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    Try no carbs after lunch. It's worked well for me. If I'm unable to do carb free I just eat smaller portions. Moderation and try and keep away from anything with more than 6 grams of sugar especially in the evenings.
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    College and Dorm rooms??! Help!! - Low Carb Friends
    -nuts/almonds (i really like microwaving my almonds for like 45 seconds, they taste so much better! less nutrients, tho)
    -sugar free swiss miss (a great snack if you aren't really hungry but just want something sweet. to add some variety, add some heavy cream and splenda to it, it tastes a lot less watery)
    -sugar free jello (easy to make if you have a microwave and a fridge)
    -sometimes i would get some protein bars (i love atkins peanut butter and chocolate ones!) that i really liked and cut them up into pieces and put them in plastic baggies the fridge. this helps portion control and when they are cold, preferably frozen, they take longer to eat.
    -fruit! i often brought some cut up canteloupe or blueberries back to school with me or took some from the dining hall and kept it in my fridge. if the melon is out of season, keep a stash of splenda and sprinkle a little on top.
    -string cheese!
    -cottage cheese (if you like it!) i would sometimes mix this up with some splenda and maybe some fruit.
    -atkins muffins. you can make these at home (or wherever you have access to an oven) and freeze them/put them in the fridge. one batch yields about 12 and they make a great snack.
    -get some different kinds of sodas and add a little bit of heavy cream to them for a snack. i sometimes added heavy cream to diet orange soda for a creamsicle or to diet root beer for a rootbeer floa-like drink. plus, the cream has fat which will help you feel like you ate something
    -deli meats. keep some cheese slices in the fridge too and wrap the cheese up with the meat occasionally for a snack.
    -bring your own salad dressing. i got REALLY sick of dining hall salad dressings and starting taking my own bottle with me lol.
    -your dining hall should have eggs!
    -smuggle out some veggies from the dining hall and get some ranch dressing and eat that.
    -tuna pouches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oeufa View Post
    I wouldn't be taking medical advice from the internet - no matter how knowledgeable the people giving the advice, they still don't know you in person. Go see a doctor if you're concerned. He/she can give you advice on a suitable diet for your needs.
    According to the internet, I'm very ill. My doctor is just like, "meh, get some exercise, you'll be fine."
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    Go to a different doctor. *shrug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oeufa View Post
    Go to a different doctor. *shrug*
    Why shouldn't I believe him?
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    whenever i went to a doctor i hated myself afterwards for a couple of months. meaning his "truth" supressed the truth of my body intelligence and instinctive behavior. german doctors dont recognize "pre"-diabetes. either you are dead sick or you are just normal. nevermind that normal (and elderly) people are mostly sick bastards these days. so he told me i was healthy. that idiot. not a single cell in my body is anywhere near being healthy, because i ate pure shit for 30 years and never execised, its a fucking wonder that i am still able to move my body to a doctor, even though my concentration disorder and diabetes related memory loss keeps me from reporting my 1000 symtpoms in a coherent and well phrased way, that would convince the doctor. his diagnosis "it's not diabetes" was good though, becaue it made me give up the hope to get a fix (medication, insulin or something) that would allow me to continue my high carb, low protein, low fat diet. thinking about it, i recognized that insulin as a medication is an insane paradigm anyway. i had that typical predudice about ketosis being unhealhty (confusion with ketoacidosis), which had prevented me from thinking in that direction before, but then i did more reseach and startet low-carb...

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    They recognize prediabetes here, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Why shouldn't I believe him?
    I got the impression from your last post that you didn't fully believe your doctor or trust his judgment. Apologies if I misinterpreted that
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    Dude, I don't want to preach, but I don't think going no carb is a great idea. Your brain requires glucose to function properly - it's all about the KIND of carbs you eat and how quickly your body metabolizes it.

