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My doctor has put be on a very low carb diet. I am struggling to stay away from my beloved pasta today. I made a stew with lean beef, tomatoes, green beans, and carrots. No potatoes in sight :( I have a list of foods I can have and cannot have for the first two weeks, and then I can add a few more the next two. Apparently he wants me to dramatically change my eating habits.

Do any of you have any tips, recipes or encouragement? Today is day one, and I already want a piece of chocolate which I cant have. Oh boy! Its gonna be a long two weeks....
 
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Hello thenami;

I'm also on a strict diet because of my type II diabetes. My specialist sat me down with a plate and "fake" food on it. Then gave me a chart to follow. Boring!

I would love to have a bowl of your lean beef, tomatoes, green beans and carrots. I would add tabasco sauce and a few crackers. Yay!!

I am happy to give my own advice. I asked God what He says about what I put in my mouth and even presented my argument to Him. I confess that I miss chocolate cake, haagen dazs ice cream, or a baked potato with butter, etc...foods that I grew up and love eating. I was athletic growing up, a ball player and a baseball coach. I ate whatever I wanted.

But the Lord gave me a spirit of discipline with my taste buds and this helped me with what I put in my mouth. This took about 6 weeks and was surprised at the results. My sugar has gone down and actually enjoy eating big salads, lean chicken and meat. I limit my sweets to a small apple, a handful of grapes or a slice of water melon. Praise God, He is faithful! I'm doing well. Also, my weight has gone down. i have healthy weight.

In my spiritual walk with Jesus I find myself filled with "spiritual meat" and don't find my taste buds longing to eat a lot, or the kind of food I love.

I'll leave it at that, thenami, and hope you get more advice and encouragement from our brothers and sisters. I know with God, you can do it, and am raising you in my prayers.

God bless you and your family!
 
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I managed to get my cholesterol down but my triglycerides are still high. My weight needs to come down as arthritis pain is more of an issue as I age. Im having spinach and eggs for breakfast without my beloved wheat toast. Its an adjustment. Im on new blood pressure meds and I don't like the way they make me feel. I thought meds were suppose to make us feel better, not worse.

The struggle today is going to be a difficult one, as my body doesn't like these adjustments. I'll give them the weekend, and let my doctor know Monday if I don't feel any better, cause I cant live like this. Im light headed and nauseous.

Thank you for the encouragement Bob. It means a lot to me today, especially since I feel like crud.
 
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Ive discovered a good chocolate fix is mixing baking cocoa, stevia, and almond milk to make a hot chocolate type beverage. It was a nice treat to have. Tomorrow Im going to try baking cloud bread; I found a recipe online. I will use low fat cottage cheese instead of cream cheese. After I see how they turn out I will experiment with the bakers cocoa and figure out how to make a carb free chocolate treat.

I made it through day one. Thank you Father in the name of your Son Jesus Christ for the ability to afford food, in a comfortable clean safe home. Amen.
Heres to getting healthier one day at a time.

These new meds are still kicking my booty though. Arthritis pain is bad enough, but adding this overall ill feeling is terrible. I hope I get used to them.
 
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I want to first wish to thank all American Veterans for their service~ We had a luncheon at church today in their honor.
Anyone living in the south knows all too well what that means. Its an endless buffet of everything showcasing the best of the best cooking by all female members, and even some male members wishing to join.

God tested me today while I ate raw carrots and broccoli. He tested me some more while I choked on plain turkey. He tested me again with unsweet tea.
Let me tell you I exercised the will power of the saints today. I even joined the choir ministry baptist group to sing rather badly at the nursing home afterwards. I passed out bags of candy too. Will power of the saints I say...

somebody has been praying for me, and I thank you
 
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In the trials of dieting its not that I miss eating. I am very fortunate to have good clean food to enjoy. Its that I miss over eating the American junk food varieties available, which I enjoy even ore. At this life juncture eating is a pleasure, not just a necessity. Therefore its one I am missing because the pleasure part is lacking greatly.

This week I am on a mission to bring some pleasure back to eating foods without carbs, sugar, and salt. Something tells me I shall only find minimal success. Why? I am a very spoiled and FAT American. I never dreamed I would be struggling like this over food.
 
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Its the beginning of day five and Im getting the hang of this no carb thing. My doctor took me off the new meds as they were still making me feel sick.
Maybe now I can get back to the business of getting healthier by losing weight. Lets see how this all goes for me. Im down one pound so its a start!
 

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God bless you, Thenami;

After prayerfully reading your posts I want to praise God for your efforts! It's a battle. Our bodies react positively to things that taste good. Its our human nature.

Humor me. When I hear or see trendy fad diets in an article or on TV, displaying a plate with some lettuce, asparagus and a teeny weeny little piece of fish or chicken, accompanied by a tall glass of water, this does not stimulate my taste buds. lol!

For extreme example, I grew up loving McDonalds and would purchase 5 hamburgers for .39 cents each back in the 80s, large fries and a root beer (not diet, REGULAR!) and wolf it down while watching a good movie. Afterward I didn't gain a pound. So the next day I would enjoy left over chocolate cake and ice-cream. I still didn't gain a pound.

Our bodies at a young age develop a habit of satisfying our taste buds, but as we get older its hard to let go of the foods we love so much.

