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Old 01-30-2012, 12:39 PM   #661
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #662
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I am with the millions of ppl that are {WAS} blind to the effects of insulin on the human body. Unless one is born type 1 or develops it in their youth they should never be put on insulin.
I feel like insulin saved my life.

I was eating low-fat vegan (Dr. Bernstein/Dr. McDougall) to treat my diabetes. At first it seemed to work and I was getting A1Cs in the 5s with no meds and then something just broke and suddenly I zoomed straight up to 312 pounds and my blood sugars were through the roof -- in the 400s -- and I felt awful.

The doctor put me on pills - no change. She increased my dosage to the maximum - no change. She started me on basal insulin - it would bring me down but as soon as I ate anything, I was soaring back up again. Brussels sprouts were raising my blood sugar 50 to 100 points! I was totally out of control. The only way I could keep my blood sugar down was to fast for two days. Then as soon as I'd eat *anything* it would shoot back up again. But all the fasting I did out of desperation did drop some weight off me (although the lost weight didn't change my blood sugar readings.)

So she added bolus and my blood sugar was finally in a place that didn't scare the you-know-what out of me and my infections started healing (they just wouldn't heal when my blood sugar was always over 300) and I stopped feeling like I was going to drop dead any moment.

Because of the bolus and the testing, I quickly realized I had to drop the vegan diet. The doctors who teach it were super-not-supportive when I asked them for help and one basically accused me of lying, said I had to be cheating on his program because I'd never have those results otherwise. But I couldn't eat beans - they drove my blood sugar crazy. So I started looking around and found Dr. Bernstein (who I also feel saved my life.)

I switched to low carb and my weight started dropping like a rock. For 6 months I still HAD to take the insulin or my blood sugar was soaring in the stratosphere again, even at only 15 grams of carbs per day.

Now I'm taking about 1/3 as much insulin as when I started low carb. I still have to take it or I go up up up, but now it takes a few days without insulin before I hit 300 instead of 6 hours like before. My usage went down enough that I no longer bolus before meals because my needs keep dropping and I don't have to time to keep up with the ever-changing ratios and shifting needs kept making me go accidentally low so now I just check after and "mop up" the sugars left in my blood (these days, a dinner of steak and eggs usually leaves me with about 35 points to mop up. I also have to mop up variable amounts that got past my basal while I was sleeping. Doc doesn't want my basal too high so I don't go low in my sleep so in the morning I mop up 10 to 40 points. This morning it was 65 points too high, the result of waking up in the middle of the night hungry and having two ounces of cheddar and going back to sleep.)

I figure if I keep at it (low carb, paleo exercise, chasing down highs with insulin to keep my pancreas cells from burning out), eventually I'll be off the insulin altogether (unless I've burned out too much of my pancreas from being too long at really high numbers and never get full functioning back and always need a low dose of insulin to keep things in line), but I'm not so worried about it because I keep losing weight and gradually feeling better and I figure I'll know it's time to quit when I keep testing and not needing a correction dose.

But I really *needed* that insulin because wounds and other infections couldn't heal and because every day spent at 400 is another day's worth of beta cells I was kissing goodbye. Enough time with that and I'd have been permanently stuck on insulin just as if I actually were type 1.

I thank God that my doctor was willing to put me on insulin (even though she's a nurse practitioner and had no real experience with prescribing insulin so I had to teach myself how to use it out of books like "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin.") And I thank God for Dr. Bernstein!

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Old 01-30-2012, 01:44 PM   #663
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You certainly don't look 60 yrs old You look much younger. So happy to find you here!!! I was looking into the Wheat Belly book because of Amy's (my DD with diabetes) stomach issues. I will bring her for her next appointments next Weds. She sees the endo as well as the gastro. We will have some more info on her then. Her tummy is feeling better, but still not 100%, so not sure where to go now hence a follow up with a gastro.

Dog--have you gotten Wheat Belly from the library? I see all my library copies are checked out til at least next week. Must be popular!!! She is still loving her chicken salad for breakfast!!!

