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8/7/16 10:31 P

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Wow, What a very helpful and informative group I've joined! Thanks so much EVERYONE for making me feel so welcome and for all the help I've already gotten!

Budgetmaw, thanks! I usually make my hubby and myself scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast and I usually either cheat for lunch, snacks or supper!!!! That's where I really have my problems! I bookmarked Linda's site and a few of those spark meal links! Thanks so much!!!

Leone, that was encouraging to read!!! I'll be 59 this year and I've been doing some research on Keto living. It's a bit different than low carb as it's keeping your body in a state of Ketosis! I also believe that going cold turkey is the way to go. I do eat 2 to 3 meal/snacks a day that are real low carb. I just know I have to make a menu and then stick to it, but it has to be an easy thing to do, not a long time cooking in the kitchen, making a separate meal for myself when I have to cook a different meal for all the boys! a BIG Woo Hoo for bringing your Ac1 #s down to normal levels! I want mine to be in the 5% range! I also want my FBS to be under 92.

~Ruth-Ann~

Little by little, change can be made permanent!
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -- Winston Churchill
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I'm Possible!


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8/5/16 11:34 A

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Welcome,. CJ and Ruth Ann!

There are different ways of eating low carb, and different ways of transitioning to it. Personally, I find that cold turkey works best for me. I don't do moderation well or I wouldn't be the size I am today!

I think breakfast is the easiest meal to convert to low carb. But then I like eggs. Try making yourself a really decadent quiche, with eggs and heavy whipping cream and sausage and/or bacon and maybe some mushrooms or other veggies. Really load it up with good stuff! A whole quiche makes about 6 servings, which will feed you for a week. It keeps well and heats up nicely in the microwave, or it's good cold.

There are threads here on which folks have posted what they actually ate, that might give you some ideas. A caveat - in some cases people posted what they actually ate, even though it wasn't on plan. Sort of an accountability thing. So don't think that just because someone said they ate something, you should too. Here are the links

Breakfast - www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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For recipes, you can't go wrong with Dana Carpender's cookbooks. She has several.

Probably the most popular go to site is Linda's Low Carb Menus and Recipes at www.genaw.com/lowcarb/ Her recipes are good, and are mostly pretty cheap and easy to make, too. She includes several menus which help with the planning.

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8/5/16 11:20 A

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Greetings and glad to see you here!

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8/5/16 10:50 A

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Welcome CJ and Candy!

CJ- if you want to get bored, you need to eat what I eat! ;) I have severe food allergies and can only eat a handful of things. I rotate a lot, fasting helps! LOL

but, if you have no allergies, you have so many choices/options! Look on pinterest for recipes, my favorite cookbooks are by Dana Carpender (she has slow cooker, etc, all low carb). find simple things you like! One of my husband's favorites is cotto salami with a slice of havarti and a smear of guacamole, roll or fold like a taco. one of our "staples" every week!


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8/3/16 2:28 P

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Welcome Candy. I was diagnosed as prediabetic one year and nine months ago. The doc said GET OFF THE CARBS. No one in my family had diabetes and I had never used LC and the doc didn't explain further. So I came home and started reading. Between 30-40 books later and countless articles, there is no way I am going to become diabetic--a truly horrific disease. I am controlling my blood sugar through eating and my A1c has been in the normal range my past three tests. I went cold turkey--completely off sugar, grains, most processed foods and starchy stuff. I stay right at 20 net carbs and under 30 total carbs each day. It was a decision I made and that is that. Almost two years have passed and this has truly become my way of eating and way of life. You too can do it, but only you can make that change for yourself and it all starts in the head. Wishing you a good journey on your way to health.

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8/3/16 1:32 P

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Hi all! Thanks for your responses! Candy - I understand completely! I get these times when I "just have to have" something carb-y. Monthly hormones usually factor in. Just three days in though I feel "steadier" and am not ravenous at night.

And, yep, I just have to find "new" things to eat instead of normal go-to's. Working on that! I'm still eating a 100 calorie flavored greek yogurt once a day (about 15 carbs) - 1. because I don't want it to go bad and 2. I am working it in my plan. I eventually plan to reintroduce whole grains and the occasional potato but my go-to for breakfast has been PB toast and chocolate milk and I really just need to break my sweet addiction! Stopping at the store tonight to replenish some low carb staples. :)

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8/3/16 1:24 P

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Welcome!

It can be a challenge to find your personal best macro ratios, but once you do, I don't think there is a better approach out there... and you've definitely found the right group to support your journey!

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Dr. Jason Fung: "Holy consensus, Batman. With so many 'experts' from Michelle Obama to the USDA to virtually all of the medical professionals (including doctors and dieticians) agreeing that 'Eat Less, Move More' is the way to go, you might think that it is 100% unquestionably true. But here's a queer thought... if we all agree that we know the cure for obesity, and we've spent billions on educations and programs - why are we getting fatter? In other words, why does this 'cure' suck so bad?


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8/3/16 1:19 P

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Hi I joined this team a while back. but am only now able to participate. I've been a member of SP since 9-12-2012 and have had pre-diabetes for several years now. I've been doing LCHF off and on for 3 yrs but I just need help & support, having a hard time not cheating. It's like I get a desire to eat...doughnuts or pasta or corn....chocolate...(just don't like the dark chocolate) But I know it's not good for me. Both my mom and oldest sister had T2D and my dear sister died of complications to diabetes 4 yrs ago this month. It's real hard watching someone die of diabetes, congestive heart failure and on dialysis. You would think that would make me be a die-hard low-carber...but....I just like normal food. It's also hard because I'm the only one in my family of 5 that eats low-carb. In the last 2 yrs I lost 50 lbs, but I'm stalemated because I just cheat too much, hey it's tough, but it is what it is...

Just glad SP has a team like this one!

Edited by: CANDYCANE2B at: 8/3/2016 (13:20)
~Ruth-Ann~

Little by little, change can be made permanent!
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -- Winston Churchill
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I'm Possible!


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8/3/16 11:56 A

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Welcome to the group. It is funny how our tastes change as we come off carbs. I've been doing this for a year and nine months and went from being a total sugar addict to craving veggies. I stick to close to 20 carbs a day. I eat differently now, but am not bored.

Leone
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8/3/16 11:12 A

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emoticon There are hundreds of choices, they are just much different than what you are used to! :o)

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my WOE is up to 50 g. carb, moderate protein, no sweeteners of any kind, high in good fats, and only REAL food!


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8/3/16 11:05 A

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:) How can one get bored, when one feels so much better and is losing weight ? :)
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8/3/16 10:44 A

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Hello! New to this forum but not to Spark People or Low Carb. Hubby and I started back on LC Monday (8/1). He has great success with it - I not as much but get bored and revert back to our carb-hogging ways. lol Feeling good three days in and already have relief from reflux which is a big reason for me to do this.

Going through a bit of carb withdrawal but not terrible. I choose this time around to try carbs at about 40 a day and so far that is very good for me. Hubby sticks to about 20 or lower.

Glad to see this board here! :)

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