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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
7/10/09 6:17 P

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I agree with Ivory. The South Beach Diet, while good, may not be the best for those who take some medications or who have severe blood sugar isues. Phase two may be a better option than phase one, as it has some similarities to the IR diet. But, thank you for the suggestion though!

I recently tried doing the phase one, without the above concerns, and I felt light headed. Doing a combination of Phase two and the IR diet makes me feel much better.

Edited by: HLTHYLIVNCCJ at: 7/10/2009 (18:29)
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7/10/09 5:46 P

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Under my "Food and Nutrition Questions" topic there is a good explanation of Phase 1 of South Beach and why it can be trouble for people, especially those on metformin.

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South Beach diet is good though. You may want to check with your doc about Phase 1 though, people with low blood sugar might have issues with it. Not worth passing out over.



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7/6/09 2:38 P

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This is great. Thanks for ALL of the helpful info. I will def. check out that book.

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I agree....read the Insulin Resistance Diet Book, it breaks everything down and even gives suggested pairings and serving sizes. It really helps make sense of things and gives you something to run with, so to speak. Balancing IS the key to succeeding and feeling better with this lifestyle.

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7/6/09 7:36 A

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My 2 cents worth is to read the Insulin Resistance book. It's not just pairing protein with carbs. I think the key is balancing the two which is defined in the book.

Good luck!

I also know people who have applied the IR diet to their WW program and other diets.

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7/6/09 6:16 A

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Basically you have it!

I live alone. However, when I am with others I prepare good, wholesome food that we both will love. Feeding your family basic food is the way I would go. You want to keep them healthy and active so they don't have problems later on in life.

It isn't as difficult as it seems. Just a different way of looking at food.




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7/5/09 10:39 P

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WOW, that is really great! I am so new at this that all this info I am reading is starting to confuse me. I have read a few other posts here and I think I understand now. Please correct me if I am wrong.

1. I don't need to focus on low carb(grains) but whole carb.
2. I should eat 6-7 small meals per day.
3. I should pair up my carbs with proteins.
4. basically calories in vs. calories out and
5. exercise is my new best friend

this is probably easier than it looks. Any other advice would be great.
how does this work for your families? Do you cook separate meals or is what you eat the same for them?

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This is my opinion: When you use food, as hypoglycemics do, for their main form of stabilization, that comes first! Calories need to be higher than normal, so does exercise-walking and anything that doesn't stress you. Build up exercise slowly and consistently. Then make certain you eat ENOUGH. I eat apx 2200 to 2500 per day. I also do 25,000 steps per day and aerobically walk 3 hours per day minimum. I built it up over time.

As to the question on grains, etc. WHOLE grains is a must. If you do cereals: Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal is the best. It takes 45 minutes to make. Bite the bullet when it comes to time prep for food. It does seem to be easier as the weeks roll on.

Do not limit whole grains, whole rices, etc. You can track the carbs, but realize they will be higher, so will the protein, than someone who's dietary requirements are not geared towards hypoglycemia.




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7/5/09 9:25 P

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I am new to this concept too and have a question. I understand the idea of having protein with each meal. As far as the carbs go; is it better to just switch to whole grains ( along w veggies of course) or should I be limiting the amount of grains altogether? to track carbs or to not track carbs that is the question? :o)

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
6/22/09 1:02 P

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TOCHATTY....here is a cut and paste of my previous post which details how to look the information up by googling it, along with a book that is suggested.

As for low gi information....we have a lot of older posts on here that have some beneficial informaiton. Also, remember that the internet can be your friend to finding wonderful information out. May want to GOOGLE words such as "Low Glycemic Index", "Diabetic Diet", "Insulin Resistance", etc. There are tons of articles out there.

There are also tons of books out there too, that can be checked out from libraries, purchased at book stores, etc. One that I recommend is The Insulin Resistance Diet, as it provides you a basis for using lower GI foods in your diet. It also has a helpful list of foods and their appropriate serving sizes per meal.


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6/21/09 7:54 P

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Welcome! There are some articles here on this team. Other members who have more knowledge than I do on this problem will probably be in later today or tomorrow.

I would search on Google and also Ask.com. I wouldn't stop until I found one. I am sure there is one.

Please let us know and please join in on all the different threads.






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I have known about it for years but probably just never really thought it would do anything for me. I'm 36 years old and have PCOS which I have known about since 98.

Its just been recenlty that I really have gotten serious about looking into Low GI foods and really applying them to my life. I've been dieting since 8 years old and even had weight loss surgery and have been regaining weight. I dont want to get back to my pre surgery weight.

Are there any books out there that will provide the values for all foods? I have been going to the bookstore but I only see a list of very few foods.

Any advice? THank you.

