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Blood sugar diet thread 9

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thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 18-Jan-18 20:16:10

Shiny new thread for the blood sugar dieters!

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 18-Jan-18 20:25:10

Blood sugar diet thread 8

Here’s thread 8. I can’t believe we’ve filled 8000 posts and still going strong.......

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 18-Jan-18 20:27:51

Eat it:
Protein sources such as meat, eggs, fish, tofu, nuts
Veg- 'above ground' veg
Fruit- apples, pears, berries - try and eat as part of meals only
Dairy- cheese, milk, cream, cottage cheese, full fat Greek yoghurt
Fibre- increase your fibre intake to approx 14g per 1000 cals of food.

Beat it:
Sugar. Natural sugar (honey, molasses, dates, fruit syrups) included.
Potatoes (sweet and all white varieties)
Bread, and most flours (some flours made of chickpeas, almonds, coconuts etc are ok) - and all foods containing flour such as bread, and pasta,
Cereals , except a very occasional portion of steel cut porridge if necessary
Alcohol- consume in moderation. It will impede your insulin regulation and slow down your progress, but a small drink occasionally of red wine or spirit won't be the end of the world!

Track it
use a calorie tracker to keep on top of your intake.
You can aim to keep carb grams under 50 per day as a guide, but not compulsory
We aim to eat 800 calories per day, but some have found 1000 more manageable, and achieve similar weight loss if carbs are kept low.

Please feel free to add anything I've missed!

bridgetreilly Fri 19-Jan-18 09:41:57

Things I found helped with the carb cravings at the start: cup of hot water with slice of lemon or orange in it; having a mini pot of toasted nuts always with me so I could have one or two when I wanted; having things to keep my hands busy - crochet, sudoku, whatever.

I think in the book he suggests increasing 500 steps each week, or when you are comfortably hitting your previous target every day.

HarvestMoon9 Fri 19-Jan-18 10:27:35

Checking in on the new thread...

Some good ideas about handling the cravings... I find that if I allow myself snacks or a small amount of carbs, it’s hard not to constantly graze or eat more later. Maybe that’ll get easier as I stick with it.

Keeping your hands busy is a great idea though - I like that

APlaceAtTheBSDTable Fri 19-Jan-18 11:12:02

Thanks for the shiny new thread bear and well done on staying motivated and focused on your running.
I have broccoli and cauliflower soup for lunch <ponders why I can never remember how to spell broccoli even though I eat it all the time> Salmon or chicken for dinner.
We're invited to a party tomorrow night but I haven't decided whether to go or not. I feel as though I'm still in winter hibernation mode.

yumyumpoppycat Fri 19-Jan-18 11:13:41

Welcome/back IC and dino!

Bear are you having a rest day today for your knee - rest for success apparently! Fantastic week you have had! Keep going for the 11s!

So far doing ok with 800. BF tea and coffee, post workout 2 eggs, sweet potato GF wrap (100 cals), 2 large mush rooms, half a red pepper, handful of leaves and small red onion. But I am hungry still!

By the way I have made a good discovery for handbag emergency snacks - Alesto crunch seed and nut sachets from Lidl, no fruit 150 cals measured serving and only 29p.

Jigglytuff Fri 19-Jan-18 16:15:22

Thanks for lovely new thread Bear and congrats on the running and the loss! I've checked and I was last in the 11s at the start of Sept! But I was only 4 lbs over on Monday so hopefully I'll be nearly there on my next weigh in.

Tonight I'm having M&S stir fry meal deal - £7 for meat, veg, noodles and sauce. The noodles are lentil noodles - they're 200 cals per half pack but only 1g carbs! Will let you know what they're like.

* TMI * - really, really painful poo this morning so had some flax and chia. I don't normally and I've been drinking loads of water so clearly I need to up my fibre intake. Thanks for reminder in your OP Bear - I've got some psyllium (or however you spell it) for the dog so will try some of that tomorrow. Flax is really calorific so I tend to avoid it but I'm clearly doing something wrong at the mo sad

Dinocroc Fri 19-Jan-18 16:54:57

Hello new thread. It seems the carb flu is over for the moment. Just managed a run so expecting it back with a vengeance soon. Going to have some salt sprinkled on a stick of celery. I remember my mum eating that when I was a kid . Given that she's pushing 80 and not overweight perhaps she was ahead of her time grin

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 19-Jan-18 17:17:28

Yumyum I didn’t have a rest day, I went and bought a knee support thing from a local sports shop. I’ve just done a 30 minutes steady pace (rather than speed/walk which I had been doing) wearing it and it does seem to be helping.
Place I agree, it seems too early to be back out socialising! We have a do tomorrow night and I really don’t feel like it.

Had a nice lunch out- harvester, so lots of salad (but no bread roll, pasta, potato salad) and had a chicken with bbq sauce, cheese and bacon stack but did not eat a single chip. I had 2 Pepsi max which tasted like pure syrup as I’ve not had anything sweet for so long. Went for a mooch down the high street and bought a beautiful navy blue midi-length wrap dress, to wear to my nephew’s christening. And in a dusty old corner of a curiosity shop I found a gorgeous 1960’s dress, pale blue- it’s very Dusty Springfield- so despite saying I would buy nothing new until I was a size 10, I treated myself.