I make a dish called "Pizza Eggs" for lack of a better term. But my kids swear it tastes like pizza You get a 9 inch pie pan, layer it with an 8 oz bag of shredded mozzarella cheese (or any pizza cheese at your grocery). Then layer pepperoni over it. Mix together 6 eggs and 1 cup of cream and pour over top of cheese and pepperoni. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 mins. My kids love this with pizza sauce, or you could dip in tomato sauce. I find that pizza sauce is lower carb than tomato sauce. Hope y'all enjoy!!
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Thank you for sharing your story. I can never tell what sets Amy off these days. Her insulin needs are changing very rapidly lately. We wonder if hormones/puberty is setting in and wreaking havoc. Her numbers seem to be off once again!! We will inquire next week when she sees the doc.

I am glad you mentioned the book "Think Like a Pancreas". It was suggested to me from another mom of a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic and had gotten it from the library. Never finished it because I had so much to deal with at once I didn't have time to read books. Do you own it, or have you gotten it from your library too? I was wondering if I should buy it or not. We keep waiting for an artificial pancreas that I am thinking about this book a whole lot more lately. I am glad you came around and found Dr Bernstein. I love him and thank God for him too!!!
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:33 PM   #665
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I feel like insulin saved my life.

I was eating low-fat vegan (Dr. Bernstein/Dr. McDougall) to treat my diabetes. At first it seemed to work and I was getting A1Cs in the 5s with no meds and then something just broke and suddenly I zoomed straight up to 312 pounds and my blood sugars were through the roof -- in the 400s -- and I felt awful.

The doctor put me on pills - no change. She increased my dosage to the maximum - no change. She started me on basal insulin - it would bring me down but as soon as I ate anything, I was soaring back up again. Brussels sprouts were raising my blood sugar 50 to 100 points! I was totally out of control. The only way I could keep my blood sugar down was to fast for two days. Then as soon as I'd eat *anything* it would shoot back up again. But all the fasting I did out of desperation did drop some weight off me (although the lost weight didn't change my blood sugar readings.)

So she added bolus and my blood sugar was finally in a place that didn't scare the you-know-what out of me and my infections started healing (they just wouldn't heal when my blood sugar was always over 300) and I stopped feeling like I was going to drop dead any moment.

Because of the bolus and the testing, I quickly realized I had to drop the vegan diet. The doctors who teach it were super-not-supportive when I asked them for help and one basically accused me of lying, said I had to be cheating on his program because I'd never have those results otherwise. But I couldn't eat beans - they drove my blood sugar crazy. So I started looking around and found Dr. Bernstein (who I also feel saved my life.)

I switched to low carb and my weight started dropping like a rock. For 6 months I still HAD to take the insulin or my blood sugar was soaring in the stratosphere again, even at only 15 grams of carbs per day.

Now I'm taking about 1/3 as much insulin as when I started low carb. I still have to take it or I go up up up, but now it takes a few days without insulin before I hit 300 instead of 6 hours like before. My usage went down enough that I no longer bolus before meals because my needs keep dropping and I don't have to time to keep up with the ever-changing ratios and shifting needs kept making me go accidentally low so now I just check after and "mop up" the sugars left in my blood (these days, a dinner of steak and eggs usually leaves me with about 35 points to mop up. I also have to mop up variable amounts that got past my basal while I was sleeping. Doc doesn't want my basal too high so I don't go low in my sleep so in the morning I mop up 10 to 40 points. This morning it was 65 points too high, the result of waking up in the middle of the night hungry and having two ounces of cheddar and going back to sleep.)

I figure if I keep at it (low carb, paleo exercise, chasing down highs with insulin to keep my pancreas cells from burning out), eventually I'll be off the insulin altogether (unless I've burned out too much of my pancreas from being too long at really high numbers and never get full functioning back and always need a low dose of insulin to keep things in line), but I'm not so worried about it because I keep losing weight and gradually feeling better and I figure I'll know it's time to quit when I keep testing and not needing a correction dose.

But I really *needed* that insulin because wounds and other infections couldn't heal and because every day spent at 400 is another day's worth of beta cells I was kissing goodbye. Enough time with that and I'd have been permanently stuck on insulin just as if I actually were type 1.

