Islets of Hope for persons with diabetes
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Carb-Tracker Nutrition Scale (As of 12/29/05 the scale was on sale for $39.95 (of course, I bought it when it was not and paid full price $59.95)
Read our review on The Sharper Image's Carb-Tracker Scale. If you count carbs (or calories, fat, protein, and fiber) the scale is valuable for fine tuning your diet. You weigh food items, enter a food code and voile! Based on the weight of the food the exact nutritional count appears magically. The scale has become a daily part of my carb counting for myself as well as Elizabeth (my daughter with type 1). I was skeptical, but found the weight of fruit and vegetables varies considerably and knowing a more exact carb count has helped us both. If you wish to purchase the scale, click on the button. From their main page simply enter in the search code item #: AC350, or, Carb-Tracker Nutrition Scale.
Adiposity 101 Technical in-depth discussion of Low-Carb
Bug's Best - Gateway to the Best Information on the Internet Comprehensive, organized list of resources for weight-loss and obesity, including low carb links.
Canadian Nutrition Labelling: A Call for Reform Canadian food labels are failing low carbers! If you wish to support label reform, visit this site.
Canadian Nutrition Labelling: Regulations January ‘03 Canadian "Nutritional Facts" labeling regulations in the process of being implemented.
Christina's PCOS Pages Personal site and valuable wealth of resources for PCOS, and the Low-Carb solution.
Cyndi's Carbohydrates Information Page Personal web page with many useful low-carb links and information.
DietDelivery Canada Gourmet Zone meals delivered to Zone dieters in the Greater Toronto Area.
Dyan's Low Carb Recipes and Links A well organized guide for low-carb recipes, carb counts and low-carb resources.
FAQ Frequently asked question from alt.support.diet.low-carb
Lo Carb Diner Ruth and Nina's online store of low carb products with a large selection of brands and product variety, including low carb baked goods.
LowCarb FoodExperts Canada Low-Carb, Low-Glycemic and Sugar-Free products, "co-op" style purchasing at Canadian prices.
Low Carb is Easy.com A dedicated low carber's site to help you learn low carb science, websites links and low carb strategies. Features Low Carb is Easy Interactive Cookbook.
Low Carb & No Carb Recipes & Restaurant Guide Several collections or recipes and restaurant guides for purchase, and sample recipes.
Low Carb For Life Sugarbane's Lowcarb4life support site, massive resource directory.
Low-Carb Luxury Awesome info and recipes.
Lowcarb NZ Margaret's Low Carb Page for New Zealander's. A very useful guide for products and restaurants in NZ.
Low-Carb-Canada Our mailing list at eGroups, still maintained for users who do not prefer the forum format.
Low-Carb Pavilion Great low-carb site, (site owner’s background is in biochemistry)
Low Carb Recipes Fast & Easy Belinda Schweinhart, author of the "Low Carb Recipes Fast & Easy" cookbook.
Low-Carb Retreat Excellent collection of links and articles. Be sure to check the research summaries by Josh Yelon under (Important Reading/ Low-Carb Medline Research).
Low Carb Nexus One of the oldest low carb online stores. Great articles and recipes.
Travelling Gourmet Personal Chef Services Personal chef website, in Vancouver, BC, offers personalized low-carb meal services.
The Low-Carb Cookbook Site. Website of Fran McCullough, the author of The Low-Carb Cookbook
The Active Low-Carber Forum Archives Archives of our support forum.
Welsh Bear Software Home of the Nutrition Analyzer (software)
Healthy Eating for Diabetes main Lifestyle page
Diabetes & Low Carbohydrate Diets
Tips & Advice for
Dealing with The Ignorant
Oh geeze, you are on Atkins? My family and friends were not supportive when I first jumped on the low-carb band wagon. But I was 287 lbs, diabetic and needed something that would not fail me as did low-fat plans. But when my lipid profile improved significantly and I dropped over 135 lbs, suddenly, those around me became low-carb believers.
The word "ignorant" implies a lack of knowledge (not stupidity) so educate ignorant folks, including medical professionals that might not understand what you are trying to accomplish. (For the record, my well-respected endocrinologist strongly supported my low-carb choice and actively assisted me in meeting my goals and monitored my health.)
If you tell people you are on a low-carb diet, be prepared for an eyeroll. Here are a few answers to common misconceptions about low carb dieting.
