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4/5/10 9:22 P

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LAST NIGHT I FELL ASLEEP BEFORE I TOOK MY METFORMAN. I DIDN'T KNOW IT TILL AFTER BREAKFAST. I LEFT A MESSAGE AT THE DR, BUT NO CALL BACK. SHOULD I HAVE TAKEN THE DOSE TODAY?
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OK, sorry, I blew it! I didn't see the date on your msg. was 3/2. Oh well. So sorry.

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A couple of things:

1. Have him/her work with you to learn portion size (good articles on this site for help on that).

2. Do you have any idea what your BMI (body mass index is) or your BMR (basal metabolic rate)? What kind of lifestyle do you lead (sedentary, moderatly active, active or very active)? This information will help provide a general guideline for how many calories in total you should be consuming per day.

3. He/she should then help you determine how much of your daily calories should be carbs, proteins and fat.

4. Go armed with a list of foods you consistently eat and see ow those can be worked into your diet.

5. Go armed with some examples of meals you've eaten and what your blood sugar is prior to and after (generally 2 hrs. after) eating. THIS will help him/her/you have some ideas of which foods work with your body (at least right now) and which don't.

Ok, these are just some suggestions that helped me (I was just diagnosed in January (on the 22nd @ 9 am!!! I remember every detail of that day!) Hope this gives you a spring board to put together your list.

And good for you for planning ahead!!!

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Catz! Sorry I didn't get back to you on this one! I actually had a tough time thinking about this because I never saw someone, I am completely self-educated. I would like to hear what they tell you though and see how it compares the research I've done.

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Tomorrow is my first appointment with a diabetes nutritionist/counselor. What questions should I ask that I might not think of as a "newbie"? What do you wish you had known at the start? Please give me some more ideas.

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Here's a good article about the eggs: www.eggfarmers.co.nz/uploads/Z3256_E
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s_and_Cholesterol_-_Dispelling_the_MR>yth_-_British_Nutrition_Foundation.pdf


I'm looking for other references as well.

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thats good to know about the eggs. I don't mind the whites some times but i really like the yoke - it is just not the same without it to me.Yet my cardiologist says don't eat eggs - so it gets confusing.
thanks for looking at the article and commenting. I am new to this dieting thing - oops I mean "lifestyle" change. I must remember that.

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The protein snacks listed there are pretty good. Both the grains and the fruit should always be combined with one of the proteins, but high fiber + protein is always a good snack!

On another note, the 3 whole eggs per week thing is bunk, you can have more, the only issue with egg yolks is that they are calorie dense, so you can get more protein for less calories out of whites, but I eat 2+ whole eggs a day and have great cholesterol. There is no link between cholesterol intake and blood values.

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can someone tell me if these snack samples are okay on this diet or not that I found on yahoo?

http://health.yahoo.com/experts/weightlo
ss/2187/best-snacks-for-weight-loss/

thanks

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Thanks. I appreciate it and I plan to implement all suggestions and ideas starting tomorrow. I also want to vow "no sugar" from now until Easter.

The last of the junk food is done. I plan to go to the store tomorrow and stock up on good healthy foods. Part of the problem is that I live in Maryland and my routine the last two weeks has been severely interrupted by Mother Nature and the 36" of snow she dumped on us with back-to-back storms.

I will also listen to my hypnosis tapes every day!

I like the "make a plan" suggestion, and I'm going to do that. Visuals are great!

Wish me luck! I really need to do this again.

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Okay, here are my get it going ideas:

1) get the junk out, out of the house, out of the way, toss it, give it away, put it on a high shelf! Make it not easy to get at!

2) Put together alternatives in easy reach. Put out a trail mix and a bowl of fresh fruit somewhere accessible

3) Get accountable. Tell everybody you know and see that you have a goal (1 week without junk for example) and ask them to politely remind you of that goal if they catch you. Get on here and start telling us! Make a thread to chronicle your soon-to-be streak of no junk! (I did this for my no sugar month, and it's amazing how much my coworkers being impressed with my goal motivated me!)

4) Make a plan and put it somewhere visible, or three somewhere visibles, like on the fridge or your computer! Keep looking at your goals, over, and over, and over!

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Hi, everyone!

Have been off the IR diet now for a couple of months and boy is my body begging me to get back on my healthy plan.

So, I've been trying for a few weeks and I do good for a couple of days and then fall off the wagon. If I could just get through one week, I might be able to get myself back on track.

