinds of benefits. But I won't go there...........I said in another post I should have said that I'm a starchaholic instead of a carboholic......everything in my house right now is starchy or has quite a bit of carbs. I can't afford to buy meat because it's just too expensive and I need more protein than carbs. It's definitely NOT easy to be on a fixed income with so many different issues of diet. There's so much more that I can't eat than what there is. What I should be able to buy I can't because of my income....so I'm just between a rock and a hard place. **sigh**
Blessings to you too.
Hi Pam. Rereading your thread, I still think that allergies could be a problem for you. I have Celiac, but I also can't eat corn or soy. It's a bit challenging to figure out the allergy/intolerance problem (s), if there is one, but it's possible through eliminating one food at a time for maybe two weeks or more to see if you feel better. I'd sure start with gluten! Can you handle dairy? If there is a gluten problem, lactose intolerance usually accompanies it.
Getting more protein inexpensively is challenging also. I'm probably not going to say anything that you don't already know, but anyway... Beans and lentils are also good and inexpensive when you start with them from scratch, but as incomplete proteins need something like corn in your diet with them. Bean and lentil soup can have a little meat in them to make them quite tasty and be more complete. Yogurt can be bought in large containers, and can often be eaten even when you have a lactose problem (Greek-style yogurt has the most protein). You've probably already thought of buying meat in bulk and freezing it to spread out the pieces over time. Are you sure that you can't have eggs? I've read that the cholesterol in eggs does not translate to a cholesterol problem for the eater.
I hope there was something helpful in there. At any rate, I wish you the best -- Happy New Year!
I was 93 before lunch. I took 1 unit for each3 grams, ate 16, took 5 u Hum and I'll be 93 - 130 over the next hour. I like low-deviation. The carbs I take do not include processed food very often, nor do they include starches/bagels/pizza/pasta. Choosing the food is as important as allotting grams that won't spike you higher than 140 any where along the way. Of course I find I can take 1/4 of a square of white chocolate, 4 grams, whenever, so I'm a happy camper.
Hi how are you? Well everybody is different. What works for someone else might not work for you. So I would suggest one thing - my husband has a nutritionist that help him set up a eating plan (based on carb intake) that might help.