I have seen those seed packs at Lidl but never looked closely at them, I will pick some up. I bought some ‘snack pack’ type things in asda, except they are 35g so come in at about 225 calories! Too much for a snack, but not the sort of thing you can easily save half of til later.

veryveryquietly Fri 19-Jan-18 20:00:16

Woo hoo thread 9! Still holding in there, and in fact today I wasn't even that hungry for dinner. Nice to see I'm becoming accustomed to the lighter meals.

Things I didn't know until I looked them up: a Pret cappuccino has fewer calories than I would have expected (88), but hazelnuts have a lot more (60+ calories for 10 grams of nuts!).

And a pleasant SV, as they say: lost an even stone in week 2. I have a long, long way to go, but that's pretty exciting. No idea how much I lost in week 1, as I didn't have scales in the house at that point.

veryveryquietly Fri 19-Jan-18 20:02:30

Oh and Bear I am SO impressed you didn't eat a single chip. Wow. I've been doing pretty well on most fronts (my bizarre lentil craving seems to have waned), but I caught a whiff of McDonalds fries the other day and it was so so hard not to succumb.

Jigglytuff Fri 19-Jan-18 20:16:34

We pay chip tax in our house when DS has chips for tea. The dog gets 2, I get one. I never count it blush

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 19-Jan-18 20:29:12

Wow very, did I read that right??? A stone in a week???!!! That’s amazing!

Jiggly, I reckon a single oven chip is about 10 cals, so you’ll probably be ok if it’s just the one!

veryveryquietly Fri 19-Jan-18 20:48:48

Well, I'm quite large (a size 26-28), have a lot to lose ultimately (prob about 9-10 stone), and I think it's probably easy to lose the first bit quickly when it's a radical change. I know that every pound from now on is going to be harder, and the last 10 are said to be the hardest of all. But I am happy with the initial loss and it is great for keeping motivated!

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 19-Jan-18 20:49:55

Oh, and those puy and green lentils were really really tasty. We had with cod, but would have been equally delicious just with veg. There aren’t many things to just throw in the oven on this plan so always useful to keep a few in for emergencies lazy Fridays

thenewaveragebear1983 Fri 19-Jan-18 20:51:07

And very, even so, that’s still amazing. What a great boost to start you off!

veryveryquietly Fri 19-Jan-18 21:00:35

The best part is that just over 2 weeks in, my knees don't hurt anymore. Which means I'm walking more, which is good for me and my knees. It could be purely psychological, or that I'm sleeping better, or maybe it is losing weight and eating better, but whatever it is, it's good.

bridgetreilly Fri 19-Jan-18 21:17:41

A stone in a week is amazing! Well done.

HarvestMoon9 Fri 19-Jan-18 22:37:39

very a stone in a week is fantastic! What a great start!

And great that it’s having a knock on effect with your knees. It’s amazing how much you notice about your body when you focus in on it through diet. I feel like been ignoring my body for ages and now I realise that I need to improve my sleep and stress levels too!

yumyumpoppycat Sat 20-Jan-18 00:54:28

Brilliant that knee support is helping Bear! Will look out for those lentils!

Very what an amazing loss - well done on 2 weeks and especially brilliant that you are already feeling the benefit - that is so inspiring.

bridgetreilly Sat 20-Jan-18 13:21:24

My best thing so far is that I have been wearing my 'thin' jeans, which normally start to feel uncomfortable after a couple of hours, and they fit really well at the moment.

thenewaveragebear1983 Sat 20-Jan-18 15:15:16

Having a crappy day today, feeling quite hormonal and PMTish. Ended up having a glass of wine last night, and today I’ve been lethargic and picking all day. Could be totm related, but I actually think it’s wine related. I’m sure this happened last time I drank too.

So, a big dilemma for tonight then- planned night at dh’s sister’s, with his brother and his partner too. SIL is hard work. I think we’ll all need a drink to keep things running smoothly, plus it will look very odd and antisocial if I don’t drink. But I don’t want to feel rubbish tomorrow and eat loads of crap.....

We’re eating before we go, and I have a bottle of wine to take which I have calorie counted, so that’s ok, it’s more the feeling rubbish tomorrow I’m not happy about. I suppose there is no guarantee I’ll feel rubbish tomorrow....!

APlaceAtTheBSDTable Sat 20-Jan-18 15:43:31

Can you intersperse the wine with water bear ? Or opt for spirits instead? I feel much worse after wine than I do after gin. although I appreciate that isn't the same for everyone

I am baking this afternoon and feeling stir-crazy. I had frittata for brunch and am having salmon for dinner but feel like I need a long walk to blow away the cobwebs. It's not going to happen today because I also have paperwork to catch up with.

very what a brilliant result! You definitely win the BSD star this week smile

Jigglytuff Sat 20-Jan-18 15:49:20

Excellent result very! A stone is fabulous. Well done!

DS is ill so the whole house seems to have slumped into lethargy. I’ve tried to persuade the dog to come out with me but he’s not having any of it!

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