More doctors are prescribing low carb diets to reduce or eventually eliminate diabetes meds.. IF you can stay on a plan. Low carb is hard to do at first, and until you adjust, you may cheat, and your doctor will be hesitant to drop the dosage or take you off your meds, even if you A1C drops below 6, and you experience more low blood sugars.
It helps, simply by not spiking blood sugars, when you follow these diets properly, but consistency is key. Your doctor will always err in the side of caution, because if you are off meds, and revert to old eating habits, you would have unchecked diabetes once again. No one wants that.
One huge thing was looking at carbs as evil, when I first started, and I used the few carbs I had as " rewards ".. this creates an unhealthy view of your food.. who doesn't want rewards? You start planning the rewards, what carbs to eat.. looking forward to them.. usually thinking.. this will keep me on track.
I have found that simply creating low carb meals, like chicken or steak, with low glycemic vegetables, and having them the same way you would eat meatloaf and mashed potatoes before LC.. makes LC normal. It's just a meal. There are no rewards from food. You simply eat great tasting meals, and some LC snacks that fit into your level of carbs, whether 20 g a day, or 80 g.
It gets hard as you go up the ladder.. as Michelle suggested.. after a time of only meat, eggs, and a few veggies, being able to have berries, or macadamia nuts.. SEEMS like a reward..lol.. but you really need to think of it as just the next step up the ladder, or you will see carbs as GOOD, as a reward, and you will eventually tire of not getting rewarded as much.. being deprived.
Over time, your LC diet stops being different. It is simply what you eat. I wake up daily, and eat eggs. I never even think of having cereal or toast. That seems absurd. The first few months I was on LC, it seemed weird. I eat food I think should be bad, and I lose weight. The food I enjoyed is forbidden. This sucks.. the mind is the #1 reason people quit. How they look at what they eat. If you think your diet is weird, or that you need breaks from this WOE, at the first sign of trouble.. such as a no weight loss for 3 weeks.. you quit " eating weird ", and go back to a " normal " diet that every else says is what you should be eating.. one with rewards almost every day!!
LC is mentally hard, which continues on after your body gets used to the new diet, in a few weeks.. think about how you think of LC.. do you consider it abnormal? It's hard to stay on a diet you think is abnormal.. one that deprives you. Do you think you will ever get to a point where you stop thinking of carbs as something you should save up to reward yourself?
Once your body acclimates to LC, this is the biggest battle you will have. The mental battle with yourself, and those you trust who think you shouldn't eat this way.
I've been on low carb for years, and lost over 100 lbs., and have been off diabetes meds for a few years now. A1C's below 5.5 .
I would suggest that you try to avoid " low carb " alternatives. They tend to sabotage your efforts. I have met very few people who use these.. shakes, bars, food alternatives.. who stay on low carb for long.
The traits I do find long-term low-carbers share, is lower protein, higher fat.. a portion of good meats, extra fat in the form of butter or olive oil, or even coconut oil or ghee.. but the first 2 are easier to buy, and use. Don't worry about fat so much.. eat eggs, cheese, mayo etc.. and start at a set carb total.. say 20, as Atkins suggests.. then see what you can add to make the diet something you can eat for the rest of your life.. Atkins offers a ladder.. you can add quite a bit of low glycemic carbs.. greens have lots of volume.. and then I would add berries, and nuts.. macadamia nuts give you fiber.. if you get to 30-40 g a day, you could have half an avocado with your eggs... NET carbs matters.. high fiber fruits, and vegetables, allows your TOTAL carbs to go higher, which allows more variety.
The best rule is to just EAT REAL FOOD.. high fat, moderate protein, and low carb... the reverse of what spikes your blood sugars.. for diabetes management, if none of your meals makes you blood glucose go above 120.. then your average will be lower. I tend to have 105-110 2 hours AFTER a meal, and before the next meal, my BG drop to maybe 75.. so a 75-110 range without meds. We only need meds, IF we eat enough carbs to spike our blood sugar above 125.
If your BG never is high, then what would you need meds for?.. staying below 10 g a meal.. 3 main meals, and a snack.. prevents ever having high BG. For example, my snack is 4 ozs. cream cheese.. 4 g.. my BG probably won't go over 90 after that.
I stay around 20 g of carbs..today is 21 g.. 8 fiber.. 13 NET carbs. 3 g for 5 eggs at breakfast.. 6 g at lunch.. a can of mushrooms ( fresh are better/lower carb ).. 8 at dinner for a can of green beans ( fresh better ).. and 4g for 4 ozs. of cream cheese. If I ate 0 g for 3 meals, and had 21 g at my snack.. it would be an issue.. 40-50g a day may be fine, but spacing matters if you are diabetic.
So enjoy the foods you can eat, and still control BG, and cravings.. I am comfortable at 5-30 g a day, but a lot of people need a bit more, and can handle it.. just be cautious, and build slowly.. low carb is a lot better if you have more veggies. I have other health issues, which limits my greens, so I am not as happy..lol.. but you can eat cups of greens with olive oil drizzled on them, cheese on top.. mmm!
I'm not on a low carb diet, but I buy a Soy and Linseed low carb bread (because it is a lot higher in protein and fibre) and I also buy low carb potatoes. The brand I buy is 40% less carbs and you can't tell the difference when eating them, and can do anything that you would do with ordinary potatoes. The beauty of those ones is that they are also lower calories. It allows me to increase my protein and healthy fats a little.
My doctor put me on a low-carb diet to control my Type 2 Diabetes. Low carbs are tough especially when transitioning from the way I ate to low carb--but not impossible. The holidays were hard for me, but I save carbs for small treats, and it seems to work okay. My carbs are mostly vegetables because carbs like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and so one are good. Food producers are coming out with some good frozen alternatives to potatoes, and they taste good, but still have carbs. Going on a low-carb diet is doable even if it doesn't seem possible at first. Good Luck.
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