I thank God that my doctor was willing to put me on insulin (even though she's a nurse practitioner and had no real experience with prescribing insulin so I had to teach myself how to use it out of books like "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin.") And I thank God for Dr. Bernstein!

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Sparrow, I am sorry you have had all of that to deal with. My B/S went to 400 one time. I do know insulin saved my life and the lives of many others. When I got sick was the time my B/S gave me the hardest battle.
In the post I was talking about for me getting on it JUST so I could eat whatever I wanted was so dumb. But I have done dumber things.

I have been reading ya'll thread. I have met a few of ya'll. I hope I did not upset anyone in saying for me insulin was not the answer



Dawn, Well when I look in the mirror I see 60 year face lookin back at me. The camera was too kind that day. I took it with my cell phone. At the moment my DH and me are living in our 1946 Grey Hound Bus. We had moved to Tennessee to help a very loved family member. We were there 4 years. We are back home now in Arkansas. Must sell Tenn. home and til we do the bus is where we hang our heart

I know Dawn what some of what you and your family has been through. I know it's hard on your DD. My gosh at 60, be 61 April{ugh}I feel the same as she does. I saw you say she was upset because she couldn't eat like anyone else. I'm sorry if I miss quoted her and I'm sure I didn't say it the way she did. I struggle constantly in my head with why can my DH and family eat as they want and I can't. Its a hard pill to swallow!
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Sparrow- I think insulin is life saving when needed but can be very destructive when used to eat as many carbs as desired. Dr B has the right idea - use extremely small doses and keep carbs below 30 total daily.

marylouise - no hurt feelings. We each find our own truth and it sounds like you have found the courage to follow yours. The longer you do lc and exercise, the easier it gets. But for me it is never easy.

Dawnyana - oh that "pizza" sounds great. I'm going to try it. I have "Think like a pancreas" and "Using insulin". Both very good references but maybe not so much for people with pumps. I would get it from the library first to see if you think it is worth purchasing. "Wheat Belly" is a good read but not needed as a reference book either IMO.

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marylouise: no worries! I was responding to your saying that type 2 shouldn't even be given insulin with my story so you'd know that some type 2 need insulin to get back on track. I have this theory that, when it comes to type 2 diabetes, it's not one condition but a cluster of several different conditions and so what works or doesn't work for one type 2 might be different for another. For me, eating whole, low glycemic (vegan) foods and walking 6-12 miles per week wasn't enough to keep my blood sugar from exploding so there is other stuff going on with me that made insulin a necessary choice.

(I also have a circadian rhythm disorder and my specialist for that says that it causes and worsens diabetes and that my CRD affects my melatonin levels which affects other hormones which affects insulin, etc. He also said that when rats in laboratories are given the same CRD I have, they develop terrible diabetes. My circadian specialist says I will never really lick diabetes until I can re-structure my life to be able to sleep in my body's rhythms -- which is not something I can do and still go to school or hold a job, so I'm kind of stuck in a place where I'm trying to re-shape my life and sometimes despairing of being able to pull it off.)

But anyway, no, definitely no hurt feelings at all! No worries there, marylouise. And I'm pleased to meet you! Glad you're here!

Dawnyana: yes, I own the book and it's awesome! If your daughter is getting a pump, there is another book by the same author of "using insulin" called "pumping insulin" (which I also own a copy of) that I would definitely recommend.

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:56 PM   #668
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marylouise: no worries! I was responding to your saying that type 2 shouldn't even be given insulin with my story so you'd know that some type 2 need insulin to get back on track. I have this theory that, when it comes to type 2 diabetes, it's not one condition but a cluster of several different conditions and so what works or doesn't work for one type 2 might be different for another. For me, eating whole, low glycemic (vegan) foods and walking 6-12 miles per week wasn't enough to keep my blood sugar from exploding so there is other stuff going on with me that made insulin a necessary choice.

