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KerryC

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Husbands might one day be glad of being on low carb - maybe not today or tomorrow - but lets just say that when some husbands are wondering how that happened - other's are nudging their wives and looking hopeful.
He is very supportive with everything and he tries not to complain :) I'm not sure how he would cope being diabetic and he admits it himself as he loves all things sweet lol
 

Drummer

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He is very supportive with everything and he tries not to complain :) I'm not sure how he would cope being diabetic and he admits it himself as he loves all things sweet lol
I do make my husband's meals a little higher carb, plus I will buy things just for him, because it is not a problem for me. I do understand when some wives and mothers have admitted to being envious of family eating treats. I do eat very low carb though, being so unable to cope with them, so himself has been eating lower than average carbs most days since 1979. He does very well for a man of 65 years.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Welcome to the forum @KerryC

And congratulations on the amazing HbA1c reduction!

Good to hear that you are recovering from Covid - hope you feel fully well and on to of things in no time.

Rather than occasional spot BG checks, which will only give you ’background’ information, you may find it helpful in the early months to experiment with some more focussed BG monitoring around different foods to begin to build up a picture of which types and amounts of carbs suit you best - the ‘test review adjust’ approach has helped many forum members over the years.

 

KerryC

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I do make my husband's meals a little higher carb, plus I will buy things just for him, because it is not a problem for me. I do understand when some wives and mothers have admitted to being envious of family eating treats. I do eat very low carb though, being so unable to cope with them, so himself has been eating lower than average carbs most days since 1979. He does very well for a man of 65 years.
Yea I'm the same, I buy him white bread and rice because he doesn't like wholemeal and give him more potatoes, rice etc. We normally shop together so he picks up what he likes and he still sits down to his chocolate bar or sweet treat in the evening. I sometimes just have a coffee and I don't mind because I don't really have a sweet tooth. I suppose it doesn't do anyone any harm eating a little less carbs :)
 

KerryC

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Welcome to the forum @KerryC

And congratulations on the amazing HbA1c reduction!

Good to hear that you are recovering from Covid - hope you feel fully well and on to of things in no time.

Rather than occasional spot BG checks, which will only give you ’background’ information, you may find it helpful in the early months to experiment with some more focussed BG monitoring around different foods to begin to build up a picture of which types and amounts of carbs suit you best - the ‘test review adjust’ approach has helped many forum members over the years.

Thank you :) I was so pleased when I found out it had dropped so much! Yes I'm starting to feel a little more like myself so hopefully I'll be back to normal myself soon :)

I had actually started testing pre and post meals after I had read some of the posts on here. However when I asked my diabetic nurse they said that it's not something they recommend unless your pregnant or your Hba1c and BMs remain high so I had stopped. So it's something I should maybe look into again :)
 

travellor

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Yea I'm the same, I buy him white bread and rice because he doesn't like wholemeal and give him more potatoes, rice etc. We normally shop together so he picks up what he likes and he still sits down to his chocolate bar or sweet treat in the evening. I sometimes just have a coffee and I don't mind because I don't really have a sweet tooth. I suppose it doesn't do anyone any harm eating a little less carbs :)
It never hurts to move away from white bread, white rice, white pasta for anyone.

I eat wholemeal, or seeded bread.
Brown rice, wholewheat pasta.
Chocolate is very occasional now.

I don't count carbs at all, and am active, so can't really cut them out, as I manage a lifestyle that involves eating out, and grabbing food on the go.

I found just balancing the calories and achieving a stable weight on a normal healthy diet worked out best for me for that.

You need to test, it's the only way to find out what suits you, and what effect food has on you.
But you results are certainly going the right way!
 

KerryC

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It never hurts to move away from white bread, white rice, white pasta for anyone.

I eat wholemeal, or seeded bread.
Brown rice, wholewheat pasta.
Chocolate is very occasional now.

I don't count carbs at all, and am active, so can't really cut them out, as I manage a lifestyle that involves eating out, and grabbing food on the go.

I found just balancing the calories and achieving a stable weight on a normal healthy diet worked out best for me for that.

You need to test, it's the only way to find out what suits you, and what effect food has on you.
But you results are certainly going the right way!
I suppose its just a case of like you said, finding out what works best for yourself really :) Thanks for all the advice and encouragement :) it's given me more to think about too
 

Drummer

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Yea I'm the same, I buy him white bread and rice because he doesn't like wholemeal and give him more potatoes, rice etc. We normally shop together so he picks up what he likes and he still sits down to his chocolate bar or sweet treat in the evening. I sometimes just have a coffee and I don't mind because I don't really have a sweet tooth. I suppose it doesn't do anyone any harm eating a little less carbs :)
That isn't really all that important - wholemeal is just as carb heavy as white unless it as one of the specialist low carb loaves such as Livlife.
 

KerryC

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That isn't really all that important - wholemeal is just as carb heavy as white unless it as one of the specialist low carb loaves such as Livlife.
I understand that but it helps reduce a spike if its wholemeal rather than white refined carbs. I still eat carbs in moderate amounts and my BMs stay stable so I still eat wholemeal bread, rice, pasta etc. I understand everyone is different and many of you have a very low carb diet and have cut a lot of these out of your diet :) I also have never seen livlife despite looking, I'm not sure they sell it anywhere near me, I buy brennans Be good wholemeal which is lower in carbs than normal bread but higher than livlife. I do buy Lo-dough online though and it's good to use in place of a wrap or as an alternative pizza base for a change sometimes
 
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grovesy

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I understand that but it helps reduce a spike if its wholemeal rather than white refined carbs. I still eat carbs in moderate amounts and my BMs stay stable so I still eat wholemeal bread, rice, pasta etc. I understand everyone is different and many of you have a very low carb diet and have cut a lot of these out of your diet I also have never seen livlife despite looking, I'm not sure they sell it anywhere near me, I buy brennans Be good wholemeal which is lower in carbs than normal bread but higher than livlife. I do buy Lo-dough online though and it's good to use in place of a wrap or as an alternative pizza base for a change sometimes
I think it is only sold in Waitrose. I personal eat Burgeon, but my Sainsbury's does not always have.
 

