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Old 05-28-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Sugar Carbs

I'm confused on how many "sugar" carbs I can have in an item...I had smoked sausage for lunch yesterday and the package says it has 4 grms of sugar per serving ? Is that something I shouldn't have?

The confusion is because I don't know what should make up my 15-20 induction carbs ...should none of them be from sugar like this? Or is that smoked sausage okay with the sugar carbs as long as I count it in my 15-20 total ?

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Old 05-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Sorry for all of the questions, just starting out and have quite a lot of them...any help is appreciated
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Or is that smoked sausage okay with the sugar carbs as long as I count it in my 15-20 total ?

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I've always treated a carb as a carb, whether it was directly from sugar or from something else. You should be fine in counting it towards your daily carb totals.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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It's ok to count as you suggest, but you might in the future seek out fewer carbs per serving.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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It's ok to count as you suggest, but you might in the future seek out fewer carbs per serving.
I'd try not to do anything with sugar -- and avoid process foods, they are loaded with all sorts of LC no-nos like starches for binders etc. They can cause you to stall or even gain weight. Dr. A said even a small bite of something off plan can set you back.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:19 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone ...I think it's best just to stay away from it probably, I mean I do try and stay away from processed foods mostly, so I should just not eat that for now.
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15-20 carbs is a MAXIMUM on some versions of Atkins and I believe they are only to come from veggies... nothing else!!!
On Atkins '72 we try very hard to stay as close to 0 as possible. Some of us don't eat any veggies at all!! Try not to buy any meat that comes in a package! If you love bacon then try to get non-flavoured etc. Most pkg'd meats are processed and full of nitrates and preservatives and hidden sugars.
You will learn to read labels as time goes on and it will get easier shopping.
Wishing you all the best on your journey. Good luck to you!!
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Thanks Bonny Jean, that's great advice
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Carri, it's a learning process. With computers, smartphones and google (gotta technology) you can find carb counts for anything. The longer you do this, the easier it gets to know what you can and can not eat. For example, some people can do diet soda, others can't -- it's a trial and error thing for some people -- same with caffeine and artificial sweeteners.

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Do you guys eat peanuts, sunflower seeds etc ? Sometimes I just need a crunchy salty snack and that's what I think I can have...
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Do you guys eat peanuts, sunflower seeds etc ? Sometimes I just need a crunchy salty snack and that's what I think I can have...
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Don't do nuts because they are high in carbs and kcals for example 1 oz of almonds (22 kennels) = 6 carbs and 169 kcals & 1 oz of Peanuts = 166 kcals and 6 carbs. Come on seriously, who can eat just a small handful of nuts???

You're better off eating pork rinds because 1 oz = 160 kcals and NO carbs. That should satisfy your crunchy salty snack requirements and they are so inexpensive...

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I also completely avoid nuts and peanuts . . . I love them but have to face up to my portion control issues. Once in a while (typically when traveling), I'll have pumpkin seeds.
Pork rinds yes, but just occasionally.
I get some crunch satisfaction from salted radishes and cucumbers.
Flax crackers also give some crunch, and they are not so tasty that I overeat them.
Microwaved pepperoni slices are nicely crunchy too.
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Another good crunchy snack is the cheese crackers that you can make yourself. Take one piece of Kraft Deluxe American Cheese (NOT the individually wrapped processed cheese slices), break 1 slice into 16 little pieces and put them on parchment paper in the microwave for 1 minute. They seriously taste like Cheez-It Crackers.
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