(I also have a circadian rhythm disorder and my specialist for that says that it causes and worsens diabetes and that my CRD affects my melatonin levels which affects other hormones which affects insulin, etc. He also said that when rats in laboratories are given the same CRD I have, they develop terrible diabetes. My circadian specialist says I will never really lick diabetes until I can re-structure my life to be able to sleep in my body's rhythms -- which is not something I can do and still go to school or hold a job, so I'm kind of stuck in a place where I'm trying to re-shape my life and sometimes despairing of being able to pull it off.)

But anyway, no, definitely no hurt feelings at all! No worries there, marylouise. And I'm pleased to meet you! Glad you're here!

Dawnyana: yes, I own the book and it's awesome! If your daughter is getting a pump, there is another book by the same author of "using insulin" called "pumping insulin" (which I also own a copy of) that I would definitely recommend.

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Sparrow, Melatonin. I take 5 mg. every night. I have been takin it for too many years to remember. Every night at 8pm I take it with my last blood pressure pill and a muscle relaxer. I was having horrible cramps! Everywhere in my body. I am trying to slowly stop the muscle relaxer. I have a lot of health issues. I was on the insulin with each meal and a night dose of Lantus,100 units. I used Novolog every time I ate. Some times I had to inject 40 units. Some days I injected 40 units with each meal!!
I am ashamed to admit this but it is the truth, I used insulin to be able to eat anything I wanted to eat and as often as I wanted to eat. I am not proud of what I was doing.
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Sparrow, Melatonin. I take 5 mg. every night. I have been takin it for too many years to remember.
My specialist has tried me on a variety of dosages of melatonin. It has zero effect on me. We (my specialist and I) have gone through an amazing range of various medications and treatments before he finally declared my hypernychthemeral syndrome to be intractable and incurable.

I wish I could afford genetic testing -- there is new research out about a rare mutation that causes diabetes and also includes no melatonin receptors so CRDs are a result as well. I'd love to know if I have that gene. I've had a CRD since birth (it just took a serious turn for the worse in my 30s) and I don't respond to melatonin. It wouldn't fix anything to know if I have that gene, but it would put another puzzle piece in place that might help my team of doctors understand better how to treat me.

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I used Novolog every time I ate. Some times I had to inject 40 units. Some days I injected 40 units with each meal!!
I am ashamed to admit this but it is the truth, I used insulin to be able to eat anything I wanted to eat and as often as I wanted to eat. I am not proud of what I was doing.
Don't be ashamed of it; be proud that you've learned and moved on. I think the vast majority of people on insulin have the idea that they can eat whatever they want so long as they "cover" with a bolus.

My endocrinologist (that my nurse practitioner finally referred me to when she realized that she was in over her head with me) had me just give up on basal insulin because there just isn't a way to do it with my CRD. Before we came to that point, I went through all sorts of acrobatics and mathematics.

Now our strategy is that I check and correct upon awakening and check and correct (if necessary) every four hours until I go back to sleep again. Following this method, I was able to reduce my A1c from the high 10s to the low 6s even though I stopped basal insulin. My endo would like to see me with a pump, but medicaid would not like to pay for a pump, so I'm doing the 6-7 correction bumps per day at the moment. It doesn't really bother me, though, because I finally have a method that is working better than anything else, I don't really mind the injections, and my labs are looking so much better than they were when I was struggling with keeping up with basal and only doing meal boluses.

I like that I finally have a team of doctors. So my endo talks to my sleep specialist and they compare notes and research and come together to figure out how to proceed. I'm so far outside the "box" that my doctors have really had to exercise their creativity to help me.

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Good Morning Everyone

dogman! We are wantin your frittata recipe ~~~

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Hi, marylouise !
The frittata is really what we call "the kitchen sink omelet". Mrs. Dogman uses whatever is in the fridge. Last Saturday we used some red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, bacon strips,muenster cheese.
You first saute the veges i.e. like red peppers and mushrooms that need be lightly cooked. The spinach only needs enough to wilt it. I like to take the stems off the spinach. In a separate bowl beat 8 eggs some heavy cream, Mrs. Dash spices and pepper mixed in a bowl. You then mix the vege ingredients together and put into a suitable metal pan. It's a good idea to use Pam Spray in the pan so it doesn't stick. The pan should be one with a metal handle. You can add some sliced tomatoes to nicely decorated round the edge of the pan, sprinkle the cheese of you choice. Put it in the oven . Not sure, but I think the temperature was 350 for about twenty minutes. You can tell when it done when it's firm and a little brown but not too much.
We were going bonkers because it smelled so delicious waiting for it to be ready. Mrs. said it needed to "rest" for 5 minutes. I was climbing the walls . If I didn't know better I thought I was eating pizza.
So easy, so good !