Any suggestions on how to do that. I just can't seem to get back in the grove of tracking food, planning a menu, exercising and sticking to it. It just seems so much easier to grab a handful of cookies and be done with it. Then, of course, I am miserable for giving in to temptation.

How do I get out of this rut? This to me is the hardest part. Once I get on track, I'm on a roll.



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1/31/10 4:53 P

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Yes, Inde, it can seem like a lot all at once! You have the right idea with making sure every meal has a lean protein and becoming more reliant on low-glycemic veggies. Sounds like you are off to a good start, but if you run into trouble, you can always ask for suggestions!

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WELL I CERTAINLY HAVE A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS.
I FOUND A BOOK I LOVE "STOP DIABETES BEFORE IT STOPS YOU" THAT EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BODY IN SIMPLE AND YET SCIENTIFIC TERMS. BUT IT'S FROM A GROUP THAT MOSTLY USES PLANT PROTEINS AND BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE DIVERTICULAR DISEASE THAT'S A PROBLEM BECAUSE I HAVE TO LIMIT NUTS AND BEANS. I DID FIND SUGAR FREE OR UNSWEETENED ORGANC COCONUT MILK (IN A 1/2 GALLON MORE LIKE SKIM MILK THAN EVAPORATED) AND UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK AND SOY MILK THAT I LOVE (BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE TO LIMIT DAIRY). I LOVE SOY PRODUCTS AND ASKED MY NEW DOC AND HE SAID THE NEGATIVE RESEARCH WAS DONE ON GROUPS OF WOMEN IN COUNTRIES WHERE THEY EAT SOY PRODUCTS DAILY IN PLACE OF MEAT SO NOT TO AVOID IT. WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE I LOVE SOY PROTEIN AND SO FAR IT HASN'T IRITATED MY STOMACH. SINCE DIETING FOR YEARS HAS TAUGHT ME TO READ LABELS (SADLY SOMETIMES AFTER I'VE CONSUMED THE PRODUCT THIS WEEK AS I'M STARTING OUT CUTTING OUT SUGAR) I'VE ALSO LEARNED THAT "SUGAR FREE" IS AS MISLEADING AS ANY OTHER DELIBERATELY MISLEADING TERM BECAUSE SEVERAL THINGS I BOUGHT HAVE CORN SYRUP WHICH IS ALSO A SUGAR IN PLACE OF THE SUGAR...RESULT, NO CHANGE OR WORSE.
ANYWAY, SO I'M THINKING I HAVE TO EAT LEAN PROTEIN WITH EACH MEAL, NO PROBLEM I LOVE IT. LOW GLYCEMIC VEGETABLES, SOME FRUITS, WHOLE GRAINS....MUCH WHAT I WAS EATING BEFORE BUT I'M TRACKING SO MANY THINGS IT'S A BIG(!) ADJUSTMENT!
I'M NOW TRACKING:
PROTEIN
CHOLESTEROL AND LDL FATS
SODIUM
POTASSIUM
SUGAR
LIMITING CARBS
RAISING GOOD HDL
THE LIST GOES ON AND I FIND MY DIET RIGID AND A BIT CONFOUNDING RIGHT NOW.
I WAS GOING TO HAVE THE OVEN BAKED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRIES FOR DINNER AND FOUND THAT SINCE I HAD 2 SLICES OF 100% SUGAR FREE WHOLE WHEAT FOR MY BREAKFAST SANDWICH IT WOULD TAKE ME 20 MG OVER MY CARBS...I COULD REDO LUNCH, BUT I'M SUPOSED TO STREACH MY CARBS OUT OVER THE DAY....
I'M STILL LEARNING SO I'M JUST DUMBFOUNDED RIGHT NOW AND STILL APPROACHING THIS WITH A DEER CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS APPROACH.
TTFN Y'ALL!
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KENNESAWGIRL733, Many people have found that the time needed to live a helathy life can be used all in one day, like Sunday. Do a lot of cooking on that day and store it all in the quantities you'll need for later - some in the fridge and some in the freezer. This works best for me.
Best whishes!!!

Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problem all at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.


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Just so happens that Coach Nicole popped this article on HFCS into my twitter this morning, so I figured I'd post it here for your reading pleasure.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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Be careful of your processed meats such as bologna. These all have high fructose corn syrup in them and this can ruin any gain that you are attempting to make.