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
6/20/09 11:49 A

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Tatiana..WELCOME to the group! You are not alone in your struggles, many of us here are still struggling, after being on diet plans for a year or more to lose much weight. For myself, it seems like I can lose inches faster than the weight. Though of course muscle weighs more than fat. So you have to look at your measurements, the way your clothes fit, etc....not just the scale. So having the scale tell you how you are doing is only a fraction of how you are doing on the new diet/lifestyle.

I too am a mother on a fixed budget and had no problem losing weight until after I had my son. Now, it seems almost impossible, but I am not giving up as I have lost inches, dropped a clothes size and do feel genuinely better than I did a year ago.

As for low gi information....we have a lot of older posts on here that have some beneficial informaiton. Also, remember that the internet can be your friend to finding wonderful information out. May want to GOOGLE words such as "Low Glycemic Index", "Diabetic Diet", "Insulin Resistance", etc. There are tons of articles out there.

There are also tons of books out there too, that can be checked out from libraries, purchased at book stores, etc. One that I recommend is The Insulin Resistance Diet, as it provides you a basis for using lower GI foods in your diet. It also has a helpful list of foods and their appropriate serving sizes per meal.

I agree with Ivory that the first areas to start is dividing up your meals throughout the day and always pairing a protein with a carb. Protein should be had at every meal or snack, without exception. This helps burn up the carbs so they have a lessened chance of storing as fat in the body.

Hope some of these suggestions may help you find some answers.

Don't give up, keep moving forward, eventually the scale will start to change things around for you. Remember, sometimes the body's initial defenses kick in and think your body is in starvation mode when you first start a diet. You need to find the right balance of food where you are not eating too much or too little. Plus, when you first exercise, your muscles can try to retain fluid, thinking they are also in a starvation like mode and will not drop the fluid for about a week or two. Also, your body may make changes on the inside becoming more healthy, while the outside and the scale show no visible changes, so give it time, things are working for the better....just hang in there, you are not alone!

Best wishes on your new adventure to a better you!


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6/19/09 8:17 P

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Congrats Ivory on the 1/2 lb loss!!




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Welcome Tatiana! Like Deb said, read through all our old posts and the stickies, we have lots of information in there, and go ahead and start asking questions any time!

The easiest ways to incorporate this into your diet are 1) think about having a protein with every meal/snack and 2) cut back the carbs, the best way to start is simply to cut the portions down, i.e., 1 roll instead of 2, 1/2 cup of rice/pasta instead of a cup. A third thing to consider is to increase your fiber, simply by choosing foods with more fiber you will eat foods with a lower GI. Start slow, just change 1 meal a day at first, and slowly work your way into this.

Another great thing about this team, we celebrate every victory, not just the scale ones (because many of our scale victories are few and far between, I lost a 1/2 pound in the last 2 weeks!!), so you start to think about the bonuses of a healthy lifestyle even when the pounds are coming off more slowly than you like.

We are always willing to give a daily food journal a good low GI makeover here, so feel free to post (or sparkmail) and ask!

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Tatiana, this team is a very good source for not only support but information.

Of course you are depressed, we all have had battles with that demon. When our blood sugar is out of wack it also effects our emotions and attitudes.

Hang in there, ask lots of questions, and get lots of answers.

I'd start with studying the past posts on this topic. I'd then do any googling on the subject and get any left over questions answered there, or come here and ask.

I have hypoglycemia, it's a different animal. I am learning about the other side of the fence reading about all my team mates struggles and successes here.

Welcome to the team and welcome to SparkPeople. 2 great choices already.

Hugs






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Hello and Welcome,

It's not so duanting as you might think. Low GI means choosing things that dont spike your insulin...like blueberries over banannas. Controlling your blood sugars so they are more balanced through the day is a very helpful way to lose weight. You might even find eating no processed foods you lose the final pounds in no time.
:) Deb

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Hi everyone,

I am new to the Low GI concept but believe that this could help me where other things have failed.

I am about 17kg's over weight and have tried every thing in the book to get back to the weight I was for 35 years of my life. For the last 3 years, since I had my second child, I have put on weight and have not been able to lose it. I have had every test the doctors can throw at me, I have taken every pill, tried so many diets and am now beyond depressed!

I am usually an optimistic and upbeat person but after 3 years of hope and effort and no results my optimism is fading and I am starting to lose me as a person.

I was going to join Sure slim but did revues and realized that although it will work it is not very realistic for a Mother and a wife on a tight budget.

From what I can tell they use the low GI system and those of use it have had wonderful success. I want to learn how to eat healthier, not only for me but for my kids and Hubby.

The problem is the GI thing is new to me and a bit daunting....

where can I get info and how does one incorporate it into your daily life? I am hoping to incorporate it into my Sparks routine.

Any suggestions?

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