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Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

Here is a post of something I did with grass-fed beef shanks. You can get a lot of very nutrient-dense meats, cheap, that go a long way. Other choices are heart, liver, and tongue. Just be sure to cook most of these things low and slow, and they're great.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4981...

You might want to keep in mind that when you cook some veggies, like this, you break the indigestible carbs into simple sugars, which you might want to avoid. But, you can get good, tender, meats with just a little liquid, and very few or zero carbs.

Organs meats, bones, and cheaper cuts complement typical muscle meat amino acid, vitamin, and mineral profiles. By eating them, you're likely protecting yourself from micronutrient deficiencies.

http://paleoincomparison.blogspot.com...

http://thecuriouscoconut.com/blog/how...

about 24 hours ago
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Study report: Low carb for diabetes

I thought I'd add this, here:

From NPR: Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014...

This links three of our favorites topics: artificial sweeteners, the microbiome, and metabolic disease.

This (kinda) confirms my fears about a poorly executed, low-carb diet.

Low-carb can be a great thing, if done right. I don't think it's complicated, but, it can take some effort.

Sep 17, 2014
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Low carb for dementia/carbs/gluten cause of dementia?

Dr. Perlmutter's cookbook is out, and looks interesting. The preview on Amazon is a pretty good taste.

I'm a big fan of this guy. I thought his PBS info-mercial type fund raiser thing was better than most, and I think he is involved in the production of all kinds of solid content.

It looks like he will be appearing on Dr. Oz on 9/19 (FWIW).

Sep 11, 2014
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Healthy Foods

Well, if you want to *know*, you need to learn *why*.

I like various recommendations falling under the umbrella of ancestral health. I don't like to use the word "Paleo", because I think it has lost its meaning.

I think most of the participants on this board would agree that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is too high in carbohydrate (even for a body builder), and too high in processed foods. Also, nutrient dense foods should be recognized and prioritized.

Through exercise, you'll be inducing stress and inflammation to meets your goals. You'll benefit from reducing other sources of chronic stress and inflammation, and diet can play a major role. You want protein you can easily absorb. You want to stabilize your blood sugar and reduce toxins and anti-nutrients. Get more energy from saturated and monounsaturated fats. Reduce polyunsaturated fats, and reduce / optimize your Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio.

Somebody with much better writing skills can tell you more. Find something that is written in a way that is easy for you to understand without insulting your intelligence.

I read Robb Wolf's first book, and found it enjoyable. However, I wonder if his views are the same, today. I believe he has trained some world champion weight lifters or body builders. I love his podcast, except when they decide to talk about lifting. Greg Everett is often his podcast sidekick - he is the lifting expert.
http://robbwolf.com

Mark Sisson is a lifelong athlete and trainer. Now, in his sixties, Mark looks better than 99% of people that are 20 years younger. I find him very knowledgeable and articulate. I haven't read his books, but, I'll bet they're really good, based on his blog and podcasts.
http://www.marksdailyapple.com

Chris Kresser is *not* a body builder, but, I find his website to be the best for my particular needs. I don't know why I put so much trust in this guy, but, I do. Chris is not dogmatic about being low carb at all, and believes in finding the right diet for each individual. The website is pretty heavy on dealing with chronic disease.
http://chriskresser.com

The Weston A. Price foundation's diet might be the most liberal with grains and such, provided you are willing to do the prep work.
http://www.westonaprice.org

I tend to discount the one-size-fits-all solutions, but, an exception may be the Jaminets' Perfect Health Diet. I loved the book.
http://perfecthealthdiet.com

I'm kind of a computer geek, so, this guy is on my radar. He is an MD that deals with geeks that sit on their asses all day, like gadgets, and eat too much rice. I've been there.
http://southasianhealthsolution.org

Sep 11, 2014
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When is 'sugar-free' NOT sugar-free?

Somewhere, yesterday, I saw an interview where the subject said there were 56 names for sugar on nutritional labels. I think it was somebody associated with "Fed Up" (movie). So, I found this, after a little googling:

http://katiecouric.com/features/the-5...

I thought it was worth a look, for those not already familiar.

Sep 04, 2014
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No carb snacks for child

The OP mentioned strawberries. If that's okay, jicama is probably worth a try. The numbers for jicama look better than strawberries. Total carb is close, but net is way better.

Sep 02, 2014
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Can Good Gut Bacteria Protect Against Food Allergies?