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thank you! I am finding that it just takes more time and preparation to eat right... and time is such a precious commodity for me. but so is my health. I just need to schedule a time for me to prepare some things which are "diabetic friendly."

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The inherent problem is of course that protein tends to be expensive (yeah, not cool, I know)

Here are some reasonable options and how to make them cheaper:

cheese sticks - watch for sales. I only buy these on sale, sometimes there's coupons too for like Sorrento's Stringsters. Alternately, buy cheese bricks and cut off 1oz pieces for a snack.

sliced meat and cheese roll-ups - could be deli, could be packaged, again, go for on sale items. If you like bologna, it's more often cheap

Yogurt - I buy my husband those Dannon lights when they are 20 for $8. Also, buying the larger containers is cheaper, and I am the epitome of cheap yogurt because I make my own, and then I strain it to get Greek-style with higher protein. You can also strain store-bought regular yogurt. Add berries and flax seed for a perfect snack!

Hardboiled eggs - awesome option. Even better when eggs are on sale (I get mine $1.49 for a dozen jumbo from a local store)

Nuts - again, look for sales. I get my mixed nuts at CVS a lot because their store brand is often on sale. Another option is bulk nuts, I do that from Whole Foods often, especially for raw almonds (yummy! and no salt in bulk!). If you don't like raw nuts, roast a batch and save them in an airtight container.

Bean dips - hummus, black bean dip, navy bean dip. They are lovely with some cut up celery and carrots. The cheapest way - make your own. I buy bulk dried beans, cook them in the crockpot and toss them in the food processor with olive oil, spices, and a dash of lemon. Everyone I know loves my hummus (unless I overdo the garlic, but I still love it!). You can also add other things to the dips like spinach or red peppers or onions.

That's what comes to mind right now!

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I am looking for cheap, easy and quick low carb, high protein foods for snacking. any suggestions?
thanks!

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The key to both hypoglycemia and IR/Diabetes is pairing up carbs and protein and fats at every meal and snack. Make sure that your meals contain at the minimum a fibrous carb and a protein, and if you can add a bit of healthy fat to that, even better.

Here are a few of my favorite combos:
apples and peanut butter
fruit and cheese
fruit and nuts
veggies and hummus/cream cheese

etc.

You can always post up here (or sparkmail me if that's more comfortable for you) what you have been eating, and I can give you specific feedback.

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I've been dealing with having to diet for some time now, but now I have to deal with hypoglycemia as well. Are there any foods that would be best for me to eat. I know I'm suppose to eat 6 times a day but is there something else I should be doing? emoticon

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Excellent point Sparklee :)

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I have been reading through various posts on Sparkpeople since my doctor has me monitoring my blood sugar for two weeks to make sure I don't have diabetes. In any case, I ran across this board and this question about low sodium hams made me smile. Low sodium hams are called "Pork Roast". Since salt is what is used to cure the meat and turn it into a ham, the 720 mg of sodium per serving ham is likely to be close to the low end of the spectrum of hams. I don't know how little salt can be used to cure a ham, but whatever it is, the amount of sodium in ham--I think is likely to be pretty high. emoticon

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I had thought about whole food stores or even calling around the butchers in the area, but the drive is very long to get to them, but if it means low sodium, then so be it!

I could go for anything for Christmas, so could my mom, but my hub's and his family are ham fanatics.

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I'm not really a ham person, so I haven't ever thought about this. However, I might scan the whole foods shelves, because if anyone has it, they would, and that would give me an idea of what's out there.

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Now here's a question that I have been pondering for some time, since we are talking about holidays.

Does anyone have any ideas on finding lower sodium hams to cook?

So far I have gone through the various hams in the store and have found anywhere from 720 mg of sodium per serving to upwards of 1250 mg of sodium per serving. The serving size being 2 ounces of meat.

We traditionally have ham at Christmas, but unless I can find a lower sodium version or way to remove some of the salt from the ham, then will have to consider a new meal to have as a tradition. Any thoughts on lower sodium hams or other meal options?

I have got the Thanksgiving figured out and have been playing around with reducing the sodium in the sides and such, have done the same with the Christmas sides too, just problems with the ham.

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We have to learn to forgive ourselves, as we will stumble from time to time. The road is not without its bumps here and there. Some are to show us we might now be headed in the right direciton, others are to test our perserverance.