In Daniel 1:5-16 the Word spoke to me about my personal eating habits and the Lord helped me with my diet that I actually enjoy today. There are many passages in the Old Testament that teaches us about the foods that are beneficial to our diets.

I feel God has given you the direction you need for your health and diet, Thenami, and He will strengthen you in the areas where you and I fall weak with the choice foods we long for. At the same time you will discover new foods that not only taste good, but allow you to enjoy eating.

Meantime, I am praying for you incessantly and look forward to your testimony of physical healing.

God bless you, sister.
 

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My doctor has put be on a very low carb diet. I am struggling to stay away from my beloved pasta today. I made a stew with lean beef, tomatoes, green beans, and carrots. No potatoes in sight :( I have a list of foods I can have and cannot have for the first two weeks, and then I can add a few more the next two. Apparently he wants me to dramatically change my eating habits.

Do any of you have any tips, recipes or encouragement? Today is day one, and I already want a piece of chocolate which I cant have. Oh boy! Its gonna be a long two weeks....
Last year, I did a no carb thing. Did it for almost eight months and lost close to 25 pounds. I have no particular romance of food, so it was not that hard (after a week or so). Focused on chicken, fish, steak, turkey, cheese, dark chocolate, eggs, and spinach. After a week or so, got a whole bunch of energy. Then, on Thanksgiving, I threw caution to the wind and ate some of everything. It actually made me feel a little sick.

When I was single, I was limited on what I was willing to spend time cooking. I use to make about 5 pound of crabmeat salad and kept it in a large container. I would come in from work, stick a large cup into the container, and eat that. I would do that for weeks on end and it never bothered me or got old.

We actually eat very little meat; using mostly chicken and turkey. Also avoid rice or pasta. Instead of rice, the wife makes something that looks like rice but kind of sucks. Instead of pasta, the wife makes something that looks like pasta, but really sucks. I also do not do salt. No particular reason, aside from the fact that I do not like the taste.

However, I am all about bread. I love the stuff. I can take down a whole pack of Hawaiian rolls in one sitting. Also, those "blobs" of sourdough bread. That is my weakness. I also like uncooked biscuit dough, but that's a whole other story.

Come this new year, January 2nd, I am doing it again and aiming for about 30 pounds. The advantages of no or low carbs are many and well forth the agony. The wife and I have agreed that we need to start doing more stuff together, since we tend to do our own thing most of the time. We have joined a gym and will start working out together.

Ray
 
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Thank you for the encouragement y'all, I really do need it today. I find it difficult to have the energy I need without the complex carbs my body is still craving. Cutting out sugars and carbs is proving to be quite a difficult task. However I can already attest to the fact that my pain levels have been decreasing enough for me to notice improved sleep patterns. I have horrid insomnia, and last night I slept quite well for me anyway. I had four hours of uninterrupted solid rest :) Once I get through this first two weeks, and I can add some carbs to my diet (28 grams a day) it wont be so bad.

Thank you for taking this journey of healing with me. The auto immune disease I have (ankylosing spondylitis), has a host of symptoms and complications it has caused. Im going to try really hard to get better, cause it is taking its toll as it progresses. At 55 Ive got to do something or end up with mobility issues.
 
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Thank you for the encouragement y'all, I really do need it today. I find it difficult to have the energy I need without the complex carbs my body is still craving. Cutting out sugars and carbs is proving to be quite a difficult task. However I can already attest to the fact that my pain levels have been decreasing enough for me to notice improved sleep patterns. I have horrid insomnia, and last night I slept quite well for me anyway. I had four hours of uninterrupted solid rest :) Once I get through this first two weeks, and I can add some carbs to my diet (28 grams a day) it wont be so bad.

Thank you for taking this journey of healing with me. The auto immune disease I have (ankylosing spondylitis), has a host of symptoms and complications it has caused. Im going to try really hard to get better, cause it is taking its toll as it progresses. At 55 Ive got to do something or end up with mobility issues.
Don't recall how long you have been at this, but, within a month or so, you will really see an energy spike.

Ray
 
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Argh matey I feel like talkin' like Im aye pirate. Theres Greek cookies on top of the fridge my son in law bought yesterday in Raleigh.
I want to eat them all!!! My belly wishes to sneak the sweet victory of a scrumptious snack, but alas my mind says you are on a diet fat azz. lol...
Back to my boring burger with boring broccoli for lunch :( Boring I say. I didn't say boring enough, lol!

Heres to will power anyway, cause those cookies are one of my faves.
 
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The weather sure has not helped me feel better about dieting with all the rain. Hopefully the "sun will come out tomorrow",
and I can drown my hunger in sounds of the ocean. I plan on driving the 30 minutes to the beach. It should be back up to 60 tomorrow.
Good day to pretend I had pasta with sand in my shoes.
 
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Its been two weeks, and I am still struggling on this awful diet with its restrictions. Ive only lost six pounds, which isn't very much for the life interruptions it does cause. Eating a low carb diet is a very difficult thing to do as I am continually discovering. Without the strength of the holy spirit in me, I would fail miserably at this task. Ive lost much more weight by drinking meal replacement shakes in the past, with products like Almased 9which is low glycemic). I shall continue on this journey, even though I am questioning the extreme effort it takes.
 
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This way of eating has continued to be increasingly difficult for me. I have somehow managed to gain back two pounds of the four I have lost. It appears that I am over eating low carb foods, and still not feeling satisfied. :(