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dontlikeliver
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Having been doing low-carb in a cycle of extreme strictness OR falling off the wagon/high-carb due to feeling deprived..........I now not only realize that I cannot do ultra-low carb successfully over a long period of time without falling off the wagon and causing self-harm by going to the other extreme of high-carb.

Therefore, I spoke with my LLMD about this. He said that I need to eat some carbs(whereas I thought I should be avoiding them to the degree of the Atkins Induction Phase, 20grams or less a day). My LLMD said I can have bread in moderation as long as whole grain, as well as other, what I previousy thought no-no's like pulses.

So that is, I guess, basically a low-GI diet, which is not necessarily that low in carb, but more realistic to live with, and no refined sugars, etc.

I went out and bought an inspiring cookbook on low-GI today.

Do any of you do low-GI as opposed to ultra-low low carb of just green leafy vegetables and meat, which is hard to keep up and not very balanced.

Not only do I hope to feel less deprived, bored, and more satisfied on low-gi, but also hope it is not going to encourage yeast....basicdally I am adding pulses, some wholegrain bread, sweet potato and other veg like carrots and maybe corn now and then.

DLL

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I do that. I try to avoid corn or carrots, however, as they are high on the glycemic index.

I eat alot of broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, okra, squash, etc.

Ezekiel bread is good, since it is sprouted grains. Go to your health food store for that.

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I do the Ezequiel bread, it's flourless and tastes great, I do still fell deprived but not as deprived as before. I believe we need to eat some grains to feel like we actually eat something and also (in my case) helps my constipation problem.

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Lymster in WA

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5dana8
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I like the yeast free breads from french meadows.
They have a minimun order of 6 loaves.I keep them in the freezer untill I want some bread.Pricey but to me they are worth it.They also do resprouted grains.NO YEAST.


http://www.frenchmeadow.com

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Check out the South Beach Diet. It is low glycemic and lower in animal fats.

I just skipped the first phase and went straight to the second.

My doctor believes lyme causes a problem with insulin resistance, so following a diabetic diet should help.

Laura

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a few yrs ago after trying and failing at atkins a few times my llmd did some sort of medical test on me and said i needed some complex carbs and really could not go without them.

in august i ordered that michael thurmond weight loss thing from the infomercial and it was the best thing i have ever done(me with the masters degree in phys ed...)

it helps you do a "test"-to figure out your specific body diet and exercise plan and it has ways to accomodate different problems like low blood pressure and hypoglycemia-it took me at least two weeks to figure it out-but there is a lot of online support and it is worth it

i lose 3 lbs a week when on it and never feel hungry or dizzy or deprived...and the exercise is so specialized you don't hurt yourself or waste energy on movements you don't need---it encourages lsd...long...slow...distance. i found out i was walking way too fast-too far and now my workout is easier on my hips and knees but i still lose.

the food is basically whole foods-NO processed food-and you eat 5-7 times a day. depending on your body you have 2-3 oz of protein at each meal-alot of veggies, some brown rice , potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, oatmeal and barley.

pasta and beans and red meat are bad for me-but some types can have them.

i do better with apples and berries with skin on---pineapple and grapes are real bad for me.

just puttin in my two cents here

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Nal
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I agree. I think some of us really do need some carbs in our diet. I too can not go completely carb free. Others on here though can do it and do great on it. We are all different.

I always hit my health food store (Wild Oats and Vitamin cottage are my two favorites around here) and get the yeast free, wheat free breads. They taste pretty good and at least I feel like I am getting some carbs in too. They also have great waffles and such that you can eat occassionally for breakfast.

Nope, I cant do ultra no carb either-id be dead.
Where did you get your cookbook by the way?
Nancy

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I pretty much do that but all grains bother me so I have to avoid them . I will ocassionally eat a carrot or some azuki beans and several mornings a week I eat about 1/3 cup of organic berries.

Lots of green organic veggies of every variety. I do eat a lot of ground flax seed and somehow it satisfies the lack of grain not to mention it helps with my very slow motility problem.

I eat no dairy at all cuz it kills me.

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Thanks all.

I checked out an Ezekiel bread recipe, and it said that each serving (slice) had 40 carbs, that seems much higher than eating regular wholewheat/wholegrain bread.

I will check with my healthfood store, but I am sure I have not seen it there. I would have remembered.

I have been on and off Atkins for 16 years...sometimes for a few years very successfully stayed slim...but, the last few years much much harder to stay so very low-carb, resulting in falling off wagon and going on a carb-binge instead that lasts long enough to do substantial damage. I don' twant to gain another pound.

I am attracted to low-GI because it has stuff I like that is healthy, but I am also concerned because things like brown rice and ANY kind of breads are not low carb and I don't want to fool myself into thinking it's OK to eat them and then find myself 20 lbs heavier down the road.

I will also have a look at the South Beach diet.

At this point I am even considering weight watchers.....but, am now sure what they preach one should eat. (hope not high carb low fat)

What kind of things do you eat for breakfast?

DLL

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