Drummer

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I was testing after evening meals every day before decideing what to have as a basic diet. You are doing really well - I'm not knocking that, but if you do need to make further changes then 'fat head' pizza dough is useful as are 'chaffles' - cheese and egg based waffles to replace bread.
 

KerryC

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I think it is only sold in Waitrose. I personal eat Burgeon, but my Sainsbury's does not always have.
Ah right, that's why I haven't seen it then, I don't have a waitrose anywhere but I must look out for the Burgen in Sainsburys. Thanks for the suggestion :)
 

KerryC

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I was testing after evening meals every day before decideing what to have as a basic diet. You are doing really well - I'm not knocking that, but if you do need to make further changes then 'fat head' pizza dough is useful as are 'chaffles' - cheese and egg based waffles to replace bread.
Aww thank you, I know what your saying, I'm not offended or anything as I know everyone is different and I welcome suggestions as maybe eventually I will need to be much stricter with my carb intake :) ooh they sound good, do you have any recipes or if I search the forum will I find some recipes for these. I'm always searching for lower carb alternatives that I can try :)
 

travellor

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Aww thank you, I know what your saying, I'm not offended or anything as I know everyone is different and I welcome suggestions as maybe eventually I will need to be much stricter with my carb intake :) ooh they sound good, do you have any recipes or if I search the forum will I find some recipes for these. I'm always searching for lower carb alternatives that I can try :)
The basic recipe is a cheese omlette.

For a twist, you could try separating the egg white, beat it to stiff peaks that just sag gently at the top, then gently fold in the cheese and egg yolk, so you end up with a lighter airier mix.

You can than put it into a waffle maker, or just cook it on a low heat in a frying pan and make a pancake style.

But, it does take time, personally I tend to reply on Captain BirdsEye for my waffles mostly, but then everything tastes better with cheese!
 

Drummer

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If you google (or use other search engines) there are a lot of recipes which will turn up for you to pick from and try out.
The 'fat head' pizza dough is, once you are used to handling it, useful for things such as sausage rolls or mini pasties (big ones don't work so well as they need turning over and tend to burst). It is surprizing how over the course of a week you can reduce carbs really significantly if you set your mind to it. If you start by making sure you get what you need with the shopping, and have your recipes at the ready then you should start to see real changes quite quickly.
 

KerryC

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The basic recipe is a cheese omlette.

For a twist, you could try separating the egg white, beat it to stiff peaks that just sag gently at the top, then gently fold in the cheese and egg yolk, so you end up with a lighter airier mix.

You can than put it into a waffle maker, or just cook it on a low heat in a frying pan and make a pancake style.

But, it does take time, personally I tend to reply on Captain BirdsEye for my waffles mostly, but then everything tastes better with cheese!
They sound lovely, thank you for the tips, I must try it out. I haven't had Birdseye waffles in years but I definitely agree about the cheese, I love cheese :)
 

KerryC

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If you google (or use other search engines) there are a lot of recipes which will turn up for you to pick from and try out.
The 'fat head' pizza dough is, once you are used to handling it, useful for things such as sausage rolls or mini pasties (big ones don't work so well as they need turning over and tend to burst). It is surprizing how over the course of a week you can reduce carbs really significantly if you set your mind to it. If you start by making sure you get what you need with the shopping, and have your recipes at the ready then you should start to see real changes quite quickly.
Thank you :) I do google quite a bit for ideas and lower carb options and have found a few favourites already so I'll definitely look up your suggestions too!

I love a good list so I always make a shopping list on my phone and add bits to it when I see recipes I like so I have what I need. Thanks for all your tips and advice, I appreciate it :)
 

travellor

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Thank you :) I do google quite a bit for ideas and lower carb options and have found a few favourites already so I'll definitely look up your suggestions too!

I love a good list so I always make a shopping list on my phone and add bits to it when I see recipes I like so I have what I need. Thanks for all your tips and advice, I appreciate it :)
Almond flour, coconut flour, and chick pea flour make a good substitute for wheat flour. You may need baking powder, and xanthan gum to get the right result.
 

KerryC

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Almond flour, coconut flour, and chick pea flour make a good substitute for wheat flour. You may need baking powder, and xanthan gum to get the right result.
I looked for coconut flour and couldn't find it so I got almond flour but haven't used it yet but I've been looking up some recipes :) I didn't actually realise there was chickpea flour lol. I have baking powder and xanthum gum as well but I've used xanthum gum in the past and I'm not sure if I'm a fan but might give it another go :) thanks again
 

travellor

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I looked for coconut flour and couldn't find it so I got almond flour but haven't used it yet but I've been looking up some recipes :) I didn't actually realise there was chickpea flour lol. I have baking powder and xanthum gum as well but I've used xanthum gum in the past and I'm not sure if I'm a fan but might give it another go :) thanks again
Chick pea flour is gram flour.
Very good for any Indian thing like onion bhajis
 
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