P.S. Also worthwhile; We've been making Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes so often I believe we're the one's responsible for keeping the Cauliflower growers working overtime...
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Thanks Dogman. Sounds like something even I can make!
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Hi dogman,

The "Kitchen Sink sounds very good! Thank you for the recipe. I'm sure I will be climbing the walls from the great smell coming from the oven. I love pizza!

I have seen a lot of ppl talking about the Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. I'm gona give it a try too. You and Mrs. Dogman have convinced me it is worth a taste. Got to keep them growers busy

I am a fat induced diabetic. I saw you A1C is great. I'm due for a lab visit. Hope mine is as great as your's!
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A big mug of tea or coffee (w/cinnamon stick) usually does the trick for me

I love hot cocoa as well (heavy cream, a bit of water, unsweetened cocoa, stevia)

A tablespoon of PB tastes sweet to me for some reason

I do have alternative LC baked goods (from recipes) from time to time, but I try not to often, since it triggers mental cravings.
Hi Monkee! WOW on the weight loss! Congratulations!

I love chocolate anything. Your way of making hot chocolate sounds
Thank you so much for this tip on a sugar free choc. drink~

After I have lost this 20 I am working on losing, I will be drinking a cup of this rich yummy drink!
Thanks for posting this.

Oh my gosh I just had a thought. I bet this will work and be with Almond Milk too!

What is PS????
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eggs/meat/fat~~CHOLESTEROL :-)

Are You Ready to Stop Buying Into the Cholesterol Lie?

The bottom line is this: your body NEEDS cholesterol -- it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function. Further, there's no doubt that statin drugs can wreak havoc with your health, and there's compelling evidence that most people who currently take them simply do not need them.

If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should also know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk. Here are the two ratios you should pay attention to:

HDL/Total Cholesterol Ratio: Should ideally be above 24 percent. If below 10 percent, you have a significantly elevated risk for heart disease.
Triglyceride/HDL Ratio: Should be below 2.
The fact is that 75 percent of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which is influenced by your insulin levels. Therefore, if you optimize your insulin level, you will automatically optimize your cholesterol! By modifying your diet and lifestyle in the following ways, you can safely optimize your cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease at the same time:

Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your diet, replacing them with mostly whole, fresh vegetable carbs. Also try to consume a good portion of your food raw.
Make sure you are getting enough high quality, animal-based omega 3 fats, such as krill oil.
Other heart-healthy foods include olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, organic raw dairy products and eggs, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and organic grass-fed meats.
Exercise daily.
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively.
Be sure to get plenty of good, restorative sleep.
One final point to chew on, Dr. Seneff actually believes it's difficult to get "too much" cholesterol in your diet, particularly in the standard American diet. But you may very well be getting too little, and that can cause problems.

Foods that are very high in cholesterol, like caviar, liver, and the adrenal glands of bears, were highly valued in some cultures that also had very low rates of heart disease and other modern diseases. Likewise, many foods that are today shunned because they are high in saturated fat, such as grass-fed beef, egg yolks, coconut oil and butter, and therefore "bad" for your cholesterol are actually among the healthiest fats you can eat!


I get newsletters from Dr. Mercola. I have been getting them for many years.

I like Dr. Mercola. I think he is a very bright man. While he does sell vitamins and such I don't think bad about him doing this. If I could afford to buy them from him I would. I'm sure his are much better than a department store.

I wanted to share this stand alone paragraph. The complete thought can be read on his web site.

