Eating A Low Carb Diet

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Sorry to read you're having a bit of a challenging time with this new diet/lifestyle. Have you managed to find any good, filling, satisfying recipes yet?

Is there a list of allowed foods? I'd help with recipe searches, but I have no idea what ingredients are permitted.. I do hope you find some. I wanna see you post some photos of awesome looking dishes that you've tried & tell us how great they taste!!
 
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Thank you with all my heart for the encouragement. I am questioning if this is a life style I can endure in the long term. I am feeling less pain, but Im not sure if that's enough with how much difficulty Im having. My joy of cooking and eating is gone, and Im not seeing any results.

I will find my niche, this I know for sure :)
 
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Thank you with all my heart for the encouragement. I am questioning if this is a life style I can endure in the long term. I am feeling less pain, but Im not sure if that's enough with how much difficulty Im having. My joy of cooking and eating is gone, and Im not seeing any results.

I will find my niche, this I know for sure :)
See, this has to be one of those "girl things." When I went on my low carb diet, it was simple: Seven days a week, I had two hard boiled eggs for breakfast (or two eggs in some other form). For lunch, it was Spinach and Tuna salad (a handful of Spinach and a can of Tuna). For dinner, it was mostly chicken, with an occasional steak, salmon, or a Turkey burger. For snacks, and many times for lunch and dinner, it cheese as the "something else" thing on the menu. It was not pretty, but I've just never been all that fussy about that I eat.

In fact, when I was single, I use to make this really large amount of crab meat salad and put it in a large container. For days, I would come home, lump a bunch of that stuff into a bowl, and that was dinner. Today (well, yesterday), my entire intake of food was dinner (skipped breakfast and lunch). For dinner, I had mashed potatoes, turkey sausage, and saltine crackers. I actually made little mashed potato sandwiches (mashed potatoes in between two saltine crackers). I don't mean to skip breakfast, but I get up at 5:00 AM and need to be out the door NLT 5:40 AM. If I am in the office, I do occasionally have lunch at the cafeteria. If I am in the field (usually 3 days a week), it's just too big a pain to stop what I am doing and go get lunch.

Last Sunday, the wife went off on a three day camping trip for school. On Saturday, she made turkey chili and made enough to fill three containers. That is what I had for dinner on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Ok, all this talk about food made me a little hungry, so I just ate two oatmeal and nut cookies. We went to bed early last night, so I just woke up at 12:30. Guess I should head back to bed, as 5:00 AM comes early. Good night ladies...
 
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Its a catch 22 of some kind with me, as the auto immune disease I have could be the culprit. Ankylosing Spondylitis creates all kinds of havoc in my body already. I am loving having less pain, but the constant hunger isn't a good thing. I wouldn't mind so much if I could see dramatic results, but Im not.

I am definitely over weight, and need to lose a good thirty pounds or more. Maybe I just need to try a different approach with better meal planning.
 
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I tried making a dish on the fly with okra, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and lean hamburger into a jambalaya of sorts. Spicing things up a bit always makes for an interesting lunch. I filled up on veggies so it was a good way to go this afternoon. I skipped breakfast as Im tired of eggs.

Im trying really hard, as my pain level is more than tolerable today.
 
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That sounds pretty yummy :) And I think you may be on the right track with trying different herbs & spices... good seasoning helps alot. Have you looked to see if any of the low carb diet support group & recipe forums might appeal to you? You may find one with good tips and recipes?
 
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Yes, and Ive tried too many to mention. A cloud type "bread" made with eggs and cheese also is disappointing; Im really tired of eggs. I know my way around a kitchen, but this low carb thing is still cramping my style. Im still hanging on with prayers and threads of hope, one meal at a time. I get over whelmed when I look at recipes without my beloved home made breads/pastas.
 
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Hey thenami;

My situation is different but the same in many ways. I get frustrated because I want to dig in my apple pie and Haagen Dazs ice cream. So I called my diabetic nutrition specialist and vented. She is very supportive and understood. I was given a chart of foods that help me stay within my diet intake. It isn't my all cure for eating but has helped me learn more about carbs, gluten, fake sugar substitutes and all that other stuff.

