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A big thing you have to be careful of when fasting is the rebound effect. You are literally starving yourself. Except when coming out of it, some people over-compensate for the hunger by overeating afterwards. This is bad, and can put you back in a worse state then when you started.
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I test regularly with blood strips, not urine. But yes, hypoglycemia is dangerous. my blood sugar was below 4 yesterday morning- so not having breakfast or lunch would have been quite dangerous.
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Old 26.11.2015, 01:26
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

If you plan a low carb diet and have a poor insulin production/response, do make sure you are aware of the process of Ketosis and the problems that can lead to if it runs unchecked (the control mechanism is via insulin inhibition of that function of the liver). I was recently very sick due to acidosis - it is most unpleasant and can be very dangerous. It's supposed to be quite easy to self check urine ketone levels if in any doubt - although the cheap check strips I bought recently do not appear that reliable (they claim to show sugar levels also, but i barely get a reading on either). Of course the doctor can also readily check this and it only costs a few francs extra as part of a checkup.
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Thanks all again. I am quite aware that yogis do fast for health- but I also think that at my age, with the health problems I have (diabetes + thyroid)- it would be plain dangerous to go for extremes.

So, if anyone wants to share great recipes for very low to no carb for weight loss- I'd be grateful, thanks.

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Steak and Salad. Or lettuce cheeseburgers with no bun. My two ketogenic staples.
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

I have done the Dukan diet in the past very successfully.
Sadly with the imminent move, stresses and various injuries i put weight back on.

I have re started the diet at the beginning of November and it is going well so far.

It is high protein, no carb.You basically alternate protein only days with protein and veg days.I find it relatively easy as it it pretty clear what you can or cannot eat and even eating out isnt too bad as you can have a steak or other meat and veg or salad in most places .
You also have oat bran daily which aids digestion and fat break down.You can mix it with eggs and Fromage frais/quark to make pancakes which are carb like.

I have a book -"complete dukan cookbook "which has lots of good recipes but there are many recipes online.There is also the original Dukan diet book which is full of info and recipes.

If the strict regime is a bit hard for you , there is a new system called the Nutritional staircase where you start with a pure protein day and then add in an extra item each day, culminating in a Sunday Celebration meal where you can eat a meal of choice plus glass of wine.However I find this a bit too complicated as I would no doubt mix my days up!

Not sure if you would need to check with doctor before starting as you are diabetic-thats your judgement i am sure.

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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

Tuna (any fish for that matter) and tomato-greens salad.
Blueberries for desert.
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

If it's recipe ideas you are looking for Odile, there are some great paleo recipes we've used from 'Nom Nom Paleo' and 'Well Fed'. We have the books at home, but both have websites too, and there are a lot of similar online recipe resources:
http://nomnompaleo.com/recipeindex
http://meljoulwan.com/wellfed/

I know that 'paleo' itself is not necessarily what you are looking for, but it does have the low-carb / no added sugar aspect in common, so might be useful.

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As a side note, last week myself and OH completed the whole30 (strict paleo) diet 'reset' with great results (specifically, previously high cholesterol levels back within normal range, and far improved energy levels and mental clarity, plus the side effect of a few kg shed).

Although of course anecdotal, I've also read several testimonies relating to drastic improvement of diabetic symptoms with the whole30 program, some even claiming meds no longer necessary while maintaining the diet. But it is quite extreme and takes a lot of work meal planning/prepping (especially when working and taking lunch to the office every day, as well as separate meals for unwilling fussy kids!). We got into a pattern of huge Sunday cookups preparing several dishes at once to restock the fridge/freezer for the week ahead.

But whatever you decide to do, we found that having recipes on hand for inspiration was crucial for us to stick to our goals. (We discovered lots of new tasty dishes too that will remain favourites in our repertoire )
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Never ever have been able to stick to one of those fancy silly diets. And never had to, until I go to the menopause, and undiagnosed failing thyroid and developed Type 2 diabetes, first controlled by diet (low GI and portion control) and exercise, and for past couple of years, insulin- which of course helps one pile weight on.