As for the holidays, the biggest advice I can give is to plan, plan, plan, your meals! If you know your temptation is foods, then plan your meal around those foods, being sure to balance your carbs and proteins. If there are more foods than what you are allowed at a meal, then work them into some snacks options, in smaller portions. But, keep balanced. If your downfall is sweet treats, have a small indulgence, but make sure to factor them into your carb and calorie counts and/or do some extra exercises and drink extra water.

My downfall is the sweets more than the foods, as the foods are similar to ones we have throughout the year, so it is not a once a year treat. Whereas, the sweets are. Though one thing I try to do is have very few sweets around me and when we do bring them out to enjoy, I try to also have things like cheese and lean meats around to counteract the carbs with some proteins and I limit my portions to appropriate carb / protein ratios.



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I KNOW WHAT YOU ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HOLIDAYS MY DOWN FALL IS FOODS NOT SWEETS .THE TAMALES AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS MENUDO , I CAN GO ON AND ON IT'S JUST A FOOD TRIANGLE FOR ME .
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Hey Ladies!

First of all, thanks for your support and your help!

Reading you made me realize that the reason I get so frustrated and annoyed is because of that "all or nothing" attitude. I feel as if any little mishap in my diet is going to undo all the effort I have given to my health...

Because I definitely don't have the kind of self control that that lady in your group has, Belrosa.

But I know it can be done. I just have to forgive myself and keep moving forward.

Hugs!


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I agree with what everyone has stated. It is ok to have the "rare" occasion splurge. I am a sucker for sweets and I know I am coming up on my hardest time of the year, but am determined that I will not gain one ounce during the holidays, though I will partake of a treat from time to time, just not often.

When I am out with my family or even by myself (which is rare), and I get the urge to have a sweet treat, I try to first drink a bottle of water, as sometimes our urges are thrist in disguise. Then if I am still wanting something sweet, I try eating something else as an alternative. Instead of the the Oreo McFlurry, I would try a piece of chocolate. Sometimes that kills the desire right there. If after several hours or even a few days later, I am still craving that one item, I go for it. Though here is a trick I use, I often wait until my hubs or son is around and have them make the McFlurry or whatever from wherever. Then I ask them to put half in one cup and half in another, or if it is a dessert, bring several spoons or forks. Usually, three or four bites will be enough to quench the craving, satisfy your taste buds and make you happy, without causing all those calories and carbs to happen. If I am by myself, I take a few bites of whatever and ask for the rest to go home in a take out box. If it is a shake, blizzard, McFlurry, or whatever. I drive home quickly with the rest in hand and throw it in the freezer to have at another time.

Sometimes we just need that extra little sweet treat to make our day. Though it doesn't have to cause much damage. Even if you eat the whole thing, you can always do some extra exercises, drink some extra water to flush out the toxins and keep good for the next several days or so.

Hope some of this helps!

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I know what you mean ... you eat well for weeks, even months, then usually due to social 'pressure' or just wanting to be and act normally for a day, you screw up and splurge.

For me, it was a night away with my hubby and in-laws and the food was still healthy ... it was the 3 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of port that I had over 6 hours one night.

When I got home I'd put on 3 lbs and it took me a month to lose them again. I finally twigged that I just can't break the rules. I normally keep to 60 gm total carbs a day (including fibre and practically all from low GI - beans, veges, some fruit) and this works for me. On another forum I am on, one of the ladies as found that she needs to stick to just 20 gm (although this is nett - she subtracts fibre). And she's done it for 2 years!!! The self-control she must have, I can't even imagine.

Anyway, after my weekend away I decided to keep a token on me which allowed me to splurge on 1 x 20 gm of carbohydrate dessert once a week. I put a fairly large, round medallion type thing on a silver celtic bracelet on Monday morning and then if I have a dessert or chips or whatever ... I make sure I keep it to 20 g of CHO, and when I get home I take the bracelet off and that's it for the week. Well, after a while, I decided I liked the feel of the medallion thing in my hand and I preferred it to dessert/fries. I think what I missed most was the OPTION to have something naughty, rather than actually having it. If I have the medallion on my wrist, I know I can have something if I want it... and I can choose not to, and save it for another time. I've found it's given me that sense of control that I was missing. Not necessarily control over food choices, cos I rarely broke the rules big time, just control over my life and what's happening to my body. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I hope this helps you too...

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This happens all the time! And I've been at it for 2 years now. Part of the problem is that you have to fight your brain in so many ways. Not only do sweets like that taste good, but they release awesome feeling chemicals in your brain, for a short little while, then (especially if you have blood sugar issues) you end up feeling awful afterwards.