    If you eat carbs low on the GI (glycemic index) it won't spike your blood sugar; rather it will give you a controlled, stable amount of carbs over a long period of time. Of course meats are always low GI, which is why they tell you you should eat meat. But other foods are also low GI. Here are some examples:

    Fruit: Nearly all berries, rhubarb, lemons, sour cherries, maracuja, sweet cherries, apricots, limes, mandarine oranges, grapefruit, and pears. Make sure they are fresh, organic if possible, and NO SUGAR ADDED to them. Also decent in moderation: guave, figs, plums, mango, mirabelle, oranges, apples, pineapples, grapes, peaches, and nectarines

    Veggies: Spinach, rucola, green cabbage, cress, chard, horseradish, rapunzel lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, fennel, radishes, radicchio, savoy cabbage, black and green olives, artichokes, red cabbage, cauliflower, romaine salad, leeks, sauerkraut, garlic, green beans, escarole, asparagus, kohlrabi, white cabbage, celery, red peppers, Chinese cabbage, carrots, chicory, iceberg lettuce, green peppers, onions, eggplant, tomatoes, and cucmbers

    Lentils, sprouts, mushrooms: soy beans, soy milk, ripe lentils, mushrooms (pretty much any kind), soy sprouts, tofu, bamboo sprouts, mungo bean sprouts

    Grains and grain products: FORGET IT! Unless the sort-of good grains, like quinoa, whole grain products, but limit as much as possible.

    Milk and milk products: pretty much any kind of cheese and sour cream - milk, yogurt, and kefir ISN'T as good as cheese though unless you limit the uptake of the natural sugar with fiber

    Any meat, fish, seafood is going to be low GI

    Nuts/seeds: pretty much any except chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Especially good: pistachio, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and coconut

    Chocolate/sugar: LIMIT!!! But once a week, let yourself have ONE serving of:

    - bitter chocolate
    - cocoa powder (no sugar added)
    - dark chocolate

    Juice: NONE!!!!! It enters your bloodstream like a shot of lightning. Except lemon juice in some water. That's cool.

    Other beverages: green tea, coffee (in moderation), black tea, fruit tea, herbal tea, peppermint tea, malt coffee, natural mineral water (LOTS!), and water

    So you see you have a HUGE choice. Just remember: FRESH! No artificial shit (sweeteners, preservatives)! No sugar added, and feel free to add good oils as a taste enhancer. FAT IS BETTER THAN SUGAR (assuming it is the right fat - with omega 3). Linseed oil, walnut oil, canola oil, and coconut oil are great choices. And SPICES are good for you (LIMIT THE SALT!!!). And add yummy, yummy flavor. Again, just make sure there's no shit in it.

    Wrong kind of fat: fucking margarine, partly hydrogenated blah blah fucking blah. These are what are commonly known as trans fats - they take an oil and make a naturally fluid oil solid by adding shit to it. Stay the eff awayyyyyyyyy from that stuff.

    If you don't spend money on your health, then you haven't got any right to spend money on anything else.

    NEVER SKIP MEALS!!!!!! Your body goes into starvation mode, and you end up gaining more weight. Better to eat 5-6 smaller meals. Oh, yeah, and btw. It fucks up your blood sugar and prevents you from losing weight.

    A lot of people think if Calories Burned (B) > Calories Consumed = Weight loss. That is INCORRECT. You are much more complicated that that. You have a lot of hormones and enzymes and triggers that are set off by certain things. According to the B>C = WL method, I should be able to eat 1,000 kcal of chocolate cheesecake in one sitting, starve myself the rest of the day, and still lose weight. Fuck no. If only it were that easy.

    The best bet for slow weight loss is consistently good eating and exercise. Who gives a flying fuck what some idiots online think??? Even me. Listen to your doc.

    However, you mentioned something about anorexia. I think the whole problem here is if your body is not acclimated to sugar and you pump your body full of it after you start eating again, your body goes HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!! So you have insulin resistance because your body went so long starving without any anything.....

    So try introducing low GI foods, and your body will get a SLOW, gradual introduction to sugar again and be able to deal....

    Please do yourself a favor and DO NOT pump your body full of artificial sweeteners. These are REALLY AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL for you. Think: rat poison for humans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Pretty much everyone's suggested that I go "paleo" and not eat any carbs. However, considering that I'm living in a college dorm with a dining hall, this may lead to me going hungry... a lot.

    However, apparently because I'm at risk for becoming diabetic I'm unable to process carbohydrates. Is it better to avoid carbohydrates and skip meals, or eat and possibly become diabetic?
    Don't cut carbs out entirely, but move to complex carbs. Potatoes, rice, whole wheat pasta, etc. Simple carbs are the killer, not carbs in general. Cut out all carbs and you have no energy. The atkins diet is not good for most people.

    The best way to eat is six meals a day, one fist size portion of lean protein, one fist size portion of complex carbohydrate, and a glass of water. For two of those meals, you also add a fist-size portion of vegetables.


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