Some benefits I gained. I can eat a good ol steak 14 ounces once or twice a week. I can eat a whole apple about the size of a tennis ball. I can enjoy dark chocolate once in a while. Whenever we go out to the movies (very seldom) I can eat a small popcorn and not resort to leaves/twigs/nuts which to me is unenjoyable while watching a good show.

I surrendered and sought God, presented my argument to Him which has actually helped take away the hungrys, especially the kinds of food I love to eat. One area is I find myself less hungry at breakfast, lunch and dinner and making more time for my tasks, ministry, etc...

Its not easy so I know what you are going through, sister. Lets both hang in there.

God bless you and Merry Christmas, thenami.
 
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I had to laugh hearty at your "twigs" comment :) Thanks for the encouragement. You are a blessing to me in ways I never knew I could find on the internet. God bless you and your family too. Enjoy them well; Merry Christmas!

Dinner was turkey sausage and boring broccoli (leaves, lol). Hanging in there by my big toe today it seems, but Im hangin"~
 
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Well Im only down two pounds since I started this, and I find a low carb life style very difficult. The cons out weigh the pros, and I will have to try another way to lose weight. I still don't get the energy I need with fatigue as a symptom of Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have altered my diet to eat less carbs which are more complex. However the low carb thing just isn't working for me at this time.

I will do the research I need to find a more suitable option.
 
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Is a tough way to eat, but I do feel better. Maybe it is the gluten? Kinda makes me feel it there might be something to that food movement.
I thank the Lord that he has kept my wife, family and I in health.
We know that all things are sanctified for the believer when taken in faith.

My brother (unbeliever) is into healthy eating and he gave me some reading material (Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD) and I think there is something to this gluten thing.
I don't think we need to go to seed on it (that it is our all in all) but on the same note, if I know it is not good for me Ill try and use a little good sense.
God bless you
We know the battle has many fronts.
 
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I try to be healthy but holidays are very hard you know. But praying for your brother to be a believer. I work out at least three to four times a week sometimes I try to do at least five. And eat salads at least three to four times over cholesterol concerns.
 
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I try to be healthy but holidays are very hard you know. But praying for your brother to be a believer. I work out at least three to four times a week sometimes I try to do at least five. And eat salads at least three to four times over cholesterol concerns.
God's blessings to you too:)
I can identify, I like good food and sweets. The old saying: 'stop when it tastes the best' is easier said than done...
As for the work outs - wish I could say the same...
Thank you for your words of encouragement for my brother but it is not for the lack of hearing - there just doesn't seem to be anything in him that will catch.
Ed
 
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Avoiding gluten has helped my pain levels, but I find a low carb/sugar diet causes other health concerns for me that complicate my existing issues.
Father in the name of your Son Jesus Christ~ Might we all have the courage to try our best is all we do, the strength to realize when we are not productive, and the hope to find better solutions to problems we face in our human bodies, Amen.
 
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Hi Thenami and good luck with your current mission!

I don't know your current lifestyle, but I would like to add that I'm going through a similar thing with carbs. I'm going through the menopause (I'm 52) and one of the things I discovered is that at the moment my body doesn't metabolise carbs like it used to. If I eat a pizza, it sits in my stomach like lead for a good long time. And so I am trying to do what you are doing, a low carb diet. I'm not overweight, I'm just trying to feel better. I find that no matter what you eat, the secret is in the sauce. For lunch at the moment, I'm eating huge plates o salad, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, tomatoes, celery, red peppers, red onion etc. I add sesame seeds, and as my carb I eat cous cous. I don't know if you've tried this but it only takes 5 mins to cook and I find it fills me up. For a dressing I mix 1 tablespoon mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce plus milk to loosen the whole mixture up. This makes a great dressing for just about any salady thing. I know it contains calories, but when you weigh that against the vast amount of veggies I think its a winner. AND it doesn't stick in my tummy!!!
 
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I still have hope of a better plan that includes a much more balanced diet that is compatible with the auto immune disease I have. A low carb diet might give the average person more energy, but fatigue is already one of my major symptoms. Less pain is nice, but not when I have little energy to be productive.

Love and peace to all~ thank you for posting