Ignorant Remark: The Atkins diet killed Dr. Atkins and it will kill you too.
Reply: No, falling and suffering a head injury that put him into a coma killed Dr. Atkins. He was not overweight at the time of his fall (see Urban Myths and Dr. Atkins’ death certificate). Besides, all low-carb diets are not equal, some are carb- controlled plans, others (like Atkins) meet the medical definition of low-carb. But low-carb means lowering certain carbs not eliminating all carbs. Dr. Atkins ate fruit and vegetables every day. In fact, berries were his favorite dessert. Which do you think is healthier? Fresh fruit for dessert (low -carb diet) or angel food cake (low-fat diet)?
Ignorant Remark: You are killing your kidneys.
Reply: There are no documented cases of kidney damage to low-carb dieters without pre-existing kidney problems. What will kill your kidneys is out of control blood glucoser and low-carb living can be an effective tool in helping to manage type 2 diabetes.
Ignorant Remark: All the cholesterol you are eating will kill you.
Reply: Scientific evidence shows repeatedly that low-carb dieting improves lipid profiles – lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and raising HDL. Low-cholesterol dieting is not healthy either, and increases susceptibility to stroke. Besides, low-carb does not mean giving up fruits, vegetables, and reasonable portions of wholegrains. It does mean giving up Twinkies, white bread, and table sugar.
Ignorant Remark: It is all water weight.
Reply: There is NO WAY that weight loss exceeding 10-15 lbs is all water weight. And if it is water, so what, my size 26 pants are falling off after losing 135 lbs of "water."
Ignorant Remark: All the weight loss comes back!
Reply: Okay, so this one is true if you don’t go off low-carb the right way (see “How to Quit Your Low Carb Diet”). But ... you go off ANY diet and you will gain your weight back. The key is to make lifestyle changes you can live with day-to-day, not diet for a season. Low-carb plans (including Atkins) are designed to gradually increase food but the concepts are intended to be a lifestyle -- not a diet.
Tips and Advice for Ketogenic Lowcarbers
Power, Schwarzbein Principle, The
Low carb dieting is NOT for everyone, just as low fat dieting is not for everyone. It is important that you support loved ones who may thrive on low carb even if it is not for you. Low carb is hard and draws a lot of negative comments. Showing support to someone trying to improve their lifestyle to become healthier is a very loving thing for you to do, even if you don’t “get it.”To read more about why it is so important to drink water while low carbing visit: Water: How 8 Glasses A Day Keep Fat Away
More Tips and Information for Low Carbers
The following low carb tips come from other sites (noted where) and may help you on your low carb journey. Be sure to read "How to Quit Your Low Carb Diet," an article based on my years of experience with low carb dieting.
From LowCarb Canada:
Low Carbing and Intestinal Health Low carbers may experience occasional bouts of constipation or diarrhea if they don't eat properly. Discover some low carb ways to relieve these uncomfortable problems.
Ketosis & Ketone Test Strips Following Atkins, CKD or other low carb ketogenic program? Have questions about ketones and your health? Want to know more about ketone test strips? Find answers to these questions and more.
Sugar Alcohols Maltitol, sorbitol, isomalt, etc ... these sugar alcohols are popular sweeteners found in many "sugar-free" products. What are they?.
Hidden Carbs Some foods contain carbohydrates that you may not realize are there.
Stalls and Plateaus They're known as the purgatory of dieting. Discover possible causes, and learn some tips to get your weight loss back on track
Cravings What are the physical and emotional triggers that make you crave carbohydrates? Find suggestions for ways to help combat cravings and binges.
Sweetener Information Learn to recognize the many names of SUGAR lurking in your food; also information about artificial sweeteners, stevia and "sugar alcohols" - maltitol, sorbitol etc.
Low Carb Basics A basic explanation of what low carbohydrate eating is about, and what it is NOT. Includes lists of important reading, and official web sites.
Low Carb Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) New to low carbing? Have lots of questions? Check these Frequently Asked Questions for answers and ideas to help make low carbing your way of life (WOL).
Basic Tips, for any weight loss plan By Lainey General tips to keep in mind while following a weight loss program
Low Carb lingo Decipher some the abbreviations used by low carbers on forums and chat sessions.
Page Updated 02/25/2006