Knowing he does have adds on his web site I did not post the link. I would never knowingly post any links that have adds on them. I love LCF too much to do that!
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Expect another update tonight. I take Amy to see the endocrinologist as well as her gastroenterologist today. Will be a full day, but we shall see what they say. Still not happy with Amy's BS numbers (for me they are too high, but I am sure that for them they are perfect!) and her tummy still hurts on and off. We are off and will report back later tonight!!! Happy Wednesday!!!
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Well, the visits went OK. The endo never mentioned her BS highs, just her lows. Wanted to know if there was something going on to cause her going low for a few days. Nothing about her highs!!!! But she is doing well and we are in charge of her insulin. Pretty much routine, not much to say. Her A1c was the very same as last times. 6.5

Her gastro appointment, was unremarkable as well. Her tests came back all negative, so there is nothing going on but suspected acid reflux. She is going to be on Prevacid on a PRN basis. I really wish she would be receptive to taking apple cider vinegar, like her dad and I do but she cannot tolerate it at all. I would rather her be on that long term than anything else.

I will say that when my DH went to her school nurse to let her know that she would miss school today, she was full of praise again for Amy. She was saying that she goes to other schools in the area and helps those nurses out. The other diabetic kids are eating whatever they want and cover for their insulin. Meaning they are eating all the junk they want and inject (or pump) lots of insulin to cover. She is thrilled that we are treating Amy like we are, with minimal carbs (based on a typical 10 yr old's diet) and healthy food. She never gets juice and we don't like her eating crackers as a snack. She keeps turkey, cheese and peanut butter in the nurses office if she gets hungry. Anyway, it is nice to be told these kind of stories. Just validates we are doing the right thing. Nurse Filly actually wants Amy to be an advocate for the other diabetics in the district!!! Kudos to her. She won't do it because she is shy as can be, but still nice to hear.
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Yes you are really helping Amy's long term health by teaching her about low carb. Good for all of you!

The Docs never seem concerned about the highs sigh. Surely they know the cumulative damage they do but they always focus on the immediate problem of the lows (which is of course important too). Sounds like all is going well. Great news!
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Dawn,I know from reading you posts that Amy is a great kid . You must be really proud of such a good daughter. Sounds like she's "here" for a really good reason...I hope shyness won't stop her. Tell her other kids need her help and how happy it will make other kid and herself. Shyness and fear are really only just "bullies"...
Speaking of not being receptive to taking ACV. I'm no fan of just taking it straight by the spoon full. I make a vinaigrette with it in my salad. I use olive oil, ACV, ,raspberry DaVinci syrup,stevia mix it up and add it to a spinach or romaine salad. That's a good way for me to get ACV.
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Dr. B will be giving one of his internet talks on Feb. 29th, at 7 PM, CST. Here is the link to ask a question.
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Dew da dew da oh da dew da day!

Now that I have ya'll singing . . . I just stopped in to say hey. "Hey beloveds."

I'm a Type 2. I have lost too much weight to follow Dr. B religiously. TG! I do have Dr. B to thank for opening my eyes to the problem. CARBS of course. I still try to have quality carbs. I'm not scientific by any means and my (local) people always push their noodle casseroles at me. LOL! I don't eat nearly what 'normal' people consider the right amount of carbs. I nuke a very small red potato and smother it with bacon and real butter. Yum! I still do califitatoes. Love 'em. I make brown rice and measure it off in small servings to freeze.

My kidz moved out, they got as sick of me as I of them. Big family news: I am a great-granny (call me Ishmael) no no, GG (for great granny). I had a healthy baby boy, Jayden Ryan in Nov and an adorable baby girl, Evalyn Rae in January. Jayden is in Las Vegas learning Texas hold em (NOT) but Eva is about 45 minutes away. Both with long thick black hair. Just like GG. I used to anyway, till the peroxide got to them. I read that, that our bodies start producing peroxide in the hair glands and it makes it turn white! So long my daughter's theory that ‘she gave me everyone of the grays’! LOL!

I love being here with ya'll (that were here then) and I'm glad to see Dr. B still reigns in this big jungle of low carb diets. It is becoming a lifestyle for me. I have to eat right or pay the price. (Feeling yucky!) I saw my surgeon in January and he couldn't have been more pleased with me (DS). I have a normal BMI and that's a very important factor in your health snapshot.