So with a knee replacement on the cards for next March, I want to lose at least 10 kilos and hopefully more. Due to diabetes, I've been advised to cut carbs to the absolute minimum. Still have porridge in the morning with linseed- then only veg, meat, eggs, cheese for the rest of the day. No potatoes, no rice, no pasta or barley, no bread.

Finding it very hard to give up carbs especially in this cold weather- but it is getting easier. In the UK I go a 'spiraliser' which turns carrots, celeriac, courgettes, etc, into noodles - and use a mixture of veg as a base for bolognese and accompaniment for meat- and of course, the dreaded portion control. As a very sporty and active person when I was young- it's been hard to adjust portion to a less active lifetyle (having very sore knees is not conducive to doing much sport and exercise!) .... but I am getting there. BTW, my knee that has to be replaced was very badly damaged almost 45 years ago- in a very severe car accident where my femur was smashed to smithereens from knee to hip- 4.5 months in traction with broach fitted in knee (wrongly) and then rebreak in 2 places to straighten as it had healed in a bow - and Kuntscher nail for a couple of years - with shortening reduced from 5 to 2.5 cm. Very lucky I was able, after lots of hard work- tog et back to a normal life, ski, snowboard, hike, cycle - but now, in my mid 60s- it has all caught up with me and arthritis set in. So worst knee this Spring, other possibly year after. Wish me luck.

Any help and support with low to no carb diet would be hugely appreciated. Thanks all EF.
Hi,

You can take Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs. Cod fish liver oil is also ideal. You might eat non-gluten grains like ice, oats, quinoa and many others. A nutritionist help would be an added advantage in your case.
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What are pastured eggs- what we call free-range - I get all my eggs from a neighbour, free-range. As I don't eat fish, I always take Omega/fish oils.

Today is fondue with the village seniors- so for the first time will try it with cherry tomatoes instead of bread.
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All eggs are practically No Carbs.
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

Use whatever topping you want...... Can't say I've tried recipe but my friend raves about it

Cauliflower Pizza
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1 cauliflower (about 750g/1lb 10oz)
100g ground almonds
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp dried oregano
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That sounds like fun- I've got a big cauliflower here, so will try tomorrow.

Around here, a couple of mountain restaurants do 'röschti base pizza' - but don't think it would fit into the no carb diet

Really enjoyed the fondue at lunchtime- great local cheese, lots of garlic- with cherry tomatoes instead of bread, with the local 'Senior' group.
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Fondue with apples, broccoli or cauliflower works well too.
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Great idea- for raclette too, thanks edot.

Will try and come up with a great version of tartiflette without potatoes next week.
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

There are some good recipes on the Diabetes UK website. They are not all carb free, but you should find something yummy amongst them.

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Recipes/
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

Hello!

I've found this subreddit (forum) very helpful: https://www.reddit.com/r/ketorecipes/

They have tons of recipes, and good suggestions how to replace some of your favorite carby foods. For support you can even check out the keto subreddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/keto


http://cavemanketo.com/category/food/ also has some good recipes.
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Hello!

I've found this subreddit (forum) very helpful: https://www.reddit.com/r/ketorecipes/

They have tons of recipes, and good suggestions how to replace some of your favorite carby foods. For support you can even check out the keto subreddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/keto


http://cavemanketo.com/category/food/ also has some good recipes.
When less than 30% of your calorie intake is from carbohydrates, one typically reaches ketosis in a couple of days. While quantity is not as much a determining factor, it is best to lower calorie intake nevertheless. Depending on weight and age, there may be a chart for determining your calorie intake.

So if you burn about 2,500 calories per day to maintain, eating 2,000 calories can get you started. Eating 1,500 calories can help lose weight faster. this can be done without starving yourself.
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Roasted root vegetables are really satisfying. Big chunks of carrot, celiriac and kohlrabli taste completely different when roasted.
I love roasted root vegetables! What I find fantastic about it, you can vary with the seasoning e.g. one time with Indian spices another with mediteranean herbs like thyme and rosemary. And actually one can find parsnips and all that in CH supermarkets by the way. Getting hungry now.
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Re: Help, support, recipes for low or no carb diet

Another favourite dish of mine -> Parmigiana di Melanzane (without the breadcrumbs) http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandst...ine-parmigiana
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