I try to remember that sugar is poison to my body, it wrecks my hormones, screws up chemicals, etc. The small amount of pleasure I get then, not worth what I get later, which is bloating and feeling crummy.

However, you also can't survive with an all or nothing attitude, every once in a while, a little splurge isn't going to kill you, and it's never a reason to throw in the towel. So, you had a flurry, okay, now you can go home and have a nice healthy dinner, and have a healthy day tomorrow.

You work to prevent what you can, and it gets better with time, and I still get caught up in the "let's get dessert" part of going out even when trying to be healthy. But just keep going and making every good choice count!

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I was doing SO well.
My cousin invited me to lunch: Japanese (which I love). I ate edamame, sashimi and wakame. All in good measure and rice was nowhere to be seen (yay for me!).

Until... a Oreo McFlurry showed up (boo for me).

It really bothers me that I have no control over these kind of sweet treats that I never eat! I don't eat them because I make it a point of not having to make that choice, I don't go to McDonalds.
But what bothers me the most is the guilt that comes afterwards... It makes me want to throw it all out the window and give up :(

Has this ever happen to you? What do you do? How do you prevent it?

Happy weekend! and thanks for reading me.

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9/24/09 11:38 P

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:-) I tell you Cindy, I'm loving it! I'm the only one selling it in the pure powder form ... the other guys are putting it in capsules, sometimes with fillers for some reason.

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Sounds like you have a medicine that tastes, pardon the pun, "like a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down." LOL.

You have me curious now, will do more googling about it online to read up on it.

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Hi Cindy,

I'm really glad I made your day.

At the moment the main thing I am interested in is DCI ... I've actually just started importing it wholesale (one of the benefits of having a science/health background) and selling it through my website to other cysters. I am pleased to say that since I began selling it for $25 USD per 18 gram lot, the other two retailers in America dropped their prices by up to 70% to match mine. It's amazing what a little competition will do for any given market isn't it? The last thing us cysters need is to be robbed blind by someone trying to make a buck and DCI is expensive enough as it is!

I think it's really promising that they are trialling it as an oral alternative to insulin in Type II diabetics ... I can't wait to find out how that turns out. I am devouring the research as it comes out, but I think hearing first hand accounts from people who have taken it is really beneficial as well. I've been taking it for 4 weeks now and have lost 3kg. My weight had been gradually creeping up again after having lost 7kg at the beginning of the year through supplementing my diet with food sources of DCI. I got so sick of the sight and smell and taste of the smoothie I was using to do that though, that I rarely have it any more. The DCI powder is so much easier to take than 1/3 cup soy lecithin and carob and wheatgerm and ... all the other stuff I put in there. I did the most decadent thing yesterday - I chopped up a punnet of strawberries and put my whole day's dose over them like sugar (it tastes sweet) and scoffed my 'medicine' as a breakfast dessert. Yum :) I like THAT kind of medicine :)

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Belrosa....you sure know how to make my day! emoticon emoticon

Some of the conversations on here start out strong, but as members come and go, they start to shift. Though glad you came back to check us out. If there are any specific topics you would like to see discussed, by all means, please feel free to start some new topics, might be items we are all interested in learning about. I thank you for mentioning the DCI medication, will definitely take a look at it and discuss with my doctor at my next appointment in November. Would rather have something more natural than one with a lot of side effects.

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You're welcome Cindy - you really are looking amazing - I haven't logged on for a while ... all the conversations I was a part of seem to have died and they were my trigger to check the site.

You must be doing something right cos you look fantastic - a good 10 years youger I'd say! Well done.

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I've put a lot of info about DCI up on my website at: www.pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatment
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if you are interested - it's all referenced ... well not properly but there are links to the studies etc at the bottom or on the resources page. There's been at least one study done on lean women and DCI - 2002 Endocrinology Practice Vol 8 No. 6 - 417 - 423 EFFECTS OF D-CHIRO-INOSITOL IN LEAN WOMEN
WITH THE POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME by John E Nestler et al.

