Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!

22 May

I’m really starting to enjoy looking at whats in the food I want to eat.

Before I started this no carb week, I was buying some food in Asda and I wanted to be prepared in case I couldn’t cope, so I thought instead of bread, I’ll get some crackerbread, so I was looking for the one with the most protein and got that.

I'm already there!

I’m already there!

Me and the lovely Clare (who is now tiny!!) are always talking about diets, carbs, wls, my surgery, her surgery, how slow mine is and how I can’t cope much longer, she must get so fed up, I know I am already lol but as she has been diabetic for so much longer than me she knows so much more and today she told me about this site for negating your carbs, I thought it was great so decided to share.

The link is here, but I also wanted to copy it in case it ever goes offline. So just to clarify, none of this is mine and it is from the website http://www.livestrong.com

 

Plants contain fiber that your body cannot digest and absorb. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, helping you lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and preventing constipation. Fiber is also a type of carbohydrate, so it must be considered when you are on a low-carb diet. Because fiber cannot be digested, most low-carb diet plans allow you to subtract the amount of fiber in the foods you eat to determine the usable, net or effective carbohydrate count.

Step 1

Determine the amount of the food you plan to eat and how that relates to serving size. This information can be found on the nutritional information label, from the manufacturer or online. For example, if the serving size is 1/2 cup and you plan to eat 1 cup, you will be eating two servings.

Step 2

Determine the total amount of carbohydrates in the food you are eating per serving, and multiply that by the number of servings you plan to eat. Total carbohydrates are available in the nutritional information. If you were eating two servings of a food that contains 10 g of carbohydrate per serving, the total amount of carbohydrate is 20 g.

Step 3

Determine the total amount of fiber in the food you are eating per serving, and multiply that by the number of servings you plan to eat. Fiber is typically listed under the carbohydrate amount. Include soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. If you were eating two servings of food that contains 5 g of fiber per serving, the total amount of fiber you would be having is 10 g.

Step 4

Subtract the amount of fiber from the amount of carbohydrates. In the above examples, the resulting equation would be 20 g of carbohydrate minus 10 g of fiber for 10 net, usable, effective carbs.

Step 5

Count the net, usable or effective carbs against your total carbohydrate allowance for the day. Count the amount of fiber you are eating toward your daily fiber intake goal. In the above example, you would be consuming 10 g of carbs and 10 g of fiber.

Tips

  • Sugar and sugar alcohols are listed as carbohydrates but cannot be subtracted because they do not contain fiber.

  • Protein products such as meat, fish and eggs, and dairy products such as milk, cream and butter, do not contain fiber unless it has been added during processing.

  • Including high-fiber foods in your low-carb diet allows you to eat more healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains if they are allowed on your diet plan.

 

Another thing Clare is huge for is telling me she wishes she was a hunter/gatherer and wants to live like that again! She has no issues from where meat comes from, unlike most people who see it all packaged nice and pretty in the supermarket ready to cook. I however go all squeamish when she talks about it. And today she found out it actually has a name haha

Also not mine this comes from http://www.diabetes.co.uk

Paleo Diet

Paleolithic diets emulate those of our ancestors Paleolithic diets emulate those of our ancestors

The paleolithic (or paleo) diet is based on the food that is believed to be similar to the daily diet of cave people.

The theory is that the food that cavemen and cavewomen survived on is good for health because it was what the human body was meant to eat.

Paleolithic diets are thought to be especially useful for people with diabetes.

What is a Paleo diet?

Paleolithic diets are categorised into two groups of food, in and out.

In foods include pre-agriculture/animal foods such as:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Roots
  • Fruit
  • Berries
  • Mushrooms

Out foods, or Neolithic era foods, which resulted from either agriculture or domesticated animals.

This cuts out a lot of the bad aspects of a Western diet.

Why would someone eat a Paleolithic diet?

Many people who eat paleolithic diets are looking to return to their roots and eat more healthily.

Advocates argue that the human genome was stable with this diet for 40,000 years. Some attribute Western diseases to our food choices.

The Paleolithic diet and diabetes

The diet is a relatively low carb diet and therefore generated interest amongst people with diabetes. As paleolithic diet ingredients are all low GI, they therefore place a low demand on the pancreas and could reduce the amount of medication needed.

 

So anyway I’m still going strong, for me to keep track

Food today:

Apple

Babybel x3

Peanuts

Quorn burger x2

Halloumi Cheese

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