I do have another corrective surgery coming up in or near June. Lovely way to spend my summer, eh! I put a TV in my room and a have my laptop for DVDs. I'll have plenty of time to surf, like hang ten here. I have air conditioning too. My youngest g-daugh may come stay with me. I have custody of her. We're trying to get her to stay thru this her Junior girl. The girl has a great head on her shoulders (Jo). The baby Momma had great ambition but the baby daddy . . . I do love home . . . is a pothead plain and simple and proud of it.

Finally the weigh in: TADA!

5’ 8” 194 # Nothing to brag about but, hey it’s amazing for a 350# person.

Oops, another hit - Franken food. That would be foods they concoct and are labeled LC for the benefit of losing weight.

It's been yet another 'great' day for weight loss.

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And by the way I take some psyllium but as Dr. B commented on, sometimes this type of fiber can actually make the problem worse.

Any info regarding this?
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Hi Zed,
Apparently, Dr.B is not a big fan when it comes to high fiber in the diet. I remember him saying a several occasions that fiber is not really all that good for health. He made references to a book called " Trick And Treat - how 'healthy eating' is making us ill by Barry Groves ". I would have liked to have read the book but it's too expensive to buy on A.com. I also tried the Phloe which claims some of the to be derived from kiwi fruit, has been clinically shown to support a regular bowel function and help maintain a healthy digestive system. For me it really didn't doo squat and it was expensive. If on the other hand psyllium is taken it can actually bind a person if he doesn't drink plenty of water with it. These days I eat 2-3 real salads(not iceberg lettuce) a day which includes coleslaw in order to try to keep regular. Dr.B also recommends GG Crackers if needed.
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dogman[/B];15451297]Hi Zed,
Apparently, Dr.B is not a big fan when it comes to high fiber in the diet. I remember him saying a several occasions that fiber is not really all that good for health. He made references to a book called " Trick And Treat - how 'healthy eating' is making us ill by Barry Groves ". I would have liked to have read the book but it's too expensive to buy on A.com. I also tried the Phloe which claims some of the to be derived from kiwi fruit, has been clinically shown to support a regular bowel function and help maintain a healthy digestive system. For me it really didn't doo squat and it was expensive. If on the other hand psyllium is taken it can actually bind a person if he doesn't drink plenty of water with it. These days I eat 2-3 real salads(not iceberg lettuce) a day which includes coleslaw in order to try to keep regular. Dr.B also recommends GG Crackers if needed.
Let us know what works for you...
I take a fiber tablet a day. One doctor wanted me to drink something that turns invisible in water. Yikes! That can't be good. I am doing okay with the fiber tab. I do drink water like crazy. I also have the bypass factor. I took two tablets a day in the old days b4 I got rerouted. Dogman you are hilarious!
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Hi Dew,
That invisible stuff in the water may have been soluble fiber. What the brand of fiber tab you use? Did it sit well with you being "rerouted"?
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That invisible stuff in the water may have been soluble fiber. What the brand of fiber tab you use? Did it sit well with you being "rerouted"?
Hey Funny Man!

It's the VA brand. They just buy whatever is the most expensive. I should be more grateful, I know. It looks like the FiberCon I was buying for myself but they decided they needed to give me what was on the formulary. They also started giving me more of my vitamins. It works great and as the LC lifestyle is low fiber it makes me an optimum pooper!

I do enjoy your sense of humor! How is Ms. Dogman? Well I hope. I am grateful to have about a quarter of baked potato or a few bites of rice now and then. If it hadn't been for Dr. Bernstein I'd be with my fellow Vets with my toes cut off or worse.

I was hospitalized for a month for observation back in November. Yikes! The guys there were all on the worst possible diet for a diabetic. I was able to bring my vehicle and had a fridge in my room and access to a kitchen and able to sign out and go home after hours. I would have starved to death on the diet of mostly carbs that they served. The boiled eggs were made of rubber and so was the grilled fish. It was a beautiful fillet of something that might have once been halibut but it was so overcooked - have mercy!!!

I have surgery again in June. I am hoping for an overnight stay and then home. I can't deal with their food(?).