I'd really love to hear from women who have actually taken it though - I thought a lot more would have, as it has such a clear benefit without the side effects of Met. I've only been taking it for a couple of weeks, so it's not really long enough to achieve a significant result. I've heard a lot of women say that they used DCI to conceive when Clomid failed. I'm not TTC, just trying to regain some semblance of hormonal balance and I think a regular menstrual cycle is probably a good place to start :)

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Hi Ivory thanks for the response. I thought one good reason to use DCI in lieu of Metformin would be that DCI is a natural human metabolite, therefore in appropriate dosage not having any side effects, unlike Met, which seems to cause a lot of grief to almost everyone who takes it. I was personally unable to take Met, made me too dizzy and lethargic. I agree it may not be the root cause but it's as close to it as we have been able to find to date.

I've been taking DCI for 2 weeks now and have more energy, have lost a couple of kilos, am sleeping better at night and waking up earlier in the morning and less tired throughout the day. Also my skin seems softer and the hair growth has lessened.

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Thank you for the wonderful comment on my picture. I am trying very hard and have set a lot of goals for me.

Wonderful question about DCI. Found Ivory's response very informative and may have to discuss the possibility of medication such as DCI or Metaformin in the future, if my sugars do not calm down, though think it may have been as a result of not much cardio. Though find the more exercise, the lower the sugar levels.

Keep on Sparking Belrosa!

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Okay, that was a new one for me, so I did a little research on it. I found a few articles that suggest that obese women with PCOS have better glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity with DCI, however, metformin stimulates the release of DCI so those of us on metformin are likely to have similar results to people using DCI.

In terms of a root cause, it is clear that women with PCOS have impaired release of DCI naturally, but I'm not sure supplementing the missing item would count as treating the root cause since as far as I can tell, we still don't know why there is impaired release of DCI.

The studies I read were all on obese women, not much work is done on healthy women with PCOS, and as always with drugs, your results may vary. I see no reason to use DCI instead of metformin so far.

I may keep reading and update if I find any other interesting studies. For the curious, I use scholar.google.com for most of my research (and I'm at an academic institution so I get full text of most articles).

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D Chiro Inositol - I've been reading a lot lately about DCI and how it treats the root cause of insulin resistance. Has anyone done any research on it or tried it?



HealthyLivinCCJ - love your new photo - you're looking really good!

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Dreamon....deep in the Team Shares and Chats section, there was a topic with tons of links to various websites, recipes, etc. But, it has been so long, that it would be nice to revisit it for all the new people on here. Great idea!

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We have had one and off threads in the past with things like that, but nothing permanent so far, but that is a good idea. i think i'll look into a permanent food share thread somewhere.

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Wow! What a great thread! Lots of great information. Personally, being new, I would love to see a thread of just favorite cookbooks, recipes, and websites. Would that be a duplicate of something else?

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Think of as 3 meals and 3 snacks.

Personally I usually only get 2 snacks in when I follow this way of eating.

body for life had some good ideas about pairing a protein and a carb. string cheese and an apple, hardboiled egg and a piece fruit.. etc.

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There are a couple of ways to implement 6 small meals, one is 6 equal meals, the other is three meals and three snacks (that's my method). For 6 equal meals, you would be looking at meals of 200-300 cals each for a 1200-1800 calorie weight loss diet. I prefer three meals of 300-400 calories and three snacks of 100-200 for the same 1200-1800 calorie day.

Here are a few examples of these kinds of meals/snacks. These are mostly equal to about 200-300, but could easily be adjusted up or down slightly depending on what you want.

2 eggs scrambled with veggies in 1 tsp olive oil and a piece of fruit
1 serving of high-protein cereal/oatmeal made with milk and some berries

1 apple (or other fruit), a serving of crackers, and 1 oz of cheese or nuts
1 sandwich with two smaller slices of bread (or lower calorie bread), a couple of slices of turkey, a slice of cheese and tomato, lettuce and mustard
1 bowl of healthy soup containing meat/beans and 1 serving of crackers
1/2 cup of cottage cheese/yogurt with 1 tsp of honey and berries

3 oz of any meat, 2 cups of veggies/salad with 1 tsp of fat (oil/dressing), 1/4 cup rice/pasta/potato

I also typically split up a large dinner and eat the other half for lunch the next day.

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Hi -- I'm new to this team (again) and I really like the theory of the IR diet. My problem is implementing it. I feel like I'm always eating, and always watching the clock for when 1 hour or 2hours have passed so I can eat again. So obviously, I'm not doing something right.

Can someone explain to me the concept of six small meals (I guess the key word is small...) If I eat 6 meals a day, I eat 6 large meals. I guess I am asking for ideas of what foods (and combinations) constitute a small meal.

Thanks so much in advance.

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