While I know no one cares I figured I would document my journey with this attempt at a lifestyle change anyways. So the naturopath said to aim for 2000 calories. 15% carbs, 55% fat and 30% protein. Modified Ketogenic diet style. No grains, no sugar products, no chemicals, limited to no root vegetables. Because of my intolerances and preferences no dairy, no eggs, no coconut anything, no asparagus. It's actually really hard to get to 2000 calories without starchy foods. But I'm eating until I'm full and I'm eating when I'm hungry, I'm not limiting the amount I eat, just what I eat.
Gotobef some of us do care and I will be trying to do the same next week.....monet is tight this week and I have a load of carb heavy stuff in the freezer that needs to be eaten. With regards to my daughter, I'm not going to stop potatoes as that's her main carb and her diabetic team won't be overly pleased if I stop everything for her!
Gotobef I care. I think that is very courageous of you to make lifestyle changes. You aren't left with much as far as food choices. How do you get all of your nutrients when you're cutting out food groups (grains)? I wish I could cut out sugar. That is one of my favorite foods. I crave sweets sometimes. I wish you good luck on reaching your goals.
There are little to no nutrients in today's grains. Unless you are eating the ancient grains (which are stupid expensive and hard to find) you are eating filler that just turns into sugar in your system. You get most of what you need from vegetables anyways. The point is to get your body to burn fat as it's main fuel source instead of carbs, so you have to starve it off carbs so it transitions. Sezzy I wouldn't do potatoes every day, but a couple times a week will probably be ok. Sweet potatoes are apparently a healthier source of those carbs. There are some nutrients in normal potatoes, more in sweet potatoes though. You'd have to skip the sugar that they are usually cooked with (in North America anyways they cover them in sugar in most dishes).
Over here in the UK the only thing I would add to boil the spuds in is salt and I've already stopped doing that but I do add semi skimmed milk when mashing them to make them a little creamier. We don't have potatoes every day but Jo does love mashed potatoes. I need to work out what to use instead of rice and pasta for her as I would eat without pasta, rice and potatoes
Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta in a tomato based sauce. It's not so good in cream sauce. Cauliflower is generally substituted for most 'grain' things. I've seen Cauliflower rice and mashed Cauliflower and pizza crust made from Cauliflower. In this way of eating they tell you to use full fat heavy creamers instead of milk. Less sugar and you get the fat your body will be using as fuel. They also say to go ahead and salt everything to keep your electrolytes balanced. It's a totally backwards way of eating then we have been taught is acceptable or right.
AnimalLover2 and really everyone... the best way to reduce sweets isn't to ignore the craving, it's to change what you grab that's sweet. When I found out that sugar products and sweeteners increased my pain I had to remove them. I found that it was easier to grab some fruit than to tell myself i can't have anything. Then you are still getting the sugar, just in a healthier form with nutrients. I found berries the best for this. It takes at least 2 weeks for your body to get used to a change. I found that most things were too sweet after a month and i no longer wanted them.
I use dry rubs. Usually i make my own. I haven't been able to have sugar for years so we have adapted. On the zuchinni is avacado oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder. On the steak is Montreal steak spice. There is olive oil, salt, pepper, roasted garlic and roasted cauliflower in the mash and green onion added after it came out of the blender. Salad dressing i usually make or buy from a local honey producer, they make all sorts of fun things. Beary berry honey is the company. Oil, vinegar and mustard is my go to salad dressing. I'm good with most mustards. ketchup and bbq sauce i had to look for but i did find ones made with honey that i can eat but I'm avoiding those for the next 2-3 weeks. A really good veggie dip is to take sour cream or greek yogurt and put powdered garlic onion and dill in it, which i can't have so i took some olive oil and dumped italian seasoning into it and that's my veggie dip. If i want relish on something i slice a couple pickles and put it on instead. I usually buy the organic garlic dill pickles that don't have sugar in them because i find they taste better. I'll take a pic of my spice rack in a bit. And we have a shelf in the cupboard by the stove for the more commonly used ones that are sometimes filled from bigger ones in the pantry and some are the only ones we have of that. What are you thinking of that you might not be able to substitute, find cleaner of, or make?
I've been told that my daughter is not to do this diet at all not even with a 100g of carbs. Children need carbs to grow so not to restrict just to make sure she has a well balanced diet and to choose the healthier carbs. If children don't consume any carbs it stunts their growth and the diabetic dietitian wasn't too keen on me doing the diet saying that it's not had a lot of conclusive research research to back it......we had a very long appointment with Jo's diabetic team....psychologist, dietitian and nurse where everything was gone over and Jo's insulin levels all changed because she's gone from being very high to having a lot of hypos. It's very hard to get everything right and I had to remind them that I'm also not well so there's a lot of things I struggle with as well!! It was a fun appointment.....not!!!! Sorry needed to get that off my chest
If doctors knew as much as they think they know none of us would be here because we'd all be cured. I have yet to find a doctor in western medicine that doesn't demand their patients follow that really odd triangle thing that says your grains should be your highest food intake. I could see that being the case when humans were all doing physical labour, like horse and cart times. But not now when kids sit all day in school and adults sit all day at work. One of my coworkers daughters has diabetes, don't know which one. She was a little older when she got diagnosed, late teens i think. He said the absolute only way that they were able to get her numbers under control and keep them in control was to totally go against what the doctors were telling them. They figured out, over a few years and some scary trial and error, that she does way better with absolutely no sweeteners of any kind and no gains. There is an almond floor blend they use for her if they are making something breaded. He said if she were to go off her diet a little her blood sugars go crazy and are incredibly hard to control. I think her case is really extreme though. But she did have to go low carb (unintentionally) to get some sort of control. I would still try to cut the unnecessary carbs as much as possible... cake, breads, pasta and the like. But that's entirely up to you.
I am planning on reducing a lot of the unnecessary carbs including breads and pasta but keeping the potatoes....she eats with her eyes and if she doesn't like the look of something she won't like it, she'll try it but she still won't like it! She's very limited on her veg she likes to peas and sweetcorn, carrots and sometimes broccoli (if I make a stew or soup she'll eat parsnips butternut squash, sweet potatoes and swede but won't eat them any other way!) She'll also eat a tomato based sauce (I make my sauces from scratch and it's extremely rare buy a jar sauce unless it's the white sauce for lasagne I haven't successfully made that yet!). I've started to get more fruit instead of junk because I'm at the point that the junk has been taking over with the quick easy micro meals and general junk (chocolate, sweets and biscuits) and I'm craving fruit and veg unfortunately I haven't been I'm the right head space since Christmas and everything else that's happened up to this point but now my disability appeal has been done and both kids are not ill and we had the letter saying that Jo got into the secondary school she wanted plus other little bits and pieces that was adding to my stress levels have started to sort themselves out I'm feeling a little more grounded and able to think about reigning in our diet plus a few other bits that I'm organising help for me so the next part is now to actually do it which I'm feeling I'm able to with the support I'm trying to get in place.