I've learned to cook a good steak! Yum! Medium rare and right here at home. I was always afraid to spend that kind of money on a good cut but it makes all the difference.
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Dew,
Did you recently update your avatar or did I just not notice ? Looks like you lost a good amount of weight hope you feel better considering the other issues.
Thanks for asking , Mrs Dogman continues to make decent progress. She down to almost 70 pounds from her all time high. She'd like to reduce her weight by another 30. She hits plateaus and finally breaks through after what seems like weeks.
I've "suggested" she write down what she eats daily. She's obviously not like me for keeping tight reigns on the carbs front. Also, she's not very ambitious about regular exercise. Actually, I think it's more important to judge her progress by how she feels including how her clothes are fitting. She's doing well there, she's getting new clothes every few weeks! I tell her when she thinks of going of plan , "the best food is being skinny" sure she misses some foods but hey how many people will eat cheese cake on a "diet"??? Speaking of steak, we went to 99 Restaurant and had our sirloin steak with double veges, of course no bread or popcorn.
Dew , got to give you credit for the procedures you've endured, hope things get better. You're smart for taking the road least traveled, the Dr.B road other than the diabetes highway.

Dr B. will be on tonight . He mentioned in his previous pods cast that he would speak about how LDL numbers will be going by the wayside.

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Did you recently update your avatar or did I just not notice ? Looks like you lost a good amount of weight hope you feel better considering the other issues.
Thanks for asking , Mrs Dogman continues to make decent progress. She down to almost 70 pounds from her all time high. She'd like to reduce her weight by another 30. She hits plateaus and finally breaks through after what seems like weeks.
I've "suggested" she write down what she eats daily. She's obviously not like me for keeping tight reigns on the carbs front. Also, she's not very ambitious about regular exercise. Actually, I think it's more important to judge her progress by how she feels including how her clothes are fitting. She's doing well there, she's getting new clothes every few weeks! I tell her when she thinks of going of plan , "the best food is being skinny" sure she misses some foods but hey how many people will eat cheese cake on a "diet"???
Dr B. will be on tonight . He mentioned in his previous pods cast that he would speak about how LDL numbers will be going by the wayside.
I did just change my avatar yesterday. I have lost a lot of weight. That's why I had to add some carbs back into my diet. I can't risk going low. Some people think that when they no longer need meds or insulin that they are not diabetic anymore. That is discussed a lot of my DS forum (bypass). Once diabetic - always diabetic! I don't take my sugar often but I know the feeling. I also know that if I 'indulge' in a carb overload my sugar is too high. Like Dr. B says, "Anytime your BS is over 120 you are doing permanent damage to your body." I don't usually have a problem with not eating enough but it's a crazy world and since I'm not obsessed with carbs anymore I do sometimes 'forget' to eat. I never thought I'd be able to say that!

I think if I was Mrs. Dogman I'd hang you high. I guess that's why I'm single. I can't stand anyone trying to 'manage' me. When I was huge (highest 358#) people wanted to tell me how to lose weight as well as push food at me. It was all so simple, they would say. We know better, eh!

I don't have enough cholesterol to have bad cholesterol levels. I thought for a long time that was excellent. Well, come to find out that puts me at higher risk for a stroke. Who knew! It's a genetic thing, both my sis's are the same. But I think my exceptionally low levels is reinforcement that LC is the lifestyle for me. I can eat the fat on my steak or pork chop w/o concern. Bacon! Say Bacon!
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Oh boy, that's pretty strong to have me hung high. I do have a stake in this almost 40 year hitch. I don't want to loose my best friend and would prefer another 40 . Believe me she has a mind of her own and she tells me where to go if needed. I'm a firm believer in writing things especially goals. For me it really works. A book that really made a difference in my life is called "Write it down make it happen" by Henriette Anne Klauser . That's why I encourage DW to do the same with keeping a food diary because it makes you more accountable to your self.
DW made homemade chicken soup last night, yum First time I've eating chicken skin this way. I took the chicken skin , sprinkled some cinnamon and stevia and broiled it til crispy. We really love our fat !

Hey what happened to Dr.B last night I tuned in but no one was home...

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