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Low Carb Success Story

Hey guys!  As some of you know, I started this site after dealing with gestational diabetes with my pregnancies.  After having my last baby, I slacked off and started eating poorly again.  About two months ago, I decided to start back on a low carb diet.  Having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), I suffer from insulin resistance and I can feel when things are getting out of control, which they were again.  So I thought I would post to you my results and show you that good things can happen by just changing your diet!  Here’s my low carb success story, and I’d love to hear yours, too! Continue reading “Low Carb Success Story”

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Low Carb Chips and Crackers: Crunchy, Salty Snacks That Satisfy

chips photoHave you noticed there are different groups of people, such as dog people or cat people, morning people or -not- morning people, etc.?  There are also sweet people and salty people, and if you’re a salty person, it can be really hard to go without your salt fix.  Fortunately, there are many low carb chips and crackers to help you get your fix without compromising your blood sugar control. The suggestions in this article are based on the recommended 15-20 grams of carbs for a “low carb snack.” Remember, the key to blood sugar control is testing and monitoring, so check your blood sugar after eating these snacks to make sure they work for your unique dietary needs. Continue reading “Low Carb Chips and Crackers: Crunchy, Salty Snacks That Satisfy”

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Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics

ms. independentWhen I first began this site, it was intended to provide an easy list of low carb snacks for diabetics, and I remain true to that goal today, though with a few side trips. 🙂  Let’s face it: eating is hard when you’re a diabetic.  When you first get that diagnosis, it is like the world is closing in, and suddenly everything changes.  At first, it seems like a death sentence, like life as you know it will forever change into something miserable, flavorless, and full of rules.  As time goes on, though, your outlook starts to change, and things don’t seem so bad after all.  To get to that point, however, you need an easy path to take to help make good choices.  This site, and this post about low carb snacks for diabetics, will help you make easy choices that don’t require a lot of thought, time or effort to enjoy. Continue reading “Low Carb Snacks for Diabetics”

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Is Hummus Low Carb?

boyfriend bento 5-19-07I have noticed many searches on the question, “Is hummus low carb?”, so I wanted to write a post to address this. How you define hummus depends entirely on how you eat it. Hummus is not meant to be eaten alone like a sauce, but rather as a dip or spread to be enjoyed with another food. For that reason, even though hummus may seem to have a high carb count, it is actually low carb when taken in context.

My taco flavored hummus recipe has 44 grams of carbs per cup. You may look at that and think there’s no way we could say hummus is low carb, but have you ever sat down and tried to eat a whole cup of hummus? Talk about a bellyache! Also, it is important to consider that in that same cup of hummus, you are getting 20 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber. Not many low carb snacks can boast such impressive numbers. Continue reading “Is Hummus Low Carb?”

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The 5 Most Important Things to Learn about Low Carb Snacks

AppleMany people, when confronted with the idea of going on a low carb diet, either because they need to for diabetes or other health issues, or because they are trying to lose weight, approach low carb foods with the idea of finding ways to eat the way they did before they went low carb. What I mean is that we are constantly seeking ways to have our cake and eat it too, such as with low carb sugar options or low carb noodles.  While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can be quite self defeating if you expect to enjoy things the way you did before your low carb diet.  Here are some important things to remember when it comes to low carb snacks and dieting. Continue reading “The 5 Most Important Things to Learn about Low Carb Snacks”

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Video: Beat Sugar Addiction, ABC News Interview with Doctor Jacob Teitelbaum

Sugar in itself is not bad, but our consumption, quoted in this video at 150 pounds per year per person, is bad. Dr. Teitelbaum thinks we don’t need to cut sugar out completely, but instead “save it for dessert.” I agree with that. I think a strong attack on sugar addiction is important – cutting it out completely until your body recovers is a good plan, and then slowly allowing it back in, in moderation. This video talks about the four types of sugar addiction, their causes and treatments. Continue reading “Video: Beat Sugar Addiction, ABC News Interview with Doctor Jacob Teitelbaum”

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Video: Expanded Explanation of Glycemic Index Foods and Your Body’s Reaction to Sugar

This video talks more about the Glycemic Index and how our bodies become used to high levels of sugar, causing cravings and low blood sugar after eating. By following a diet that is primarily made up of low GI foods, your body can adjust to its natural state that is not dependent on sugar, allowing you to quit sugar and reduce sugar cravings until you no longer “need” sugar. It is amazing just how different life is when you break sugar’s control over your eating habits. I wish we had done it years ago.

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Recommended Blood Glucose Levels

We talk about carbs and diabetic diet info here, but we haven’t really covered the recommended blood glucose levels before.  You can’t be on a low carb diabetic diet without having a target in mind, so knowing what your blood sugar should be is a pretty critical component in the overall picture.  To get started, let’s talk about what types of blood glucose readings you will take, and then what those should be. Continue reading “Recommended Blood Glucose Levels”

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Nearly a Quarter of Adolescents Have Prediabetes or Diabetes

Yep, you read that right: nearly one-quarter of adolescents in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes.  That just about — not quite — leaves me speechless.  Twenty-five percent of our nation’s youth are facing a life of carb counting, potential health complications, and increased risk factors for heart disease, just to name a few of their issues.  If you have encountered the struggles of a life with diabetes, you can probably envision my heartache at reading those words.  What are we doing wrong?  This rate has dramatically increased from nine percent in 2000, a mere 12 years ago.  That means we are raising up children with a grim future, but how? Continue reading “Nearly a Quarter of Adolescents Have Prediabetes or Diabetes”