I'm pretty interested in this stuff. It's a hot topic, in general, particularly is the area of ancestral health. I'm going to avoid the overly simplistic sound bites and just point to a couple of podcasts, for those who might be interested. It's pretty geeky stuff, though. Nerds only. :^)

http://robbwolf.com/2014/09/02/episod...

http://chriskresser.com/the-hygiene-h...

Edit: These are of general microbiome subject matter, not particularly allergy focused.

Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

I agree, AIP is another level of difficulty. Enjoying life, and avoiding orthorexia is also important.

Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

I know very little about the Whole30, and assume it is about reducing inflammation and stabilizing blood sugar, like most flavors of Paleo. Or, just breaking the sugar addiction, temporarily, if nothing else.

I am concerned that it might not be the greatest thing for gut healing or allergies, based on the OP's affinity for nuts and eggs as proteins.

Maybe significant benefits will be realized, depending on from where one is coming. But, I'd be inclined to steer somebody with multiple allergies to an autoimmune protocol.

Sep 02, 2014
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Your personal experience is greatly appreciated. I wouldn't have thought to check several hours post meal.

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Aug 29, 2014
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PHX area with 2 kids 8, 11

It would be good to know the general location of where you're staying, like a nearby intersection.

Aug 26, 2014
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Going Paleo for a month (kicking and screaming all the way…)

I could get really long-winded, but, I'll try to be brief.

I didn't eat salt when following Cordain's Paleo Diet, and I believe that was a mistake (for me). If anything, I should probably have eaten more salt, and tried to get more minerals, in general.

I also didn't have enough variety. I didn't do anything like a "Whole 30", so, I cheated. Nothing egregious, and not frequent, but, I wish I had put more effort into meal prep. For someone who is prone to sensitivities, it is crucial to get a lot of variety and rotate foods. Sensitivity can come from chronic exposure. I also believe that getting a wide variety of fiber from real food is important.

I didn't eat enough fat. Now, I eat a lot of high quality ghee, clean animal fats, coconut oil, and some avocado. I have a little bit of tree nuts, but, I try to keep the PUFA low, in general. Getting over my fear of saturated fat was an obstacle.

I thought it was all about diet (not to mention supplements), and neglected the other concepts of Paleo living. This is still a problem, but, getting better.

Aug 23, 2014
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gluten free cooking

My feeling is the subject is too serious for TV.

Aug 20, 2014
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Low carber avoiding restaurants

Since this thread got bumped, I'll update that I have sworn off Ruby Tuesdays, once again. My last meal (ribeye) was horrible on almost all counts, mostly due to the quality of the ingredients. At least they cooked the steak right. I really wonder what's in the "butter sauce" they top the steak with. I just don't trust any chain to serve real butter. Anyway, I've decided to buy a couple of steaks from my local rancher, and eat quality food.

I did go to a new BBQ place here in Phoenix (Little Miss BBQ) that makes TX style brisket, and it was really good. Two big fatty slices of plain brisket, and another two of pastrami. No sauce added.

Aug 15, 2014
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Surar-free cake??? icing?? and no dyes??

According to http://nutritiondata.self.com maple syrup is mostly sucrose, with a little bit of glucose and fructose. I don't think there would be a significant difference, in terms of blood sugar metabolism.

I've heard advice to use grade B maple syrup for a higher mineral content. I guess that made me feel better about eating it, at one point, but, it seems like a silly way to get minerals, now.

If one's only goal is to avoid highly processed food, maple syrup might be the better choice.

Aug 14, 2014
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Ads That Play Automatically

...could be a dealbreaker. I'm not installing anything to block ads, or helping to report them. Sorry.

Aug 13, 2014
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Lactose Intolerance

Odd. I'm pretty sure it's illegal to be a hipster, here in Arizona. But, I've seen almond milk at several grocery stores.

Aug 09, 2014
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Diabetic eating low carb but not losing weight

Yeah, I was totally ignorant of the total carbs being so high.

Aug 04, 2014
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Diabetic eating low carb but not losing weight

I agree with everything except the carb part.

Aug 04, 2014
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Making yogurt from Lactaid milk

Okay, I get it. Lactose (disaccharide) + lactase = galactose and glucose (monosaccharides).

That's the enzymatic reaction, and it occurs in both processes. Fermentation further processes these to lactic acid + acetaldehyde.

So, maybe fermenting Lactaid milk would work - just not as much for the bacteria to do.

Aug 03, 2014
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Making yogurt from Lactaid milk

Are you talking about the Lactaid process, the fermentation process, or something else? Thx.

