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I've been sticking to this lower-carb thing for about two weeks now. Minus 2-3 days when spring break ended and I started back to work and school. It's much easier to do this type of thing when I'm a…

I've been sticking to this lower-carb thing for about two weeks now. Minus 2-3 days when spring break ended and I started back to work and school. It's much easier to do this type of thing when I'm at home all day and have lots of time to think about what I might eat at the next meal then when I'm having to grab breakfast fast to get to work on time and knowing that around noon I'll be rushing from one job to the next and need something I can eat "on the go" since I won't have anywhere to sit, other than the bus and train ... Oy!

The good news is that my blood sugars are definitely so much better. Not in range all the time, maybe 50% of the time, but when they are high they are like 10 or 11 (180 or 200) rather than 17 (300). I'm still going low but not every day, so that's good.

And also ... I AM LOSING WEIGHT!!! So happy!!! That alone is enough to keep me going! I just hope it's real and not one of those times I *think* I'm losing weight only to have it go back up the next week. I'm also exercising every day and I think the combination of a better diet and exercise is doing it. In the past two weeks I've lost about four pounds. SO happy!!!

Breakfast is the one meal where I am spiking no matter what. I started out eating 40g of carbs, then went to 35g, now I'm doing 25g and am still spiking. Like this morning I was 7.5 (135) before eating and 14.0 (252) at just over one hour, but I would like to try and not spike over 10. I would REALLY like my next A1c to be better ... But I am having a hard time thinking of things that are low-carb and filling and require no cooking, because I'm just not that organized in the morning. I need something I can grab and go. And lunches aren't that easy, either, but at least with lunch I don't have the spiking problems as much.

So overall it's going really well, especially since I was able to get back on track so quickly after work/school/stress started up again. I think that's really a good sign that I'm committed to this, as usually I start things like this and then when I go off-track it takes me a few weeks to recover and I'm starting back at square one.

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Comment by Xanthasun on March 30, 2011 at 1:28pm
Glad the lower carb plan is working out for. It's something I've been doing too with much smoother bg #s (but no weight loss for me...:(. You might want to try hardboiled eggs (pre-peeled too) which is minimal cooking. Or making quiches w/o crust (which taste good warm or cold depending on the ingredients)-requires cooking but you could just make it on the weekend to eat for the rest of the week. I don't really eat meat so I'm geared more towards eggs, but I would think cold cuts or some meat dishes might work (maybe put it into a low carb wrap to make it more portable?) Cheese works as well too especially since there are alot of snack packages. Cottage cheese is pretty easy to throw in a container and eat with no cooking and filling due to the protein content. I find that getting sufficient proteins keeps me filled.
Comment by Theresa on March 30, 2011 at 2:01pm
How about fiber - Are you getting enough fiber with your breakfast to help your two hour post? We find if my son has a good portion of his daily fiber intake with his breakfast his post is good. They now have toaster waffles that have 9 grams of fiber for two waffles and 29 grams of carbs. He also likes fiber bars. One Kellogs fiber bar has 9 grams of fiber. Hope this helps!
Comment by LaGuitariste on March 30, 2011 at 4:46pm
I often have zero carb breakfasts or less than 5 grams. How? Meat and egg and (if I feel like I need the fiber) some tomato (I love grape tomatoes) or some onion sauteed in with the eggs. You don't really need carbs for breakfast if you're usually high at that time. You can save them for lunch and snacks.

I discovered that dry-roasted pumpkin seeds (not sure if you can find them where you are) have zero net carbs (5 grams of carbs but all 5 grams are fiber) per serving.

I was just reading on another thread about noodles made from glucomannan fiber that has no net carbs. You could toss them with some sesame oil, slivered green onion and sliced boiled egg for breakfast.

You can make an egg-white omelette if you have time. If not, there are several recipes floating around the internet for crustless quiches made in muffin tins. You can make these in advance and then heat them in the microwave for a quick bite.

I've been very carefully following a very low carb, no processed food diet (sort of Paleo meets Bernstein) for a week now and the improvement in my BG's is outstanding.
Comment by Pastelpainter on March 30, 2011 at 5:03pm
You could roll some sliced ham around salad stuff for breakfast, do it in the evening. Hardboiled egg with a bit of salad, flaxmeal muffin, all mixed bar the egg, only 1 minute in the microwave. Great news about the blood sugars and the weight loss!
Comment by BadMoonT2 on March 30, 2011 at 6:33pm
I too have trouble in the morning so I try to keep very low carb. The key for me is eggs, only 1 carb per egg. Scrambled eggs are fast. You can add in some bean sprouts, cheese, leftover meat from dinner or whatever for some variety.

Congratulations on your success, those meter readings really help to stay with it.
Comment by Gerri on March 30, 2011 at 9:11pm
Congrats on your great results!

Only thing that works for me is to eat barely any carbs for breakfast. High protein also keeps me from crashing before lunch. Protein shakes are my fall back during the morning rush. Unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 scoops of whey isolate protein powder & flavoring. Filling! Sometimes I toss in a raw egg. Don't even need a blender, just a jar to shake it up. I drink it right from the jar. I also eat dinner leftovers for breakfast, hard boiled eggs cooked the night before & peanut butter on nori sheets rolled up like a wrap r(easy to eat on the run). When I have time on the weekends, I make low carb muffins from almond flour that I eat as I'm running out the door.
Comment by Lila on March 31, 2011 at 1:37am
Congrats on the great numbers!

As for breakfast, I find that's the hardest meal of the day to deal with. I make low-carb cheese muffins in big batches then freeze them in freezer bags. That way I can just grab one, nuke it for a few seconds, and go. Another quick and easy breakfast is sliced cheese/salami/tomatoes/avocadoes. Or try out a low-carb Spanish omelette. These are usually made with potatoes but I recently had a fabulous low-carb version which was just eggs and spinach. You could make these the night before and cut yourself a wedge when you wanted one. They will keep for a few days in the fridge too.
Comment by Brian (bsc) on March 31, 2011 at 5:42am
I am really glad to see things are working out. You really sounded frustrated with your blood sugars. I've always struggled with the mornings. I have a wicked case of Darn Phenomenon. It may just be that you require a morning bolus for breakfast even if you eat absolutely no carbs.

Let me throw in a breakfast suggestion. Preparation. If you prepare breakfast ahead of time and only require a heat, grab and/or go that can really help. Try to do all the work on the weekend or in the evening before and then you just grab it, throw it in the microwave and go. And then I also like to "ignore" the meal definition, anything suitable for dinner is suitable for breakfast and vice versa. .
Comment by Trev on March 31, 2011 at 2:28pm
Those dreaded morning readings, I can relate to as well, the 2 post waking hormonal surge sucks. It is bar none my biggest challenge. I totally agree with the fellow Tud Poster and their awesome advice. Keep it low CHO in the am esp. Cheers.
Comment by Cathy Jacobson on April 2, 2011 at 8:32pm
Good for you Jen! Yes breakfast is a toughie for me also. But I have learned (not used all the time) to plan ahead for it. I have smoothies, or granola and yogurt ready to go in the AM; when I have a day that I know is going to be rushed, I do plan ahead on Sunday's for what I am going to eat all week. The night before, I gather those things together, and make sure I am ready to run in the AM. It's another thing I have to do, but it's well worth it. I went from 250+ lbs to 180 and a A1C of 13.8 to one of 5.9 (at last testing) Low carb works for me, but it does take planning. You are showing yourself that it works for you, now all you have to do is the planning for your busy days..pick one day a week to do that...gather what you need to make those meals ahead of time, and then follow your plan even if you have to write it down or chart it...you are worth it.


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