Aug 03, 2014
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Making yogurt from Lactaid milk

I assume you're right, because, sugar is a necessary raw material for the fermentation process. If the lactose is removed from cow's milk, there is no sugar. I don't know if Lactaid adds back some other sugar to their milk, but, it doesn't seem so.

The 24-hour method mcf recommends is familiar. I've made good yogurt that way, but, I can't assure anyone it turned out lactose free, because I tolerate lactose. Followers of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet use the 24-hour method to make yogurt that is practically lactose free.

I have a recipe that uses almonds, honey, water, and yogurt culture to make an almond yogurt from SCDLifestyle.com people. I've never tried it, and I can't post the recipe, but, it is an example indicating that sugar is needed.

The SCD people use the most basic ingredients to avoid gut irritants like the emulsifiers found in commercial nut milk. They also prefer goat milk to cow's.

SCD sites:
http://pecanbread.com
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info
http://scdlifestyle.com

Aug 03, 2014
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Diabetic eating low carb but not losing weight

I think you have put yourself in an improved position to lose weight by shifting your calories from carbs to fat. Now, your body is adapted to burning fat. It's a good thing.

Any further thoughts are not really about diet, so, I won't go off topic. I'll just say that I think weight loss is often given a higher priority than it deserves.

Aug 02, 2014
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Mock mashed potatoes

I find lactose intolerance a pretty interesting subject.

I once heard an explanation that indicated mammals are genetically wired to stop producing lactase after weaning. But, very recent genetic changes of certain human populations have had better evolutionary success by suppressing the expression. This is called lactase persistence.

I also heard somebody in the biology field (quite casually) dismiss lactose intolerance as a simple lack of diversity of the individual's microbiome.

I'm inclined to believe both things to be truthful.

Aug 01, 2014
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Mock mashed potatoes

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) makes use of "24-hour yogurt" as a way to introduce probiotics without lactose. I've read that the 24-hour fermentation method is a quicker way to get the effect of letting yogurt age in the fridge for a long time.

I successfully made 24-hour yogurt using information in this article:
http://girlsguidetobutter.com/2011/11...

I have a good dehydrator, so, it was really easy.

Aug 01, 2014
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Why coconut oil?

I wanted to believe in oil pulling. The articles I've read, placing it in a favorable light, do not cite studies. And an article dismissing its efficacy mentioned the absence of any studies.

I still think it could be worthwhile, but, very difficult to justify adding the 20 minute exercise to my daily routine. Here is the point of view of one dentist who seems relatively open-minded. The oil pulling question is asked / answered in the comments after the article.

http://southasianhealthsolution.org/o...

I also get [some] coconut oil from Trader Joes. It's $1 cheaper than the store brand of my local "natural" market (Sprouts). I like the taste of Sprouts' product a little better, and find all brands to taste a little different. So, if you don't like one brand - try another. Trader Joes also wins for best reusable jar.

Jul 31, 2014
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Why coconut oil?

Well, your test came out a little better than mine. It's still a single data point of an imperfect test. I wish I had more to add. My best answer to your question is in my prior post.

I'm not freaking out. I'm going to be a little more careful, and research small steps to improve insulin sensitivity. So far, I finding the usual things - diet, exercise, stress management.

If you're worried, maybe you could get a glucometer or possibly order a fructosamine test.

Jul 30, 2014
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Dining near Cardinals Stadium

Good answer. OP - search this board for 'forno' to find several similar threads.

Jul 30, 2014
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Why coconut oil?

My A1c came in at 5.7. I consider it a yellow flag - cause for dusting off the glucometer, and buying some supplies to see how my A1c corresponds to *reality*. My fbg has always been in the 70's.

I tend to eat low carb the majority of the time, and have some carb benders. I think those benders can be particularly damaging, because I am not adapted to metabolizing carbs. Any symptoms I may attribute to damage by glycation have decreased since I've been low carb.

I'm not going to stop eating berries, yet, but, I might increase the coconut milk ratio, and eat them with the protein meal, instead of a snack.

I've done very little with my glucometer. I noticed I could get my bg up over 200 (1 hour), eating a lot of pure starch - no protein or fat. But, it comes right down, 2 hour reading looks good. Again, that's not how I typically eat, and I am adapted to burning fat, so, no big surprise that I'm not handling a one-off bolus of carbs well.

Jul 30, 2014
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Looking for good eats near Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho in September

Grazie is very close. I have preferred it over Grimaldi's, but, I guess it depends on what style of pizza you like.

Jul 29, 2014
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